Mount Dora is a beautiful lakefront town in Central Florida that is famous for its quaint look, its festivals and its antique shops.

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The City was established in 1880, and first named Royellou after one of the City’s pioneers, a local resident who provided camping hospitality to federal surveyors in 1883. The town was later renamed after the lake. The “mount” refers to the fact that the city sits on a plateau of real estate 266 feet above sea level. Incorporated as a town on March 25, 1910 with 370 residents, it was later incorporated as a city on April 23, 1953.



The 2000 census lists Mount Dora as having a population of approximately 9,418.  For diverse choices in homes, from charming condos to luxury homes, Mount Dora Realtors John Hambrick and Angela Chapman can help you.  Just fill out our Home Search Form.  If you're interested in selling your home, please visit our Sellers page..

Government and City Services

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The City Charter provides for the council/manager form of government.  The mayor and two council members are elected at large, with four council members elected by district.  Members serve two-year staggered terms.

In addition to police, fire, streets, parks, recreation and library services, the City also provides water, sewer, electric, stormwater and solid waste disposal services.   Mt. Dora has set aside real estate for numerous parks that  include a lakefront boardwalk for bird and wildlife watching.  Future plans include the possible construction of a boardwalk off of Donnelly Street through property donated to the City by Edee Waite.

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There is also real estate set aside as an extensive, tree-shaded cemetery owned and managed by the City. Currently, the Mount Dora is working on a combination beautification and utility of real estate in the City’s downtown area.  The project includes the transformation of  alleyways into a streetscape complete with designer bricks and antique street lights.



In addition, Donnelly Park is undergoing complete renovation. To find your perfect home in town or beachfront property near the ocean, contact Central Florida Realtor John Hambrick or Angela Chapman at 1-866-290-1890 or fill out the Home Search Form.

Other Features

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Located approximately 25 miles northwest of Orlando, in Lake County, the City retains the flavor of a small town with hilly terrain, several lakes, large canopy oak trees and historic buildings. Mount Dora was recently recognized by the readers of Florida Living Magazine as Florida’s friendliest small town and as having the best antique shopping area in the state. The City has a viable downtown with a variety of antique and specialty shops and restaurants. There is limited light industrial business. One of the goals for the newly-approved Economic Development Coordinator will be to find ways to attract clean, light industry to the City.

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (19.8%), Retail trade (12.9%).

The City Limits abut Lake Dora and encompass over 8.1 square miles of real estate. The service area for water, sewer and planning purposes encompasses 16.14 square miles.




clearRenninger's Antique Extravaganza  (Third weekend of January, February and November) one of the largest gatherings of antique dealers in the south with over 1500 dealers attending.  Arts Festival (February 5-6, 2005) This nationally ranked fine arts festival attracts 300 artists from all over the world and attracts thousands of visitors.  Annual Used Book Sale )February 5-6, 2005) Over 10,000 books for sale.  Black Heritage Festival (February 12, 2005.)  Antique Boat Festival (March 17-20, 2005) Over 150 antique, classic and historic boats are on display at the southeast's largest event of this type.  Antique Festival (March 19-20, 2005) Over 150 vendors display treasures on the downtown streets.  Jewels & Junque Sale (March 19, 2005) A fundraiser for the Ice House Theatre. Sail Boat Regatta (April 2-3, 2005) The oldest sailing regatta in the state.  Festival of Music & Literature (April 3-10, 2005) Presenting outstanding artistic programs in music, literature and other genres.  Mount Dora in Bloom (April 30th-May 1st, 2005) Landscaping competition with local nurseries.  Taste of Mount Dora (May 1, 2005)
A spectacular evening of culinary delights.  Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration (July 4. 2005) Join us for an old fashioned celebration of our Independence Day.  2nd Annual Art Car Weekend (August 26-28, 2005)  Enjoy the art creations from the Wacky Car Club. The event includes a parade, car contest, exhibits, road rally, sidewalk sales and children’s programs.   Bicycle Festival (October 7, 8, & 9 2005) Attracting 1500 cyclists, this is Florida's oldest and largest bicycling event.  Craft Fair (October 23-24, 2005) This nationally ranked juried event continues to attract over 250,000 visitors and over 350 of the best crafters in the country.  Plant & Garden Fair (November 5 & 6, 2005-First weekend in November) Over 10,000 rare and exotic plants plus garden accessories.  Light Up Mount Dora (November 27, 2005-Sunday after Thanksgiving) Join us in lighting Donnelly Park and Downtown Mount Dora with close to 2 million sparkling lights! Wonderful Holiday Season Entertainment and festivities including Community Choir, Ballet, Soloist, Singalongs and Santa.

Mount Dora FL, Central Florida signclearThe Cultural Calendar knows no season. Throughout the year, Mount Dora enjoys plays at the IceHouse Theatre, concerts and recitals by international artists at the Mount Dora Festival of Music & Literature, gallery openings, and on-going exhibitions at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts. Directly behind the Center for the Arts on Royellou Lane is the Royellou Museum at the Old City Jail, providing a glimpse of Mount Dora life from the past to the present.

