Several years ago, while watching The Tavistock Cup from the comfort of their living room in Canada, Matt Enns and Katie Crockett saw a brief commercial for Lake Nona. The community, with a focus on healthy, active living, adjacent to a Medical City, immediately drew their attention. The couple had vacationed in Central Florida on several occasions, and made it a point to check out Lake Nona on their next trip to the Sunshine State.
“After vacationing in Central Florida for years, we had explored the option of perhaps finding a vacation home for my parents down here, but hadn’t really given thought of moving here ourselves,” Matt stated.
“As soon as we experienced the community for ourselves, we knew we had to move here. We thought, ‘finally, a community that really fits our style.’”The couple officially moved into their house in Laureate Park just this past December, and they now take pride in calling Lake Nona home. Matt travels back to Canada during planting season (May – October), as he helps run his family’s grain farm in Saskatchewan. Katie is a physical therapist, who also performs research for a health clinic based in Canada for which she is helping to develop a foundation that will fund and pursue research to further develop interdisciplinary health care.
“We love everything about living here,” Katie said. “We participate in outdoor yoga on Saturday mornings, we visit the Farmer’s Market, we’ve met neighbors who are in a similar stage of life, and we even recently attended an Orlando City soccer game with others from the community. We love the community’s philosophies on healthy living and wellness. It’s just a great fit for us.”
The two were married just this past March here in the Sunshine State, and boast that they actually had 85 guests in the pool at their new home the day after the wedding. They laugh when asked whether their friends and family from Canada might be just a little jealous of the Central Florida weather.
“When we moved here, what really jumped out were the opportunities for raising a family and – with such a focus on health care and wellness – even building our careers in Lake Nona. We see ourselves building a future here,” Matt added.
What does living well mean to us? It’s about enjoying a longer, healthier and more prosperous life. From general health and wellness initiatives to improved education and sustainability practices, our Lake Nona community is becoming a global model for modern living. With new ideas being brought to life here every day, Lake Nona’s growing collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness Solutions, Inc. marks yet another way our community is earning its place on the map.
Now you can be part of this special movement that will change the lives of generations to come.
Our home has been chosen as the site for a comprehensive, multi-generational research project that will seek to better understand the factors determining our overall wellbeing. We’re specifically going to assess how a community like ours, designed with health and wellness in mind, can positively affect the wellbeing of its residents and employees.
The project is an initiative of the Lake Nona Institute and is carried out by Lake Nona Medical City researchers and partners. The project also has founding sponsorship from Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness Solutions, Inc.
The Lake Nona Life Project is an opportunity to dramatically improve our quality of life – now and in the future. Imagine a time when chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes are significantly reduced. When we truly understand the link between stress and sleep deprivation. When we know what to eat and how to exercise to significantly change our level of happiness.
“The Lake Nona Life Project offers a rare chance to study wellness on a larger scale and care for individuals and communities one person at a time,” said Sanjay Gupta, president of Wellness + Prevention, Inc. “By looking at and assessing the habits that make up our daily routines, we can guarantee a better tomorrow.”
Participating in the Lake Nona Life Project is relatively easy and completely voluntary. You must work or live in Lake Nona and be willing to take a simple survey about your health and lifestyle choices approximately once a year.
Of course, everything is kept strictly confidential and all participants will have complete control over their level of involvement and have the ability to leave at any time.
The thousands of residents and employees who contribute to this study have an unprecedented opportunity to gain new insights into the effects of lifestyle on health and wellbeing that can help future generations. The project is designed to be part of our community’s legacy of sharing what we learn about living well.
Together, we can live longer, live better, live well.
Lake Nona announces the groundbreaking of Landon House, a 280-unit luxury, urban-style apartment community located in the heart of Lake Nona Town Center and the bustling Lake Nona Medical City. The upscale five-story, urban development will feature state-of-the-art amenities including a pool, meeting rooms, fitness facilities and parking garage. It will provide the most convenient rental housing to Lake Nona Medical City.
Landon House will be the second Lake Nona community to be constructed and managed in partnership with Birmingham, Ala.-based multi-family property developer, WeldenField, and property management company, SPM, LLC. Locally based Walker & Co. has been selected as the Landon House general contractor. Leasing will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and the community is projected to open in early 2016.
“Lake Nona is being built on the fundamentals of thoughtful design, sound planning, innovative collaboration and a commitment toward a thriving community rich in programming and activities, all built on a gigabit network allowing the best in technology. Landon House will be a wonderful addition to our community, and will provide an urban, live-work-play environment not yet seen in Orlando,” said Jim Zboril, president of Tavistock Development Company and Lake Nona Property Holdings.
Landon House is one of four active apartment communities currently planned or under construction at Lake Nona. WeldenField, SPM, LLC and Lake Nona teamed up in 2012 on the 289-unit Lake Nona Water Mark Apartments, which opened in 2013. Two more apartment communities are under design and planned to begin construction in the eastern and western sections of Lake Nona over the next two years.
“The variety of our housing and apartment communities are an important component in our offerings,” said Zboril. “We look forward to announcing the precise locations of our next communities in the coming months,” he added.
Commercial development is rapidly expanding throughout Lake Nona with more than $200 million in active onsite construction of new retail and office projects. The first phase of the Lake Nona Town Center is projected to open in the fall, which includes 5 restaurants, an 80,000 square foot office building and a 204-room Marriott Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott combination hotel complex. The 92,000 square-foot Florida Blue and GuideWell Innovation Center in Lake Nona Medical City is also under construction and will be completed this fall. The 75,000 square-foot Lake Nona Gateway building, a medical office building, was completed in late 2014 and is anchored by Florida Hospital and UCF Health.
With a real estate portfolio highlighted by Lake Nona, Tavistock Development Company is setting a new standard for the way in which business and residential communities are being built, focusing on high quality, high technology and innovative development.
Recently acknowledged by FORTUNE Magazine as a model for the next great American city, Lake Nona is one of the fastest growing communities in America attracting more than $2.8 billion in construction across 7.1 million square feet with the development of two new hospitals, three college campuses, a nationally recognized medical research institute, the USTA’s New Home of American Tennis and thousands of new homes. Adjacent to the Orlando International Airport, Lake Nona will feature more than five million square feet of commercial space, 2,200 hotel rooms, 30,000 residents and more than 100 shops and restaurants. Focused on sustainable design and healthy living, Lake Nona is recognized by Cisco as the only designated “Iconic Smart + Connected Community” in the U.S. – one of only nine such communities in the world.