Area Information

“To me, Florida is living.” – Jimmy DeMaria


It’s easy to see why Citrus County is known as the Gem of the Nature Coast. Nestled on the Gulf of Mexico, the Nature Coast region is known for its rich history and vast green space. Swaths of open land surrounding the Withlacoochee State Forest, Citrus Wildlife Management Area, Potts Wildlife Management Area, Half Moon Wildlife Management Area and the nearby Ocala National Forest give nature lovers, horseback riders, paddlers, photographers and other nature lovers endless opportunities for enjoyment of Florida’s Natural Wonderland. Additionally, the Nature Coast provides miles and miles of rivers, lakes, bays and coast to explore by boat and promise a fresh catch for each fishing trip.

The Nature Coast region has a long history of agriculture. The land’s rolling hills and lush green space is a picturesque setting for horse farms and cattle ranches. Strawberries, watermelon, squash, peppers and other crops grow in abundance in the rich soil.

It’s easy to own a piece of the Nature Coast’s rich natural beauty with United Country Real Estate. From open acreage to lake-front luxury homes, United Country | Carlton-Royce International, Inc. can help you find the property you need to enjoy everything that makes Florida living great.

Citrus County at a Glance:

  • Population: 143,621 as of 2016
  • Size: 773 square miles, 24.8 percent water
  • Cities: Inverness, Crystal River
  • Incorporated Communities: Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Floral City, Hernando, Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Lecanto, Pine Ridge, Sugarmill Woods
  • Distance from Inverness to Orlando: 69 miles
  • Distance from Inverness to Tampa: 75 miles
  • Distance from Inverness to The Villages: 31 miles
  • Distance from Inverness to Ocala: 41 miles
  • Average daily temperature: 70.5 degrees


Ocala, Florida

The “Horse Capital of the World,” Ocala, Florida is almost directly south of Gainesville, home to the University of Florida, via I-75. The area is served by numerous state highways, surrounded by rivers/lakes and an hour’s drive from either coast.

Ocala, Florida is more than 130 years old and has experienced many historic events including a Thanksgiving Day fire in 1883, hosting the national convention of the Populist Party in 1890 and the development of the first thoroughbred horse farm in Florida in 1943.

The Marion County School Board and Alachua County Public Schools provide a wide range of institutions in the county. The College of Central Florida in Ocala is a member of the Florida College System and offers bachelor’s degrees as well as specialty programs. The University of Florida is the state’s third largest university by enrollment and the eighth largest single-campus university in the country.

Education boosts the local economy with Marion County Public Schools serving as the largest employer in Ocala and UF employing almost 15,000 in Gainesville. Other significant industry includes Emergency One, whose headquarters are in Ocala.

University of Florida Health is the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center. Ocala Health features Ocala Regional Medical Center, a 200-bed facility and West Marion Community Hospital which includes 94 beds.

Northern Florida is tailor-made for the outdoor enthusiast with recreational opportunities abound. Silver Springs Conservation Area spans 330 acres and includes trees, greenery and wildlife for hunting or viewing. Canopy Climber is the first and only tree-climbing adventure company in Gainesville and provides year-round events. The University of Florida athletic teams are also always a big draw in Gainesville.

Cedar Key is the oldest port in the state and features an unspoiled environment, historic streets, bayous and has become a haven for artists as well as writers. World-class fishing, bird watching in the Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge as well as shore trips to the outer islands are popular Cedar Key activities. River Trail and Bottomlands Boardwalk, Dennis Creek Trail, Shell Mound Trail and Shired Island Trail are all also accessible from Cedar Key. Offering 75 miles of water, the Santa Fe River is one of Florida’s most pristine rivers.

Of course, equestrian facilities are abundant with the largest horse show in the country, Horses in the Sun, held here. Hosting that event is HITS Post Time Farm in Ocala. The facility covers 450 acres and features 27 barns, 540 stalls, a state-of-the-art competition ring and 52 miles of four-board fence. The Golden Ocala Equestrian Center offers private stalls, covered round pen, a jumping arena, grass paddocks, a climate-controlled tack room and more.

Regardless of your real estate and property needs, Jimmy DeMaria and his team with United Country | Carlton-Royce International, Inc. will help you find your dream home. Equestrian communities in Pine Ridge Estates offer more than 50 miles of trails for riding. Black Diamond and Citrus Hills offer luxurious homes with country club amenities and award-winning golf courses. Homes in Citrus Springs offer community living surrounded by rich nature. Inverness provides city conveniences and east lake access.

Homeowners in on the Nature Coast can take advantage of a number benefits designed to make owning a piece of Citrus County simple. Homestead exemptions, USDA loans, FHA loans and other benefits available to homebuyers can make owning your dream home accessible and easy. Contact Jimmy DeMaria and United Country | Carlton-Royce International, Inc. to learn more.

Copyright © 2018 Carlton-Royce International LLC ~ Beverly Hills Florida Real Estate
Each office independently owned and operated. The Information provided herein is deemed accurate, but subject to errors, omissions, price changes, prior sale or withdrawal. United Country does not guarantee or is anyway responsible for the accuracy or completeness of information, and provides said information without warranties of any kind. Please verify all facts.