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Old 11-17-2013, 01:23 PM
 
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I do quite well thank you. I would love to hear your song if YOUR career was targeted. I am all for competition as long as the rules apply to all. I guess in your world as long as you get yours at a nice price, its ok to look the other way.
This is the attitude of a number of folks in the area, unfortunately. They got theirs, their pensions, their SS, their Medicare, etc. You'd sure hear the howling if their SS and Medicare got transferred to immigrant progeny and it's coming, sooner than people think. Along with a couple of other shocks. In the meantime, however, some folks pander like crazy while throwing their fellow citizens and their children under the bus. I think a lot of it is fear, though. Heads in the sand. After all, THEY didn't get gang-raped in Apollo Beach by the boyz from Wimauma (see 2008 incident), so life's good.

That said, Valencia Lakes is a community that is VERY well thought of by the residents, so they must be doing something right. But let's be realistic about Wimauma. The actual town area is a dump and so are a number of sections of the area, specifically the general area along 301 from the Manatee County line up to SR 674. Years ago, some friends of ours owned a farmette in that area and we spent a lot of time visiting and got to see the area up close and personal. Driving on 301 along that stretch on a Friday or Saturday night is not advisable. Heck, I don't even like driving it during the day.

Spend some time there. Drive the back roads off 301. Drive the main drag (674) in Wimauma. Check the crime stats. Talk to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. That will give you an idea. Yes, there are shops and restaurants, but we're not talking Safety Harbor here. It's gritty, not charming.

But Valencia Lakes is nice.
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:42 PM
 
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This is the attitude of a number of folks in the area, unfortunately. They got theirs, their pensions, their SS, their Medicare, etc. You'd sure hear the howling if their SS and Medicare got transferred to immigrant progeny and it's coming, sooner than people think. Along with a couple of other shocks. In the meantime, however, some folks pander like crazy while throwing their fellow citizens and their children under the bus. I think a lot of it is fear, though. Heads in the sand. After all, THEY didn't get gang-raped in Apollo Beach by the boyz from Wimauma (see 2008 incident), so life's good.

That said, Valencia Lakes is a community that is VERY well thought of by the residents, so they must be doing something right. But let's be realistic about Wimauma. The actual town area is a dump and so are a number of sections of the area, specifically the general area along 301 from the Manatee County line up to SR 674. Years ago, some friends of ours owned a farmette in that area and we spent a lot of time visiting and got to see the area up close and personal. Driving on 301 along that stretch on a Friday or Saturday night is not advisable. Heck, I don't even like driving it during the day.

Spend some time there. Drive the back roads off 301. Drive the main drag (674) in Wimauma. Check the crime stats. Talk to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. That will give you an idea. Yes, there are shops and restaurants, but we're not talking Safety Harbor here. It's gritty, not charming.

But Valencia Lakes is nice.


This is Tampa Bay Area New Community Building 101...

Find a long road out in the middle of no where with lots of land to build houses and apartments on.
Put lots of pretty model homes for people to see. Install lots of new community amenities. Spend lots of money advertising this to be the next great community ever. Get lots of people to buy their houses.
Then for the next fifteen years hear all the people complain about traffic ON THEIR ONE MAIN ROAD.
Examples: Sheldon Rd, N Dale Maybry, Waters, Ehrlich Rd, W Linebaugh, W Hillsbrough, Bloomindale, Hwy 301, Bruce B Downs, Hwy 54 ....ect
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:07 PM
 
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This is Tampa Bay Area New Community Building 101...

Find a long road out in the middle of no where with lots of land to build houses and apartments on.
Put lots of pretty model homes for people to see. Install lots of new community amenities. Spend lots of money advertising this to be the next great community ever. Get lots of people to buy their houses.
Then for the next fifteen years hear all the people complain about traffic ON THEIR ONE MAIN ROAD.
Examples: Sheldon Rd, N Dale Maybry, Waters, Ehrlich Rd, W Linebaugh, W Hillsbrough, Bloomindale, Hwy 301, Bruce B Downs, Hwy 54 ....ect
Ha-ha, 301 has become quite the clusterfark, but I was more alluding to drunk driving by some of our, er, uh, esteemed "guestworkers" in the area. Even in 2000 when we were driving over from the other side of the state to stay at our friends' farmette in Wimauma and explore the area, we got held up on 301 on TWO different occasions while the Medivac copter landed to airlift crash victims. However, you do have a point. After dealing with the traffic in the Ft. Lauderdale where we used to live, when we first moved to the area in 2000, SR 674 was a delight to drive and remained so for a few years. It started to get ugly in 2005 and today, sometimes it can be miserable, even in the dead of summer without the snowbirds.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:26 AM
 
