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Get to know Clermont

The land around Clermont is something of a rarity in Florida; here, the great flatness of the rest of the peninsula wrinkles into great rolling hills dotted with deep blue lakes. For most of the town’s history, it was an island in the middle of a sea of orange groves, but as the area grew and the citrus business yielded to tourism, many of those orchards have become communities of gracious homes with boathouses balanced on the edge of the still-blue lakes. In the far reaches, lands that grazed cattle behind barbed wire now graze thoroughbred horses behind endless white fences, and old farm roads (some of them actually curvy!) have become bike trails. In Clermont, there is still room to spread out. As population grows, so does an innovative restaurant scene and plenty of shopping, though the international shopping destination that is Orlando is but a half-hour away.
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Living in Central Florida

Central Florida runs on tourism, but the draw of this place was felt long before a mouse ever got into the act. It’s a land of tremendous natural beauty, riddled with glassy lakes that teem with water birds, century-old oak trees that take up half a city block, and a climate that is ideal about 80 percent of the time — and it’s better than most other places when it’s not postcard-perfect. The region is a mix of former agricultural towns (quaintly preserved) and planned communities (luxuriously appointed), and in between are gardened lots along shady streets and long docks stretching into blue waters. Tourism fuels more than the economy here, bringing in passionate professionals who have created a vibrant food scene and a healthy arts community. Rich with parks, trails, and other recreational opportunities, Central Florida is a paradise al fresco for most of the year. The rest of the time? Well, that’s why everyone seems to have a pool.

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