Mount Dora

Mt. Dora is a charming community that was founded in 1880. The downtown area is located along Lake Dora, with its streets lined with historic homes, antique shops, and restaurants. Mt. Dora hosts many festivals, concerts, and art shows each year. Home to Renninger’s Farmer and Flea Market, an English Tearoom, shops with eclectic flair, and it is home to one of three freshwater lighthouses in Florida. Mount Dora real estate is perfect for those looking to stay close to the metropolitan amenities of Orlando while enjoying the best that small town Florida has to offer.

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Mount Dora Lifestyle

Walking through the town, the quaint shops and restaurants is always a treat with the many restaurants and specialty shops. You can also stop to watch pickleball and shuffleboard or hold center court in the town center. For a dose of culture aside from the shops and galleries, you will enjoy many events at Mount Dora Center for the Arts. This community center is multifaceted providing fine arts exhibitions, educational programs, concerts, and monthly art strolls.

Whether you are a lover of nature, boater, shopper, or history buff, Mt. Dora will not disappoint. It is home to several natural preserves and parks including Gilbert Park, Annie Donnelly Park, Grantham Point Park, and others. With friendly neighbors and much to do, you can check all the boxes and be at home here.

Mount Dora Real Estate

Mount Dora homes for sale are affordable — ideal for young families, retirees, or those looking to start a bed and breakfast. 

Potential homebuyers will find a variety of two-story, ranch, cottage, and bungalow-style properties situated within the city, typically containing large floor plans of 1,500 to 2,750 square feet.

With so many lakes in the area, many properties have incredible waterfront views to enjoy with beautiful wrap-around decks and sunrooms for shelter from the Florida heat. 

Those looking for luxury have many choices for palatial estates within and just outside of Mount Dora, with many historical homes on the market looking for their next inhabitants. 

And for those looking to build their own home, there are more than enough empty lots in Mount Dora for potential residents to build their new home exactly how they want it. 

We can divide Mt. Dora neighborhoods into several categories. First are the charming, historical neighborhoods followed by lakefront established homes, gated communities, then newer communities.

Historic District:

These charming homes are located within walking distance to the downtown area. The tree-lined streets take you back to the 1880s with a variety of architectural styles. Some of the homes in the area have already been recently renovated, however, if you are wanting to take on a fantastic project, you will find your home here.

Boathouse Row:

Located in downtown’s lakefront you will find a variety of home styles that are nestled along the lake on a street hidden from view. Homes here are built upon pilings over the water and each has its own charm.

Dogwood Mountain:

Northwest of downtown, nestled under mature oak trees, homes in Dogwood Mountain are built on a hill and feature ranch homes. The home sizes range from approx.. 2000-3000 sq. ft.

Lake Franklin Park

On the east side of Mt. Dora is Lake Franklin Park. The homes here range from 1000-2000 sq. ft. and consist of 1950’s ranch homes in this shaded neighborhood, although there are some newer homes around the southwest side of the lake.

Lake Gertrude

Lake Gertrude is a spring-fed lake, with homes of varying ages, styles; the largest homes are on the lakefront. On the western side of the lake, homes consist of Mediterranean styles, custom builds, and the Florida 1950’s bungalow. The older of the ranch homes range from approx.. 1500 sq. ft with the larger homes are found on the lake.

Planned Communities:

Located within 1.5 to 3 miles from downtown, there are several communities with features including zero-lot-line, custom builds, and large lots. Chesterhill was built in the 1980s featuring custom homes on lots consisting of 1 acre or more. Lots are available in the second phase. (HOA).

Dogwood Mountain Reserve

Located on the other side of Dogwood Mountain, this is a newer subdivision that is at the top of the hill. There are lots available with multiple builders on hand to bring your home ideas to life.

(HOA)

Elysium

Just 1.5 miles southeast of downtown Mount Dora, this community offers custom build homes from approx.. 2500-3500 sq. ft. There are around 40 custom homes that are built on an acre or more in this nature preserve. Some homes are located along Lake Dora, so if you are looking for your waterfront home, Elysium is for you. There are lots available. (HOA)

From large communities to very small subdivisions, you can find your home in Mount Dora.

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About Mount Dora, Florida

Once a winter retreat for fishermen, hunters, and boaters, Mt. Dora is named for the plateau on which it dwells, 184 feet above sea level and Dora comes from Dora Ann Drawdy who, in the mid-1880s was an early settler in the town. Surveyors named Lake Dora after her.

Mount Dora real estate is highly prized for its classic southern feel and rich history. Founded in 1880, Mount Dora is a small central Florida town with a population of less than 20,000, making it well-loved for its small-town southern charm.

Younger families looking for Mount Dora homes for sale will be impressed by the number of schools in the area for children of all ages. 

Mount Dora is also home to many scenic parks, such as Grantham Point Park (called “Lighthouse Park” by locals) sits in central Mount Dora, a quaint park with a boardwalk over Lake Dora for sunset strolls where keen viewers can often spot wildlife. 

Grantham Point Park is also home to the only inland freshwater lighthouse in Florida. 

Lakes are also in abundance in various shapes and sizes around Mount Dora, so there’s always something to explore. A few such neighboring lakes include:

  • Lake Beauclair
  • Lake Carlton
  • Lake Ola
  • Lake Gertrude
  • Lake Saunders
  • Loch Leven

Mount Dora Festivals

Known as “the festival city”, Mount Dora historically hosts multiple festivals a year. One such festival is the Mount Dora Arts Festival which happens every February and contains art for sale from over 500 national artists who use a variety of different mediums such as clay, sculpture, and painting. 

Other annual Mount Dora festivals include:

  • Mount Dora Craft Fair
  • Mount Dora Seafood Festival
  • Mount Dora Blueberry Festival
  • Mount Dora Plant and Garden Fair
  • Mount Dora Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts

FAQs

What is Mount Dora known for?

Mount Dora is a small city on the shores of Lake Dora. It is known for its relaxed atmosphere, beautiful parks, antique shops and museums. The community has also earned the moniker ‘Festival City’ for its many events that take place throughout the year.

How far is Mount Dora from Orlando?

Mount Dora is 36 miles northeast of Orlando, which is about a 40-minute drive depending on traffic.

Is Mount Dora a nice place to live?

Residents of Mount Dora love the city for its safe neighborhoods, community-oriented activities and easy-going pace of life. Arts and culture are celebrated here and it’s easy to live an active lifestyle with numerous parks, trails and lakes nearby. In addition, the affordable real estate is a big draw for families, retirees and those looking to invest in vacation properties.

What are housing prices like in Mount Dora?

The median house price in Mount Dora is $420,000. However, you can find homes on either end of that figure including multi-million dollar estates, historic ranch homes, reasonably priced bungalows and new construction homes. There are homes to suit all budgets in Mount Dora!

Is Mount Dora a good place to invest in real estate?

Like many cities in Florida, Mount Dora has seen an increase in home values over the past few years. This trend is expected to continue as more people are choosing to live in smaller cities like Mount Dora rather than larger urban centers. Mount Dora is also a great place to invest in a vacation home, as the community is a prime holiday destination.

Mount Dora Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $430K
Lowest Listing Price $0
Highest Listing Price $4.3B
Total Property Listings 518,240
Avg. Days On Market 166
Avg. Price/SQFT $280

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