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Old 12-28-2015, 06:18 AM
 
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I am currently living in Ocala and am considering a move to Marion Oaks. I hear so many bad things about that area but am finding beautiful homes at such a low cost. My parents live in Oak Run and I work in The Villages so Marion Oaks is a perfect middle ground. I have 3 dogs and 2 cats and would love to have a couple of chickens as well, room for a garden and fruit trees. Budget for a home is $100,000. My question is how is Marion Oaks now? I would prefer replies from only those who live or have lived in Marion Oaks. I did look up the online crime rate statistics but I want to know do people feel safe in their homes? is there a decent amount of police presence? Is one area better then another? Thanks in advance for your honest and objective replies.
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Old 12-28-2015, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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In my opinion, you should look at homes on the N side of Hwy 484 and avoid the S side. The North side is much newer than most of the South side. Good luck.
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Old 03-03-2016, 11:17 AM
 
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Any other reason(s) to avoid the south side (Marion Oaks?)
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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Some homes on the South side are 30-40 years old and some areas are a little "rough".
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Old 03-04-2016, 08:43 AM
 
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Any other reason(s) to avoid the south side (Marion Oaks?)
Significantly greater risk(s).
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Old 03-06-2016, 08:53 PM
 
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Significantly greater risk(s).
Thanks. I don't know the area well but I thought M.O. was supposed to be a nice part of Ocala.
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:02 PM
 
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Thanks. I don't know the area well but I thought M.O. was supposed to be a nice part of Ocala.
As with anywhere else there is good and bad to be found.

If you were to look at a map, and slice Marion Oaks into quadrants using 484 as the horizontal dividing line and Marion Oaks Course* as the vertical dividing line, the crime rates between the western and eastern quadrants would look noticeably different. Particularly so on the south-eastern quadrant and immediately surrounding streets near the aforementioned horizontal and vertical intersection; Marion Oaks has, over time, become fairly well known for its problems with a criminal underclass culture and related activity.

* I believe I'm thinking of Marion Oaks Course. I will correct the post if I'm wrong.

Other thoughts that come to mind with regards to the area are:
  • The school system, which is fairly lackluster.
  • Property value appreciation, which is fairly lackluster.
  • Closer proximity to predatory mammals and greater abundance of venomous non-mammals near the undeveloped extremes of the west, south-west, and south-east quadrants. (more of an FYI than a dire concern)
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Old 03-08-2016, 05:57 PM
 
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Stop by the local sheriffs office in Marion Oaks and ask about crime. You can also get info from their web site.

I would try and rent in the area before buying.

"Beautiful homes at such low costs" This would tell me there is a problem. That's why I would rent before buying. I assume you do not have school age children.
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