Devonshire residents Joe and Dorothy Paparelli

A Devonshire love story

Every community has a love story. At Devonshire, that story belongs to Joe and Dorothy Paparelli.

They met decades ago when they and their spouses wintered in Palm Beach Gardens. The couples socialized together, golfed together, and even visited one another up north during the summers. 

They continued to stay in touch through the years, through permanent moves to Florida and after Dorothy’s husband, and then Joe’s wife, passed away.

In 2003, Dorothy decided to trade homeowner responsibilities for Devonshire’s five-star amenities, in particular its valet service and weekly housekeeping service.

She was also impressed that because its three residence buildings and elegant clubhouse are all connected, she needn’t traipse outside through heat or rain to pursue activities or enjoy dinner in the community’s five restaurants. 

In her holiday card to Joe, who lived in Port St. Lucie, Dorothy said she’d soon be moving to Devonshire. “I’m going to spoil myself,” she wrote. 

In no time, Joe was asking Dorothy on dinner dates, and in less than a year he, too, had moved to Devonshire. Then, at a party he and Dorothy were hosting at Devonshire with another couple, Joe announced that he’d proposed.

The room erupted in applause until Joe added, “And she turned me down flat.”

Still, he wasn’t deterred. Joe’s persistence matched his abundant Italian charm. “There will be a sequel,” he assured the guests. And, of course, there was. 

It took nearly another year, but Dorothy said yes and the couple married on April 7, 2006. They now share a two-bedroom, two-bath home with a den, a screened porch, a large storage room off the foyer, and a beautiful view.

Joe and Dorothy Paparelli