Spacious, Quiet, Cozy 2bd/2BA Home in Se Ocala Walk to Park, Live in Nature

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Last updated: 10/19/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Our Central Florida home is located 12 miles southeast of Ocala (about 20 minutes driving), close to Ocklawaha and Bellevue on the north shore of Lake Weir in a quiet neighborhood. Silver Springs park and recreation area, Ocala National Forest, Silver River State Park are close by. Enjoy the less touristed area of Florida offering fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, underwater spring fed caverns and caves, explore the 300,000 acre Ocala National forest, hiking trails, horseback riding, target shooting, hunting, biking,lakes, rivers, kayaking, golfing (about 10 courses) offer unlimited outdoor adventures. Old oak trees with Spanish moss, tropical plants grace the area which also house small wild monkeys , wild turkeys, deer, an occasional alligator, cranes and much other wildlife.

Ocala is the horse capital of the USA and several of the Kentucky Derby winners were raised here. Marion County offers 183 lakes, 9 springs and many archeological wonders, beaches, rivers etc.
Centrally located between Daytona Beach (40miles) on Atlantic Ocean and Crystal River(35 miles) on the Gulf side, Orlando/Disney World 50 miles, Tampa (Bush Gardens etc.) is about 70 miles. Kennedy Space Center (50 miles), cultural Gainesville 40 miles with world class entertainment. Villages Retirement community is 15 minutes south.

Ocala itself has a population of about 57,000, offers restaurants, movie theater, antique shops, shopping malls, Performing arts center, Civic theater as well as visual arts center, Appleton Museum of Art, Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Brick Center for the Arts, Discovery Science and Outdoor Center, College of Central Florida theater, Florida Carriage Museum, Marion County museum of History galleries. and much to Crystal River/Homosassa Springs to see the manitees.

You can enjoy the incredible offerings from the nature around you such as bird watching from your vacation home which offers a quiet respite from all the exploring that is offered here. Two 18 hole golf courses(Lake Diamond & Silver Springs Shores) are within 5 minutes.

The 1989 built home is modern and well equipped for easy living. From the covered front porch (facing east) you walk into the very spacious newly beige carpeted living/dining area which boasts 11 foot high ceilings.
In this area you'll spend most of your time reading, watching TV or listening to a DVD,reading or just relaxing. A modern comfortable queen size couch and pillows, modern reading chair with ottoman, two upholstered accent chairs, a teal colored glass cabinet enhance the color scheme of white and teal. Amenities include a 42' HD television, radio with Ipod docking station, DVD player, books and maps lets you relax and enjoy the peaceful setting. Nice wall art throughout the house relax your senses.

The new modern kitchen features all stainless appliances consisting of dishwasher, fridge/freezer, stove with oven, microwave oven, blender, toaster, plenty of dishes and glasses as well as cooking utensils. Granite counter tops and a bar with two stools for easy eating. The flooring has been changed to a new modern sand tile floor which compliments the new granite counter tops and new kitchen white cabinets.

From the dining room a sliding glass door leads onto the screened in new FLorida room for easy outdoor living and bird watching, which features a barbecue grill, four outdoor chairs and a small table with a view of the shrubs and trees in the large yard; here you can view and listen to various birds.

Also from the dining room another door a door leads into the large single car garage and the utility room which has the washer/dryer, a work bench and storage, two bikes which belong to the owner and may be used by guests at their own risk and expense for any repairs required. Here is a full size fold out futon.

The inviting large, carpeted master bedroom features a king size bed, two night stands, lamps and an ensuite bathroom with tub and overhead rain rain shower, windows in both rooms are to the back yard. The bedroom window has light block-out shades and drapes.

The other bedroom/office/den has two twin beds which can be put together to make a king, a computer desk with a Cannon printer/scanner and chair. The second bathroom is off the hallway and also features full tub with overhead shower, vanity. Linens, blankets, king size comforter and towels are provided.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1566 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Housekeeper


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years or older, children okay....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Both bedrooms are very spacious, quiet. .Master bedroom features large closet, two night stands, two lamps, dresser,, light blocking shades and drapes, nice wall art....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • The tiled master bathroom has bath tub with overhead shower, toilet, sink with vanity underneath, mirror w/vanity, shaby chic wall mounted cabinet. Window faces back yard. The second bathroom is tiled and has a regular tub with shower head, toilet., new sink & vanity. Shower curtains in each bathroom. Plenty of towels....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Ocala is for people that like to get away from it all, actually for the explorers at heart. The area is still 'native', away from high rise condos one encouters at the nearby beaches. ...moreless


