In the early 2000’s Winter Garden looked a lot like Groveland, Florida looks today. Similarly, a charming city, with a small town feel. Offering great local events, and boasting even better people who help raise Groveland to top of mind, when we think about the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sandford metropolitan area. The successful growth we have seen in Winter Garden over the years, we are now seeing repeated in Groveland. Most importantly, it’s setting its sights high, and quickly becoming one of Florida’s newly sought after locales. Groveland, the small city, smack dab in the middle of Florida, between State Roads 19 and State Road 33/50 and is thriving. Groveland real estate is on our radar.
Maybe you remember, nearly 2 decades ago when Groveland annexed a huge chunk of land, in a smart move that grew them 5-fold, and their population dramatically. Groveland became one of the fastest growing cities in Florida. Most importantly, this expansion meant a growth in the housing market, more local businesses opening their doors and a community that expanded not only in numbers, but also in diversity. In other words, this movement echoes the big changes we saw in Winter Garden real estate in its earlier years. You won’t want to pass up the opportunities Groveland has to offer you, so here are our Top 10 Reasons why we believe Groveland is the new Winter Garden Florida.
It Ranks High, statistically. Groveland Ranks a class B across the board in all categories from schools, housing, crime safety, nightlife, ethnic diversity and that it is a good place for families. With its just under 14,000 population, Groveland is growing in every category, and we predict it will start to make A grades as the population expands over the coming years.
Home ownership is at an all time high . Around 78% of Groveland residents are homeowners with a staggering low rate of 22% renting. Comparing this to our friends in Winter Garden at 71% or Orlando at 66%, this is impressive. It tells us that people come to Groveland to settle down and build a life here.
A Community of Professionals. Groveland is a community of service workers and office workers, administrative and sales positions. They have a strong arts community with huge numbers working in the media, stronger than most of the country. Groveland is a popular place to live if you work in media arts, social media marketing, and in the digital online space.
Grovelander’s come from everywhere. Ethnically diverse for its small but thriving population. Nearly 20% hail from abroad and the rest come from all over the United States. Thinking of making the move to Central Florida? Check out our article on house hunting in Central Florida.
It’s close to everything. Centrally located between the Gulf on the west and the Atlantic to the East, Groveland is far enough away from tourist season, which seems to last longer these days on the coasts but close enough that you can drive it and not lose the entire day. Groveland sits about 70 miles from the Atlantic Coast and 50 miles to the Gulf.
Living in Groveland won’t break the bank. It’s never been a better time to live in Groveland. This is the buy -low season of Groveland. You won’t see real estate prices this low again and that’s because the growth in this area of Florida is historically exponential. Cities like Winter Garden, Clermont and now Groveland, once discovered, are never forgotten.
Housing is affordable, and resale values are strong. Groveland is a young community built on hard working families and professionals. People choose Groveland to raise families and start businesses. This is not a seasonal destination, this is year round living in Florida which keeps costs lower, and money in the local economy.
It sure is pretty. Lake David Park, constructed by the Works Project Administration back in the 1930’s. A popular choice among anglers, mountain bikers and boaters alike. Bring your family and enjoy the kids park, the volleyball courts and the bird watching. Just a short drive to Clermont Lake Louisa State Park is 4,500 acres of pure Florida nature.
It soars to big heights. Close by in Clermont is the home of the Citrus Tower. A massive structure dedicated to Florida’s most famous groves. Check out the Visitors center and take in the history before you ride the elevator to see the best views in the city.
It boasts some of Florida’s best blueberries. Yes, you read that right. While known the world over for its citrus groves, Groveland is diverse in many things, and fruit is one of them. Check out Lake Catherine Blueberries in the months of April and May for blueberry picking season.
Groveland is a hidden gem, and you really don’t need 10 reasons to come here, you just need one. So, in conclusion, if you are looking to relocate to Groveland, do business there or just planning a visit, we encourage you to take some time to discover more of what makes Groveland special. An upcoming competitor in the housing market and in small business. We see Groveland real estate ready to boom and therefore; setting Groveland up towards becoming one of central Florida’s most sought after cities. So get in on the ground floor with us, and speak to one of our agents, and see how you can grow with Groveland.