This small town in Lake County is nestled among the gently rolling hills that inspired its name. Montverde, one foot in the past, the other firmly planted in the present, has a refreshing bucolic beauty and a serene, laid-back vibe.
A peaceful community, it feels far away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando yet is actually only around a half-hour’s drive from all of its urban amenities. Located on the western shore of Lake Apopka, with its southwestern edge almost touching Florida’s Turnpike, it has a land area of 1.6 square miles.
Montverde is home to an estimated population of over 1,500 and has the added attraction of being just minutes away from the other South Lake communities of Minneola and Clermont.
There are many reasons why people are choosing to live in this serene Old Florida town:
- It has a strong sense of community.
Once an agricultural area, Montverde still has a very rural feel and is brimming over with small-town warmth. Many residents are heavily involved in the community, actively helping to maintain their quality of life. The town is served by a volunteer fire department and there are a variety of community events throughout the year.
- You’re never far from the water.
Montverde residents have easy access to two lakes – Lake Apopka and Lake Florence. The former is Florida’s third largest lake, with a surface area of 30,800 acres, and it’s once again becoming one of the Orlando area’s favorite attractions due to the restoration efforts of the Friends of Lake Apopka and the Lake Apopka Restoration Act.
As for Lake Florence, it’s located within the bounds of Montverde and extends across 130 acres. There are quite a few residences around the lake, most (if not all) with their own private docks and boat ramps.
- There’s plenty of open space.
The town maintains several parks: Kirk Park, Truskett Park, Lake Florence Park, and the historic Montverde Cemetery. Residents also have easy access to the 192-acre Ferndale Preserve, which features a playground and an over a mile-long equestrian/hiking trail. Also close by is the Green Mountain Scenic Overlook and Trailhead, the place to go for the best views of Greater Orlando.
- It’s home to one of the top prep schools in the country.
Ever since Montverde Academy opened its doors here in 1912, it has been one of the town’s defining features. The independent co-ed college preparatory school has a beautiful campus encompassing around 130 acres and is known for its rigorous academic program and award-winning athletic teams. Its basketball team has gained national prominence.
Montverde’s housing market reflects the slowly changing face of the town and of the area as a whole. Here you’ll find historic homes on lush, heavily treed lots in established neighborhoods as well as custom-built luxury residences in gated communities.
Single-family homes are the predominant property type and there are also plenty of lots and land to choose from. Lots here are typically large, particularly in the most desirable neighborhoods. Montverde’s communities include:
- Bella Collina
- Vinola Gardens
- Vista Verde
- Colina Bay
- Trails of Montverde
- Harbar Oaks
- Magnolia Terrace
- Gourd Neck Springs
Interested in Montverde homes? Connect with Mike Mondello at 407.760.5164 today.
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