Lakes of Mount Dora
9050 Lakes of Mt. Dora Blvd., Mount Dora, Florida 32757
Gated 55+ Community in Pretty Mount Dora, Florida Has Single Family Homes Next to Interconnected, Navigable Lakes and Canals
Mount Dora is in north central Florida and may be one of Florida's prettiest towns, reminiscent of a quaint New England village. It is also the site of Lakes of Mount Dora, a gated 55+ single family home community. Construction of this development by Pringle Homebuilding Group started in 2006 and continues today. Since 2011, Medallion Homes has also been building residences here.
Plans are for Lakes of Mount Dora to have 950 homes on nearly 200 acres. Quiet streets wind around dozens of interconnected, navigable lakes and canals, and 75% of residences have or will have water access or a water view. Fifteen or more floor plans give buyers plenty of selection, with sizes ranging from approximately 1,250 square feet to 5,200 square feet. Homes have two to four bedrooms, two to three baths and a two or three car garage. Exteriors are stucco, vinyl, brick or stone. Neighborhoods are compact but have sidewalks and yards. Landscaping includes short bushes and newly planted trees.
Prices start in the low- to mid-$200,000s. Please check with a Realtor to verify these prices as they may change.
The nicely appointed clubhouse has 18,000 square feet and is hard to miss. It has a swimming pool, a lap pool, a fitness center, a great room, a theater, a library and more. Tennis courts and RV storage are in the planning stages. Scheduled events and activities are many and include line dancing, card games, exercise classes and more.
Outside of Lakes' gates, moss-draped hardwoods shade waterfront parks and line tidy streets that wind around nine Mount Dora lakes. The peaceful downtown, tucked along the waterfront, has a good collection of locally owned shops, outdoor cafes, art galleries, markets and New England architecture. Streets are lined with palm trees and antique street lamps. Palm Island Park has one of the most beautiful lakeside paths in all of Florida, offering glimpses of blue herons, ospreys and the occasional eagle.
Mount Dora does not have a hospital, but Florida Hospital Waterman is in Tavares, about 5 down the road. It is accredited by the Joint Commission, and Medicare patients are accepted.
The climate is tropical. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. On average, the area receives 62 inches of rain per year.
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Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
Florida has 1,250 more golf courses than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Population - 20,612,439
Persons 65 years old and over - 20%
High school graduates age 25+ - 87%
Bachelor's degree or higher age 25+ - 26%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 24%
White persons, not Hispanic - 55%
Median household income - $46,596
Median home value - $159,000
Persons in poverty - 16%
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Who Buys in a 55+ Community?
Age-restricted communities, at least those for residents age 55 or better, generally appeal to people seeking a sense of community with other people from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. Most developments are gated or at least have some type of secured access and appeal to retirees seeking a sense of security. People who enjoy lots of amenities, planned activities and social interaction also buy in 55+ developments. Just an FYI: newer communities tend to have a younger demographic while older communities usually have a more mature set of residents, primarily because residents in older developments purchased when they were younger and have stayed put.
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