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By Melissa Donnahoe

Why Should You Move to Ocala?

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Why Should You Move to Ocala?

Positioned perfectly in the middle of Central Florida, Ocala is close to everywhere you want to be. Whether you are looking for a quiet life, a beach life, a theme park life, or a mix of the three, it will be hard to find a place in Florida that beats the convenience of Ocala. If our reputation as the Sunshine state hasn’t convinced you to move to Florida yet, allow me to do so now.

Year-round tropical weather will save you the emotional energy it takes to get through hard winters and the money you would typically spend on a Winter Wardrobe. Florida’s constantly great weather makes any time a perfect time to go on vacation. Which makes it convenient that Florida is home to some of the most amazing vacation destinations in the United States. Florida residents get work, home, and play as a three-in-one deal.

Low Living Costs

Now you might be wondering what the cost of this dream paradise is; well, I am thrilled to tell you that Florida has some of the lowest living costs in the United States. Ocala is no exception to this low-cost living lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong, living costs can go up the closer you move to any of Florida’s major cities. Luckily for us Florida residents, there are plenty of gorgeous, affordable options that are still close to anywhere you want to be. While the
United State’s median cost of housing is $231,200, Ocala sits at a nice $148,200. Thinking of building your own home? Ocala is the perfect place to do it. You can get a gorgeous piece of land and build your dream home while saving even more money. You heard that right! Building your dream home may be more cost efficient than buying an older home.

Humble Charm

Looking for that perfect small-town charm where the people at your favorite restaurants know you by name and your order by heart? That’s Ocala. Ocala is a horse-town with ancient oak trees and historic buildings. It will be sure to take you back to Historic Florida and make you think of simpler times. If you have a hard time choosing between country and city living, Ocala’s
close proximity to Orlando and Daytona will make it just a short trip back to city-life, allowing you to skip the need to make a choice at all.

Business Opportunities

Future job growth for Ocala is predicted to be 37.6% which is three points higher than the national average. This means Ocala is the perfect place to look for a new start to life with better job prospects and business potential. This area’s low cost of living is also reflected well in the cost of commercial space around Ocala. If you are looking to start building a solid investment for your future by developing new residential areas, or if you are simply looking for an office space that will suit your fiscal and employee needs, Ocala is the spot for you.

Florida Weather

Now, we Floridians know that if there is one thing that might make a potential new Florida resident nervous about sealing the deal, it is hurricanes. Lucky for you, Ocala is just inland enough to not miss out on the beaches, but allows its residents to opt out on the need for flood insurance. The biggest thing folks around here need to worry about when it comes to hurricanes is wind force, but the more inland a city is, the less strength those winds are going to have. That means you can invest in your Ocala space without having to worry too much about hurricane risk. Instead, you get to enjoy our year-round tropical weather that gives Florida its paradise
reputation, stress-free!

Adventure at Every Turn

Speaking of paradise, while you’re in Ocala, you will have the perfect opportunity to check out the crystal clear blue waters of Florida’s natural spring system. This freshwater system is a hidden gem within the woods of Silver Springs State Park. Bring your bathing suit and a raft to enjoy the natural lazy river positioned perfectly within reach for Florida’s Ocala residents. Vacation is easier to take in Florida where a weekend getaway to Disney is just another part of Florida culture.

Interested in learning more about Florida’s unique work, play, and live environment? You can contact me, Melissa Donnahoe, at to get started on developing your dream work and home life today!

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Melissa Donnahoe is the Broker/Owner of Royal Empire Realty, powered by SELLSTATE. She was born and raised in Florida and is extremely familiar with the area and the ever-changing real estate market. She has worked in both Residential and Commercial Real Estate and has been involved in hundreds of transactions.

She is not just a Realtor, but an investor as well. She works with other investors to show them how to leverage their time and money through her knowledge, experience and amazing team of professionals.

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