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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Leesburg-FL, Florida

The many large and small lakes in and around Leesburg,Florida are some of the top attractions of this fast growing town of just over 22,000 people in central FL.  Many residents and tourists use the lakes for fun boating trips and fishing outings.The town is southeast of Ocala and The Villages, and it is located between Lake Harris and Lake Griffin. The town grew over 38% from 2000 to 2008.

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. Photo of historic Mote Morris home courtesy of and per license of Wikipedia and Ebyabe.

Where to Retire in Leesburg-FL and Home Prices

There are a number of active adult communities in and around Leesburg (see links at right). 
According to Zillow.com, the median price of a home in early 2016, was $142,525.

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.

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 Community 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

Crime in Leesburg is about double the national average.

Medical facilities

Leesburg Regional Medical Center serves the town.

Transportation

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.

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