If you are looking for a place to retire in Florida where you can buy a single family home for under $150,000. live in a tropical climate, have excellent medical care and are not concerned or intent on being at the beach on the coast, look into Lake Placid, Florida. While lake Placid is not near the beaches of the gulf or the Atlantic Ocean, it is located in the center of Florida and is near to two dozen lakes in the area, many of which offer fishing, boating and cooling breezes.
Lake Placid’s population is around 2000, which is up 25 % over the last fifteen years. The median age of the residents is 31 years, which is ten years younger than Florida’s median age. The real estate boom and bust more or less missed this quaint town known as the Caladium Capital of the world.
The elevation of Lake Placid is approximately 136 feet above sea level.
Lake Placid is about an hour from RSW Fort Myers International Airport, 80 miles From Tampa, and 90 miles from Disney World. Sebring is only 4 miles away and Miami about two hours. Residents are fond of saying they are no more than two hours from anything.
I would classify the house prices in Lake Placid as very affordable. You can expect to pay $150,000 for a pool home in town with the bulk of the prices below $100,000. I just listed a two bedroom POOL house one block off the water, fully furnished for $139,000!
Lake Placid is an ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Lake Placid home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lake Placid residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Lake Placid also has a sizable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 48.20% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Lake Placid include German, African, English and Italian.
The medical services are good with a major hospital chain in the town limits.
If you are looking for a quiet and safe place, retire to Lake Placid.