Maitland Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Known as Musk Mellon Place (Fumecheliga) by the Seminole, what is now called Maitland was renamed in 1838 for William Seton Maitland, a commander in the Indian wars who died in a battle near Tampa without ever setting sight on this site. Maitland's other engaging lore is that Maitland Avenue--a main city thoroughfare--was laid, as so many older roads were, along a former Indian route. The Black Bear Trail ran, in fact, from Montreal all the way down to what is now St. Petersburg.

Living in Maitland Today

Just 6.5 miles north of Orlando and 88 miles northeast of Tampa, Maitland today is a pleasant and rather affluent community spread over 4.6 square miles of Orange County. A vital and fairly diverse community, Maitland takes great care and interest in historical preservation. Its so-called historical corridor includes a number of fine late Victorian and Edwardian houses, among them the Arthur O'Heir House (1885) and the Hill-Stone House (1908).

Maitland looks primarily forward, however. Its population of some 12,500 is fairly young, with a median age of 39. Its residents are very well educated, with nearly 52 percent holding bachelors degrees and fully 20 percent holding either graduate or professional degrees. This emphasis on education carries all the way down the ladder.

Both ITT Technical Institute and the University of Phoenix Orlando Campus are within city limits. Nearby colleges and universities include Rollins, Stetson, and the University of Central Florida, among others. Maitland's elementary, middle, and high schools are all highly rated. All told there are 10 primary/middle schools in the city, five public and five private, as well as a private high school. Maitland's city library is well endowed.

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