Ocala, Florida, is an All-America City Award winner that is home to more than 57,000 people. This beautiful city offers homebuyers an ample inventory of single-family homes, condos and townhouses at prices far below the national average. Ocala boasts attractive tree-lined streets and an abundance of charming architecture reminiscent of the Old South. Sitting between Gainesville to the north and Orlando to the south, and less than two hours from Daytona Beach, Ocala provides the perfect home base from which to explore all that northern Florida has to offer.
Dubbed the horse capital of the world, Ocala and its surrounding areas have a vast equine industry that includes ranching, thoroughbred breeding, and training and equestrian events. Opportunities to enjoy the outdoors abound in and around Ocala. The nearby Ocala National Forest, which covers more than 600 square miles, is great for day trips, camping and water-related activities such as boating, fishing and swimming. There also are trails for horseback riding, mountain biking and off-roading. Also located close to Ocala is Silver Springs State Park, which is home to the world’s largest artesian spring and the Wild Waters waterslide park. The avid golfer will be happy to know that there are more than 20 local courses in the city. In addition to outdoor recreation, Ocala offers plenty of opportunities to shop and dine.
Ocala, the seat of Marion County, is a family-friendly city with a median age of 36. Many of its popular neighborhoods, such as Camp Roosevelt, Santos and Marion Oaks, have reputations for being calm and quiet residential areas. Ocala has a handful of highly ranked public and private schools. For those seeking higher education, the College of Central Florida is located in Ocala and the University of Florida is just 40 miles to the north in Gainesville. The city’s historic district offers a showcase of architectural styles, such as Queen Anne Revival, Tudor Revival and Carpenter Gothic. Notable historic commercial and residential buildings include the Coca Cola Building, the E.C. Smith House and the Ritz Historic Inn. Downtown Ocala has a thriving arts, entertainment and dining scene and is home to the fully renovated historic Marion Theatre. It also is the setting for many of the city’s community events, including the First Friday Art Walk, the Brick City Beer and Wine Festival, Santa on the Square, and many others. With its affordable housing market, world-class outdoor recreational activities and central location, Ocala has a lot to offer homebuyers. Take a look at our selection of homes for sale in Ocala and find the property that is perfect for you.