Highlands Ridge

Highlands Ridge is a 55+ community located in Avon Park, Florida. This active adult neighborhood features plenty of resort-style amenities that are sure to keep homeowners socially engaged and active all year long. Highlands Ridge offers two golf courses, two clubhouses, an amenity center and a full calendar of social events. Residents of Highlands Ridge can also choose from new and resale single-family homes as well as attached villas.

Ideally situated in Highlands County, homeowners have many shops, restaurants, and attractions in the area. Residents also enjoy the benefits of being located in a quiet Central Florida community that provides an affordable cost of living.

Highlands Ridge Amenities

Residents of Highlands Ridge have multiple world-class amenities that they can utilize on a daily basis to stay active and fit. The central hub of activities and social recreation is Founders Hall. This well-appointed amenity center features a media center, multi-purpose room, and wellness center. The wellness center is equipped with state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength-training machines as well as an on-site full-time wellness director.

Outdoor amenities are sure to please residents as well. There are two heated pools and spas that are perfect for swimming a few laps or soaking under the sun. Homeowners who want to challenge a neighbor in a friendly game can play table tennis or horseshoes. Residents seeking more active fun can visit the various sport courts that include tennis, shuffleboard, bocce ball and pickleball. Other outdoor amenities by Founders Hall include a gazebo, boat launch ramp and dock, R.V. and boat storage, walking and biking trails, and a scenic 260-acre lake stocked with fish.

Homeowners who enjoy playing golf can either buy a golf membership or pay-per-play at one of the two Highlands Ridge championship golf courses. The North Course features an 18-hole course designed by architect Dave Harman. It also includes the North Course clubhouse, Tavern Restaurant & Bar, pro shop, outdoor patio, putting green, driving range, and practice facility.

The South Course features an 18-hole course designed by Steve Smyers and has lush tropical surroundings. It also has the South Course clubhouse, Paradise Grille, pro shop, outdoor patio, practice facility, and putting green.

Highlands Ridge Homes & Real Estate

Construction of Highlands Ridge began around 1990. Builders T.E. James Custom Homes and MS Builders, Inc. plan to build 850 residences upon completion. Highlands Ridge consists of eleven villages that are unique neighborhoods offering golf, lake or conservation views. These villages include Arbor Green, Carter Creek, Golfside Villas, Hidden Creek, Marina Cove, North Course Phases 1, 2, 3, and 4, Scottish Links, and Oak Run.

Homebuyers can choose from new and resale attached villas or single-family homes in a variety of distinct floor plans. Villas range from 1,467 to 1,750 square feet of living space. They have two or three bedrooms, a den, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. Single-family homes range from 1,742 to 2,243 square feet of living space. They have two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, and an attached two or two-and-a-half-car garage.

Highlands Ridge Lifestyle

Active adults living in Highlands Ridge enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle. A monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee includes social club membership to access all of the amenities at Founders Hall as well as the services of an activities director. The HOA fee also covers lawn care, road and common area maintenance.

Thanks to the HOA, residents have more time to have fun and pursue a variety of hobbies and clubs at Highlands Ridge. No matter what their interests are, homeowners have more than 30 clubs that they can join. Some of the clubs and activities include bingo, Bunco, Zumba, yoga club, fishing club, ceramics, poker, pool parties, sock hops, casino nights, paradise patchers, groove to the oldies, tennis club, and pinochle. A monthly newsletter is available to all residents so they never miss an event.


Highlands Ridge is located in Avon Park and only minutes away from the downtown area of Sebring, FL. It offers plenty of shopping and dining choices close by, such as JCPenney, Sears, Home Depot, Lowe's and many chain restaurants or fine dining establishments. Residents seeking cultural attractions can visit the Little Theatre, Arts Festival as well as annual concerts, museum exhibits, and sporting events.

For big-city entertainment, homeowners can take a road trip and drive to Fort Myers, Orlando or Tampa just under two hours or visit Miami in about 3 hours. Highlands Ridge in Central Florida is a luxurious and affordable 55+ community with resort-style amenities and plenty of activities for active adult homebuyers.

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Highlands Ridge Amenities

There are plenty of activities available in Highlands Ridge. Here is a sample of some of the clubs, activities and classes offered here.

  • Clubhouse/Amenity Center
  • Golf Course
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Walking & Biking Trails
  • Tennis Courts
  • Pickleball Courts
  • Bocce Ball Courts
  • Shuffleboard Courts
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Lakes - Scenic Lakes & Ponds
  • R.V./Boat Parking
  • Table Tennis
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Golf Practice Facilities/Putting Green
  • On-site Retail
  • Day Spa/Salon/Barber Shop
  • Multi-Purpose/Meeting Rooms
  • Gazebo
  • Boat Launch

Highlands Ridge Clubs, Groups, Activities & Classes

There are plenty of activities available in Highlands Ridge. Here is a sample of some of the clubs, activities and classes offered here.

  • 500 Cards
  • Aerobics
  • Aqua Aerobics
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Bingo
  • Block Parties
  • Bridge
  • Bunco
  • Casino Nights
  • Ceramics
  • Chorale Practice
  • Concerts
  • Cribbage
  • Day Trips
  • Dinner Theater
  • Dominoes
  • Embroidery Club
  • Euchre
  • Fashion Club
  • Fiber Arts
  • Fishing Club
  • Garden Club
  • Groove to the Oldies
  • Knitting & Crocheting
  • Mah Jongg
  • Pancake Breakfasts
  • Paradise Patchers
  • Pegs & Jokers
  • Pinochle
  • Poker
  • Pool Parties
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Pump It Up
  • Sit & Be Fit
  • Sock Hops
  • Softball Club
  • Swimming
  • Tennis Club
  • Woodworking Club
  • Yoga Club
  • Zumba

Highlands Ridge Reviews (4)

Average Rating for this Community

We built our "seasonal" home in Highlands Ridge, never imagining to live here full time. We were so wrong! We became full time residents 10+ years ago. There are 2 great golf courses situated in the orange groves of Central Florida, without the hustle, bustle, and traffic congestion. Located near Sebring/Avon Park, we are less than 2 hours away from either coast and big city shopping. We love it here!


I have been a resident here for five years and I can't imagine living anywhere else. The people are terrific, the golf is challenging for any level player and the amenities are great. With so much offered to do all the time it is a very fulfilling lifestyle.


Great golf courses and great residents. What a great combination. Plenty of other organized activities as well. Quiet location too. No hustle and bustle arounf here just golf carts flitting about.


Great place to live. Young active seniors.Lots of golf on two great golf courses.. If you don't play golf, there are many, many activities to keep you busy..

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