A Residential Retreat for Active Adults

The Village at Tuscan Lake acts as both a residence and retreat for active adults over 55.

By Amber Materna
Photography by Studio J Inc.

Resorts are often favored for their amenities: luxurious pools, wellness accommodations, golf putting greens, plus the benefit of being close to cultural attractions. Ultimately though, at the nicest resorts, the key is going to be scale and location; that is, the number of guests in relation to each amenity. It’s safe to argue that Active Adult communities — those restricted to ages 55 or better — work the same way, and with the surge of Active Adult communities that now cater to the baby-boomer era, it’s important to illuminate those that do make an exceptional effort to offer amenities with a smaller residentto- relaxation ratio.

League City, Texas offers a community that’s just that. Closely located to the Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston Island — both significant draws for the avid boater or fisherman — The Village at Tuscan Lakes, developed by Pulte Homes in October of 2006, has both an amazing location and amenity package to match. With an allocated amenity budget of over $6 million, the project is on par with other high-end contenders. That being said, one clear thing gives The Village at Tuscan Lakes a leg-up on the competition according to Pulte Homes’ Director of Sales and Marketing for Houston, Tanya Rizzo: the small number residents in the community. “Having only 392 home sites accessing these amenities is unprecedented,” she noted.

Being resident-centric, the community offers multiple floor plans spanning across two series to ensure a perfect fit for every potential-buyer. Pulte knows that a 55-plus community has needs and accommodations as diverse as a traditional buyer, making their contemporary open-concept floor plans that lend themselves to flexible opportunities for square footage, ranging from 1,148 to 2,025 square feet, a favorable attribute for The Village.

The Garden series offers five floor plans of two bedrooms, with the Classic series featuring three alternative plans and the option of a beneficial third bedroom. Many individuals opt to add the third bedroom, using the space as a den, hobby room or simply extra storage space. The homes, priced from the $140,000s to $180,000s, also place just as much detail into their exteriors and interiors as their polished amenities. Currently, the Tuscan-style neighborhood only has a handful over 100 homes that are occupied and taking advantage of this sevenfigure allotment, but Pulte Homes expect sales to surge within the next few years, and be at capacity by 2015.

By then, the property, which includes brilliant landscaping, amenity lakes with fountains and a 12,000-square-foot recreation center with resort-style pool will undoubtedly be tweaked to perfection. The same will be true for their ballroom, fitness center and game room — all favorites for the active adult market. The “wellness room” offers massage and the bocce ball, horseshoes, shuffleboard and putting green ensure that residents will always have an activity to do on their off time.

The phrase “off time” is important to note, too, because frequently, Active Adult communities are thought of as a change of residence for after one retires. With more individuals making decisions that they don’t want to wait to retire to begin enjoying the life they deserve, the lifestyle director and sales team of The Village make sure that the timing of their planned activities does not compete with other obligations. “Many of our clubs, classes and activities revolve around working schedules so our residents will not miss the fun,” said Pulte Homes of Houston’s Division President, Kevin Meuth.

With Carl Goshy as Pulte’s premier architect in this venture, the design of The Village certainly reflects his reputation as a highly valued architect in the Houston area. However, Goshy wasn’t originally slated as the architect for this project. “He has built several amenity centers for other developers across Houston and is highly-regarded by custom home builders,” noted Mark Janik, land development manager for Pulte. He added, “Upon the start of our collaboration he built the guard house, and then proceeded with the both design and build of the clubhouse.” Goshy’s vision works seamlessly with the Tuscan-inspired style of the master-planned community. Goshy described the homes’ exteriors as offering a “vintique,” or synthetically aged, finish, stone and a tile roof, transporting residents and visitors to a space evoking the culture of its namesake Mediterranean region.

The standard accommodations in Pulte’s League City Active Adult community reads like their adversaries’ upgrade lists; Whirlpool Appliance packages, granite countertops, birch cabinets, ceramic tile, decorative SeaGull Lighting and Moen faucets are simply a handful of the A-list clients they feature in Pulte’s properties. The Whirlpool Appliance package alone boasts not only a traditional stand-alone gas range and a dual microwave-range hood combination, but offers their Energy Efficient Eco-Wash Cycle Dishwasher.

Also, in alignment with their residences’ transitional lifestyle, the properties sport Schlage lever interior doors, toggle light switches, seated glass-enclosed showers and sprawl over one-story rather than two. The properties also already come with a landscaped exterior, perfect for those wanting minimal maintenance. Janik also boasts the benefits of choosing The Village at Tuscan Lakes over traditional master-planned communities: “Our residents contribute city funding with much less usage than the traditional family buyer … including items such as schools, household waste, water and general traffic.”

In the end, Pulte’s reasoning for such dedication to quality products and accommodations come down to one thing: the residents. This is because when asked what sets them apart from other Active Adult communities, their answer is their residents. “You often hear companies say it is the people that set them apart –– here at The Village at Tuscan Lakes it is the residents,” stated Meuth. He added that their “lifestyle director and sales team work directly with the residents to make this a fun place to live, whether it be planned cook-outs or beach parties, to aerobics or dance classes.”

Undoubtedly, the benefits of Pulte Homes’ The Village at Tuscan Lake community are to a certain extent, immeasurable. The exceptional lifestyle amenities, excellent interiors and exteriors, coupled with the lowered financial contribution to items such as schools, water and traffic make this a solid Texas-sized investment.

Amber Materna is an editorial assistant at Builder and Developer. She may be contacted at amaterna@penpubinc.com.

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