7 Reasons to Move to Davenport, Florida

Posted: August 14, 2023 | Categories: Communities | Communities>Astonia | Communities>Geneva Landings
By Highland Homes

Nestled on the fringes of the Walt Disney World Resort and the vibrant metro Orlando area, the small city of Davenport offers a unique blend of small-town living with easy access to Central Florida entertainment and attractions. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, a nature enthusiast, or simply in search of a welcoming hometown with convenience to both coasts of Florida, Davenport beckons with open arms.

Join us to discover 7 of the top reasons to make Davenport your new home!

1. Low Cost of Living

Shelby plan at Astonia in Davenport

Because who likes overpaying, am I right? The first reason to consider Davenport, FL for your home is the affordable cost of living in this city. According to bestplaces.net, Davenport's cost of living is a 98.8, which means it’s cheaper to live here than the national average (a score of 100), or when compared to Florida overall (which scores 103.1).

When it comes to housing, real estate in Davenport offers an exceptional value compared to nearby cities, with a median sales price of $370K. To put things into perspective, the city of Orlando boasts a median price of $390K, while the neighboring community of Celebration sees prices reaching $420K. This means you can enjoy the comforts of a beautiful new construction home in Davenport, FL without breaking the bank.

2. An Area Ripe with Recreation

Lake Marion Wildlife Management Area near Davenport, FL

Davenport was historically home to crystal clear lakes, acres of rich farmland, and citrus groves, and today, city parks and recreation facilities pay homage to its history. From fishing and playgrounds at Lake Play Park, to a splash pad and beautiful greenery at Wilson Park, and a variety of fitness and sports courts at the Tom Fellows Community Center and Lewis W. Mathews Memorial Sports Complex, you’ll appreciate recreation for nearly every age group and interest.

When you’re ready to hit some trails, head just east of Davenport to the Lake Marion Wildlife Management Area and Stokes Preserve. Here, you’ll find multiple trailheads including my favorite, the Huckleberry Island trailhead. These trails wind through nature preserves providing opportunities for spotting wildlife, enjoying wildflowers and butterflies, or simply becoming immersed in nature. 

If golf is your game, it’s no secret that Florida is a golf haven! With more than 1,200 courses throughout Florida, there’s no shortage of places to play close to home, with Providence Golf Club and ChampionsGate Golf Club among the top-rated courses in Davenport.

3. Convenience to Orlando

Lake Eola Park in Orlando
Lake Eola Park in Orlando

Davenport seamlessly bridges the gap between small-town living and access to the vibrant city of Orlando, with the Orlando city limits only about 15 miles away and Downtown Orlando within 30 miles.

Even better, this mileage is an easy commute thanks to major roadways traversing the city, including I-4, US-17, and US-27, making Davenport a popular home for people employed in Orlando and placing you within 30 miles or less of popular Orlando destinations such as:

  • Lake Eola Park, nestled in the heart of downtown Orlando;
  • Nightlife on Orlando’s Church Street;
  • Major league sports at the Amway Center and Exploria Stadium;
  • The Orlando International Airport, taking you to destinations near and far.

This brings us to our next point…

4. Nearby Theme Parks & Attractions

Walt Disney World

Davenport borders the Disney World resort area, and that’s just one of the many theme parks you can enjoy close to home:

  • Old Town Kissimmee and Fun Spot America – 12 miles
  • Walt Disney World Resort – 14 miles
  • SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando – 18 miles
  • ICON Park – 19 miles
  • Universal Orlando Resort – 22 miles
  • LEGOLAND Florida and Peppa Pig Theme Park – 22 miles

5. Access to Both Gulf & Atlantic Beaches

Clearwater Beach
Clearwater Beach


Love the sand and surf? Thanks to Davenport’s central location on the I-4 corridor in the heart of Central Florida, you can access both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts with ease! Head about 85 miles west to the sun and sand on famed beaches like Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, or head east toward the Atlantic Ocean and be to Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach in about 75 miles, or Daytona Beach in 85 miles.

6. Shopping

Vineland Premium Outlets in Orlando
Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets

Orlando is not only known for theme parks but also as a shopping paradise! And, some of the best shopping destinations are near Davenport:

  • Posner Park, Davenport’s local shopping mall with an array of stores and restaurants, and a Cinepolis movie theater;
  • Outlet shopping at the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, Orlando International Premium Outlets, and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets;
  • The Florida Mall, Central Florida’s largest shopping center;
  • The Mall at Millenia, an upscale indoor mall with luxury boutiques;
  • Disney Springs, offering an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment in the Disney resort area.

And while it’s not as exciting, it’s definitely necessary to have grocery stores close to home. Fret not – Davenport offers multiple Publix Super Markets, ALDI, Target Grocery, Walmart Supercenters, Winn-Dixie, and specialty markets such as Caribbean and Mexican grocers.

7. Desirable Neighborhoods of New Construction Homes

You’ve learned about some of the great things in and near Davenport, but what about where to live?  We build new construction homes in two of the best neighborhoods in Davenport, close to all of the fabulous destinations we mentioned!

Astonia, a community of new homes in Davenport, FL

From affordability to convenience, and theme parks to shopping, Davenport is a fantastic place to live. Find your dream home and start living your best life in this Central Florida city by calling or emailing our Davenport New Home Specialists today.

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