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Horse community ready for residents

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Nature Coast Equestrian Community offers serenity among the pines

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

 Nature Coast Equestrian Community, a residential development with 20-acre lots and 380 acres for horseback riding, hiking, bicycling, fishing, hunting and swimming.

It's like a bit of paradise among the pines and scrub, located 19 miles from Chiefland and 9 miles from Cedar Key.

Linda Harrell, the owner of the development, has preserved the landscape on this pristine stretch of land while putting in paved roads and miles of trails.

She hosted a ribbon cutting, barbecue and dance with the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce on October 25.

She is offering five- to 20 acre tracts of land for homes, barns and fenced areas for horses to roam and graze. They range in price from $49,000 for a 5-acre plot to $232,050 for 27.3 acres. 

The development is called a "casual equine community" which means there are none of the restrictions found in some horse-oriented developments. There are no minimum square footage requirements for homes, modular homes are allowed, no restrictions on the type of fencing put up, above ground pools, gardens and livestock are all permissible.

While buyers can build what they wish on the lots, Harrell and Sondra Blake of Southern Property Services have teamed up with Kodiak Homes and Heritage Building Systems to provide construction options. 

The development offers buyers land clearing and power, water well and septic tank permitting and installation services. Property owners can also obtain plumbing, electrical, and property maintenance services.

In addition, horse lovers can also arrange for care for their animals. Daily feeding, exercise, bedding changes, vet and farrier services are available through Nature Coast Equestian Community.

And the community offers trips to other trails for avid horse riders interested in exploring other places throughout the state.

You could say what Harrell is selling is more than a pleasure ride — it's peace of mind that you and your horse will have at this development.