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Located in Lake County, Mount Dora (sometimes written simply as “Mt Dora”) is a city located northwest of Orlando. It is known for its historic sites, unique boutiques, and annual festivals. One of its biggest attractions is its lighthouse, which overlooks Lake Dora.
Mount Dora is surrounded by the communities of Eustis, Sorrento, Tangerine, and Tavares (located to the north, east, south, and west, respectively). This city connects to its surrounding areas via U.S. Route 441, and it’s roughly a 40 minute drive to Downtown Orlando. As of 2021, the population of Mount Dora was roughly 16,600.
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Those looking for real estate in Mount Dora have a lot of choice in regards to property type. From vacant lots and land to sprawling estates, this city has it all. Residents like Mount Dora for its small-town, secluded feeling, despite only being about a 40-minute drive to attractions such as Disney—and a similar commute to the downtown area of Orlando.
Mostly single-family homes for sale, Mount Dora offers newer properties at more affordable price points. This can include older, more charming bungalows and more contemporary, newer properties. Perfect for families, homes for sale in Mount Dora are located on quiet streets with large yards. Newer homes are typically outfitted with the open floor plans, modern upgrades, and sleek interior design. Older homes have a lot of charm, but also present the opportunity to renovate and customize to your exact preferences.
Mount Dora homes tend to be generous in square footage, so homebuyers can get a lot more home for their money. The most desirable properties are the luxury lakefront homes, specifically those on Lake Dora. These properties have a lot of charm, and can range in style quite dramatically, from the colorful homes on Shadow Harbour Lane, to the gorgeous Mediterranean and ranch style estates further out from the downtown.
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Mount Dora Highlights & Amenities
Residents of Mount Dora enjoy living in this city because it offers something a little bit different. While Orlando provides a fast-paced, contemporary lifestyle, Mount Dora slows things down a bit.
The city itself is well-recognized for its downtown Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With tall, mature trees and local shops and restaurants, this is one of the most happening places in the city. There are five other buildings listed in Mount Dora, which includes the Donnelly House: a yellow, Queen Anne style home built in the late 1800s.
One of the most famous Mount Dora landmarks is the Lighthouse, on Grantham Pointe. Although small, this lighthouse draws in many tourists, for it is one of the only (three in total) freshwater lighthouses in the state. The downtown lakefront area is also home to many parks. Donnelly Park, Elizabeth Evans Park, and Gilbert Park are also situated near the downtown and offer a nice reprieve for residents and visitors. Donnelly Park is located next to the Mount Dora Community Building—the area’s community center.
There’s much to do in terms of outdoor recreation. The Frank Brown Sports Complex hosts sports clubs and is a favorite for active kids in the community, while the boardwalk at Palm Island Park is ideal for a stroll. There’s even mountain biking opportunities at the Mount Dora Trail, found at the Lincoln Avenue Community Park… and an outdoor pool.
Mount Dora’s large commercial areas are in the north, along the U.S. Highway 441. However, Mount Dora is also known for its antique shopping opportunities, specifically at the Mount Dora Flea Market and Renninger's Flea Market & Antique Center. This attracts countless visitors, and is also a favorite of residents. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by—and say hi to Old Joe by the lake while you’re here.
Mount Dora, FL FAQs
Q. Who is Old Joe?
A. Old Joe is an alligator statue in Mount Dora’s Gilbert Park. Considered a landmark of the area, the statue is based on a real alligator who used to patrol the lake.
Q. Is there a mountain in Mount Dora?
A. No, there are no mountains in Mount Dora. The city did, however, get its name for its high elevation; it sits 184 feet above sea level.
Q. How many historic places are in Mount Dora?
A. There are five sites in Mount Dora listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which includes Mount Dora's Historic District.
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