Grand Haven is a gated, master-planned community that lives up to its “grand” name. This remarkable, active-adult community is located near Florida’s Atlantic coast. With its location south of St. Augustine and north of Daytona Beach, it’s within easy driving distance of some of the best attractions in Florida. To top it all off, it’s filled with gorgeous homes and features many fine services and amenities.
In the crowded world of Florida retirement communities, standing out can be a challenge. Grand Haven does so with ease. This unique community is made up of several distinct villages, and it boasts two full-fledged recreation centers and many other fine amenities. It sprawls across 1,400 acres of pristine land on the Intracoastal Waterway, and it borders an area that includes roughly 4,000 acres of untouched conservation land.
By making Grand Haven your home, you will be able to luxuriate in a stunning home while being surrounded by the majesty of some of Florida’s finest natural scenery. The community includes winding trails and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, so active adults will always have something to do.
Top Amenities and Features
They thought of everything while designing Grand Haven. While many active adult communities have rec centers, Grand Haven has two of them. Country club amenities are par for the course in this elegantly designed community. Learn more about a few of Grand Haven’s best features and amenities below.
- Creekside Athletic Center – This rec center is located on the north end of the community. In addition to boasting a well-appointed fitness center, it has multiple swimming pools and a cabana. Multi-use ball fields allow residents to enjoy a variety of outdoor sports. The indoor lounge and game room are popular places for people to congregate. Volleyball and basketball courts are also available, and there is even a top-notch croquet court. You’re sure to while away a lot of time at this remarkable center.
- Village Center – Not to be outdone by other 55+ communities in the area, Grand Haven has a second recreation center. Village Center features a spa and fitness center that’s sure to meet and exceed all of your expectations. It also has a huge pool and a sprawling sun deck where you’re sure to spend many happy afternoons. Lighted Har-Tru tennis courts allow you to enjoy matches with friends and neighbors anytime. In addition to having a well-maintained croquet lawn, this center has bocce courts and horseshoe pits. All kinds of activities take place in the multipurpose room, so make sure to stop by regularly. In addition to all of that, the Village Center has a Euro-style cafe and a first-rate banquet room. Many exciting memories are sure to be created there.
- Golf – The on-site Jack Nicklaus signature golf course is bound to appeal to anyone who enjoys hitting the links. The golf clubhouse is one of the best features of the entire Grand Haven community. By becoming a member, you will also enjoy access to other amazing golf courses in the area, including ones designed by Arnold Palmer and Gary Player. The clubhouse includes locker rooms for men and women, a pro shop, a lounge and a dining area. You can easily spend an entire afternoon there and never get bored.
- Parks and Trails – Walk to your heart’s content at Grand Haven, where you’ll find winding walking and bicycling trails. You will also enjoy easy access to the Palm Coast trail system, which is located nearby. Trellises, gazebos, pocket parks and benches run along the trails within the Grand Haven community, which makes for a very nice walking experience indeed.
The local area is also a great place for bike riding, and not the leisurely beach cruiser kind, though I’m sure that’s good too. My friend who lives in Grand Haven clocks as many as 70-80 miles per week on his road bike when he is in town. I know, I think he’s crazy too.
The Homes of Grand Haven
When it comes to grand, well-appointed homes, Grand Haven is a natural choice. Everything from simple, no-maintenance homes to sprawling, waterfront estates are available. Some relatively affordable homes are available within the community, and several very expensive abodes are too. On the low end of the price scale, new homes start around $250,000. On the pricier end of the scale, they cost as much as $800,000. Sizes range from around 2,000 square feet to more than 4,300 square feet.
Exquisite features and amenities abound in the homes at Grand Haven. Existing homes are available, and home sites are too. With a home site, you can pick and choose from many exciting features. Popular options include hardwood floors, screened lanais, stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite countertops, paver driveways and tile roofs. Unique options like Murphy bed systems in guest rooms are also available. Impeccable architecture, high-quality materials and exceptional craftsmanship are all included in all of the homes at Grand Haven, which are arranged into cozy little villages.
Atlantic Coast Living
Grand Haven is located between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, and Interstate 95 runs right by it. As a result, you can get over to some of the best attractions on the Atlantic coast in minutes. The closest nearby is Marineland.
Orlando isn’t too far away either. Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Daytona Beach all boast excellent dining and entertainment options. If shopping is your cup of tea, nearby options include the Palm Harbor Shopping Center and the Palm Coast Town Center. Also, just across the bridge on State Road 100 there is a weekly Farmer’s Market in Flagler Beach with the occasional good find.
If you do head that way, check out the Flagler Fish Company for lunch or dinner. I had a blackened grouper sandwich and while it was no Frenchy’s, it was still pretty good 🙂
Several state parks are located in the area, and the many lakes, rivers and waterways allow you to enjoy freshwater fishing as well as deep-sea fishing. As for the beach, you can go right across the bridge to Flagler Beach like I mentioned, or head a half hour south to Daytona or New Smyrna.
Premier Active-Adult Living on Florida’s Atlantic Coast
By the time you retire, you should be able to kick back, relax and truly enjoy life. You’ll be able to do so with ease by making Grand Haven your home. With stunning homes, a vibrant community and a wonderful location, Grand Haven truly has it all. You’re sure to make many new friends within the Grand Haven community, and your days will be filled with exciting activities, relaxation, learning experiences and a whole lot of fun.