The city of Ocala in Central Florida bears the distinction of being named an "All America City" in 1995.
The metropolitan area is the county seat of Marion County, and presently has a total population of 49,439, making it the largest city in the county. What strikes most visitors here is the city’s historic district, where tourists will be impressed by the great strides taken by local residents in the preservation and care of the area's historic homes and structures.
The City Best Suits Those Who Long For Country Living
For individuals who long for living both the urban and country life, the county offers plenty of options and possibilities, ranging from freshly completed country-style villages to weathered farm houses, horse farms, and large, elegant and grand estates. The area’s state highway system helps make access to the outlying areas convenient to Ocala's business and shopping districts.
From Belleview in the south, to Dunnellon in the west, and McIntosh or Reddick in the north, classic country homes are aplenty, along with more new home construction that is increasingly expanding the choices for home buyers and newcomers. The county lies at the crossroads of the state, and that is truly rightly said. Its location in the north-central part of the state makes it an hour or two within the major metropolitan areas, and the city is the hub of the system of federal and state highways that crisscross this country.
The Area Offers Many Affordable Housing Units
In Ocala and the surrounding towns and cities, many modern and affordably priced single-family homes, townhouses, villas, condominiums, estates and patio homes are available. With a large number of apartment complexes being built every week or month, these offer home buyers more rental opportunities, and these have monthly rates ranging from a low of $570 to a high of $1,300 for upscale multi-room homes. The houses here have prices ranging from $120,000 for starter homes, to a collection of rural estates and horse farms that range starting at $450,000 and above.
For the average three-bedroom, two-bath housing units, it would more likely to range between $200,000 and $240,000. For newcomers and prospective property buyers, whether the option is a home in a rural setting or in the country, residents are never far from schools, health care providers, churches, shopping and commercial centers, government services, cultural and recreation activities and most of all, the natural granduer that nature has bestowed upon this area.
The Area Is Home To Lovely Views of The Scenic Countryside
The whole county is home to lovely sprawling green fields, scenic countryside, shady forests, and unspoilt waterways that are proudly treasured and protected by residents, but the respect for the beauty of the countryside is also shared by new visitors and newcomers who quickly realize that the county, with Ocala at its center, is more than just a nice area to live in, it's also a place to be experienced. With thousands of new residents attracted each year by the county's vibrant economy, many also see the place to offer an excellent quality of living, diverse recreational activities, and pristine environment.
Growth Rates Are Up Here
Located in the north central part of the state, Marion County is a growing property market. Home to more than 305,000 people and nearly 121,000 households, the area is projected to grow by an additional 10% to 335,000 residents by 2010. In only a span of 5 years, the county's population has grown by an estimated 17.8%, which is far higher than both state and national averages.