CALESA (KA•LESS•AH) TOWNSHIP, noun
A master-planned community designed for families of all ages where an extensive trail system leads to onsite schools, an aquatic center and a wide array of neighborhood amenities. Conveniently located in the Central Florida city of Ocala, Calesa is a short drive away from beaches on both coasts and the theme parks of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios in Orlando, and Busch Gardens in Tampa.
The master-plan of Calesa Township contains approximately 1,850 acres and close to 5,000 homes upon completion.
Future plans for Calesa are still in the early stages however upon completion it is estimated that there will be a mix of 5,000 single family and multi-family homes in the community.
A master-planned community is a large-scale residential neighborhood with a diverse selection of recreational amenities such as outdoor parks and greenways, pools and playgrounds. A great deal of a attention and effort goes into the size, design, structure, land planning and overall feel of a master-plan and often also include access to retail and commercial shops or local schools.
Yes, Calesa Township is a family community for all ages.
The main street into Calesa Township is a public roadway therefore it will not be gated. However, there are plans for electronic gates into individual neighborhoods.
Yes, street lighting is planned for the community.
Yes, residents may choose to put a pool in their backyard after they close on their home, subject to HOA approval. Community neighborhood pools, open to all residents, will also be included as part of the master-plan. In addition, indoor and outdoor pools at Florida Aquatics Swimming & Training (FAST), located adjacent to Calesa Township, will be completed in 2021. For more information on FAST, visit FloridaFast.com.
No, the Calesa Township property does not have a history of sinkholes. However sinkholes can form anywhere in Florida, particularly North and West Central Florida because of the karst limestone soils prevalent in those areas.
Calesa Township will offer single-family homes that are exclusively Colen Built; the same builder and developer of Ocala’s successful On Top of the World community.
Since 1947, the Colen family has built several successful communities such as On Top of the World in Clearwater, Kenneth City, Merna Park, and Clearview Oaks, one of the first condominium communities in the United States. Their largest master-planned community to date, On Top of the World in Ocala, is still actively building homes.
The Colen Built legacy began over 70 years ago in St. Petersburg Florida. Since its establishment in 1947 Colen Built Development has been an award-winning, family-owned building and development company.
No. Colen Built Development, and its homebuilding division Colen Built Construction, is a debt-free, financially stable company.
Most master-planned communities are governed by a homeowner’s association to provide added benefits to residents by ensuring yards and common areas are well-maintained, to oversee architectural modifications, to enforce rules that deter nuisance activity and to provide access to community amenities. The primary role of an HOA is to maintain property values for community residents.
Colen Built Development will manage the HOA until the Calesa community has 90% resident occupancy.
Community common area and trail system landscape maintenance, common area irrigation, electronic neighborhood entry gates, and neighborhood pool and cabana building.
HOA budget review will occur annually and adjustments may be made each calendar year as the community grows.
Ina A. Colen Academy
The Colen Family Charitable Trust is establishing a K-8 public charter school by the new master-planned community called Calesa Township. The school will be overseen by an independent non-profit governing board. For more information about the Ina A. Colen Academy please visit IACAFL.org.
IACA will be opening August of 2022.
Charter schools are public schools of choice that are governed by an independent board of directors. The charter school is authorized/sponsored by the Marion County School board.
The school’s whole child approach has three interrelated components:
High quality standards-based instruction with the supports needed for all students to be successful
Focus on student emotional learning (SEL) and physical health and well-being of students and staff
Hands-on, student driven, project-based learning (PBL) approach to instruction