Get to know…Sanford

Major EmployerOrlando Sanford International Airport
Main AttractionCentral Florida Zoo
Public Schools20

The city of Sanford is located about 25 miles north of Downtown Orlando and is one of the greater Orlando area's up-and-coming neighborhoods. Sanford boasts a charming and quaint atmosphere and is one of Central Florida's oldest incorporated cities. If you're in search of small town charm, Sanford is the perfect place to call home. 

You'll find apartments scattered among numerous small shops and restaurants lining the city's brick streets. Many homes, apartments, and condos in this neighborhood are newly constructed, and you can expect the area to develop even more in the next few years.

Many people choose to live in Sanford because it's so close to Orlando, the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, and dozens of major businesses and corporations. The area's location makes it easy to drive back and forth between work and home. Downtown Orlando is only a 30-minute drive from Sanford. Several major thoroughfares cut through the Sanford area, giving residents a wealth of options when it comes to commuting into Orlando and surrounding neighborhoods. I-4 and SR 417 are the two biggest roadways, and divvy up most of the southbound traffic. U.S. 17-92 runs down the center of Sanford, into Altamonte Springs and Winter Park before reaching Orlando. SunRail is always an option for those commuting to Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, and further south. 


There are plenty of fun things to do in Sanford, both indoors and outdoors. The area is home to the famous Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. You can also canoe through Wekiwa Springs and experience Florida's natural beauty first-hand, or visit the St. John's River to experience its fishing and wildlife. Lake Monroe also offers Sanford's residents a place to enjoy the native beauty of Florida while out for a walk or jog.

In historic Downtown Sanford, Magnolia Square hosts the area's weekly farmer's market every Saturday morning as well as occasional jazz fests.


Shopping in this neighborhood is hardly in short supply. Sanford is home to the Seminole Towne Center, one of the largest malls in Central Florida. There are also a handful of other retailers and shopping centers close to the Seminole Towne Center, giving you a wealth of options for you to choose from. You won't have to go far from your front door to find a selection of quaint shops and boutiques!


Downtown Sanford is a great place to relax and enjoy a bite to eat by Lake Monroe.  At the edge of the marina, you'll find casual eateries like Riverwalk Pizzeria, an Italian café and bar, and Wolfy's. A few blocks away from the lake along East 1st Street are a handful of bars and restaurants like Angel's Soulfood & BBQ, Taste of Thyme Café, The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar, Colonial Room Restaurant, and La Sirena Gorda Cabana.


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