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Posted by The Real Estate Reporter on May 7, 2020 5:02:53 PM

Your Guide to Exploring the Charm of Lake County's Golden Triangle

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The area between Eustis, Mount Dora, and Tavares, Florida makes up the popular stretch known as the 'Golden Triangle' and is located in serene Lake County, Florida. If you connect the dots between these cities on a map, it almost makes a perfect triangle, and this part of Central Florida is rich in history, recreation, and so much more.

From the early settlers to today, residents have been attracted to the area's sparkling lakes, majestic oak trees, higher elevations, and unique atmospheres. 

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Let's take a closer look at why the Golden Triangle of Central Florida is loved today by so many that call it home. 


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Eustis, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando, is situated on Lake Eustis. Both the lake and city were named after General Abraham Eustis, who served in the U.S. Army during the early 19th century. Before railroads entered Central Florida, Lake Eustis was an important point for shipping, and a boat landing on the lake was established as the commercial corridor. 

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Today, Eustis is a community of over 20,000 people and boasts historic charm. Residents and visitors can enjoy unique shops, dining, a brewery, and a variety of live entertainment throughout the waterfront downtown district area.

The waterfront district even offers a serene Lake Walk at Ferran Park, the city's first public park. Ferran Park and the downtown area hosts many events throughout the year including the popular Georgefest and 1st Friday Street Party. 

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Trout Lake Nature Center is another great place to stretch your legs. With over 200 acres of protected land, visitors can partake in the many trails offered including guided tours or simply visit for some fresh air in lush scenery. If you're interested in more of the area's history, the Eustis Historical Museum will help give you a glimpse into the past!


Mount Dora

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Mount Dora also sits on the shores of a lake, and it's one of the most pristine lakes in the area - Lake Dora. Founded in the 1800s, Mount Dora has been dubbed as the 'New England Town of the South' and is brimming with one of the most popular downtown spots in the area. Full of historic buildings, antique shops, delicious eateries, quaint bed and breakfasts, lakefront scenery, and more, the area is truly magnetic.

Mount Dora is also home to a number of events held throughout the year including the Mount Dora Arts Festival and Renninger's Antique Extravangza, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The town has even gained another nickname as 'The Festival City' thanks to the growing popularity of its beloved events!

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Other popular attractions include parks like Gilbert Park, Palm Island Park, Donnelly Park, and Trimble Park, plus the iconic Mount Dora lighthouse. All stand as a great place full of wildlife, recreation, and offer amazing scenery. 


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Tavares is the third and final city to complete the Golden Triangle. Like Mount Dora and Eustis, Tavares is also full of history, loved by many, and borders a few lakes. It was founded by a journalist named Alexander St. Clair-Abrams and named after a Portuguese ancestor. Clair-Abram's had high hopes for the town in becoming the capital of Florida one day, but it settled for being the longtime county seat of Lake County. 

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Known as 'America's Seaplane City,' Tavares rings loud and true to its unique name as seaplanes can be seen frequently throughout the area. Visitors can watch seaplanes land and take off right from the Tavares' downtown and waterfront district, or even take a ride themselves through a local establishment. The downtown area also boasts a variety of fun and entertaining eateries, even some you can arrive to by boat! Popular events throughout the year include the Sunnyland Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Planes, Trains & BBQ festival. 

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Wooten Park is a beautiful and peaceful place right on the water in the downtown area and includes a fun splash park and playground for the little ones. It sits next to the popular and beautiful Pavilion venue that extends out over the lake as well.

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Lake Idamere Park is another great spot and even has two dog parks and houses Lake County's first Miracle League Field.

Calling the Golden Triangle Home

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Offering a variety of scenic lakes, historic downtown neighborhoods, social activities, and rich history, the Golden Triangle is one of the most sought-after areas in Central Florida. Boasting its own local hotspots loved by residents and visitors alike, all while being located nearby some of the state's most popular beaches and famous attractions, the Golden Triangle is truly a unique place to call home.

Whether you're in search of a waterfront abode, secluded privacy, charming history, or being conveniently located to the heart of one of these thriving communities the options are endless when it comes to Real Estate options in the Golden Triangle. 

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