As one of the most popular places to live in the country, Florida has plenty of incredible cities and towns for you to plant roots. You’re probably most familiar with big cities like Orlando, but did you know there are other amazing cities and towns nearby? It’s true! RockWell Homes builds homes and communities in the most desirable areas in and around Orlando. Whether you’re looking for a quiet community just outside of the city or want to live amongst all the action, we have a community for you to call home!
Today, we’d like to highlight our Oakland Park community where we offer quality new homes in Winter Garden, FL. This community is sure to check off all of the boxes you’re looking for with its prime location and exceptional homes. Take a look!
There are several distinctive home designs available at Oakland Park. These welcoming homes represent front porch living at its best, with everyone out and about, socializing throughout the neighborhood.
The unique features continue inside each home, with main floor owner suites, upper-level lofts, courtyards, and lanais. Each home includes upgraded granite countertops and ceramic tile floors, stainless steel appliances, and a variety of energy-efficient features such as high-performance low-E windows, 15 SEER zoned HVAC, Energy Star-rated insulation, programmable thermostats, and LED light fixtures. From the roof shingles to the landscaping, the millwork to the cabinetry, every RockWell home is designed to impress.
Oakland Park is a beautiful master-planned community located on the border of two growing areas, the City of Winter Garden and the Town of Oakland. From the beginning, significant attention to detail has been taken in the design of the community along with the architectural design of each and every home. On top of its unique character, this community offers resort-style amenities such as a community clubhouse with a zero-entry pool, a playground, parks, a trail, pavilions and picnic areas. There’s also a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment in nearby Downtown Winter Garden and Winter Garden Village.
One of the area's best amenities is the West Orange Trail. The popular 22-mile rail-trail connects several communities and neighborhoods in the Orlando area. As it meanders in and out of each community, the paved trail offers a unique glimpse into the region’s rapidly changing history for joggers, hikers or bike riders. Starting at Killarney Station, at the southern trailhead, the route goes northeast through Oakland. In addition to the Killarney Station trailhead, you can access the West Orange Trail via the Apopka Station in Apopka, the Chapin Station at Crown Point Cross Road in Winter Garden, or in the heart of town at the Winter Garden Station on Plant Street. In downtown Winter Garden, about a mile of the trail leads down the middle of Plant Street, allowing trail users to detour and browse the shops and restaurants. The trail also leads through thinly wooded areas, occasionally passing orange groves, and allowing equestrian use. The West Orange Trail is still growing, too. When complete, the greenway will stretch for 36 miles. It will also become part of the 250-mile Coast to Coast (C2C) Connector Trail providing a paved trail route from Florida's Atlantic Coast to its Gulf Coast.
Whether you’re starting a family, want a change of scenery, or are recently retired, Winter Garden, FL has everything you could need. It has a great small-town vibe, with locally-owned businesses, beautiful parks, and a range of community events. Historic downtown Winter Garden features vibrant shopping and dining. Plus, it gets major points for being far enough away from the theme parks so that residents can have a normal life, but close enough so that they can take advantage of the local attractions. With its combination of stunning settings, a rich history and a fun-loving community, it’s no surprise Winter Garden is a favorite for young professionals and growing families as well as retirees.
Winter Garden, Florida is a very family-focused community. People move here because it’s a great place to raise kids. One of the biggest reasons is the quality of the education. A 2021 Quality Counts report by Education Week showed Florida ranking third nationally in K-12 Achievement, demonstrating the state’s focus on education. A recent U.S. News report also showed Florida ranking third nationally in overall education and #1 in the nation in higher education. Whether families are interested in great sports programs or are more concerned about intensive college prep, there are schools that fit their needs. Orange County Public Schools rank in the Top 25 in the state. There are also alternatives such as charter schools and faith-based private schools. Some Winter Garden families do home school and virtual school. Winter Garden is also very close to colleges in Orlando, including Central University of Florida, Rollins College, Florida Technical College, and more.
There are many entertainment options around Winter Garden, too! Plays at the historic Garden Theater downtown or movies at Cinepolis in Winter Garden’s Hamlin community. Tour the Central Florida Railroad Museum. Hit the lanes at Winter Garden Bowl. During the summer months, kids will love the splash pad in downtown Winter Garden.
Winter Garden is a pet-friendly city. You can bring dogs to restaurants like Crooked Can Brewing Co., Hagan O’Reilly’s Pub, Winter Garden Pizza Company, and Moon Cricket. If out-of-town guests travel with their pets, they’ll be welcome at establishments such as TownePlace Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings, Stage Stop Campground, and numerous local Airbnbs.
Winter Garden has a variety of restaurants that will please even the pickiest eaters. There are many family-friendly chain restaurants, as well as local independent restaurants. From burgers and pizza to Cajun creole cuisine or home-style cooking, there’s something for everyone.
There’s plenty of nature everywhere, too. From the Oakland Nature Preserve and West Orange Trail to the Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail and the Tucker Ranch Recreation and Nature Complex, families can visit and enjoy a park, trail, or nature preserve every week.
Winter Garden is Florida the way it should be – a blend of scenic lakes, majestic trees and a classic, small-town feel. If you’re looking for a strong community then Winter Garden is definitely a great place to retire. From weekend BBQs to evening strolls, it’s not hard to find new friends. The strong community vibes include the local businesses that thrive thanks to the people who live here.
Quaint Winter Garden is filled with popular destinations such as unique restaurants, locally-owned shops and the renowned Farmer’s Market. Grab some locally grown produce, then check out the rows of artisan jewelry, handcrafted gifts, and plants. It’s a lovely way to enjoy a Winter Garden Saturday morning.
When you want to wander a bit further afield, Winter Garden is just 14 miles west of downtown Orlando. Nestled along the shores of Lake Apopka, Orlando is one of the most-visited cities in the world due to tourism, major events, and convention traffic. Orlando’s International Airport serves nearly 50 million passengers annually.
If you retire in Florida and want to take advantage of everything it has to offer, then Winter Garden is a great jumping off point. Walt Disney World is literally down the road. Universal and SeaWorld are also just a short drive away. The West and East Coast beaches are only a little over an hour away. Other attractions include Busch Gardens, Kennedy Space Center, Wekiwa Springs State Park, and Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail. The lifestyle here has always revolved around the local lakes. Whether you are interested in boating, fishing, swimming, or kayaking, there is something for everyone.
Being so close to Orlando and all it has to offer enhances the lifestyle in Winter Garden. Residents are just minutes from shopping, healthcare options, golf courses, and everything else Orlando has to offer. It’s hard to imagine that a place so quaint is just minutes from Winter Garden and the excitement of Orlando. You truly can have the best of many worlds here at Oakland Park.
RockWell Homes would be honored to show you our homes for sale in Winter Garden, FL at Oakland Park and help you build a new start. This wonderful community is located in a thriving area, giving you a great mix of lifestyle, convenience, and fun. The culture, great schools, and range of things to do are just a few highlights of living in Winter Garden, FL along with the homes in our Oakland Park community. If you feel this community checks off all your boxes for the perfect place to live, connect with us. We’re more than happy to help!