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Winter Park features open park space, residential neighborhoods, golf courses, and a street-side shopping district along Park Avenue. Wealthy businessmen established the city as a resort community in the late nineteenth century. The community developed slowly, but progressively became a popular destination with the addition of the railroad, connecting the city with surrounding cities. Eventually the town became a beautiful winter resort for northern visitors.

Winter Park is never lacking in fun activities and historic scenery, many of the town’s old buildings still remain and brick paved streets still in tact. Visitors and locals enjoy walking the old brick paved streets and gazing upon the carefully constructed architectural buildings of the past. The Hannibal Square is also an interesting place to tour; the square was once home to African Americans who worked the groves. Memoirs from the past can also be viewed at local museums; the most popular are the Enzian Theatre and the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. Take a walk down the Cady Way Trail, distancing a total of six and a half miles long; the trail features the most beautiful homes of Winter Park.

Walking through the city, one can appreciate the ideas of great minds that became realities with the purchase of the small town. Once a developing resort community now exists as a suburb just minutes from Orlando, Kissimmee, etc.

Fast Facts

State: Florida
Founded: 1882
Incorporated: 1887
Population: 29203


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Megan Dowdy

Megan Dowdy is a seasoned real estate broker, educator, and entrepreneur. A native of Orlando, she is one of its biggest promoters and is familiar with all that Orlando has to offer. She attended Lake Highland Preparatory School, obtained a business degree from The Calloway School of Business at Wake Forest University, and then obtained her Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management from The University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Her passion for bringing hospitality and service to real estate is a rare find in the industry. Building relationships that begin with the first transaction and carry on over years is what Megan thrives on. Communication and accessibility are of the utmost importance to providing a high level of service – and Megan prides herself on those!

When she isn’t representing clients in the purchase of real estate, Megan is teaching, as an Adjunct Instructor, at The University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management. She teaches the future leaders of the industry numerous courses ranging from Guest Services Management, to Marketing, to Hospitality Communications.

Giving back is also a major theme in Megan’s life. Megan is a Founder, Board of Directors President, and Hospitality Committee Chair of The AutoNation Cure Bowl; Orlando’s newest NCAA post season college football game set to kickoff on December 19, 2015. All proceeds from the game go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation where ninety-one cents of every dollar raised goes directly to research, and finding a cure for cancer. She also maintains strong relationships with each of her alma maters, even holding a position on the Alumni Board of Directors at Lake Highland Preparatory School in downtown Orlando.

Megan is also a licensed Real Estate Instructor and holds two designations: Accredited Buyer’s Representative and Graduate Realtor Institute; also, two certifications: Florida Military Specialist and Military Relocation Professional.