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

$15,000,000
Land For Sale
Active
5.14
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
6447 Grandnational Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
SHOPPERS WORLD Subdivision
$8,112,500
Land For Sale
Active
32.45
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
International Drive
Orlando, FL 32821
WILLIS R MUNGERS LAND SUB Subdivision
$7,945,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
8,589
SQFT
10309 Summer Meadow Way
Orlando, FL 32836
GOLDEN OAK PHASE 3 Subdivision
$7,900,000
Commercial For Sale
2.57
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
Address Withheld
Orlando, FL 32821
 
$7,588,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
10
TOTAL BATHS
9,254
SQFT
10242 Summer Meadow Way
Orlando, FL 32836
GOLDEN OAK PHASE 3 Subdivision
$7,500,000
Land For Sale
Active
171.09
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
Address Withheld
Orlando, FL 32829
 
$7,500,000
Land For Sale
2.38
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
E Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32820
 
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$7,000,000
Commercial For Sale
Active
62,369
SQFT
2014 W Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32804
 
$6,900,000
For Sale
0.76
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
9011 Mayfair Pointe Drive
Orlando, FL 32827
 
$6,750,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
8,685
SQFT
10249 Summer Meadow Way
Orlando, FL 32836
GOLDEN OAK PHASE 3 Subdivision
$6,000,000
Land For Sale
Active
1.41
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
6440 Canada Avenue
Orlando, FL 32819
INTERNATIONAL COVE Subdivision
$5,995,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,389
SQFT
10254 Summer Meadow Way
Orlando, FL 32836
GOLDEN OAK PHASE 3 Subdivision
$5,900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
13
TOTAL BATHS
14,477
SQFT
5410 Osprey Isle Lane
Orlando, FL 32819
ISLE OF OSPREY AT DR. PHILLIPS Subdivision
$5,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
12,370
SQFT
9726 Kilgore Road
Orlando, FL 32836
MILLIONAIRE'S ROW Subdivision
$5,000,000
Land For Sale
Active
76.51
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
12700 S Orange
Orlando, FL 32824
 
$5,000,000
Commercial For Sale
3.03
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
1051 W Sand #ONE
Orlando, FL 32809
 
$4,999,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
15,892
SQFT
9200 Bentley Park Circle
Orlando, FL 32819
BENTLEY PARK 2ND REP Subdivision
Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$4,999,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
8
TOTAL BATHS
9,307
SQFT
9275 Point Cypress Drive
Orlando, FL 32836
CYPRESS POINT PH 02 Subdivision
$4,890,000
Land For Sale
Active
5.79
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
Masters Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
ACREAGE & UNREC Subdivision
$4,796,226
Land For Sale
Active
6.12
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
2501 W Taft Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32837