Residents at On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FLorida.

BOB AND ALLIE

Golf | Genealogy

From: Charlotte, North Carolina
Neighborhood: Candler Hills West
Resident since: 2005

Bob and I lived in Indigo East for eight years and then moved into Candler Hills West when that neighborhood opened. We moved to On Top of the World from Johnstown, Pennslyvania where we were caring for my mother for 22 months. Before moving to PA we spent about three years in a small community near Boone, North Carolina. Most of our lives we have lived in Charlotte, North Carolina.

We started golfing after moving here. Golf has become a regular activity for us. We are members of The Links and Tortoise & Hare golf courses and play the Candler Hills course only occasionally. In addition to golf, volunteer work is a big part of my life [Allie]. Bob enjoys golf 3-4 times each week and is diligently working on researching his family genealogy. I am an advocate of lifelong learning so am very involved with Master the Possibilities Education Center. We also enjoy the entertainment opportunities offered by Circle Square Cultural Center. Activities abound; we are never bored. One of the most important aspects of our living here is the friendships we have developed. Wonderful people who have become our family away from family.

What more can I say…we are delighted we chose On Top of the World and look forward to many more physically active, intellectually stimulating years!
Allie & Bob

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Residents at On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FLorida.

RON AND PETRA

Golf | Arts and Crafts

From: Panama City, Florida
Neighborhood: Windsor
Resident since: 2012

We met in Virginia while Ron was stationed at the Washington Navy Yard. We got married and lived there a few years before moving to Pennsylvania, where we resided for nine years. In 1990 we relocated to sunny Florida and spent the next 22 years in the Panhandle before coming to Ocala.

From our very first introduction to On Top of The World, we knew fairly quickly that this is where we wanted to spend our retirement years. The sales staff and all associated support personnel were extremely helpful and professional in our selection process. Our final decisions were what model to build and which lot to build it on.

We absolutely love the various amenities available, the close proximity to everything, and the camaraderie. We have formed many new friendships and enjoy being involved in the educational opportunities and social activities. We now have a great home, on a perfect lot, and are enjoying our new lifestyle.

Life is good!

Ron and Petra

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Residents at On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FLorida.

RANDY AND MARIANNE

Golf | Line Dancing

From: North Canton, Ohio
Neighborhood: Candler Hills East
Resident since: 2011

We were born in Ohio, met at Ohio State University, were married and then lived in Columbus for 12 years. After that we lived near Charlotte, North Carolina for 17 years, followed by a move to Yantai, China for two years and then back to Ohio (North Canton) for the last 14 years before moving to On Top of the World.

Living in On Top of the World actually has far exceeded the expectations we had when we looked into moving here. Golf was priority #1 and these courses and the staff are super. The events they plan are so enjoyable.

The activities available here are endless and all that limits us is time to do them. We spend our days golfing, getting together with friends for games or dinners and working in the flower gardens year round. Marianne enjoys line dancing.

The location is ideal to reach beaches, tourist attractions, professional sports or major airports. No matter what we do, it is always wonderful to come “home” to On Top of the World.

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Residents at On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FLorida.

FRANK AND JANICE

Softball | Golf | Bridge

From: Maryland
Neighborhood: Candler Hills East
Resident since: 2012

When my husband and I decided to retire to Florida we knew the type of community we wanted to live in and also knew what parts of the state we did not want to live in. An active adult community is what we were looking for, but which one? I can’t say we did as much investigating as some of the people we have talked to, but we did enough to recognize the place when we saw it. On Top of the World afforded us the type of house, lifestyle and community we were hoping to find. My husband plays softball and has taken up building model ships. I have played Mah Jongg for years and have now added golf and bridge to my list of pastimes. We have met so many interesting people and made many new friends here. Who could ask for anything more?

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Residents at On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FLorida.

GARRY AND JANE

Tennis | Mountain Biking | Golf

From: Centreville, Virginia
Neighborhood: Candler Hills East
Resident since: 2012

When we decided to retire we looked at several communities in central Florida before moving to On Top of the World. Prior to retiring Garry owned a personal training business and Jane worked for a rural telecommunications cooperative. The weather here in central Florida allows us to do all of the outdoor activities we enjoy. Tennis is our main sport and we were delighted to find out there is a great tennis pro who organizes round robin matches among the residents. We have since become close friends with many of the other tennis players here at On Top of the World. Garry also enjoys the numerous bike trails around Ocala. We have also just started to play golf which is right outside our back door. The entertainment productions at the Circle Square Cultural Center are another bonus.

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Residents at On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FLorida.

ELLEN

Lifelong Learning | Clubs

FROM: Silver Spring, Maryland
Neighborhood: Candler Hills West
Resident since: 2012

I love living here, let me count the ways:

  1. My house – great!
  2. MTP (Master the Possibilities Education Center) – I take many classes and am still learning (so you CAN teach an old dog new tricks).
  3. Dog park!!!!!!!
  4. Use golf cart to go to shopping centers – everything I need is right there.
  5. My neighbors in Candler Hills West are all nice and friendly, easy to make friends.
  6. Belong to 2 book clubs.
  7. Pools galore!

What more does a person need?

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On Top of the World Communities named Top 50 Master-Planned Community by Where to Retire.

