Life In Ocala

Ocala, Florida

Ocala, Florida is the site of the most beautiful equestrian estates and horse farms in the United States. The natural beauty of the area with its rich tradition of equine-centered activities makes it a place you just want to call home.

A warm welcome and greeting to all who are considering Ocala/Marion County as a place to call home. Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” Ocala is not only a great place for equestrians; it is a great place to call home.

Ocala is not what most imagine when thinking of Florida. With all the luxuries of any large, sophisticated city, Ocala offers even more. From galloping horses running free in lush pastures, this town exceeds surface beauty. Ocala is impressive in a unique way. We are adorned with delicate canopies of cascading moss, old granddaddy Oaks that shade long stretches of hillside roadways and some of nature’s rarest, most plush landscapes. Home to miles of riding, hiking, and biking trails, challenging golf courses, natural springs providing an abundance of fresh water and clear lakes for fishing and recreation, Ocala is one of the best places to live in Florida!

I was born into real estate watching my father design and build incredible homes. I literally grew up in the real estate business. My passion is helping my clients find the property that makes their dreams come true.

I grew up with horses. I had my first horse at the age of 6 and enjoyed riding and taking care of our family cattle. I started breaking and training my own show horses until I met my husband and became involved in Thoroughbred racing that brought us to Ocala more than 30 years ago. Ocala horses are known for outrunning their pedigrees.

Ocala is not limited to Thoroughbreds. All disciplines are trained and shown in this community. Ocala is home to HITS (Horse Shows in the Sun,) Live oak International has celebrated its Silver Anniversary, the Florida Horse Park, rodeos and many other competitions.

My speciality is equestrian estates, Ocala horse farms, and luxury homes. Luxury is personal. A property doesn’t have to be large to be luxurious and inviting. Each property has its own personality. Real Estate is my passion and for me, it’s a lifestyle. When you love what you are doing, you never wake up thinking about work.

I am very fortunate to have JJ, my husband, who is very supportive of my career and a dynamic sales team of very knowledgeable, licensed assistants. We enjoy helping people find the right property. When our clients are satisfied and settled into their new home or farm, it is a thrill for us as much as it is for them.

I like to say “It is not how much you spend, but the value that is gained from money well spent.” Luxury is within your reach. If you are considering buying your dream home or selling a property, please give me a call or email to discuss. I look forward to meeting you with you.

Originally published in Discover Ocala Magazine, 2019

Marion County

Marion County is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind area in the Southeast. In addition to the excellent workforce produced here, there are thousands of acres of Ocala Land, including a national forest, miles of recreational trails and waterways, three large lakes at its opposite borders, stunning horse farms, and an amazing countryside. Due to its central location in Florida, it’s not affected as much by hurricanes as the more coastal counties to the east and west. It is recognized for its affordable housing and lifestyle, making it a prime area for home buyers looking to invest in an area truly worth their money.


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