Bel~Lago is a private, gated community nestled within 600 acres of picturesque farmland in Ocala, Florida.
To fully understand the concept of Bel-Lago, one must first understand developer Peter Rosbeck’s story: “A few years ago, while pondering over a leaflet about our conservation areas that have been set aside for our community, I happened to focus in on what appeared to be a dot in the middle of a large conservation area of about 8,000 acres, known as Halpata Taskanaki Preserve. Just out of curiosity, I got in my truck and went over to see what this little dot on this conservation map really was all about. Much to my surprise, It was a beautiful 600 acre property called Bluebird Farm.. It had those majestic live oaks that we all dream of having in our backyard. It had ponds and lakes. plan might be able to influence open space planning everywhere.”
I spent years trying to purchase the property but I did not want to acquire it for conventional development. I finally purchased it partly for preservation. I went about bringing together some expert planners on open space planning, people who were able to identify what needed to be saved and not just what needed to be built. In the process I think I have been able to put together one of the most innovative open space plans that might be, certainly in Florida, and maybe someday we might be able to think a little bit beyond Florida, as to how this.
So Rosbeck’s plan was to look into protecting this land forever. “We now have been able to present [Bel-Lago] as a place to live. A place that is protected, a place that is gated, a place that will only have 120 homes on over 600 acres. Bel-Lago is more than just 600 acres. It is 600 acres protected by over 8,000 acres.”
The Rosbeck Family
The Rosbeck family has been building custom homes and developing neighborhoods for decades in Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha ’s Vineyard. Peter’s two sons currently operate Rosbeck Builders in New England. “My sons are carrying on the tradition of building quality, custom homes. That’s what we are here to do for you at Bel-Lago. It’s an easy process. Tell us what you want and we’ll build it for you within the Bel-Lago theme that we have established for this community.”
In his own words in an interview for VINEYARD STYLE in 2001. His passion is for larger scale residential development. «l love neighborhoods,» he says. «l love the dynamic of bringing people together, and finding the synergy between humans and natural amenities. I love standing amongst oaks and incredible vistas with a field of grazing horses next to a beautiful pond». Developing on Martha’s Vineyard where his son now leads Rosbeck Builders as the best contractors in the island is the experience you want in a developer for this unique project.
Peter Sr. cut his teeth on real-estate development while helping to revitalize the town of Quechee, Vermont decades ago and then moved on to develop the village of Naushop on the island of Nantucket.
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Nestled amongst thousands of acres of picturesque farmland, Bel-Lago is Ocala’s most unique gated community.
To fully understand the concept of Bel-Lago, one must first understand developer Peter Rosbeck’s story:
A few years ago, while pondering over a leaflet about our conservation areas that have been set aside for our community, I happened to focus in on what appeared to be a dot in the middle of a large conservation area of about 8,000 acres, known as Ross Prairie. Just out of curiosity, I got in my truck and went over to see what this little dot on this conservation map really was all about. Much to my surprise, it was a beautiful farm called Bluebird Farm. It had those majestic live oaks that we all dream of having in our backyard. It had ponds and lakes. I spent years trying to acquire it. I didn’t acquire it for conventional development. I acquired it partly for preservation. I went about bringing together some expert planners on open space planning, people who were able to identify what needed to be saved and not just what needed to be built. In the process I think I have been able to put together one of the most innovative open space plans that might be, certainly in Florida, and maybe someday we might be able to thing a little bit beyond Florida, as to how this plan might be able to influence open space planning everywhere.
Rosbeck’s plan was to look into protecting this land forever. “We now have been able to present [Bel-Lago] as a place to live. A place that is protected, a place that is gated, a place that will only have 120 homes on over 600 acres.
Bel-Lago, which translates to “beautiful lake” in Italian, is the perfect name for this luxurious new community. “We wanted to find something that would fit in with the nature and curvature of the land.” The development comprises four distinct hamlets, or small villages; each of which is clustered on 150 acres of land surrounding a crystal clear lake. Each hamlet offers 12 lakefront properties on over an acre of land with panoramic water views. And for the equestrians at heart, Bel-Lago has graciously included 18 multi-acre farmsteads with their own private pastures. The unique land design ensures that each home site offers maximum privacy with pasture or lake separation.
«You must experience Bel-Lago for yourself, though. One visit is all it takes.»
The unified theme of Bel-Lago is one the community’s most valuable amenities. In Tuscany, farmhouses have been sheltering families for generations. As families grew the houses were expanded. Therefore, memories exist in every stone. Bel-Lago Homes strives to continue these influences in their vision. The use of old- world tones and textures are everywhere, from the stone walls to the subtle street lighting.
