Everyone loves the feeling of coming across a hidden gem. Whether it’s a stumbled-upon restaurant, an outdoor retreat that only the locals know or that perfect mom-and-pop store away from all the hustle and bustle, discovering these special places makes it feel like they’re made just for you.

So, if you’re looking at all the retirement communities in Orlando, you may be overwhelmed by the multitude of options in your quest to find yourself in a place—a hidden gem—that feels like it was made just for you.

So, allow us to do the work and help by sharing with you one of central Florida’s hidden gems: Waterman Village and the soon-to-be-built Lakeside at Waterman Village. These sister communities are found in the quaint Orlando suburb of Mount Dora. Here are just three of the many reasons to look (just) beyond the retirement communities in Orlando and consider everything Mount Dora has to offer.

  1. Keeping you connected

While Mount Dora is indeed a small town, don’t mistake its size for a lack of activity or of all the modern conveniences and must-haves. Choosing Mount Dora keeps the buzz of Orlando easily within reach. The parks and attractions around Orlando are all well under an hour’s drive from Mount Dora, so a Disney daytrip with the grandkids is always on the table. In the meantime, you can enjoy the quieter, simpler and less-crowded vibe without all the traffic and park-going tourists.

If you really want to get away, Mount Dora is also less than an hour from the Orlando International Airport, so you can get set to jet wherever you’d like to adventure in retirement. And by choosing Waterman Village or the coming-soon Lakeside at Waterman Village, you’ll enjoy a “lock-and-go” vacation lifestyle meaning your residence is totally secure—and totally maintained—while you’re away.

  1. Incomparable charm

Hidden gems, by nature, hold a special level of charm that can’t be matched by the bigger, mainstream options. Mount Dora is no different, and as a small town with a 100-plus-year history, its charm is off the charts. Visitors and locals alike remark on its hometown feel, and USA Today ranked Mount Dora as Florida’s #1 small town to retire to (and the state’s #4 place to retire to overall).

There’s also simply a je ne sais quoi about a place with a hometown feel—and that extends to a retirement community in particular. Waterman Village is loved because of just that; plus it’s managed on-site and is a local, not-for-profit organization. Not only does Waterman Village put your interests first by nature by constantly reinvesting in itself, but it also understands the importance of its local community. That’s not something you’ll always find at the retirement communities in Orlando, which may prioritize profits and faraway shareholders over the people who live there.

Finally, adding to this place’s pedigree of charm is the reason that Mount Dora is nicknamed “Festival City.” Each year, the hamlet hosts an extensive array of festivals covering the entire spectrum of interests. Fine arts, storytelling, artisan crafts, natural conservation, specialty foods (blueberries, seafood), biking, plants, culture and holiday fetes are just a sampling of all the special celebrations that enliven “Festival City” throughout the year.

  1. Peace of mind: The total package 

Be mindful that not all retirement communities will be able to provide for you should your needs change. Regardless of whether you’re looking at the retirement communities in Orlando or elsewhere, it’s impossible to put a price tag on the peace of mind granted by making a choice that will solidify and secure your future.

This is where a community like Waterman Village comes in. Waterman Village, which has been a trusted provider for more than 30 years, offers a total retirement living campus. This community offers multi-level progressive living for everyone through its various options: dynamic independent living (becoming enhanced further once the quickly filling Lakeside at Waterman Village expansion opens) and health choices including assisted living, short-term inpatient rehab, long-term skilled nursing and memory care, outpatient rehab and even in-home care.

Finally, and perhaps most reassuring, is Waterman Village’s Home for Life Intention, ensuring that all residents can remain at the community even if they run out of funds due to no fault of their own. Choosing Waterman Village means you’ll be home—for life.

While we may have helped uncover a hidden gem by sharing the reasons to consider Mount Dora over the retirement communities in Orlando, it’s up to you to discover Waterman Village completely for yourself. Feel free to get in touch with our friendly team to learn more about this special community in a special little place. Simply click here or call 352-383-0051 to get in touch today!

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