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Old 05-13-2009, 07:58 AM
 
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I noticed recently on a realtor's website that the monthly hoa fee for circle square woods in OTOW is $338.00! Why so high? Also, could someone from the area please provide positives and negatives about this particular neighborhood. Is it an older area? I saw a pic of a house for sale--are there sidewalks in that community? Are people from ALL races and ethnic groups accepted in Ocala? I hear race relations toward the north florida area is not too good. Will be heading there for a visit soon, just wanted some insight first! Thanks to everyone for your responses...
p.s. I am looking to lease first, and I saw one in this neighborhood with a reasonable rental rate. I also saw stone creek, but rent much higher.
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:59 AM
 
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The $300+ HOA seems high but for that I understand they cut the grass on your property and maintain the exterior of the home. That includes painting and roof. At least that is what I was told.

The one thing I really dislike there is that they do not allow any "for sale" signs or "open house" signs anywhere on the property. This makes it very difficult for people who want to sell. I personally would never move to a community that has that policy.
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Old 05-15-2009, 09:30 AM
 
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The $300+ HOA seems high but for that I understand they cut the grass on your property and maintain the exterior of the home. That includes painting and roof. At least that is what I was told.

The one thing I really dislike there is that they do not allow any "for sale" signs or "open house" signs anywhere on the property. This makes it very difficult for people who want to sell. I personally would never move to a community that has that policy.
Thank you jjinfla for the info...it was helpful!
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Old 09-16-2017, 06:31 PM
 
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I know this is an old thread, but I was just browsing homes for sale in Ocala and it seems like there are a LOT of homes for sale in this Circle Square Woods. I realize in a 55+ community that homes come on the market due to people passing away or going into assisted living/nursing homes, but unless people who own there are dropping like flies for some reason, this seems like something beyond natural causes. Is there a problem?

I know the fees are high, but we have a 55+ community around here with the same condo arrangement and comparable fees, and most of the residents there don't really complain about it, as they say that if they owned their own home in fee simple they'd put the same amount of money into it yearly in landscaping and exterior/roof maintenance. Plus they like the convenience of being able to take off any time they want knowing their residence is secure and cared for.
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Old 09-17-2017, 03:46 PM
 
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I know this is an old thread, but I was just browsing homes for sale in Ocala and it seems like there are a LOT of homes for sale in this Circle Square Woods. I realize in a 55+ community that homes come on the market due to people passing away or going into assisted living/nursing homes, but unless people who own there are dropping like flies for some reason, this seems like something beyond natural causes. Is there a problem?

I know the fees are high, but we have a 55+ community around here with the same condo arrangement and comparable fees, and most of the residents there don't really complain about it, as they say that if they owned their own home in fee simple they'd put the same amount of money into it yearly in landscaping and exterior/roof maintenance. Plus they like the convenience of being able to take off any time they want knowing their residence is secure and cared for.
Have not heard of the community. I think you have the wrong name. The fees are high due to the outside maintenance being done for you. There are a number of communities and you can buy in communities where the HOA fee is lower but you do the outside maintenance.

If you visited today you would not know a hurricane just came through. I would stop in at the sale office and learn about the communities. I do not think the number of homes for sale indicate a problem but due to the new construction you can probably get a price on a resale.
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Old 09-17-2017, 04:22 PM
 
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Have not heard of the community. I think you have the wrong name. The fees are high due to the outside maintenance being done for you. There are a number of communities and you can buy in communities where the HOA fee is lower but you do the outside maintenance.

If you visited today you would not know a hurricane just came through. I would stop in at the sale office and learn about the communities. I do not think the number of homes for sale indicate a problem but due to the new construction you can probably get a price on a resale.
It's part of On Top of the World.

We're going to rent in the area for a year and check out what's available. I'm really looking forward to it. As I said before, ultimately I would prefer a modest, older concrete block home, nothing fancy, non-condo, in a community that has a pool. Doesn't have to be 55+, but it could be. We don't need a whole lot of amenities, just a community pool would be fine with me.

We're going to do like you said and visit various communities.
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Old 09-17-2017, 04:53 PM
 
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It's part of On Top of the World.

We're going to rent in the area for a year and check out what's available. I'm really looking forward to it. As I said before, ultimately I would prefer a modest, older concrete block home, nothing fancy, non-condo, in a community that has a pool. Doesn't have to be 55+, but it could be. We don't need a whole lot of amenities, just a community pool would be fine with me.

We're going to do like you said and visit various communities.
Renting for the year is a very smart ideas.
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Old 09-17-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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Renting for the year is a very smart ideas.
It will give us some time to get to know the area, gather information, talk to the locals and find out where we really want to be. A lot of people rush into a home and buy without really getting to know the area and even the community they'll be living in. Locals will tell you things that realtors won't.
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Old 09-17-2017, 08:37 PM
 
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The county has a citizens academy. You will find it on their web site. You can probably get on the waiting list now and it starts in Jan. Sheriff has an academy that has 3 sessions a year. You might find these very interesting and you will get to talk to county employees.
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Old 09-17-2017, 09:28 PM
 
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The county has a citizens academy. You will find it on their web site. You can probably get on the waiting list now and it starts in Jan. Sheriff has an academy that has 3 sessions a year. You might find these very interesting and you will get to talk to county employees.
Wow, thank you so much! I didn't know that, yes, I would find it very interesting. I really appreciate this.
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