Blue Spring Reserve is a uniquely private and environmentally-centered single family custom home community of 63 lots for distinctive homes crafted in the Florida and Low Country Vernacular style of architectural design. Conceived as a community in an environmentally protected paradise, Blue Spring Reserve offers a simple yet sophisticated lifestyle where porches capture the breeze and provide vistas over natural panoramas, inspiring homeowners and guests to relax and enjoy this special piece of Florida.
Throughout the community, Blue Spring Reserve offers extensive walking, jogging, biking, kayak, canoe and fitness trails winding throughout the expansive development. These features overlook wetland marshes, lakes and nature preserves.
Blue Spring Reserve sits on land over which the Timacuan tribe roamed for hundreds of years. In 1513, explorer Hernando de Soto and his Conquistadors claimed the area just west of the Reserve. Their exploitation and an ensuing conflict led to the end of the Timacuan era. The Seminole tribe moved into the area from northern Florida and southern Georgia. They settled the region, hunting and fishing in the marshes surrounding Blue Spring Reserve.
In 1974, Marlin Perkins purchased a large parcel now the home of Blue Spring Reserve and the adjacent Arrow Tree development. Mr. Perkins is world-famous as the host of the award-winning series, Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Mr. Perkins had a unique vision; to create a wildlife-based theme park on the Blue Spring Reserve property. His announcement created significant interest in the area, resulting in the development of hotels, commercial, and residential properties just South of Blue Spring Reserve at the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and State Route 19. Further commercial interest dwindled when Mr. Perkins’ vision did not full materialize.
Although Mr. Perkins did not construct his theme park, Blue Spring Reserve became home to dozens of exotic wildlife species. Local lore recounts hippopotamus bathing in the canals and giraffe necks peering above the stately oaks. Mr. Perkins sold the property to a local attorney and state senator. For over a decade , the Senator’s family operated a cattle ranch on the property. In this unlikely pastoral setting, a ranch hand discovered a dinosaur skeleton on the easternmost island. This created a sensation among scientists, archeologists, and paleontologists. The sensation became a unique curiosity when the Tyrannosaurus Rex was identified as the skeleton of one of Mr. Perkins giraffes! To this day, the island on which the ranch hand made his discovery is known to the locals as “Skeleton Island.”
Be a part of Central Florida history. Stroll along the boardwalk near Timacuan hunting grounds. Play in your backyard preserve where giraffes nipped the highest live oak branches. Live where Old Florida survives today!
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The architectural character and style for Blue Spring Reserve consists of the Florida Vernacular and the Carolina Low Country styles of design. The developer pays special attention to the placement of each building on its singular lot and its relationship to entire community. Homeowners are encouraged to have their home design respond to the trees in and around their building envelope and viewing corridors along the roadway.
We currently feature 6 floorplans at Blue Spring Reserve. However, unlike most community builders, we allow any customizations that you see fit in your home. Want a different kitchen? No problem… Need a bigger master suite? We can do that! Our floorplans and elevations are just a starting point.
We also have 1 to 7 acre homesites available!
Blue Spring Reserve Location
Blue Spring Reserve is located near the intersection of State Road 19 and the Florida Turnpike
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