On the shores of the lovely Lake Apopka, and just a short 20 minute drive west of Orlando, lies the charming city of Winter Garden. With a history in the citrus industry, this city of 40,000 is a great place to live. Homes here are average sized, and sport a refreshing Southern style.
The lively downtown area is registered with the National Registry of Historic Places. Many residents from nearby towns day-trip to Winter Garden in order to enjoy the quiet atmosphere. Cyclists will find themselves drawn to the West Orange Trail, a part of the Coast to Coast Trail, which spans 250 miles across the state. Even though this small city is surrounded by dense development, it retains the small-town charm of yesteryear and is an oasis for individuals and families seeking a calm lifestyle. With more than three dozen named neighborhoods, folks moving here are sure to find just the right home. Excellent schools contribute to the livability and lovability of this medium-sized city. With a heritage museum, a railroad museum, a busy performing arts schedule and a very popular farmer’s market, residents and visitors alike can find plenty to do here. For folks with a hearty appetite, there is no shortage of fabulous restaurants, several of which specialize in either fresh, local seafood or finger-licking bar-b-que.
The leading employer in Winter Garden is the Florida Hospital. Other top industries are travel and tourism, recreation, retail and restaurants. Service industries and local government provide steady jobs. Many professionals find employment here as well, in the fields of education, medicine, law and technology. The downtown is home to numerous small businesses, which provide jobs to local area residents. The major shopping center, Winter Garden Village at Fowlers Grove, is also a major employer. Of course, with Orlando just 14 miles away, many people choose to drive to jobs there. Public transportation is widely available, but for independent drivers the highways are plentiful and efficient.