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Why Is Mount Dora The Perfect Place To Retire?

Why Is Mount Dora The Perfect Place To Retire?

Are You Thinking Of Retiring? Then Check Out All Mount Dora FL Has To Offer

Just retired and thinking of relocating? Mount Dora is a quaint yet lively city in which to enjoy your retirement. Purchasing a home near the center of town provides a short walk to the many shops and restaurants. And for those living a bit farther from downtown, there is Mount Dora Transit that will take you to and from any location. You can leave your car at home. Now, how many small cities have that!

What do Mount Dora retirees say?

  • Sara, a recent resident, who was having her first lesson in Lawn Bowling:  “It’s artsy.  It’s like the old days, an old-fashioned town, as it used to be.” 
  • Noreen, who has been living in Mount Dora for almost twenty years, stated that she still finds it a “fun town with always so much to do!” 
  • Cathy, only here for a few years, shares her love for this “charming community.”  She added, “People are always smiling. I’ve never experienced this anywhere!”
  • Barby says, “I love to read. As you can see, I have a disability. It’s hard for me to get around. I’m grateful the library delivers books for those who are disabled like me.”  (An application can be found at: or call 352-536-2275.)

Besides the numerous annual festivals and activities, please take a visit and discover other opportunities offered at Mount Dora’s W.T. Bland Public Library.  Computers are available on-site, DVDs, and quite a selection of magazines, digital magazines, also.  There may be changes to the following, and more classes added in January, but here is a list of what’s happening now: 

Classes And Groups Available At The Mount Dora Public Library

  • Social Bridge Club

Every Monday 10:30-3:00 @ Martin Luther King, Jr. Center

  • Book Club

Second Tuesday @ Simpson Farmhouse

  • Classic Films

Second and fourth Wednesday @ 7:00

  • Needle Arts Group

Every Tuesday 9:30-3:30 @ Simpson Farmhouse

  • Drop-in Crochet Class

Every Monday 10:00-12N @ library

  • SHINE serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders

Fourth Thursday 1:30-3:30

  • Learn to play the ukulele

Second Tuesday 6:00 and Saturdays 10:30 (beginners and Intermediate)

Third Tuesday 6:00 (intermediate and advanced)

  • Golden Triangle Stamp Club

Third Friday 1:00

  • Wood Carvers Club

First and third Saturday 9:00-12N

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics

Every Wednesday 7:00-8:00 @ Simpson Farmhouse

  • English Conversation Class

Every Wednesday 4:00

  • U.S. Citizenship Class*

Tuesdays 5:45 – 7:45

  • Lake County ASD Parent Support Group*

November 16th, 6:00-8:00

*Registration required. 

Mount Dora W.T Bland Public Library

Bingo and computer classes are scheduled to begin again in January.  For more details, come visit or call the library @ 352-735-7180, option 5.  And while you’re there, visit the children’s area, which is a storybook in itself!  You may want to pick up a few books for your grandchildren or a child you know – or for yourself!

Gardening Happens All Year Long In Mount Dora

Gardening Happens All Year Long In Mount Dora

Gardening can be enjoyed year-round.  Mount Dora’s climate a hundred years ago had been right for citrus and still is today. Various sorts of berries, guava trees, pear trees, and persimmons grew abundantly.  Today, besides our citrus, we can also grow edibles such as carrots, beets, and turnips. Popular plants grown here in Mount Dora are gardenia, hydrangea, hibiscus, ferns, etc.  Because of Florida’s unique subtropical climate, many indoor plants can be moved outdoors for much of the year.

Mount Dora Plant And Garden Fair

Central Florida does have trees, many of them hundreds of years old.  Mount Dora has 9,950 individual trees.  The most common species are laurel oak, cabbage palm, live oak, crepe myrtle, slash pine, and the camphor tree.  Mature oak trees (laurel and live oaks) represent 36% of City-owned trees.  Mount Dora’s Plant and Garden Fair will be held Saturday, November 13th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 14th from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. rain or shine.

Health Is A Major Concern For Seniors

Mount Dora Has Fresh Food Sources

As we know, Florida is the sunshine state, which supplies us with a good source of Vitamin D. Besides having sun most days of the year, Mount Dora has fresh food sources, such as the Health Basket, Living Towers (hydroponics), and our outdoor market downtown each Sunday.

We also have a great medical team.  Our Police and Fire Departments are in the center of town, a large building complex at Lincoln and Donnelly with Waterman and Leesburg hospitals serving our community. 

Most health care facilities accept Medicare. Cardiologist Kenneth Kronhaus is conveniently located downtown. People come from out of state for his treatments. Lake Eye Associates has five locations. Every fourth Thursday, The Florida Department of Elder Affairs’ SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) comes to our library should you have any questions concerning Medicare, Medicaid, or any health-related issues.

Choose a location to live your best life, to keep yourself independent. Mount Dora has many choices for fun and play.  Health should not be a concern in this picturesque and tranquil environment. We have people to help support you here in Mount Dora. 

Lakeside At The Waterman Village

Lakeside At The Waterman Village

Waterman Village is a full-service retirement community, a progressive living community for those 55+.  New apartment or duplex homes are available; however, at this time of writing, 80% of the residences are reserved.  The expected completion date is 2022.  Call 352-268-1408.

So, why is Mount Dora the perfect place to retire? Well, we believe we have answered that through this article. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Corcoran Connect, we’d be happy to help!

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