Exterior view of the Palm Grove Club clubhouse in Oak Run surrounded by greenery and a driveway, located in Ocala, Florida

Ocala is where you'll find Oak Run, a resort-style active adult community.

Ocala is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in Central Florida. While nearby cities like Orlando and Tampa get well-deserved attention, Ocala has its own charm and a really impressive quality of life. Known as the Horse Capital of the World, Ocala is home to acres and acres of horse farms, hayfields, and equestrian trails in the region. 

Ocala is also where you’ll find Oak Run, a gated 55+ community with a wide selection of amenities, golf facilities, clubs, and events.

Active adults seeking homes for sale in Ocala will want to know these five things about Oak Run. 

1. A Community With 5 Clubhouses

Close up of a sign for the Aquatic Sports Club located in Oak Run of Ocala, Florida, with a white and blue swimming graphic in the center

Oak Run boasts five clubhouses packed with amenities.

Clubhouses are a common feature in many active adult communities, but how many can say they boast five? Oak Run can.

The first is the Palm Grove Club, which is 30,000 square feet and home to amenities such as a fitness center, ballroom, and catering kitchen. This is the place to be for many social events. 

The Orchid Club is another recreation center dedicated to social activities and gatherings. The clubhouse includes another fitness center as well as space for billiards, arts and crafts, and cards. There’s also a library. 

The Island Club is all about aquatic activities. This clubhouse features a lap pool, a lounge pool, and a pool dedicated to water aerobics and other aqua exercise. Residents also have access to a whirlpool spa and meeting rooms. Similarly, the Aqua Sports Club features an indoor heated pool and a sundeck.

Finally, the fifth clubhouse is known as Royal Oaks Golf Club and offers 18 holes of golf on a par-72 course. Residents have access to practice facilities as well and, with a golf or social membership, residents can use the clubhouse, the restaurant, and the pro shop.

2. Clubs for Nearly Everything

A bronze golden retriever statue in front of a gate with a sign reading "Caution: Dogs may not be able to hold their licker" with licker spelled as the verb "to lick," located in Oak Run, Ocala, Florida

There are dozens of clubs and groups with focuses on anything from photography to dogs.

For fans of photography, sewing, dogs, chess, art, or poker—there’s a club for that. There’s also a quilting club, a singles club, and a theater group. Regional clubs are also available. New England natives can get together as can southerners, folks from the upper Midwest, and New Yorkers.

Gardening. Line dancing. Motorcycles. Yoga. There are dozens of clubs and groups that offer social, educational, and philanthropic activities Oak Run residents can participate in. It’s easy for homeowners to stay involved in what they love, discover new passions, and come together with like-minded neighbors.

3. More than 20 Models and Floor Plans

View down a paved road leading through a gate to a neighborhood, located in Oak Run, Ocala, Florida

Homebuyers searching in Oak Run have plenty of options.

Homebuyers searching in Oak Run have plenty of options, with 24 models of single-family and attached homes featured in this community. 

The attached homes are in duplex layouts with floor plans ranging from 1,049 to 1,489 square feet. All plans have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and some models also have the option for a den. Each attached home also has an attached one or two-car garage. 

Single-family homes range from 1,112 to 2,275 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached one or two-car garage. Floor plans may include a den, open-concept kitchens, and upgrades like kitchen islands and spacious morning rooms. 

4. Five-Star Reviews 

View of an indoor pool with lap lanes located in the Oak Run community of Ocala, Florida

Residents appreciate clean amenities and pristine pools.

Oak Run has a great reputation, especially among its homeowners who have been part of the community for more than five years. 

Some of the common themes of these rave reviews include appreciation for stunning homes and large yards, all within a reasonable price point. Residents appreciate that security is strict, the common areas and amenities are clean, and the pools are upgraded and gorgeous. Reviews also reflect a responsive homeowners' association and a desirable location close to shops, restaurants, and entertainment. 

5. Convenient Location

View down a golf course in Oak Run on a sunny day, located in Ocala, Florida

Ocala has great golf as well as the year-round sunshine Florida is famous for.

Ocala has great golf, plenty of shopping, local cuisine as well as the year-round sunshine Florida is famous for. 

Fans of college football will be delighted to know the community's only half an hour from the University of Florida. Interstate 75 is a short drive from Oak Run, providing an easy way to move about the state and arrive quickly at attractions like Disney World and Universal Studios. The recently-opened World Equestrian Center hosts horse shows and features restaurants, entertainment venues, and shops. For members of the community looking to explore the outdoors, The Ocala National Forest offers hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and wildlife watching. There are also dozens of springs, freshwater lakes, and trails throughout the area. 

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