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Old 10-17-2013, 08:57 AM
 
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Does anyone have an opinion of North East Ocala, specifically the area around 18th Ave. and Fort King Middle School? My husband and I are looking at a retirement home in this area and are wondering about crime, safety.... I have been told to stay away from N/E Ocala because of its high crime stats., but not sure if this is an accurate perception. any help is appreciated.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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https://spotcrime.com/fl/marion+county

Zoom in a bit and do your date range.

It depends upon the neighborhood in the NE section. Some parts you couldn't even pay me to live in...

That's a lower to middle income area...you'd probably want to scout the area before moving in...
But it's safe to say that to generalize the ENTIRE NE area as high crime is an exaggeration.

I live on the NE side. There are pockets everywhere of everything. My neighborhood is fairly decent but there are some that are downright scary and every neighborhood has home invasions or crime, it doesn't matter what 'side' of town you live in. Easy to see from the crime map. And that's just a snapshot.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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You need to watch neighborhoods for flooding in that area, too. A lot of it was underwater a couple years ago, I believe including the area you mentioned, and we didn't even have a hurricane. We looked at an investment home to buy and it had poison ivy growing under the house, it was so wet, and the yard was squishy even though it hadn't rained in a couple weeks. You're also going to be in the Ocala Electric area which is the highest rates in Marion County.

You need to try to find a home in the SECO Electric area. It's a co-op and has the cheapest rates. Marion County has 3 electric companies, Ocala Electric, Duke Energy (used to be Progress), and SECO. Duke is high and they're still going to charge homeowners about $6 a month through 2017 to pay for a nuclear plant they've already admitted they're never going to build.

NE Ocala does have a lot of crime. A lot of it is considered the poorer part of town with rundown shacks and dope dealers. I've seen drug deals going down right in the middle of SR 40 in that area. The police department is ineffective, cops spend a great deal of time parked under trees hiding out, and 95% of them couldn't chase down a criminal because they're so fat. I'm embarrassed when out-of-towners see our police department and comment on their gross physical condition, including the sheriff himself. They have a gym we pay for that apparently they never use.

Anyway, there are better places in Ocala to live.
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:49 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the input.The spot crime site was very informative.
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:04 PM
 
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I live in the NE section of Ocala, actually just outside Ocala in Silver Springs. There's a fair bit of drug dealing and petty crimes in this area. Just last week someone tried to break into my house, and a few days later someone stole my trash lol. I'd probably look in the Shores, closer to 64th. The further into the Shores you go, the worse it gets. I'd also look on the SE end of town if you're adamant about Ocala. SE is the nicest part. NW is a dump until you get past 75, and SW has some decent areas but a few rough spots as well. That being said, not all of the NE side is bad, but there's definitely more bad than good.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:26 PM
 
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Does anyone have an opinion of North East Ocala, specifically the area around 18th Ave. and Fort King Middle School? My husband and I are looking at a retirement home in this area and are wondering about crime, safety.... I have been told to stay away from N/E Ocala because of its high crime stats., but not sure if this is an accurate perception. any help is appreciated.

I thought you had narrowed your search to the SW area/ Citrus Springs area. No matter, you should look at all your options before you commit to anything. I hope you did notice that FloridaHappy's post about electric companies reinforced my opinion vis-a-vis SECO. I see that my opinion of NE Ocala is echoed by others as well, but your mileage may vary.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:25 AM
 
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I thought you had narrowed your search to the SW area/ Citrus Springs area. No matter, you should look at all your options before you commit to anything. I hope you did notice that FloridaHappy's post about electric companies reinforced my opinion vis-a-vis SECO. I see that my opinion of NE Ocala is echoed by others as well, but your mileage may vary.
We have basically narrowed our search to the SW area, but a home came up in the NE part of Ocala that I really liked the look of. Trying not to limit ourselves completely. However, it sounds like my initial reservations were well founded. That's why I love this forum. You get personal experiences/info. you couldn't otherwise. Thank again everyone!
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:08 AM
 
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We have basically narrowed our search to the SW area, but a home came up in the NE part of Ocala that I really liked the look of. Trying not to limit ourselves completely. However, it sounds like my initial reservations were well founded. That's why I love this forum. You get personal experiences/info. you couldn't otherwise. Thank again everyone!
I completely understand. When looking for a house, I found one I loved until after I did a few drive-bys through the neighborhood at different times of the day. One that I did put a bid on turned out to be in a flood zone, and built into the easement. Live and learn, I guess.
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:01 PM
 
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Why aren't home invaders being shot by homeowners? They can't afford to buy a shotgun? Or, is this a problem in the non-white areas? We have very low crime in New York, where I'm from, so I'm a bit surprized to read that a town where you can buy a gun as easlily as a chainsaw has a problem with home invasions. From what I see in Ocala, most people are nice and friendly, although I've seen some evidence of a raging drug problem. For retirement, Dunnellon seems better and less hectic.
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