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There's a lot to do in downtown Orlando but for those with a fun-loving, free spirit it's hard to beat the eclectic vibe of the South Eola District. According to the City of Orlando, the South Eola District includes the all the condos and attractions surrounding Lake Eola. The area also extends south of the lake to the 408 Freeway and runs from Pine Street over to Summerlin Avenue. That's a pretty big chunk of territory and it's mostly south and east of the Central Business District.

So what's so attractive about living there? A better question might be to ask what the South Eola District doesn't have. Here are a few of the area highlights.

Relax and Play at Lake Eola

Lake Eola is South Eola's epicenter (even though it's technically at the northern corner). While always the center of downtown, over the last 150 years Lake Eola has grown into a diverse community playground and entertainment hub with Disney's outdoor amphitheater, the lake fountain's multi-million dollar light show, paddle boating, picnicking on the many manicured acres of park and riding or strolling the hike and bike trail that circumnavigates the water. There are several highrise condo communities, like Waverly on Lake Eola, that surround the lake and give residents easy access to all its amenities.

Mingle and Shop at the Sunday Farmers Market

South Eola is also home to Orlando's downtown Sunday Farmers Market. Residents and tourist alike flock to the stalls of fresh, locally grown produce but there's a lot more going on. There's a beer and wine garden for sampling and hours of free, live entertainment. Bring your partner, pooch or pals and shop for art, jewelry, homemade soap and a variety of healthy green plants and colorful flowers. 101 Eola is one of the newest condo highrises in south Eola and its within walking distance to the market. This modern residential tower features floor-to-ceiling glass exterior walls, 10 foot ceilings and marble accents. It's also steps away from the boutiques in Thornton Park.

Food, Drink and fun is just a Walk Away

Get your Starbuck's fix, or grab some groceries at Publix, all in the South Eola district.  There are plenty of restaurants in this area as well, including Spice Modern Steakhouse, with lakeside dining and freshly made ingredients. In the evening, music and shows are waiting for you at The Abbey on South Eola Drive. 

South Eola's Neighborhood Ambience

Most of the South Eola condos on the shores of the lake, especially on the north side, are high rises. Thornton Park has some quaint, low-rise conversions as well as some contemporary mid-rise condos. There are no high rises at all in the farthest south Eola streets. The Jackson is one of the tallest condo highrises in this area. It is eight stories high and offers one to two-plus-den flats with lots of windows and granite counters. Residents love the community rooftop terrace with wet bar for lounging and taking in views of the lake and skyline.

Wherever you go in the South Eola District there's almost always a corner coffee shop or juice stand waiting to refresh you with a hot cuppa, a fruity/green power boost and some fresh healthy bites. It's nice to know there's still a friendly, low stress vibe right in the heart of downtown Orlando.  Check out more South Eola condos below.


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Last Updated: 2024-07-15 03:07:00