I know that Thanksgiving is right around the corner…a time of year we all start thinking about the things that we’ve been blessed with. And this last week, after taking my sister around Citrus County and showing her where I’ve been living for 17 years, I began thinking more about why I love living in this county of Florida. What are your thoughts? Let me know and I will share the ideas in a future blog. But here is what I thought about this last week…
My sister who is looking to move here from Michigan, had not been here in almost 5 years and she couldn’t believe how much progress has been made in making this county be less remote. We tend to live in our little area of the county but, after selling real estate in all of Citrus County, I have come to appreciate the many life style communities this county has to offer. Each “golf community” has affordable housing and good golf to offer: Oak Ridge and Laurel Ridge (Twisted Oaks Golf Club); Inverness Golf and Country Club , Plantation Golf, Sugar Mill Woods, and Citrus Springs. Black Diamond Ranch has a renowned golf course and homes in a price range of 200K-over $1 million (golf is pricey but private and the best). The Villages of Citrus Hills is an amazing community for those who want golf and/or an activities director for their life —the amenities are amazing with housing from condos to mansions! Meadowcrest is a nice community with homes as well as villas and community activities—people love living there—very few homes for sale. If you like to be on the water and near the Gulf of Mexico, Crystal River and Homosassa have a variety of housing possibilities. Enjoy living on a lake? There are many choices in Hernando, Inverness, Floral City, Arbor Lakes (Lake Apopka). Want some land around you and/or horses? Check out Pine Ridge, Inverness and Floral City.
Of course, I like the activities that are available in Citrus County: We love to bike ride on the paved 46 miles of the Withlacoochee Rails-to-Trails. On the water, love to view our snowbird manatee, scallop, fish, boat and kayak. There are many festivals to enjoy: The Cooter Festival, Manatee Festival, Homosassa Arts and Seafood Festival, etc.
Other amazing aspects of our community are the caring people and organizations. Citrus is not a wealthy community-one of the poorest in Florida. But we have help for those in need:The Citrus County Family Resource Center helps Citrus residents with clothing, food, health support. Many residents in our community sponsor a child for Christmas. Daystar also provides food, clothing and financial assistance to local Citrus County people in need. PATH-Christian Rescue Commission for the homeless-provides shelter, counseling, work. Citrus County has an active CASA (abuse shelter), Boys and Girls Club , Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Citrus County’s YMCA is active and membership numbers are astounding. The area churches help with food kitchens and pantries. This is a caring community with its residents volunteering to keep these organizations operating.
We are close to Ocala, Tampa, Orlando, Gainesville for the additional medical facilities, shopping, restaurants and attractions…but no big city traffic here!
Why are you happy to call Citrus County home?
P.S. AND no income tax and no snow and ice!