Vitalia at Tradition
10023 SW Oak Tree Circle, Port St Lucie, Florida 34987
The 55+ Enclave of Vitalia is Within a Larger Development and Has Mediterranean Style Single Family Homes, a Large Clubhouse, an Activities Director, a Putting Green, Lakes and More
Tucked into 450 acres of sparkling lakes, coconut palms, pretty vistas and shimmering waterways, Vitalia is 55+ enclave in the master planned community of Tradition. It is located in Port St. Lucie along the southeastern Florida coast and broke ground in 2006. Leavitt and Sons was the original developer, but AV Homes took over construction in 2010 and unveiled Vitalia in 2013 (and Taylor Morrison acquired AV Homes in 2018).
Single family homes feature Mediterranean-style architecture and extensive outdoor living areas. Floor plans range in size from approximately 1,400 square feet to nearly 2,600 square feet. Dwellings have a gourmet kitchen, granite countertops, a study, two to four bedrooms, an attached garage, a terracotta roof and hurricane impact windows. Some have dual master suites.
Prices begin in the low- to mid-$200,000s. Please verify this price with a Realtor as it is bound to change. New, resale, and quick move-ins are available. HOA fees cover some maintenance and landscaping, cable and internet, as well as alarm monitoring.
The large clubhouse is well-appointed. Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool with cabanas, a putting green, an event lawn, fire pits, trails, and courts for bocce ball, pickleball, and tennis. Bicycles and golf carts are the community's preferred mode of transportation.
The Tradition community also has a new medical center. Tradition Square and the Landing at Tradition offer shopping as well as entertainment. The community's baseball field is home to the New York Mets during spring training. Vitalia is also just a short drive from airports, the PGA Village, and Treasure Coast beaches.
St. Lucie Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission and is a Primary Stroke Center. It accepts Medicare patients. The city also has a VA outpatient clinic, but the nearest VA hospital is in West Palm Beach, 35 miles away.
This area has a humid subtropical climate, with a wet season and a dry season. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 57 inches of rain each year.
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Sticking out into Hurricane Alley, Florida was a land no nation seemed to want. Ruled successively by Spain, France, England, and the Confederate States of America, the state had a backwater reputation. Other than St. Augustine and Pensacola, there were few cities. The area was rural and populated by frontier farmers.
In the late-1800s, changes came when railroads began chugging down both coasts. Industrialist Henry Flagler's Florida Easy Coast Railway even made it all the way to Key West. The Great Florida Land Boom, the build-up to World War II, and the space industry also helped turn Florida into one of the nation's most populous states. In 1900, there were about 500,000 residents. Today, there are more than 20 million, almost 351 people per square mile.
Why do people keep coming? Tourism marketing is one reason. Annually, millions visit Orlando's theme parks and the state's 663 miles of white sand beaches. Taxes generated by the billion dollar vacation industry allow Florida to prosper without a personal income tax. Budget-sensitive retirees have flocked to its cities and shorelines.
If you can ignore the hurricanes, the state's climate is relatively mild. Only five other states are sunnier. Florida's system of state universities and community colleges is sizable, and its big cities are meccas for culture and the arts. Sarasota is a good example. Its Ringling Museum Complex contains internationally known art museum, a circus museum, an historic theater, and a 66-acre garden. Museums near Orlando range from a Zora Neale Hurston gallery to a Madame Tussauds.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 55%
Median household income - $46,596
Median home value - $159,000
Persons in poverty - 16%
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why Would Someone Age 55+ Retire in an All Ages Development?
While communities designed for people age 55 or better have a lot of benefits, not everyone wants to retire in a development where most of the residents are the same age and often of the same socioeconomic background. All ages community by law cannot discriminate based on age so they nearly always have a wide range of residents, from families and single professionals to empty nesters and often retirees. Many older all ages neighborhoods are organic, that is having grown over time and never having been "master planned." These usually do not have amenities such as a pool, tennis courts, etc. But more and more new all ages communities are master planned, gated, with covenants and HOA fees. Retirees often prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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