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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Lake Mary, Florida

Lake Mary, Florida was #4 on Money Magazine's Best Places to Live 2007 list. Lake Mary , population 13,000, is particularly suited to people who want to live in a town with many lakes and boating oppotunities. There are also plenty of jobs in town, in fact the population swells to 35,000 every day as commuters arrive to work.  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 left). The Median home value was $327,514 in early 2023, 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.

Climate and Physical Environment

30 minutes from Orlando and 45 from Daytona Beach, Lake Mary is Located in center of Florida.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Lake Mary offers upscale restaurants and boutiques for dining and shopping, and is home to the Colonial Towne Center/Park Place, and Lake Mary Historical Museum. Heathrow Festival of the Arts is a popular festival.


Crime is low in Lake Mary.

Medical Facilities

Central Florida Regional is 5 miles away in Sanford.


Orlando International Airport is just 25 miles away.

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