Azalea Park / Belle Isle -/Conway / Dover Shores
Located almost in the shadow of Orlando International Airport, the neighborhoods of Conway, Dover Shores, Azalea Park and Belle Isle predate the existence of commercial airlines.
As a settlement in the 1805s, the area emerged as a place to live outside the city center. By virtue of Conway Road, which was one of the first five paved highways built in Orange County, Conway became Orlando’s first suburb. Similarly, what now is Belle Isle was first inhabited by the Timucua Indians, and the official government of Belle Isle was established in 1924.
As the decades passed, adjacent Dover Shores and Azalea Park developed as complementary components to “suburban” living roughly six miles from downtown.
These days, Conway Road continues as Conway’s prime arterial roadway, with another roadway, Hoffner Avenue, being expanded to accommodate a new surge of growth. The tolled Stated Road 528 enhances regional access for residents while also taking tourist to and from Orlando’s famous attractions.
Give the many major roadways serving the area, there’s a great diversity of dining and shopping options, principally along Semoran Boulevard from OIA northward. The houses for sale in this area vary from older homes to very well established communities.
While single-family housing still dominates, new apartment complexes are on the rise, especially in Conway, which is moving the demographic needle toward greater ethnic diversity. In Dover Shores, perhaps Orange County’s best indoor recreation facility, Dover Shores Community center, is an iconic neighborhood attraction. It offers area residents everything from a large gymnasium to computer labs.
Azalea Park is home to several government communications operations, including that of the Florida Highway Patrol.