Ocala Palms: A Picture-Perfect Active Adult Community
Picture this. Clear blue skies. Oak trees. Palm trees. Lush rolling hills. All these make up the ethereal landscape of Ocala Palms, an age-restricted community catering to active adults.
If you’re wondering about its location, well, you’d be happy to know that the main gate is just right across Highway 27. That means you can easily get to the commercial areas in the Ocala area.
You get a small hometown feel in a very suburban setting. At the same time, you’re not too far away from the bustling cities of Florida. With its proximity to Interstate-75, favorite destinations such as Disney World and Sea World aren’t too far away as well. If all this is making you curious, then read on because there’s a lot that the Ocala Palms can offer you.
A Quick Overview of Ocala Palms
Ocala Palms has gone a long way. What started as cattle ranch is now one of the leading active adult communities. With its well-maintained homes, it’s hard to believe that Ocala Palms has been around for almost 26 years now.
The development of Ocala Palms started in 1990. Three to four years after, the first homes were occupied. Since then, Ocala Palms has grown into an active adult community of 1,076 homes.
One of the major reasons as to why Ocala Palms attracts active adults from all around the country is because it takes them away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The fact that it’s situated in the thoroughbred capital of Ocala, horse lovers have also been lured to Ocala Palms. This is the place where all the exquisite thoroughbreds reside.
The population of Ocala Palms is composed of many talents like retired lawyers, artists, bankers, and teachers; to name a few. It has often been described as a welcoming town, where residents are always very happy to lend a helping hand.
Recreational Facilities and Amenities at Ocala Palms
Ocala Palms may not be as big as the nearby 55+ active adult communities but that doesn’t mean that their recreational facilities and amenities pale in comparison.
The Royal Palms is the community’s clubhouse
This 19,000 sq. ft. clubhouse is home to a world-class fitness center, catering kitchen, golf pro shop, ballrooms, multi-purpose rooms, indoor pool, and library.
On the vast verdant grounds of the Royal Palms are tennis courts, horseshoe pits, outdoor pool with spa, bocce courts, volleyball court, shuffleboard courts, a croquet lawn, practice driving range, and practice putting green. There’s also an RV parking and several walking and biking trails. All these amenities over look the scenic lakes of Ocala.
If you’re a fanatic golfer or you just want to pick up the sport, you can play on the 18-hole course in the nearby Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club. It offers personalized instruction from PGA pros like Barry Fies. What better way to learn golf but to learn from the best.
After a game of golf, you can drop by Blanca’s Café to enjoy mouth-watering dishes and the warm ambiance of the place. You can even join their karaoke nights. All these activities can surely keep an active adult like you, healthy and happy.
Homes in Ocala Palms
As previously mentioned, there are just 1076 homes in Ocala Palms. The advantage of having a very limited number of homes on the sprawling grounds of Ocala Palms is that most abodes get the scenic view of the golf course.
If there’s one thing worth mentioning about the homes in Ocala Palms is that they’re designed for folks who want to downsize. Hence, you can expect to find low-maintenance homes so that you wouldn’t have to worry about upkeep.
All homes are available on resale basis only. You can choose from a two- to a three-bedroom single-family home, with sizes varying from 1,050 to 2,654 sq. ft. The well-manicured lawns and shady oak trees add to the curb appeal of the homes.
What’s the Active Adult Lifestyle Like at Ocala Palms?
You already have a good idea as to what kind of recreational facilities and amenities has to offer. More or less, you also have a good idea of the homes. Now, you’re probably wondering about the kind of active lifestyle that Ocala Palms has to offer.
Well, one thing for sure, you’re not going to run out of things to do in Ocala Palms. For starters, you’re going to meet like-minded folks. You guys can join the various arts and crafts club, if that’s something you’re interested in. If not, there other social activities like playing bridge, bunco, and poker. There are also social groups that you can join such as the Singles Clubs and Lunch Clubs.
Of course, the many activities can overwhelm a newcomer like you. Well, don’t worry about it because there are on-site directors who can help you plan your sports and social activities. That way, you don’t get intimated.
Nonetheless, residents of Ocala Palms have full control of the sports and social activities of the community. They keep everyone in the loop with newsletters. That keeps everyone abreast of the scheduled social and sports activities for the month.
The active adult lifestyle does not end in Ocala Palms. As much as there are fun-filled activities inside the gated- community, there’s also a lot to do outside.
Ocala is home to some of the best parks and nature reserves
Such as the Heritage Nature Conservancy and Ocala Nature Park. The Silver Springs State Park is also just minutes away. For more natural escapes outside Ocala Palms, you can visit the Halpata Tastanaki Preserve and the Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area.
Aside from its parks and nature reserves, Ocala also boasts of world-renowned museums like the Florida Thoroughbred Museum & Gallery, Appleton Museum of Art, Florida Flamingo Museum, Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology, and Salvador Dali Museum.
Downtown Ocala offers a unique shopping experience since you get to stroll down the Historic Downtown Square. You will see heritage homes and buildings. As you walk along the streets, you will understand why and how Ocala got its name Brick City.
Thanks to the central location of Ocala, getting to nearby cities is pretty easy as well. Easy access to other Florida cities means you get to more cool places like the Kennedy Space Center, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, and Legoland.
If you’re seeking for more natural escapes outside Ocala, you can easily get to places like the Dry Tortugas, Discovery Cove, and Key Largo; to mention a few. There are just so many places to explore in and out of Ocala. That’s what makes the area a great place for an active adult community.
It’s really not hard to imagine the amazing active adult lifestyle offered at the Ocala Palms. With a landscape of clear blue skies, oak trees, palm trees, and lush rolling hills, you get a picture-perfect active adult community. It’s no wonder it has become one of the leading 55+ communities.
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