Winter Park is the hottest suburb in Orlando. For years, this pocket of land adjacent to downtown Orlando has held the highest median prices in Orange County. With more square footage comes higher price tags; however, smaller homes needing some TLC can still be found for under $400,000. Homes regularly sell in the multi-millions.
Why is Winter Park so highly valued? Because the community is easily the most vibrant in Orlando. Nationally ranked arts festivals, world-class museums, and a lively downtown area are just a few great reasons Winter Park should be on your short list of places to live.
History and Location
Winter Park can trace its roots back to the 1880s, thanks to the creation of the South Florida Railroad. The main attraction to the city, the same today, is the many lakes and beautiful downtown. Rollins College, built in 1885 and located right next to downtown Park Ave, was the first college established in Florida!
Map and proximity to theme parks
Things to Do
Downtown Winter Park is located directly off Park Avenue next to Rollins College. The brick-lined street is home to the most vibrant downtown suburb in all of Orlando. Trendy restaurants and shops line the street, and it is a great place to spend an afternoon. On Saturdays, the Farmer’s Market is bustling in the morning.
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest juried outdoor art festivals, and is nationally ranked. The Morse Museum, also located on Park Ave, holds the most comprehensive collection of Tiffany art available anywhere in the world. Tiffany is famous for his stained glass. Harry P. Leu Gardens and Mead gardens are beautiful places to see the amazing foliage only Florida can offer. The Orlando Science Center is also close by. In short, you won’t be lacking for things to do in Winter Park.
Homes in Winter Park are just as beautiful as the city itself. Home owners take pride in their properties, resulting in highly desirable real estate. You can find every style of home here. From 1920s traditional, to 1940s ranch, to 1960s mid-century, to even newly built modern estates — there is something for every taste. No matter the style of the home, one thing remains common: all homes are beautifully restored and maintained.
One of my favorite things about Winter Park is how different every home is. Every house has its own personality. Even though the architecture is grand and stately, you’re not likely to own a home that looks just like your neighbor’s. Here you can find everything from lakefront mansions to quaint 2/1 cottages.
Why Live Here
Living in Winter Park is a lifestyle choice. The price point is higher, however, other neighborhoods strive to have the sense of community and artistic focus of Winter Park. While other suburbs work very hard to create community among residents, Winter Park has achieved it organically. Beautiful restaurants, gardens, lakes, and shops are just as important in Winter Park as the homes themselves.
Homes for sale in Winter Park, FL
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