Longwood Florida has a rich and vibrant history. Coastal tribes used an ancient bald cypress tree later known as “The Senator” to find their way over land from the St. Johns River to their trading grounds at Spring Hammock. (Sadly, the venerable Senator burned down in 2012.) Development in Seminole County began following the Second Seminole War, with small settlements popping up throughout the area during the 1860s. The settlement that would later become Longwood began in the 1850s, during the quiet time between the Seminole Wars and the US Civil War which began in 1861. Early settlers traveled to Longwood by steamboat, arriving by way of the St. Johns River. Beginning in the 1870s, these early settlers were granted homesteads and a small community began to develop.
Longwood has come a long way since those days of earliest settlement. It is still a small city, with a population under 15,000, but the great year round weather and affordable cost of living make Longwood an ideal place to raise a family. Once a mainly residential area for those working in other parts of Seminole County, since the early 2000s Longwood has done much to revitalize its historic downtown district. The town also has expanded its borders by annexing surrounding areas, which has increased the resident population. Longwood’s top employers include South Seminole Hospital, the City of Longwood, Comprehensive Energy Services, FedEx, Omnicare, local grocery store chain Winn-Dixie, Consolidated Label Co., Lyman High School, and Coolis Roofing.
Visit the Bradlee-McIntyre House, a Victorian-style cottage house located at 130 West Warren Avenue. The home was originally located in Altamonte Springs, but was later relocated to Longwood. In 1999, the Bradlee-McIntyre House was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places
The Longwood Hotel is located at 218 West Church Avenue. Variously referred to as the St. George Hotel, the Longwood Village Inn, or simply the Orange and Black, the Longwood Hotel is another charming historic Longwood building. Built in 1885, the Longwood Hotel was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
The Longwood Historic District was designated a U.S. historic district in 1990. Located along West Pine Avenue, South Milwee Street, Palmetto Avenue, and County Road 427, the Longwood Historic District contains 37 historic buildings, including the above mentioned Bradlee-McIntyre House and the Longwood Hotel.
Longwood station is a SunRail train station that serves Longwood commuters. Its design features traditional brown gabled roofs with cupolas and faux dormer windows as well as a charming brick facade on the fence along the platforms. Opened in 2014, the station represents a return of sorts to Longwood’s historic railroad past, during which it served as a junction of the South Florida Railroad, Orange Belt Railway, and old Florida Midland Railway.
The median home sales price in Longwood is $239,950. The average price per square foot is $126. Longwood is small but growing, and the recently-established SunRail station at Longwood bodes well for the city’s economic future. If you are interested in Longwood real estate, contact the Central Florida property experts at Authentic Real Estate.