It’s almost the New Year. As we say goodbye to 2015, it’s time to look ahead at what 2016 will bring to the real estate market. Economic growth will continue to chug along, employment will continue to increase, and homebuyers will continue to feel confident in purchasing a new home. Here’s a closer look at the trends for 2016:

New homes will come back big time. New home construction was one of the hardest-hit industries after the housing bust. Single-family home construction increased 10 percent this year and is expected to rise another 23 percent in 2016, according to the National Association of Home Builders. That coincides with healthy sales. New home sales grew 15 percent this year and are forecasted to jump 26 percent in 2016.

Buyers will want green and smart homes. Homebuilders are increasingly incorporating eco-friendly features into projects to meet growing demand largely from affluent Baby Boomers who prioritize energy efficiency, a healthier indoor environment and durability. More than half of builders say they are working on green projects, according to a study from Dodge Data & Analytics for the National Association of Home Builders. Those percentages are expected to rise over the next five years.

Homeowners want to be social. Neighborhoods with a clubhouse allow residents to easily stay social and make new friends. With more time on their hands from retirement, boomers want a clubhouse for member dining, hospitality and entertainment. They also want natural amenities such as kayaking, biking, and walkable communities.

For those seeking a new address in Florida, GlenLakes on the Adventure Coast might just fit the bill.  Located along the coast north of Tampa, GlenLakes captures everything to love about the Florida lifestyle: natural surroundings, championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation. For more information on a new 2016 home in this waterfront community, click here.

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While many parts of the country head inside during the cold winter months, residents of Weeki Wachee, Florida are blessed with warm weather and adventure year round. The community of GlenLakes offers residents numerous ways to experience new things, get social, and stay active in the new year. Here a just a few of the GlenLakes clubs:

Kayak Club: Meets first Thursday of the month, February – November with monthly group paddles.

Bellydance Classes: Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:00pm in the aerobics room. New students are always welcome! Complimentary first class!

Investment Club: If you are interested in investing and meeting a bunch of savvy investors we invite you to attend one of our meetings. Just show up, we would be happy to have you join the group.

Model Yacht Club: Meets every Wednesday and Friday at 1:15pm on the pond across from the Clubhouse. Everyone welcome.

GlenLakes Singles Club: Meets the first Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm on the second floor. Singles who are GlenLakes Club Members are welcome to attend.

Tai Chi Class: Wednesday, 7:45am in the aerobics room. New students welcome. $35 per month. First class is always complimentary to see how you like the class.

Zumba, Body Sculpting, Step & Water Aerobics: See schedule posted in Fitness Center.

Ceramics Class: Ceramics classes are held every Monday and Tuesday morning from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Just show up!

The community of GlenLakes not only offers an outstanding portfolio of clubs but also homes designed for easy living and gracious entertaining. Tour a model home and then choose the perfect site for your new home. Nestled in the heart of GlenLakes is the newest neighborhood of estate home sites. Located between the 10th, 11th and 12th fairways and sparkling Cypress Lake, each estate home site offers outstanding views. Click here for a GlenLakes homebuyer’s guide.

While many parts of the country head inside during the cold winter months, residents of Weeki Wachee, Florida are blessed with warm weather year round. If you’re lucky enough to be spending the holiday season on the Adventure Coast, here are five not to miss activities:

Chinsegut Hill Retreat- December 5th, 12th, 18th

Come see how the Chinsegut Hill Retreat glows with vintage Christmas charm. Watch a demonstration and learn how Christmas candy was made long ago. Santa Claus is also making appearance. Chinsegut Hill has welcomed many great dignitaries like Thomas Edison, Helen Keller and William Jennings Bryan. But none can compare to the excitement about Old St. Nick.

Candy Cane Acres- Every Fri/Sat of December

Gather your family and friends to enjoy the holiday light display and Christmas Village at Hernando County Fairgrounds. Visit Mrs. Claus’ kitchen and decorate your own cookie, see the Parade of Trees, stop by Santa’s workshop and make a craft to take home, and cuddle up for an old Florida-style sleigh ride.

Breakfast with Santa- December 13th

This is the perfect event for residents of GlenLakes to bring the family from out of town to. The grandchildren can meet the man himself, Santa Claus! This holiday filled breakfast will include an omelet station, French toast, whipped buttermilk biscuits, and many more delicious items.

Holiday Food Drive- December 15th

Food donations are being collected at the GlenLakes Sales Office and will be distributed to local churches. Items needed include boxed/canned meals, soups, jelly, peanut butter, and baby food. After all, it is the season of giving!

