Del Boca Vista Phase III, as we know from "Seinfeld," was the dreary setting for early-bird dinners and medicine-ball workouts among the superannuated. Having seen these episodes, any child with grandparents in a gated Sunbelt community would quickly veto all visit plans the older generations might plot. The kids really ought to switch off the TV and look around. They’ll find Florida communities that look as though a team of ten-year-old consultants had sketched the master plan and designed the activities calendar. If you choose wisely, leaving the snow and ice behind won’t mean losing touch with the younger generation. Here are three Florida home-buying opportunities your young relations will noisily endorse.
Reunion Resort & Club
Reunion, Florida By its name alone, this community says: "Let’s get the family together." Your crew can choose between theme-park outings, tennis matches and games of Marco Polo in the community’s multilevel waterpark. Grandchildren who golf can compete on any of three Tour-worthy courses, or do their ball striking at Kids Crew camp. The parents can then head to the gleaming fitness center or boutique spa, where the facials come in eleven varieties. Pictured at right is a three-story home that overlooks a fairway of Palmer’s Legacy course. Visit reunionresort.com.
World Golf Village
St. Augustine, Florida This community’s centerpiece is the World Golf Hall of Fame, which covers centuries of golf greatness. Yet the real-world golf is also fame-worthy, with two resort courses, one by the team of Nicklaus and Palmer, the other a collaboration of Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen. Plus, purchase of a WGV residential lot can gain you year-round privileges at Serenata, a handsome beach club fifteen miles down Route A1A. Buyers of estate lots get their initiation fee waived, while buyers of standard lots receive a big discount. And this is surely the only residential golf community anywhere with an IMAX Theatre—a rainy-day lifesaver. The pictured home is within the King & Bear neighborhood, and very recently completed. Visit wgv.com.
Las Colinas at Mission Inn Resort and Club
Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida It’s natural for any clan to seek connections to the past, and this luxury homestead on the still-rural shores of Lake Harris is a good place to find them. The Beucher family’s Mission Inn resort dates back thirty-plus years, although its real estate component is a fairly recent addition to the thousand-acre property. Called Las Colinas (appropriate for a hilly region once known as the Florida Alps), the community’s homesites surround a Gary Koch golf course that opened in 1992, the second of two eighteens at Mission Inn. Marina del Rey, the community’s nautical center, offers kids sailing or you can tempt them with a canoe ride. Across from the marina is Hickory Point Recreational Park, with its picnic pavilion, barbeque grills, nature trails and colorful modern playground equipment. The villa-style home pictured has a gourmet kitchen and views of an expansive pool area. Visit missionrealestate.com.