Though Oviedo shares the name of a Spanish city renowned for architecture, this Florida destination was known for its produce of citrus, cotton, sugar, and celery. What started as a lakeside settlement after the Civil War grew into a formally incorporated city of 800 in 1925.
Today, even with a population of more than 34,000, Oviedo retains much of its small-town warmth.
The city’s earliest settlers were the Timucua, Native Americans who belonged to the Seminole tribe. None of the Timucuas’ villages and hunting grounds survived before the Jesup Community was formed.
The Jesup Community was formed when former slaves and European immigrants, mostly from Sweden, set up homesteads along Lake Jesup.They grew crops and sold them in Orlando and Sanford.
Though Oviedo no longer produces the crops it used to be known for in mass quantities, some households still grow celery and citrus in their private backyards.
Modern housing developments and interstate roads make up the city today. It has shopping centers, recreational facilities, parks, and conservation areas.
Lake Jesup covers over 10,000 acres, with a circumference of about 28 miles. The lakehas the second largest concentration of alligators in the region. Almost 10,000 of these reptiles live in the lake.
Aside from alligators, the area around the lake is full of wild boars, bobcats, and several species of birds, such as the bald eagle.
The city is also known for its large population of wild chickens that roam the downtown area.
Oviedo, FL Real Estate and Homes for Sale
The most common housing types in Oviedo are:
- Single-family homes
- Multiple-family homes
- Row homes
Vacant lots on which to build your custom home are also available.
You’ll find anywhere from 3-bedroom homes with spacious surroundings to luxurious 8-bedroom Mediterranean-style residences to suit every budget, every lifestyle, every personal preference.
Oviedo is family friendly
If you’re raising a family, Oviedo is ideal. The city has claimed many awards for its family friendliness, including being one of the:
- Best Places to Raise Kids (2015)
- 20 Safest Cities to Live in the State of Florida (2014)
- Healthy Weight Community Champion (2014- 2016)
- Most Charitable Community in Central Florida (2013)
The Hometown Fire Rescue Department has also been recognized for excellence.
The city is reachable through interstate roads, as well as the Orlando Sanford International Airport, Orlando International Airport, and Orlando Executive Airport.
The Seminole County school district’s public schools have received national recognition in the past. It was once in the top 4% of the country.
In 2013, Newsweek disclosed that as many as 90% of Oviedo High’s students were bound for college.
Seminole Community College offers several courses in English and personal enrichment. Oviedo also has four public elementary schools, two public middle schools, and one public high school.
The largest employers in Oviedo are:
- Duda and Sons
- Seminole State College
- Seminole County Public Schools
- Oviedo Mall
- Public supermarkets
Other major employers in nearby Orlando include Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World, Siemens, and University of Central Florida.
Homes for Sale – Oviedo, FL
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