Winter Park is an energetic city where residents can browse museums, shop in first-rate galleries and boutiques, take a leisurely cruise, dine in fine restaurants and sidewalk cafes and stroll tree-shaded avenues. Over one million guests visit the city annually for many nationally recognized events including the the Florida Film Festival, the Autumn Art Festival, the Bach Festival, the Sidewalk Art Festival, and the Concours d’Elegance exotic car show.

Winter Park Florida water ride and Orlando area propertiesclearThis area of metro Orlando abounds with sparkling lakes and canals in this historic area.  Skirting the shoreline of these coveted lakes are breathtaking mansions of every description.  Beautiful Winter Park includes Rollins College, Kraft Azalea Gardens, Isle of Sicily, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Full Sail Real World Education and tropical birds, plants, and flowers.

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PARK AVENUE includes a variety of specialty shops, carrying everything from fine jewelry, antiques, wine and perfume to clothing, books, coffee and novelty gifts.  Also, includes restaurants, art galleries and salons just steps away from the sophisticated, cozy Park Plaza Hotel. The village green, Central Park, offers a manicured and shady respite from a day's shopping..



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From its humble beginnings as a log cabin situated on real estate between Lakes Virginia and Mizell in 1858, Winter Park has grown from a wilderness outpost in a pine forest to a luxurious haven for snowbirds - a charming section of Greater Orlando in Central Florida. This is thanks to Loring Augustus Chase, whose vision of a planned community with scenic, curving brick roads, charming Mediterranean-style architecture with houses in a park-like setting of Spanish-moss draped live oak, all centered around a chain of 17 lakes.

Recently, ground was broken for the new Hannibal Square Heritage Center which will be home to a center to recognize the contributions of African Americans with exhibits featuring photographs and oral histories.

Theater is also a large part of the make-up of the city. These include the Annie Russell Theatre, the Enzian Theater, the Fred Stone Theatre, the Paper Moon Theatre Company and the Winter Park Playhouse.

To help you with buying or selling your property, contact John Hambrick and Angela Chapman, Orlando Realtors.  They can help you with retirement communitiesgolf course communities or relocation in any of the diverse areas of suburban Orlando.  And, if you're thinking of selling your Winter Park home, they can help you get the best return on your investment with the least amount of stress.  Please visit our sellers page to let them begin the process.

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History
The Farmer's Market, now refurbished to accommodate large gatherings, was Winter Park's railroad station, and contains historic memorabilia depicting the city's roots in the Winter Park Historical Association and Museum. The railroad, dedicated in 1880 by U.S. Grant, opened up this new destination to visitors from the busy St. Johns River area to the east, and by 1882 the city of Winter Park was dedicated.


A few years later Rollins College, the very first institute of higher learning in the state and now rated number one in the southeast, was built. By 1890, the population of the town reached a thriving 600.  Winter Park grew steadily despite a devastating freeze in 1895, and thanks to Charles H. Morse of Chicago who stabilized the town by acquiring property owned by the Winter Park Company. When the 1924 real estate boom hit, the population had blossomed to 2,360. It has been thriving ever since and is now one of Florida's most unique year-round destinations which has remained true to the plans of its founders. Today the city is home to around 27,000 residents and considered to be one of the richest cities in Florida..

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Venues for large gatherings include the historic
Farmer's Market on land just a block from Park
Avenue, the plantation-style Winter Park Country
Club and the elegant Winter Park Civic Center.

Events
Mar     Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
Sept    Annual Creaide Benefit Event at the Historic Winter Park
            Farmer's Market
Sept    Annual Winter Park autumn Art Festival
Dec    Tiffany Christmas with the Bach Choir


And for those of you who enjoy the water, the Winter Park Chain of Lakes are 2,781 acres running right through downtown Winter Park.  Lakes Virginia, Osceola, Maitland, Mizell and Minneola are interconnected with narrow, but relatively deep channels. A public ramp located behind Rollins College provides boat access, but a ramp use permit is required from the City of Maitland or Winter Park. Water skiing and sightseers in pontoon boats may give anglers the illusion that the chain is not a good fishery, but Largemouth bass, sunshine bass, and crappie populations are decent and can provide good angling in an urban setting. Lake Virginia is best for sunshine bass and crappie; Osceola and Maitland for largemouth bass. With the average high temperature in January 71 degrees and the average low in July 73 degrees, beautiful Florida weather allows getting outdoors to enjoy all Winter Park has to offer..


Subdivisions of Winter Park Florida

Annebury, Bear Gully Pointe, Gear Gully. AUTUMN GLEN PH 3,AZALEA LANE, BOILEY GREEM SIB, BROOKSHIRE HEIGHTS, EASTBROOK SUBD UNIT NO 05, FORREST HILLS, FOUR SEASONS, HIDDEN OAKS, KINGS COVE, LAKE KNOWLES TERRACE,  LAKEMONT HEIGHTS, The Langford, LOST CREEK- OLYMPIA HEIGHTS ANNEX, ORWIN MANOR QUAIL HOLLOW, SANDLEWOOD CREEK PHASE 1,SELWYN HEIGHTS, SYLVAN HEIGHTS, SYLVAN LAKE SHORES, The Regent at Winter Park, VISTAS AT LAKE HOWELL, WINDSONG, ELIZABETH'S WALK, WINTER PARK ESTATES SEC 3, WINTER PARK PINES, WINTER PARK PINES UNIT 3, WINTER PARK PINES UNIT 4, WINTER PARK WOODS CONDO, WINTER WOODS UNIT 03, WOODCREST WOODCREST UNIT 01, Chateaux du Lac, College Quarter, Hannibal Square, Northwood Circle, Park Grove, The Plymouth, Sevilla, Waterbridge,.

City Parks
Cady Way Park, Central Park, Dinky dock park, Fleet Peeples Park, Kraft Azalea Gardens, lake Island Park, Mead Garden, Phelps Park, Shady Park, Ward Park
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