Posted in: Living Posted on: Mar 31st, 2016

An Introduction to Living in Orange County

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Located in Central Florida, Orange County features gorgeous weather, popular attractions, and scenic natural beauty. Residents have a choice of historic homes as well as apartments in modern communities with a variety of amenities. While the county is near some of the world’s most popular beaches and theme parks, it is situated far enough away from the hustle and bustle to provide a serene environment. The following guide provides an overview of the community for people considering moving to apartments in Orange County.

History

In the mid-19th century, Mosquito County was created from a portion of St. Johns County and encompassed a large part of central Florida. When Florida became a state in 1845, Mosquito was renamed Orange County in recognition of the region’s primary cash crop. Over time, Lake, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties were created from land taken from Orange County. Recently, orange groves have given way to leisure attractions, shopping centers, and residential communities as the area draws families and young professionals from around the world.

Geography

The land that is now Orange County emerged from the Early Oligocene Sea. The historic Rock Spring archaeological site features fossils of mammoth, giant sloths, and dire wolves dating back to primordial times. Orange County covers over 1,000 square miles of mostly flat land that also includes 100 square miles of water like the St. Johns and Econlockhatchee Rivers, as well as Lake Apopka and Lake Hart. Orange County boasts sultry summers with highs in the low 90s and mild winters with average temperatures in the 60s. Major highways through the county include Interstate 4 and the Florida Turnpike. Most of the apartments in Orange County are also just a short drive from Orlando International Airport.

Local Museums

Residents and visitors can explore local museums dedicated to art, as well as natural and cultural history. The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Garden, as well as the Art and History Museums of Maitland, exhibit the works of the county’s artist communities. Residents can also experience one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, or view an innovative collection of works from the Renaissance to modern contemporary periods in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, which is on the campus of Rollins College. History buffs will enjoy the Spanish-Farmhouse style Casa Feliz Historic House Museum and the Hannibal Square Heritage Center, which chronicles the area’s African-American heritage. Other popular attractions include the Winter Garden Heritage Museum and the Central Florida Railroad Museum, which is housed in a historic train depot.

Parks and Recreation

Orange County features a wide range of parks and nature preserves that include playgrounds, picnic areas, scenic trails, and boat ramps like those on Lake Down. Hike or horseback ride through conservation areas, including the Charles H. Bronson State Forest, to view native wildlife, such as the gray fox, the Florida black bear, and the Florida softshell turtle. Fort Christmas Historical Park is home to a replica 1837 fort, a traditional “cracker” home, and other historic buildings as well as military reenactments and yearly festivals.

Wonderful weather, numerous attractions, and leisure activities make Orange County a highly desirable place to live and work.