Neighborhood Spotlight: College Park
College Park is one of the best known and most popular neighborhoods within Orlando’s downtown area, and it has been for many decades. Well established, with residents ranging from young first time buyers to seniors, the College Park neighborhood is a great choice for just about anyone looking to buy a home in Orlando. Charming brick streets and tall trees make a perfect backdrop for classic homes and new constructions. With highly rated schools and lots of entertainment and dining options, this area is always bustling with activity. Plus it is just moments from downtown, making it easy to attend special events or get to work from College Park without a long commute.
The popularity of this area can make it harder to find a home for sale when you’re ready to buy, but beautiful classic bungalows along quiet streets can be found if you keep a close eye on the real estate market.
Why is it Called College Park?
College Park originally got its name because of the college and university inspired street names you’ll see as you drive around the area, including Princeton, Harvard and Yale. The first home in the area dates back to the late 1800s, when a local orange grower built his residence right in the middle of what was then his orange grove. The area grew slowly until the 1920s, when College Park officially became part of the city of Orlando and more residents laid roots in the area.
One of the most famous residents in the history of the area was writer Jack Kerouac, who lived in the area in the late 1950s. This helped to establish a literary history in the area and drew attention from other artists and creative types, who liked the area’s classic architecture and walkability. While the exact location where Kerouac lived was once a highly guarded secret, his former cottage is now used as a place for budding writers to work on their own masterpieces.
Things to Do in College Park
College Park has plenty to do, with something to suit the interest of any and all residents to be found along the brick streets. There are quite a few parks in the area, including Albert Park, the area’s hub where you’ll find seasonal events and block parties. Along Main Street, or “The Drive” as it is known in this area, there are many annual events that draw crowds from all over Orlando, like the Jazz Festival in Autumn and Dancing on the Drive in the Spring. Thanks to the easy walkability of the area, College Park is a great place for dog owners and families with small children.
If you’re looking for a home in College Park, the Core Group can help you find the right one. Click here to contact us and start the process of looking for your new home today.