Leesburg-FL : Florida

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What Leesburg-FL is like for active adults
Leesburg Florida is fast growing town of just over 22,000 people in the lakes district central FL.  The town is southeast of Ocala and The Villages, and it is located between Lake Harris and Lake Griffin. Orlando is to the southeast. The town grew over 38% from 2000 to 2008, and a lot of that growth is the result of retirees choosing Leesburg as their retirement town. The many large and small lakes in and around the town are a primary attraction.

Leesburg was originally a center for watermelon production. When that died out it was replaced by citrus. But ever since some devastating freezes the citrus farms moved further south. Retirement communities are the new growth industry. Photo of historic Mote Morris home courtesy of and per license of Wikipedia and Ebyabe.
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Where to Live & Real Estate Values

There are a number of active adult communities in and around Leesburg (see links at right). 
The median price of a home in mid 2012 was in the low $90's according to City-Data.com.

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What is special about this retirement community
The Venetian Gardens waterside park (110 acres) on the shores of Lake Harris has been a centerpiece of the community since the project was built by the WPA in the 1930's.  The town has at least 6 beaches on three lakes, plus a yacht club. There is a Saturday Farmer's Market. Very popular 13 mile recreational trail through town. Leesburg has many active adult and 55+ communities to choose from.
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What is not special about this retirement community
it is a small town in central Florida with not a whole lot going on.
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What kinds of people like retiring here
People looking for a lower cost active adult or 55+ community will find many to choose from in Leesburg.
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Local economy is driven by
Retirement communities
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Climate and Physical Environment
Leesburg is south of Ocala, north of Orlando, and east of I 75.  Mt Dora and Eustis are nearby towns.  The average July high temperature is 91 and the average January high is 68 (the low is 45). The wettest month is August (6").
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Restaurants & Cultural Scene
You can take classes at   Lake Sumter Community College , which has a campus in Leesburg. The annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival features over 120 Fine Artist and Fine Craftsmen, Festive Food and Live Entertainment. There are other festivals throughout the year.
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Crime
Crime in Leesburg is about double the national average.
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Medical facilities
Leesburg Regional Medical Center serves the town.
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Transportation
Leesburg is conveniently located north of the Florida Turnpike and east of 1 75. Leesburg International Airport has some service, and it is not too far to the giant airport in Orlando.
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Valuable Links
Leesburg Chamber of Commerce
Florida retirement guide
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What people are saying about Leesburg-FL

Leesburg has nice downtown
Your Topretirements editor drove through Leesburg this winter. The town has tried very hard to make its downtown attractive, and they have succeeded. Nice palm trees line the main drag with plenty of shops. Some appear to be struggling, but striving. The area outside the downtown is filled with big box suburbia, so there is no shortage of shopping. Plenty of active communities to choose from, and prices are very low.
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Facts about LEESBURG-FL
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Lake,Boating Community,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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