Meadow Woods Condominiums

MEADOW WOODSMeadow Woods Condominiums
Population:
 25,558
Demographics: Median age is 31.7; 14.7 percent white, 13.8 percent black, 167.2 percent Hispanic
Median household income: $41,974
Schools: Meadow Woods Elementary School, Meadow Woods Middle School
Entertainment: Family events at Orange County Orlando Magic Recreation Center, Meadow Woods Golf Club

 

The growth of Meadow Woods, the southernmost region of Orange County, adjacent to Orlando International Airport and bordering Osceola County, has been phenomenal in the past two decades. From 1990 to 2000, the area experienced a 132 percent increase in population and almost repeated that growth from 2000 to 2010 when the population increase was 128 percent.

Bisected by the Central Florida Greeneway (toll road 417), the 11-square-mile unincorporated area of Orange County consists primarily of new development with the age of homes being significantly lower than other areas around Orlando. And the demographics of the area yield some notable statistics. Meadow Woods is heavily Latino. Of a total population numbering more than 25,500, more than 67 percent are Hispanic. It is believed that Meadow Woods is home to the largest Puerto Rican community in the state of Florida. The population of African-Americans, 11 percent, is also significantly above the state average. Many residents are foreign-born.

Development in Meadow Woods by the Landstar Development Co. began in 1982 with a plan calling for about 8,000 homes, mostly single-family, as well as schools, commercial and retail centers and recreational amenities. But it was the completion in 1993 of the GreeneWay, the expressway connecting northeast Seminole County to southwest Osceola County, that made Meadow Woods a prime site for commercial and residential growth.

Meadow Woods boasts a higher than usual percentage of males and females working in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry, which is likely due to their employment at area theme parks and attractions. Whirlpool home appliances and Sealy Mattresses also operate large warehouses in the city. Shopping opportunities, like a Walmart Supercenter and a Ross Dress for Less, can be found near the southernmost boundaries of the development, while stores like Target and Home Depot are located farther west of Meadow Woods on Orange Blossom Trail.

There are plenty of dining spots to visit in Meadow Woods, including Palacio Chino and PF Chang’s for Chinese, Mama Romano’s for Italian and Buffalo Wild Wings. Local watering holes include Bar Waldemar and Ale House.

Meadow Woods also offers plenty of sporting activities with a nearby semi-private golf club, recreation center and baseball complex. The 24,000-square-foot Orange County Orlando Magic Recreation Center in Meadow Woods offers a fitness room with cardio equipment (treadmills, bikes, ellipticals), a weight room, locker room and showers. It has programs for youths, adults and seniors. The South Orange Youth Sports Complex is a 28-acre park for baseball and is home to the South Orange Little League.