3500 Merritt Drive, Ormond Beach, Florida 32174
On the Northeastern Florida Coast, Lush Halifax Plantation Boasts Single Family Homes, Town Homes, a Large Clubhouse, Tall Trees, a Golf Course and Nearby Beaches
North of Daytona Beach on the northeastern Florida coast, Ormond Beach was once the home of John D. Rockefeller and is known for its long orange-tinted beach. It is also the site of Halifax Plantation, a large, serene community with everything from bunglaow style town homes to custom estate homes along lanes lined by palms and tall, century-old oaks and pines.
The community dates from the 1980s, and floorplans range from a little less than 1,700 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths to nearly 6,000 square feet with four bedrooms and three baths. Many properties are single story, making Halifax Plantation a popular option with empty nesters and baby boomers. About 1,100 people live here.
Prices begin in the mid-$300,000s. Each neighborhood has its own HOA, and fees ranges from about $65 per month to $200 per month, depending on the neighborhood and home type. There is also a yearly $780 per year. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are subject to change.
Amenities include the 25,000 square foot clubhouse, home to the fitness center, the elegant Tavern by the Green restaurant and the spacious Pub sports bar. Clay tennis courts and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool await outside.
The 18-hole golf course surrounds the clubhouse and was designed by Bill Amick. Residents also enjoy a driving range, a putting green and a chipping green with a sand trap.
The many tree-shaded paths throughout the community wind around lakes and ponds, inviting early morning walking and bicycling. Wine tastings, masquerade balls and seasonal celebrations are just a few of the planned activities designed to keep residents engaged.
Membership is required to access many of the amenities and ranges from about $100 per month to $375 per month, depending on the level. There is also a one-time membership fee of around $500.
Halifax Plantation Village is the small commercial center with a supermarket, a gas station, a beauty salon and eateries.
Bulow Creek State Park and Tomoka State Park are just across the road from Halifax Plantation. Ormond Beach and its orange sand is just 10 minutes away to the southeast and the white oceanfront sands of Flagler Beach are just 15 minutes to the northeast. Disney World, beautiful St. Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center are all close at hand.
The nearest accredited hospital is in Daytona Beach, about 15 minutes away.
This area has a humid subtropical climate, meaning two seasons per year, one hot and humid and one less hot and less humid. On average, the area receives 55 inches of rain per year.
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