City life
Surrounded by scenic countryside, Ocala has
the vitality and diversity of a much larger city.
Named the county seat in 1845, it has a
wonderful history, yet the ability to move ahead
into the next century. Ocala's historic district is
a neighborhood of charming tree-lined streets
and exquisite Victorian and Tudor homes.

Country life
For those who long for the country life, Marion
County offers many possibilities from newly
built country communities to weathered farm
houses, horse farms, and grand estates. The
region's highway system makes outlying
areas convenient to Ocala's business and
shopping districts. From Belleview in the
south, to Dunnellon in the west, and McIntosh
or Reddick in the north, homes of brick and
frame abound, with new construction
continuously expanding the selection for
newcomers.  A growing trend in housing is
toward attractively designed gated
communities. These areas feature luxurious,
yet surprisingly affordable custom-built
homes. Communities such as Oak Run, On
Top of the World, Ocala Palms, Lake
Diamond, Spruce Creek, and in nearby Lady
Lake, The Villages of Marion, and others offer
every imaginable type of recreation, often with
clubhouses, golf courses, pools, tennis
courts, fitness centers, scenic walking trails,
restaurants and a host of indoor activities and
opportunities for social interaction.

Residents are never far from schools, health
care providers, churches, shopping and
commercial centers, governmental services,
cultural and recreation activities and above all,
the beauty that nature has bestowed upon
Marion County.
The scenic countryside, shady forests, and
crystal-clear waterways are treasured and
protected, but also willingly shared with
visitors and newcomers who quickly realize
that Marion County, with Ocala at its heart, is
more than a place to live…it's a place to be

Virginia Wright