Leesburg-FL : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Leesburg-FL

Leesburg Florida is fast growing town of 48,250 (2020 Census), 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 48% from 2000 to 2020, 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.

Where to Retire in Leesburg-FL and Home Prices

There are a number of active adult communities in and around Leesburg (see links at left). 
According to Zillow.com, the median home value in early 20222 was $260,420, which is a 28% rise over the past year.


What Is Special about Leesburg-FL

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.

What Is Not Special about Leesburg-FL

it is a small town in central Florida with not a whole lot going on.

Who Will Like Retirement in Leesburg-FL

People looking for a lower cost active adult or 55+ community will find many to choose from in Leesburg.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Retirement communities

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").

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

You can take classes at Lake Sumter State 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.


Crime in Leesburg is about double the national average.

Medical Facilities

Leesburg Regional Medical Center serves the town.


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.

Valuable Links

Leesburg Chamber of Commerce
Florida retirement guide

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.
Posted by admin on May 10, 2012

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