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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: 18,577 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 3
  2. 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: 4
  3. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,676 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,026 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 5
  4. 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: 13
  5. 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: 15
  6. 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: 18
  7. 5 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,542 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,570 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 23
  8. 4 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,668 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,265 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 5
    Days on market: 25
  9. 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: 38
  10. 6 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,289 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,169 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 74
  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: 77
  12. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,289 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,739 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 78
  13. 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: 83
  14. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,839 sq ft
    Lot size: 29,766 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 109
  15. 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: 122

See all Magnolia Plantation, Lake Mary.
(all data current as of 5/28/2016)

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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. 2 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,900 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,394 sqft
    Year built: 2009
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  2. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,423 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,596 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 2
  3. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,962 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,426 sqft
    Year built: 2010
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 4
  4. 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: 8
  5. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,077 sq ft
    Lot size: 9,330 sqft
    Year built: 1995
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 8
  6. 3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,964 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,364 sqft
    Year built: 2015
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 9
  7. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,507 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,263 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 11
  8. 3 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,349 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,701 sqft
    Year built: 2013
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 15
  9. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,175 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,610 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 22
  10. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,105 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,182 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 29
  11. 4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 3,684 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,873 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 36
  12. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,051 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,000 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 37
  13. 4 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 4,416 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.04 ac
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 38
  14. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,552 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,500 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Parking spots: 2
    Days on market: 39
  15. 5 beds, 4 full baths
    Home size: 3,143 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,129 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 41

See all Heathrow.
(all data current as of 5/28/2016)

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. 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: 0
  2. 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: 1
  3. 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: 2
  4. 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: 10
  5. 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: 15
  6. 5 beds, 4 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 4,065 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,707 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 19
  7. 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: 31
  8. 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: 31
  9. 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: 33
  10. 5 beds, 6 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 7,280 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 ac
    Year built: 1992
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 36
  11. 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: 40
  12. 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: 43
  13. 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: 44
  14. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 2,486 sq ft
    Lot size: 14,910 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 44
  15. 5 beds, 5 full, 2 half baths
    Home size: 4,882 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.09 ac
    Year built: 1987
    Parking spots: 3
    Days on market: 46

See all Alaqua.
(all data current as of 5/28/2016)

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

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