Arden, the 1,200-acre master-planned community centered on healthy living, is quickly taking shape on Southern Blvd. in western Palm Beach County. Over the past few months, approximately 4 million cubic yards of dirt have been moved and more than 85 acres of new lakes have been created, including the mile-long lake at the heart of the community. Arden will feature 176 acres of lakes when completed.
Developed by Freehold Communities, Arden will eventually include 2,000 homes, the majority of which will back up to a park, greenway, nature trail or lake.
Purposefully designed to magnify the connection between nature, health and happiness, the scenic property features 19 miles of walking and biking trails; 176 acres of lakes for fishing, kayaking or canoeing; an expansive great lawn for events; and a 5-acre community farm and barn where residents can gather for seasonal cooking classes, harvest events or farm-to-fork meals. Arden is one of the first developments in Florida to feature a working farm as a central element of community life.
The two-story clubhouse will form the heart of recreational activity at Arden. A resort-style pool flows over two levels. The peaceful upper pool and Jacuzzi are surrounded by private cabanas for those who want some quiet time, while the lower pool offers water play areas perfectly suited for families with children.
The split-level pool strategy will be replicated within the clubhouse, with plenty of separate indoor and outdoor gathering spaces for all ages to enjoy. The upper level will have an inviting Wi-Fi café serving coffees, lattes, juice and grab-and-go food items, including frozen treats; meeting and event rooms; and an outdoor covered patio with a fireplace. The lower level will include a fully equipped fitness room and a private exercise studio with Wellbeats virtual trainers on demand.
Arden’s amenities were developed based on comprehensive market research. Before Freehold Communities embarks on a new development, the company invests in a significant amount of research to determine the local market preferences and interests.
“Our research showed that inviting gathering spaces for social interaction and easy access to healthy food and best-in-class fitness options were in high demand,” said Suzanne Maddalon, vice president of marketing for Freehold Communities. “We also found that active adults are shifting away from age-restricted communities to be closer to their kids, grandkids and friends. Since Arden will appeal to a range of age groups, we designed the clubhouse to serve as the connective tissue for our multi-generational residents, while still providing unique and private areas.”
Arden is opening in early 2017. For more information, or to sign up for the Founders Club, visit www.ardenfl.com.
ABOVE: An artist’s rendering shows the guard gate and entrance to Arden.