The Falls of Ocala
551 SW 79th Terrace, Ocala, Florida 34474
A Modest, Mellow 55+ Manufactured Home Community, The Falls of Ocala Has a Swimming Pool, Planned Activities, a Quiet Country Setting and Reasonable HOA Fees
Located in central Florida's horse country, The Falls of Ocala is a 55+ manufactured home community just outside the city of Ocala. The development has about 100 properties and dates from the mid-1980s through about 2005.
Square footage ranges from about 1,035 square feet to 2,000 square feet. Some properties have a sunroom; others have views of nearby thoroughbred horse farms. Most residences have an attached garage, although some have a carport. A tidy lawn and a long driveway are standard. Sidewalks are few, giving the Falls a country ambiance.
Prices start in the mid-$100,000s, including the lot. The monthly HOA fee is $170 and covers community amenities, water, sewer and basic lawn care. Please check with the community or a Realtor to verify these prices as they will change.
Amenities are not extensive, but The Falls has a nice sense of community which can be attributed to its small size. Residents know each other, and a monthly newsletter keeps everyone up to date on get-togethers, lunches, day trips, classes and other community news. There is a community center, a fitness center, a pool, a spa and shuffleboard courts. The Falls does not have a golf course, but several are nearby.
Ocala is located within an hour of either coast. Fishing, amusement parks, shopping and restaurants are close at hand. Twenty-five percent of the country's thoroughbred horses come from this area, so horse farms and green pastures are sprinkled throughout the region.
Ocala Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.
The climate is humid subtropical, meaning two seasons a year. Summers and early fall are hot and rainy with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Late fall and winter are generally dry and sunny with temperatures in the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.
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Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting "snowbirds" to the state in the late 19th century, and retirees continue to flock to the state today. It's not hard to see why tourism has become Florida's leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands.
Florida also has 1,045 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
Is Everyone in a 55+ Community Really 55+?
Not everyone who lives in a 55+ community is age 55 or better. Generally, at least 80% of residents must be at least age 55 (and at least one occupant of each housing unit must be age 55), while the remaining 20% may be younger (but usually at least age 45). Children are allowed to visit but generally cannot stay more than two weeks at a time. It is also usually the case that older, more established 55+ communities have an older residential demographic.
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