When it comes to 55-plus communities in Central Florida, they don’t get much bigger or better stocked with conveniences, amenities, and social offerings than On Top of the World in Marion County. Located in Ocala, FL, a north-Central Florida city also know as “The Horse Capital of the World,” this community is definitely worth a closer look if you’re searching for a new or second home with plenty of opportunities for an engaging, relaxing active-adult lifestyle.
Here’s a quick look at the 250,000 square feet of amenities and other active-adult lifestyle offerings at this exciting 55+ community, which has been going and growing since the mid-twentieth century!
Getting Social at On Top of the World
With more than 200 social clubs in this 55+ community, every resident easily finds plenty of groups and activities to suit their interests—and to explore new ones. There’s also happy hour every Friday night, complete with live music and dancing, held at the Arbor Club Ballroom. The community regularly organizes all sorts of special events and day trips, as well.
Circle Square Ranch Town Square is a center of social life at On Top of the World. You’ll find the weekly farmers market here on Thursdays, as well as free weekly entertainment every Saturday evening. The open-air plaza also regularly hosts all sorts of fairs, festivities, and other special events.
The community caters to a variety of hobbyists as well, with facilities like a designated remote-controlled airplane flying field, a woodworking studio, secured RV parking near your home, and a 9,000-acre working cattle ranch. Your canine companions can also get plenty of socialization in—and you can meet your fellow dog-loving neighbors—at the two beautifully maintained, fenced-in dog parks.
Residents also gather, eat, and drink at The Club at Candler Hills, the on-site ice cream shop, and the recreation center’s private dining establishment, The Pub.
Of course, there’s plenty right outside your door in and around Ocala, too. The city has ample shopping, dining, medical and professional services, and options for entertainment and outdoors-oriented activities.
Getting Active at On Top of the World
This active-adult community makes it easy to stay active. There are two state-of-the-art fitness centers, all sorts of fitness classes, six pools (including an indoor one), eight tennis courts, a softball field, indoor racquetball courts, three golf courses, a miniature golf course, bocce ball courts, shuffleboard courts, pickleball courts, the Power Park outdoor fitness “playground,” more than 15 miles of walking trails, and other facilities.
On Top of the World is one of the Central Florida active-adult communities prominently featuring golf as part of the lifestyle. The development has three gorgeous championship courses for a total of 54 holes, including two private courses (Tortoise & Hare and The Links) and one semi-private course (Candler Hills Golf Course). Join men’s or women’s golf clubs, participate in tournaments, and attend lessons and clinics taught by PGA and LPGA pros.
Getting Smarter at On Top of the World
If it’s continuing education and enrichment you’re after, that’s no problem at On Top of the World. More than 1,300 educational classes and presentations are offered each year. Master the Possibilities is a nonprofit educational center serving community residents, with classrooms, a computer lab, multiple art studios, and a library.
Getting a Home at On Top of the World
This enormous HOA-governed 55+ community in Central Florida spans 13,00 acres and has numerous floor plans ranging from about 1,500 to 2,800 square feet. Homes are not crowded in, though, so all homeowners enjoy ample yards and privacy. The community is divided into five separate neighborhoods. All homes are built with steel-reinforced concrete block construction and only the highest quality materials, and all are highly rated for energy efficiency.
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