Lake County, Florida (Part 1)

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Mortgage and Lending with Mortgage Financial Group, Inc

This is the first of more to come in an effort to help promote Lake County, Florida.

Here begins our story of Lake County:

 Lake County is located in the geographical center of the state between the cities of Orlando (House of the Mouse) and Ocala.  As you can guess, the county got its name becuase of the over 1,400 lakes loacted within it that comprise over 202 square miles of water.

Here is one that may surprise you: Lake County has an average altitude of 184' above sea level. Yes, to us Floridians these hills are mountains to us.  Afterall, most of the state is flat and is not much higher than sea level.

Now for some cities... I used a little help in getting this information.  In my future blogs, I will go into more detail of the individual cities.

 The largest city is Leesburg with 15,409 residents.  Eustis comes in a close second with 15,379 residents.  Expanding Clermont has seen a 30% growth rate since 1980.  In 2000 the population of Clermont had expanded to a little over 9,000 residents. (Clermont has several working vineyards and wineries.)  Lake County continues to grow and is one of the fastest growing Counties in the State of Florida.

 The City of Lady Lake is the home of "The Villages", one of the largest planned retirement communities in the United States with a population of over 50,000 residents.   (You golfers out there may have heard of this in your favorite magazine.)

 Lake County is bordered on the North by the Ocala National Forest.  The forest covers a total of 383,573 acres of pristine woodlands, ecological sites, trails and natural springs.  The City of Umatilla, with just over 2000 residents, is the gateway to the National Forest. (This is just one of the few places where you can still see a Florida Black Bear.)

The heart of Lake County is the Golden Triangle Area.  The triangle is made up of the cities of Mount Dora, Tavares and Eustis.  Tavares is the county seat housing the County Court House and Government Centers.  Eustis is a small city that is rich in history.  Nestled along the eastern shore of Lake Eustis, the 7,000 acre lake provides a picturesque background for this beautiful small town where friendliness is not a thing of the past.

Mount Dora is the shinning jewel of the Golden Triangle.  Named by Money magazine as one of three "Best Places to Live" in America, the streets are lined with giant oaks, giving all who visit here a feeling of being in 19th Century England.

 

I hope that this has provided a little taste of what is to come.  I look forward to getting you more involved with my community that I call home.

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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Hey Jason,

Great post!  I loved reading your blog as I am familiar with all the areas you mentioned.  I am originally from Clermont, the 7th generation of my family born right there in Clermont.  My ancestors were the founders of Clermont, built the first house there, and one of them was the first school teacher there as well.  I have lots of family still in Clermont and surrounding areas.  I'm down several times a year for visits.

I love Mt. Dora!  My sisters and I always make a trip there when we're down for Christmas.  We love the little shops, always find special treasures there we just have to have!  It is, indeed, a very quaint and charming little town.

Ann Cummings

Nov 02, 2006 10:20 AM #1
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Jason Price
Mortgage Financial Group, Inc - Eustis, FL

Thanks, Ann.

You just missed the big craft fair that they hold each year in Mt Dora.  It was a big turn out despite the early morning rains.  In two weeks, they are going to have the big antique fair at Rennigers.

Well, maybe I will see you the next time you are down.

Take care.

Nov 02, 2006 10:31 AM #2
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Marc Blasi
Boca Executive Realty - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Marc Blasi -Country Club and Waterfront Properties

Dum, dum, dum.....

Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeen Acres is the place to be.................

Nov 02, 2006 12:08 PM #3
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Marc Blasi
Boca Executive Realty - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Marc Blasi -Country Club and Waterfront Properties

Part 2-

Scene:

Madison in her crib, wearing a little mink coat (faux, of course - don't want to upset anyone!) singing:

"Daddy I love you, just gimme Park Avenue!"

Nov 02, 2006 12:11 PM #4
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Jason, WAY cool !!  You got yourself a GOLD star with this post.  Nice job, can't wait to continue reading more about Lake County!  Makes me yearn to fly down for another visit..........

