Valencia del Sol is a 55+ community developed by GL Homes, located in the city of Wimauma which is in the Tampa area. The community began selling around 2017 and should wrap up development with a little over 550 homes in 2023.
GL Homes is responsible for more than a dozen 55+ communities here in Florida and they unify them under the “Valencia” brand name.
In this review, we'll take a closer look at the location, amenities, and homes for sale here.
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Where is Valencia del Sol?
Most people describe Valencia del Sol as a “Tampa area” community, and I even did it above in the introduction.
Downtown Tampa is about 30 minutes to the north, making it the closest big city to the community, but, Bradenton is just about 35 minutes to the south.
I really like Valencia del Sol's location in that regard because it gives residents even more options as far as places to eat, things to do, and so on.
This area is a hotbed of 55+ communities. Just south of Valencia del Sol is another slightly older GL Homes community called Valencia Lakes, which is roughly 3 times the size of Valencia del Sol.
Just to the west of Valencia del Sol on the other side of US 301 is Sun City Center.
Because this area has been home to these other communities for so long, Valencia del Sol residents get to take advantage of the fact that there are already plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, doctor's offices, and everything else you might need or want close by. And again, Tampa and Bradenton are just a short hop away.
I know the beach looks deceptively close on the map, but depending on traffic Valencia del Sol is really about an hour away from Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Anna Maria Island.
Amenities at Valencia del Sol
One thing I can say is that GL Homes does not skimp on their amenities, and you'll most likely agree after seeing everything they've got for residents here.
This video from the developer is a great overview:
Inside the clubhouse you'll find:
- Grand social hall with dance floor and stage
- Card room
- Art and crafts room
- “Sports” lounge with pool tables and card table
- Bistro Del Sol restaurant
- Fitness Center
- Exercise studio
- Men's and Women's locker room
- …and more!
Outside the clubhouse, there's a resort-style pool with a beach entry, but connected to that on the right-hand side there's also an area with lane lines for lap swimming. There are plenty of lounge chairs and covered cabanas.
There are five clay tennis courts, 8 pickleball courts, and two bocce ball courts. All of these have shade pavilions and are also lit for nighttime play.
There's even a dog park to keep your furry friends happy and in shape.
New Homes and Resales
At the time of this writing in early 2023, GL Homes is winding down new home sales in Valencia del Sol, but you can typically find a few resales which we'll get to in a minute.
GL Homes offered both attached villas and single-family homes here ranging in size from about 1,600 sq. ft. of living area to over 3,200 sq. ft. of living area. Over the years GL Homes offered more than 20 different floorplans, so when you look at resales available here, you'll see quite a few variations.
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