Downtown Orlando: Where Diversity Lives, Works & Plays

If you are looking for a diverse, dynamic and engaging live-work-play center, Downtown Orlando offers that and more. Removed from the tourist and theme park areas of Disney and Universal that comprise much of the southern half of the city, emerges a vibrant and energetic lifestyle. Downtown Orlando boasts the largest urban center in Central Florida and consists of five major enclaves: Uptown, Lake Eola Heights, Thornton Park, Parramore and the Central Business District. While the daytime population is north of 65,000, approximately 44,000 residents live, work and play in the 18 Downtown Orlando neighborhoods filled with residential and commercial high-rises and mid-rises; historic bungalows, ranches and estates; local, state and federal government offices; sports facilities; performing arts theaters; art galleries; a movie theater; retail; nightclubs and parks.

Following on the heels of the North American architecture and urban planning reform philosophy, popular at the turn of the century to introduce beautification and monumental grandeur, Downtown Orlando embraced the City Beautiful Movement by public vote in 1908 adopting the aptly named slogan, “The City Beautiful”. Serving as the city’s unofficial symbol while promoting the philosophical belief that beautification could both increase life quality and promote harmonious social order, the Fountain at Lake Eola was installed four years later. While Downtown Orlando has merged into a contemporary hub architecturally speaking, its philosophical and historical sentiment remain strongly rooted with the 2013 installation of eight See Art Orlando sculptures flanking Lake Eola Park. While Orlando proper is considered a major city, Downtown Orlando residents describe its eclectic vibe as that of a magnanimous town, attributing much of its hometown feel to its walkability. Particularly, that of its beloved epicenter, and home to numerous festivals, parades and high-profile charity events, is Lake Eola Park.

It is because of the aesthetic blending of both the historic and the contemporary, the merging of the eclectic and diverse, that advocates and lovers have made Downtown Orlando one of the most sought after and desirable places to live in Central Florida.

Distance to:
Orlando International Airport: 12 miles
Universal Studios, Florida: 9 miles
Walt Disney World Resort: 16 miles