Orlando

History of Orlando

By 1840, Fort Gatlin was built to protect settlers at the height of the Seminole Wars. The Jernigan family established the first permanent settlement in 1840. In 1856, the community officially changed its name from Jernigan to Orlando, where in 1875 it was incorporated into the Town of Orlando and became a city in 1885.

Downtown Orlando is built on land formerly owned by cattle king Jacob Summerlin. The Francis Epps family also contributed significantly to the growth and quality of life in the City of Orlando.

This bustling hub as Florida’s citrus industry evolved into an international tourist destination during the 20th century. Far from its citrus roots, 21st century Orlando’s diverse economy now offers cutting edge, high-tech careers in fields like simulation and training, digital media, life sciences and modeling, tourism and hospitality industries.

Read more about the City of Orlando, Acerca de Orlando, in Spanish.

Population

City of Orlando reports population of 260,168 for 2014, up 22,000 from the 2010 Census.

Median Income

Median household income for 2014 was $44,973.

City Ratings and Awards

Seventh largest research park in the country
World’s largest modeling and simulation conference
What residents and visitors voted as the best in Orlando in 2014

World’s Tallest Roller Coaster, Women’s Soccer, Brightline Coming

Skyplex will feature a 570-foot tall roller coaster with a zipline, surf park, hotel, restaurants and shopping.
Orlando Pride, the tenth franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League, is coming in 2016.
Brightline, All Aboard Florida high speed rail service to connect Orlando with Miami in 2017

City Amenities

Lake Eola – Named after Robert Summerlin’s departed sweetheart, there are several historical monuments there such as:

  • The Eola House
  • The Amphitheater
  • The Chinese Ting
  • The Battle of the Bulge
  • Japanese Rock Garden
  • The Sperry Fountain
  • The Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain, the iconic symbol of Orlando

Other City of Orlando amenities include:

  • Orlando Science Center
  • Leu Gardens
  • Greenwood Cemetary
  • Florida Citrus Bowl
  • University of Central Florida and 25-plus private institutions
  • Orlando Magic
  • Orlando City Soccer
  • Lynx, Lymmo, Sunrail, Amtrak, three airports
  • Convenient to I-4, Florida’s Turnpike, I-75
  • Orlando Shakespeare Theater
  • Fine Arts Museums
  • Four major shopping malls
  • Five-star hotels, fine dining
  • Church Street Station
  • Water sports

Major Events & Venues in Orlando

  • Blues Barbeque
  • Fireworks at the Fountain
  • Veterans Day Parade
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Florida Film Festival
  • Amway Center
  • Expo Center
  • Tinker Field
  • Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

There is more magic to this city than Mickey Mouse and the NBA. Whatever your lifestyle, interests and goals are, an expert Orlando real estate broker can assist you in locating the best neighborhood just right for your dream Orlando home, so you can make some magic of your own.

Orlando Real Estate for Sale

$18,000,000
For Sale
3
Beds
3
Baths
3,756
Sq Ft
9000 Hubbard Place
Orlando, FL 32819
Single Family Home - Pending
$6,900,000
For Sale
7
Beds
10
Baths
14,477
Sq Ft
5410 Osprey Isle Lane
Orlando, FL 32819
Single Family Home - Active
$6,800,000
For Sale
200 S Goldenrod Road
Orlando, FL 32807
Land - Pending
$6,500,000
For Sale
13709 S Apopka
Orlando, FL 32821
Land - Active
$6,450,000
For Sale
5
Beds
7
Baths
15,892
Sq Ft
9200 Bentley Park Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
Single Family Home - Active
$6,000,000
For Sale
9278 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819
Land - Active
$6,000,000
For Sale
6440 Canada Avenue
Orlando, FL 32819
Land - Active
$5,900,000
For Sale
Masters Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
Land - Active
$5,170,000
For Sale
4
Beds
4
Baths
8,662
Sq Ft
8001 Clarcona Ocoee Road
Orlando, FL 32818
Single Family Home - Active
$4,650,000
For Sale
International Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
Land - Active
$4,499,000
For Sale
6
Beds
6
Baths
9,003
Sq Ft
9800 Sloane St
Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home - Active
$4,000,000
For Sale
5
Beds
6
Baths
8,271
Sq Ft
9137 Sloane Street
Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home - Active
$3,750,000
For Sale
S Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
Land - Active
$3,749,000
For Sale
6
Beds
6
Baths
8,183
Sq Ft
5558 Osprey Isle Lane
Orlando, FL 32819
Single Family Home - Active
$3,700,000
For Sale
4551 W Concord Avenue
Orlando, FL 32808
Land - Active
$3,695,000
For Sale
5
Beds
5
Baths
7,044
Sq Ft
5550 Osprey Isle Lane
Orlando, FL 32819
Single Family Home - Active
$3,500,000
For Sale
5600 Major Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
Land - Active
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$3,395,000
For Sale
6
Beds
6
Baths
5,564
Sq Ft
10233 Morey Court
Orlando, FL 32836
Single Family Home - Active
$3,300,000
For Sale
7
Beds
6
Baths
5,679
Sq Ft
10552 Kirby Smith Road
Orlando, FL 32832
Single Family Home - Active
$3,250,000
For Sale
4
Beds
5
Baths
5,414
Sq Ft
9101 Sloane St
Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home - Active