College Park is a vibrant neighborhood located just outside of Downtown Orlando, Florida. Located in Orange County, with a population of 19,449, the community combines the quiet, traditional small town charm with the colorful urban convenience. This upscale blend of small town living has been home to many of Orlando's business and community leaders, even the Mayor Buddy Dyer resides here.
John Ericsson, citrus grower, was the first known resident of College Park, building his home amongst the 80-acre grove. Followed by many other settlers, especially with the South Florida Railroad arrival in 1880. The back-to-back freezes of 1894–1895, were brutal on the citrus crops, basically destroying them. A real estate boom came in the 1920's and that is when many of the established neighborhood of College Park were developed. Rosemere, the original name of the area, opened up in 1921, while Dubsdread followed in 1923 and then Edgewater Heights and Anderson Park in 1924. Building off the existing Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Yale Streets, College Park expanded from there. There are many styles of homes in the community, from the modern estates to the traditional Florida bungalows along the brick-paved streets. Most of those bungalow homes were built in the 1900's and today, investors as well as young professionals are renovating them, turning this into a trendy, popular place to call home.
The community of College Park is made up of some of the most award winning restaurants, finest local retailers and small businesses found in Central Florida. The community prides itself on this. With its diverse mixture of residents and an average age of 43 years old, there is a vibrancy, optimism and shared core values in College Park. The main artery of the business district, Edgewater Drive, was redesigned in 2002, changing it from a 4-lane byway to a more pedestrian-friendly, slow-paced 2-lane roadway with a center turn lane. Bicycle lanes were soon added and in 2005, Jim Kersey, College Park resident and developer, broke ground on a new 7-story mixed-use development along Edgewater Drive called "The Wellesley." It includes the "SunTrust Colonnade," a retail space adjoining the SunTrust Bank, with 140 residential units above.
With the proximity of Interstate 4, the area's ease to get anywhere in Central Florida is just a short drive away. Whether you head north to Daytona Beach or west to Tampa, you are at the center of it all. With an estimated median income of $62,864, 48% higher than the city's average, this is a viable area to work, play and live.
The children of College Park are served by the Orange County Public School District. Lake Silver and Princeton Elementaries are the facilities for those attending Pre-K – 5th grade, while Robert E. Lee Middle School accommodates those from the 6th- 8th grade years. The Edgewater High School is where the pupils from 9th – 12th would attend. While 44% of the College Park students attend private academies, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School, St. Vincent's Academy, Bishop Moore Catholic High School and Lake Highland Preparatory School are all close by.
Boasting numerous lovely lakes, Lake Ivanhoe and Lake Adair are the most notable. With their paved walkways, fishing, boating, sand volleyball and playgrounds, they offer an immense tranquil green space amongst the chaos of the city. The community is also proud of the recently renovated and historic Dubsdread Golf Course, originally designed in 1923.
With all the opportunities of a big city, snuggled into a quaint, thriving small town community, College Park is a great place to work, play and call home!
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Updated: 21st May, 2019 1:49 AM.