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Oviedo

Families are the primary demographic in Oviedo. Its heralded public schools and proximity to the University of Central Florida are just two reasons why this Seminole County city has experienced so much recent growth. With shopping, lots of community events and outdoor pursuits nearby, however, its appeal is quite universal.

Oviedo is named after its sister city of Oviedo, Spain, which those in the business of setting up the city’s first post office thought was a nice nod to the state’s Spanish history. Its history is rich in citrus growing but these days, except for a sod farm that’s been in operation since the 1970s, retail is the name of the game. It’s “downtown” has experienced growth of late, and confined to this area are Oviedo’s best-known residents: feral chickens who scratch and wonder and crow. Oviedo-labeled merchandise- including town signage- is often emblazoned with a rooster.

Neighborhoods here range from historic homes to suburban enclaves. There are a number of new communities under construction, as well –townhomes and single-family homes at varying price points. Oviedo is about 30 minutes from downtown Orlando and is considered an “East Orlando” neighborhood, though it sits in Seminole county.

The city of Oviedo has many children’s activities and summer camps, along with a well- appointed aquatic center. The new Oviedo on the Park mixed use development includes an amphitheater that hosts live events, and the nearby Econlockhatchee River is popular with kayakers. Hiking trails crisscross the town, many extending into neighboring Chuluota and even wilderness preserver just steps from the University of Central Florida campus.

Lake Jesup, too, is appealing to boaters and fishermen. Those who prefer sitting nearby for a drink and sunset need look no further than the Lazy Gator bar a Black Hammock. Lake Jesup is often noted for its high alligator population.