April 1, 2016

Lake Mary

lake mary florida fountain

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.

Location

Lake Mary borders Sanford in the north and east, Longwood in the south, and I-4/Heathrow in the west.

sunrail station lake mary floridaTransportation

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.

Population: 15,037

Housing Market

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.

lake mary florida clock towerSingle family homes are the most common in Lake Mary, but there are apartment buildings, town-homes, and retirement communities to suit a variety of tastes.

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.

Schools

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 10Seminole State College is centrally located in Lake Mary, and provides affordable higher education to over 25,000 students per year.

lake mary blvd floridaNotable Housing Developments

Lake Forest
Heathrow
Timacuan
Alaqua
Fountain Parke
Devon Glen
Highlands of Lake Mary
Lexington Green
Notting Hill
Stratford Gardens


Lake Mary Community Information

gazebo lake mary floridaLake 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:

Festivals

park lake mary floridaLake Mary / Heathrow Festival of the Arts
WineART Wednesdays
Holiday in the Park

Restaurants

Chez Jacqueline
Krazy Greek Kitchen
Royals Tea Room
Lonnie’s
Gracia’s Deli
TerraMia Brick Oven Pizza
Shula’s 347 Grill
FishBones
The Vineyard Wine Company
downtown lake mary floridaDickens Coffee & Tea Room

Entertainment / Recreation

Heathrow County Club
Lake Mary Events Center
Mayfair Country Club
Timacuan Golf Club
Alaqua Country Club
Sports Complex
Tennis Center
Liberty Park
Trailhead Park, Rinehart Trail
Cross Seminole Trail
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Skate Park

downtown shops lake mary floridaShopping

Gander Mountain
Downtown Lake Mary
Sophie & Trey
4th & Ocean
Tria
French Quarter Exchange
Olde Towne Cyclery
World Market
Seminole Towne Center

Groceries

Central Park Farmer’s Market
Cavallari Gourmet
SuperTarget
Publix Stores