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Old 01-22-2018, 10:38 PM
 
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We moved into a new home in a wonderful 55+ community---JB Ranch. The commmunity is significantly smaller than OTOW, Oak Run, Stonecreek, etc. and the pool/community center won't be completed until the spring of 2018, but we are extremely happy here. JB Ranch is a very quiet community. The grounds are quite nice--great for biking and walks-- and it's exceptionally convenient to grocery stores, restaurants, etc.-- just off of 200 and SW 60th Avenue. The neighbors are terrific--we were invited to two parties shortly after moving in. This community isn't for folks who want clubs or on-site golf, but if you're looking for a quiet well-located community with HOA fees a fraction of OTOW's, come visit! We purchased our home from DR Horton/Freedom Homes. Lennar is completing spec homes and will open its model soon.
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Old 06-13-2018, 02:59 PM
 
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Not sure if anyone has posted this, and apologies if so, but I thought it was worthy of having this information in here for the forum.


Reported: Apr 3, 2018


"Kenneth Colen hopes to open the On Top of the World lifestyle to working families with the company’s planned debut of a community not restricted to those age 55 and older."

"The Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission last week recommended approval of a plan that would bring more than 2,500 homes to a 467-acre section of pasture land on the east side of Southwest 80th Avenue, across from the entrance of the Del Webb Stone Creek community. The section under review is the southern portion of the much grander 1,853-acre area planned for eventual development."


On Top of the World plans detail mega non-retiree community - News - Ocala.com - Ocala, FL
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Old 06-13-2018, 04:29 PM
 
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Not sure if anyone has posted this, and apologies if so, but I thought it was worthy of having this information in here for the forum.


Reported: Apr 3, 2018


"Kenneth Colen hopes to open the On Top of the World lifestyle to working families with the company’s planned debut of a community not restricted to those age 55 and older."

"The Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission last week recommended approval of a plan that would bring more than 2,500 homes to a 467-acre section of pasture land on the east side of Southwest 80th Avenue, across from the entrance of the Del Webb Stone Creek community. The section under review is the southern portion of the much grander 1,853-acre area planned for eventual development."


On Top of the World plans detail mega non-retiree community - News - Ocala.com - Ocala, FL
Out. Standing. (sarc) Thanks for posting, no, I was not aware of that. Calling your attention to this little gem in the article: "The property borders Southwest 60th Avenue to the east, across from the Paddock Post Office and Fore Ranch;" so that you can put it together with this recent article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.348e1cabd8e0

If it's behind a paywall, there's this: More sinkholes form at Wynchase in Ocala - News - Ocala.com - Ocala, FL

Get the picture?
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Old 06-13-2018, 05:14 PM
 
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I just thought the new development for families was interesting in the scope of it having the potential to bring even more shopping, restaurants, and maybe even medical stuff to the area around Stone Creek and OTOTW. You can never have to many grocery stores or restaurants in my opinion.
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Old 01-23-2019, 10:41 AM
 
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Could anyone on here advise more specifics as to utility charges for OTOW (fee land only), Stone Creek, Oak Run, and Ocala Palms? I know the owner of OTOW has his own water facility and charges Stone Creek, at a higher rate, than OTOW residents) for water.
We are also concerned about the "future" roads identified on maps I have received. Looks like one will run on the west edge of OTOW up beyond 80th street, continuing up along the west side of the Stone Creek development. When I ask the developers, they blow me off, just acknowledging the planned areas as "meadows" "pastures"...and are building new homes along that edge. Certainly no one wants to live against a road, especially as there are no fences or walls resulting in added noise and security issues. I know the owner of OTOW met with the town and is pushing for these roads. For those of you who live in the area, what are other feelings of homeowners. I have seen some almost new homes along that questionable edge come on the market, more than the average turnover. Do they now something?
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:28 PM
 
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Could anyone on here advise more specifics as to utility charges for OTOW (fee land only), Stone Creek, Oak Run, and Ocala Palms? I know the owner of OTOW has his own water facility and charges Stone Creek, at a higher rate, than OTOW residents) for water.
We are also concerned about the "future" roads identified on maps I have received. Looks like one will run on the west edge of OTOW up beyond 80th street, continuing up along the west side of the Stone Creek development. When I ask the developers, they blow me off, just acknowledging the planned areas as "meadows" "pastures"...and are building new homes along that edge. Certainly no one wants to live against a road, especially as there are no fences or walls resulting in added noise and security issues. I know the owner of OTOW met with the town and is pushing for these roads. For those of you who live in the area, what are other feelings of homeowners. I have seen some almost new homes along that questionable edge come on the market, more than the average turnover. Do they now something?
I would stop into the sales OTOW sales office and ask about the roads. From what I know and what you said I think you are correct. The location of 80th street is known and I think it will be a county road. Do not know how you would get off 80th and into OTOW or how you would cross the highway from within OTOW.

