Located in Orange County Florida, Maitland is a part of the Greater Metro Orlando area. The city is named for Fort Maitland. A military fortification built by the United States Army in 1838 on the western shore of Lake Fumecheliga (now Lake Maitland), Fort Maitland was a crucial supply depot during the Second Seminole War. Although the fort was eventually torn down, the surrounding settlement remained, retaining the fort’s original name. One of the oldest incorporated municipalities in central Florida, Maitland is a popular Orlando suburb.
Maitland has long been a popular vacation destination. This is due to its climate, local attractions, and friendly, welcoming population. In recent years, Maitland has attracted numerous affluent residents who have chosen to make this charming central Florida suburb a permanent home. The city features many lovely lakeside parks which regularly draw many local boaters. The city itself is rather small, with a total area of just 6.4 square miles. Water makes up 1.2 square miles of the city’s total area. Indeed, the city has 21 lakes, the largest of which is the 451-acre Lake Maitland.
Maitland has done much to preserve its fascinating and colorful history. The Maitland Historical Museum, operated by the Maitland Historical Society, is a small brightly-painted building that is packed with local history. The Maitland Telephone Museum, also operated by the Maitland Historical Society, preserves the history of the Winter Park Telephone Company.
A SunRail passenger rail station is located on Highway 17-92 in Maitland, connecting local commuters to the wider central Florida area. Maitland’s growing economy is home to a number of prominent businesses, including the Charles Schwab Corporation, Fidelity Integrated Financial Solutions, EA Tiberon, Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, Worldwide Brands, and the Maitland Center, a business complex adjacent to Interstate 4 that features more than 400 businesses and over 45 office buildings on 226 acres.
Maitland is home to the William H. Waterhouse House, a historic home that was built by carpenter William Waterhouse in 1884 and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The Maitland Historical Society, which owns the house, operates a Victorian era historic museum, the Waterhouse Residence Museum, on the premises. Adjacent to the Waterhouse Residence Museum is the Carpentry Shop Museum. Built in 1883, this structure features a display of 19th and early 20th century woodworking tools. Maitland’s historical corridor features several old-century homes built between 1991 and 1908. Maitland is home to Central Florida’s Enzian Theater, the only full-time independent movie theater in the area. The Enzian Theater hosts the Florida Film Festival. The nearby Maitland Art Center features Fantasy and Mayan Revival Architecture.
The median home sales price in Maitland is $267,500. The average cost per square foot is $135. Maitland’s great location and growing economy have recently attracted many affluent residents. The town has done an exemplary job of preserving its unique and vibrant history while continuing to grow and modernize. If you are interested in learning more about Maitland Florida real estate, contact the central Florida property experts at Authentic Real Estate today.