Thornton Park Condos

THORNTON PARKThornton Park Condominiums
Population: 701
Demographics: Median age is 41; 92.8 percent white, 4.1 percent black, 5.9 percent Hispanic
Median household income: $37,577
Schools: Served by Hillcrest district
Entertainment: Dexter’s, Wildside, Graffiti Junction

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There’s a certain irony in the fact that one of Orlando’s oldest neighborhood is often described as
trendsetting,” “stylish” and “pioneering.” It seems to appeal to hipsters as much as it does longtime
residents. The historic cracker-style houses that have long defined the neighborhood have been
joined in recent years by an influx of residents living in residential lofts and renovated cottages among
the many shops, restaurants, outdoor terraces and small businesses. The small neighborhood of
approximately 350 residences even has its own Starbucks.

Thornton Park is centered around Lake Lawsona along Thornton Avenue, just east of Lake Eola Heights.
It’s charm comes mostly from its older homes and brick-paved streets. Another popular draw is its
proximity to Lake Eola Park, which is within walking distance, in addition to Dickson Azalea Park and Fern
Creek, a watering hole for cattle ranchers in the 1800s. As further proof of its historic importance, many
of Orlando’s founding fathers lie at rest at the Greenwood Cemetery, the city’s oldest cemetery, just
south of Thornton Park in the Lake Davis/Greenwood neighborhood.

Because of its location, colorful homes and array of entertainment and shopping venues, Thornton park
is one of Orlando’s most desirable neighborhoods to live. Residents there vary from gay professionals to
urban artists and up-and-comers, as well as entrenched residents who have lived there for many years.
Home styles range from 1920s bungalows to Craftsman-style structures to Tudor revivals.

The neighborhood has a very relaxed feel where visitors and residents can sip their lattes at outdoor
cafes, shop the boutiques for latest fashions, meet up with friends for lunch, or just enjoy the beautiful
Florida weather.

The most recently announced development in the neighborhood is the renovation of the nearly 100-
year-old, 7,000-square-foot Veranda Bed & Breakfast, which is being converted into office and meeting
space, including offices for the Orlando-based insurance consulting firm Risk Transfer.

For all of its residential appeal and appearance, Thornton Park has a very active social scene due to a
variety of restaurants, many of which become busy bars and night spots in the evening. One of the most
popular hangouts is Dexter’s, an artsy café/bar that is housed in a former Publix supermarket that was
built in the 1950s. The neighborhood also has a popular wine bar and Italian restaurant called Aroma, a
barbecue joint named Wildside, a casual burger restaurant called Graffiti Junktion and a few fine dining
establishments, such as Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse.

Shopping venues have a very hometown feel to them with apparel stores such as Marie-France and a
shirt shop named Mother Falcon. Those looking for relaxation can visit the Spa of Thornton Park. And
there is an innovative space called Urban ReThink, which has become a community gathering spot
where like-minded individuals can share interests, attend educational or informative events, share their
creativity and ideas and even enjoy a cup of coffee and sandwich from the adjacent café.