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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

  1. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,985 sq ft
    Lot size: 30,248 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 11
  2. 5 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 5,153 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,902 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 24
  3. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,117 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 28
  4. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 3,835 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,740 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 31
  5. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,741 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,577 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 37
  6. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,815 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,896 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 38
  7. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,628 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.23 ac
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 46
  8. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,867 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.04 ac
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 49
  9. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,303 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,566 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 52
  10. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,001 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,427 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 72
  11. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,741 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,565 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 111
  12. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,542 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,627 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 117
  13. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,227 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,440 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 156
  14. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,801 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,592 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 179
  15. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,741 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,733 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 246

See all Magnolia Plantation, Lake Mary.
(all data current as of 7/1/2016)

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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.

More about Heathrow Living and Homes

Heathrow Home Onwers Association and HOA Fees

Homes for Sale in Heathrow, FL

  1. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,971 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,045 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  2. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,295 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,364 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 6
  3. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,548 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,121 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 9
  4. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,419 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,787 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 9
  5. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,268 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,453 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 10
  6. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,840 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 11
  7. 5 beds, 4 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,452 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,132 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 16
  8. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,167 sq ft
    Lot size: 42,254 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 16
  9. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,957 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,335 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 17
  10. 5 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 7,565 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.40 ac
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 18
  11. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,482 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,046 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 20
  12. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,308 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,495 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 21
  13. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,773 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,931 sqft
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 25
  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,869 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,209 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 25
  15. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,294 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,518 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 28

See all Heathrow.
(all data current as of 7/1/2016)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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

  1. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,565 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,810 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 8
  2. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,665 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,780 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 12
  3. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 5,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,418 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 30
  4. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,670 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,149 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 31
  5. 7 beds, 8 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,708 sq ft
    Lot size: 40,543 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 34
  6. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,393 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,072 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 35
  7. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,007 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.38 ac
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 36
  8. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,203 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,086 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 44
  9. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,038 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,159 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 49
  10. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,239 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,343 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 65
  11. 5 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 7,789 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,050 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 65
  12. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 8,442 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.05 ac
    Year built: 1989
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 67
  13. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,895 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,618 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 74
  14. 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: 77
  15. 6 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 6,494 sq ft
    Lot size: 38,898 sqft
    Year built: 1995
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 78

See all Alaqua.
(all data current as of 7/1/2016)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

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