Longwood, as well as most of Seminole County, shares its American Colonial history with the early settlement of Orange, Lake, Brevard, Volusia and Osceola Counties that make up the Greater Orlando metropolitan area and its surrounding environs. Central Florida's development began after the Second Seminole War. By the early 1860s, the cities of Sanford and Orlando were small settlements. Settlers began arriving at what would become Longwood during the lull between the end of the Seminole Wars in the 1850s and the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861.
The earliest settlers to the Longwood area arrived in the early 1870s. John Neill Searcy came from Tennessee in March 1873, and Edward Warren Henck arrived from Boston in November of the same year. Both came by steamboat up the St. Johns River to Sanford and were soon granted Longwood homesteads. A small community had begun to develop. Mr. Henck found the Hartley Family homesteading at Fairy Lake (which is now the Columbus Harbor neighborhood) when he first arrived.
Longwood Area includes approved Homes ONLY in Longwood, Florida
Metro Orlando includes a combined search of all approved homes in areas around Orlando
Prices are subject to change, homes may have been sold or are pending, and some properties may not meet investors criteria for purchase. The homes listed meet the basic qualifications, but certain details which are not necessarily published by the listing agent may disqualify a home, such as the condition, age, HOA qualifications, lot sizes, less than 50% complete subdivisions, etc., to name a few. Please click the link for further details.
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We work very hard to keep information accurate and up to dated, however information may change hourly and is very difficult to be 100% accurate and updated every hour of every day. Do not apply for this program with the hopes of specific homes to lease with a right to purchase. Throughout the approval process (5 to 6 weeks from application to move in) the homes hoped for have a very high probability of being sold since they are all "For Sale" houses and are advertised to the world continuously through the web. The correct order of proceeding is to register, apply, get approved then searching for specific homes in area of choice. Doing it any other way would more than likely lead to disappointment and frustration.