Oviedo Condominiums

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Population: 32,855
Demographics: Median age is 34.8; 75 percent white, 8 percent black, 12 percent Hispanic
Median household income: $68,874
Schools: Evans Elementary, Lawton Elementary, Marguerite Partin Elementary, Douglas Stenstrom
Elementary, Carillon Elementary, Walker Elementary, Jackson Heights Middle School, Lawton Chiles
Middle School, Oviedo High School, Hagerty High School
Colleges: Stetson University Celebration Campus
Entertainment: Black Hammock Fish Camp, Regal Oviedo Mall Stadium cinema, Twin Rivers Golf Club

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While Floridians pronounce the city of Oviedo “Oh-VEE-doh,” it technically should be pronounced “Oh-
vee-Ay-Doh,” because it takes its name from Oviedo University in northern Spain. City lore has it that
an early settler and shop owner chose the unique name for the city when he filed paperwork to have a
post office established there in the late 1800s. He chose a Spanish name to go along with the Spanish
heritage of the state. After the Civil War, homesteaders came to the area and settled on the banks of
Lake Jesup; but prior to that, the land was inhabited by the Timucua, part of the Seminole Indian tribe.
By the time the city incorporated in 1925, about 800 people lived there.

The town’s history is firmly rooted in its agricultural beginnings and parts of the city still retain a rural
feel, compared to surrounding communities. Early settlers grew celery and citrus, which they sold in
larger nearby cities of Sanford and Orlando. Much of the produce was shipped by steam ships and mail
was delivered by riverboat. The Econlockhatchee River and a tributary Little Econlockhatchee River
sluice through different parts of the city. Perhaps another reflection of the city’s farming legacy is a band
of chickens that roam freely throughout the downtown area. Consequently, the chicken has become an
unofficial symbol for the city.

That’s not to say that Oviedo lacks modern commerce. The Oviedo Mall opened as Oviedo Marketplace
Mall in 1998 and while it has been overshadowed by larger malls in the Orlando area, it offers major
department stores such as Dillard’s, Sears, Macy’s, as well as a 22-screen cinema, Barnes & Noble
bookstore and a food court. For other shopping opportunities, the city has a monthly farmer’s market
held on the grounds of its most prominent historical landmark, the Lawton House, which is also open for
tours during the market, the first Saturday of each month.

Plans have been on the drawing board for a new mixed-used project called Oviedo on the Park, a 60-
acre plan that would bring new restaurants, shops, apartments and single-family homes to the city.

About 50 percent of the households in Oviedo have children under the age of 18 and there are plenty of
family activities to support the demographic. Recreational activities include air boat rides, a hiking and
biking trail, a cattle ranch for things like fishing and barbecues, a driving range and golf course; and one
of the local businesses, Lukas Nursery, offers a butterfly encounter which offers a glimpse into butterfly
farming. Plus, there are a wide range of city parks, the Oviedo Sports Complex, which has several sports
fields and a playground. A separate gym and aquatic facility offers an Olympic swimming pool, a rock-
climbing wall, a fitness room and other amenities.

Oviedo offers a number of good restaurants for those who enjoy a dining out experience. Black
Hammock Fish Camp has a restaurant in addition to being a site for air boat rides; other popular spots
include Circosta’s Italian Ristorante, El Potro Mexican Restaurant, Froggers Grill and Bar and the Town
House Restaurant, which has been around since the ’50s and is known for serving the best breakfast in
the area.

In 2009, Oviedo made Money magazine/CNN’s list of top 100 best places to live in America. Staying true
to its beginnings, the city has a sister city relationship with Oviedo, Spain.