Parks

Gilbert Park has a boat dock and ramp, an All Children's Playground, & large picnic pavilion. Located on real estate at Tremain Street ‘yyy and Liberty Avenue
Donnelly Park has an entertainment platform for occasional free concerts, shuffleboard courts & clubhouse Located on real estate at the center of town at Fifth Avenue and Donnelly Street
Palm Island Park has the longest boardwalk on a lake in Florida. Located on real estate next to Gilbert Park
Evans Park has a gazebo, picnicking and fishing. Lawn Bowling clubhouse and rinks adjoin it. Located on real estate at the foot of Donnelly Street

MT Dora Florida home for SaleclearA Mecca for Antique collectors: There are probably more interesting and varied antique dealers per square foot of real estate than any other place in Florida. To top that off, nearby Renningers Antique Market attracts thousands to its many weekend fairs and extravaganzas

Shopping in Mount Dora is Irresistible: The number and variety of gift shops, fashion boutiques, decorative art galleries, and interesting cafes astounds - - all within easy walking distance of each other and beautiful Lake Dora. Each shop is unique and reflects the unbounded taste of the owner. Most stores are open every day. The perimeter of Mount Dora (U.S. 441) offers other shopping opportunities, services and independent businesses.

For Fun & Relaxation set sail on a sunset cruise, rent a bike, fish off a pier next to our inland light-house, enjoy the nature walk on Palm Island - - our little island wilderness - - or stroll around the neighborhoods enjoying the sunsets and the lake views. For those who like their fun less strenuous - - an evening sunset cocktail at one of the outside cafes or on the porch of one of the inns. If the charm of Mount Dora is for you, contact Angela Chapman or John Hambrick, Suburban Orlando Realtors, to help make your dreams come true with a lovely home in town or, if you prefer, a home in one of the surrounding Orlando communities. John can also help you with your 1031 tax exchange properties.

If you need to sell your Mount Dora home or Central Florida home, visit our to bring buyers and sellers together.  Whether you're looking for investment properties, a retirement community, a golf community, metro Orlando or just want a home "out in the country," give them a call for more information.  They can help you find your home in Seminole County, Orange County, Lake County, Brevard County, Volusia County, Polk County, or Osceola County.

Population (year 2000): 9,418
Elevation: 175 feet
Median house value: $110,700 (year 2000)

Hospitals/medical centers:

  • LIFESTREAM BEHAVIORAL CENTER (about 1 mile; LEESBURG, FL)
  • FLORIDA HOSPITAL/WATERMAN (about 4 miles; EUSTIS, FL)
  • SUMMIT,THE (about 11 miles; APOPKA, FL)
Airports certified for carrier operations:

  • ORLANDO SANFORD (about 29 miles; ORLANDO, FL; ID: SFB)
  • ORLANDO INTL (about 36 miles; ORLANDO, FL; ID: MCO)
  • OCALA INTL-JIM TAYLOR FIELD (about 47 miles; OCALA, FL; ID: OCF)
Other public-use airports:

  • MID FLORIDA AIR SERVICE (about 3 miles; EUSTIS, FL; ID: X55)
  • BOB WHITE FIELD (about 6 miles; ZELLWOOD, FL; ID: X61)
  • UMATILLA MUNI (about 8 miles; UMATILLA, FL; ID: X23)
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students::

  • UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-ORLANDO CAMPUS (about 24 miles; MAITLAND, FL)
  • ROLLINS COLLEGE (about 25 miles; WINTER PARK, FL)
  • SEMINOLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 26 miles; SANFORD, FL)
  • STETSON UNIVERSITY (about 27 miles; DELAND, FL; FT)
  • VALENCIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 29 miles; ORLANDO, FL)
  • UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (about 32 miles; ORLANDO, FL)
  • CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 45 miles; OCALA, FL)
Private high schools

  • CHRISTIAN HOME - BIBLE SCHOOL (PO BOX 1017 13TH AVE MCDON ST; Grades: KG - 12)
  • SOLID ROCK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (PO BOX DRAWER 236; Grades: KG - 12)
Private primary/middle schools:

  • CHRISTIAN HOME - BIBLE SCHOOL (PO BOX 1017 13TH AVE MCDON ST; Grades: KG - 12)
  • SOLID ROCK CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (PO BOX DRAWER 236; Grades: KG - 12)
Major Subdivisons in Longwood,

Alaqua Lakes, Brentwood Club, High Croft Point, Longwood Club, Longwood Real Estate, Markham Glen, Markham Place-Longwood, Markham Woods-Longwood, Sweetwater Oaks , Sweetwater Springs, Shadowbay, Sabal Point, Sweetwater Island, Wilson Park, Wingfield North, Wingfield Reserve

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