Crystal River Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Just seven miles north of Homosassa Beach and 65 miles north of Tampa in Florida's Citrus County, Crystal River sits on barely six square miles, nestled directly along the Gulf shoreline. Its most notable claim to renown is the country's largest herd of manatee (T. manatus latirostris) living in the waters of the Crystal and Homosassa Rivers nearby. Like the whale and the porpoise, the manatee are mammals--large slow aquatic animals that grow as long as 10 feet and weigh as much as 3,500 pounds at maturity.

Crystal River's Community Menu

Well-educated and diverse, the small human Crystal River population of 3,500 enjoys a vibrant community, a delightful tropical climate, and a host of cultural and recreational venues. Less than a half hour south is Homosassa State Wildlife Park, rich with whooping cranes, bobcats, egret, bear, and flamingoes. Just east is the 22-mile lake chain, renowned for its sunshine and large-mouth bass. The state's largest colony of red-cockaded woodpeckers lives nearby in Withlachoochee State Park near Inverness.

Despite its relatively small size, Crystal River offers a surprising variety of residential properties. At the last census, the median property value was cited at $93,000, but in the growth of the real estate market across most of the country since then, that figure is now a bit misleading. On average, in looking for single-family homes in the immediate area, you'll find properties ranging from just under $100,000 to $1 million. Among the more desirable communities is Kings Bay Isle, offering prime waterfront and estate-sized lots.

Citrus County has much to offer all of its residents, however. The area is rich in history, from pre-Columbian mound builders to Civil War blockade runners to Grover Cleveland, Elvis Presley, and Ted Williams. Local events and festivals are just as varied, from the Floral City Strawberry Festival to the Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival, there are any number of recreational and cultural venues to enjoy.

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