  • Books:

    variety of books on book shelves...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    in living room ....moreless

  • Music Library:

    Some CD's are provided, mostly classical and country....moreless

  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Slim line, high definition 42 inches in living room....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Rain Forests
  • Recreation Center
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    downtown Ocala is a 15 minutes drive northeast from the house within 12 miles. Ocklawaha village is southeast of us within four miles on CR25....moreless

  • Lake View:

    At local park within two blocks...moreless

  • Lakefront:

    adjoining park has lake and a fishing pier....moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    About and hour to an hour and a half depending on choose of roads taken to Daytona Beach to the east or Tampa to the west....moreless

  • Resort:

    Silver Springs Golf and Country Club, for golfing with pro golf shop and restaurant which is open to the Public. Diamond Lake country Club nearby is located just north of us, about 3 miles ....moreless

  • Rural:

    2 blocks from Lake Weir high school, off SE Maricamp Road (CR 464). Nature's abounds with native oak trees with Irish Moos, open spaces; quiet neighborhood, park is easy walk offers pier fishing....moreless

  • Village:

    Ocklawaha village is located 4 miles off SE Maricamp Road on CR 25. Belleview is about 4 miles SW of home....moreless

  • Water View:

    From adjoining park within two blocks....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    The dining are has a wood table and four matching chairs and is located off the kitchen. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Central air throughout the house. ...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer:

    located in laundry room in garage...moreless

  • Garage:

    single car...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:


  • Internet:

    WIFI available in house....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Two sets and additional blankets for each bedroom....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The spacious living room and it's furnishings allow for a comfortable and relaxed living....moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    in garage or drive way....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    no landline, be sure to bring your own mobile phone....moreless

  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Two full sets for each bathroom....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    located in laundry room in garage...moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Plenty of dishes, glasses and cooking utensils....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    The freezer compartment is on the full length on the left side....moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is modern and well equipped. It has granite tile flooring, counter, dishwasher, fridge/w freezer compartment, stove w/oven, microwave, garbage disposal...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    The electric stove has four top burners as well as an oven....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf:

    several golf course within area...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    the property has a large front and back yard....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    for back patio...moreless

  • Patio
  • Tennis:

    at community center...moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.3
from 3 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 - Dec 31, 2016
3 night min stay
$535 $1,500
Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2017
7 night min stay

$650 $2,395
Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
$535 $1,500
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$75 $90
Fri, Sat
$535 $1,500

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning $125
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 7%


Sorry no smokers or pets. Price is based on occupancy of two people. Add $ 75.00 per week for an additional person. Maximum occupancy is four. Owner's cancellation policy charges a 25 percent fee if cancelled and it overrides that of HOMEAWAY and no refunds if cancelled inside of 90 for high season which is January to March. Please cover any unforeseen circumstances via travel insurance.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/19/2016
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50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Orlando or Gainesville
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Se Maricamp Road (CR464) or in Ocklawaha
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Silver Springs Golf Club on Silver Road
12 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
95, 75, 275, 27, 441, 25
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
SE Maricamp road (464), or in Ocklawaha on CR25
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
Daytona ,Ormond Beach/onAtlantic; Crystal River/Gu

Car: Necessary

Ocala is the horse capital of the United States. Many equestrian events take place here throughout the year. Wonderful lakes, waterways offer boating, fishing, swimming, diving, explore underground reefs. Enjoy an abundance of wildlife right in your back yard. Ocala is centrally located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf. Silver Springs River State Park offers glass bottom boat rides to view the many underground springs, pristine clear waters, fish and turtles living there. A museum on the premises shows history and wild life of the area. Wild Water Waters offer slides and fun for young people. Bird watching, hiking and biking trails also found here.

Appleton Museum and the Civic Theater are located just west on I 40 from the Silver Springs State Park. Go east on I 40 and drive through the State Park towards Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach, (about 1 hour drive). Garrits Museum of Drag racing is found of I 75.

Cross Florida Greenway is practically in our back yard. It offers trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, rivers to paddle, archeological sites to explore, historic districts and places to shop.

Crossing central Florida from the gulf coast of Mexico to the St. John's River is the state's premier greenway.

The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway forms the spine of the Cross Florida region. Crystal clear cold springs, verdant horse pastures, abundant freshwater and marine fishing spots, are distinctive historic districts define this beautiful region. It is home to communities such as River front Palatka, gulf front Cedar Key and Ocala.

