Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Life’s next chapter awaits

Water Oak: A Lady Lake paradise residents are proud to call their own.


If you’re 55-plus and looking for a beautiful, serene, but activity-filled, convenient, and friendly place to live, look no farther than Water Oak Country Club Estates – a beautiful, gated community in Lady Lake that boosts reasonably priced and quality luxury residences to call home.

Not only that, this pet-friendly neighborhood is close enough to satisfy all the conveniences of The Villages area but distant enough for peace and quiet to overshadow all the hustle and bustle.

Water Oak Sales Manager, Mel Ferioli, says, “The homes at Water Oak are conveniently located, but also very affordable in comparison to other retirement communities in the surrounding area and it’s a great place for people to start that next wonderful chapter of their lives.”

Water Oak Country Club is a perfect fit for anyone who wants to take advantage of all the shopping, dining, and entertainment options that The Villages area offers, but would like to live where it’s slower-paced, relaxing, and to just enjoy life at their own speed. Water Oak residents enjoy an active lifestyle with an abundance of several special interest clubs and activities to participate in. “Our residents can be as busy as they want, or be as reserved as they want, it’s really up to them. Our community’s atmosphere allows them to enjoy both,” says Mel.

Water Oak is a 55-plus manufactured home community and has been in the Lady Lake area since the early 1980s. Acquired in 2005, it is one of Sun Homes Communities, Inc. flagship properties across the U.S. and has flourished ever since. They’ve invested in expansion with additional lots and updated the resort-like amenities. Residents are captivated by the picturesque community with over 300 acres of rolling hills, trees, and lakes combined with an 18-hole championship golf course, walking paths, a three-story clubhouse, and more.

“I take joy in helping to form and bond Water Oak community relationships by creating fun and entertaining activities for my friends and neighbors. It has been exciting to watch our community grow, flourish and thrive!”

—Linda Kruis, Activities Director &  25-year resident of Water Oak

Water Oak’s central Florida location is also very favorable to its residents with an abundance of tantalizing Florida attractions nearby. Several irresistible destinations are just a short drive away whether they want to experience Florida’s beaches, or visit one of the several world-famous attractions like Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens or SeaWorld. The ease of access to the interstates and highways allows for short day trips to either coast to enjoy and take it all in.

The vibe

Another top benefit of living at Water Oak is: “the amazing, amazing people,” says Mel. With that, Mel describes the signature “Water Oak Wave” everyone uses as a mutual greeting between each other and calls it heart-warming. “Everybody acts like a family here. They back each other up, they wave constantly to each other and if anyone is in need, they are right there supporting them,” Mel adds.

Residents are thrilled with the amenities Water Oak offers, that also provides ease of accessibility when it comes to shopping, dining, quality medical care and the value of their homes, but what seals the deal are the non-material benefits. The residents and staff of Water Oak give a sense genuine warmth and community welcoming feeling.


Water Oak offers every resort-style living activity imaginable available for its residents – including tennis, billiards, arts and crafts, quilting, fishing, shuffleboard, softball, basketball, volleyball, bocce ball, and pickleball – and the clubhouse amenities are plentiful.

With two clubhouses on-site, the resort-like community ensures the best when it comes to swimming and sunbathing poolside or keeping fit at the gym and staying entertained. There is also a restaurant, a championship golf course (discounted for residents), and a pro shop on site.

Not only that, but there are no amenity fees to worry about and an optional $20-per-year home-owners association membership to consider.

Additionally, the community’s ownership arrangement means more money in residents’ pockets, plus general maintenance and lawn care are included.

“We are a land-lease community, which means you own the home and lease the land that it sits on, so you’re able to put all your money into your home, which tends to be $100,000 to $200,000 less than if you were to build a stick-built home where you have to purchase the land, the home,” Mel says.

She adds, “People pay a monthly lot rent, but with that, they have a gated community, 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, and there are no additional amenities fees like you would have to pay in a lot of communities around here. We also pay the majority of all the property tax and the only household tax a resident would pay is about $632 for the whole year and that includes your emergency services and garbage pick-up.”

A home to make your very own

There is a home at Water Oak for every budget, including pre-owned, newer, and bigger homes with lavish features and other quaint choices. Most residents can live comfortably under $1,000 per month excluding a mortgage payment.

Additionally, standard features in a home at Water Oak – like crown molding, LED lighting, vinyl plank flooring, window fixtures, appliances, ceiling fans, a porch or lanai, double carports, and more – are included features that in other communities may cost extra.

And besides that, a new home buyer has the ability to customize anything they can imagine. A multitude of specialty options includes open floor plans, tray and coffered ceilings, fully equipped kitchens, spa tubs, and Roman tiled showers, upgraded landscaping, large walk-in closets, modern decorative accents, and much more.

Water Oak also offers new home buyers the ability to choose their countertops, flooring, paint colors, and shingle colors. The design team can alter many features such as move walls and closets; they can literally modify their new home any way that they want. Water Oak has four beautiful model homes to view options, plus several different floor plans and styles to customize the perfect place to live. If we can find the lot a resident likes, all they have to do is find something that fits their needs and we make it happen for them in the most beautiful and efficient way possible.

Here and yet to come

Our visually impressive main entrance welcomes residents and future homebuyers with lighted waterfalls, beautiful accents, and landscaping. Our updated sales center showcases modern, trend setting models to choose from with many design options. In January 2022, a planned expansion will add 260 new home sites, plus a brand-new recreation facility featuring a huge resort style beach entrance pool, cabanas, a refreshment area, and rooftop seating.

No room for the “t” word

One thing the sales team notices is that a lot of people worry when they hear the words, “manufactured homes,” but Mel and her team can overcome these concerns.

“Some people still have that ‘trailer’ mentality, but we have gone way beyond that. They’re not trailers anymore. They are actually really well-built, energy-efficient homes,” Mel says. “Ever since Hurricane Andrew, all the standards changed and so our homes are made to withstand anywhere from 130-150 mph winds.”

The main builders Sun Homes primarily work with for Water Oak, are Palm Harbor and Skyline, known as two of the very best manufacturers in the industry. Additionally, all Water Oak homes are built to be extremely energy efficient, adding high-grade insulation in the ceilings, walls, and floors, including double-paned windows and LED lighting throughout. This allows for cost savings overall on electricity usage and with heating and air conditioning the home.

“Live the dream and have it all,” says a Water Oak brochure. 

If you are looking for that perfect, affordable retirement home offering an all-inclusive resort-like lifestyle, look to the very best in manufactured home communities in Florida at Water Oak. Envision your next chapter of life filled with enjoyment and lasting new friendships and fall in love with Water Oak.

877.363.7553 / / 106 Evergreen Lane, Lady Lake

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