Dr. Phillips Condominiums

DR. PHILLIPSDr. Phillips Condominiums
Population: 10,981
Demographics: Median age is 42.9; 75.1 percent white, 4.1 percent black, 5.4 percent Hispanic
Median household income: $95,335
Schools: Dr. Phillips Elementary, Palm Lake Elementary, Bay Meadows Elementary, Sand Lake
Elementary, Southwest Middle School, Chain of Lakes Middle Schools and Dr. Phillips High School
Entertainment: Walt Disney World, Universal CityWalk, SeaWorld, Hard Rock Café.

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If you live in the Orlando area Dr. Phillips is a hard name to escape. There’s a high school named
after him, a hospital, a charitable foundation, a boulevard, a community park, a cinedome; and the
city’s new performing arts center will bear his name when it is completed. So it makes sense that an
unincorporated area of Orange County also carries his name.

Dr. Philip Phillips, who lived from 1874 to 1959, was a citrus magnate and philanthropist who owned a
great deal of land in Orange and surrounding counties until the mid-1950s. He left a huge legacy to the
city of Orlando. In addition to being a doctor, he developed many innovations for processing orange
juice.

The unincorporated area named after him is often referred to as a suburb of Orlando. It is an affluent
neighborhood located very close to the exclusive development of Windermere and like that community
it is surrounded by the Butler Chain of beautiful sand-bottom lakes. It’s only about five square miles
in size and 30 percent of that is covered in water. The community consists primarily of luxury condos,
expensive single-family homes and multimillion-dollar lakefront mansions.

A family-oriented, somewhat secluded residential neighborhood, Dr. Phillips’ proximity to International
Drive puts it close to a variety of shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues and attractions. It’s also
very accessible to Orlando’s main transportation artery, Interstate 4.

When it was presented to the Orange County Commission, the Dr. Phillips development had the
distinction of being the first master-planned community in Central Florida, dating back to the doctor’s
initial plan in the late 1940s to create a community where residents could live work and play. He
envisioned a community of about 5,000 people that would also include commercial and industrial
development. The family retained a tract of undeveloped land in southwest Orange County that was
known as the Sand Lake area and which had not been used to grow citrus.

It was the doctor’s son, Howard Phillips, who set in motion the master plan for an 18-square-mile area
and submitted it to the Orange County Commission in 1969. Over the years, the homes at the core of
the community have benefited from the development of other amenities that now include the hospital
and high school named after the doctor, as well as public facilities like a fire station, library and water
plant, parks and other recreational features, like a YMCA and Little League. The entire area, near the
intersection of Sand Lake Road and Dr. Phillips Boulevard, today has shops, professional offices and
multi-family housing.

As Disney grew and Orlando attracted other theme parks, the entertainment industry grew along
with the attractions, offering opportunities for local residents. So it’s no surprise that Dr. Phillips High
School has a fair share of distinguished alumni from show business, including former ‘N Sync member
Joey Fatone, comedian and television host Wayne Brady and actresses Valery Ortiz, Ashley Drane and
Amanda Diva.

Some families base their decision to live in Dr. Phillips solely on the schools, which have an excellent
reputation; and Realtors tout the area as one of the finest places to live in the Orlando area. Although
some of the homes are older, the community is well-maintained and its extensive network of lakes make
it popular for people interested in water activities.