'A Very Special Place'
Mount Dora is a historic village founded in 1880 that sits on a 184-foot plateau, which makes it "mountain" worthy by name, in central Florida. Located in Lake County, just north of Orlando, the city is known for its small-town southern charm drawing thousands of tourists every year who want to experience the treasured city that over 14,000 people call ‘home’.
Mount Dora's crown jewel, ‘Lake Dora’, is the 6-mile go-to lake for water activities. It is also home to one of three freshwater lighthouses in Florida and hosts monthly festivals making it also known as the Festival City.
Off Lake Dora with access to the Chain of Lakes, there’s an array of great shops including restaurants, shopping, Arts & Crafts, and festivals. You can always find something fun and entertaining in this family-friendly city filled with ‘live’ music, great food, and activities. Close to downtown, you will also find the world-renowned Renninger’s Antiques and Flea Market, a browsing shoppers dream.
If you are planning to visit there are quality accommodations including quaint bed-n-breakfasts’ to choose from. And if you are planning to relocate to the area, look no further – Realtor, Valerie Foerst knows the local communities inside and out and would love to personally tour you to see the sites!
Eustis, located just 45 minutes from Orlando in Lake County, is known for its downtown Entertainment Waterfront District and annually held Georgefest - the longest-running festival celebrating the birthday of George Washington. For history buffs, Eustis is named after Colonel Abraham Eustis who served in the U.S. Army in Florida during the early nineteenth century. Settlement at Eustis began in late 1875.
The Waterfront Entertainment District located on Lake Eustis features a plethora of events year-round and community activities to engage in such as the Eustis Lake Walk & Ferran Park, Bay Street Players Theater, Lake Eustis Sailing Club, Eustis Historical Museum, Lake Eustis Museum of Art, and the Trout Lake Nature Center.
The family-owned shops and restaurants will keep you busy as you stroll your way through downtown. Eustis Parks and Recreation also has a calendar full of activities for the entire family.
America’s “Sea Plane” City
Tavares is more than a city, it is your entertainment district with an international assortment of restaurants, pubs, and music venues. And not just for adults, but kids will enjoy it too! From Wooton Park to seaplane rides, a boat tour, and children’s Splash Park just for starters! Other attractions are enjoyed as well like the Séance Ghost Tours and the Orange Blossom Cannonball Steam Engine Tour.
Another highlight is the access to Lake County’s Chain of Lakes just off Lake Dora downtown and enjoying the water views and seaplane sightings while eating a scrumptious meal at area restaurants. Relocating? Reach out to realtor, Valerie Foerst and let her be your tour guide in helping you get to know the communities and settle in to your new ‘hometown’!
'The Lakefront City'
Leesburg, Lake County’s oldest city that claimed 1857 as its birthday when Leesburg celebrated its centennial in 1957 recognizing the year that the city’s namesake, Evander Lee, and his family came to the area. Well known for its annual Bikefest, and celebrating the title of the World's largest 3-day motorcycle and music event ever.
Downtown Leesburg takes you back in time with architecture and its quaint feel. You will find plenty to keep you busy throughout the year with a calendar of events. You can also enjoy local dining at these restaurants.
'A Retirement Adventure'
The Villages is a 55+ active adult retirement community located in central Florida and is ranked number one in the United States for active-adult retirement communities. It is a fun and affordable active adult community where everything you could possibly want, need, or dream of doing in your retirement years is just a golf car ride away. Over 60,000 households call The Villages community ‘home’ in Central Florida.
The Villages community is approximately 32 square miles located within the tri-county area which includes Lake, Sumter, and Marion Counties. It is approximately one hour north of Orlando, (45 miles via Florida’s Turnpike); one and a half hours NE of Tampa (75 miles via I-75), 30 minutes south of Ocala (22 miles via US-301); and approximately 40 miles from the west coast or 70 miles from the east coast of Florida, making a day or weekend trip to either coast convenient.
The Villages offers a lifestyle like no other with a wide variety of culinary options from cafe’s to chains; 3 state of the art movie theaters; 3 libraries; 12 championship and 35 executive golf courses including an 18 - hole island putting course; instructional golf; 3 town squares with nightly entertainment; both shared and private transportation services and so much more.
The Villages is a pet-friendly community, featuring a wide-variety of pet amenities.
The Villages welcomes visitors including children and grandchildren on a 30-day consecutive stay.
A state-of-the-art Veterans hospital with many clubs support the area veterans.
The Villages Regional Hospital is one of the fastest growing acute care hospitals in the nation.
SAFETY & SECURITY
The Villages offers an array of services designed to ensure safety and security including onsite fire department services. The Villages communities are also protected by local and county law enforcement offices and noted as one of the lowest crime rate communities.
The Villages lifestyle is affordable with an average home cost of $250,000 and estimated monthly amenity fee of $164 which includes: Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Pickleball, Bocce, Sports Pools, Fishing Lakes, Parks, Trails and over 2700 Clubs to participate in year-round.