Winter Garden Florida (34787), 20 miles west of Orlando has an amazing history as an agricultural citrus center founded in the 1900's on the shore of Lake Apopka and has become the cultural capital of West Orange County and on the National Register of Historic Places. In its heyday, Winter Garden lived up to its name by supplying citrus to the Northern U.S. via the Railroads.
The Christmas Day freeze of 1989 put thousands of acres unpractical for agricultural use; and as rural landowners, the growers had few options even though their land abutted Walt Disney World to the south. In 1993 these visionary growers formed the core of the now famous Horizon West, an extraordinary example of master land planning that to this day is fulfilling the dreams of its founders; Villages with village centers intelligently designed and interconnected with homes, schools, shops, services, parks, lakes, recreation,; with Hamlin as the vibrant center of the Horizon West Town Center- the shopping and entertainment destination to rival anything in Central Florida.
In 2016 Horizon West anchored the real estate boom and is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. State Road 429 opened in 2005 is the modern highway from I-4 north, past Disney's Western Way entrance, with exit 15 New Independence Parkway right at Hamlin- makes it a breeze to get in and out of Horizon West. The WalMart Supercenter is opened now; the Publix and the new dine-in Cineopolis Hamlin Theatre are now open!
The jewel of Hamlin will be the 28 acre recreational, dining and retail with boardwalk and a small marina on Lake Hancock is coming soon.
Dozens of new neighborhoods by the largest new home builders in America