John & Patty Lunski

John and I are from Hanover Township in Northeastern Pennsylvania. John retired in March 2015 and the weather wasn’t too bad the first winter following, but we knew we wanted to live somewhere warm with no snow to shovel!

John had been searching on the internet for months and came across Cypress Lakes in Lakeland so we decided to schedule a trip there to decide if we really wanted to move to Florida. We picked out a few homes for sale there that we found online, made an appointment to stay in their Guest Home and booked our flight in November 2015.

We fell in love with Cypress Lakes before we even looked at one home. The grounds were so clean and well kept; everyone was so friendly. We found a home that fit our needs and closed on it a few weeks later; eventually selling our home in Pa. and moving in as full time residents in June of 2016.

It was difficult saying “goodbye” to our family and friends in Pa. … we had lived in the same house for 30 years! But we knew we were making the right move.

From the very first day we moved in we were welcomed with open arms. Our neighbors are great! We made friends quickly, which normally can be difficult, but here at Cypress Lakes it’s one of the easiest things to do.

John became a member of the Big Cypress Golf Club [located right within the community] during our first week here, and he’s now golfing four days a week. He shot his very first hole-in-one just three months in!

We’re always out and about, which is one of the most ideal things about Cypress Lakes. We play shuffleboard, corn hole and Mexican train. We frequent karaoke on Wednesday nights up in the Big Cypress Grill where the food is really good. Some days we relax poolside or exercise. And that’s the nice thing … you can be as active as you want or just relax and enjoy!

There is so much to do here at Cypress Lakes—the lifestyle is nothing like we had at home—there is something for everyone. I can go on and on but if you’re looking for a 55-plus, gated community, you need to check this place out … you will not be disappointed!

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