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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. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,771 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,735 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 24
  2. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,542 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,497 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 24
  3. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,380 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,900 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 26
  4. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,185 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,482 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 28
  5. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,820 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,285 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 41
  6. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,289 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,270 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 113
  7. 6 beds, 7 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,016 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.22 ac
    Year built: 2012
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 134
  8. 5 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,675 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,262 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 166
  9. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,927 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,404 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 192
  10. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,289 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,407 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 226

See all Magnolia Plantation, Lake Mary.
(all data current as of 3/23/2017)

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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. 6 beds, 9 full baths
    Home size: 6,640 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.12 ac
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 6
  2. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,976 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,845 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 8
  3. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,652 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,343 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 22
  4. 6 beds, 6 full, 3 half baths
    Home size: 6,871 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.01 ac
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 25
  5. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,062 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,252 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 30
  6. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,163 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,426 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 34
  7. 5 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 4,939 sq ft
    Lot size: 42,613 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 36
  8. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,411 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,305 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 37
  9. 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: 52
  10. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,147 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,276 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 62
  11. 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: 64
  12. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,010 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,666 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 71
  13. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,823 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.11 ac
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 71
  14. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,224 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,184 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 75
  15. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,326 sq ft
    Lot size: 42,487 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 92

See all Heathrow.
(all data current as of 3/23/2017)

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, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,579 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.00 ac
    Year built: 1987
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 17
  2. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,565 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,810 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 20
  3. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,188 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,385 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 23
  4. 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: 24
  5. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,786 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,151 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 26
  6. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,977 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,994 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 34
  7. 4 beds, 3 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,661 sq ft
    Lot size: 33,894 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 41
  8. 6 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 7,961 sq ft
    Lot size: 42,688 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 50
  9. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 6,357 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.03 ac
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 62
  10. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,426 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,000 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 72
  11. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,731 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.00 ac
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 79
  12. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,728 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.05 ac
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 79
  13. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,625 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.14 ac
    Year built: 1995
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 97
  14. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,490 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,838 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 99
  15. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,083 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,956 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 111

See all Alaqua.
(all data current as of 3/23/2017)

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

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