Winter Park Condominiums

WINTER PARKWinter Park Condominiums
Population: 28,398
Demographics: Median age is 44.3; 86.9 percent white, 7.6 percent black, 7 percent Hispanic
Median household income: $59,278
Schools: Eastbrook Elementary School, Lakemont Elementary School, Brookshire Elementary School,
Killarney Elementary School, Aloma Elementary School, Winter Park High School, Lake Howell High
School, Winter Park 9th Grade Center; there are also 14 private schools in Winter Park
Colleges: Rollins College, Central Florida College, Florida Institute of Animal Arts, Winter Park Tech,
Herzing University, Academy of Professional Careers, Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico-Orlando
Campus
Entertainment: Regal Winter Park 20-screen cinema, Bonkerz Comedy Club, Winter Park Sidewalk Art
Festival, Morse Museum of Art

 

If you want to explore the artsy side of Central Florida, look no farther than Winter Park. More upscale
than funky, the city stages the annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, one of the oldest and most
respected festivals of its kind in the country, attracting more than 350,000 visitors each year.

Just northeast of Orlando, Winter Park harbors a treasure of cultural gems: It is home to the Charles
Hosmer Morse Museum of Art, which houses the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world. In 2011,
the museum completed a 12,000-square-foot expansion project that more than doubled exhibition
space, making room for 10 new galleries and some 250 art and architectural objects from or related to
Laurelton Hall, Tiffany’s Long Island estate that was destroyed by fire in 1957.

Highlights include prize-winning leaded-glass windows, iconic Tiffany Studios lamps, art glass, custom
furnishings and a reproduction of Tiffany’s Daffodil Terrace, said to exemplify the artist’s exotic and
extravagant lifestyle. Using old black-and-white photographs, historical descriptions and computer
technology, the conservation team, headed by Griswold Conservation Associates LLC of Culver City,
Calif., was able to reconstruct the 18-by-32-foot outdoor terrace, including eight, 11-foot columns that
are topped with bouquets of glass daffodils. The coffered ceiling of the terrace is composed of hundreds
of stenciled wood elements and molded tiles with a central glass skylight that reflects a pear-tree motif.
The now-indoor terrace was assembled from more than 600 distinct parts and fragments.

The Morse Museum shares Winter Park’s tree-lined streets with the Cornell Fine Arts Center Museum,
the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum and the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden.

The city’s main artery, Park Avenue, buzzes with the activity of outdoor cafes, chic boutiques, trendy
restaurants, clothing stores, delis and specialty shops. The strip is just one of four main shopping areas
that also include Designers Row at the crossroads of Orange Avenue, Minnesota Avenue and Denning
Drive; Hannibal Square, an historical neighborhood two blocks west of Park Avenue on New England
Avenue, between Virginia and Pennsylvania avenues; and Winter Park Village, on 17-92 between Lee
Road and Fairbanks Avenue.

Between these four areas, shoppers will find an eclectic mix of art galleries, fashion boutiques, home
furnishings stores, books and bath outlets, movie cinemas, salons and spas and scores of other
businesses.

Winter Park is also known for its cluster of fine dining establishments that are diverse enough to satisfy
all tastes, whether you’re in the mood for Thai, Italian, French, American, or just about any other
cuisine. Among some of the most critically acclaimed restaurants are 310, The Ravenous Pig, Thai Thai,
4Rivers Smokehouse, Winter Park Fish Co., Luma and others.

Just shy of 30,000 people, Winter Park’s population is 87 percent white; however, it is a diverse
community that attracts retirees, students, artists, bohemians and families. The city is home to Rollins
College, the first four-year college in Florida, as well as Full Sail University and other schools.

Considered a wealthy enclave, site of a number of presidential visits and home to more than a few
celebrities, Winter Park has a sense of history. Among its famous residents have been baseball player
Orel Hershiser and actor Casey Affleck. Many of its structures are more than 100 years old and scenic
areas are distinguished by winding brick streets and a canopy of live oak trees.

The city has a small-town feel to it with many community activities centered around the village green
area that gives the area its name. In addition to the sidewalk art festival, the city hosts a two other
notable annual events: the Bach Festival and the Winter Park Concours d’Elegance, an exotic car show.