Staff Report

When Marie Wise and husband Ryan moved to Florida from Ohio 10 years ago, the couple built a gorgeous custom home in a big subdivision. But, soon after, the couple realized that home ownership and the burden of upkeep was too much. When GL Homes launched its resort style new home community six years ago, the Wise’s lined up and were one of the first five homes built in the 55 and over resort lifestyle community.

“We just fell in love with the lifestyle, the amenities and the activities in Valencia Lakes,” described Wise, a realtor with Re/Max South Shore realty. “The location is great, the builder is excellent and we have always been very happy here.”

As a realtor, Wise enjoys showing couples and new residents around the community and helping them become familiar with the amenities, activities and clubs within Valencia Lakes.

Osprey Observer newspapers has been participating in the Valencia Lakes Outdoor Expo for two years and continued to hear from residents that the direct-mail newspapers would be a welcome addition to the community.

“We enjoy participating in events in Valencia Lakes,” described Managing Editor Marie Gilmore. “And, we were eager to bring our newspaper to the residents but needed a marketing partner to help make that happen. Marie came on board as our first realtor to specifically target Valencia Lakes as a community and it helped launch our deliveries there. We hope the residents will enjoy receiving the newspaper and will let us know when there is positive news to cover.”

Valencia Lakes is a GL Homes community with new homes available from the $170’s for active lifestyle residents ages 55+.  At Valencia Lakes, the community is centered around its 27,000 sq. ft. clubhouse complete with fitness center, swimming pool and spa, cabana bath, yoga and exercise studio, art student, wine bar, social hall with stage and dance floor, Internet Cafe, lockers, steam room, Tennis and basketball courts and the newly completed baseball fields. Valencia Lakes offers an impressive variety of 19 floor plans to choose from with 2, 3 and 4 bedroom designs.

Valencia Lakes models are open daily. The community is located just off of U.S. Hwy 301 south of Big Bend Rd. in Wimauma. For a personal tour, contact Marie Wise, SRES RE/MAX South Shore Realty 672-9000 or direct at 486-6043 or email

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Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.