On Top of the World, Ocala Florida - Active Retirement Community

On Top of the World

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8445 SW 80th St, Ocala, Florida 34481 -

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Community Information
  • Builder:Multiple
  • Price Range:$100000 - $300000
  • Home Type:
    Attached Villa, Single Family Home
  • Number of Homes:10000
  • New / Resale: Both
  • Age Restriction:55
  • Gated:Yes
  • Average Rating:
Additional Facts
  • Airport: 46.73 miles
  • Hospital: 5.27 miles
  • City:
  • Home Exterior:

  • SF Range:

    1200 - 2600
  • Lawn Care: Included
  • Featured Amenity: Walking & Biking, Club House, Fitness Facility, Indoor Pool, Golf Course, Tennis Courts, Pickleball Courts, Outdoor Pool, Bocce Ball, Golf Cart Community, Dog Park, Grandkids Play Area, Restaurant On-Site, Outdoor Pavilion, Woodworking Shop, Fishing Lakes, Scenic Lakes, Medical Clinics, Shopping / Grocery, Aerobics Dance Studio, Ballroom, Billiards, Card Room, Multi Purpose Rooms, Steam Room, Theatre & Arts, Hobby & Crafts Room, Library, Computer Room, Horse Shoe Pits, Picnic Area, Table Tennis, Shuffle Board, Softball Field, Community Kitchen, Parks & Natural Space,

What is Unique about On Top of the World?

Situated just 10 miles from Downtown Ocala this Community has it all and often becomes the "Affordable Alternative" to The Villages. While the community has a slightly dated feel having been opened in the early 1980's. However, what really makes it a Winner is its amazingly affordable homes and terrific Amenities and great Lifestyle. With many homes priced under $100,000, it's hard to match all that this community offers at such a great value.  The community is also recognized as one of the most dog friendly 55+ neighborhoods in the area. 

Life at On Top of the World, Ocala Florida

Developed in the early 1980's On Top of the World was envisioned to be one of the largest Active Adult Communities in the State of the Florida. With the exception of The Villages, OTOW is one of the largest with nearly 10,000 households. 

Most everyone that considers this area also looks at The Villages and eventually finds there way over to On Top of the World. Much smaller in comparison OTOW is a great alternative to the price conscience consumer. 

While described as Resort Style Living the community truly has every amenity you can imagine. The 

Amenities consist of multiple Recreation Centers, Community and Conference Centers as well as a Town Square. 

Multiple Outdoor and Indoor Pools, fitness centers and meeting rooms are spread across a collection of five Amenity Buildings. Multiple Ballrooms and Conference Centers are scattered about to host large scale community events. The community is host to one of the best Woodworking Shops in all of Florida and if Woodworking is not your thing. They have amenity space for dozens of different passions including Game Rooms, Media Rooms, Card and Billiard Rooms, Aerobic and Dance Studios.  They even have space set aside for Remote Control Airplanes and Remote Race Cars.

The community also is very dog friendly and has a very liberal policy toward allowing more small dogs than most of the other communities in the area. Multiple Dog Parks are found in the community and miles of walking and bike trails meander through the neighborhood for walking your four legged friends. 

A huge array of outdoor activities are at your disposal, as you  will find Tennis, Bocce, Shuffleboard, Pickle Courts in multiple locations throughout the property.  You'll find mini-golf, garden plots, horse shoe pits, a great softball field, picnic pavilion, grandkids playground and even indoor Racquetball Courts...the list is simply endless. 

You can dine onsite at The Pub Restaurant or find a place at Circle Square Commons, featuring a Coffee and Deli, Ice Cream Parlor and more. You will find Spas & Saunas, Locker rooms in more than one location and of course Golf Lovers will appreciate Candler Hills Golf Course. 

The lifestyle in the community could almost be described as Cruise Ship living as something seems to be going on all the time. If you are bored in this community you truly have yourself to blame as if you have a passion or interest for anything, you are sure to find a Club here for it. When we checked in with the Lifestyle Director in 2016 we were told they have more than 200 active lifestyle clubs. 

On Top of the World Homes and Real Estate

The Community offers a wide variety of home styles across a wide range of prices. Due to the age of the Community buyers can also choose from older Resale Homes or Newer Homes.  Many price conscience consumers are attracted to the older resale homes, where some great resale's have been known to be sold as low as $50,000 in the Villa Sections.  While many are dated at these prices buyers can easily invest in total remodeling and still find themselves in a very affordable home. 

The more expensive homes are found in a Gated Neighborhood referred to as Candler Hills where residents have use of a separate  community center and homes that are more exclusive in size and amenities and often with premium golf views. 

Overall  the homes range in size from 1000 - 3500 square feet, typically with a minimum of 2-3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms and 2 Car Garages. You can expect to see pricing from below $100,000 to over $400,000

On Top of the World Area Attractions

The Ocala area is largely defined as one of the most popular Active Adult areas in the country and this is mostly a result of the nearby Villages with more than 100,000 households. It is a place where you will truly feel at home and surrounded by thousands of like minded people. Most have friends that live in the Villages and frequent visits are often a part of life at OTOW. With so many residents over 55 living in this area you will find all the popular conveniences you might need from healthcare, hospitals, pharmacies, banks, Wal-Mart's, parks etc. Most residents that enjoy frequent travel with use either Tampa or Orlando International each about 1.5 hours from the community. 

