Homosassa, Florida Real Estate and Community Information

Manatee Homosassa, Florida is a Citrus County community nestled between U.S. Route 19 and the Gulf of Mexico. It is situated along the southern end of an area known as the Big Bend. The Homosassa River runs through the heart of the community.

The 2,600 residents enjoy the quiet beauty of forested areas with abundant wildlife, spring-fed waterways and small town charm. Homosassa's name comes from a Seminole word meaning "river of fishes."

Brief History of Homosassa

Indigenous groups lived in the area for many centuries before the arrival of settlers of European descent. For a long time, the area was home to both the Miccosukee and Seminoles. David Levy Yulee started a sprawling sugar plantation along the shores of the Homosassa River in 1851. His orange groves were among the first to grow sweet oranges derived from sour orange stock. The site was abandoned after the Civil War, but remaining structures and artifacts are found at the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park. Tourism gained a foothold in the Homosassa area in the 1880s. In the 1920s, a public swimming area was established near the spring.

Parks and Recreation

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is one of the most popular parks in the area. The park lies along the migratory route of numerous West Indian manatees, which are attracted by the warm waters and the springs. The "fish bowl" is a major attraction. It is a underwater viewing area from which manatees and many fish species are observed. The original underwater observatory was an iron tank with small viewing windows. The park is also rich in wildlife. Bobcats, black bears, river otters and white-tailed deer all reside here. It is also the home of Lu, a hippopotamus featured in numerous films over the past four decades.

The community is also surrounded by a number of preserves, including the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge that is right along the coast, just south of town. There's also the Citrus Wildlife Management Area just east of Homosassa.

Anglers can choose from a wide variety of experiences, from deep sea fishing in the Gulf to fly fishing on the area's rivers. Kayaking and canoeing are also popular pastimes on the rivers and smaller tributaries. For those that just want to relax, boat trips are a wonderful diversion. For another guided experience that will long be remembered, consider snorkeling with the manatees.

Attractions and Activities

Golf in Florida Residents and visitors alike enjoy recreational scalloping. An abundance of grass flats and warm water is conducive to scallop hunting. The flow of water from Homosassa Spring is also a plus. Every second, approximately 100 cu-ft of water gush from deep underground. This pristine water flows to the Gulf where scallops are found in beds of sea grass in about 5-6 feet of water. Enlist the services of a guide to learn much more about scalloping.

Many Florida residents love to golf, and Homosassa residents need not travel very far to enjoy challenging courses. For example, Southern Woods Golf Club is only a couple of miles from the center of town. The Hale Irwin design opened in 1992. From the back tees, the 18-hole, par-72 layout plays 6,935 yards long. Fairways are routed around white sand bunkers and sprawling oaks.

Just north of Homosassa is the Crystal River Golf Club. Abundant wildlife sightings are a bonus here, with egrets, eagles, alligators and turtles all frequenting the area. From the longest tees, the 18-hole, par-72 course is 6,683 yards long. Ponds, bunkers and stands of mature oaks and maples put a premium on accuracy.

Events and Festivals

Homosassa and Citrus County host numerous festivals and special events throughout the year, including January's Forida Manatee Festival, September's River Raft Race and November's Dragon Boat Festival.

Many residents eagerly anticipate the Homosassa Seafood Festival held in the Old Homosassa historic district every November. Browse the creative and inspiring offering of local and regional artisans and vendors, then take a break at the food court. Enjoy a root beer float or some fresh-squeezed lemonade. Savor some of the fresh seafood like shrimp, crawfish and mahi mahi. Snakc on traditional favorites like funnel cakes and kettle corn.

Homosassa Residential Real Estate

Senior couple This relatively quiet portion of Florida's Gulf Coast is an attractive destination for retirees. If you need more space, including extra bedrooms for visiting friends and family, consider one of the three or four-bedroom properties with more than 2,000 sq-ft of living space. One and two-bedroom homes are typically available that will fit almost any budget.

With Homosassa as your home base, you'll find it easy to enjoy the endless year-round recreational opportunities along the coast and beyond. When you're in the mood for the arts, culture and entertainment that the larger cities offers, it's good to know that Tampa is just 70 miles to the south, and Orlando is about 90 miles to the east.

I'd welcome the opportunity to learn about your real estate goals. To learn more about the advantages of relocating or retiring to the Homosassa area, please contact Cindy Frank.
Cindy Frank
Cindy Frank
8015 S Suncoast Blvd Homosassa FL 34446