Orange Park is made up of several charming communities, including Orange Park itself, Bellair-Meadowbrook Terrace, Fleming Island and Lakeside. Nearly 9,000 people call this beautiful suburb of Jacksonville, FL home. With five-bedroom houses going for around $300,000, homebuyers cannot beat the affordability of the area, and many are cashing in on the positive investment of buying their dream home. Those looking for a smaller abode won’t be disappointed; many two and three-bedroom dwellings are priced well under $100,000.
What gives Orange Park part of its charm is its history. This town was founded in the 1800s by fruit growers who wanted to cash in on the rich soil and tropical climate. The Great Freeze of 1894 and 1895 destroyed the crops, but the city didn’t take it sitting down. The suburb reinvented itself and serves today as a primary residential area for military personnel stationed at nearby NAS Jacksonville and those working privately in the medical industry among other vocations. Many families call Orange Park, FL home, and the local children are educated in the town’s three elementary schools, two junior high schools and three high schools. Once graduated, students can begin earning their degrees at Fortis College or St. Johns River Community College, both of which are within city limits.
Orange Park itself is primarily a residential town, but there is plenty of entertainment to be had year-round. Major holidays come alive in annual celebrations, including Memorial Day, July 4th and Christmas time with the Hometown Holiday in the Park and Santa Parade. Residents also enjoy arts and farmers markets, and the kids and canines are honored at the Kid’s Fest and Bark Fest, respectively. Locals also head into Jacksonville for fun and entertainment. Golf is the name of the game in this Florida metropolis, and residents and visitors alike flock to the numerous courses to tee up in the year-round Florida sunshine. Football is a huge draw, as well. The NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars make their home just 30 minutes away. New York City’s Central Park pales in comparison to the 80,000 acres of urban parks found throughout the entire city and its suburbs, and Orange Park residents are close to the Atlantic Ocean coastline for plenty of boating, fishing, surfing and swimming. Those who buy their homes in Orange Park, FL get the best of both worlds: a small town feel nestled in a bustling metropolis. Search our listings to find your perfect Florida home.