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GL Homes opens lottery for ninth community

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
GLHomes' ninth Valencia community in South Florida, Valencia Bay, on Lyons Road north of Atlantic Avenue, will open for sales in Boynton Beach on Saturday with a lottery system.

The newest community, which sits adjacent to Valencia Cove, will have 582 homes and 16 floorplans, a 33,000-square-foot clubhouse, tennis, pickleball, handball, bocce and basketball courts, card rooms, arts and crafts, pools, fitness center, a restaurant and a grand ballroom.

They will release 100 lots and will put lottery participants' names into a tumbler. Those chosen will have priority to pick their preferred lot.

"Our typical resident is 55 or older, retired or on their way to being retired couple, looking for an active lifestyle," said Marcie DePlaza, COO of GL Homes. "Many of our new buyers are looking to leave the country club life. They may pay high fees to join a golf membership in a country club."

"Here, there is a golf club, but no golf course," she said. "Residents can play at the nearest public courses."

DePlaza gives credit to the newly developed areas west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, noting that the Delray Marketplace and new communities such as The Bridges and Seven Bridges are bringing new residents to the once rural area.

Houses range from $500,000 to $700,000.

"The area is a big draw," DePlaza said. "There is a pent-up demand."

Sharon and Steve Weinstein, a veterinarian from New York, are flying down to look at the homes and deciding whether to join the lottery.

They have a second home in Colorado, but Sharon Weinstein said, "We want a change. We're looking for warm weather."

Familiar with the area, the Weinsteins had parents in Delray Beach.

"My husband is looking to retire, and while Florida may be routine for a lot of people, for us, it's something new," she said. "The homes are beautiful. The community offers a lot and is a good value, coming from New York."

A card player, Sharon Weinstein said that her friends in a GL community are pleased with the level of service.

"A good builder means a lot," she said. "Also, it would be easier access for our kids and grandkids to visit."

Also contemplating the lottery are Barbara and Norm Kravetz, current snowbirds at Valencia Reserve.

They are planning to sell their home in Massachusetts and relocate full time to Boynton Beach.

"If we decided to move and sell our home, we'd like a bigger place down here," said Barbara Kravetz, a retired schoolteacher who enjoys mahjong, canasta and water aerobics. "It's very nice to move into a new community because everyone is super friendly and want to make friends."

The house in Valencia Bay is similar to their home in Valencia Reserve, but the Kravetzes say they are buying the GL name and reputation.

"We've been very happy with GL Homes," Barbara Kravetz said. "They've always gone above and beyond for us."

As posted on Sun Sentinel by Jan Engoren