Lake County’s oldest city, Leesburg is located near the geographic center of Florida amidst rolling hills and hundreds of pristine lakes only 36 miles northwest of the world renowned attractions of Orlando. The town was settled by Evander McIver Lee, whose brother Calvin Lee was credited with giving Leesburg its name in 1857.
Leesburg, FL was originally the county seat of Sumter County from 1875 until Lake County, Florida was formed from a portion of Sumter and Orange counties in 1887. Today Leesburg is the largest city in Lake County. It is a lively hub for community activities, such as farmer’s markets, art festivals and other events. The picturesque town center of Leesburg, FL has undergone a recent multi-million dollar update of the downtown streetscape. It attracts residents and visitors alike with a thoughtfully planned mix of historical buildings, new shopping and dining venues and quaint atmosphere. Park benches among beautifully laid out landscapes and appealing architecture offer plenty of opportunities to take pause and relax while people-watching or just enjoying a cool breeze from the lakes.
The area around Leesburg, FLA is known from its beginnings in the early part of the 20th century to be the home of Florida’s largest peach orchard and an important production center for watermelons. Later, in the 60’s its wealth in agricultural riches placed Lake County second in worldwide citrus production. Although several bouts of inclement weather in the 80’s drove many citrus growers further south, one can still enjoy choosing among over 50 varieties of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes at the Clermont U-Pick Grove. In fact, there is a great selection of farms in Lake County, Florida that grow delectable varieties of fresh produce. Tavares beckons with tempting strawberry fields, Mount Dora offers among other produce herbs and edible flowers, while a vineyard at the town of Howey-in-the-Hills is the best place to go for Muscadine grapes, figs, peaches and juicy persimmons.
Most importantly, however, the splendid natural feature of thousands of silvery lakes sparkling among green rural pastures and swaying marsh grasses constitutes the perfect environment for outdoor recreation around Leesburg.
Lake County, Florida has recently held a grand opening for the largest selection of waterway trails in the state with 130 miles of Blueways. Blueway trails guide paddlers in kayaks or canoes by a system of markers - similar to hiking trails - through scenic waterways filled with an abundance of wildlife, identifying regional features and interesting facts. Gopher tortoises, foxes, pocket gophers and more can be spotted among shrubs, mesic and xeric hammocks and pine flatwoods along the shorelines. A wide variety of aquatic life is teeming under the water’s surface, and at any moment you may spot a heron or sandhill crane taking flight from among the marshes.
Many events and competitions, from water-skiing to fishing are held in this premier location for water sport fans. The area is also a horse lover’s paradise with world-class equestrian centers and lakefront or forest trails to please novices and professional riders alike.
The Great Florida Birding Trail leads through Leesburg, FL, where varied bird habitats provide ample opportunity to learn about the avian diversity of this ecologically significant region.
Hiking, horseback-riding, kayaking, water-skiing or bird-watching are certainly rewarding and pleasurable activities in Lake County, but fishing tops them all! Florida is touted as the “Fishing Capital of the World” - even outranking fishing grounds in Belize and Costa Rica - , but generally this statement is made in reference to the coasts of Florida. Freshwater fishermen, who cast their line at one of the lakes in this Central Florida region, however, appreciate the supreme abundance of largemouth bass and black crappie. Prospects for trophy catches in Lake County, Fl are astounding and have generated a lot of interest in local fishing tournaments, which are televised and broadcast nationwide. Lake County is also bountiful in species such as sunfish, other varieties of bass as well as bluegill and has become a top-ranking fishing destination.
Leesburg, FL is right at the heart of all of these activities and is well appointed in every aspect to provide a wonderful lifestyle in its unique natural setting. The community leaders and citizens of Leesburg, Lake County clearly take pride in respecting their precious environment while they continue to enhance the quality of services and amenities that make this a great place to call home.
Legacy of Leesburg is an excellent opportunity to purchase Florida real estate and enjoy retirement living at its best. Modern conveniences surrounded by and interwoven with mature oaks, nature trails, and access to a seemingly endless chain of lakes all fit together to give this retirement community tranquility and an easy lifestyle combined in one. In the heart of Central Florida, your home site here will be an oasis only minutes from all the major Florida attractions and points of interest. ° °Send Me Free Information About Legacy of Leesburg Read More about this Leesburg Florida Gated Community