PUBILSHED OCT. 27, 2016
By PHYLLIS HODGES
As of Sept. 30, the Sun City Center Community Association had 11,429 members. That includes 167 members who have moved into the new Verona neighborhood on Chipper Drive where 104 paired villas and 55 single-family homes were built by Minto Communities beginning in January 2015. Another 85 homes are planned for the area that will bring new members to the CA.
Verona residents, in addition to the CA membership, which allows access to clubs and access to all three CA properties—Central Campus, South Campus and West Campus—also have a mandatory social membership to Club Renaissance. With so many options available to them, these new residents have been enthusiastically embracing the SCC spirit of volunteerism and staying active.
Gene and Kathy Amb were among the first to move to Verona last year after renting in Renaissance for several months to give themselves a chance to look around. They are fully satisfied with their new life here, particularly the philosophy of Neighbors Helping Neighbors reflected both in Verona and in the SCC overall community. “Everyone is caring and supportive of each other,” Kathy said. “Someone always steps up when anyone is in need, whether it is a household project or health issue. Kathy, for example, volunteers at the Security Patrol, South Bay Hospital and Calvary Church Food Pantry.
Verona is unique in that it is the only gated neighborhood that is part of the Community Association. In addition to the Chipper Drive entrance (off S. Pebble Beach Boulevard), the homes are also accessible from Emerald Dunes Drive in Renaissance. During this construction phase, the gate is open during the day and closed at night. When all the units are built, each homeowner will have a remote gate control.
Sy Wolf, who heads Minto’s new home sales, said that Verona will have 244 homes when completed. The villas range in size from 1,503 to 1,862 square feet and are priced in the low $200 thousands. The single-family homes are 1,683 to 2,557 square feet with prices ranging from the mid $200 thousands to mid $300 thousands. There is a community pool and three lakes on the property. Some of the homes border Sandpiper Golf Club; some border Renaissance Club courses. He said the decision to gate the new community stemmed from customer requests and input from their focus group.
Wolf calls Verona “the last chance to buy a new home in Sun City Center.” It is Minto’s final phase in Sun City Center since there is no more available property. There are currently eight Verona model homes open to the public—four on Chipper Drive in Verona and four in Renaissance.
You can visit the Minto sales center at 105 Commercial Dr., off S.R. 674, or call 813-634-6400 to arrange for a personal tour with a sales professional.