Industry Expert Review

There are so many wonderful things to share about this community.  Overall the word Value best describes what residents appreciate. As you get a tremendous amount of house and amenities for a very affordable price. While some of the buildings appear older the HOA and maintenance is fantastic as everything is still regularly painted and update  d.  The landscaping is mature in most area's the place seems to be always blooming with flowers and tropical plants. Many find this as the more affordable large scale resort community second to the Villages. With considerably less homes it's not so overwhelming yet still offers a great lifestyle and amenities but at much more favorable prices. 



  • Walking & Biking
  • Club House
  • Fitness Facility
  • Indoor Pool
  • Golf Course
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Bocce Ball
  • Golf Cart Community
  • Dog Park
  • Grandkids Play Area
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Outdoor Pavilion
  • Woodworking Shop
  • Fishing Lakes
  • Scenic Lakes
  • Medical Clinics
  • Shopping / Grocery
  • Aerobics Dance Studio
  • Ballroom
  • Billiards
  • Card Room
  • Multi Purpose Rooms
  • Steam Room
  • Theatre & Arts
  • Hobby & Crafts Room
  • Library
  • Computer Room
  • Horse Shoe Pits
  • Picnic Area
  • Table Tennis
  • Shuffle Board
  • Softball Field
  • Community Kitchen
  • Parks & Natural Space
Year Build : 1982
Property/Community Type : Attached Villa
Size Of Community (Number of Units) : 10000
Club House : Yes
Garage : 2 Car
Maintenace Provided : No
Swimming Pool : On Site
Fitness Facility : On Site
Golf Facility(Within 10 Mile Radius) : Yes
Coastal Area(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
Mountain/foot hills area(Within 10 Mile Radius) : No
Lake Property(Within 10 Mile Radius) : Yes
College Town(College or University Within 15 Mile Radius) : No
Fitness Facility(Within 2 Mile Radius) : Yes
Organized events onsite : Yes

Floor Plans

Floor plans

Candler Hills

Price Range: Low $0 – High $0

Name Square Feet Beds Baths Garage Floor Plan
Hyacinth 1,220 2 2 2 Floor Plan View
Bonnybridge 1,585 2 2 2 Floor Plan View
Westross 1,605 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Hydrangea 1,836 3 3 2 Floor Plan View
Muirfield 1,859 3 2 2 Floor Plan View
Skye 1,945 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Heather 1,991 3 2 2 Floor Plan View
Fortrose 2,058 3 2 2 Floor Plan View
Dundee 2,093 3 2 2 Floor Plan View
Waterford 2,093 3 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Huntley 2,185 3 2 2 Floor Plan View
Ayreshire 2,631 3 2 2 Floor Plan View
Floor plans

Single Family Homes

Price Range: Low $0 – High $0

Name Square Feet Beds Baths Garage Floor Plan
Atwell 1,204 2 2 2 Floor Plan View
Granada II 1,218 2 2 2 Floor Plan View
Franklin 1,379 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Sheffield 1,407 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Dover 1,427 3 2 2 Floor Plan View
Wakefield 1,503 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Washington 1,521 2 2 2 Floor Plan View
Corinth II 1,544 2 2 2 Floor Plan View
Hamilton 1,551 2 2 1 Floor Plan View
Hanover 1,669 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Jamestown 1,702 3 + Den or 3 2 2 Floor Plan View
Kingston 1,758 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Madison 1,760 2 2 2 Floor Plan View
Essex 1,819 2 + Den or 3 2 2 Floor Plan View
Waterford 2,095 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Danbury 2,405 3 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Jefferson Ask Agent 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Floor plans


Price Range: Low $0 – High $0

Name Square Feet Beds Baths Garage Floor Plan
Olympia 1,092 2 2 1 Floor Plan View
Grand Lafayette 1,215 2 2 1 Floor Plan View
Birmingham 1,369 2 2 1 Floor Plan View
Delphina 1,420 2 2 1 Floor Plan View
Bostonian 1,504 2 2 2 Floor Plan View
Columbia 1,728 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Oakbridge 1,738 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Winthrop 1,749 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Augusta 1,856 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View
Sienna Ask Agent 2 2 1 Floor Plan View
Philadelphian Ask Agent 2 2 1 Floor Plan View
Newport Ask Agent 2 2 1 Floor Plan View
Philaphelphian II Ask Agent 2 2 1 Floor Plan View
Montgomery Ask Agent 2 + Den 2 2 Floor Plan View


  • Billiard Club
  • Bowling
  • Cardio Mix
  • Cards
  • Casino Nights
  • Chorus
  • Computer
  • Family History
  • Garden Club
  • Gardening and Plant Club
  • Get Acquainted Coffee
  • Greyhound Club
  • Happy Hour
  • High Tea
  • Hoosier Club
  • Horseshoes
  • Irish Club
  • Kickboxing
  • Ladies Golf
  • Lambda
  • Men's Golf
  • NY/NJ Club
  • Pickleball
  • Racquetball
  • Radio-Controlled Airplanes
  • Red Hatters
  • Snowbird Club
  • Softball
  • Stamp Club
  • Tai Chi
  • Teachers Club
  • Tennis
  • Theatre
  • Travel Club
  • Woodworking
  • Yoga
  • 1500 Seat Ballroom
  • 2 Racquetball Courts
  • 8 Shuffleboard Courts
  • 6 Pickleball Courts
  • 2 Tennis Courts
  • 6 Tennis Courts
  • 4 Bocce Ball Courts
  • Candler Hills Community Center
  • Golf Driving Range
  • RC Flyers Field
  • Gardening Plots
  • Mini Golf
  • Mens & Womens Locker Rooms
  • Social Hall
  • Hibiscus Cafe
  • Arbor Club

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