Winter Garden characterizes itself as “A charming little city with a juicy past.” This is a reference to the city’s historic role in the Central Florida citrus industry. Founded in the late 19th century, Winter Garden has continued to grow while still managing to preserve its Old Florida heritage and small-town charm. Since 1903, Winter Garden has been a haven for art, and its unique mixture of quaint old-time charm and modern amenities continues to delight locals and visitors alike.
Winter Garden is close to everything worth doing in Florida. Close to Orlando, with its busy international airport and countless attractions, Winter Garden is also just a couple of hours’ drive from Florida’s sandy beaches. Of course, there’s no need to leave Winter Garden to find something to do. The city’s got old fashioned shops and restaurants aplenty. Whether you’re into history, fine dining, music, or simple relaxation, Winter Garden will not disappoint you. Like all of Florida, Winter Garden has great weather all year round.
With its quaint red brick streets and an historic railroad that runs through the city center, Winter Garden is absolutely filled with character. Visit the Edgewater Hotel, which was established in 1927 and still boasts the original wooden counter tops and fully operational 1926 Otis elevator. Visit The Railroad Museum and the Heritage Museum, both of which celebrate Winter Garden’s rich railroad history. Catch a film at the recently-restored Winter Garden Theatre, which locals affectionately refer to as the “Garden Theatre.” To remain true to the original design, the remodeled theater features a 1950’s style marquee and old fashioned ticket booth. Like much of Winter Garden, the Garden Theatre manages to effortlessly combine the antique and the modern. Winter Garden is also the ideal location for the outdoorsy type. The city is home to the West Orange Trail, 22 miles of converted railroad track that is ideal for walking, running, and biking.
Between 2000 and 2013, Winter Garden saw a population increase of more than 162%. It is a “young” city, meaning that the median resident age is around 35. Winter Garden is a rapidly developing area, but the town has somehow managed to retain much of its quaint Old Florida charm and small-town atmosphere. The median sales price for homes in Winter Garden is $219,600. The average asking price for Winter Garden homes is $337,433. The average price per square foot is $113.
A number of villas and luxury estate homes are among the many new housing options that reflect Winter Garden’s recent growth and ongoing prosperity. Despite its recent surge in upscale housing development, local property taxes have remained affordable. Since Florida has no state income tax, those who work in the Sunshine State are able to keep more of their hard-earned pay. Its great schools, thriving local economy, and vibrant cultural scene make Winter Garden a great place to live, work, and raise a family. If you are interested in exploring Winter Garden, a charming Central Florida town where quaint old fashioned charm meets modern convenience, contact the property experts at Authentic Real Estate today.