While most people know Orlando for more modern highlights, like Disney World and Universal Studios, there is actually a lot of local history within the city that dates back as far as the late 1800s. If you are looking for a unique home with a different style, there are many places to start looking. Here is a quick overview of some of the most popular Orlando neighborhoods that have an interesting and long history, where you are most likely to find a unique home with plenty of character.

Colonial Town

Location: North of Orlando Executive Airport, bordered by Druid Lake to the north.

Colonial Town is a neighborhood that was settled in the early part of the 1900s. It sat undeveloped until  the 1940s, when population in Orlando grew and started to demand more residential neighborhoods. For the next twenty years, more homes sprung up in the area, with bungalows and craftsman inspired residences being the most popular styles within the area. This gives the distinct advantage of homes having a yard and front porch most of the time.

College Park

Location: North of West Colonial Drive, bordered by I4 to the east and Minnesota Avenue to the north.

Homes in College Park can date as far back as the 1890s, where residences started to pop up in the middle of what was then an orange grove. Later, in the 1920s, the area was made an official part of Orlando, more residents ventured to the area. Streets in the area were named after famous schools across the nation, including Ivy League institutions. This established an emphasis and importance on education and the literary arts. Famous author Jack Kerouac once called the area home, leading to a literary fund to encourage local authors that still has roots in the area.


Location: Around the Amway Center, bordered by West Central Boulevard to the North, West Gore Street to the South and Orange Blossom Trail to the West.

The Parramore community holds on to many of the traditions that made the area unique. Residences in the area can date back to the late 1880s when families moved in as Orlando started to become a more vibrant city. Originally, the area was a location that helped the co-existence between more wealthy residents of nearby neighborhoods and their employees. While the history of the area is marred by the Jim Crow era and the injustices that happened to residents during that time, there are still many unique traditions handed down from past eras to make residents proud.

If you want to move to one of Orlando’s historic neighborhoods, The Core Group can help you find the right place to move into. Click here to contact us and get started.