Oviedo in eastern Seminole County is a very special place, offering the attractions of nearby Orlando with its own special small mid-west town charm and scenic beauty. Oviedo is just 15 minutes from downtown Orlando, about 12 miles northeast of the Greater Orlando area.
About The Community
Oviedo grew from a small settlement on the south shore of Lake Jesup. The proximity to Solary’s Wharf, warm climate, the natural beauty of lakes and rivers, a long growing season and the expectation of homesteading attracted early settlers and merchants. Doctors found this an ideal place for recovery centers on the shores of Lake Charm. The community was named Oviedo after a city and province in Spain.
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The growth and development of Oviedo has been sporadic and every decade had its own pattern. During the 1960s, Oviedo saw new houses being built and a new high school and a shopping center were constructed. The University attracted more residents and students in addition, the infrastructure, such as the roads were improved. The pace of growth slowed in the 1970s as it did allover due to economic recessions.
Today over forty thousand live in and love the city that spreads over 15 square miles. Once a major center for growing and shipping celery and citrus, Oviedo is now a part of the high-tech industries around the University of Central Florida. It is appreciated for its progressive schools which enables a person to go from preschool to post graduate degree within the area, excellent shopping at the Oviedo Mall and endless recreational opportunities. Despite this progress and the growth in population, the locals have taken care not to lose their friendly neighborhoods and hometown atmosphere.
Vicinity of Oviedo
The medical and retirement services continue to attract new retirees and others to the area. Seminole Community College at Oviedo and the branch of the University of Central Florida, earlier the Florida Technological University has added to its growth. Churches, civic and social groups are active in provide residents welcoming support. The city of Oviedo plans to develop a new downtown area just southeast of the current one. The new town center will be a mixed-use development including townhomes, single family living, apartment homes, restaurants, retail, and an amphitheater.
Oviedo has numerous recreational lakes for fishing, boating and skiing. The Cross Seminole Trail is a paved trail that is a part of the Florida National Scenic Trail. Much of the trail corridor is heavily vegetated, providing a peaceful and picturesque walk for outdoor enthusiasts. There are numerous comfortable places for vacationers to stay. The proximity to Orlando’s attractions makes Oviedo a smart choice.
Tourists looking for something special will be happy to base themselves at Kings Manor B&B. This elegant Victorian farmhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house is surrounded by two acres of beautiful yards and gardens and offers three individually decorated guest rooms. All the rooms feature magnificent fireplaces, unique sitting areas, and private baths. Guests can enjoy the use of a formal parlor, a cozy sunroom, and front porches. The gourmet breakfast served in the spacious, antique-filled dining room is not to be missed.