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Eustis is a Charming Lakeside Town with a Lovely Downtown, Red Brick Sidewalks and Plenty of Places to Watch the Sunset Over the Water
Eustis is in north central Florida, about an hour from either coast and roughly 45 minutes northwest of Orlando. It borders Lake Eustis and has several smaller lakes within its borders. A busy steamship port in the late-1800s, today Eustis exudes quiet charm.
The downtown is lovely, with red brick streets, old fashioned street lamps and nicely restored, awning-shaded historic buildings, some of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Restaurants, boutiques and galleries are in good supply. Events include a music festival, a classic car cruise-in, a busker festival and GeorgeFest, a celebration of all things George Washington. Ferran Park has a paved walkway along the lake with covered seating and is a soothing spot to have lunch or watch the sun set over the water. A short wall separates downtown Eustis from Lake Eustis and is a perfect place to cast a fishing line.
Neighborhoods are well kept but not necessarily manicured. Housing ranges from manufactured homes and Florida crackers to bungalows, ranch ramblers and waterfront Mediterranean styles. Lake Eustis, four miles long and three miles wide, has a public boat ramp and is open for powerboating, sailing and tournament fishing. Orlando is where most people go for in-depth shopping, museums, etc.
Population: 25,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 45%
Cost of Living: 6% below the national average
Median Home Price: $370,000
Climate: The area has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers. On average, the area receives 51 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Florida Hospital Waterman is three miles away in Tavares and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Florida Hospital Waterman is three miles away in Tavares and is accredited.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 21%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: People seem to enjoy Eustis very much, and it has grown 20% during the last decade. Home prices have increased 10% since last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
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