10 Reasons to Retire in Mount Dora, Florida
May 3, 2019
Lakeside at Waterman Village—the future independent living expansion of Waterman Village—will be nestled up to Lake Margaret in the quaint town of Mount Dora, Florida. Ranked as Florida’s #1 small town to retire to by USA Today, Mount Dora is a popular place to live. Due to its central location, retirees from Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and other areas throughout Florida and the U.S. come to Mount Dora for its great attractions and relaxed atmosphere. This unique town truly has it all. Join us as we explore the top ten reasons to retire in Mount Dora!
Take in the beautiful views of Lake Dora and the Mount Dora lighthouse. Often called the “New England of the South,” Mount Dora is home to one of only three freshwater lighthouses in Florida. The Mount Dora lighthouse is at the Port of Mount Dora in Grantham Point Park, which is near the public boat ramps and just a short walk from the downtown area.
Quaint Town Square
Mount Dora’s Town Square gives the town a quaint ambience. Best Choice Reviews ranks Mount Dora as number 25 in the 50 Best Small Town Downtowns in America. Its walkability, lake views, brightly colored buildings and small businesses make it attractive to locals and tourists alike.
With its wide variety of shops, Mount Dora is the perfect town for a day of shopping. It’s home to antique stores, art galleries, jewelry stores, home décor shops, clothing stores, gift shops and much more. The one-of-a-kind shops provide unique finds for friends, family and yourself!
Known as ”The Festival City,“ Mount Dora hosts several festivals and fairs each year, drawing people from around the state. Two of the most popular events include the Mount Dora Fall Craft Fair and the Mount Dora Arts Festival. Other festivals include the Blues & Groove Weekend, the Spring Collectables and Crafts Show and the Plant & Garden Fair, among others. There are also many winter holiday and Christmastime events, too. No matter the time of year, there is an exciting event to attend.
In Mount Dora, everything you could ever need is a short walk or drive away. From grocery stores, gas stations and home improvement stores, to doctors’ offices, restaurants, pharmacies, banks and more, everything you could want and need is nearby. As a resident of Lakeside at Waterman Village, you’ll live a life of ease and convenience.
Mount Dora is located in central Florida, making it close to many top attractions. Theme parks like Disney World and Universal Studios are a 40-minute drive away, and you can reach New Smyrna Beach in just over an hour.
If you enjoy exploring historical landmarks, you’ll certainly enjoy the rich history of Mount Dora. Mount Dora features the historic Donnelly House, the home of Mount Dora’s first mayor, as well as many other historic buildings and homes. And, with both guided and self-directed tours, you’ll have a chance to see it all.
Many delicious dining options abound in Mount Dora. Whether you’re looking for a brunch spot, casual lunch or decadent dinner, you’ll find a delightful place to eat. Some of the most popular restaurants include The Bavarian Haus, Pisces Rising and 1921 by Norman Van Aken.
Music and arts attractions
Mount Dora has many wonderful music and arts attractions to visit, such as the Sonnentag Theatre at the Ice House , Mount Dora Center for the Arts and the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the town’s galleries are a great way to explore local artists.
Friendly, relaxed culture
The town of Mount Dora is a perfect place for relaxation and recreation. Thanks to Lake Dora and other area waterways, you’ll find plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing and eco-tourism. Mount Dora also offers exciting adventures and recreation activities like seaplane adventures, restaurant tours, railway tours, golfing and more. There’s something to do for everyone!
If you’re interested in living in Mount Dora, get in touch with us to learn more about Lakeside at Waterman Village – brand-new maintenance-free homes for those 62 and better. Give us a call at 352-385-1120, or visit us online to get your free information kit!