Lake Mary : Florida

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What it's Like to Retire in Lake Mary

Let's start by saying Lake Mary Florida is #4 on Money Magazine's Best Places to Live 2007 list. That list is aimed at a general, not a retirement, audience, but the basic appeal is here for all groups. Lake Mary, population 13,000, is particularly suited to people who want to retire to a place where family life and exposure to people of all ages is important. There are also plenty of jobs in town, in fact the population swells to 35,000 every day as commuters arrive to work. The many lakes  in the area make for great recreational opportunities.  A great golf course, Timacuan, runs right through the middle of town. Crime is low. The shopping and restaurants are plentiful. Photo of City Hall courtesy of Wikipedia and Tetraminoe. Photo of park courtesy of Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Where to Retire in Lake Mary and Home Prices

There are all kinds of developments, many of them with lakeside living (See Active Communities link at right).
Median home prices were about $170,000 in late 2014, according to City-Data.


What is special about Lake Mary

Timacuan golf course. Plenty of jobs right here. Florida climate. Small town atmosphere with some bigger city amenities. #4 Money Magazine Best Place to Live (2007)

What is not special about Lake Mary

Florida summers and hurricanes

Who will like retirement in Lake Mary

Folks who want to live in a mixed generation environment

Local economy is driven by

Many diverse employers give this an unusually strong tax base. There is no income tax in Florida, and the Save Our Homes law restricts dramatic increases in the assessed value of your home

Climate and Physical Environment

30 minutes from Orlando and 45 from Daytona Beach. Located in center of Florida

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Lake Mary offers upscale restaurants and boutiques forr dining and shopping. The Colonial Towne Center/Park Place  has a 24-screen stadium seating theater. Heathrow Festival of the Arts is a popular festival. Lake Mary Historical Museum. See Lake Mary Magazine for more.


Crime is low in Lake Mary.

Medical facilities

Central Florida Regional is 5 miles away in Sanford.


Orlando International is just 25 miles away.

Valuable Links

Lake Mary Blog
Florida retirement facts
Lake Mary Tourist info

What people are saying about Lake Mary

My friends retired to Lake Mary (their 3rd retirement city) and this time it's the charm. The big magic ingredient is the presence of their grandchildren nearby, but the area has great appeal to them too. Not just a resort, but a real community. This area is taking off
Posted by classof70 on January 23, 2009

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Facts about LAKE MARY
  • State: FL
  • Environment: Lake,Small Town,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: 60,001-80,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: <80 (Very low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: jb

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