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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Choosing a 55+ Community in Viera – Similarities and Subtle Differences

I spent Sunday afternoon showing properties in Viera’s best 55+ communities: Heritage Isle and Grand Isle.  Although Grand Isle and Heritage Isle were developed by the same builder, Lennar Homes,  there are some subtle differences between the communities.

Some of the differences:
  • While both are gated communities, Heritage Isle has a security guarded main entry while Grand Isle is keypad entry.
  • Grand Isle has more '”green” between the houses while Heritage Isle seems more zero lot line although the larger houses in Heritage Isle are on larger lots
  • Grand Isle is all single family detached houses. Heritage Isle has three four-story condo buildings, patio style homes (six in a building), duplex type houses as well as single family detached units.In Heritage Isle these differing structures are intermingled which is viewed as a detractor by some.
  • Heritage Isle’s clubhouse (21,000 sq ft) is larger and open 7 days a week. The Grand Isle clubhouse was closed on Sunday. Both have a fitness center, classes, pool, tennis, shuffleboard, etc.
  • Prices in both communities are close although Grand Isle may be just a bit more.
  • Heritage Isle owners pay $300 - $400 (condos) monthly in dues while Grand Isle is $250.
  • The homeowners in Grand Isle own the clubhouse while in Heritage Isle it is owned by a separate corporation.
This is not an all-inclusive list of the similarities and differences.

If you are considering a 55+ community in Florida, especially Viera, you need to must visit both Heritage Isle and Grand Isle as they are different…and have distinctly different personalities! 

Gary L. Waters PLLC, Realtor®, Century 21 Baytree Realty, Rockledge, Florida

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