What happens when three generations live in the very same master-planned community?
How about weekly Sunday dinners, frequent family gatherings and lots of memories. That’s the life the Howard family now enjoys living in Bexley, the award-winning community in Land O’Lakes just off State Road 54 in Pasco County.
Buford Howard and his wife, Freddie, live just blocks away from two of their adult sons, Van and Ted, who also purchased homes for their families in Bexley.
The Howard family found Bexley nearly by chance. With the prospect of becoming empty-nesters, Van and his wife, Vicki, wanted to downsize to a smaller home. After an extensive search throughout Pasco County, Van drove through Bexley during the early days of construction and liked what he saw.
“On our first visit, we met such great people,” said Van. “Plus, my wife and I liked that there were several different builders and a variety of floor plan options. We also liked that the houses in Bexley don’t look like ones in every other community.”
The couple settled on a one-story, single-family home, the first one put under contract by builder CalAtlantic.
Since Van and his wife were so pleased with their experience in the community, they encouraged Van’s older brother, Ted, and their parents to consider making the move from Northeast Florida to Bexley, as well.
“We came to visit Van as his house was being built, and before we went back home, we put down a deposit on a house,” said Freddie.
The Howards now live within blocks of each other, which allows them to visit each other more frequently.
For Freddie and her husband, Buford, being close to two of their sons isn’t the only reason they love living in Bexley.
“We appreciate that Bexley is an active community,” added Freddie. “We didn’t want to be in a retirement community. Bexley has so many amenities. We go to the fitness center regularly, and I enjoy walking along the trails or just sitting on the porch outside The Bexley Club.”
“Bexley has something to offer families no matter what their stage in life,” said Pam Parisi, vice president of marketing for Newland Communities, which is developing Bexley. “Resort-style amenities, low-maintenance townhomes and planned activities, like the Bexley Market, make Bexley an excellent choice for people from all generations.”
“There’s just a great energy at Bexley,” added Van. “It’s great to see people our age, as well as families with younger children.” He even boasts that his parents have become the surrogate grandparents for several families on their street.
“Being with younger people keeps us active,” said Freddie.
To learn more about living at Bexley, visit BexleyFlorida.com.
Published July 25, 2018