Where to Retire
America’s Top 50 Master-Planned Community – 2013 & 2011

Named one of America’s Top 50 Master-Planned Communities by this national magazine aimed at active adults. On Top of the World Communities is proud to be recognized by Where to Retire Magazine. Having been honored on this prestigious list in years past, On Top of the World Communities is recognized for amenities like recreation centers, championship golf courses and for activities such as more than 1,300 classes through our lifelong learning program, Master the Possibilities, and over 200 clubs and organizations that are offered to residents year-round.

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On Top of the World Communities awarded 2010 ENERGY STAR® Excellence in ENERGY STAR® award.

2010 ENERGY STAR® Excellence in ENERGY STAR® Award

On Top of the World Communities is the only Florida home builder recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Excellence in ENERGY STAR® Promotion Award for its energy-efficient homes and environmental education programs. It also was one of just six home builders across the country so honored.

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Voted Best Neighborhood for 55+ in Ocala

Voted Best Neighborhood for 55+ by the Ocala area’s top lifestyle magazine.
Reprinted from the December 2008 Ocala Magazine publication.

On Top of the World Communities (46.7%)
8445 S.W. 80th St., Ocala. 800.421.4162

Forget The (institutional) Villages. At On Top of the World, it doesn’t feel like anybody’s retired here. The architecture is people-pleasing, Circle Square Cultural Center is one of the best entertainment venues in town, and the lifelong learning opportunities make it all feel like college all over again. Are you sure we have to wait ‘til 55?

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On Top of the World Communities awarded 2010 ENERGY STAR® Excellence in ENERGY STAR® award.

Congratulations Letter from US Congressman Cliff Stearns

Dear Mr. Colen:
Congratulations to On Top of the World for achieving a 2010 ENERGY STAR® Excellence Award for its long-term commitment to energy-efficient homes and consumer-education programs. This honor is particularly impressive since OTOW was selected from among 17,000 partners in the Energy Star program and was one of only six builders in the country selected as a recipient.

The comprehensive ENERGY STAR® option package offer to new homebuyers at OTOW allows homeowners considerable savings on their energy costs while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Being the first active-adult community to receive 100 percent ENERGY STAR® qualification on all new home construction is quite an accomplishment.

With the 2010 ENERGY STAR® Excellence Award, On Top of the World continues to be a leader in 55+ master-planned communities in the country. I am proud to represent the residents of OTOW in the Sixth Congressional District and wish your community continued success in your ongoing efforts to offer homeowners innovative building alternatives.

Sincerely,
Cliff Stearns
United States Representative

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Our History and Our Story.

On Top of the World Communities is an award-winning, family owned building and land development company founded in 1947 by patriarch, the late Sidney Colen. In 1975, he brought the family experience and vision to Ocala, Florida with the purchase of Circle Square Ranch, a continually working cattle ranch. The passion for creativity in land development and home building flows in the Colen blood. Kenneth Colen, Sidney’s son, never left his side as he grew up in the business and has led On Top of the World Communities since 1981, currently serving as President of all operations. Today, On Top of the World remains the oldest, privately owned land developer in the state of Florida.

Kenneth’s leadership brings you peace of mind. On Top of the World Communities is a debt free company that you can count on to be here for you! We have been making new home dreams come true for over 65 years for more than 50,000 home buyers. The Colens have mastered the design of a well-built, intimate, quiet, amenity rich community with solid management. Our management team has over 100 years combined experience, proving our dedication to the heart and loyalty to your dreams is big at On Top of the World Communities.

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We are different than the rest.

On Top of the World Communities is different than all the rest! We offer decades of family owned expertise providing unmatched experience and dedication to building quality, energy efficient homes in a well designed, amenity rich community. We strive for excellence in everything we do, including the still operational Circle Square Ranch which surrounds the property. Check out this video about the ranch earning the 2012 Environmental Stewardship Award. On Top of the World Communities is located in the Horse Capital of the World amidst the rolling hills of beautiful Ocala, Florida.


Meet Our Residents

Our residents are VIPs in our mind. They are the reason On Top of the World is such a wonderful community. Meet just a few of them below and learn what brought them to Ocala, Florida to experience a lifestyle beyond compare. They and many more are waiting to make your acquaintance and “show you the town.”

 

Meet the Residents at On Top of the World Communities

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On Top of the World Resident Diplomats

RANDY AND MARIANNE
Golf | Line Dancing

On Top of the World Resident Diplomats

FRANK AND JANICE
Softball | Golf | Bridge


On Top of the World Resident Diplomats

BOB AND ALLIE
Golf | Genealogy

On Top of the World Resident Diplomats

GARRY AND JANE
Tennis | Mountain Biking | Golf


On Top of the World Resident Diplomats

ELLEN
Lifelong Learning | Book Club

On Top of the World Resident Diplomats

RON AND PETRA
Golf | Arts and Crafts


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Why we are the experts.

Sidney Colen built a legacy through On Top of the World Communities and his son, Kenneth Colen, continues the family tradition today.

Honors and Awards

Named year after year as one of the best 55+ communities in the country and recognized for excelling in lifelong learning opportunities for our residents and quality home construction.

On Top of the World Facts / FAQs

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