Pleasant and Healthy Living
Construction materials and interior finish products such as stone countertops and Zero VOC paints drastically reduce emissions that can become trapped in the building. Urea-formaldehyde has been excluded from carpets and substrates. Fresh air and a high-efficiency, in-duct filtration system are used. Heating and cooling systems are designed to be positively pressurized to stop uncontrolled intrusion of warm humid air. Laundry rooms are equipped with supply/return systems so as not to consume large amounts of conditioned air from the home. The insulation systems provide for HVAC ductwork under air, virtually eliminating mold in the transmission lines. We are preventing indoor mold contamination through the selection of materials resistant to microbial growth, providing effective drainage from the roof and surrounding landscape, installing adequate (quiet) ventilation in bathrooms, allowing proper drainage of air-conditioning coils, and designing other building systems to control humidity.
A Sense of Well Being
“Homes at Bel~Lago are at least 40 percent more energy efficient to heat and cool than the traditional method. This efficiency is achieved through the use of a variety of innovative components, such as the Icynene-type Insulation System. These, as well as many other energy saving products, are specifically used to create a lifestyle with a sense of wellbeing.
Rosbeck’s innovative group has designed all of the homes in such a way as to minimize natural disaster damage. Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and termites have been specifically targeted during the planning and construction phases. Their potential impacts have been greatly diminished through the use of carefully designed systems.
The Bel~Lago team has taken many meticulous steps to guarantee the success of this project. They established a vision that embraces sustainable principles and an integrated design approach. Over time, the home’s performance can be assured through measurement, adjustment and upgrading. Recent studies show that building with good overall environmental quality can reduce the rate of respiratory disease, allergy, asthma and other symptoms. Bel-Lago has taken great care to assure the occupant’s health in many ways.
Materials and interior finish products, such as stone countertops and zero VOC paints, drastically reduce emissions that can become trapped in a building. Additionally, carpets and substrates are free and clear of urea-formaldehyde. Tuscan Home Builders is able to prevent indoor mold contamination through the selection of materials resistant to microbial growth, providing effective drainage from the roof and surrounding landscape, installing adequate ventilation in bathrooms, etc.
Great care has been taken to embellish the natural feel of this historic haven. The roadway system is designed to minimize through traffic, the tree-lined access ways guide your guests directly to your home. This design provides maximum security and easy maneuverability. This feature will clearly limit vehicles passing by your home with only the exception of your closest neighbors.
At Bel-Lago, you truly have your choice when it comes to scenery. The horse-oriented areas are dedicated to recreational equine activity and set apart from the homes. The small, private stables are designed to blend with the homes. Just envision riding your own horses beneath the stunning majestic oak trees of Bel-Lago. The trail network provides more than seven miles of manicured, fenced trails. Every private farmstead provides direct access to this trail system, which will be maintained for your safe riding pleasure.
Acquiring a new home at Bel-Lago is easy. With numerous house plans and designs to walk through, purchasing your dream home has never been more of an experience. “As you turn into the entranceway of Bel~Lago, you’ll instantly get a flavor for what Bel-Lago’s architecture is all about. It’s about roof colors, bracketed overhangs, warm tones of wood, and landscaping.”
Bel~Lago is situated convenient to one of the fastest growing corridors in the United States. It’s also right across the street from a recently refurbished 18-hole golf course and only a few miles away from crystal clear springs and blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The Bel~Lago community embodies many unique features designed to maximize your security, privacy and well being. As one enters the stone archway of the gatehouse, a friendly face greets residents and visitors. The gate attendant will handle your mail & packages while keeping you and your family safe. Designed to minimize traffic which clearly limits vehicles passing by your home with the exception of your closest neighbors.
Homes at Bel~Lago are more energy efficient to heat and cool. These measures are achieved through the use of a variety of innovative components including The Icynene Insulation System®, high SEER heat pumps, sealed HVAC ducts and low E glazed windows. These products were specifically used to create a synergistic system that not only performs more efficiently but also provides a more comfortable living environment.
Bel~Lago is within minutes of major hospitals, schools, shopping and natural recreation. Also, the site is also a preservation paradise with grand-daddy Live Oaks in abundance. Special care is taken to minimize disturbance of the soils and control runoff during construction. Storm water runoff is directed to, and retained on-site as a practical function of the beautiful lakes.
Lighting & Appliances
Bel~Lago have been designed to blend natural lighting with high efficiency general use as well as task lighting to provide a complimentary light spectrum that fits the needs of the homeowners. Additionally, all appliances are all Energy Star rated.
Bel~Lago means ‘beautiful lake’ in Italian. This certainly is a fitting title for this unique property. The centerpiece of all four of the Bel~Lago hamlets is a pristine multi-acre lake, attractive to wildlife and working in concert with the progressive water management systems in place within the development.