The Bay Hill area of Orlando is generally described as the area on either side of Apopka-Vineland Road in southwest Orlando, north of Lake Buena Vista and south of Windermere. It’s adjacent to the Dr Phillips community in Orlando. The Bay Hill neighborhood is on the western side of Apopka Vineland, north of Sand Lake Rd and south of Conroy Rd.
Bay Hill is mostly known for its gorgeous golf club and the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational that takes place here, but the neighborhood is also home to a wide range of real estate options with a variety of price points.
History: The Bay Hill golf course broke ground in 1960. Thoughout the 1960’s, the neighborhood began to take shape with an added 9-hole course named The Charger and the emergence of homes on what is now Bay Hill Boulevard.
In 1970, Arnold Palmer took a lease with the option to buy Bay Hill, and the next era of growth for Bay Hill began. In 1979, Arnold Palmer won over the PGA Tour to host a tournament at Bay Hill – now known as the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Today, the neighborhood is host to numerous homes, condos, the Bay Hill Club & Lodge, a world class golf course, and lush Central Florida scenery in nearby lakes and wildlife.
Restaurants & Shopping: Bay Hill has essentially an ideal proximity to some of the best shopping and dining in Southwest Orlando. The nearby restaurant row on Sand Lake Rd is host to enough restaurants that you could go out for dinner every night and never get tired of the nearby venues. Sand Lake has a number of boutique shops in the Dr. Phillips Market Place and other shopping strips in the area. Millenia Mall is a short drive away for world class shopping.
Family & Fitness: The Bay Hill neighborhood has a number of activities and fitness options nearby. The new LA Fitness of Windermere is a five minute drive down Apopka Vineland. For kids, My Gym on Sand Lake is fun, or if you prefer to get outdoors, the Dr P. Phillips Park is nearby as well.
The Dr. Phillips YMCA if less than 5 minutes away and includes fantastic work out and sports facilites for the entire family.
Schools: Dr. Phillips Elementary School, Southwest Middle School, Dr. Phillips High School
Extras: Bay Hill has its own marina for residents that want to have their boat available for easy access in the fantastic Butler Chain. Moreover, club memberships are available for full golf and social memberships which allow use of the club facilities such as the pool & tennis courts.
The Bay Hill neighborhood is a gem of southwest Orlando with the unique combination of world famous golf, a range of housing options and the adjacent Butler Chain of lakes.
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