5 questions with Marcie DePlaza, COO GL Homes. 


1. Tell us about yourself and your development experience with GL Homes?
I have been with GL Homes for 25 years.  During this time, I’ve worked in project management, land entitlements, sales, marketing and field operations.  We build approximately 1,200 homes a year all over Florida including Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples, St. Lucie, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach. We are the 26th largest builder in the country.
2. What is your favorite project you have ever worked on? Tell us about the project and why it is your favorite.
The Bridges in the Boca/Delray area is my favorite project because the community is very close to my neighborhood and I have felt an attachment to the land from the start. The local market was craving luxury homes with a country club lifestyle and we were able to bring that concept to them. About 600 families are now moved in and enjoying their beautiful homes and the amenities we provided to them – a great restaurant, fitness, indoor basketball, a card room, a teen room, tennis, swimming and fun events happening all the time. Watching the Bridges’ success has been very rewarding.
3. What are the top three reasons why someone should purchase a GL Home?
Location, quality construction and the GL reputation. GL Homes buys land in premier locations – close to excellent schools, great shopping and restaurants and close proximity to the airports.  The quality of construction is also an integral part of our success. We take great pride in the building supervision and the top notch materials we provide in our homes. Lastly, the GL reputation. Just ask our homeowners how we fare and they will tell you that we provide excellent customer service throughout the building process and long thereafter. We always try to do the right thing!
4. What type of architecture are GL Homes modeled after?
For many years, we have built our homes with Mediterranean architecture which includes arched windows, rolled tile roofs and darker colors. Now the market is shifting towards a more transitional look with squared off windows, flat tile roofs, lighter colors and cleaner lines.  We are also seeing some interest in contemporary architecture with much more glass, so we might be introducing that type of architecture in the near future as well.
5. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
It is so great to see a young couple come to one of our grand openings and build their dream home with us. Then they move in to their new home, make new friends and build great memories because of the lifestyle that GL Homes has created. That is extremely rewarding.