Ann Cummings

Nov 02, 2006 03:08 PM #5
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Eli Magen
New World Mortgages,(Mortgage Company) - Orlando, FL

Jason, as an Orlando resident, I'm very familier with lake County. It is very nice, for me its like the country not too far from the big city. I'm with Ann on this one. I also liked the logo/photo of your baby on your hands, thats very nice. I also have my 5 yrs old with me on AR and on my website.

All the best

Nov 02, 2006 10:22 PM #6
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Michael Roberts
Real Estate Professionals of Glynn - Saint Simons Island, GA
Being that I was born in Eustis at the Old Waterman Memorial Hospital.  Attended Howey Academy in Howey in the Hills and lived in Astatula on Little Lake Harris until 1966.  And My family is considered to be one of the founding families of the citrus industry in Central Florida I would like to comment on Lake County.  Lake county was truly a beautiful area which has maintained some of its charm, however it has been inundated by retirees, scam artists and developers who are developing for the sake of developing.  You see, since the series of freezes back in the 80's and 90's the majority of land that was once producing orange groves has been bulldozed and either planted with pines or turned into mobile home parks, closely packed overpriced housing or turned into shopping centers.  Now I don't have any bones to pick about develiopment.  I've sold 3 lake front lots adjacent to the villages and came out very well.  I currently retain one small commercial lot in Tavares, that I will hold until the fellow who is developing around it gives me my price.  But, this is truly one instance where growth has ruined what was once considered the heart and soul of Florida.  The place that everyone by-passed on their way to Daytona bch or further south.  You see besides being one of the pioneer familiesin the citirus industry we were also one of the families who sold property to Disney.  Which really is the nexus of the problem.  Yes Disney is fun, provides a large employement base but it also pulled a good one over on the local governments when contracts were drawn.  resulting in the assumed positives not effecting the public at large but only going to Disney... Anyway... Enough on my high horse.  My point is that it is beautiful there now but man have we spoiled what was there 40 years ago.... Which was truly beauty untouched.  The pace was moderate and the folks were good and true... today, Central Florida is like any suburb of any major metropolitian area....flash, trash and dash....
Nov 03, 2006 09:59 AM #7
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Jeff Miller
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Wesley Chapel, FL
Realtor - Tampa Bay/Wesley Chapel

Good post.  Lake county is special.

You live and work in a really neat area. Best of luck.

 

Jan 29, 2007 07:32 AM #8
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Patricia Ritson
Weichert Realtors, Hallmark Properties - Windermere, FL
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I have to chuckle at the flash, trash and dash comment from Michael and it is so true not only here in Lake County but pretty much most all of Florida. I cannot believe the changes that took place in the Keys over the years.  Its unbelievable.  I came to Florida in 1970 and lived in South Florida (Ft. Lauderdale).  My parents sent me to school at Howey Academy in 1972 and I lived in the dorm.  I remember going horseback thru Howey and up Buckhill Road.  I also learned how to drive in Howey and Tavares.  Years past and after living in South Florida for so long I had to get out. I moved back to Howey in 2001 and purchased a home on the Lake.  I am amazed at what has happened to the area just since I moved here.  It's so sad. But again, it is still by far one of the most beautiful places in Florida.... and that's my story and I am sticking to it!!! 

Apr 26, 2008 10:31 PM #9
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Patricia Ritson
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Apr 26, 2008 10:39 PM #10
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Ann Cummings
RE/MAX By The Bay - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Homes - Service With a Smile!

Patricia - you're right about central Florida being one of the prettier areas in the state. Michael's right about a lot of the developing that's gone on since the bad freezes back in the 80's.  Being part of Clermont's oldest family, I've seen those lush rolling hills of citrus turned into rolling hills of rooftops in some areas.  And lots of sprawl all over the place.  But there are still some very beautiful areas in many places, and most of those small towns are now doing what they can to prevent more sprawl.  Unfortunately it grew unchecked for years in many places, but they're now taking steps to keep it in check.  Too late for some areas, but not for many others.  Your area around Howey is just beautiful - hope it stays that way, too!

Ann

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