Lake Mary is the “City of Lakes,” with 10% of its land covered by water. It prides itself as a safe community where work and life are in balance. In 2014 it was rated by Family Circle magazine as one of the 10 best towns for families, and in 2015 NerdWallet named Lake Mary as one of the 10 best places to start a business in Florida.
Lake Mary was named after Reverend Sundell’s wife Mary. The Sundell’s settled on the northern shore of the lake and started a Presbyterian congregation in 1894. As is the case with many Central Florida towns, Lake Mary was a citrus-growing community supported by the South Florida Railroad that ran from Sanford to Orlando. The city owes much of its development to Frank Evans, an entertainer turned chemist who founded the Chamber of Commerce in 1923. In the 1980’s it experienced a boom in residential and economic activity. It continues to support hi-tech businesses, as well as the headquarters of AAA, Verizon Financial Center, Scholastic Book Fairs, and Dixon Ticonderoga.
Lake Mary borders Sanford in the north and east, Longwood in the south, and I-4/Heathrow in the west.
The Lake Mary stop along the Sun-Rail boasts the most riders in 2015. The average commute time to work is 25 minutes. Lake Mary is accessible north of the highway 417 and east of I-4, which goes 18 miles south to Orlando and north to DeLand.
Average Single Family Home Value: $172,446
Median Single Family Home Sales Price: $248,000
Median Gross Rent: $1,394
Estimated Property Tax Average: $617
Estimated Homeownership Rate: 75%
Our Lake Mary Sales in the Last 2 Years
2880 Snowy Owl Ct, Egrets Landing, 3/2, $170,000, 2002
278 Main Rd, Cardina Oaks, $282,500, 3/2, 1981
Characteristics of Neighborhoods
Lake Mary houses a mix of working professionals, families, and retirees. Modern, upscale amenities cater to the various needs of the residents here. Local business headquarters make living and working in Lake Mary a breeze.
Most streets are wide and spacious with mature landscaping. There are lots of residential neighborhoods with lower speed limits and plenty of sidewalks. Security and safety are important, with over 10 gated neighborhoods available, as well as a proactive police department.
Lake Mary schools are part of Seminole County Schools, one of the top school districts in Florida, as well as the nation. According to GreatSchools.org, it’s top performing schools are Crystal Lake Elementary, Heathrow Elementary, Lake Mary Elementary, Markham Woods Middle, and Lake Mary High School. Their Great Schools ratings are between 8 and 10. Seminole State College is centrally located in Lake Mary, and provides affordable higher education to over 25,000 students per year.
Highlands of Lake Mary
Lake Mary Community Information
Lake Mary is a fine city with upscale recreation, shopping, and dining. Tennis and golf enthusiasts have plenty of county clubs and city parks to choose from. There are a wide variety of quality restaurants including Asian fusion at Lonnie’s, steakhouse Shula’s 347 Grill, and a top-notch wine selection at The Vineyard Wine Company. High-end boutiques such as Sophie & Trey can be found in Downtown Lake Mary. All of your shopping needs can be met at the Seminole Towne Center mall. Check out what else the Lake Mary community has to offer its residents:
Entertainment / Recreation
Heathrow County Club
Lake Mary Events Center
Mayfair Country Club
Timacuan Golf Club
Alaqua Country Club
Trailhead Park, Rinehart Trail
Cross Seminole Trail
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens