Voted one of the friendliest cities in the United States, Apopka, Florida, offers a laid-back suburban environment for those seeking to settle down in the Orlando metropolitan area. Homes here come in all shapes in sizes; small homes for those looking for a little space, and expansive houses reminiscent of estates surrounded by fields and forests. Regardless of your price range or the type or size of house you prefer, Apopka has a perfect match for you and your family.
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While this city is mainly a residential area, there are a few shops and restaurants for residents who do not wish to drive to the nearby city for such services. However, at approximately 20 miles away from Apopka, Orlando is within easy reach for residents who wish to visit the area, or who wish to work there. Of course, this opens up the many attractions contained within Orlando, such as Disney World and Universal Studios, which both offer unique entertainment and employment for those living in Apopka, Florida, and special places for bonding with family and friends. With such a close proximity to "the happiest place on earth" it's no wonder that Apopka was voted as the fourteenth friendliest city in America by Forbes magazine in 2012.
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Though Apopka has much to offer to its residents, it is a town filled with history. In fact, the name of the city itself is derived from the Native American term for "potato eating place." Indeed, this now affluent residential area had very humble beginnings, where settlers utilized the trade routes set up by former Native American occupants in order to secure their survival, leading to the formation of a Masonic lodge which withstood the Civil War and gave Apopka, Florida, a reputation for safety and peace. The city still seems to retain these traits, offering all those who move there the opportunity to live out their days in peace and quiet. Over the past century, five buildings within the city have been added to the national register of historic locations, and each of them are open for visitation from any residents or guests who wish to learn more about the past of the area. Friendliness, charm and the ready availability of fun make Apopka the ideal place for those looking for an excellent place to raise a family, retirees, or those looking to make it on their own. No matter your station in life, finding your dream home in this desirable area is only a click away.