 New Years Eve Dinner & Dance- December 31st

Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to ring in the New Year. Residents of GlenLakes are invited to a night of dinner and dancing. The menu will include wild blueberry BBQ’d pork shanks, seaweed relish seared lamb lollipops, assorted petite desserts, and of course a champagne toast at midnight.

The Adventure Coast is ready to spread holiday cheer this winter season! The community of GlenLakes spreads cheer all year long offering an outstanding portfolio of homes designed for easy living and gracious entertaining. Tour a model home and then choose the perfect site for your new home. Nestled in the heart of GlenLakes is the newest neighborhood of estate home sites. Located between the 10th, 11th and 12th fairways and sparkling Cypress Lake, each estate home site offers outstanding views. Click here for a GlenLakes homebuyer’s guide.

800-pounds of gray giant gently breaks the water’s surface with two perfectly round nostrils and many, many whiskers. The warm springs of Citrus County are an extremely popular refuge for endangered West Indian manatees. The springs allow these docile creatures to escape winter’s cold and serve as a place to mate and nurse their young. In winter, Citrus has the world’s largest collection of manatees in their natural environment and their local Florida neighbors are anxious to say hello. Few people realize that Citrus County is the only place in America that you can legally enter the water with these gentle giants. Here’s how:

Kayak, Canoe or Paddleboard: Some of the best places to see manatees this way is in King’s Bay in Crystal River, the Chassahowitzka River, and the Homosassa River. Guides and rental companies have everything that is needed for a manatee-filled adventure.

Swimming Tours: Although visitors can go it alone, guides are recommended. Guides are knowledgeable about federal regulations for manatee interactions, and swim-with tour operators show all guests a short manatee manners video.

View From Land: One of the most popular places for manatees to go in the winter is Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River. Visitors to the property can’t enter the water from land, but they get an unbeatable view of the springs and manatees from the boardwalk that surrounds the area.

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park: This is home to captive manatees, many of which are being rehabilitated and will eventually be released back into the wild. It’s the perfect place to see manatees by land, no wetsuit required! Manatees meander in the headspring of the Homosassa River and relax in their custom pools.

Lucky for residents of GlenLakes, these gentle giants are just a short drive away. With visiting grandchildren and guests, it’s a real thrill to experience the natural wildlife in person. When the eco tour is complete, it’s time to hit the links, and GlenLakes newest home sites are located between the 10th, 11th and 12th fairways. Each estate home offers outstanding views and plenty of room for friends and family visiting from the north. For more information on living the Florida lifestyle at GlenLakes, click here

 

Known as the “Sponge Capital of the World,” Tarpon Springs is an area where Greek immigrants settled during the early 1900’s and built a thriving industry harvesting and selling the natural sponges that are abundant in the waters. Just an hour south of the GlenLakes community, Tarpon Springs continues to be the world’s largest natural sponge producer supplying 70% of the natural sponges. Charming restaurants and shops, whitewashed buildings, Greek food, culture and traditions are on display and make for a great day trip.

The Sponge Docks– For most visitors, the heart of Tarpon Springs resides at the famous Sponge Docks. The historic Sponge Exchange is the location where the sponges were once bought and sold in a huge marketplace, and is now a plaza with restaurants and shops.

St. Nicholas Sponge Diving Trip– Board a sponge boat known as the St. Nicholas and cruise down the Anclote River. You’ll be amazed as the diver dons 172 pounds of traditional diving gear including a helmet, breast plate, boots and body weights, plunging over the side of the boat connected to an air hose while gathering sponges.

Anclote Key Boat Trip– Consider the Sponge-O-Rama cruise on a pontoon boat to the nearby Anclote Key Preserve State Park, one of Florida’s most stunning barrier islands. Wade in the shallow water to find beautiful shells and notice the wide diversity of bird species.

Greek Village– Wood frame homes of the original Greek immigrant sponge divers are interspersed with commercial buildings and sponge packinghouses where sponges were processed by cleaning, trimming, sorting, bleaching, drying and packing.

Mama’s Restaurant– A local favorite featuring pickled octopus, lamb shank in tomato sauce, smarides (pan fried fish smelts), and spanokopita (spinach pie).

Mykonos Restaurant- Known for traditional and classic Greek food. Try the chargrilled kalamaria (calamari), psari tis oras (charbroiled or pan fried whole fish of the day) and don’t miss the classic Gyro.

