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Best Gated Communities of Seminole County

Melanie Teel for RealEstateWall.comThis post is part of our “Mel’s Favorite Neighborhoods” series. Having lived in Central Florida for over 13 years, Melanie got to explore many of Orlando’s most popular areas. Mel is the perfect match for RealEstateWall.com as she can give our readers valuable insight into how it really is to live in a particular neighborhood here in Orlando.

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Mel’s Favorite Gated Communities of Seminole County, Florida

Magnolia Plantation, Lake Mary

Magnolia Plantation Lake MaryI recently visited Magnolia Plantation for a fundraiser at the community’s golf club. Not realizing beforehand the magnitude of this neighborhood, I was taken aback upon arriving to the staffed gated entrance. I immediately decided that it is one of my favorite Seminole County neighborhoods and immediately started to research the scoop.

Magnolia Plantation is a community in Lake Mary off of Markham Woods Rd and Lake Mary Blvd. This luxury neighborhood features over 500 homes from 2,500 – 6,000 square feet, with both golf front and conservation home site options. Because the community backs up to the protected Wekiva River Basin, wildlife sightings are extremely common.

Magnolia Plantation includes some excellent amenities with the Home Owner’s Association such as access to the tennis courts and playground area, gate maintenance, and security staff. For the golfers, there are memberships available to the Magnolia Plantation Golf Club which is now home to the renowned Mike Bender Golf Academy. This custom home community is a newer development with the first home construction beginning in 2000 and tapering off in 2008. The cost of homes in Magnolia Plantation ranges from $350,000 to $2,000,000.

Homes for Sale in Magnolia Plantation, Lake Mary

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(all data current as of 9/2/2014)

  1. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,927 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,404 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 12
  2. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,835 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,744 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 32
  3. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,309 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,311 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 64
  4. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,303 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,989 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 67
  5. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,303 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,534 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 73
  6. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,303 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,287 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 76
  7. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,289 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,229 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 84
  8. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,542 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,085 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 95
  9. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,835 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,500 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 111
  10. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,985 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,292 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 118
  11. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,564 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,636 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 124
  12. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,169 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,034 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 131
  13. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,169 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,491 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 144
  14. 6 beds, 7 full baths
    Home size: 6,417 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.02 ac
    Year built: 2011
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 174
  15. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,635 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,143 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 237

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Heathrow, Lake Mary

One of the largest, and thus, most popular gated communities in Seminole County is Heathrow. In fact, this private suburban neighborhood is so large, boasting over 2,100 luxury and custom homes, that it has not one, but two staffed gated entrances. Thanks to the celebrity power of this “small city,” one of the residents was recently visited by the President; although, I’m fairly certain it was for more than just a social gab-fest…and no, I was not invited. Back to Heathrow, this master-planned community began its initial development stages back in 1985 by a food business entrepreneur, Jeno Paulucci. It has certainly grown since then and is still growing with new custom homes available. One of the most desirable aspects of this community (aside from the various professional athletes residing there) is the convenience to I4, shopping and dining. The south entry is located off of Lake Mary Blvd near I4 and the north entry is located off of HE Thomas Pkwy near I4 and Colonial Town Park. Heathrow features its own private golf course & country club, as well as beautiful natural surroundings and private parks. This gated community remains a local Seminole County favorite.

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Heathrow Home Onwers Association and HOA Fees

Homes for Sale in Heathrow, FL

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(all data current as of 9/2/2014)

  1. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,271 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,492 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 4
  2. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,482 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,769 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 11
  3. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,394 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.13 ac
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 15
  4. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,964 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,364 sqft
    Year built: 2014
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 19
  5. 6 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 5,862 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 ac
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 22
  6. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,672 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,532 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 26
  7. 7 beds, 7 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 10,031 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.07 ac
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 26
  8. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 4,041 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.11 ac
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 29
  9. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,116 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.13 ac
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 36
  10. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,224 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,000 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 36
  11. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,724 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,783 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 36
  12. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,149 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,779 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 39
  13. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 6,027 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,464 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 40
  14. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,442 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,381 sqft
    Year built: 1986
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 40
  15. 4 beds, 4 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 5,149 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.22 ac
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 43

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Alaqua Lakes, Longwood

Shaq, Jose and Mel in Lake MaryThe first time I heard the name Alaqua Lakes, it was spoken from the mouth of professional basketball player, Shaquille O’Neil during our random encounter. This is a great story that I’ll save for another time, but the encounter was all thanks to Jose and Claudia.

Needless to say, I was most intrigued to learn more about the neighborhood that Mr. O’Neil is apparently so fond of.

As it turns out, Alaqua Lakes is located off of Markham Woods Rd, near Lake Mary Blvd in Longwood. This is a very scenic area of town that I’m simply not familiar with, but am certainly eager to change that.

The community prides itself on its unique privacy, tucked away from I4 yet still incredibly accessible. The Alaqua Lakes homes rest on rather large sites, ranging from half an acre to over an acre. Apparently the luxury offered in this community comes with a heavy price tag with the average home costing approximately $1,000,000. Like the other private, gated communities mentioned, this one also features a private golf course – The Legacy Club. This remarkably private, yet conveniently located community also makes the top of my favorite Seminole County gated neighborhoods.

Homes for Sale in Alaqua and Alaqua Lakes, Longwood

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(all data current as of 9/2/2014)

  1. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,752 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,000 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 9
  2. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 5,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,418 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 12
  3. 6 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 6,120 sq ft
    Lot size: 19,718 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 12
  4. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,658 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,975 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 13
  5. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,318 sq ft
    Lot size: 39,927 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 15
  6. 7 beds, 8 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 7,708 sq ft
    Lot size: 40,543 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 15
  7. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,231 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,994 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 20
  8. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,461 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,651 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 31
  9. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 4,438 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,496 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 39
  10. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,827 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,590 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 41
  11. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,146 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,643 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 59
  12. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 5,297 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,446 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 85
  13. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,825 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.00 ac
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 87
  14. 4 beds, 4 full, 3 part baths
    Home size: 7,004 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,118 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 91
  15. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,538 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,968 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 101

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