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Grammy winner sells massive Ocala estate


A massive estate that belongs to Grammy winner Olga Tanon and that spans 26 acres is up for sale in the middle of Ocala.

The property comes equipped with an enormous equestrian setup that should satisfy the desires of any individual who loves horses. Since 2013, the property belonged to Tanon and her husband, Billy Denizard, where they raised and trained horses. But eight years later, and the couple says that it's time for them to embark on the next journey of their lives, and turn the equestrian center- and the property- over to someone else.

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Ocala restaurants receive COVID aid


31 different restaurants in the town of Ocala, FL received substantial financial aid from the United States government in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ocala Housing Market Begins Cooling Off


In recent months, the housing market in Ocala, FL, exploded beyond some experts' understanding. The boom was noticeable, yet somewhat predictable: in the early months of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, it was understandable that the housing market would not be doing so well. But after the initial months of the pandemic inflicted some damage to the housing market in Ocala, the market roared back to life- leaving observers wondering just how strong it could become.

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Ocala Jockey Club bought by WEC


The World Equestrian Center has bought the Ocala Jockey Club in the northern part of Marion County. The purchase officially ends a search for a new owner that has spanned over two and a half years.

The Jockey Club property, which is located at 8720 W. County Road 318 in Reddick, features just shy of a thousand acres of land, and is billed as boasting a "rich history in hosting top equestrian events." The World Equestrian Center buying the Jockey Club has also spawned a new official name for the property: The World Equestrian Jockey Club.

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Former MLB Star Sells Ocala Estate For Over $6M


A former Major League Baseball star has sold his massive Ocala property to South Florida businessman Benjamin Leon for just over $6 million.

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Members of Ocala's senior community upset by plans for new adjacent neighborhood


Members of a retirement community in Ocala are perturbed by the city's plans to build a new community directly adjacent to their current homes.

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Ocala housing market keeps booming


Though the housing market in Marion County took a somewhat predictable dip in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the market has since come roaring back to life. And with the latest numbers from the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors, the suggestion is that the market won't stop booming any time soon.

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Construction begins on massive Ocala warehouse


A new warehouse is coming to Ocala.

Red Rock Development, the company that was responsible for recently building the Amazon facility in Ocala, has broken ground at the site of a future warehouse located at 3100 44th Northwest Ave. The warehouse is expected to eclipse one million square feet.

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Forestar Real Estate to petition city of Ocala for CDD classification on new community


Forestar Real Estate Group, Inc., the company behind The Ridge at Heathbrook, is planning to petition the city of Ocala to change the classification status on its latest project.

The Ridge at Heathbrook, a residential housing development that the city green-lit in 2020, will feature nearly 400 new homes when it's complete. Construction of the new community is ongoing, and broken up into phases, the first of which will see 135 residential units erected.

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Ocala Ranch continues fight to build new community


In 2017, the Marion County Commission struck down Ocala Ranch's plans to build a large community in the town of Ocala, even though the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended its approval. Ocala Ranch responded by filing a civil suit that sought over $20 million in damages, and not much has happened in the dispute since.

But then in mid-May, Ocala Ranch changed tactics, and began to seek a different venue in which to continue its legal battle.

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Marion County to add massive amounts of warehouse space


By May of 2022, Marion County is expected to add approximately five million feet worth of warehouse space. The move comes as construction companies are banking on the county to become the distribution lynchpin of the Sunshine State. The expansion is going to mean that the county will more than double the amoung of space that is currently occupied by distribution centers.

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Chicken Salad Chick comes to Ocala


As things begin to open back up and Marion County begins to look toward a post coronavirus world, a new restaurant is set to enter the market.

Chicken Salad Chick, which describes itself as a fast chicken salad restaurant that serves up, "Delicious, scratch-made, Southern-style, craveable favorites served from the heart," is coming to Ocala.

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Expansion Coming to Ocala Hospital


Late last month, a group of masked men and women in business attire posed for pictures holding shovels just outside the West Marion Community Hospital. The occasion? That hospital is set to receive a notable expansion- an expansion that many hope takes a step toward the goal of providing those in Marion County with the best care possible.

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Jumbolair Aviation Estates Sold for nearly $10M


 Jumbolair Aviation Estates, an enormous compound in Ocala that features over 500 acres of land, a private airplane hangar and what some have called the longest private paved runway in America, has been sold for $9.5M.

The compound that was once owned by the Vanderbilt family as a massive horse farm now finds itself in the hands of Jumboland Development, LLC. Records for the Florida Division of Corporation show that the Melbourne based company is managed by Robert and Debra Bull.

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Mammoth Ocala compound for sale


An enormous Ocala estate is now on the market.

The Waldrep family has placed its 195 acre property for sale with an asking price of $12 million. Linda Doyle of Royal Shell Real Estate LLC. is notated as the listing agent.

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Single family home prices experience January uptick, but total sales fall


A report from the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors indicates mixed news for the local single family housing market.

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Ocala now boasts the largest equestrian complex in the US


Ocala is now home to the largest equestrian complex in the United States. The World Equestrian Center is conveniently located on 378 acres with captivating indoor and outdoor arenas, stabling, chapel, veterinarian clinic, luxurious accommodations and more.

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New YMCA Complex Coming to Ocala


A two and a half million dollar project to build a new YMCA complex in Ocala is officially underway.

Board members and staff of the Y broke ground in late January at the site of the future sports complex, which is being referred to as an "airnasium."

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Two national restaurant chains plan to open shop in Ocala


A pair of new chain restaurants are coming to Ocala.

Storming Crab Boil Cajun Seafood, a casual dining, family owned national seafood chain with a Louisiana flare, is set to replace Ruby Tuesday's at 3500 SW College Road. Records say that Storming Crab plans to invest approximately $20,000 worth of new kitchen equipment in the existing building.

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Ocala Star-Banner building sold for $5 million


The Ocala Star-Banner building, located at 2121 SW 19th Avenue Road, has been purchased by IRG Florida, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the California-based Industrial Realty Group, LLC.

Gannett, which owns the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper, sold the Star-Banner building as part of a package deal to Industrial Realty Group, LLC. The other buildings included in the deal are all located in different states. The Star-Banner building in Ocala itself was valued at $5 million within the deal, which was finalized on the last week of December 2020.

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