Energy-Efficient Adult Playground
By Kelly Godbey
For Keith and Joan Woll, moving from Connecticut to Orlando, FL in July of 2013 has been a dream come true. “Shea Trilogy is an adult playground—it’s like being on a vacation every day. We can’t believe that we live here.”
“I felt at home from day one. It’s a friendly place. Here, you walk to the clubhouse, and it’s home,” Keith said. “I don’t have one negative. It’s a fun, happy place with wonderful people.”
The Wolls play water volleyball three days a week in the resort-style pool. They also play pickleball three days a week, and still find time for golf. They also take advantage of travel arranged through Trilogy, including a trip to watch the Red Sox in Tampa, and even nighttime kayaking at Cape Canaveral through bioluminescent waters.
After retiring early at the age of 58, Keith and his wife Joan were tired of the snow and high expenses of living in the Northeast. Although they had lived in CT since 1975, they knew they wanted to head for the warm weather of Florida. They didn’t want to live right on the coast, so Orlando was the perfect fit for them.
The Orlando International Airport makes travel very convenient. Although their daughter lives in North Carolina, it’s easy for them to visit with their grandchild. They even have season passes to Disney World.
“It is an ideal lifestyle. We are both active and love to be outside,” Keith said.
Keith even talked his 84-year-old mother into moving into the community, so they bought a house for her around the corner. She was concerned with moving from Long Island, but now she is reportedly “having a blast” with a mix of friends of varying ages. Although she is very independent, Keith can hop in the golf cart and be at her house in 15 seconds.
In addition to the resort lifestyle, the Wolls love the lower costs. In Florida, they enjoy no state income tax, along with no mortgage and virtually no electrical costs. Their solar-paneled 2,400-sq.-ft. home is extremely energy-efficient, and they pay $10.86 per month for their electric bill (which is mainly taxes and processing fees). Compared with over $400 per month for oil in the winter, this home is a dream. I-L