Winter Garden Condominiums

WINTER GARDENWinter Garden Condominiums
Population: 35,287
Demographics: Median age is 35.2; 68.8 percent white, 16 percent black, 22 percent Hispanic
Median household income: $57,217
Schools: Dillard Street Elementary School, Lake Whitney Elementary School, Maxey Elementary School,
Tildenville Elementary School, Whispering Oak Elementary School, Bridgewater Middle School, Lakeview
Middle School, West Orange High School, Westside Technology School; private schools are Calvary
Christian School, Family Christian School, Foundation Academy,
Entertainment: Garden Theatre, Central Florida Railroad Museum

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Although Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one of the major theme parks in the entertainment conglomerates
Central Florida stable, is located nearby, Winter Garden isn’t a typical tourist destination, maintaining
a small-town atmosphere that attracts young families and a diverse population to live there. About 40
percent of the nearly 13,000 households are families with children under 18.

Located 14 miles west of Orlando and bordered to the north by Lake Apopka, the city has seen an
explosive growth over the last decade. The population increased some 140 percent and currently about
35,000 residents live there. The residential growth has been coupled with commercial expansion,
including the opening of a major, open-air shopping mall called Winter Garden Village at Fowler Green,
a center that measures more than 1 million square feet and contains retailers such as Target, Lowe’s,
Best Buy, Ross and Old Navy.

Winter Garden’s downtown district maintains a more quaint quality with brick-lined streets and historic
structures, many of which have been renovated since 2000. The makeover has breathed new life into
the area with additional shopping outlets and specialty boutiques — Every Little Girl’s Dream, JR’s Attic
and the Downtown Herbe Shoppe — as well as businesses that sell hardware and farming suppliers.

Illustrating the strong sense of community, the city runs a non-profit, co-op garden that allows residents
to share the experience of growing healthy foods, providing for the needy and learning about gardening.
The Winter Garden Community Garden is located on the corner of 9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
and is open to all residents depending on plot availability.

Culture also plays a large part in the city’s tight-knit fabric. Live theater has been resurrected in Winter
Garden with the renovation of the Garden Theatre, which has long been an architectural landmark in
the city, but was closed for many years. A textbook example of the Mediterranean Revival style and
built in 1935, the theater’s auditorium was modeled after a Spanish courtyard. The city purchased the
building in 2002 and turned its renovation over to the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. It reopened
in 2008 as a venue for plays, concerts, movies and community events.

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation also operates two museums in Winter Garden. Visitors can
learn about the city’s past at the Heritage Museum, which as a collection of more than 5,000 artifacts.
The Central Florida Railroad Museum is dedicated to showing the influence the railroad has had in the
development of Florida.

Because of the number of families with children living in the city, Winter Garden is served by a
great number of schools, both public and private. In addition to numerous preschools, there are 10
elementary schools, six middle schools and five high schools. Among the largest public schools are
Bridgewater Middle School, Lakeview Middle School and West Orange High School.

For those who like to dine out, Winter Garden has plenty of choice restaurants that serve a variety of
cuisines. Some of the more popular destinations include Chef’s Table, Al Fresco, 4Rivers Smokehouse,
Taquitos Jalisco and The Tasting Room at Edgewater.

Because of Central Florida’s beautiful weather, Winter Garden is a perfect spot for those who love the
great outdoors. There are more than a dozen public parks and recreational areas, including public pools,
a downtown splashpad, sports fields, picnic areas, a boat ramp, playgrounds and tennis courts. The city
is also surrounded by a number of popular golf courses and the West Orange Trail system for hiking and
bike riding cuts right through downtown.