Luxury, Privacy are Hallmarks of this Prestigious Community

Regal Golden Eagle

There are golf cart communities, and then there is Golden Eagle.

Dan Parisi

Golden Eagle


Located near Lake Iamonia in the wilds of northern Leon County, the community of Golden Eagle has enjoyed a reputation as Tallahassee’s premier gated community since developer J.T. Williams of Killearn Properties began developing it in the mid-1980s.

It’s not hard to understand the community’s appeal. It has, for starters, a challenging 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio that basically wraps around the community. The golf course was ranked among the Top 50 real estate development courses in the Southeast by Golfweek Magazine, which praised its playability for golfers of any level. But there’s more to the community than that. It’s private, safe and a great place to spend retirement or raise a family.

“Golden Eagle is the largest gated community in Tallahassee,” said Molly Papania, manager of the Golden Eagle Homes Association. “Our common areas and green spaces are professionally designed, the roads are beautifully paved and we’re surrounded by a number of sparkling lakes. We’re also a part of the Killearn Lakes Plantation HOA, so we enjoy all their community events as well as all the amenities of the Killearn Lakes community.”

Golden Eagle attracts a wide variety of property owners, from single retirees to young families looking for great schools for their kids. There is something for everyone in Golden Eagle. The neighborhood is zoned for Killearn Lakes Elementary, Deerlake Middle School and Chiles High School. There are also a number of preschools and private schools nearby. Golden Eagle kids enjoy “A”-rated schools at every academic level, Papania said.

“Golden Eagle residents are looking for what almost every buyer desires — low crime, a secure HOA, beautiful surroundings and lovely established homes,” she said.

Speaking of scenery and amenities, the community features serene riparian views of sparkling waters, a natural, park-like setting, swimming pools for adults and kids, two types of tennis courts (clay and hard surfaces) and, as a nod to its Southern roots, a plantation-style clubhouse. Right in the middle of it all sits the Golden Eagle Country Club. Not only does it offer tennis, swimming and great golf but fine dining as well, and outdoors enthusiasts can go boating and fishing on Lake Diane, Papania said. The Golden Eagle Homes Association, which runs all of the community’s amenities and safety programs, levies an annual fee on homeowners that is used primarily to pay for roads, maintenance, security and common areas. The 2014 fee was $617.

Golden Eagle homes range in price from $270,000 to more than $1 million. On average, they are a comfy 3,000 square feet in size. They range from 1,600 square feet to more than 8,000 square feet and are mostly very stately and traditional in style with all-brick construction, Papania said. Inside, they feature upscale amenities, and some even have enough garage space to park golf carts. There are 948 lots with about 30 currently undeveloped. The community is almost completely built out, and 12 homes are currently under construction.

There’s something else about Golden Eagle. The residents don’t really have to go far for anything. Drive back out to Thomasville Road and there’s Publix, Target, Hurricane Grill, Kohl’s, SunTrust Bank, Walgreens, Chick-fil-A and other eating, shopping and business establishments. Thirty years ago, those opportunities didn’t really exist; over time, though, the city expanded to the north and brought development with it, which Golden Eagle residents can readily enjoy today.

“I would imagine northeast Tallahassee was probably mostly undeveloped and rural back in 1985,” Papania said. “I hear Thomasville Road was only two lanes. Today it’s one of the most desirable areas to live in Tallahassee. We enjoy great restaurants and shopping, exceptional schools and very low crime.”

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