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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. 6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,000 sq ft
    Lot size: 20,908 sqft
    Year built: 2006
    Days on market: 16
  2. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,946 sq ft
    Lot size: 17,424 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 108
  3. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,905 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,571 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 121
  4. 6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 7,016 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.22 ac
    Year built: 2012
    Days on market: 213
  5. 5 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,289 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,215 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 218
  6. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 3,835 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,988 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 226

See all Magnolia Plantation, Lake Mary.
(all data current as of 2/17/2018)

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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, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,482 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1992
    Days on market: 2
  2. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,892 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 2
  3. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,650 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 2
  4. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,000 sq ft
    Year built: 1986
    Days on market: 2
  5. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,374 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,356 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 3
  6. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,933 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,227 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Days on market: 4
  7. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,379 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1990
    Days on market: 4
  8. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,198 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,780 sqft
    Year built: 1985
    Days on market: 5
  9. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,144 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,969 sqft
    Year built: 1991
    Days on market: 5
  10. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,132 sq ft
    Lot size: 1,742 sqft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 5
  11. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,767 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,890 sqft
    Year built: 1996
    Days on market: 6
  12. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,222 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,939 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Days on market: 6
  13. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,106 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,712 sqft
    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 6
  14. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,855 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,662 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Days on market: 6
  15. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 2,034 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,791 sqft
    Year built: 1988
    Days on market: 6

See all Heathrow.
(all data current as of 2/17/2018)

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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

  1. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,146 sq ft
    Lot size: 21,780 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Days on market: 9
  2. 6 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 6,529 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.37 ac
    Year built: 1988
    Days on market: 17
  3. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,840 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,829 sqft
    Year built: 2002
    Days on market: 37
  4. 6 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 7,226 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,829 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 39
  5. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,591 sq ft
    Lot size: 26,136 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 73
  6. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 4,438 sq ft
    Lot size: 25,700 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Days on market: 76
  7. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,658 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,958 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 84
  8. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 3,492 sq ft
    Lot size: 13,939 sqft
    Year built: 2001
    Days on market: 90
  9. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 6,619 sq ft
    Lot size: 43,560 sqft
    Year built: 1989
    Days on market: 93
  10. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 23,522 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Days on market: 101
  11. 4 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 4,240 sq ft
    Lot size: 22,651 sqft
    Year built: 1999
    Days on market: 122
  12. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,538 sq ft
    Lot size: 24,829 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 123
  13. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,015 sq ft
    Lot size: 40,075 sqft
    Year built: 2005
    Days on market: 131
  14. 6 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 6,401 sq ft
    Lot size: 30,927 sqft
    Year built: 2000
    Days on market: 193
  15. 4 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 5,355 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,234 sqft
    Year built: 1994
    Days on market: 250

See all Alaqua.
(all data current as of 2/17/2018)

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

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