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Sanford, FL is without a doubt a great place to live. Located in Seminole county just North of Orlando, the Sanford area is a popular area that is constantly growing.

Downtown Sanford

Downtown Sanford

Historic Sanford is the Seminole County seat. In its early days up to today, Sanford has become a prime distribution point because of the railroad and its position on the inland waterway. Tourism has not directly affected Sanford, but the great commercial boom it generated elsewhere is now making its mark. The Orlando Sanford Airport is undergoing major expansion and has been approved to handle international flights. These factors, along with the revitalized downtown business district and extensive land available for development, are transforming Sanford’s future.

Lake Monroe and its idyllic Riverwalk, the Wekiva River, the Central Florida Zoological Park and many community festivals and events (such as Alive After Five every second Thursday of the month on First Street in downtown Sanford) provide enjoyment for its residents.

More info about Sanford will follow soon. Meanwhile check out, Claudia’s area blog that provides insight into life in Sanford FL as it is…

Things to Do in Sanford FL

Sanford Riverwalk

Sanford Riverwalk

Walking around the Riverwalk, visiting one of the many restaurants in the historic district or admiring the beautiful Victorian homes in the residential district of Historic Sanford are just some of the many things to do in Sanford. Sanford also has the Seminole Towne Center Mall and many other shopping plazas.

  • Willow Tree German Restaurant on First Street
  • Trivia Night at the Sanford Wine Company on Palmetto
  • Visit the Splash Park by Lake Monroe
  • Stroll through the Historic District and admire the beautiful Victorian Homes
  • Visit Gallery on First
  • Find cool vintage clothing at Fringe on First Street
  • Alive After Five (every second Thursday of the month)
  • Sanford Farmers Market (every Saturday morning on Magnolia Square)
  • Take a dinner cruise on Lake Monroe with the Rivership Romance
  • Visit the Central Florida Zoo and go Zip lining

Favorite Places

First Street Sanford FL

First Street Sanford FL

Some of our favorite places in Sanford are the historic district and the Riverwalk. You can spend a relaxing day walking around and might even feel taken back in time. Lake Monroe has something so peaceful to it.

Some of our favorite spots are:

  • Sanford Riverwalk
  • Historic District
  • Old Fire Station on Palmetto
  • Splash Park by Lake Monroe
  • Central Florida Zoo
  • Colonial Town Park (unincorporated Sanford/Lake Mary)
  • Magnolia Square
  • Maya’s Bookstore
  • Seminole Town Center Mall


Despite its size, the Sanford and Lake Mary area does have a nightlife. The best places to visit are Historic Sanford or Colonial Town Park (West side of Sanford). There are mainly bars that locals hang out at. If you prefer clubs you will ave to drive out to Orlando downtown though.

  • Sanford Wine Company
  • Black Swan
  • Little Fish Huge Pond
  • Jason’s Martini Bar
  • Wet Spot
  • The Alley
  • Route 46 Entertainment Complex
  • Carlos and Charlies
  • Dexters
  • Liam Fitzpatricks
  • Cigar Bar
  • Amura
  • MyWay (Lake Mary)
  • and many more!


There are many neighborhoods in Sanford. For simplicity we always like to divide Sanford into 4 areas: West, Mall area, Historic district, and East.

Established neighborhoods featuring everything from older Florida “cracker” style houses and traditional homes, to beautiful lakeside estates are available in Sanford. New construction is everywhere and newer and popular communities include among others Lake Forest, The Preserve at Astor Farms, Buckingham Estates and Retreat at Wekiva.


A rated Seminole High has brought much attention to the area. In general Seminole county’s schools are rated best within the Orlando area.

Elementary Schools: Northwest Cluster (choice of 5 top rated schools, including Crystal Lakes Elementary and Wilson Elementary. The selection process is by lottery. You will be able to request a first and second choice but there is no guarantee!)

Middle Schools: Top rated Sanford Middle and Millenium Middle.

Seminole High was recently featured in Newsweek as one of “America’s Best High Schools” It offers the county’s IB and Health Academy Magnet programs.The middle school, Millenium Middle offers students the option of a pre-IB or Fine Arts magnet program.

Some areas within Sanford are zoned for desirable Markham Woods Middle, for example, The Preserve at Lake Monroe, Venetian Bay and Buckingham Estates.

Seminole State College in Sanford FL.

