A small city of around 8,500 located near Florida's west coast, Beverly Hills has been steadily attracting new area residents since the year 2000.
Beverly Hills Real Estate
The population of this community has risen slightly by about 1.5% in the past ten years. This Citrus County community is found about two hours to the west of Orlando and an hour and a half to the north of Tampa. The largest city located near Beverly Hills Florida real estate is Spring Hill, FL with a population of around 130,000.
One of the attractions Beverly Hills Florida real estate offers to new residents is home prices that are lower than the average in the rest of the state. The rate of Beverly Hills residents renting a home or apartment is significantly below that of the rest of the state, with home ownership common among Beverly Hills residents.
Shopping and Dining
Those residing in the Beverly Hills area can take care of their shopping at the nearby Shoppes of Citrus Hills, which include a Publix super market and a Walgreen's pharmacy, or at the Beverly Plaza on the North Lecanto Highway. The Crystal River Mall in Crystal River is about 20 minutes from Beverly Hills Florida real estate and features a variety of retail stores including J. C. Penney, Payless Shoes, GNC, Kmart, and more. Additionally, Beverly Hills residents looking to get some shopping done can head to the Citrus Center or Highland Square, both in Inverness.
Dining options within Beverly Hills itself include Sal's Restaurant, New England Pastry & Cafe, Haywires Bar and Grill, New China, and Bangkok Thai. For fine dining, Vintage on 5th in Crystal River offers classic American fare in a cozy atmosphere, and the McLeod House Bistro is a possibility in nearby Inverness. For fast food around Beverly Hills, there is a Subway located on the North Lecanto Highway in Beverly Hills, a Dunkin' Donuts located about 10 minutes away in Lecanto, and a Burger King on the East Norvell Bryant Highway in Hernando.
Parks and Recreation
Beverly Hills Park on West Roosevelt Boulevard is one of the major parks available within Beverly Hills itself. This park features facilities for a variety of activities, including skateboarding, softball, bocci ball, and more. Also located in Beverly Hills is the Central Ridge District Park, which includes a picnic pavilion and facilities for sporting activities. Further afield, Beverly residents can enjoy Ross Prairie State Forest to the northeast or the Crystal River Archaeological State Park to the east.
The Central Ridge Community Center on Civic Drive in Beverly Hills is a wonderful recreational resource for residents of Beverly Hills. The location offers a fitness room, swimming pool, tennis courts, and special events such as movie showings and theatrical performances throughout the year. Citrus County runs several other recreation centers throughout the area, including the Citrus Springs Community Center and the Citrus County Resource Center in Lecanto.
Regular movie goers will want to visit Regal Citrus Cinemas 6, a movie theater located approximately six miles from Beverly Hills Florida real estate in Inverness. Further recreational opportunities around Beverly Hills include the Black Diamond Ranch's golf course and Beverly Hills Bowl on the North Lecanto Highway.
As of March of 2012, the cost of living in Beverly Hills, Florida was at only 84.4% of the average cost of living for the entire United States. The median for home prices in Beverly Hills is at around $100,000, and this is significantly lower than the median home price in Florida overall. Homes in Beverly Hills tend to be newer than homes in Florida overall, and the Beverly Hill's area is home to an older population than that which is found in the rest of the state on average.
Schools, Health, and Transportation
Beverly Hills presents residents with educational resources in the form of schools and libraries. There are also several universities in Citrus County and a number of museums located around the area. Both St. Pauls Lutheran School and Forest Ridge Elementary School are located in Pine Ridge, and Citrus Springs Middle School and Hernando Elementary School are both located within five miles of Beverly Hills. Universities located around Beverly Hills include the College of Central Florida, St. Leo University, Beacon College, and Webster University of Ocala. The Coastal Heritage Museum in Crystal River and the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala both provide interesting educational outings to area residents.
For health care services, Beverly Hills residents have the following facilities available: the Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, the Citrus Memorial Hospital, or the Oak Hill Hospital. While there is no public transportation in Beverly Hills itself, both Amtrak and Greyhound service Ocala, and the Gainesville Regional Airport can connect Beverly Hills residents with larger cities via air.