Sanford Real Estate

    Central Florida is a place many love to call home. Situated on the outskirts of orlando in seminole county is the city of Sanford. This historical city serves as one of the area’s best dining scenes and craft brewing locales in the state.

     

    The city is located on Lake Monroe and with its beautiful location and modern amenities mixed with old world charm Sanford is a great place to reside in the central florida area.

     

    History:

     

    Sanford’s history is a long and vibrant one for the area. The city is on the south area of Lake Monroe which is part of the St. John’s river. The St Johns river is one of the natural playgrounds of Central Florida. The area was involved in the Seminole Wars in the early to mid 1800’s and was the location of Fort Mellon. Because of the location on Lake Monroe and the St John’s river the Sanford area became a point of distribution for the growing Central Florida area. As time passed Sanford became a flourishing area with areas to dock, a large hotel to serve travelers, and a rail station.

     

    Walking through historic downtown Sanford you can see the influence of the prosperity the city has enjoyed through the years. After a fire in 1887 burned down a majority of the historic area it was rebuilt using brick. These are the notable buildings located along the main strip of historic downtown Sanford.

    Downtown Pictures

     

    Sanford Real Estate:

     

    The area of Sanford encompasses many types of properties. Ranging from newly constructed homes to historic homes, Sanford enjoys a range of architectural styles. Historic homes can be found that have already been renovated or there are those waiting for the magical touch of the restoration they deserve. The Sanford Residential Historic District is located south of historic downtown and contains 432 historic buildings.

     

    The Historic District contains many styles of architecture. The main styles being Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Spanish Eclectic, Mission, Craftsman, Folk Victorian, and Prairie. Many examples of these homes can be found down oak lined streets.

     

    Outside the historic district there is resurgence of new home construction to add to the already established areas of the city. These can range from planned communities, to established neighborhoods, large lots with older homes, to waterfront properties.  

    Holiday tour of homes

     

    Lifestyle:

     

    The main reason so many people love to live in or visit the city of Sanford is the connection to the community. There are many areas that encompass the city and make the area an ideal place to live and work.

     

    With the city being located on the historic St John’s River there are many opportunities for boating and fishing as well as waterfront dining and relaxing while the sun sets. There are 2 places that give the public the opportunity to launch their boats and personal watercraft. The most popular fish in the lake are largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and black crappie. If the urge to throw a line hits a boat is not needed. Many fish from the shores of the lake. If you do have your own watercraft there are free marina day slips for use that enable you to walk to the historic area for a meal.   This area of Central Florida is also home to many natural springs that can be visited to see manatees in their natural environment and for a cool down by swimming in the summer.

    Sanford Marina

    Sanford is also home to the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. This zoo is located along the shores of Lake Monroe and is involved in the community with community events such as Boo at the Zoo for Halloween and Brews Around the Zoo.

    Central Florida Zoo

    Historic Sanford is golf cart friendly and houses some of the best cuisine and craft brews in the state. You can take your golf cart through the downtown area to some of the most well known restaurants in the area. Raise your glass to the Willow Tree German restaurant. A live german band on the weekends plays in the evenings on the weekend and you can also visit the german deli and food store for authentic German meats, beer, and treats. The area is also home to an authentic Belgian bar and many craft brewers as well as an exciting array of new food choices.

    If you would like fresh fruits and vegetables to go along with homemade pastries and other goodies historic Sanford also hosts the Sanford Farmers Market on Saturdays. Looking for some community theater? The Wayne Densch Performing Arts center has been a centerpiece for the city since 1923. Hosting concerts, cinema, and plays and located right off historic 1st street.

    The city is always hosting many events in the historic area each month and is very dog friendly. The majority of restaurants in the historic area have outdoor seating for you to enjoy the day with your dog and many of the community events are pet friendly as well. If you would like your puppers to get more active with other pups there is the Paw Park dog park located in Sanford as well. Got a little dirty at the dog park? Paw Park Place is located right across the street and can do the bathing and grooming for you or you can use their self serve area to give your dog a wash down.

    Every month downtown offers Alive After Five, the Food Truck Fiesta, the Art walk, Movie in the square, Celery City Cruisers, and the Sanford Avenue Block Party. In addition to these regular events the city comes alive during the year with parades, Senior Olympics, festivals, Tours of historic homes, and boat parades on the shoreline.

    Sanford is located in the coveted Seminole County school system as well. The Seminole County Public school system is recognized as a Premiere National School District. Central Florida Regional Hospital is also located in Sanford and is a level 2 trauma center specializing in heart care.

    Location:

    Sanford is also conveniently located off the I-4 corridor. This gives easy access to the area’s highlights such as Daytona Beach, Universal Studios, and Seaworld. Daytona Beach with its drivable beaches, bike weeks, and Daytona Speedway are about 25-30 minutes away. Heading west on I-4 will bring you to the theme park area in about 30 minutes. This area hosts Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, International Drive, and the Orlando Convention Center.

    The Sanford area also has easy access to other major transportation opportunities such as the Greenway, Sanford Airport, Amtrak car train, and the SunRail commuter train. There are also many restaurants located off the interstate as well as the Seminole Towne Center Mall.