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


Growth

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).


Tolls

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


West Orange Cinema

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


Lake Meadow Naturals

Farm fresh eggs, milk, meat, and produce


Plant Street in Downtown Winter Garden

9 min drive


Winter Garden Village

11 min drive


Mall at Millenia

18 min drive


Florida Mall

24 min


Disney Springs

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.


Freedom Park

Playground and baseball fields.


Vignetti Park

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.


Public

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.


Private

Innovation Montessori School, Primrose School of Ocoee, Victory Christian Academy, Light Christian Academy, Central Florida Christian Academy.


Higher


West Orange Technical

6 min drive


Valencia College, West Campus

17 min drive


Lake Sumter, South Lake Campus

19 min drive


Rollins College

28 min drive


University Central Florida

30 min drive



COMMUTE TIMES (ISH) | 21 MINUTES


Places to Go


Windermere

13 min drive


Apopka

16 min drive


Downtown Orlando

19 min drive


Disney

20 min drive


Clermont, Historic District

25 min drive


Orlando International Airport

26 min drive


International Drive

27 min drive


Coasts


Tampa (West)

1 hr + 19 min


Cocoa Beach (East)

1 hr + 14 min


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