Lake Mary Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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A suburban community just north of Orlando, Lake Mary has its roots in two 19th-century villages and one of the state's oldest continually operating chambers of commerce (1923). It did not incorporate as a city, however, until the summer of 1973. With a well-educated and moderately affluent population of nearly 15,000, Lake Mary is perhaps a quintessential early 21st-century American community.

Settling in Lake Mary

A small city of quiet residential neighborhoods, a strong school system, and primarily single-family homes, its boasts several golf courses, a low crime rate, a variety of shopping venues, and a strong parks department. At the same time, Lake Mary is seeing decided growth in both commercial and office real estate. The daytime population, for example, swells to approximately 35,000. This speaks strongly enough of its attractiveness to businesses and its accessibility within the greater metropolitan Orlando region.

Sitting at an elevation of 65 feet in Seminole County, Lake Mary covers 8.6 square miles bounded on the north and west by Lake Crystal and on the south by Lake Mary itself. Its climate speaks for central Florida--lows at night in January of perhaps 45°F to 50°F to highs in the daytime in August of perhaps 92° Fahrenheit. While humidity is a factor, especially in the mornings, it is little different than anywhere else along the eastern seaboard.

Part of Lake Mary's attractiveness for young families and other residents is how convenient it is to the rest of central Florida. Orlando, of course, is at one's fingertips. Tampa lies 95 miles to the southwest, Daytona Beach barely 60 miles to the northeast, and Lake Okeechobee about 110 miles to the south. Much of Florida--Disney, Epcot, Cape Canaveral, both Gulf and Atlantic beaches, and the Everglades--is all within a couple hours drive or less.

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