Majestic, mature trees filter dappled sunlight over the quiet streets. The rustle of wings rises from a nearby pond as a large heron takes flight. Wooded surroundings and noticeable changes in topography offer an irresistible invitation to explore shaded paths and spacious park areas.
To the first-time visitor, the discovery of such a welcoming sanctuary nestled within the city limits seems indeed remarkable, yet these natural delights are no surprise to those who have already chosen to call Bellechase home.
Flanked by massive, stacked stone pillars, an impressive stone gatehouse stands at the entrance to Bellechase, a private, gated community encompassing nearly 600 tranquil acres close to the heart of Ocala. Although Bellechase is located mere minutes from US 441 and 17th Street, its remarkably lush and sheltered setting belies the fact that all the conveniences of city living can be found among these peaceful lanes with their charming gas streetlights.
Upon completion, Bellechase will contain approximately 585 homes. But residents will never have to leave the community to take advantage of numerous opportunities for outdoor relaxation. Ten miles of scenic, winding lanes meander through the various sections of Bellechase. Five miles of wood trails beckon and reward the explorer around every turn. Ponds and waterways are enhanced with aquatic plants that attract a great variety of wild fowl. The lush greenery and hushed surroundings are a welcome respite at the end of a busy day.
Development continues on Overlook Park at Bellechase, a spacious and nearly 15-acre oasis strategically located within the community just off main Bellechase Boulevard near The Laurels and The Woodlands. Walking trails and barbeque pavilions make the park ideal for family recreation and the large, open expanse provides the perfect spot to fly a kite, picnic, run with the family dog, or play Frisbee with the kids. A sweeping, dramatic hill provides a remarkable view of the entire park and surrounding area.
From up-and-coming professionals and growing families to empty nesters looking to downsize, Bellechase has become a welcome haven for residents in many phases of life. The conveniences of city water, sewer, and police protection are complemented by the community’s easy access to schools, hospitals, shopping, churches, offices, and entertainment.
Ask anyone who has made the move. Bellechase is Ocala’s most pristine gated, private community. It’s a marriage with nature that succeeds in every aspect and each fortunate homeowner reaps those rewards on a daily basis.
Above is an Excerpt from Ocala Style