Known as the "Historic Waterfront Gateway City," Sanford resides in the central region of Florida, approximately thirty minutes from Orlando. Combining a warm climate, a variety of educational and recreational activities, recent job growth, and a competitive cost of living lower than the U.S. average, the city is a distinctive cultural and business corridor with plenty to offer prospective residents. The housing market is extremely attractive as well; the median home cost in Sanford is currently $140,000, with single townhomes, ranches and more available at prices even lower than that average.
There's lots to do and see in Sanford, including a bustling downtown culture filled with restaurants, art galleries, antique stores and more. "Alive After 5" takes place downtown the second Thursday of each month. Business owners in the area open their doors for a street party that features local artists, live music, food and craft beer. For theater buffs, the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center hosts plays, dances, concerts and other events. The building in which the center is located is a historic theater that was built in 1923. The Sanford Farmers Market takes place every Saturday, featuring fresh fish and shellfish from the Florida coast, homemade chowders and gumbo, fresh fruit, produce and more.
For the adventurous, outdoorsy type, the city's RiverWalk trail accommodates bikers, walkers and joggers, spanning seven miles through downtown Sanford along the waterfront of Lake Monroe. The city is home to numerous parks, including perhaps most prominently Fort Mellon Park, The Paw Park Sanford, and Park on Park. Sprawling lands on both sides of the St. John's River provide many additional places to explore nearby, such as Bear Creek Natural Trail, Big Tree Park and the Seminole Wekiva Trail. If you're looking to spend a day absorbing rays or swimming in the ocean, the nearest beaches are approximately thirty minutes away. Sanford is also doing its part in being environmentally conscious. In an effort to support green initiatives, the city has added five electric car charging stations, and the city is currently discussing a proposal to replace streetlamp bulbs with LED lights. With a growing economy, affordable cost of living and diverse list of amenities that span a variety of interests, Sanford proves to be an ideal destination for those looking to relocate or buy a second home in the Sunshine State. For additional information on properties that are currently available, browse our listings and find your ideal home.