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Who lives at Devonshire?

Interesting people, of course

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September 23rd, 2014
residents having dinner at one of the on-site restaurants

 In 1999, Jack and Carol Head attended the opening of at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 

“It was so elegant and the sales staff was so friendly that I told Jack, ‘We’re going to live here some day,’” says Carol. Now they do.

Last February, they moved across the street from a condominium in the Legends neighborhood of PGA National to their distinctive Devonshire address.

“We just love it here,” Carol says. “It matches the best of our prior experiences.”  

That’s saying something because during Jack’s career as an executive with Ford Motor Co., they lived 7 years in Canada; a total of 14 years in Portugal, England, and Italy; and 11 years in the United States. 

“I met extraordinary people and had fascinating opportunities,” says Carol. 

Her Portuguese highlights include occasionally filling in for the ambassador’s wife to serve as hostess at American Embassy events. “Seeing that magnificent villa and lovely, lovely lifestyle was quite an experience,” she says.

In Italy, the former theater major appeared in several American movies filmed in Rome, and she and Jack hosted King Umberto in their home. 

Carol spoke fluent Portuguese and Italian. So, not surprisingly, she was included in a Fortune magazine article titled, “The Glittering Overseas Investment: The Executive Lady.” 

In good company

She downplays her resume as typical of Devonshire residents: “Everyone has an interesting story to tell. You meet people you’d never meet living by yourself.”

Jack concurs. “[We moved] and suddenly had 300 new friends. Everyone shares the same values and culture. There’s not a person here I don’t like.” 

An avid poker player and exceedingly friendly person, Jack expected to simply “smell the roses” and enjoy Devonshire’s lifestyle. Instead, he’s president of the Resident Counsel, acting as liaison between residents and Devonshire Executive Director Robin Gliboff. 

He meets with Gliboff weekly but solicits feedback from residents every day. Carol is counsel-involved, too. She serves on its culinary committee. 

Carol’s turn to retire

In 2010, eight years after Jack retired, the Heads made Legends their primary residence, and Jack immersed himself in golf and carefree living. 

Carol cooked, cleaned, and entertained as usual. Then Jack realized that moving to Devonshire would let Carol retire, too.

Now they’re enjoying a discriminating lifestyle with an impressive array of amenities, which are included in their monthly service fee. 

Carol especially appreciates the weekly housekeeping; valet parking with door-to-door package service; and 24-hour emergency apartment, building, and grounds maintenance. 

Residents also have corporate membership privileges at PGA National Resort and Spa.

“It’s like living in paradise,” says Jack. “We don’t do a thing.”

Spacious living

Devonshire boasts the most spacious retirement community apartment homes in southeast Florida.

The Heads’ fourth-floor abode features a great room, a den for Jack, a second bedroom that’s Carol’s office, generously sized walk-in closets, two and a half baths, and an enclosed porch whose tall hurricane-rated windows overlook a courtyard. 

They use every room—well, except for the kitchen. 

Carol has given up cooking in favor of the fresh and savory cuisine offered each night in Devonshire’s five dining venues, where even the ambience is celebratory thanks to the restaurants’ dress codes. 

Once a week, the Heads patronize the Verandah Room’s evening buffet and enjoy take-out meals at their own dining room table. 

Other nights they dine with a changing array of couples, single diners, or new residents. The variety never fails to spark lively conversations. 

Truly, says Jack, “The hidden value of Devonshire is the people.”