Solivita Couple Stars in Upcoming Designing Spaces Episode

Lifetime channel’s Designing Spaces will feature a Solivita couple in a segment that highlights the recreational and social perks that come with living in the 55-plus active adult community.


Karen and Mike Altavilla, recent transplants from the Scranton-Wilkes Barre, PA., area, spent a day in December with a Designing Spaces film crew chronicling their energetic lifestyles for a short episode on the benefits of living in a vibrant retirement community like Solivita. Karen, 55, enjoys aqua aerobics and plays softball and pickleball while Mike, 60, plays golf and shuffleboard. All of their activities, plus many others, are situated in the 4,300-acre Central Florida master planned community built by AV Homes Inc.


The Altavillas decided to start their new lives as early retirees in Solivita after touring several active adult communities in Central Florida three years ago. “I made Mike look everywhere,” said Karen, “but he knew where he wanted to be from Day 1. We picked Solivita because it was the most active community. People are out doing something all the time.”


Mike first visited Solivita on a golf trip 10 years ago. “I told my buddies I’m going to retire to this place,” he recalled. “I just love it.”


Designing Spaces will feature the couple in a segment scheduled to air Jan. 5 and 12, 2018, at 7:30 a.m. EST on the Lifetime channel.

About Solivita: Developed and built by AV Homes Inc., Solivita is a 55-plus active adult community located just minutes from downtown Kissimmee, FL., and less than 30 miles from world-famous theme parks and Orlando International Airport. Solivita offers its more than 6,000 residents myriad recreational and entertainment options. The community features two fitness centers, 14 swimming pools, restaurants, arts and crafts rooms, billiard room, and other meeting and ballroom facilities. Also on site are two 18-hole championship golf courses, softball field, bocce ball courts, shuffleboard courts, 17 pickleball courts, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, dog parks and an outdoor pavilion. Social activities include more than 200 clubs that bring residents together to enjoy shared interests.

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