Lake Mary : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Lake Mary

Let's start by saying Lake Mary Florida was once named #4 on Money Magazine's Best Places to Live list. That list is aimed at a general, not a retirement, audience, but the basic appeal is here for all groups. Lake Mary, population 16,798 (2020 Census), 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.


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 left).
Median home value was $461,424 in mid-2022, and a rise of almost 28% over the past year, according to Zillow.


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 are not for everyone, and the risk of hurricanes is always there.

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 for 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.


Crime is low in Lake Mary.

Medical Facilities

Central Florida Regional is 5 miles away in Sanford.


Orlando International is just 25 miles away.

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