Fri, 08/02/2019 - 9:01pm

Neighborhood Spotlight: SANFORD

Over a century before a famous mouse made his way to Central Florida and changed the landscape forever, there was Sanford. Located right off the St John’s River on the shore of picturesque Lake Monroe, it has always been a hotbed of commerce. 

OldSandford

Today, Sanford is easily accessible by land and air, as well. Conveniently located right off I-4, and on both the Sunrail line and a scenic Amtrak route, Sanford is also home to quite possibly the most easily navigated International Airport in the country.

At just shy of 60,000 residents, Sanford is Seminole County’s largest city and its county seat. In addition to public sector jobs and the legal community, Sanford employers run the gamut from medical to technology, from engineering to aviation. In addition to the larger employers, there are also a number of up and comers, startups and burgeoning businesses eager to grow along with the city. Sanford isn’t resting on its laurels, though. It is actively soliciting the caliber of employers who will bring even more quality jobs and great value to the community. A quick glance at the Economic Development page on the city’s website identifies a plethora of attractive business incentives available to new potential employers.

Sanford boasts some excellent schools, over two dozen parks, a storied sports complex, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and a beautiful downtown area with cobblestone streets and stately oaks draped with drooping moss. An iconic clock that dates back to the late 1800s often serves as a gathering spot for friends before brunch or an evening pub crawl.

Zoo & Lake Monroe

There is so much to do by the waterfront. People walk, of course, but there’s also a free trolley that allows them to hop on and off while making their way around the charming downtown area.

For diners, the Orlando Sentinel dubbed Sanford the region’s hottest food scene citing chef driven restaurants as diverse as Tennessee Truffle, The Smiling Bison and The District which operate alongside, a more casual local favorite, Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe, where patrons can enjoy pork schnitzel and other German favorites while listening to raucous laughter and and a live accordian player. There are also coffee shops, restaurants that offer hearty breakfast fare, microbreweries and great places to grab an appetizer and listen to live music.

DowntownSandford

Local favorite watering holes include Bitters & Brass, the Corona Cigar Company & Montecristo Lounge and Tuffy’s Bottle & Wine Shop, home to a marvelous patio with an outdoor bar, plenty of space to mingle and some unique, more intimate seating nooks: a gleaming airstream trailer and a landlocked airboat. There’s also a hidden gem inside the bottle shop called The Suffering Bastard, a small tiki bar that operates almost like a speakeasy.

Downtown Sanford plays host to many events and festivals, but there is recurring fun to be had, as well.  Every Saturday, there’s a farmer’s market where shoppers buy fresh produce and homemade soaps and jewelry.  On the second Thursday of the non-summer months, there’s an evening street party called Alive After 5 billed as an event to celebrate local artisans and the renowned culinary scene.  The third Saturday of each month brings the Sanford Art Walk, a juried art show in the History Sanford Welcome Center where each month artists submit pieces that reflect that month’s theme.  Art is sold, artists and art lovers mingle, and musicians show the crowd their chops.  

Downtown Bars

Of course, there is a traditional mall close to the Interstate, the Seminole Towne Center and the adjacent outdoor shopping area, The Marketplace at Seminole Towne Center, but Sanford is known throughout Central Florida for its antique stores and specialty shops.  There is a general store and an apothecary.  There are dress shops and vintage clothing stores.  There are galleries that offer local art and all manner of niche stores featuring home decor, industrial hardware, gifts, music and books.  Should one be in the market for designer, homemade marshmallows, the city offers that as well in the form of Wondermade, a Sanford-based purveyor of sticky sweet goodness that ships its delicacies all over the world and sells locals it’s ware from its inviting storefront and cafe.

Waterfront

Nearby is a lovely marina and a bustling riverwalk populated by jogging strollers, chatting friends and competitive runners. Sanford is a charming, vibrant community situated equidistant from the beach and downtown Orlando and within easy reach of the theme parks.  It’s a wonderful place to build a life.  

Whether you do that in a Victorian home in the historic district, a trendy upper end condo or in a bungalow or more traditional Florida home is between you and Karen.  Call today for a private consultation. 

Featured Sanford FL Homes for Sale:

Looking for your Dream Home?  Many homes are selling within days of being listed, so send me your personal home specs and together we'll find your perfect home! See more listings below.

