I made the time to pay a formal visit to Trilogy a couple of days ago. If you aren’t familiar with Trilogy, it is a gated and manned community for the active adult a/k/a 55 plus. The community was conceived and started during the boom years. At that time it was known as Cascades. Unfortunately, the economy crashed and construction stopped abrubtly. I felt so bad for the few folks that purchased in the community and had none of the amenities or neighbors they were promised. All I can say now is, those home owners that hung in there are now reaping the benefits of Shea Homes completing this neighborhood.
I had been to Trilogy a few times in the past. I had a shown a few resales and been to a Chamber event in the pool area. This visit was different though. I visited the sales center and was given a wonderful tour of the clubhouse by one of Trilogy’s sales reps, Diana Stone.
Trilogy boasts a 55,000 plus square foot club house, Magnolia House Members’ Club, that is quite beautiful and substantial. The décor is contemporary while holding onto classic ideals. There is a gorgeous restaurant open for lunch and dinner on select days which boasts formally trained chefs who have worked in some of the most demanding kitchens. There is also a private kitchen with room to entertain where residents can take cooking lessons with a trained chef or entertain others in a casual, comfortable atmosphere outside of their own home.
Trilogy also has an adorable arts and crafts room where adult can craft and create and bring the grand children to enjoy some of the fun, too.
There is a card room for poker and the like where drink service is provided. In fact, cocktail service can be had in an area of the clubhouse – except the workout facilities of course.
And the workout facilities are beautiful, top of the line and technologically pleasing as well. (All the treadmills are wired for tv and internet). Ladies that are not inclined to workout in the presence of the opposite sex can enjoy a separate exercise area off the ladies locker room that is Curves® inspired.
The locker room come equipped with everything you need including soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. You can even get a massage while you’re there, too (at very competitive rates.)
There is an indoor/outdoor heated pool which is a staple to any 55 plus community. Trilogy’s clubhouse also includes tennis, bocce and pickle ball courts.
Overall, the clubhouse and its offerings were amazing. The more I saw, the more I kind of wished I was 55 or older – or neighborhoods like this were constructed for young to middle aged adults and families. Wouldn’t that be wonderful (hint, hint Shea Homes).
After touring the clubhouse I took a stroll through Shea’s models which start in the $180s. They were all elegantly decorated and had really functional floor plans. The kitchens were open, had ample (granite) counter space and cabinet space as well. My favorite part of the kitchens were the gas stove. (Jenn Air appliances are standard) Florida kitchens have been equipped with electric stove predominantly, but as more people from the North move in and more builders see the benefit and savings in using natural gas, we are seeing more gas stoves. I love cooking with gas. It took me forever to adjust to electric cooking, and I don’t think the adjustment has gone well. Fortunately, my husband has been helping out with meals a little more lately.
Shea’s home are stunning and well thought out. Master bedrooms are sizable but not so extreme where other rooms in the house suffer for it. The bathrooms are tastefully designed and the master bathrooms all feature dual sinks, a tub and roomy shower space.
The best part about Shea homes and the Trilogy community is the energy efficiency. Trilogy is the only community in the area that builds energy efficient homes with ZERO electric bills. Low flow fixtures, sealed duct systems, high performance insulation, dual pane Anderson windows, energy efficient lighting, low volatile organic compound (VOC) paint, eco friendly materials and solar powered system are all included in Shea’s homes in Trilogy. Trilogy has embraced the use of energy efficient technology and the power of the sun (solar enegry).
Interested in Shea Homes and Trilogy? Trilogy offers a wonderful program where you can “try before you buy.” For less than the cost of stayin in most hotels, those interested in purchasing in Trilogy can enjoy 2 nights and 3 days stay including a tour of the nearby Lakeridge Winery.
On a side note, I took some photos of the grounds and models while I was visiting, but they were taken with my phone, so the quality isn’t anything I would choose to share publicly. Here are some links to Trilogy. It definitely is worth taking a look. If you would like to schedule a personal tour or curious about the Try Before You Buy Program, feel free to let me know. I would be happy to make arrangements for you.