Single Family Home Communities of Sanford FL

Autumn Chase – East Sanford, built from 1999-2003 by Ryland Homes

Bakers Crossing – gated community in East Sanford, built by D.R. Horton in the early 2000s

Berington Club – gated established community with oversized lots built by Beazer Homes

Buckingham Estates – guard gated community by Heathrow, built by custom home builders and M/I homes from 2002-2006

Celery Key

Celery Lakes

Estates at Wekiva Park – gated community of luxury homes built by M/I Homes and custom home builders

Forest Cove – small community built by Maronda Homes in the early 2000s

Forest Glen – built by Centex and custom builder in the late 1990s

Foxspur – custom homes on over-sized lots, started in the late 1980s

Hidden Lake

Historic Sanford – Residential District

  • unique Victorian style homes within walking distance of downtown Sanford and Lake Monroe
  • Sanford’s only urban lifestyle neighborhood
  • Price range from the low 100s to 500s, depending on size, condition and location
  • many homes need updating but there is great potential

Kays Landing – newer gated community, built by Engle Homes from 2005-2007

Lake Forest – Sanford’s largest, most popular subdivision, guard gated with lots of amenities and many luxury homes

Lake Jesup Woods – new community built by Meritage Homes (Greater Homes) from 2005-2009

Oregon Trace – small gated community built by Morrison Homes from 2002-2004

The Preserve at Astor Farms

  • unique gated community within a preserve
  • built from 2002-2006 by Engle Homes, Landstar Homes and Toll Brothers
  • only community with Tudor style homes in Sanford/Lake Mary FL
  • only 3 minutes from I-4, 417 and Seminole Town Center Mall

The Preserve at Lake Monroe

  • built by Fox & Jacobs Homes (Centex) from 2002-2005
  • located virtually on the shores of Lake Monroe, surrounded by a preserve (next to Central Florida Zoo)
  • zoned for Markham Middle School
  • only minutes to Historic Sanford/Marina, I-4 and Seminole Town Center Mall

Retreat at Wekiva

  • gated community built by Engineered Homes and Crosswinds from 2002-2005
  • community features several park areas and a playground
  • only minutes to I-4, 417 and Seminole Town Center Mall on the West side of Sanford
  • unique architectural features

River Crest – guard gated community of custom homes on at least 1 acre lots

Sterling Woods

Sylvan Lake

Tall Trees – small community built mainly by Centex in the early 1990s featuring community pool and tennis courts

Venetian Bay – small gated community built by Morrison Homes from 2002-2004

Woodsong – small community built by M/I Homes from 2002-2004

Townhome Communities of Sanford FL

Amberlee Townhomes – Lennar Homes- built 2007

Arbors at Hidden Lake

Dunwoody Commons | Carriage Homes at Dunwoody – popular town home community in top location, built by Pulte Homes

Castille Townhomes Condominiums | Madeira Townhomes Condominiums

Country Club Manor

Greystone – hybrid single family/town home community built by Morrison Homes from 2004 – 2006

Hidden Lake Villas

Magnolia Club – town home community by the Sanford International Airport – built by D.R. Horton

Mayfair Meadows

Oaks of Sanford – Exclusive “California style” – 21 townhomes – built in 1970s

Park Ave Villas – close to Historic District – built in 1970s – only $75 HOA fee

Placid Lake Townhomes

Preserve at Eagle Lake – New construction town homes in East Sanford, built by KB Homes

Regency Oaks – gated community built by Pulte Homes

Retreat at Twin Lakes – very affordable – built by Engle Homes from 2006-2008

Riverview – New construction town homes by Historic Sanford FL – M/I Homes

Savannah Park – New construction town homes in top location – Green Community

Terracina – New construction Mediterranean town home community just outside of popular Lake Forest

The Terrace

Windsor Lake Townhomes – new Mediterranean community built by Mercedes Homes

Woodmere Terrace

Condo Communities of Sanford FL

Arbor Lakes – condo conversion but resort style amenities

Dunwoody Commons | Carriage Homes at Dunwoody – popular town home and condo community in top location, built by Pulte Homes

Gateway at Riverwalk – luxury condos at the shores of Lake Monroe

Flagship Park – very affordable – 117 condos built by D.R. Horton from 2005-2007

Northlake Village Condo

Pine Rige Club

Sandlewood Condos

Villas Du Soleil


Lake Mary and Sanford Subdivisions with Community Pool

Jose & Claudia’s Favorite Communties:

Single Family Homes: Lake Forest

Townhomes: Greystone

Condos: Gateway at Riverwalk

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