Deland, Florida, is a city in Central Florida, north of Orlando and west of Daytona Beach. It has a population of 27,000 and is the county seat of Volusia County. The city has an area of nearly 18 square miles and two prominent historic districts. The Downtown DeLand Historic District is home to notable 19th century buildings along its main street, Woodland Boulevard. The Garden District is a mixed-use neighborhood with restored and rebuilt homes and businesses. The city has a small town feel with tree-shaded streets and attractive single family residences.
Deland is very much a college town, with three universities bringing in students. There are private and public schools from elementary through high school levels. People of this town enjoy their sports, especially the Stetson University basketball and baseball teams. The Spec Martin Stadium, a 6,000-seat football stadium, hosts games for the local high school and for Stetson University. The university’s presence provides the town with cultural offerings such as theater, music recitals, museums, and visiting speakers. For recreation, Deland has earned itself a reputation as being the so-called skydiving capital of the world and many skydiving-related industries are based here. Nearby parks offer a variety of activities such as picnicking, swimming, camping, canoeing, and scuba diving. Manatee watching and boating are also popular pastimes. Beaches and golf courses are only a short drive away.
Known as the Athens of Florida, Deland has Greco-Roman columns, which also give it a quaint New England feel with red brick buildings and oak trees. The Museum of Art – Deland is the main art museum in town while the nearby Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge offers opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing. Some of the wildlife includes alligators and bald eagles. South of Deland, visitors can enjoy a cruise along the St. John’s River at Blue Spring State Park. The U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains and boats take you along to experience the flora and fauna. Stetson Mansion is another landmark worth visiting. It is considered the largest and most historic home built in Florida prior to the 20th century. While currently a private residence, the entire renovated and restored home is open for viewing. The climate in Deland is warm and humid, with temperatures ranging from 46 to 92 degrees throughout the year. Deland gets around 232 sunny days each year and experiences a total of 56 inches of rain, well over the national average. Browse our homes for sale in Deland and find yourself a new place in Florida.