Welcome to Lakeland Florida

 


 

The state of Florida was established in 1845 and Polk County was later established in 1861.  The American Civil War was already over by the time the county seat was established southeast of Lakeland in Bartow.  Bartow and Fort Meade were the two major cities but eventually the early inhabitants started settling in the areas which later became known as Lakeland.

Lakeland Florida offers its residents and visitors of all ages a very special way of life.  It is conveniently located between the city of Tampa and the city of Orlando off of I-4.  Lakeland plays host to Florida Southern College which proudly displays the largest collection of architecture from the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  One can enjoy the Polk Museum of Art and if you are one of those who enjoys flying by the seat of their pants you'll be thrilled  to join other flight enthusiasts for the annual SUN'n FUN Fly-In at the Florida Air Museum.  History buffs will truly enjoy the historic promenade which was built in 1928.  It found its way into the National Register of Historic Places and reflects the old Roman times and other tourist trappings in Lake Mirror Park.  If you're into gardening and especially beautiful flora don't miss the Hollis Garden which landscapes and wraps itself in and around the walkway.  Tens of thousands of different flowers and  indigenous plants to Florida dot the landscape and surrounding walkways.  There's also a grand staircase which lends itself to the park and down into the garden.  History buffs throng to the legendary downtown Historic and Antiques district which is home to antique dealers, fine specialty gift shops, art museums, galleries, fine restaurants, lively pubs and fun loving people of all ages.

Since 1934 the baseball league of the Detroit Tigers have visited Lakeland Florida for their Spring training.  The mild warm winters make this location an ideal place to practice their beloved baseball.  Children from ages 2 to 12 will be delighted with the Explorations V Children's Museum with several floors of kid-powered exhibits and special programs offering hands on fun and learning.  If you're into outdoor activities you can't miss the 550 freshwater lakes and rivers which divide up the landscape and offer fantastic freshwater fishing and boating activities.

In 2013 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that the city of Lakeland Florida had a strong population of 100,710.  Lakeland is considered to be a principal city of the Lakeland-Winterhaven, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area, which back in July 2013 it had an estimated population of 623,009 based on certain data from the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research. The beautiful city of Lakeland was settled in the 1870's and the area was home to Native American Tribes who used the land for farming and hunting and over 500 individual lakes for fishing.  The Paleo-Indians reached the Central Florida area around the end of the last ice age.  The sea levels rose as the ice melted and this Indian tribe ended up residing and thriving on the peninsula for thousands of years.  There were over 250,000 Native Americans living off of the peninsula by the time the first Spanish Conquistadors landed.  As early as 1527 a Spanish map indicated a settlement near the Rio De La Paz.  The Spaniards arrival turned out to be most detrimental to these Native American tribes.  The Spanish brought diseases such as smallpox or yellow fever and within 150 years the majority of the pre-Columbian Native American peoples of Central Florida had been wiped out.  Those who survived the diseases were either enslaved or slaughtered.

The town of Lakeland was incorporated on January 1, 1885 and was founded by Abraham Munn, originally from Louisville, Kentucky.  The growing rail lines reached the area in 1884 bringing goods and prosperity to the residents of this new town. In 1882 Munn purchased 80 acres of land which eventually turned into downtown Lakeland.  The Florida boom period (which did not last very long) resulted in the construction of many new structures in the city of Lakeland, and many of those still standing are today listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  These include the Terrace Hotel, New Florida Hotel, Regency Tower, currently Lake Mirror Tower, Polk Theater, Frances Langford Promenade, the Polk Museum of Art (not developed in the 20's boom) Park Trammell Building, formerly known as the Lakeland Public Library and the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.

The Spanish American War began in April 1898 and this was a turning point in Lakeland's development.  The war did not last long, however the Florida peninsula was utilized as a launching point for the war and the small town of Lakeland, Florida ended up housing over 9,000 troops.

The climate in Lakeland Florida is subtropical which means drier and warmer winters with an occasional cold snap and hot and humid in the summer.  If you are interested in selling or buying a new home or condo in this great city of Lakeland feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding your real estate needs.