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Citrus County

October 16th, 2012 by Donna Dorsey

Citrus County is My Specialty…

Citrus County is located about 65 miles north of Tampa Bay and is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico and along the north and the east by the Withlacoochee River and the Tsala Apopka lake chain. The county’s 683 square miles have a distinct “northern” look due to the gently rolling hills which are common throughout the area. Over 152,000 acres of the county have been set aside for wildlife preserves making the area a popular destination for bird watchers and others interested in experiencing Florida the way it used to be – natural and unspoiled. The Withlacoochee State Forest, which comprises much of the wildlife preserves in Citrus County, was named as one of the “Top 10 Coolest Places You’ve Never Seen” in North America by the World Wildlife Fund. Enjoy the county’s beauty by car, boat or take a leisurely bike ride, walk, jog or skate down the 46-mile paved Withlacoochee State Trail as it winds through some of the most beautiful scenery on Florida’s west coast.
The county seat is the City of Inverness which is located in the eastern part of the county. One of the highlights of the revitalized downtown Inverness area is the newly restored Old Courthouse which once again looks as it did when it was built in 1912. The Old Courthouse is now a museum featuring history and artifacts of the area. The downtown area is also the site of various festivals and fairs throughout the year.
To the west and bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, the city of Crystal River is the destination for snorkelers and divers from around the world who enjoy diving in the sparkling waters of the Crystal River and Kings Bay which is fed by Florida’s second largest spring. The endangered manatee also makes these warm waters home and lucky visitors can get a chance to swim with these docile creatures. “Cracker” architecture is featured in Crystal River’s restored downtown area. For a look at Florida’s past, visit the State Archaeological Site and Museum to get a glimpse at 2,000 years of Florida’s pre-Columbian history or visit the Coast Heritage Museum for views of Citrus County in the 1800’s and 1900’s.

Just to the south of Crystal River, are Homosassa and Homosassa Springs which offer yet another aspect of Florida the natural way with a major attraction being the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, home to many of Florida’s native creatures as well as a shelter for the endangered Manatee. Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Historic Site in Homosassa was once part of a thriving sugar plantation owned by David Levy Yulee, who later became Florida’s first State Senator when the state was admitted into the Union in 1845. Still standing are the stonework chimney, well, foundation, steam boiler, crushing machinery, and large cooking kettles used to process the sugar cane. The Old Mill House & Printing Museum across from the Sugar Mill Ruins features antique presses and a look at printing the way it used to be.

So Much To Do…So Little TimeYou may get a difference of opinion about that statement with some folks who have made Florida their home. But it’s true.  The weather in west central Florida, which includes Citrus County and the Ocala area, is ideal year ‘round for just about any outdoor activity. The 47,000-acre Withlacoochee State Forest is situated in the heart of Citrus County and the Ocala National Forest is a short drive away. Both are beautiful tracts of preserved land which are perfect for hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, birdwatching and more.

In Citrus County, the lakes and rivers are teeming with largemouth bass and speckled perch while off the coast, the Gulf of Mexico yields grouper, snapper, sea trout and, on occasion, record-size tarpon. The shallow waters along the coastline provide an ideal spot for snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and the harvesting of scallops. Your time spent on the Crystal River or the Homosassa River will often be rewarded with a glimpse of the huge but gentle manatees grazing on the sea grass, a group of playful otters, or the majestic leap of a dolphin.

Adding to the beauty of Citrus County are its magnificent golf courses. Currently, there are 12 public or semi-private courses offering a variety of challenges for serious or casual golfers. Long waits or delays are rare but many golfers do take the time to appreciate the courses as they weave over, around and through hills, valleys, greenbelts, lakes and wildlife preserves.

If you want something more exciting, most of the major Florida attractions are within a 90-minute drive in Orlando or Tampa. While there, be sure to visit the many factory outlet malls, shopping centers and some of the world’s famous restaurants. If you want world class beaches, visit Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Daytona, to name a few.

Leaving town? Go anywhere in the world from the major airports located in Tampa, Orlando or Gainesville, which is about a 70-minute drive northeast of Citrus County. Major cruise ships have numerous departures from Tampa Bay as well as from Port Canaveral.   Floridians love to explore other parts of Florida. But when it’s time to come home, Citrus County is a welcome sight.

The Heart of Nature Coast Real Estate

July 18th, 2012 by Donna Dorsey


     I am a full-time, dedicated Realtor with Only Way Realty, your best source for Citrus, Marion and Levy County real estate.  I specializes in today’s real estate market – I am a Foreclosure Specialist and a Certified REO Specialist.  If you’re interested in purchasing Foreclosures, or if you are Upside Down in your home and need help, you’re in good hands!

     If you’ve been on the fence thinking about purchasing something, it’s a great time to take that leap.  With all of the foreclosures and short sales today, I can guarantee you’ll find a great deal!  Mortgage rates are at historic lows right now!

     Whether you are buying or selling a home, I believe it should be a smooth and pleasant experience.  That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced professional.  Because of the caring way I conduct business and the integrity that goes along with being an experienced professional, past customers refer their friends and family.  I invite you to contact me, as I’d be happy to assist you with this important transaction.

     If you’d like more information about Citrus County, please click the tab to the left “About Citrus County.”  It is a beautiful, coastal area right on the Gulf of Mexico, where the manatee choose to live and play.  Whether you’re ready to retire, or just starting a family, the Nature Coast is a great place to call home.

     Please feel free to contact me if you have any general questions about real estate or the area, I’m here to help.  Please browse my website for listings, reports and important real estate information.


     Donna Dorsey