Just a few miles northwest of downtown Orlando, College Park sits amid over 250+ acres of green land and lakes, including Lake Adair, Lake Ivanhoe, and Lake Silver. Like most Central Florida, College Park started as a citrus grove. In the late 1800s, local grower John Ericsson officially called College Park home, and was the first to do so by building a farmhouse in the middle of an 80-acre Citrus Grove, what is now better known as Princeton Street. With the continued arrival of settlers on the South Florida Railroad in the late 1800s, College Park slowly began to take shape with the rapid development of more homes and businesses. In no time, the quaint neighborhood centered on Edgewater Drive turned into one the most bustling communities within Central Florida.
Now home to more than 11,000 residents, College Park has transitioned from its original roots into much more of a trendy, happening area in recent years but has still managed to maintain its unique sense of community and small-town charm that makes College Park such a unique neighborhood in Greater Orlando. With its close proximity to downtown, College Park offers a unique blend of city life mixed with leisure and community, all within a 3-mile radius. The sense of togetherness and community is truly what lures people in and makes it even harder to leave. Community pride can be felt at the neighborhood's annual events or high school football games, really bringing the College Park community alive.
College Park extends the community feels into its unique restaurant and shopping presence. Several vendors in College Park have been in operation since the mid-1950s. Along College Park's central artery — Edgewater Drive — you'll find historic gems like Orange Cycle and Gabriels Sub Shop (CP vendors for 60+ years) sprinkled next to newer restaurants like Armandos, Tijuana Flats, Bruno's Pizza, and SO much more. College Park's accessibility, combined with its historic yet vibrant community, is why both younger and older residents are drawn to living here - and it is one of the main reasons I have personally resided in the community for 15+ years.
College Park represents what it truly means to be a neighbor and exemplifies what it means to love your neighbor. College Park's wide selection of different-styled homes, brick, tree-lined streets, and many parks and lakes create a vibrant lifestyle and a comfortable place for residents to call home.
If you are interested in making College Park YOUR home, let's connect!
Posted by Jennifer Dollar on