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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, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,741 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,733 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 2
  2. 6 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 5,628 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.23 ac
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 4
  3. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,542 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,217 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 7
  4. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,702 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,362 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 9
  5. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,985 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.11 ac
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 10
  6. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,400 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,727 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 21
  7. 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: 29
  8. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,835 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,224 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 35
  9. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,771 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,197 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 40
  10. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,824 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,308 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 42
  11. 4 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 6,448 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.73 ac
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 43
  12. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,368 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,975 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 45
  13. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,985 sq ft
    Lot size: 30,248 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 56
  14. 5 beds, 3 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 3,835 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,912 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 57
  15. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,534 sq ft
    Lot size: 27,633 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 70

See all Magnolia Plantation, Lake Mary.
(all data current as of 5/22/2015)

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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, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,952 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,681 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 1
  2. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,626 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.05 ac
    Year built: 1996
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 9
  3. 5 beds, 5 full, 2 part baths
    Home size: 5,103 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.24 ac
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 11
  4. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,308 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,800 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 21
  5. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,197 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,296 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 22
  6. 2 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 1,964 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,364 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 22
  7. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,329 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,342 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 23
  8. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 2,163 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,364 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 23
  9. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,626 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,750 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 28
  10. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 2,781 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,500 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 28
  11. 5 beds, 6 full baths
    Home size: 5,091 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.34 ac
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 29
  12. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,449 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,887 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 29
  13. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,012 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,812 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 30
  14. 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: 34
  15. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,301 sq ft
    Lot size: 11,069 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 38

See all Heathrow.
(all data current as of 5/22/2015)

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. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,931 sq ft
    Lot size: 30,599 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 3
  2. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,634 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,031 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 7
  3. 5 beds, 5 full, 3 part baths
    Home size: 8,168 sq ft
    Lot size: 28,898 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 15
  4. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,139 sq ft
    Lot size: 15,724 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 21
  5. 5 beds, 5 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 5,552 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,273 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 4
    Days on market: 25
  6. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,492 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,893 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 28
  7. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,894 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,531 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 32
  8. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,457 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.05 ac
    Year built: 1990
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 36
  9. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 4,977 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,992 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 38
  10. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,279 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,881 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 42
  11. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,372 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,569 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 67
  12. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
    Home size: 3,754 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,037 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 70
  13. 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: 72
  14. 3 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 3,056 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,112 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 84
  15. 4 beds, 5 full baths
    Home size: 5,587 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.06 ac
    Year built: 1993
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 85

See all Alaqua.
(all data current as of 5/22/2015)

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

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