Dunnellon : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Dunnellon

The small town of Dunnellon is located in north central Florida above and to the east of Spring Hill. Dunnellon and surrounding area (the "Treasure of the Nature Coast") welcomes visitors with small-town charm. Even though Dunnellon is a small town it is only 20 miles from Ocala (to the northeast),which is large and growing rapidly. Crystal River is about the same distance in the opposite direction, and is just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. Marion county is thoroughbred horse raising country with some rather famous name owners with names like Disney and Steinbrenner. This was once a wild boom town created by miners attracted to the area’s rich phosphate deposits. 


Where to Retire in Dunnellon and Home Prices

There are several active adult communities built in this area (see link at top left).
Thanks to foreclosures and short sales the median price sunk into the $80's in mid 2010, but in mid-2012 rose to about $100,000, and was $215,896 by late 2021, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Dunnellon

Dunnellon offers a low cost of living and small town lifestyle.  Area scenery is quite beautiful; Rainbow Springs State Park is a popular attraction. The town has a brand new library and several active adult communities. Eco tourism is big here with the Rainbow River and the Withlacoochee River

What Is Not Special about Dunnellon

It is a small town in the interior of Florida, far from any large city.

Who Will Like Retirement in Dunnellon

People who are looking for a small town or rural retirement might like it in Dunnellon.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Retirement, tourism, agriculture. Phosphate mining used to be important.

Climate and Physical Environment

Dunnellon is near Florida's west coast just before it starts to go east west instead of north south.  Spring Hill and Tampa are to the south, Ocala is to the east. January temperatures tend to be in the 50's and 60's.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Boomtown Days is an annual festival held in April that is the highlight of the season. There is a new county library in Dunnellon.


Crime in Dunnellon is below the national average.


Medical Facilities

Nearest hospital is about 11 miles in Crystal River.


Dunnellon is near I 75, U.S.  41 runs through town. Ocala is the nearest airport, Tampa Airport is 75 miles.

Valuable Links

Ocala/Marion County Visitors Bureau

What people are saying about Dunnellon

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