On Top of the World Communities

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Owner: Kenneth D. Colen
State: Florida
City: Ocala, FL
Address: 8447 SW 99th Street Road
Phone: 1-800-836-6521
Community Size: 1000 - 9999 Units
Web: www.ontopoftheworldcommunities.com
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On Top of the World Communities, Inc. is an award-winning building and development company founded in 1947 by the Colen family, who have owned and operated it for more 60 years. The company is Florida’s oldest privately owned land developer and is debt free in a housing industry filled with takeover- and merger-prone national home builders. The vision to pioneer an active adult community and lifestyle has been realized as On Top of the World, the second such Florida community bearing that name (the other is in Clearwater). Kenneth D. Colen, is company president and has overseen development and operation of On Top of the World Ocala since the earliest stages of construction in 1981. From the start, Mr. Colen’s focus has remained the same: “a commitment to build quality, energy efficient homes in a well designed, amenity rich community.”

About Our Community

A world of opportunities to relax and enjoy life ... while exercising your body and mind ... is waiting for you at On Top of the World Communities. Named one of the best places in the country to retire by Where to Retire magazine, this 12,972 acre, active adult community for the 55 or better, is surrounded by central Florida’s celebrated horse country and near the Ocala National Forest. Best of all, it’s close to everything, yet far from the ordinary. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find here: • Florida’s most energy efficient homes – 14 energy smart home designs priced from the $160s. Florida’s only home builder (one of just six in the U.S.) honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2010 Excellence in ENERGY STAR® Promotion Award for energy efficient homes and related consumer education. • Master the Possibilities – This lifelong education program is based in its own learning center. Each year, a faculty of nearly 150 instructors offers more than 1,200 lectures and classes ranging from computers to fine arts, politics to finance to film. Annual enrollments exceeding 22,000. • Three golf courses – All are 18 hole, par 72 championship golf courses ... one with Florida’s longest par 5 hole at 669 yards. • Miniature golf •  200-plus resident clubs and organizations • More wellness and education programs than any other community. And with more than 250,000 square feet of amenities, there are plenty of facilities for swimming, tennis, exercise classes, yoga, massage, kickboxing, weightlifting and many more activities. • 2 dog parks • Debt-free, financially secure community developer and home builder.


  • Woodworking Shop
  • Theatre or Singing Group
  • Swimming Pool-Outdoor
  • Spa or Sauna
  • Shuffleboard
  • RV Parking
  • Pro Shop
  • Pet Friendly
  • Locker Rooms
  • Kitchen- Catering or Community
  • Green/Sustainable Certification
  • Garden for Community
  • Discovery/Stay & Play Package
  • Clubs
  • Card Games or Bridge
  • Billiards Room
  • Ballroom
  • Arts & Crafts Studio
  • Transportation Service
  • Tennis -Lighted
  • Swimming Pool - Lap
  • Social Events Planned
  • Shops
  • Restaurant
  • Playground for Children
  • Nature Preserve
  • Lifestyle/Activity Director
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Golf-18 holes or more
  • Fitness Center
  • Continuing Education/Classes
  • Clubhouse
  • Bocce
  • Basketball - Outdoor
  • Aviation Facilities
  • Artistic Programs
  • Trails for Walking or Biking
  • Tennis
  • Swimming Pool-Indoor
  • Single Story Living
  • Salon
  • Putting Green
  • Pickleball
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Library
  • High-speed Internet/WIFI
  • Golf - Miniature
  • Dog Park
  • Community Center
  • Ceramics Studio
  • Boat Storage
  • Bar or Pub
  • Athletic Field
  • Aerobics Studio

Pricing and Other Details

New homes from the low $160's to $300’s. Located at the center of Florida and its leisurely lifestyle, On Top of the World Communities in scenic Ocala provides a world of great active-adult living inside this sprawling community. And the rest of the world is just outside its gates. Here’s what’s a short drive away: • The Ocala National Forest, spanning nearly 400,000 acres filled with a wide variety of relaxing and recreational activities • 600 lakes for boating, relaxing, fishing and plenty of water activities • 200 houses of worship serving 38 denominations • Abundant shopping, restaurants, entertainment, veterinarians and even more that’s accessible via nearby Interstate 75 • The famed Appleton Museum • University of Florida in nearby Gainesville • Beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico • Four area hospitals and a VA hospital in nearby Gainesville, also home to highly regarded Shands Hospital • Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens as well of scores of central Florida attractions including NFL, NHL and major league baseball teams in Tampa and Jacksonville

Who to Contact for more Information

Sales and Information Inquiries: info@otowfl.net 

8447 SW 99th Street Road, Ocala, FL 34481

1-800-421-4162 (Sales and Info) 352-854-0805 (All other calls)

Residence Types

  • Villas
  • Gated
  • Discover Packages
  • New Urban or Master Planned
  • Energy Star Rated/Certified
  • 55+ or Age Restricted

Community Facts

Owner: Kenneth D. Colen
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