Neighborhood Spotlight: Lake Mary

spotlight-lakemaryPeople in Central Florida and beyond have been buzzing about Lake Mary for some time now.  Named to multiple lists highlighting the best places to live in the country, the area has a well-deserved reputation as an ideal place for families to settle. With a quaint feeling that harkens back to the past, the area has a distinctive feeling that sets it apart from the nearby communities of Longwood and Orange City. Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of living in Lake Mary.

Small Town Charm Just a Stone’s Throw From Downtown

Nestled in Seminole County, Lake Mary is just far away enough from downtown Orlando to have the feeling of a small town without sacrificing access to the attractions and employers in the city. Just 20 miles from downtown Orlando, Lake Mary is an easy drive straight down I4. The median income of residents in Lake Mary tends to be higher than that in neighboring cities, and public schools in the area have a solid reputation as some of the best in the Central Florida region. Best of all, locals swear that Lake Mary has a unique charm that distinguishes the area from the other suburbs, and makes it feel just like home from the time you first visit.

Things to Do In Lake Mary

The quaint feeling of the town is one of its distinctive charms, and some of the best things to do in the city highlight that quaintness. The Lake Mary Museum, where visitors can see artifacts and old photos of the town, offers a small but interesting look into local history. The Farmers Market, held on weekends along Country Club Road, offers freshly grown produce and creative pieces from local artisans. Lake Mary is only a short drive from the beautiful beaches of Volusia County, making a day trip to New Smyrna or Daytona Beach possible whenever you want to soak up some sun. At night, Lake Mary offers a selection of popular restaurants and chic bars to visit without having to deal with the crowds that populate the downtown hot spots.

Reasons You May Not Choose Lake Mary

While it may sound like an ideal place for families, Lake Mary may not be ideal for those who work in Orlando and dislike a long commute. With typical I4 traffic during popular times of the day, the drive from Lake Mary to Orlando can become a long one. Since the area is so desirable, the cost of property in the area can be a little higher, but the value of any property you purchase is also sure to rise over the years.

If you are looking for a calm, charming place outside of Orlando to settle with your family, Lake Mary may be right for you. Looking at properties for sale in the local area is one of the best ways to inform yourself and be sure you’re choosing the right neighborhood for you.

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