Welcome to Winter Park! This Central Florida city has a suburban feel and a diverse rental market to satisfy your every need. Snow-birds and full-timers are welcome, so why not take a gander at these listings? Let’s take a look at some apartments for rent and find you the home of your dreams.
Winter Park is located about seven miles north of Orlando, and can, at times, feel a bit like a suburb of the larger city. Though many Winter Park residents commute to Orlando for work, shopping and play, you’ll find plenty to do within city limits. For instance, there is a great shopping district in the Park Avenue area of town that attracts residents and visitors alike.
Originally established as a fancy resort town, Winter Park now has many year-round residents and city attractions. The city’s two universities, Rollins College and Full Sail University, now educate about 15,000 students annually. These students also help keep the city lively!
Though Winter Park is landlocked, you’re a short 40-mile drive from the beach and the Kennedy Space Center. A number of lakes surround the city, making for great fishing and boating during the mild spring or hot summer seasons.
Overall, Winter Park is a safe, pleasant city to live in. The only real downside are the high real estate prices. Great amenities, weather and proximity to Orlando have jacked up rental rates throughout town. However, a substantial rental market and roots in snowbird real estate means that you’ll be able to find a variety of options that suit your every need. For instance, great furnished apartments and studio apartments are available in many larger complexes, and short term leases aren’t too hard to come by.
Rollins College is located just west of the city center. In the area surrounding campus you’ll find a number of apartment rentals in various types of developments. Crime rates in this area are slightly higher than other neighborhoods, so be wary of the neighborhood before you commit to a rental.
East of downtown you’ll find a lot of new development in condominiums and townhomes with tons of amenities, including gyms, pools and clubhouses. These luxury rentals can carry a steep price tag of $900 to $1100. However, the eastern portion of town near the hospital and Ward Park has some more affordable options. You can occasionally find cheap apartments in smaller complexes with fewer amenities, generally ranging from $800 to $1000 for a two bedroom.
You can find rental homes throughout most suburban neighborhoods of Winter Park, however, the southeastern portion of town has developments with rental home specials. Two bedroom rental homes generally range from $900 to $1100.
If you’re relocating to Winter Park with a furry friend, you shouldn’t have too much trouble securing a pet-friendly apartment. Some landlords may limit the size or number of your pets, but overall you’ll be able to find a home for Fido or Fluffy without too much hassle.
So welcome to Winter Park! Enjoy all the amenities of this former resort city!
Winter Park remains one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the suburban Orlando area. Located in Orange County, its centralization to the entire city and surrounding areas makes it the perfect locale for families, professionals, students, businesses, and institutions. Spanning from west of Interstate 4 to east of SR436 (Semoran Blvd.), Winter Park covers a wide area of land from Maitland to the north, Orlando to the south, College Park to the west, and Oviedo to the east, many of the most accessible areas around can be reached through Winter Park. Winter Park has a long history dating back to the 1850s, and many of the city's structures are over 100 years old. The prestigious Rollins College is located here, and Winter Park has always been known for its connection to the arts community. Housing in the area ranges from the cheaper real estate and rental properties on the east side to the expensive, grandiose homes and neighborhoods along the tree-lined streets in central Winter Park to the underdeveloped (and currently being refurbished) areas on the west side. Neighborhoods here are quiet and relaxing, and many times you can find great deals on real estate and rentals. Winter Park is a key location for commuters, with access to major roads such as I-4, Mills Ave. (SR17-92), Semoran Blvd. (SR436), Lee Road, Howell Branch Road, Goldenrod Road, and Orange Ave. to name a few. Traffic can get extremely annoying during weekday rush hours, as many people travel these busy lanes. Shopping centers line the streets and include local and national businesses. Overall, Winter Park has much to offer, including some of the best public schools in Central Florida--a huge plus for families with school-aged children. Adult students have the choice of several colleges including the aforementioned Rollins, Valencia Community College, the industrial trade school Full Sail University, and Winter Park Technical school.
Pros: •Great place to raise a family •Convenient shopping and accessible roads •Fantastic public schools •Quiet and clean neighborhoods •Affordable real estate and rental properties
"Overall, Winter Park is a nice place to live. From the east side to the west side however, there is a noticable class disparity. Central Winter Park is home to the profanely rich upper-class whereas the east side is home to mostly middle-class families and immigrants. Housing is cheaper on the east side, but the crime rate is higher. I recommend the east side for students and the west & central side of WP for working professionals and families. I would highly recommend staying west of 436 (Semoran) and east of I-4 for optimal quality of life here." - C. Spatazza