Lake Mary, FL Neighborhood – Steeple Chase (Is it worth it?)December 13, 2022 | By Chuck Shaver
There are all sorts of neighborhoods out there. There are some that aren’t so good and some that are quite nice. Today, I’m going to be sharing a few details about the Steeple Chase neighborhood here in Lake Mary, Florida. There’s quite a bit to this little community, so read through to the end so you don’t miss out on a couple details that you may not have considered.
What is Steeple Chase?
Steeple Chase is a gated community of around 142 energy efficient single family residential homes, most of which have tile roofs. Taylor Morrison started building in here in 2014 and most of the building finished up around 2019. These are luxury style homes and most of them sit on ¼ to ½ acre lots, although there are some that sit on one acre lots.
Steeple Chase has its own private gate to the 14-mile-long Seminole-Wekiva Trail. This asphalt trail is great for walking or cycling, but the Seminole Wekiva Trail is part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, which runs from all the way over in Pinellas County over near St. Pete all the way over to Titusville on our east coast.
The entrance to Steeple Chase is gorgeous, and it sets the stage for a gorgeous neighborhood, but once inside, it’s pretty simple. There isn’t a lot of flash. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very nice, and perhaps the simplicity is what makes it special. The location is what makes this place special.
Where is Steeple Chase?
Steeple Chase is located in Lake Mary, just west of I-4 across from Heathrow. It’s about 20 minutes north of Orlando and 45 minutes down I-4 to Daytona and New Smyrna Beaches. Sanford is the neighboring city to the east and Sanford International Airport is under a 20-minute ride. Orlando International Airport and Disney will both take you about 40 minutes
Steeple Chase is located very close to numerous restaurants and stores on Lake Mary Boulevard, and the movie theater is just about 3 miles up the road in the Colonial Towne Park Center. I’ve eaten way too much ice cream at that Cold Stone Creamery. Of course, there’s Wal-Mart, a Sam’s Club, Home Depot and all sorts of that stuff right close by, and there’s a new hospital right down the street too!
This entire area west of I-4 is predominantly comprised of nicer, estate style homes. There is a ton of homes in the area selling above a million dollars and it’s the area that many of the area’s wealthiest people call home. Sometimes, instead of climbing on I-4 when heading to Orlando, my wife and I will ride down on Markham Woods Road, just west of Steeple Chase, just to look as some of these beautiful homes. It beats the view of the brake lights on I-4!
Why Steeple Chase?
Steeple Chase is all about the lifestyle, and luxury living is what you get here right in the middle of everything. Many locals here commute to Orlando, but there is plenty of business and professional activity going on right here in Lake Mary. This community is small enough that you’ll be left alone, but large enough that if you WANT to know your neighbors, you can.
At the time of this recording, Steeple Chase residents are zoned for Woodlands Elementary, Markham Woods Middle, and Lake Mary High School. However, these zones DO change, so I’ll include a link to the zoning page for Seminole County Schools below. I’ve heard it many times that Seminole County Schools are regarded quite highly in our area. Seminole State College is about a 15-minute ride, and it’ll take you about 30 minutes if you take the 417 to get down to UCF.
Steeple Chase is a great little hidden gem, but it isn’t for everyone, and Taylor Morrison didn’t make them to be a one-size fits all community. To live in here you’ll need to have 1 ½ to 2 million bucks. That’ll get you 4,000 to 5500 square feet in a prime location here in Lake Mary in the Markham Woods Corridor.
Steeple Chase is a great little community, but the Homeowner’s Association dues will get you for about $220 a month. Now I know that $220 a month is very little these days, especially for a price point like this, but I don’t see that it gets you much. I mean, there’s no swimming pool or community center or anything like that. On top of that, the community itself is pretty average, aside from the beauty of these beautiful homes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not running it down, I love this little community and the way it’s kind of tucked away right here in the middle of everything.
Is it worth it? YES, I believe the Steeple Chase neighborhood should DEFININETLY be considered for those in this price point. If it’s flash and pomp that you’re after though, you should look elsewhere. There’s plenty of options right here in this area if it’s flash that you’re after as this entire area has a TON of gorgeous homes and all those amenities that many communities do offer. Steeple Chase is more about gorgeous homes in the right location for those who just want to enjoy life.
If you have questions or real estate needs, please reach out to me directly.