With nearly perfect weather year-round, Marion County offers endless natural beauty, gently rolling hills, crystal clear springs and a lifestyle of exceptional quality.
Every year thousands of new residents call Marion County home, keeping it among the fastest growing areas in the nation. The county's welcoming atmosphere makes transitions easy. The variety and affordability of housing ensures that there are homes to suit every taste, lifestyle and budget.
Scattered amid crop lands, horse farms and acres of national forest, lie new communities where residents enjoy all the conveniences of contemporary living. A drive of just minutes takes them from pastoral countryside to modern shopping centers and malls, restaurants, cultural events, nature based attractions and educational opportunities.
Surrounded by countryside, Ocala has the vitality and diversity of a much larger city. Named the county seat in 1845, it has a wonderful history, yet the ability to move ahead into the next century. Ocala's historic district is a neighborhood of charming tree-lined streets and exquisite Victorian and Tudor homes. Throughout the city and in nearby suburbs are newer developments of single-family homes, condos, townhouses and apartments.
For those who long for the country life, Marion County offers many possibilities from newly built country communities to weathered farm houses, horse farms and grand estates. The region's highway system makes outlying areas convenient to Ocala's business and shopping districts and new construction continuously expanding the selection for newcomers.
Gated Communities and Recreation
A growing trend in housing is toward attractively designed gated communities. These areas feature luxurious, yet surprisingly affordable custom-built homes. Communities such as Oak Run, On Top of the World, Ocala Palms, Lake Diamond, Spruce Creek, and in nearby Lady Lake, The Villages of Marion, and others offer every imaginable type of recreation, often with clubhouses, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, scenic walking trails, restaurants and a host of indoor activities and opportunities for social interaction.
Modern, affordably priced, single-family homes, condominiums, villas or patio homes are available. More apartment complexes are being built every day, offering rental opportunities with monthly rates running from $570 to $1,300 for luxurious multi-room units. Houses are priced from $120,000 for a starter home to rural estates and horse farms that begin in the neighborhood of $450,000. The average three-bedroom, two-bath residence is more likely to fall between $200,000 and $240,000.
The scenic countryside, shady forests and crystal-clear waterways are treasured and protected, but also willingly shared with visitors and newcomers who quickly realize that Marion County, with Ocala at its heart, is more than a place to live...it's a place to be experienced.
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