|ABOUT THE AREA
The subdivision of DIAMOND RIDGE is located in Belleview, Florida. The name Belleview, which means beautiful view came from one of the original settlers whose daughter was named “Belle”. The “City with Small Town Charm” is the City’s motto and reflects the feeling of the City.
The City of Belleview, located in the southern end of Marion County, was incorporated as a City in 1885. Although Belleview is less than two square miles in size, it is located in the hub of growth, 15 minutes from Ocala to the north and The Villages to the South. Belleview has six main roadways and highways that run through it. U.S. Highways 441/301/27 run north and south through the center of town and to The Villages; Highway 484 runs west to Interstate I-75; County Road 25 runs east toward Oklawaha; Baseline Road (County Road 35) runs north and south on the east side of town.
There are many small businesses and restaurants located in Belleview to accommodate everyday shopping needs. Nearby Ocala is the home of the Paddock Mall which includes major anchor stores like Belk, JC Penney’s, Sears and Macy’s and the new outdoor, Market Street at Heathbrook, which offers an assortment of stores such as Dillards, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Barnes and Noble, Old Navy, restaurants and even a day spa. For fun specialty shopping check out the Market of Marion and Mount Dora Antiques. For mega shopping, it’s an easy drive to Orlando or to the coastal regions.
The Belleview Library was established in 1886 and is the second oldest continuous library in the State of Florida.
Lake Lillian Park
Playground facilities, picnic areas, 3/4 mile paved trail and a mile dirt-walking trail make the park a meeting place which hosts a variety of special events weddings, reunions and birthday parties.
The annual Founders Day to honor the original Founders of the City, is held in and around Lake Lillian Park on the first Saturday in May. Browse the wide variety of arts and craft booths and food vendors, watch a beauty pageant and enjoy some live entertainment.
Light up Lake Lillian occurs soon after Thanksgiving, on a Friday evening, when citizens from all over South Marion County come to take part in the first lighting of Lake Lillian for the holiday season. There are vendors offering a wide variety of food, merchandise and Christmas arts and crafts and of course Mr. and Mrs. Claus. In conjunction with Walgreen’s, children’s pictures can be taken with Santa Claus at no charge.
Lake Lillian, historically known as Nine Mile Pond, has an arts and craft show annually that incorporates the original founders, the soldiers from Fort King, along with Chief Osceola’s Seminole Tribe. Lifestyles of the past are represented by vendors selling jewelry, clothing and food. This is a two day event that is held during the month of October.
Marion County is renowned for its high quality hospitals, including Monroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala Regional Medical Center, West Marion Community Hospital and Marion-Citrus Mental Health Center and Hospice, along with hospitals in The Villages.
Minutes from Diamond Ridge is the 70,000 acre Cross Florida Greenway, which offers walking, jogging, bicycle and horseback trails. The Ocala National Forest, with almost one half million acres, offers unlimited hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking activities. Attractions such as Silver Springs and Wild Waters Family Water Park, Disney World, Universal Studios and Kennedy Space Center are a short drive away. Golfers can choose from a variety of lush championship courses. Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, Crystal River and Cedar Key are great for sightseeing day trips.
Public schools include Belleview Elementary (352-671-6100), Belleview-Santos Elementary (352-671-6260), Belleview Middle School (352-671-6235) and Belleview High School (352-671-6210). Belleview also offers preschool and private schools. Colleges in the area include Central Florida Community College, a fully accredited two year college, Webster College and Webster University.
Water and Sewer are supplied by the City of Belleview (352-245-7021). Contact Progress Energy for electric (800-700-8744), Embarq for telephone (352-245-7021), and Comcast for cable (888-266-2278).