Since the last hurricane (last year—when our power was out for 8 days!), I have been telling myself and talking about moving to a more northern inland part of Florida and eyeing the Ocala area. It seems I am not alone! Ocala is growing by leaps and bounds!

Months ago I had put together a short list of communities to visit, not only in Ocala, but in areas in between Dunedin and Brooksville too, because we have liked things about both of those areas. But the hills of Ocala still pulled me thus, I wanted to at least honor my feelings and come stay for three or four days and give it time and space to see what we might like.

My darling husband found us an Airbnb (which used to be a Bed and Breakfast—no breakfast anymore), and it has been lovely! Even a problem with its fire alarm worked to our advantage yesterday. I’ll explain later.

Here’s what I have found so far, and how I kept track because somehow I didn’t have a pen to mark my paper list, I know, ha, a writer without a pen! LOL


We want amenities and these kinds of places don’t have any, or were not within walking distance to food or grocery stores, which since we no longer have a car (we rented one for this trip), we know is something we want.

Yay!! Possibilities!

I used my maps app to locate apartment communities and drive by, or tour, open units. This worked out fairly well as the list stayed in my app so after we left one place I could quickly move on the next closest one. The blue dot is our Airbnb and starting point and we came back to rest midday. We aren’t used to being out running around all day anymore and found ourselves getting tired!

Most won’t know what units will be available yet, as we aren’t moving until August, but at least we have a feel for what we like, what prices we are going to be paying, etc. And that’s all I anticipated from this trip.

I’d love to rent something near downtown but I haven’t seen anything like that yet. Nor do we want to climb stairs.

This is the beautiful Airbnb we are staying at, and learning/confirming stairs won’t work for us.

Yesterday was our first full day of looking and we thought we would come back to our Airbnb room and take a nap or at least relax. Nooooo! The fire alarm started blaring and we had to run out of the house! We also weren’t sure if there was a fire, so, uh, yeah. But our superhost had warned us and asked if his inspector could come into our room at 10am—I had said yes, because we were out galavanting. By 1:30pm I thought it would be safe to return. Nope!

We sat on the huge front porch for half an hour and it never stopped! I called our superhost and no answer, nor did he call me right back which I thought odd, but figured he might already be on the phone with the monitor company, fire department, or what not. Found out later he was on a flight back here from Boston!

Anyway, we took the alarm as a sign and went back out apartment shopping. I found two I really liked! We came back again at 3:30, after our superhost called us back, and all was well. We got to meet our hosts son-in-law also, who lives a few blocks away and was here to ensure the alarm was silenced. He was extremely nice and when I explained why we were in town and what we were looking for, he offered to help. He fortuitously works with attorneys for apartment community builders! Ha! Fantastic!

To be continued…

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To our better health, ease, joy, and sustainment in JOY!

Sheila “Spiral Sister” Murrey

Peace. Out.

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