We know home is where the heart is. Whether you prefer loft apartments, downtown living, or gated communities, Ocala has a place for you. And no matter the size or the neighborhood, Ocala’s modest real estate prices will allow your family to live in the home of their dreams—at a fraction of the cost.
Ocala’s downtown has been transformed in recent years to be a hip center of vibrant activity, home to some of Ocala’s best restaurants and coolest shops. A key to that downtown redevelopment was the recent addition of residential lofts fashioned from a converted telecom building. 302 Broadway offers exquisite design and upscale living within walking distance of all of downtown’s enviable amenities. Every unit has vast porches with scenic views and each resident has access to a unique rooftop veranda for a panoramic vista of the night sky.
Admittedly, Ocala doesn’t boast the number of apartment options as, say, a college town or military-based city, but what it lacks in quantity is more than exceeded in quality. Case in point: Deerwood Village. Located in the heart of the city in a desirable southeast address, this complex boasts luxury appointments like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a resort-style pool, and a dog park for the four-legged friends who are welcome in all of the floor plans.
Ocala’s home prices are much more affordable than many parts of the country and many new residents realize very quickly that their budget can stretch much further in North Central Florida. Some of the county’s most magnificent homes are nestled in the graceful lots of Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. Situated on 1,200 acres of rolling hills and shade-dappled homesites, these exquisite properties are for those who don’t want to settle for anything less than the best.
The Ocala Historic District recognizes charming homes from 1880 to 1930 among its 172.5, Live Oak-lined acres, with Fort King Street acting as the main artery through a picturesque area that looks like it jumped from the pages of Southern Living magazine. Although a highly competitive zip code in which to buy a home—mostly because of supply-and-demand but also because of the A-rated neighborhood public schools—homes in the historic district are gorgeous reminders of the past and beacons to an authentic modern life.
While Ocala features many different gated communities that offer homeowners a variety of living options and themes, Legendary Trails, with its exclusive Arthur Rutenberg Homes models, deserves special mention. They have plans that range from 2,000 to over 7,000 square feet and can build on the best lots within the beautiful community, which is somehow in the heart of all the action but also hidden within its nature-inspired twists and curves.