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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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HOPS looking to sell vacant lot for $25,000


A small slice of Ocala is up for grabs.

A currently unoccupied block of land located at 206 NE Sanchez Avenue, in the center of the town's Tuscawilla Park Historic District, was foreclosed and subsequently donated in September to the Historic Ocala Preservation Society by the city.

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Survey tabs Ocala as top ten retirement destination in the US


The US News and World Report recently constructed a list of the best places to retire to within the continental United States. Not surprisingly, the Sunshine State was well represented on that list- a list that featured the seat of Marion County.

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Marion County Real Estate Market Enjoys Major Boom Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic


Despite the novel coronavirus that's been sweeping the planet throughout 2020, real estate in Marion County has been enjoying a demonstrable upswing in the past few months.

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Ocala welcomes Hilton Garden Inn to Downtown Square


At long last, the Hilton Garden Inn has opened its doors in Ocala.

Following well more than two years of construction, the hotel is ready to welcome in new customers. The grand opening was pushed back multiple times due to an array of issues, including construction setbacks, architectural holdups and the COVID-19 pandemic. "The fact that we can open is a sigh of relief,” co-owner Kunal Gaekwad told

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COVID Threatens Local Ocala Businesses


Several restaurant owners along State Road 200 in Ocala are feeling the effects of COVID-19, and some are beginning to fear the worst.

“We had to lay off all our employees,” Todd Sugarman, the owner of Pie-O-Mine, told My News 13 in a recent interivew. “Nobody came in. Then we went to my manager, and thank God he works seven days a week, and we went to takeout.”

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Florida's Choice Realty Enters North-Central Florida market


A new name in real estate has entered the game in the Sunshine State.

Earlier this month, Florida's Choice Realty opened its doors and announced its plans to serve various metropolitan areas across north-central Florida. Among the markets they are set to cover are Jacksonville, Gainesville, St. Augustine, Ocala, Citra and St. John's.

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Home Sales Down, But Prices up in Ocala


On the whole, the housing market in Florida has remained fairly strong in 2020, and that pattern continued through the month of August. But mixed signals are definitely being sent in the region of north central Florida.

This past August, a total of 658 homes were sold in the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area. That's a decrease of 8.1% from August of 2019, and a relatively predictable one in the world of COVID-19.

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Beloved Ocala small business owner passes away


Ocala has lost a small business giant.

"Tony" Wu Li, owner of Ocala's Tony’s Sushi Japanese Steakhouse, has passed away due to complications from surgery for a brain tumor. He was 46 years old, and leaves behind his wife Jane- and one of the most popular restaurants in Marion County.

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Ocala's Mellow Mushroom project off and running


Downtown Ocala is one step closer to getting its newest pizza joint.

Construction has begun on the above 100 year old structure on 2 Southwest Fort King Street for the pizza restaurant Mellow Mushroom. Originally two separate buildings that were combined in 1937 and formerly the home to the Brother's Keeper Thrift Store, Mellow Mushroom will wait while BWC Construction renovates the outside of the building. Brian Caracciolo, the owner of BWC Construction, said that the project will take approximately nine months.

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National retail chains expanding to Ocala


As the state of Florida continues to open up its economy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Ocala continues to grow.

Several national retail chains, including 7-Eleven, Circle K and Starbucks will soon be joining the scene in the largest city in Marion County. 

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Ocala Earth Fare market will return to Shady Oaks Shopping Center


The supermarket chain Earth Fare is undergoing a restart, and that restart will be featuring Marion County.

The company announced that its Ocala store would be its first in the Sunshine State to reopen for business after shutting down all 50 stores across the country and filing for bankruptcy back in February. The Ocala store will open back up right where it was originally situated in Shady Oaks Shopping Center, which is located on 2405 SW 27th Ave. The grand reopening is currently slated to take place in September.

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Previously Owned US Home Sales Enjoy Record Increase In June


COVID-19 has created a great deal of uncertainty in many aspects of life, the housing market included. But the National Association of Realtors has turned up at least one promising sign. Thanks in part to low mortgage rates, home sales in the United States saw their biggest one month jump from May to June since such records began.

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Safety Precautions for Summer in Florida


Due to the many consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are opting to stay in their homes or hometowns for the summer rather than their usual vacation. For the health of others and themselves, the safer option is to limit travel, but no matter the location it is important to stay safe during this pandemic

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CFI sells Amazon warehouse in Ocala for nearly $60M


A 617,000 square foot Amazon warehouse in Ocala has been sold for approximately $58.4M. Marion County property records show that the future Amazon fulfillment center cost approximately $50M to build for the Connecticut-based CFI Ocala Property LLC. CFI then sold the building for a profit of nearly eight and a half million dollars to Lex Ocala LLC.

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New Ocala First Responders' Campus


Construction is now over halfway finished on Ocala's second first responders' campus despite COVID-19 delays.  They are scheduled to be fully finished in October of this year.

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