Drawing visitors for decades with its Mediterranean village charm, Tarpon Springs is an authentic place with a fascinating history that still holds true today. The Tarpon Springs High School is home to the “spongers” and Jimmy’s Pizza specializes in a spinach and feta pie. Lucky for residents of GlenLakes, Tarpon Springs is an easy day trip. GlenLakes homes are designed for easy living and gracious entertaining. Nestled in the heart of the community is the newest neighborhood of estate home sites. Located between the 10th, 11th and 12th fairways and sparkling Cypress Lake, each estate home site offers outstanding views and plenty of room for a beautiful home. For more information on living the Florida lifestyle at GlenLakes, click here.

Your furry friend becomes a part of the family so it matters if they like their home too. For man’s best friend, living in Hernando County definitely has it perks. Residents of GlenLakes have easy access to the county’s first dog park so they can join in games of keep away, catch and tummy rubs. Here’s what all the woof is about:

Rotary Centennial Dog Park is located in the heart of Spring Hill and has three acres dedicated exclusively to your barking buddy. It offers three separate fenced areas – one for small dogs, one for large dogs and the third for guide, therapy or very shy dogs. The park also offers running water in bowls on the ground so your pup can cool off on warm Florida days.

Bringing your pooch to a dog park can have many benefits. Socialization, exercise, and mental stimulation help keep a pet healthy and happy. Giving your dog the opportunity to exercise and play off-leash in a controlled environment often helps with behavioral issues and excessive barking. It is also a great place for you to meet others that share your common interest and for Fido to meet new doggie friends.

The park is open everyday from sunrise to sunset and it is enclosed so your pup can be off-leash without worry. Because the dog park hours are not restrictive, you can come on your schedule. The best part? It’s free! With the GlenLakes community just a short drive away from the Rotary Centennial Dog Park, you and your pup can be there in no time. For those privileged pooches living in GlenLakes, life is surrounded by nature preserves, miles of trails and the communities love for dogs. To find out more about a home in GlenLakes for you and your pup, click here.

Situated an hour west of Orlando, Hernando County, a.k.a. Florida’s Adventure Coast, is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Withlacoochee River to the east. It’s full of beautiful nature, Florida’s fascinating history and home to an emerging group of entrepreneurs in agriculture. Wherever you are on the Adventure Coast, you’ll find plenty to do and see.

1. Weeki Wachee Springs
Each day more than 117 million gallons of fresh 74-degree water bubbles up out of subterranean caverns. The spring is so deep that the bottom has never been found. From the springs, the Weeki Wachee River flows over 12 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. The translucent water and shallow sandy bottom of the river create a dazzling experience. Visitors can take a riverboat cruise, watch an underwater mermaid show, and check out Buccaneer Bay, Florida’s only spring fed water park.

2. Active Outdoors
A slow, easy, five-mile paddle on the Weeki Wachee River is an ideal day on the water. Paddling Adventures, located adjacent to the Weeki Wachee Park, will provide equipment and tips for an enjoyable ride. You’ll paddle under a shady natural canopy of cypress and oak trees while enjoying plenty of wildlife. For hiking and bird watching visit Pine Island Park, Anderson Snow Park, or Bayport Park. Those looking to get their feet off the ground will enjoy TreeUmph, a treetop obstacle with hanging bridges, Tarzan ropes, and zip lines.

3. Historic Adventures
In addition to the area’s beauty there is also history to discover. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered the region in 1539 and the county was named for him. Centuries later, during the Civil War, Confederate and Union troops fought a significant battle in Brooksville, where today the annual Brooksville Raid reenactment is held.
Three different historical venues are worth a stop to take a step back in time – The Chinsegut Hill Retreat with 168 years of history, the Brooksville 1885 Train Depot Museum, an all aboard adventure 130 years in the making, and the May Stringer Museum, one of Florida’s most haunted sites.

4. Florida Farms and Spirits
The Kegs, Casks & Corks Tour offers visitors a chance to hop around the Adventure Coast and taste local tap rooms, breweries, wineries, and distilleries that capture the area’s distinctive spirit. At Little Rock Cannery prepare fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood to be canned at this Hernando County-operated cannery. Boyett’s Citrus Grove is a classic roadside attraction that’s 100% fresh-squeezed Florida fun. It began in 1960 as a fruit stand and has grown into an orange grove, ice cream parlor, zoo, and gift shop.

Residents of GlenLakes enjoy all that the Adventure Coast has to offer plus the myriad of amenities within the GlenLakes community including championship golf and a 35,000 square-foot clubhouse. When you are ready for adventure and a home in an immaculately maintained community, try GlenLakes on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Click here for more information.