Ocoee Neighborhood Guide
Updated: Oct 9, 2019
SCOPE | AN UNDERSTATED, UP & COMING SUBURB
Ocoee sits in the center of it all with the open land of Apopka to the north, the vibrancy of downtown Orlando to the east, the elegance of Windermere to the south and the charm of Winter Garden to the west. Built along the southeast shore of Lake Apopka back in the early twentieth century, this community has enjoyed sporadic, organic growth over the last century, becoming an expanse of affordable homes and some great schools.
FEEL | HOMEY
A day in the life could look like. . .
Wake up early for breakfast in downtown Winter Garden. Enjoy a short drive to work. Visit a favorite “hole-in-the-wall” spot for lunch break. Arrive home to meet the kids at the bus stop in the late afternoon • spend the evening grilling out in the backyard. Opt for a spontaneous weeknight movie with the family at West Orange Cinema.
ARCHITECTURE | FLORIDA BUNGALOW & CONTEMPORARY
This area hosts a wide range of homes. Some of the newer developments champion a contemporary style with moderate-sized lots and floor plans, while others (particularly those around Lake Starke and the more historic blocks) channel a more Old Florida feel with low ceilings, mossy trees, and sunrooms.
MARKET | TBD
WHAT TO EXPECT | CHANGE
With the successful revitalization of historic Winter Garden as inspiration, the city of Ocoee has drawn up vibrant plans for its downtown district. This plan, established in 2017, includes—among other things—remodeled streets and several new pedestrian trails, a boardwalk and splash pad, a wedding garden, and a performance pavilion.
WHAT MAKES IT UNIQUE | ECLECTICNESS
Because the suburb’s growth happened over a stretch of time rather than through a single planned effort, a variety of residence (and residents) styles can be found.
PRACTICALLY SPEAKING | GROWTH, TOLLS, & AN UNFORTUNATE PAST
All good growth requires patience with roads and such under construction and
heralds raised values (along with a potential higher cost of living one day).
To enjoy the accessibility to all corners of Central Florida get thyself a Sunpass.
An Unfortunate Past
You may hear bits and pieces of town history. Unfortunately, it suffered a historic episode of racism in the 1920s. Time and intentional community efforts over the last half-century have helped it recover, bringing in a new and growing diversity.
NEIGHBORHOOD LANDMARKS | GATHERING SPACES
Locally owned cinema with a dine-in theater
Ocoee Lakeshore Center
Bill Breeze Park and community event space
Events & Festivals
Food Truck Fridays and Movies in the Park, Annual Spring Fling, Founders’ Day Festival
EATS | LOCAL LOVE
Breakfast & Coffee
Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, Houseblend Cafe, Starbucks.
Bites & Beverages
Franco’s Pizzeria, That One Spot, Taco Norento, The Ocoee Taco Company, Bangkok Thai Passion, Sobik’s Subs of Ocoee, Elli Lou’s Brews & BBQ, Toll Road Brewing Company, West Orange Creamery & Soda Fountain, Yellow Dog Eats.
The Finer Side
RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar, 269 West Wine Lounge
SHOPPING | JUST CLOSE ENOUGH TO EVERYTHING
Farm fresh eggs, milk, meat, and produce
Plant Street in Downtown Winter Garden
9 min drive
11 min drive
18 min drive
29 min drive
PARKS & REC | PARKS ON PARKS ON PARKS
West Orange Trail
22 mile-long multi-use, paved trail.
Prairie Lake Park
Fishing, basketball court, pavilion, picnic area, playground, volleyball, walking paths.
Parkside Coventry Park
Basketball court, tennis court, pavilion, picnic area, playground.
Jim Beech Recreation Center
Family aquatic center, open gym, volleyball, basketball, summer after school programs.
Bill Breeze Park
Picnic area, gazebo, and dock along Starke Lake.
Tiger Minor Park
Pavilion, picnic area, playground, tennis courts.
Playground and baseball fields.
Recreational center, picnic area, playground, tennis courts, baseball fields.
SCHOOLS | PUBLIC & PRIVATE
Ocoee has 10 top public schools. Average student:teacher ratio of 18:1.
Ocoee Elementary School, Hope Charter School, Renaissance Charter School at Crown Point, Citrus Elementary School, Westbrooke Elementary School, Thornebrooke Elementary School, Spring Lake Elementary School, Orange County Elementary, Ocoee Middle School, Legacy Charter High School, Ocoee High School.
Innovation Montessori School, Primrose School of Ocoee, Victory Christian Academy, Light Christian Academy, Central Florida Christian Academy.
West Orange Technical
6 min drive
Valencia College, West Campus
17 min drive
Lake Sumter, South Lake Campus
19 min drive
28 min drive
University Central Florida
30 min drive
COMMUTE TIMES (ISH) | 21 MINUTES
Places to Go
13 min drive
16 min drive
19 min drive
20 min drive
Clermont, Historic District
25 min drive
Orlando International Airport
26 min drive
27 min drive
1 hr + 19 min
Cocoa Beach (East)
1 hr + 14 min