FEATURED GOLF COURSE AND PRIVATE CLUB COMMUNITIES
By Scott Kauffman
From the moment one enters Bella Collina’s gated entrance, it is quickly evident there is something special about this private lakefront and golf community just west of Orlando. Perhaps it’s the ancient oak trees and tall slender Italian cypress trees that frame a stunning view of Lake Siena, a private 350-acre spring-fed lake in the center of the community. Then, there’s the timeless architecture laid out across Florida’s rare rolling hills, highlighted by the community’s cobblestone driveway that leads to the 75,000-square-foot Italianate clubhouse that sits atop one of Florida’s highest points.
Indeed, one visit to this extraordinary Tuscan-like landscape, and it is evident why so many feel as though they’ve truly escaped to Italy’s most famous hillside region. But this authentic “Taste of Italy” is actually a luxurious Central Florida community that combines the best of private club and lakefront living, suburban convenience and world-class resort-style amenities.
The organization behind Bella Collina is private equity firm DCS Investment Holdings. Based in West Palm Beach, Fla., DCS is led by Washington Redskins co-owner Dwight C. Schar, noted businessman/philanthropist who founded NVR, Inc., one of America’s largest homebuilding and mortgage banking companies. Schar still serves as the Chairman of the Board at Reston, Va.-based NVR and also sits on the board of directors for the Redskins, one of the premier franchises in the National Football League.
Bella Collina is a 1,900-acre Private Golf and Lakefront Community in the rolling hills just west of Orlando. Widely known for its iconic 75,000-square-foot Italianate clubhouse, Bella Collina is an award-winning Tuscan-inspired luxury community with a rare private spring-fed lake, Sir Nick Faldo-designed championship golf course, resort-style pool complex, spa and salon, Sportivo Centro fitness center, Har-Tru tennis courts and multiple dining venues.
More than 50 families have already discovered Bella Collina, and 33 newer homes are underway with Golf Villas starting in the $470,000s and custom Estate Homes in the low millions. Additionally, the club will soon be breaking ground on a 100-unit Condo Hotel with pricing expected to start in the mid-$300,000s.
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