The community of Citrus Springs, Florida was originally developed by the Mackle family- a wealthy family that was influential in the state throughout the 20th century- and was officially opened as a planned community in 1970.
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Even today, remnants of the past are seen within the city, with the name of Elkcam Boulevard, a main thoroughfare through the community, being derived by spelling Mackle backwards.
The community has grown a great deal since 2000, with its population increasing by 100.7%. Citrus Springs real estate offers a variety of attractions to new residents, including Florida's sunny climate and close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. Large cities near Citrus Springs include Tampa (about 70 miles to the south) and Orlando (85 miles to the southeast).
Shopping and Dining
One of the major shopping destinations near Citrus Springs is the Crystal River Mall in Crystal River. This mall contains many major retailers, such as J. C. Penney, Kmart, Radio Shack, Zales, and more. In addition, Paddock Mall in Ocala features a wide variety of stores to choose from and provides opportunities for the purchase of clothing, electronics, jewelry, appliances, and more. For everyday purchases such as groceries and pharmacy items, residents of Citrus Springs can visit the Joy Food Store, Sweetbay Supermarket, or Winn-Dixie located in Dunnellon. There is a Wellcare Pharmacy located within Citrus Springs on North Florida Avenue, and a CVS location in Dunnellon, providing pharmacy services to Citrus Springs’ residents.
For homemade Italian food, residents of Citrus Springs can visit Moschellos 11 on West Hampshire Boulevard. Additionally, there are several restaurants in Dunnellon, including the Charlie Horse Restaurant and Lounge and the Penn Station Deli and Grill. Fast food restaurants around Citrus Springs real estate include Burger King in Hernando, Taco Bell in Crystal River, and Subway in Hernando.
Parks and Recreation
Central Ridge District Park in Beverly Hills provides a variety of recreational opportunities- such as baseball, racquetball, volleyball, skateboarding, and softball- to those residing around Citrus Springs. Area residents can also visit K. P. Hole Park in Dunnellon for outdoor adventures involving kayaking, tubing, and canoeing. The Cross Florida Greenway passes near Citrus Springs and offers hiking possibilities, and for recreation with a bit of history, the Withlacoochee State Trail provides a great route for bike riding that follows the path of railroad lines that were constructed in the early 20th century.
Serving as a meeting place and special events venue near Citrus Springs real estate, the Citrus Springs Community Center functions as a meeting place for residents. Citrus Springs offers many opportunities for golfers, with the Citrus Springs Golf & Country Club and the El Diablo Golf & Country Club both located within the community. The Regal Crystal River Mall 9 is a movie theater found within 10 miles of Citrus Springs, and Parkview Lanes in Holder is one of the nearest bowling alleys.
The cost of living in the Citrus Springs area is only around 85% of the average cost of living in the United States as a whole. This attracts many new residents to the area, and the low median home prices also encourage many to relocate here. The mean home price in Citrus Springs is at approximately $143,000. This is around $40,000 less than the mean home price in the state of Florida overall. However, the price of Citrus Springs real estate has risen significantly in recent years and may continue to go up as demand for homes in the area increases. Although the cost of living is significantly lower in Citrus Springs than in the state of Florida overall, the average income of Citrus Springs residents is only about $3,000 less than the average income of the entire state's population.
Schools, Health, and Transportation
Educational resources in Citrus Springs include the Citrus Springs Middle School and the Citrus Springs Elementary School. Secondary schools in the area include Crystal River High School, Dunnellon High School, and Lecanto High School. Dunnellon Christian Academy is a private high school located within four miles of Citrus Springs, and St. Paul's Lutheran School is another nearby private institution. Universities located near Citrus Springs real estate include the College of Central Florida, Webster University of Ocala, and Taylor College, while a variety of educational resources are provided to Citrus Springs residents at the Citrus Springs Memorial LIbrary.
Health care institutions near Citrus Springs real estate include Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River, Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, and Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala. Although there is no public transportation that services Citrus Springs specifically, there is a Greyhound station in Crystal River and an Amtrak station in Ocala. The closest major airport is the Gainesville Regional Airport.