Your new local leader in equestrian and residential real estate
Don Stewart III grew up in Ocala. Maria Walden was born in Ecuador but has lived in the U.S. since she was a toddler. The two, who have excelled as luxury leaders in real estate in Wellington and Palm Beach County, are bringing their expertise and passion to Ocala and Marion County.
Don is the son of Don Stewart Jr., a renowned rider, trainer, coach and judge in the realm of hunters, jumpers and equitation. The younger Stewart says his family first lived in northwest Ocala, then in the downtown historic district. He attended Grace Episcopal School, then Forest and Trinity Catholic high schools.
“I have very fond memories of growing up in Ocala, my closest and best friends are those I made there,” he shares. “I grew up going to horse shows around the country with my dad and the rest of my family. I am very familiar with the equestrian world and have made countless connections around the country over the years.”
In establishing a presence locally, he says he and Walden feel strongly that they can provide the highest levels of service in equestrian and residential real estate.
“With my Ocala roots and strong connections in the equestrian world, we feel there is a great opportunity to help people discover what Ocala has to off er, including the amazing new World Equestrian Center, and find them the perfect place to call home,” he says.
“We’re new here, but we have tons of experience,” adds Walden, who was a firefighter paramedic for The Village of North Palm Beach when she decided to pursue her passion of real estate. “I have a lot of sales in Wellington and Palm Beach County and Don has the relationships in the equestrian community from growing up in Ocala and his dad being a prominent horse trainer in Ocala. And we really believe in this market.”
Stewart and Walden are affiliated with BitRealty, a residential and commercial real estate brokerage based in West Palm Beach.
“Growing up in a horse family in the Horse Capital of The World, I was able gather a great understanding of the needs to perform at a high level of some of the world’s greatest equestrian athletes from multiple disciplines,” Stewart offers. “As a specialist on the equestrian side of real estate, I am confident I can guide buyers and sellers to achieve the highest levels of satisfaction.”
Don Stewart III