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It’s a mantra we’ve all heard before when considering where to make our home base: “location, location, location.” And for good reason, because where you live is just as important as the actual dwelling—if not more so!

As you continue pondering and planning your next steps, it’s fair to seek a warm and sunny location that gives you everything you want in retirement. Your destination should be more than just pretty or popular. It should both actively and effortlessly enable the lifestyle that you want—which you’ve worked hard to attain.

And without a doubt, when it comes to a dreamy Florida retirement location that has it all, Mount Dora—the hometown of Waterman Village and the soon-to-break-ground Lakeside at Waterman Village—is Florida’s best-kept secret. Here are just a few reasons to fall in love with our stunning location.

There’s so much to do right here in Mount Dora

While many people envision sitting still in retirement, you don’t plan to slow down. At least that’s what we hear again and again from our Founding Members, the growing number of people who have already staked their claim to their own piece of this central Floridian paradise.

Like them, we know that with the new possibilities available in the post-career world, you may be even more active than you were a decade ago! So, living in a place that can match your energy and thirst for adventures is a must.

Fortunately, Mount Dora truly offers something for everyone when it comes to recreation and activities. We noted previously how its location near central Florida’s sparkling waterways enables plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, kayaking, ecotourism, seaplane tours and more.

If you prefer to stay on dry land, no need to worry: Mount Dora claims abundant golf courses, bike trails and an infinitely strollable Town Square ranking in the top 50 best small town downtowns in the country.

Plus, if a convenient, wellness-focused environment is what you’re after, choosing Lakeside at Waterman Village puts it all right in your neighborhood. Nestled within Mount Dora and encircling shimmering Lake Margaret, this brand-new addition to Waterman Village will welcome individuals and couples like you who forge their own paths. People who get in on the ground floor as Founding Members will be the ones who shape the essence of the community. They’ll be guiding its clubs, activities and programming from the start! Who wouldn’t want in on that?

Mount Dora: So much more than just a pretty place

The energy and serene beauty of this community is simply unmatched. From its famous freshwater lighthouse (just one of three in Florida) to dazzling lakes of all sizes replete with waterfowl, every time you step outside you get the sense that you’re within a nature preserve.

Of course, sometimes the great indoors can be just as refreshing as the great outdoors, so Mount Dora offers plenty of avenues for experiencing the arts, culture and history of central Florida and beyond, all in air-conditioned comfort. For example, you can easily:

(Remember to check with each venue in advance for its reopening policies and schedules, as many COVID-19 closures and restrictions remain in effect.)

For even more opportunities within an hour’s drive, Mount Dora is easily within reach of Orlando and all of its big-city spectacle. Oh, and don’t forget about the theme parks when the kids and grandkids visit. Mount Dora’s location makes magical day trips a breeze!

So much to love—and it’s all right outside your door

No matter where you go, you want to feel at home. So, it’s no wonder that so many people are skipping the “retirement cities” and escaping Orlando to come to Mount Dora. What’s the big draw? Unmistakable, unmatchable charm that you’ll adore.

We’ve already explored why Mount Dora, a.k.a. Festival City, is an ideal hometown for anyone who wants to enjoy their retirement years in a tight-knit neighborhood instead of a maze of subdivisions in one of Florida’s retirement “villages.”

Fortunately, space still remains at Lakeside at Waterman Village, where just 159 brand-new residences will be built and more than 100 are already reserved. The expansion neighborhood is breaking ground later this fall, so now is the time to lock in the best pricing, most flexible contract options and most desirable home customizations!

Our Founding Members are already connecting and shaping the future of this special community, so the opportunity to join in on the fun and friendship is ripe for the taking.

We’d love to meet you at our safe and clean Lakeside Information Center or virtually from the comfort of your couch. Simply click here or call 352-385-1120 to request your personalized private appointment!

Exciting news!We are breaking ground on our newest expansion this October.

Availability is very limited and our low preconstruction pricing and founding member benefits will expire once construction begins. Schedule an appointment today to lock in these savings. I’m positive we have just what you are looking for in a senior community, plus so much more!

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