1/1 Condo in Sandlewood For Sale $83,000 1 Bedroom
1 Bath
726 SqFt home
in Sandlewood
700 E Airport Blvd
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5798378
Downtown Sanford Real Estate for Sale $299,777
TOM
6 Bedroom
3 Bath
3,199 SqFt home
Near Downtown
613 Pine Ave
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5780056
130 Clear Lake Cir Sanford FL for Sale $174,777
Pending
3 Bedroom
2.5 Bath
1,533 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake Villas
130 Clear Lake Cir
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5790935
5549 Oakworth Pl Sanford FL 32773 Home For Sale $379,777
Pending
5 Bedroom
3 Bath
3,413 SqFt home
in Heatherwood
5549 Oakworth Pl
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5770347
$837,777
TOM
4 Bedroom
4.5 Bath
4,480 SqFt home
in Markham Estates
8190 Narrow Leaf Pt
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5711378

Recently Sold Homes in Sanford Florida by Sanford Realtor Karen Arbutine:

$199,777 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,310 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
172 Edgewater Cir
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5753527
5850 Pearl Estates Ln Sanford 32771 Property For Sale $647,777 6 Bedroom
6.5 Bath
5,114 SqFt home
in Pearl Lake Estates
5850 Pearl Estates Ln
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5771052
8190 Lake Ross Ln Sanford FL 32771 Horse Property For Sale $679,000 4 Bedroom
3.5 Bath
3,795 SqFt home
in Lake Ross Estates
8190 Lake Ross Ln
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5762643
$184,777 4 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,374 SqFt home
in Washington Oaks
105 McKay Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5758326
225 Southern Magnolia Ln Sanford FL 32771 House for Sale $439,000 4 Bedroom
3 Bath
2,513 SqFt home
in Berington Club
225 Southern Magnolia Ln
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5757521
$479,777
$455,000
5 Bedroom
4 Bath
3,774 SqFt home
in Berington Club
260 Meadow Beauty Ter
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5705565
$889,777 4 Bedroom
3 Bath - 2 Half Baths
5,108 SqFt home
in Est at Wekiva Park
8706 Shimmering Pine Pl
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5722530
$158,800 2 Bedroom
2.5 Bath
1,148 SqFt home
in Dunwoody Commons
840 Shropshire Loop
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5723491
$389,777 4 Bedroom
3 Bath
2,513 SqFt home
in Berington Club
313 Meadow Beauty Ter
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5721280
$297,777 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
2,131 SqFt home
in Autumn Chase
5864 Autumn Chase Cir
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5721118
$128,500 2 Bedroom
2 Bath
914 SqFt home
in The Arbors
121 Hidden Arbor Ct
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5713516
$162,900 3 Bedroom
3.5 Bath
1,624 SqFt home
in Flagship Park
1930 San Jacinto Cir, #60
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5736897
$124,777 2 Bedroom
2 Bath
921 SqFt home
in The Arbors at Hidden Lk
116 Hidden Arbor Ct
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5734731
$799,777 4 Bedroom
4 Bath
5,011 SqFt home
in Est at Wekiva Park
8621 Spikerush Ct
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5709330
$269,777 4 Bedroom
2.5 Bath
2,170 SqFt home
in Monterey Oaks
106 Spanish Hills Ct
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5716284
$530,000 5 Bedroom
3 Bath
3,774 SqFt home
in Berington Club
384 Meadow Beauty Ter
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5706434
$544,777 4 Bedroom
4 Bath
3,932 SqFt home
in Wilson Park
5695 Bassett Place
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5574008
$193,777 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,325 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
216 Pine Wind Drive
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5570826
$349,777 5 Bedroom
4 Bath
2,868 SqFt home
in Autumn Chase
1667 Willow Oak Lane
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5561086
$599,000 6 Bedroom
4 Bath
4,310 SqFt home
in Berington Club
224 Southern Magnolia Ln
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5557994
$197,700 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,692 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
300 Loch Low Lane
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5544391
$197,777 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,440 SqFt home
in Sterling Meadows
2561 Bullion Loop
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5540341
$148,500 2 Bedroom
2.5 Bath
1,524 SqFt home
in Treviso
212 Belvedere Way
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5558227
$178,000 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,154 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
