Lake Nona has its roots in the early 1960s. In 1962, discussions began about building a new community hospital at a location outside of Orlando. The new hospital would be called Florida Hospital East and was to be built on land donated by Henry J. Kaiser Foundation located near Lake Apopka approximately 35 miles from downtown Orlando (“Florida Hospital East”).
In 1964, the first phase of construction for the project begins with the clearing of roughly 100 acres adjacent to Carter Road between State Route 50 and SR 417 (Thomas). At that time, it is only known as ‘Carter Ranch’ or ‘East Orange County Community College Campus Site Project Area B-lg’ (“Orange County”). By 1965, that site has been re-designated by the Florida Legislature as Lake Nona.
In 1969, construction of Florida Hospital East begins on land donated by Henry J. Kaiser Foundation (“History of Lake Nona Region a Neighborhood in Orlando FL”).
Today there are more than 27 thousand residents living in this area and it is considered one of the most desirable neighborhoods to live in Central Florida with its close proximity to hospitals, shopping plazas, restaurants and many other amenities including public parks and schools.