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Mount Dora Florida A Comparison Of Then And Now

Mount Dora Florida A Comparison Of Then And Now

Mount Dora Population Growth Then And Now

In 1879 there were only five families living in Mount Dora. By 1910 there were 371. Today Mount Dora is home to 15,142 residents based on projections of the latest 2021 US Census estimates. Mount Dora is growing at a rate of 2.11%.

  • There are 11,340 adult residents, of whom 4,678 are seniors. 
  • The average household income is $72,035
  • More than half own their own home (60.3%)
  • Almost half have college degrees (42.64%)
  • Almost half are married (48.30%)
  • Females compose 56.70%   Males compose 43.40%
  • Veterans in Mount Dora are 1,155 with 35% disabled
  • Racial composition is 74.53% white, 17.99% black or African American, 0.59% Asian, 4.91% two or more races, and 1.59% some other race.

Today’s median house value is $244,100 with housing expenses 32% lower than the national average and cost of living 9% lower than the national average. Mount Dora’s homes date back to 1882 through 1938.  Some of the building designs in Mount Dora are Bungalow, Mediterranean, Frame Vernacular, Palladian, Colonial, Farmhouse, and Mid-Century Modern.

The Building Designs Of Ten Historic Houses In Mount Dora

  1. Lakeside Inn, 100 Alexander Street Built: 1883 Style: Frame Vernacular
  2. Donnelly House, 527 N. Donnelly Street Built: 1893 Style: Steamboat Gothic/Queen Anne
  3. Education Hall, 308 E. Fifth Avenue Built: 1912 Style: Prairie Style
  4. Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot, 341 N. Alexander Street Built: 1915 Style: Frame Vernacular
  5. First National Bank of Mount Dora, 110 W. Fifth Avenue Built: 1925 Style: Masonry Vernacular/Palladian
  6. Risely House, 742 N. Tremain Street Built: 1925 Style: Masonry Vernacular
  7. Thompson House, 225 W. Fifth Avenue Built: 1927 Style: Mediterranean Revival
  8. S. Heustis Eddy House, 621 E. 3rd Avenue Built: 1923 Style: Cottage
  9. The Wardell-Wilmont House, 321 W. 9th Avenue Built: 1917 Style: Craftsman-Bungalow
  10. The Simpson House, 2015 N. Donnelly Street Built: 1900-1905 Style: Frame Vernacular

In Florida, social security is not subject to tax and there is no state income tax. Sales tax is 7%. Lake County does have a Limited Income exemption for anyone 65+ if the adjusted gross income does not exceed a certain amount. In 2020 it was $31,100. Any questions, call 352-253-2150. Of course, there is property tax, but don’t forget the Homestead exemption.

Lakeside Inn Mount Dora FL In 1883

Built in 1883-1884, Lakeside Inn was the oldest continuously operating hotel in the State of Florida.

Lakeside Inn In Mount Dora 2021

Mount Dora’s Historic Homes And Buildings Present A Vision For Its Residents And Visitors Of Its 1800 Architecture

Mount Dora Community Building

One example would be the Mount Dora Community Building built in 1929.  Despite economic hardship in the late 1920s, Mount Dora residents showed their loyalty by raising funds for its upkeep. Then again in 2009, citizens came together, this time restoring and renovating their Community Building expanding its lobby and seating, keeping its unique style.

John Phillip Donnelly came to Florida in 1879 as a young Pittsburgh bachelor. As Donnelly approached Mount Dora with eager anticipation, word has it his eyes encountered a view of Lake Dora, “a wonderful, glorious vision that swept him off his feet.” John Philip Donnelly and his wife Annie built a home in downtown Mount Dora where they remained their entire lives.

Former Home Of John Philip Donnelly In Mount Dora FL

1893 - Former home of John Philip Donnelly and his wife Annie (Stone) Donnelly

Mount Dora is comprised of 9.2 square miles of which 8.0 square miles are land and 1.2 square miles is water. Mount Dora overlooks Lake Dora, Lake Gertrude, and Lake Beauclair, and because Mount Dora is situated on a plateau rising to 184 feet above sea level, it is slightly more than 100 feet above the level of the lakes.

Mount Dora Is A Short Distance To Many Of Florida’s Major Attractions And Recreational Areas

There is access to major highways to Orlando and the beaches.

Distances from Mount Dora to …

  • Orlando International Airport (MCO) – 43 miles
  • Orlando – 29 miles - for the children: Wet ‘n Wild, SeaWorld, Universal’s Island of Adventure, Gatorland, Legoland, WonderWorks, The Crayola Store, and M&M World, etc.
  • Walt Disney World – 38 miles
  • Universal Studios – 35 miles
  • Kennedy Space Center – 62 miles
  • Blue Spring State Park (Orange City) – 36 miles  - from mid-November through March is the annual winter migration of manatees. At the park, there is also picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, and kayaking.
  • Apopka, an approximate 15-minute drive from Mount Dora - Wekiwa Springs which offers birdwatching, equestrian camping, horse trails, canoe, and kayak rentals, and snorkeling. Also, Kelly Park and Rock Springs have tubing, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and volleyball courts.
  • Beaches – New Smyrna Beach (55 miles), Daytona Beach (55 miles), Ormond Beach (62 miles), Cocoa Beach (92 miles).

Train Station Downtown Mount Dora FL

The Chamber of Commerce is in the old 1915 train station downtown and is open M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Any questions – or just need a map for that Historic Walking Tour – please visit Rachel and her friendly team.

Mount Dora residents show pride in homeownership. Take a walk or car ride and discover what options are in Mount Dora for you. Choose a good realtor to guide you.

Come visit Mount Dora and make up your mind. We are here for you.

A Mount Dora Real Estate Company Whose Testimonials Speak For Themselves

The Corcoran Connection Mount Dora FL

Corcoran Connect will help you find your next home. We are committed to you. We are a leading real estate agency specializing in the Mount Dora community.

Jennifer Garrison and Nancy Eccles, professional real estate agents who combined, have decades of experience in the local real estate market and they are ready to serve your needs. Our agents have established connections that allow us to give grounded and expert advice to our clients.

And if not Mount Dora, we also proudly serve the Apopka, Daytona Beach, Eustis, and Orlando, FL markets. We serve sellers, buyers, and investors in these wonderful communities.

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