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I am interested in valencia lakes tampa. On line it looks very nice. The prices keep increasing which is unusual right now. Can someone tell me what percent of the community is snowbirds? What is the area around the community like. Does the pool area get very crowded in season? Any other pros or cons would greatly be appreciated.
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:47 AM
 
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Valencia Lakes/GL Homes kept building throughout the housing crisis and it appears that housing crisis has passed a couple of years ago. Prices continue to rise slowly. Good thing for homeowners. Not really unusual anymore to see home prices increasing with demand.

I live in VL and can't really say what percentage of homeowners are snowbirders. Only guessing, I'd say 25-30%.

As for the pool, not sure what your definition of crowded it. They have daily aquasize classes midday that can crowd things up. Sometime during holidays when family members/children visit, there can be some activity there. I believe they're several hundred units short of a complete build so I'd expect with more home sales, the amenities (like the fitness center, tennis courts, pool) will be busier.

HOA fees can be steep for some households. Some of the homes seem to be built close together - especially the villas -not much room between homes - that's pretty normal for Florida developments, though, isn't it?

Many transplants from NY. Lots of folks of the Jewish persuasion.

I don't hear any complaints regarding the quality of build of the homes. My place has been trouble-free for the five yrs I've been here. Some owners are fussy and want every blade of grass landscaped a certain way - maybe you need those kinds of folks to keep the neighborhood in good condition, appearance-wise.

Kind of boring immediately outside of the community - you've got to drive a little to get to beaches(40 mins to Bradenton Beaches), downtown Tampa (30 mins), St Pete (40 mins), Brandon (movie theater/Barnes and Noble, big box stores) 20 mins. Grocery, Walmart, Sams Club, Home Depot, clothing stores, a couple of restaurants are nearby. Larger hospital being built nearby. Plenty of doctors, specialisty clinics in the immediate area catering to nearby Sun City Center folks.

Community is about 7 miles inland, well out of flood zones. Along US 301, easy access to I 75. Variety of social groups depending on what your interests are - or if you don't want to get involved, that's up to you as well.

Can't say what the average age is. You have some very old folks - but the community doesn't seem as old as the Sun City Center community. They allow a percentage of owners to be under the 55 yr age (80/20 community where no more than 20% can be below 55). Not sure where they currently stand on that. No permanent residents can be below 18 yrs of age -

No CDD fees. No uncontrolled teenagers running around the neighborhood looking for trouble.

I'd say it's a comfortable, friendly neighborhood with solidly built homes - Florida retirement living.
Hope this answers some of your question.

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Old 08-19-2014, 07:39 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply.
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Old 09-25-2014, 06:20 AM
 
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Do the homes in valencia have attics? I saw something about above the garage? Thanks
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Old 09-25-2014, 09:47 AM
 
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There is space above the garage part of the home for storage purposes if you like. Not improved in any way. Very hot up there most of the time. Lots of insultation thrown about - so not really made for people spending much time up there except to retrieve something they are storing.
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:52 PM
 
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What are anyones thoughts about part time jobs in the area. Something to keep busy and make a few extra bucks.
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Old 02-10-2015, 03:25 PM
 
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What are anyones thoughts about part time jobs in the area. Something to keep busy and make a few extra bucks.
Well, we do have front gate security as does Kings Point in nearby community- might find work there. Several golf courses hire folks to manage pro shops, grass cutting (golf course). Amazon has a huge warehouse nearby. Home Depot has several retirees working there. Huge public library nearby has a few foks working there. Not sure what else is available - few Dollar General Stores in the area always with job openings, it seems (posted signs).
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