Thornton Park is a quaint, trendy community in Downtown Orlando, Florida. This residential neighborhood is just east of tranquil Lake Eola and is home to cobblestone streets and many historical homes. There is an eccentric commercial district, which is home to many exclusive restaurants and high-end fashion boutiques, stretching along Washington Street, Central Boulevard and Summerlin Avenue.
The neighborhood of Thornton Park is centered on Lake Lawsona and its historic district. Dating back to 1911, the Lake Lawsona Historic District is a diverse mix of approximately 500 structures that illustrate the growth patterns of Orlando in the first half of this century, mixing residential, commercial and educational buildings. The district is full of a variety of architectural styles, with bungalows being the most predominant, you will find glimpses of Craftsman, Colonial, Minimal Traditional, Mediterranean, Mission, Neoclassical and Tudor revivals. The Orlando High School (1927) is one of those local historic landmarks and is now transformed into Howard Middle School.
With an approximate population of 615 residents, Thornton Park is a wonderful community to call home. With 57% of the population being male and 43% being female, young professionals and urban dwellers create a well diversified neighborhood with lots of multicultural input. The area has an median household income of $ 73,969, making it an affluent marketplace. This cosmopolitan area is home to many exclusive residential high rises, like one of Orlando's most expensive condominium complexes, The Sanctuary. Other luxury condo buildings in that area are Eola South, The Waverly and 101 Eola. With not only easy access to many of the popular venues in Downtown Orlando, Thornton Park has become one of the most desirable places to live, as it is convenient to the East/West Expressway (408) and the I-4 corridor, making anywhere with the Greater Orlando Metro Area just a short drive away.
Having a touch of European influence and a laidback attitude, Thornton Park District has everything that you'd need, right in the neighborhood. From the unique shoppes of Lauren Nicole, Woof Gang Bakery and Regalia to the luxurious salons of Lambs Eat Ivy, Nube Nove, FaceHaven, Ibi Salon, EO Inn & Spa and the energetic Round 9 Kickboxing, Orangetheory Fitness and Thornton Park Yoga, there is sure be be something there to intrigue your interests. There are many professional services offered also, whether it be a real estate agent, an attorney or a dentist, they are just around the corner. For your basic needs, that's covered too, with a weekly Farmers Market at Lake Eola, a Publix and a 7-11 are within the vicinity.
For your dining enjoyment, there are numerous options; BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Seafood, Sushi, Steak, you name it, they have it. For a relaxing evening, you can even stop by one of the local wine bars or draft houses and enjoy some great music and a refreshing beverage. The best part of being a Thornton Park resident is the proximity of all the culture and food places within walking distance.
The community of Thornton Park is served by the Orange County Public School System. Hillcrest Elementary is where the Pre-K – 5th grade students would go, while those attending 6th – 8th grade would go to Howard Middle School and 9th – 12th Edgewater High School. There are many private school options available in the area; the highly rated Lake Highland Preparatory School, Bishop Moore Catholic High School along with Trinity Lutheran School are all close by.
Whether it is the beautiful architecture of the neighborhood or the interesting people walking by, Thornton Park has some magnificent sights and is Orlando's most stylish district for shopping and dining.
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Updated: 21st May, 2019 2:39 AM.