Sumter County, Florida, is home to about 100,000 Floridians in the west central part of the state. Much of the growth of the county can be attributed to the success of the The Villages master planned community. The county is named after Gen. Thomas Sumter, a Revoluitonary War hero.
Prehistoric settlements in the area existed as early as 6,500 B.C. The Timuacan people inhabited the region commencing in about the 6th century A.D. Sumter County itself was created in 1853. The Villages development only followed previous attempts at mail order real estate sales in the 1960s and the development of a mobile home park in the 1970s. The concept for what is today The Villages took shape in the 1980s with well-developed and maintained amenities. The Villages is still controlled by descendants of the two businessmen that first sold land here via mail order in the 1960s.
Parks and Recreation
Lake Miona is a 418-acre body of water in the Oxford area. Lake Miona Park offers grills, a pavilion and horseshoe pits. Fishing is popular on the nice-sized lake. Recreation opportunities abound at the 630-acre Lake Okahumpka in the Wildwood area. At the 130-acre Lake Okahumpka Park
, there's a boat launch to accommodate boats and fishermen. On land, there's disc golf and mountain biking. Volleyball and tetherball can be played here.
Attractions and Activities
The opportunities for golfers in Sumter County are many and varied. In Wildwood, there's Continental Country Club
, a picturesque, semi-private track. Sprawling oaks line many fairways, and the water hazards are large. This 18-hole Ron Garl layout opened in 1972. Continental CC hosts events on the Florida mini-tour circuit.
In mid-March, many of those with Sumter County FL homes attend the Sumter County Fair
. Livestock shows, live entertainment and rides attract attendees. The talent show is one focal point of the county fair, and the ranch rodeo is another. There is also a 4-H fashion show.
The prospective Sumter County home buyer will have hundreds of Sumter County FL homes to select from. These range from great starter homes to spacious Sumter County homes for sale with more than 4,000 sq-ft of living space. Those in search of real estate in Sumter County with acreage will not be disappointed. Some homes for sale in Sumter County are situated on multi-acre parcels.
In The Villages community, there are many newer Sumter County properties. Many of these offer 1,500-2,000 sq-ft of space, and they are often modestly priced. Still, such Sumter County real estate often includes desirable amenities like energy efficient systems. A capable Sumter County real estate agent is important, given all the available Sumter County FL real estate in this growing area. Your Sumter County realtor can tell you much more.