south river ambiance
South River Ambiance? Oh dear, Where do I begin?
I'll start at the entrance
and try to work my way.
South River is
within a mere 5 minutes to Publix, Sears, Home Depot, Staples, Lowes. They are all at the Indian Street entrances. A ten minute direct road
to Super Wal-Mart. Also an exciting new shopping center, Kanner Crossing, at the corner of Kanner Highway and Salerno
Road three minutes away.
Extremely important is a sidewalk running the entire length of our one mile complex, from
Kanner Highway to the South
Fork of the St. Lucie River, which is ocean access. A lot of folks under play the importance of a sidewalk. It's
not just for walking. It's the front porch and a gathering spot for neighbors. There are the morning walkers and
the after supper walkers. You will see neighbors gathering and chit-chatting. This sidewalk brings the people
together and helps to know each other. Its socialization that brings satisfaction in where a person lives, and gives
a feeling of importance, community, and belonging.
Our buildings look like houses and homes. Not a motel.
In almost every single instance you will see other complexes look like long rows of apartment buildings, no style, no gardens.
The buildings are concrete construction with a tan stucco and red barrel tile roofs. Each building has its own
center courtyard, with the freedom to try your own hand at flower gardening is there if a green thumb running in your blood.
We have carports. A lot of complexes don't have such a simple and basic requirement.
South River has extended lush green lawns, mature palms, trees, and gardens.
All are meticulously maintained. If something looks like it is on the way out, it is not just removed, there is another
tree, shrub, plant put in its place. The green space in between the buildings is larger than the other complexes.
In other complexes, when buildings are too close together, people start getting on each other nerves. It's just human
nature, when packed in too close. Neighbors are more outgoing because the landscaping is friendly and inviting.
South River has an ocean access dock
with a FREE boat launch, and FREE day docks. Also, FREE RV or boat storage. Very active horseshoe, tennis,
shuffle board and bowling leagues that play other associations.
The clubhouse not only consists of the usual
billiards, hall and kitchen all clubhouses have, but special card playing rooms, library, computer equipment for
a very active computer club ( membership of about 40), and especially something no other complex has is an air conditioned
wood working shop. This shop has every piece of machinery and tool a person can think of, a couple rip saws, planer,
router, jig saw, about twelve large pieces of equipment covered with plastic. While if you may not
be interested in wood working, it is an amenity that helps increase the value of all units.
We have our own commmunity
TV channel to keep up with all the social activities and meetings. South River has a very full social calendar. Besides the luncheons, tours and trips,
the ladies like the Red Hat Club.
The reserve fund is in excess of $100,000 for each village. There are five
villages, so reserves are in excess of $500,000. Every conceivable item is covered in either the regular monthly maintenance
or the reserve. There are no surprises, no special assessments.
The monthly maintenance fee covers: Building
insurance, complete lawn and landscape maintenance and care, Comcast cable, public water and sewer, trash removal,
free RV or boat storage, maintenance of the clubhouse, pool and docks, all reserves are fully funded which covers the
maintenance of the exterior of the buildings, roadway, docks, and clubhouse, management, and recreation. The
maintenance fee ranges between $210.00 to $377.00 per month.
Because of the happy state of mind we have in South River, it is the most asthetically pleasing and enjoyable
place to live. Just turning into the complex gives a person a great feeling of pride, because of the spaciousness and
non-cramped feeling. Most complexes are tar and parking, with zero ambiance.
As you turn into South River first all you see a pond with a fountain, then a double road with green grass and tree lined
center median gardens. This in itself is impressive for the residents and their guests. A person will be
hard pressed to find this in any other complex. Many have said South River has the ambiance of a Resort.
Authored by Alice Kent