On Top of the World
8447 SW 99th Street Rd., Ocala, Florida 34481
Large, Gated 55+ Community in North Central Florida Boasts Colorful Single Family Homes, Three Golf Courses, a Lifelong Learning Program, a Town Square, Miniature Golf, a Woodworking Shop, Dog Parks, 200 Activity Clubs and More
On Top of the World is a large 55+ community on 13,000 rolling acres in north central Florida. Gated and well established, it shares the land with a working cattle ranch and plans to eventually build 10,000 single family homes. This makes On Top of the World one of the largest 55+ developments in Florida.
Homes are single story and have a pitched roof, a front porch and an attached one or two car garage. Exterior are stucco and brick and come a variety of colors, including light blue, light yellow, light green and others. The community dates from 1981 and has five separate neighborhoods. Older ones have leafy lanes and mature landscaping while newer areas have small trees and bushes. The three home series are the Classic, the Premier and the Estate. All are energy efficent and feature concrete block construction. There are dozens of floor plans ranging from 1,225 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths to nearly 3,000 square feet with three bedrooms, a den and two and a half baths.
The World Design Studio gives homebuyers 10,000 ways to personalize their new dwelling, from choosing paint colors to selecting kitchen appliances.
Prices begin in the low- to mid-$100,000s. The HOA fee is $340 to $360 per month. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change. Buyers must put 20% down to purchase.
Amenities abound and begin with the three beautiful golf courses, two private and one semi-private. The golf club plans tournaments, and PGA and LPGA staff professionals present clinics and lessons.
The Arbor Club houses six tennis courts, an on-site tennis pro, an indoor swimming pool and happy hours. The Arbor Activity Center boasts a full gym with sauna/steam/shower rooms, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a woodworking shop, racquetball courts, a pub and more. The Indigo East Fitness Center has an oversize pool with lap lanes.
Basketball courts, shuffleboard courts, bocce ball courts and pickleball courts await outside, as do walking trails, more swimming pools, a miniature golf course and several dog parks.
A farmers' market, planned trips and more than 200 activity clubs are further ways to stay active and engaged. There is even an RC airplane field. The Circle Square Ranch Town Square, an open air plaza, mounts dances, fairs and festivals.
Residents may also participate in Master the Possibilities, a not for profit, lifelong learning program that offers all kinds of wellness, educational, cultural classes and lectures. Many are taught by experts in their fields from across Marion County. Curriculum categories include American History, Economics, Estate Planning and many others.
Ocala is known as the "Horse Capitol of the World" and is dotted with horse farms and grazing pastures. World class salt-water fishing and endless opportunities to lounge on a Florida beach are all about 1 1/2 hours away.
Ocala Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The climate is humid subtropical, meaning two seasons a year. Summers and early fall are hot and rainy with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Late fall and winter are generally dry and sunny with temperatures in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
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Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
Florida has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 55%
Median household income - $46,596
Median home value - $159,000
Persons in poverty - 16%
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Why Would Someone Age 55+ Retire in an All Ages Development?
While communities designed for people age 55 or better have a lot of benefits, not everyone wants to retire in a development where most of the residents are the same age and often of the same socioeconomic background. All ages community by law cannot discriminate based on age so they nearly always have a wide range of residents, from families and single professionals to empty nesters and often retirees. Many older all ages neighborhoods are organic, that is having grown over time and never having been "master planned." These usually do not have amenities such as a pool, tennis courts, etc. But more and more new all ages communities are master planned, gated, with covenants and HOA fees. Retirees often prefer these to 55+ communities because they allow more interaction with people from more cross sections of the country.
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