By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
At first glance, Dakota looks like many new communities in South Florida. Look closely, though, and you’ll notice a difference: Dakota includes features that appeal to both young families and active adults over 55.
Sunrise-based builder GL Homes recently launched sales at the single-family development, with 387 homes on U.S. 441 just south of Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Of the eight models offered, five are two-story homes with four to six bedrooms and three to five baths. These homes range from 2,217 to 3,464 air-conditioned square feet. But there are also three single-story models, with two or three bedrooms and 2 1/2 or three baths. And at least one of them — the Atlantic Grande — is one of the same models GL sells at its Valencia communities for active adults.
“We didn’t really envision that Dakota would be a multi-generational community, but we do know that retirees who don’t want a 55-plus community really have a void in the marketplace at an affordable price,” says Jill DiDonna, a GL senior vice president. “So, I could definitely see parents and their adult children, and their children, all living here in the same community.”
Amenities at Dakota include a clubhouse with fitness center, indoor sports court and event room with catering kitchen, as well as a pool, tennis and pickleball courts and playground. The first homeowners should take occupancy in early 2018, DiDonna says. Current prices range from $459,900 to $589,900.
GL is not the only builder offering multi-generational options to buyers. Miami-based Lennar Corp., currently building new homes throughout South Florida, introduced a multi-generational model called Next Gen in 2011. Essentially a home-within-a-home, Next Gen homes typically feature a suite with a bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchenette and garage that is separate from the main house. Toll Brothers offers multi-generational options as well.
Whether GL intended to create a multigenerational community or not, the project seems to be selling well. According to DiDonna, 61 homes were sold during the project’s opening weekend in March — and the Atlantic Grande was one of the most popular.