Mount Dora : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Mount Dora

Mount Dora exudes a comfortable "Southern" charm and hospitality. This central Florida lakefront community of a little over 16,000 (2020 Census), is located in gentle hills and orange groves. Its elevation of 184 feet makes it Florida's equivalent of a mountain top town! It features active shopping, excellent antiquing, a rich cultural life, and recreation. Many festivals and community events attract residents and tourists. Here is what the New York TImes said about Mount Dora in 2011: "... tiny little vintage town with gorgeous Victorian-era homes, great restaurants and a square where they play live music." It also talked about Mount Dora's Live Oak trees and their Spanish Moss, and the Lakeside Inn. Here is an article we wrote about Mount Dora in 2012 - "The Prettiest Town in Florida".

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Where to Retire in Mount Dora and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in Mount Dora (see link at top left).
According to Zillow, the Median Home Value was $345,280 in early 2022, up over 26% from the past year. Lakeside homes will be more.


What Is Special about Mount Dora

This old Florida town has long been a winter resort for hunting, fishing, and boating. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Lakeside Inn has been host to at least 2 U.S. Presidents as well as Henry Ford. The Mission Inn Golf & Tennis Resort. The old railroad station. Many antique shops and charming inns. People who say they hate Florida probably haven't been to Mount Dora. Don't miss Renninger's Antiques Extravaganzas; collectors rave about their prices and selection.


What Is Not Special about Mount Dora

Located in central Florida, it is not for someone who wants either an urban lifestyle or to be near the coast.

Who Will Like Retirement in Mount Dora

Mount Dora attracts a more restrained and sophisticated crowd than many other Florida towns; Golf is big; it is a walkable community.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, construction, and retirees are big parts of the local economy.

Climate and Physical Environment

Mount Dora is one of the highest elevations in Florida, about 180 feet!  It is located in Central Florida.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Mount Dora has a rich cultural life. There are 2 theaters - the Ice House Theater and the Mount Dora Center for the Arts. There are many festivals. It has been called the best antiquing town in Florida and the shopping is first rate. There are also several museums.


Crime in Mount Dora is just over the national average.

Medical Facilities

Florida Hospital/Waterman is 4 miles away in Eustis.


Orlando International is 36 miles (Orlando also has AMTRAK), while Ocala Airport is about 46 miles.

Valuable Links

City of Mount Dora
Florida guide to retirement communities


What people are saying about Mount Dora

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