What Makes North Orlando Special
With miles of flowing rivers and acres of scenic parks, North Orlando showcases the natural beauty of Central Florida. Need something fun to do this weekend? Book an airboat ride with Black Hammock Adventures or bike around the quaint town of Sanford. Head to the Enterprise Heritage Center and Museum and Gallery on First for a taste of local art and culture. Plus, if you want to bring your furry friend with you, most of the state parks in North Orlando, including Wekiwa Springs State Park, allow dogs to visit. Thanks to the nearby golf courses, shopping centers, spas, and restaurants, North Orlando is the perfect spot for the whole family!
Favorite Spots in Northwest Orlando
Now, let’s take a closer look at four of our favorite spots in Northwest Orlando.
Lake Mary has a population of just over 16,000 and a sparse suburban feel. Residents enjoy well-planned communities, good public schools, and a variety of shopping and restaurant options.
Residents enjoy the peaceful vibe and rural spirit of this unincorporated town, which is full of wildlife and open space. For amenities, they head to nearby Mount Dora and Sanford.
Apopka is filled with small town charm, locally-owned businesses, and tree-lined neighborhoods. Plus, it’s one of Central Florida’s top destinations for outdoor recreation with numerous lakes, springs, and natural land areas.
Residents of Mount Dora enjoy beautiful, waterfront downtown that features shopping and dining as well as seasonal festivals. It's a lovely spot for dog owners, as the city is very pet-friendly!
The History of Orlando
In 1838, in the midst of the Seminole Wars, the United States Army built Fort Gatlin in an effort to protect the people who had settled just south of present-day Orlando. A small community soon developed there, called Jernigan in honor of the Jernigan family, who established the area’s first permanent settlement. By 1856, as the community grew into the northern territory, the name was changed to Orlando. The town, with 85 residents, was incorporated in 1875.
There are four stories told about the inspiration behind the name Orlando. In the first tale, Judge James Speer, who played an important part in securing Orlando as the county seat, named the city after a man who previously worked with him. The second story claims that Judge Speer used a character in Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It for inspiration. The third anecdote argues that Mr. Orlando, during a trip to Tampa, got sick, died, and was buried in the community. Following his death, travelers would say, “There lies Orlando” as they passed through the town. In the fourth and final story, during the Seminole Wars, after fighting back the Indians near Lake Minnie (now Cherokee), soldiers spent the night in the area. Sentinel Orlando Reeves was standing guard when he noticed a floating log and realized it was a disguised Indian. He fired his gun, warning his fellow soldiers of the ambush, and then died by the Indians’ arrows. He was buried near Lake Eola, which is now part of a public park in Downtown Orlando.
For more information about North Orlando and surrounding areas, check out our blog series,
Thinking About Relocating to Central Florida? Find the Right Neighborhood for You!
Part 1: West Orlando
Why It's Important to Maintain Your Property
Maintaining your home can help you save money on down-the-line repairs and prevent small problems from spiraling out of control. The climate in Central Florida makes maintenance particularly important. It’s no surprise that, thanks to heat and humidity, hurricanes and hail, the weather here is hard on your property! Plus, home owners have to contend with flooding, settlement (because we live on a sandbar), mold, and moisture. Consistent upkeep ultimately saves you both time and money.
As a homeowner, when it comes time to sell your house, you want the highest price possible. And the only way to make that happen is to present your house in the best condition possible.
For my full list of tips as well as the average lifespan of materials and appliance, check out my blog posts:
Home Maintenance Tips
Inspect the roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks.
Remove debris from your gutters and downspouts.
Have your air conditioning system serviced.
Clean refrigerator and freezer coils.
Check your kitchen and bathrooms for leaks.
Prune trees and shrubs.
Check your fireplace for damage or hazards and clean the fireplace flues.
Check the doors and windows for cracks or gaps and seal with weather stripping or caulk if needed.
Inspect the roof, gutters, and downspouts for damage.
Clean drains in sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers.