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Old 11-26-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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Default Considering a move to Ocala from Spring Hill

My daughter may be going to U of F in a year or so I am considering moving closer to Gainesville. Housing costs in Ocala seem to be pretty great now - especially in +55 communities. However - one thing I can not stand about Spring Hill are all the New Yorkers (no offense) here and their rude driving and personal space issues. Spring Hill, Florida is definitely not the south! Anywhoo -I don't want to leave the frying pan to end up in the fire. One thing I do like about Spring Hill is crime is relatively low. How does it stand in Ocala? What neighborhoods would you recommend I explore? I do like the idea of a retirement community but not a "God's Waiting Room" community that would be depressing. Thanks for any info!
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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I do like the idea of a retirement community but not a "God's Waiting Room" community that would be depressing. Thanks for any info!
What can you expect in a retirement community where everyone is over 55 and most are over 65, 70 yrs of age? They can all be called God's Waiting Rooms. People this age are prime for all manner of health problems. The Resort we spent 3 months in last winter saw 2 people pass away. Two people in 3 months. Those who are healthy usually join in the activities in the club houses. They remain active, but keep in mind, these are places for seniors and seniors are where you will find most illness, diseases and deaths.

If you find that kind of place depressing, you may be better off renting or buying outside the senior communities.
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:29 AM
 
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The whole planet is "Gods waiting room". Death is a part of life. I don't like planned senior communities but there are seniors everywhere and there will definitely be a higher ratio for some time to come. BTW I had a serious health problem when I was in my forties and the older people in my neighborhood were the most helpful and encouraging.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Athens, Georgia
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FYI, the east side of Ocala is less congested. We lived just off NE 7th Street for 7 years and loved it. Many of our neighbors are still there loving it. Our favorite benefit was living near Silver Springs Attraction and Silver Springs State Park. Parking/entering was fast & easy and an annual pass to the attraction allowed us to enjoy the shops, gardens, and animals whenever we wanted. They also had concerts and a special Christmas light show. The state park has miles and miles of nature trails and even cabins. If it were not for family responsibilities, we would still be there. Sure, Ocala has plenty of old folks (mainly on the West Side "SR 200"), but Gainesville is close and has enough young people to make you appreciate the elders.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:14 AM
 
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Hi,

May I cut in here and ask how much the cost might be for a studio apt. or a senior low income housing in Ocala on the peaceful East Side as in rent per month?
I would suppose in an area with close to bus line, and a swimming pool therein?
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Athens, Georgia
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Magnolia Trace on 14th Street is nothing fancy but it is clean with a pool. They list one bedrooms for $475 with move-in specials. Since you mentioned senior housing, you might want to consider Lady Lakes/Villages. In addition to the relatively expensive homes, there are inexpensive rentals in the area and many of the activities in the villages are free to everyone.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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Thanks fred, I am going to relay this info to an old buddy of mine who is living in Ocala. He might be familiar with it. I'll find out.
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