131 Borada Rd.
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5549291
$124,777 2 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,218 SqFt home
in Pine Crest Heights
2634 S Laurel Ave
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5547038
$465,000 4 Bedroom
3 Bath
2,835 SqFt home
in Wayside Estates
212 Juniper Ridge Court
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5544180
$459,800 5 Bedroom
3.5 Bath
3,120 SqFt home
in Foxspur
105 Polo Lane
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5540619
$229,000 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1644 SqFt home
in Mayfair Oaks
116 Queens Court
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5515626
$224,777 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1424 SqFt home
in Yankee Lake
244 Lake Marham Road
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5509389
$118,000 2 Bedroom
1 Bath
1115 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
247 Live Oak Boulevard
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5514434
$156,777 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1242 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
178 Lakeside Circle
Sanford, FL 32771
#O5512775
$189,777 4 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,472 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
171 Wildwood Drive
Sanford, FL 32773
#05507258
$169,800 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,262 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
116 Silver Maple Terrace
Sanford, FL 32773
#05498284
$359,000 4 Bedroom
3 Bath
2,509 SqFt home
in Berington Club
329 Green Ash Lane
Sanford, FL 32771
#05494413
$209,000 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,736 SqFt home
in Palm Terrace
2536 Princeton Avenue
Sanford, FL 32773
#O5509491
$479,900 5 Bedroom
4 Bath
3,654 SqFt home
in Berington Club
332 Green Ash Lane
Sanford, FL 32771
#05469110
$169,777 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,154 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
206 Loch Low Drive
Sanford, FL 32773
#05496045
$175,000 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,340 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
154 Lakeside Circle
Sanford, FL 32773
#05476522
$188,777 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,349 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
114 Silver Maple Ter
Sanford, FL 32773
#05478814
$239,777 3 Bedroom
3 Bath
1,881 SqFt home
in Ramblewood
183 Wildwood Drive
Sanford, FL 32773
#05475689
$397,450 4 Bedroom
3 Bath
2,679 SqFt home
in Berington Club
281 Meadow Beauty Terrace
Sanford, FL 32771
#05474089
$449,777 5 Bedroom
3 Bath
3,209 SqFt home
in Berington Club
5705 Climbing Rose Way
Sanford, FL 32771
#05474518
$524,000 4 Bedroom
4 Bath
4,010 SqFt home
in Berington Club
324 Meadow Beauty Terrace
Sanford, FL 32771
#05458636
$524,500 4 Bedroom
4 Bath
3,379 SqFt home
in Lake Forest
5001 Shoreline Circle
Sanford, FL 32771
#05428564
$999,995 4 Bedroom
4 Bath/2 Half
4,593 SqFt home
in Bella Foresta
7345 Bella Foresta Place
Sanford, FL 32771
#05402733
$155,000 2 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,338 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
190 Edgewater Circle
Sanford, FL 32773
#05434725
$154,777 4 Bedroom
3 Bath
1,650 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake Villas
106 Oakridge Court
Sanford, FL 32773
#05434584
  $631,877 5 Bedroom
4 Bath
3,754 SqFt home
in Markham Estates
8219 Narrow Leaf Pt
Sanford, FL 32771
#05425548
  $142,000 3 Bedroom
3 Bath
1,561 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake Villas
101 Clear Lake Circle
Sanford, FL 32773
#05427632
  $348,400 4 Bedroom
3 Bath
2,679 SqFt home
in Berington Club
5746 Lakeshore Grove Place
Sanford, FL 32771
#05418523
  $115,860 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,064 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake Villas
101 Sweet Gum Court
Sanford, FL 32773
#05417818
  $176,000 3 Bedroom
3 Bath
1,752 SqFt home
in Riverview
2639 River Landing Dr
Sanford, FL 32771
#05408568
  $560,000 4 Bedroom
4 Bath
4,012 SqFt home
in Estates at Wekiva Park
8713 Shimmering Pine Place
Sanford, FL 32771
#05398054
  $390,000 4 Bedroom
3 Bath
3,088 SqFt home
in Beringon Club
5704 Climbing Rose Way
Sanford, FL 32771
#05395489
  $99,000 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,288 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake
155 Hidden Lake Dr
Sanford, FL 32773
#05373389
  $267,900 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
2,119 SqFt home
in Bel-Isle of Loch Arbor
104 Caspian Cove
Sanford, FL 32773
#05380136
  $109,000 3 Bedroom
2 Bath
1,566 SqFt home
in Hidden Lake Villas
109 Clear Lake Circle
Sanford, FL 32773
#05393630
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