Lakeland, Florida's downtown area, known as Dixieland even to this day, was started by Lakeland real estate developers Henry B. Carter and C.W. Deen over a century ago, in 1907. They had purchased 160 acres between Lake Morton and Lake Hollingsworth and decided to call it Dixieland. It is believed that the name was in reference to the fact that this was the first subdivision to be developed south of downtown Lakeland.
Dixieland's streets were in place and a water system installed by the time Carter and Deen inserted ads in local newspapers touting Dixieland as a "fashionable suburb" of Lakeland as well as the "surest, safest investment in Florida."
Dixieland continued to grow in the next few decades, becoming both a residential and commercial neighborhood. Private residences in Florida's popular bungalow style during the 1920's and 40's represent about one-third of the neighborhood's residential homes.
A historic site survey completed in 1993 confirmed the number of historic buildings over 50 years old in the neighborhood and the Lakeland City Commissioners gave Dixieland "historic district status". Dixieland was also later placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Lakeland real estate known as the Dixieland Historic District is bounded by Walnut Street, South Florida Avenue, Lenox Street and Hartsell Avenue.
Revitalization efforts have continued in Dixieland since the 1990's, and regulations were adopted in 2000 to preserve its architectural heritage. While only the exteriors of the buildings are covered by these regulations, before any demolition or renovation can occur, property owners are required to get city approval, thus ensuring the historic heritage of the area.
These and many other amazing neighborhoods can be found in the beautiful city of Lakeland, Florida. If you're looking for a special place to call home in Lakeland, why not contact Damion Boyce first and let the Boyce Team help you locate the home of your dreams in one of Lakeland's special neighborhoods today.