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Get to know Bella Collina

Bella Collina is perhaps not someplace you’ve heard about just yet, but it won’t be long. It’s tucked back into a landscape of rolling hills and sparkling lakes, and this accident of geography means that it’s not on the way to anywhere and has remained all but forgotten even as Orlando exploded. But for the price of a modest commute, Bella Collina residents enjoy a stunningly beautiful location, large lots, quality custom construction, and all the top-notch amenities of a luxury golf community. The golf course, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, takes full advantage of the terrain. Bella Collina residents take equally full advantage of the spa, resort-style pool, tennis complex, fitness center with yoga and Pilates classes, biking and walking trails, and the member-exclusive restaurant of the associated golf club. Just outside, the internationally recognized Montverde Academy educates students from around the world, manatees swim in crystal clear springs, and the beaches of the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico are easy day trips away.
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History & Culture

The area around Bella Collina has been used agriculturally since Central Florida was settled. The geology is astounding, with beautiful hills reminiscent of Tuscany and large, lovely lakes nearby — in fact, the massive Lake Apopka laps on Bella Collina’s shores. While there were attempts at large-scale citrus farming in the area, the land is more suitable for Florida’s cattle and horse culture, and much of that remains in the area, physically manifested in large estates, mature trees, and a small-town attitude. Cattle ranches have mostly given way to the white fences of the horsey set, as well as to the large estate homes of Orlando’s movers and shakers who like a little room to stretch out. Bella Collina takes that attitude and wraps it around a golf course that takes advantage of the area’s natural beauty — and the rolling hills that are so rare in Florida. Residents venture forth for boating and fishing on the nearby lakes, as well as the manufactured entertainments the Orlando area is most famous for. There is luxury in Bella Collina, but there is also a wildness here, and water birds and some of Florida’s charismatic reptiles are very much at home in the area.

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Dine & Shop

Though Bella Collina seems isolated, it’s not far from some major Central Florida thoroughfares, making it easy to get to some of the best dining the area has to offer. There are a variety of farm-to-table restaurants in nearby Winter Garden and Clermont, and haute establishments tucked in close to the other tony communities of the western Orlando area. As a tourist town, Orlando has big-name chefs helming signature restaurants as well as fantastic options at all price points, including a thriving selection of ethnic cuisines. Bella Collina’s position near expressways (and away from clogged downtown arteries) can mean a shorter trip for a great reservation than you might expect. Nearby storybook towns like Mount Dora and Winter Garden offer great antiquing and art galleries, and street fairs and farmers markets take place more than weekly at any place two roads cross. Every conceivable retail chain has a storefront within a short drive, though big-name boutiques are a bit of a drive (note: most of those same big names have outlets in the area to cater to international tourists).