Premier Sothebys Intl Realty
Kelly Lee McFrederick, Premier Sothebys Intl RealtyPhone: (727) 410-3605
Email: [email protected]

Florida: An Animal Lover's Paradise

by Kelly Lee McFrederick 01/06/2020

 Photo by Paul Brennan via Pixabay

To live in Florida is to live closer to nature than you ever may have imagined. For life-long Florida residents, this is something that you grow accustomed to rather young, but for those who move into the state later in adulthood, learning to expect the sight of a lizard in the bathroom or a frog jumping into your foyer as you open the door for the Sunday paper are experiences that may seem a bit odd and even frightening, especially at first.

Part of loving nature is loving the immense variety of Florida wildlife that lives right among the rest of the Florida residents.

If you are an animal lover, then Florida may be the right place to call your home. There are some incredible resources in the Jacksonville area alone to help you get to know incredible animals—some of whom you may not realize are living in your own backyard. For example:

  • The Catty Shack Ranch is an incredibly unique animal rescue shelter on the Northside of Jacksonville, not too far from the Trout River area and the Jacksonville Zoo. It is home to wild cats that are native to Florida, including the Florida Panther. A visit to the Catty Shack includes the chance to watch the cats at feeding time, which is sure to include plenty of roars.
  • White Oak Plantation is another unique experience that gives you the chance to get up close and personal with incredible animals, some of whom are also native to Florida. The plantation has large animals including the rhinoceros and a family of giraffes, as well.
  • While meeting a gator in the open may be terrifying, zip-lining over a family of gators is just plain-old Florida-style fun. The Alligator Farm in St. Augustine is a unique trip for kids and adults, and the zip-line is just not-scary enough to make it the perfect day-trip for the whole family.

In addition to the abundance of opportunities for animal lovers to have face to face encounters with exciting wildlife, the Northeast Florida area is home to pristine trails that are ideal for taking the dog out for an enjoyable walk, state parks that are perfect for going bird watching and open water areas that make it easy to spot dolphins or even manatees at play.  Living in Florida means being open to sharing our space with all of these beautiful and majestic creatures.

About the Author

Kelly Lee McFrederick

Kelly Lee McFrederick, a native of Clearwater Beach, Florida and graduate from the University of Florida, is well regarded and respected as a proven real estate associate for over 15 years, broker associate, real estate instructor and Certified International Property Specialist and now Instructor status. She thrives in the international marketplace and is a member of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America. Kelly Lee continues her passion in real estate with certifications in Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist and memberships in the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations. She travels to approximately four countries a year building relationships and sharing listings and information on Florida. In 2017, Kelly Lee traveled with the Asian Real Estate Association throughout Southeast Asia and spoke about Florida real estate in Singapore and in 2018 traveled with Pinellas International Council to Dominican Republic on another real estate trade mission.

Her most valuable attribute is her client commitment. She believes in representing every client with the utmost in professionalism and proficiency. Kelly Lee brings a wealth of experience and current knowledge to all her customers and is dedicated to helping them achieve their goals, being their strongest ally and proven negotiator. As an experienced luxury home, condominium and town home specialist, with proven experience in development, she is currently listing and marketing luxury town homes in 747North, a new downtown development in St. Petersburg. With continual sales in multi-family and commercial, Kelly is aggressive in marketing all properties. Utilizing professional 3D photography,staging, wordsmith copy-writing and all marketing tools through Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, she takes full advantage of her associations with the top brokerage and social media to promote and reach all buyers.

Kelly Lee has lived and enjoys vivaciously the Florida Gulf Coast lifestyle, from growing up on Clearwater Beach to residing in urban downtown St. Petersburg, she shares it all on her “You Tube” channel.  An avid tennis player, golfer and a lifetime spent boating up and down the Florida coast, she understands the Florida legacy. Kelly Lee is also a generous contributor and member of the St. Pete Chamber of Commerce, a dedicated alumna of the 2014 Leadership St. Pete class, social member of the Vinoy Renaissance Hotel, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and membership chair of Infinity Charity donating time and money to those in need. She is involved with committees that encourage the growth of the community and is a notable board member of the Arts Alliance of St. Petersburg. Preparing to buy or sell your home or property, Kelly Lee McFrederick, as an Accredited Home Staging Professional Master, and past trainer for, is passionate and knowledgeable on the Gulf Coast of Florida and is the choice when looking for a real estate professional serving the Gulf Coast.