A vibrant urban community
College Park is one of Orlando’s most distinct and vibrant neighborhoods. Situated just north of downtown, this affluent area has long been a residential hub for the city’s working professionals. Though it’s practically in the heart of the city, this area is known for being a lush, green oasis with plenty of open spaces to explore and a general small-town atmosphere. Residents get the best of both worlds: all the great amenities of Orlando with the quaint charm of farther suburbs. Architecturally, the area is known foremost for its iconic mid-century bungalows, which are stylish, modestly-sized homes—many of which have been renovated and modernized. Living in College Park puts everything you could need right at your fingertips, and the neighborhood offers many exciting events to keep residents entertained.
While there are certainly families, seniors, and students living in College Park, its most common demographic is young professionals who work in Orlando’s corporate hub just south of the neighborhood. Easy commutes and a thriving arts, culture, and nightlife scene make College Park a great community for those who want the best of what Orlando has to offer right outside of their front door. That said, most residents leave the bustle and fast pace of the city behind when they come home to College Park. It’s a quiet neighborhood with plenty of Florida charm and a friendly atmosphere.
Located in a remodeled home with a quiet garden, K Restaurant is a favorite for its delicious entrées made from locally-sourced ingredients. If you’re an avid golfer or just appreciate a good drink with an even better view, is a great spot for a night out with friends to enjoy a warm, clubhouse-like atmosphere.
If you’re looking for furniture to fill your new space, browse Organica Furniture, a friendly shop full of beautiful pieces made from reclaimed wood. Great gifts and home décor can also be found in the masterfully-curated selection at Annabelle & Co, a locally-owned small business.
One of the most fascinating activities you can enjoy is the College Park Tour of Homes, where residents and visitors are given the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and well-designed houses in the area. From historic homes, picture-perfect mid-century bungalows, and feats of modern design, these tours offer a closer look at the diverse architectural inspirations that give College Park its unique character. Another must-see for those with an interest in art and design is the . Founded in 1924, the museum’s mission is to inspire and educate the community on all things art. They feature a variety of great exhibitions and regularly host special events.
There are plenty of events that bring the community together, but one notable favorite is the College Park Jazz Fest. Featuring several bands and multiple stages, this annual festival brings some of the best jazz musicians to College Park. You can rent a VIP table for a group to enjoy the shows, browse the local shops, and enjoy food trucks with a variety of delicious food and drink options. For more performances, you can get a ticket to one of the many shows at the , which hosts live comedy, music, and stage plays.
College Park is served by the Orange County Public Schools District.
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