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Why You Should Move to Ocala, FL

Lovely Ocala, Florida carries more than a hint of Kentucky’s bluegrass in the rolling terrain surrounding its famous thoroughbred horse farms. Gorgeous north central Florida surroundings include the magnificent national parklands of Ocala National Forest and Silver Springs Nature Theme Park — home to some of the world’s largest artesian spring rock formations. The town boasts a central location less than 90 minutes to the Gulf or Atlantic Coasts.

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Ocala, FL Real Estate

Ocala offers a variety of properties, ranging from sprawling horse country estates to single family homes. Find mansions in upscale gated communities featuring dramatic architectural detail and extravagant extras like equestrian barns and saltwater pools. Older neighborhoods offer some lovely renovated homes, while other choices include lakeside condominiums, small ranches, and mid-range homes. Ocala’s location outside larger urban areas means real estate is more affordable and large tracts of land are still available. To see Ocala real estate has to offer you, view our listings:

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Ocala, FL Schools and Universities

This friendly little city is part of the Marion County Public School System and Ocala itself has 61 schools, including the highly-rated Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. Other standout schools include Eighth Street Elementary, Osceola Middle, Forest High School and Trinity Catholic. Vanguard High offers the rigorous pre-university courses of the International Baccalaureate Program while vocational and technical schools offer a wide range of studies. Home to the Central Florida Community College (CFCC) and a satellite campus of Rasmussen College, Ocala is only 40 minutes from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Employment Opportunities in Ocala, FL

Major local industries include agriculture, aerospace, and defense. Ocala’s location between two major universities, proximity to international airports and diverse workforce makes it a prime choice for the manufacturing, service and construction industries. Less than an hour from Orlando and serviced by an excellent infrastructure and efficient public transportation, Ocala has a healthy local economy and offers a serene hometown for commuters to urban areas.

Activities around Ocala, FL

With its gorgeous national parkland surroundings, Ocala is a spot where residents love to get outdoors to enjoy hiking, golfing, camping, fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Spectacular Ocala National Forest is a nature lover’s paradise brimming with excellent hiking trails, gorgeous campgrounds, winding rivers and wide lakes. Just outside of town, the Silver Springs natural theme park features glass-bottom boat trips, wild animal exhibits, and a jeep safari.

Ocala’s quaint, historic downtown offers an excellent mix of museums, restaurants, historic sites, shops, and galleries. With fun-filled events on the square, lively nightlife venues and plenty of engaging community activities and festivals, Ocala boasts a welcoming small-town vibe with some big-city style entertainment and shopping.

Move to Ocala, FL

If you want to become a part of this classic American mid-sized city, contact us to find out how to prepare for your move. You’ll find this peaceful central Florida community is an idyllic place to raise a family or retire amid gorgeous natural surroundings and abundant employment, shopping and entertainment.