Clermont is located in south Lake County Florida and is approximately 22 miles west of Orlando. The city occupies 14.44 square miles (9,245.1 acres) and was founded in 1884. In 1916, the City of Clermont was incorporated. Clermont is well known for its’ beautiful rolling green hills.
The historic downtown district is still much as it was 50 years ago. However, with the growth spurt that occurred in early 2000; Clermont has attracted large retail chain stores as well as many smaller establishments creating a thriving downtown commercial center. In spring of 2010 Clermont Landing opened with 20 new shops and restaurants and the first cinema. The economy is centered primarily in retail, lodging and food and beverage establishments with a large focus on tourism.
The city is essentially residential in character and consists of many sub-divisions with various home styles and amenities. There are full time residential properties and resort/vacation properties that can be rented out on a short-term basis. Clermont is also well known for some of its 55 and over active adult communities that are rich in amenities.
The majority of single family home designs are “Florida Style”. These homes are designed to be comfortable and livable in our warm Florida climate. Stucco exteriors with clay tile roofs are popular. The interiors of these homes are designed with open living space allowing for air to circulate more freely throughout the home. Customarily, homes focus on the backyard area, which usually includes a terrace, lanai, deck or patio that borders a pool.
Vacation homes are plentiful and are generally located in gated communities with a wide array of amenities. Typically, vacation communities include attractive resort facilities with pools, tennis courts and activity rooms for fitness and recreation. Some of these communities have their own private golf course and clubhouse. These communities are zoned so that families or investors can buy a property and rent it out on a weekly basis to vacationing families.
55 and over communities are popular in Florida and Clermont is home to several Retirement Communities; also known as Active Adult Communities. The semi-tropical climate and numerous attractions make this area an ideal spot for many retirees, and our retirement-friendly state tax laws help retirees to live comfortably on a fixed-income.
The current population in Clermont is 29,358.
The Lake County School District serves Clermont and has seven Elementary Schools, three Middle Schools and two High Schools. Lake-Sumter Community College and the University of Central Florida also have campuses located in Clermont.
Clermont is home to South Lake Hospital a 122 bed facility offering a variety of medical services including diagnostic imaging, orthopedics and cardiac catheterization, among others. The Centre for Women’s Health offers complete care for women from maternity to maturity. South Lake Hospital is also home to the National Training Center, which provides total body fitness, advanced rehabilitative services and athletic training.
Parks and Recreation
Lake Louisa State Park is noted for its beautiful lakes, rolling hills and scenic landscapes. The park’s most accessible lakes, Lake Louisa, Lake Hammond and Lake Dixie, provide recreational fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Private camping facilities are available and the park has a full-facility 60-site campground with 20 furnished cabins for rent. Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of 13 lakes and is designated an Outstanding Florida Water Way. Gasoline powered engines are not allowed on the park’s six lakes. There are more than 25 miles of trails for hiking.
Clermont is home to nine Award-winning public Golf Courses.
The City of Clermont has its’ own Police Department separate from the Lake County Sheriff’s department. The Clermont Fire Department currently runs three fire stations with Advanced Life Support emergency medical services.
Lynx bus service runs buses from the Park-N-Ride on U. S. Highway 27 in Clermont to downtown Orlando.
Places of Interest
The Florida Citrus Tower, one of the first constructed Florida landmarks, is located in Clermont. The tower was built in 1956 and serves as a monumental tribute to central Florida’s citrus industry.
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards opened its doors in February 1989 and sits on a 127-acre estate in the gently rolling countryside of Clermont. This area was once the center of the State's grape industry. After years of phenomenal growth, Lakeridge ranks as Florida's largest premium winery, and remains a pioneer in the development of table and sparkling wines.