Casselberry is a mid-size city in southern Seminole County, Florida, only about 10 miles north of Orlando's downtown district. This family-friendly community is a designated Tree City USA, honored for its commitment to preserving a healthy community of trees in its urban setting. It's relatively small geographically at just under 8 square miles, but nevertheless provides plenty of amenities and recreational opportunities.
The History of Casselberry
Archaeological evidence around Casselberry leads historians to believe that the Native American tribe known as the St. Johns people was the first to live in the area, between 800 and 1565 A.D. In 1849, the first European settlers arrived in the area and built Fort Concord on the shores of Lake Concord. From the 1850s to the 1880s, land around Casselberry continued to be purchased by homesteaders.
In 1925, Gordon J. Barnett moved to Altamonte Springs and built his own fernery and housing development called Fern Park Estates. Soon his fernery became one of the world's largest producers of Asparagus plumosus ferns. Then, in 1926, when Hibbard Casselberry was visiting his wife's family in Winter Park, he met Barnett and signed on as a sales agent for Fern Park Estates. Even though Barnett and Casselberry parted ways soon after, Casselberry stayed in the area and started his own subdivision: Winter Park Ferneries. The area later became known as Fern Park.
As the area continued to grow, Hibbard Casselberry convinced residents that they needed to incorporate their own tax-free town to avoid property taxes. On Oct. 10, 1940, a town meeting was held and the tax-free town of Casselberry was officially incorporated.
Sports, Parks and Recreation in Casselberry
Casselberry is fairly small in terms of square mileage, but it has a generous number of public parks and recreation facilities to offer. More than 15 parks, both large and small, provide the opportunity to enjoy the sunny Florida weather and take advantage of a variety of recreational options.
At Lake Concord Park, in addition to the lush greenery and open spaces, you can visit the Casselberry Art House. The small art gallery offers a variety of art classes and education, as well as musical performances and artist lectures. Other parks in Casselberry include Veterans Memorial Park, Secret Lake Park, Pawmosa Dog Park and Red Bug Lake Park.
One significant benefit to the design of the city of Casselberry is that parks are not limited in terms of location. You can find a number of small parks, sports fields and playgrounds within the city's neighborhoods, making them easily accessible no matter where you live.
The Seminole County Public School District serves students in Casselberry. In addition to its traditional elementary, middle and high schools, the district also operates a handful of charter schools.
Resources for Moving to Casselberry
Here's some helpful information to organize your move to Casselberry:
Utilities: The city of Casselberry provides its residents with water. The community's primary energy provider is Duke Energy.
Garbage and Recycling: Casselberry collects garbage twice per week, with yard waste and recyclables collected once per week.
Transportation: The main public transit provider in the area is LYNX, with several routes in and around Casselberry.
Driver's Licenses and Personal Vehicles: Once you move to Florida, you have 30 days to get a Florida driver's license and 10 days to register your car.
On average, Casselberry home prices are more affordable than the nearby city of Orlando. That being said, the median home price is still well-above national averages. However, thanks to a variety of housing options, you can find something that fits both your budget and needs.