Your option is not to buy along the road. There are plenty of other lots and resales.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:31 PM
 
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Could anyone on here advise more specifics as to utility charges for OTOW (fee land only), Stone Creek, Oak Run, and Ocala Palms? I know the owner of OTOW has his own water facility and charges Stone Creek, at a higher rate, than OTOW residents) for water.
We are also concerned about the "future" roads identified on maps I have received. Looks like one will run on the west edge of OTOW up beyond 80th street, continuing up along the west side of the Stone Creek development. When I ask the developers, they blow me off, just acknowledging the planned areas as "meadows" "pastures"...and are building new homes along that edge. Certainly no one wants to live against a road, especially as there are no fences or walls resulting in added noise and security issues. I know the owner of OTOW met with the town and is pushing for these roads. For those of you who live in the area, what are other feelings of homeowners. I have seen some almost new homes along that questionable edge come on the market, more than the average turnover. Do they now something?
Tom, I can't help you on that one, but it didn't want you to think your question wasn't being seen. We have a great poster here who lives in OTOW, I'm hoping he'll be able to give you some insight. I'm really sorry the developers are blowing you off, but I suppose that's to be expected these days. As with anything real-estate related here, proceed with caution. I'll see if I can hunt down one of the responses regarding utility charges in Oak Run. It's in one of the threads in this forum.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:32 PM
 
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I would stop into the sales OTOW sales office and ask about the roads. From what I know and what you said I think you are correct. The location of 80th street is known and I think it will be a county road. Do not know how you would get off 80th and into OTOW or how you would cross the highway from within OTOW.

Your option is not to buy along the road. There are plenty of other lots and resales.
There you are! I was hoping you'd respond to this. Good info.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:39 PM
 
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OK, Tom, I found the information for you. This was the comment from one of the posters regarding fees and utility costs in Oak Run:

"The fees in OR are reasonable. They do vary slightly with the different neighborhoods and whether you have a maintained lot. Our monthly fee includes once-a-week curbside garbage collection, 24 hour security, basic (20 channel) cable service, use of recreational facilities (all club houses, gyms, and pools, except golf course) for $145. There is also an $11 Road/Drainage assessment. Basic Internet is an additional $35 and if you want digital phone service that's an additional $35 as well (We use Magic Jack so we don't pay for that) High speed internet service is available for $20. No pitfalls that I am aware of. We have an independent landscaper that charges $15 a cut. Our water bills run about $50-$60/mo."

This is the thread it was posted in:

OTOW seller requires 30% down? WTF?

As you can see from the thread, the poster looked at OTOW, but in the end decided on Oak Run because it met his needs better.
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:51 PM
 
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OK, Tom, I found the information for you. This was the comment from one of the posters regarding fees and utility costs in Oak Run:

"The fees in OR are reasonable. They do vary slightly with the different neighborhoods and whether you have a maintained lot. Our monthly fee includes once-a-week curbside garbage collection, 24 hour security, basic (20 channel) cable service, use of recreational facilities (all club houses, gyms, and pools, except golf course) for $145. There is also an $11 Road/Drainage assessment. Basic Internet is an additional $35 and if you want digital phone service that's an additional $35 as well (We use Magic Jack so we don't pay for that) High speed internet service is available for $20. No pitfalls that I am aware of. We have an independent landscaper that charges $15 a cut. Our water bills run about $50-$60/mo."

This is the thread it was posted in:

OTOW seller requires 30% down? WTF?

As you can see from the thread, the poster looked at OTOW, but in the end decided on Oak Run because it met his needs better.
Thank you for finding this for me, and for the other data as well. This info will certainly be factors when considering what we will do.
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