Downtown Ocala's Tuscawilla park houses the Discovery Center and the Sculpture garden.

Southeast of us I via 441 is the Golden Triangle in the Lake County. Here the towns Eustis, Mt. Dora and Tavares are historic towns on lakes and offer much entertainment (Mt. Dora), good restaurants, boat trips, diving, canoes, shopping, quaint homes etc..

Your stay here is not complete without a trip to the Rainbow Springs State Park, southwest through the horse country to Dunellon, about a 45minutes drive, or Manatee viewing/swimming at Homosassa State Park. At nearby Crystal River you can take a glass bottom boat ride and go swimming with the Manatees, which come to the springs for the warm waters during winter months.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: A retired accountant and now a painter this Ocala home is our second home when we need to get away from the rain and cold winter climate in Seattle.

Why the Owner Chose Smith Lake, Florida, USA:
It's located in warm climate and we enjoy the natural uncrowded setting, yet close proximity to ocean beaches, Orlando and cultural offerings of area.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Quiet, Nature location with much wild life like eagles, song birds, sand cranes, etc.. Park with picnic tables, fishing lake with pier, children's play area are two blocks and within short walk from house. Ocala has a population of about 57,OOO, is the seat of Marion county. Ocala is the horse capital of the USA, where several Kentucky Derby winners originated. Enjoy the area's annual horse racing event and HITS Grand Prix as well as horse auctions etc.. Silver Springs River offers glass bottom boat rides for viewing the amazing underwater crystal clear springs which abound in this area.y Groundvelevel ome with security system and large back yardcik withagnolias, cypress, live oaks, tea leaves, barrel bushes, etc.. Palm trees enhance the front yard. A screened in 20x10 outside patio makes for relaxing outdoor living. This is a quiet, residential neighborhood with little traffic, except locals. The single level spacious home offers a shaded front porch. Entry is into the carpeted Great room offering comfortable seating for four, 42inch color TV, WIFI, DVD player, coffee and side tables, shelfing, couch, three chairs, books, tourist information. Mostly original art decorate the walls; the raised 11 feet high walls provide a very open feeling. Off the living area is the new 2015 kitchen with all stainless steel appliances, modern tile flooring, granite counter tops, counter with two bar stools; the open dining area is located off the kitchen offers a dining table with four matching chairs. From the kitchen you exit to the patio 10x20 feet which has four lawn chairs and a small coffee table.Plants have been planted around this area. From the dining room you enter to a single car garage, which houses the full size washer/dryer, an extra fridge, two bikes which may be used by guests at their own risks. A stationary exercise bike is also found here. The bedrooms are off the living area. The master bedroom has a king size bed, two dressers, three lamps ,

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Front view of our home.

    Front view of our home.

  • Living room area

    Living room area

  • Entry on South Wall, book case with books and games

    Entry on South Wall, book case with books and games

  • View from Kitchen counter to dining area

    View from Kitchen counter to dining area

  • Master bedroom with dresser and door to en suite bath

    Master bedroom with dresser and door to en suite bath

  • Master bath with tub and overhead rain shower

    Master bath with tub and overhead rain shower

  • 2nd bedroom (twin beds can be pushed together to make one king bed.

    2nd bedroom (twin beds can be pushed together to make one king bed.

  • Surrounding neighborhood

    Surrounding neighborhood

  • Park is three blocks from house has fishing pier, play area and picnic tables.

    Park is three blocks from house has fishing pier, play area and picnic tables.

  • On the Ocklawaha River by Dora Canal

    On the Ocklawaha River by Dora Canal

  • At the HITS Ocala horse races Feb. 2015

    At the HITS Ocala horse races Feb. 2015

  • Front view of house

    Front view of house

  • Living room area towards entry door

    Living room area towards entry door

  • 2015 new kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances

    2015 new kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances

  • Master bedroom with king size bed

    Master bedroom with king size bed

  • Master bedroom with view to back yard

    Master bedroom with view to back yard

  • Guest bathroom with tiled bath tub and overhead shower

    Guest bathroom with tiled bath tub and overhead shower

  • backyard 10x20 patio for relaxing

    backyard 10x20 patio for relaxing

  • A climate for easy living

    A climate for easy living

  • our regular visitors--sand hill cranes

    our regular visitors--sand hill cranes

  • Along the Ocklawaha River

    Along the Ocklawaha River

  • The lucky $ 200,000 derby winner Feb.2015

    The lucky $ 200,000 derby winner Feb.2015

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