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Old 02-15-2017, 10:15 AM
 
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I am in the process of looking for a new home in the general area of Marion County. I started looking near Ocala, but I have found properties as far away as Gainesville. I wonder if people can give me some advice.

I would like to have a lot of land, like 50-100 acres. It looks like most of the properties that are within reach are 10-20 acres, which would certainly be better than the tiny plot I live on in Miami.

Seems like I will probably have to go to areas in the southwestern or northern part of the county to get what I want (Morriston, Williston, Citra, etc.).

My elderly father will be with me. He likes to have lunch in restaurants, so I am wondering if these areas have anything to offer. Nothing fancy, but better than Subway. Also, is access to medical care (including EMT's) good in these areas?

I would like to have decent soil in case I have to grow things. Rolling hills are a plus from the privacy/shooting standpoint. I don't want to be in a trashy area with unusually high crime.

Any advice you can give me would be appreciated. I am counting the minutes until I get out of South Florida forever.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:47 PM
 
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I think you will have to find a realtor that specializes in ranch land.

You might mention your budget.

Try Zillow and put in your lot size to see what is available.
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:34 PM
 
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Sorry; I wasn't clear at all. What I am interested in is information about the area. Are there any parts of the county I should avoid? Bad soil? Crime? Other problems I haven't thought of?

I have been told it would be best to stay at least as far north as Ocala. I've also been told that the southern parts of the county are "sketchy," and that Williston, which is in Levy County near Marion, has poor soil.

I have a realtor, and I've been checking out the available properties. Seems like Anthony and Reddick are nice.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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The county has a department that has a map of the soil in the county. There are parts of the county that are better for some items than other parts. I would start with the tax assessor's office. I think they use the map to help assess open land.

Try MCPA Report Homestead Fraud

I have seen the map so try until you find the correct dept.

I do not think you will have a crime problem on property as large as you are looking for. But the county is bigger than some states so once you find a location check on the location of the sheriff's office and the fire co (EMT).

Go to the sheriffs web site and look for the crime map. It will tell you what is going on. Also read the departments Facebook site for crime.

One of the web based real estate services has overlays that show schools, crime etc.

I would ask your realtor where you can find the information on the web. Remember to use google earth to get an idea of the neighborhood.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:33 AM
 
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Thanks very much for your help.
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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Have a friend that lives in Morriston & it is gorgeous. Owns & trains horses.

If you need Gainesville info, let me know. Sold our home in South Florida last year & bought in Gainesville. Can't speak about the health care in Ocala but I can tell you that in Gainesville it has been fantastic.

Good luck and welcome to the area! So far, no complaints from me.
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Old 02-17-2017, 03:25 PM
 
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Wow. You must think you're in heaven after leaving this place.
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Old 02-17-2017, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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Wow. You must think you're in heaven after leaving this place.
It's beautiful up here -- lots of nature, very woodsy, great produce, excellent health care and a general lower cost of living. Slower paced--less traffic.

I still visit South Florida about once a month to see clients, and it is nice to visit, but I do not miss it.
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Old 02-19-2017, 02:20 PM
 
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I just got back from Orlando. I had to go to a wedding. I was actually disturbed by the way strangers were nice to me. Here in Miami, when a stranger talks to you, it's generally someone who wants something from you, like a bum or a salesman. I was thrilled that people were so nice, but it was hard to adapt quickly.
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Old 02-20-2017, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, FL; formerly Weston, FL
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I just got back from Orlando. I had to go to a wedding. I was actually disturbed by the way strangers were nice to me. Here in Miami, when a stranger talks to you, it's generally someone who wants something from you, like a bum or a salesman. I was thrilled that people were so nice, but it was hard to adapt quickly.
Agree! It took us about a year to get used to it--my husband & I would joke about this all the time. We just got back from Weston last week & he had to go to the Walgreens & he told me he missed not hearing "Welcome To Walgreens!" when he walked inside. Maybe it's because you don't hear it as much up here, but he said it seemed as if everyone was speaking Spanish.

When we first moved up here about 2 years ago, I ran into another friend who is a fellow South Florida refugee & I told him I couldn't believe how friendly everyone was, with no ulterior motive--he said get used to it! He also said it took some getting used to at first.

Another thing--the drivers--it is a slower pace, & they are so polite--they let you into their lane, slow down to accommodate you--to be honest, practically the only horn I've heard in traffic has been my husband's--he still has some South Florida ways!
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