In the Orange County region of Florida, very close to Orlando, you'll find a region that is still very little known and explored by Brazilians: the city of Ocoee. With good infrastructure, tranquility and a great location, the city may surprise those planning to invest in the Florida real estate market.


Located about 30 minutes from Orlando's theme parks, Ocoee is a very quiet town with good leisure options, good schools and safety. The town center is on the lakefront and provides space for outdoor family activities. In addition, for those who enjoy water sports, it is a hotspot for rafting. It is also very close to to the city of Winter Garden and allows you to explore its attractions.


Ocoee is one of the state's new development centers. New urban planning and revitalization of the city is currently underway, making it increasingly attractive to the community and future investors. The country's major construction companies, including LENNAR, have realized the potential for growth and have already started building major developments in the city that are sure to increase in value over the next few years.


History of Ocoee


The town with the atypical name was founded in 1880 as an agricultural settlement and officially recognized by the state of Florida in 1923. The town was named after a river located in Tennessee. Ocoee means "apricot vine" in the Cherokee language - referring to the flower now known as passiflora.


The town was initially established on the shores of Lake Starke and southeast of Lake Apopka. After the Civil War, settlers decided to move to the area, which led to the town's expansion. Among them was Captain Bluford M. Sims, who was very influential at the time. He was the first to establish citrus nurseries in the United States, among many other achievements that benefited the community. Most of the city center as it is today is on the land where Sims had his citrus plantation.


An important milestone for the growth of Ocoee was the construction of the Florida Midland Railroad in the 50s. Many settlers moved there and invested in citrus plantations, which at the time were much more profitable for the northern market. It was one of the main stimuli for the settlement of the city.


Over the years, highways also began to reach Ocoee, which stimulated a new market: housing development. State Road 50 (SR 50), Florida's Turnpike provided excellent north-south access. At the end of 1990, the connection between the city and Orlando was made even safer with the construction of SR 408. Urban mobility was a major attraction and made Ocoee gain the attention of the real estate market.




Why invest in Ocoee?


Although the city still lacks large shops and a diversity of entertainment options, it is constantly growing. The potential for appreciation is enormous. The city council, together with the community, has developed major revitalization projects. Among them are the new designs for the urban vehicle area, the revitalization of the parks and an increase in leisure options.


Here's a list of the main reasons to invest in real estate in the city of Ocoee:


  • The developments are new and of excellent quality. The houses are state-of-the-art, with multifunctional floor plans and various configurations.


  • Prices can be a little better than cities like Winter Garden and Kissimmee


  • There are public schools and some of them are highly regarded. There are also private options.


  • It's a great option for those who want a quiet and safe place to raise their children.


  • Close to the parks and Orlando airport. There is easy access to the main highways, which makes it a good option for investing in vacation homes.


What to do in Ocoee?


Despite being a relatively small town, there are great leisure options for the whole family:


West Orange cinemaIt's a charming little movie theater in the city that offers viewers a unique experience.

The charming movie theater in the town of Ocoee


Family Aquatic Center: a water park that can be a lifesaver for families during the summer because it's less crowded than the ones in Orlando. It has various entertainment options and a special pool for children who can't swim. They also offer swimming lessons.


Forest Lake Clubis a golf club with one of the most affordable prices in the region. Great for those who want to start a new hobby.


Bill Breeze Park: a perfect park for those who like to walk by the lake, has space for picnics or just to sit and relax reading a good book.


Best Real Estate Investment in Ocoee


Ocoee has gradually become one of the most sought-after cities to live in near Orlando. Currently, the development with one of the best infrastructures and the possibility of appreciation is Arden Park North, by the LENNAR construction company.


It was built around Lake Sims and has options for residences overlooking it. The clubhouse is new and was inaugurated in 2020 with a full gym and swimming pool. There is also a special picnic area and playground for the children. In addition, the location is excellent and very close to the main highways.


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