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Old 04-22-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Amenities/HOA fees in On Top of the World range from about $180 -$300 per month.
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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Don't forget about the area between Ocala and The Villages. Belleview & Summerfield. In Belleview we have Progress-Energy and have not seen the ridiculous price increases that others in Ocala have had.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:20 PM
 
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Default 34479 Landfair Homes

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We moved to Ocala a year ago and I LOVE it!!!
You might want to look into 34479. Nice homes, nice area, nice yards and nice people. It's very laid back. We're about 15 minutes out of downtown but still in the country by the northeast horse farms. There are lots of homes under $100,000. They are mainly concrete block, small ranch types. Good luck!!
Do you know how the Landfair Homes at NE 22nd Terrace are? The website looks nice. We're looking for a starting point to rent in Ocala and then see where we would like to go from there. We lived in Ocala down near Silver Springs Boulevard years ago, but not really familiar with the 34479 area. Anything else you can tell me about the area, like nearest banking, convenience stores, gas, etc. would be appreciated. May I ask where you relocated from? Thanks for any information you can provide.
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Old 06-01-2013, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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Thank you for the motel info. We are looking at buying-down sizing to a small, one level retirement home under $100,000. NOT interested in a retirement community, because of restrictions. We have 3 dogs, cats...would love to live outside of town a bit in a more country-like setting. We are moving from a 70 acre horse farm in rural northern Maine, and while we want an easier lifestyle, we don't want to lose that country feel completely. Not interested in alot of land; an acre or under. Any help is appreciated.
Before you make that final cut with where you now live... think what will happen down the road if you lose your husband. We will all end up alone some day. I snow-bird there just outside Ocala and heard some sad stories from widows and widowers I met. They move there in good health in their mid 60s not thinking what things will be like in 10 or 15 years. And those years go by fast. One day they suddenly find themselves alone far from family and old friends. Married friends in FL drop them... and if you're not in one of those horrible HOA gated communities, you can find yourself completely alone in your old age just when you need people the most. It was such a sobering thought for us that it was one of the main reasons we changed our mind and stayed in TN.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:47 AM
 
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Before you make that final cut with where you now live... think what will happen down the road if you lose your husband. We will all end up alone some day. I snow-bird there just outside Ocala and heard some sad stories from widows and widowers I met. They move there in good health in their mid 60s not thinking what things will be like in 10 or 15 years. And those years go by fast. One day they suddenly find themselves alone far from family and old friends. Married friends in FL drop them... and if you're not in one of those horrible HOA gated communities, you can find yourself completely alone in your old age just when you need people the most. It was such a sobering thought for us that it was one of the main reasons we changed our mind and stayed in TN.
Thanks for the thoughts. My husband's health is the main reason we are moving out of cold, northern Maine. And to an easier lifestyle. My daughter and sister are moving with us, so family is all together. This has been a long term, well thought out plan. We would love some local input about specific things to do, places to eat while we are there in June though.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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Thanks for the thoughts. My husband's health is the main reason we are moving out of cold, northern Maine. And to an easier lifestyle. My daughter and sister are moving with us, so family is all together.
Totally different situation then. Most couples I've met moved down alone and had no family there or family already passed away.

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This has been a long term, well thought out plan. We would love some local input about specific things to do, places to eat while we are there in June though.
If you're looking for "fine dining" there isn't too much of that in Ocala. But the restaurants there are good, the food not overpriced. As for things to do, as already suggested, picking up the Ocala daily paper will have a list of things to do. You haven't mentioned anything in particular you enjoy doing.

We loved to walk through the huge Marion County flea market on the weekends. We liked rides out in the countryside to see the horses and horse farms. We found and enjoyed Antique stores, one of which was quite large. We looked for places with buffets to eat out. We spent one day driving to Cedar Keys on the gulf, another driving around ONF. You may be able to Google things to do there also.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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Totally different situation then. Most couples I've met moved down alone and had no family there or family already passed away.

If you're looking for "fine dining" there isn't too much of that in Ocala. But the restaurants there are good, the food not overpriced. As for things to do, as already suggested, picking up the Ocala daily paper will have a list of things to do. You haven't mentioned anything in particular you enjoy doing.

We loved to walk through the huge Marion County flea market on the weekends. We liked rides out in the countryside to see the horses and horse farms. We found and enjoyed Antique stores, one of which was quite large. We looked for places with buffets to eat out. We spent one day driving to Cedar Keys on the gulf, another driving around ONF. You may be able to Google things to do there also.
All sound like things we would like to try. Not interested in "fine dining" much. Thank you so much for the input.
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Old 06-11-2013, 09:00 AM
 
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I would recommend north of Ocala. Much more rural feel to the area, lots of horse farms. I live in an area with 10 acre and larger farms, and many of the owners are in their 60's and older. Also gives closer access to Gainesville, which has a lot more to offer, shopping wise, than Ocala. The Micanopy and Macintosh areas are really nice too.
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:45 AM
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Location: in the miseries
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Belleview Heights Estates, Belleview, Summer field. Dunnellon. You can build real inexpensively in Silver Springs Shores. Ochlawaha has a river that connects to both coasts.
Good restaurants nearby. Always the Villages for entertainment.
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:46 AM
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Location: in the miseries
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My husband and I are looking at retiring to Florida within the year. Have never been to the Ocala area, but it sounds like what we want-country-like, medium size town....We would like to live 5-20 minutes outside of town. Are there any areas around Ocala that you would recommend? Also, we will be visiting Ocala in June. Any medium range hotels you would recommend? Thank you.
We have stayed at the Best Western in Ocala often. Central to everything and not too expensive.
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