Apopka's growth is on track to position it as one of the most desirable suburbs of Orlando, potentially becoming the "Lake Nona" of the Northwestern Orlando area. In addition to all of the beautiful natural parks, springs, and state preserves Apopka has had to offer for years, we have these major changes coming that will bring Apopka into the running to be the best Orlando Suburb to live in:
- The Wekiva Parkway project is nearing completion. It will finish out a much needed Toll Road bypass loop around Orlando. It will complement with the 417 to the South and East to provide easy access from Apopka to nearly anywhere around Central Florida without having to drive through downtown. From my own home in Apopka, I can be at OIA, Downtown Orlando, Maitland, the attractions, or just about anywhere else in under 30 minutes.
- Kelly Park Crossing is a massive 624 Acre development in northern Apopka that will take several decades to be completed. It will eventually have 1550 new homes, 178 acres of warehouse and light industrial, a new community college, and 93 acres of parks. Retail, office buildings, a hotel, and even a new hospital are all in the talks for the development as well.
- Florida Hospital just finished building an absolutely gorgeous new campus in Apopka, near the hub of SR414, SR451, and SR429. The land all around the hospital is still undeveloped, but there are talks of it being built out with medical offices and off-site facilities, similar to the Lake Nona area. In addition, there are plans for redevelopment of the old FL Hospital Campus into private medical offices and possibly some dining along Park Ave in Apopka.
- The New Errol Estate development is in the final stages of planning. Errol Estate was one of the first Golf Course neighborhoods in the area when it was first built. Golf courses have been a struggle to operate around the country for years. Instead of closing down, Errol is going to be completely revitalized with a new clubhouse, new homes, and amenities to a resort level, as well as the most important: A full 18 hole course brought back to full glory.
- Apopka has approved a new Splash Pad to be built at Kit Land Nelson Park and the playground there is currently being refreshed.
- Developers and national builders are building and selling houses in neighborhoods all over town!
- Investors are bringing life back to some of the most charming houses from the early 1900's. Move-in ready rehabs as well as homes still needing the full rehab are bought and sold on the market often!
I grew up in the Country Creek neighborhood in western Altamonte Springs, near Bear Lake Rd. As a kid, I remember the land surrounding Country Creek being mostly wooded. My friends and I had bike trails, jumps, and forts all across the raw land that is now the Maitland Blvd/414 Toll Road connection and neighborhoods along Eden Park to the South of Maitland Blvd. I also remember when the Walmart and Target plazas at West Town Parkway were an Orange Juice plant and a Boat factory; as a kid I would watch the freight cars stacked with boats or tankers in awe. Throughout my childhood years, Altamonte Springs exploded with retail, apartments, and housing developments, swallowing Casselberry, Longwood, Forest City, Wekiva, and other areas in its growth. There are some truly fabulous communities throughout Altamonte and surrounding Seminole County areas, but what there isn't much of is available land left or the ability to go back and plan retail better. The growth through the 90's wasn't very well planned in regards to a 'city feel'
Apopka, on the other hand, has a recognizable downtown, and more restoration to the area is coming. There are foot-traffic-friendly areas, and many more to come. There is a historic charm to the downtown and many of the old houses from the early 1900s are being beautifully rehabbed. Apopka's roots are in Agriculture, once being known solely as "The Indoor Foliage Capital of The World", but now it is becoming a destination and a place to call home for people from all industries and careers. National builders have been developing land at an incredible pace and selling homes just as quickly. I bought my own home in a builder neighborhood in 2009 and since then I have lost count of the number of communities of 50+ homes that have been built out and sold. The builders have consistently moved on from one tract of land to another in Apopka, so they see the stability and growth here as well. Apopka is doing their part and ensuring that the architecture, landscaping, and lot dimensions are being protected so that everyone can feel as if their neighborhoods share the small town feel.
I believe the growth began to pick up speed after the 429 toll road opened in 2002, connecting Apopka with the Attractions and I4, skipping the previously required trek towards Orlando. With the completion of the Toll Loop nearing, a new Apopka Florida Hospital campus, several residential and retail developments underway, Apopka is steadily becoming one of the most desirable areas to live in for those that work in Orlando, Maitland, Lake Mary, or near the attractions. While the market is up, the price per square foot in Apopka is significantly lower than areas such as College Park, Windermere, Wekiva, or other in demand areas. Why buy something smaller in a more congested area when in Apopka the same money will buy a larger, newer home on a larger lot?
Apopka is Growing, have you looked at properties here yet?