Homes for Sale in Beacon Hill Historic District, Lakeland FL

Why Do People Live Here?
The Beacon Hill Historic district is located just south of downtown Lakeland.  The district roughly bounded by S.
Florida Avenue, W. Beacon Rd, W. Belvedere and Cherokee Trail  This area is actually two separate developments known as Beacon Hill/Alta Vista.  The Alta Vista neighborhood includes Belvedere, Maxwell Street and Fairview Avenue while Beacon hill includes Cherokee, Comanche, Hiawatha, Pawnee, Pueblo, Seminole and Shawnee Trail.  The location makes getting around Lakeland very easy and you can stroll just a couple of blocks to enjoy a jog or walk around Lake Hollingsworth.

What is the History of the Neighborhood?
The Beacon Hill and Alta Vista development plans started during the Florida real estate boom.  According to the City of Lakeland's
website lots were sold beginning in the early 1920s in Alta Vista between $600 to $2000 dollars and in Beacon Hill lots ranged from $2500 to $4500 dollars.  The community was annexed by the City of Lakeland and considered within city limits by the end of 1924.  Construction was rapid during the early 1920s but fell off quickly after the collapse of the real estate boom.  Construction continued, although more slowly from the 1930s through 1940s.  In 1990 the residents of Beacon Hill requested a structural resource survey from the Community Development Office. Upon completion of that survey by a consulting company 89 structures were identified in the area as having been built before 1945, which is the cut-off date for historical status.  Beacon Hill and Alta vista were then considered one neighborhood and became the third neighborhood in Lakeland to be accorded historic district status and also became listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The architectural styles in the neighborhood include Colonial Revival, Bungalow and Craftsman.

 

What’s Going on Nearby the Beacon Hill Historic District Neighborhood?
Florida Southern College’s Frank Lloyd Wright campus is located around Lake Hollingsworth and the Lakeland Public Library and
Polk Museum of Art are located around Lake Morton.  Every year there are running events for charities and festivals such as Mayfair by-the-lake each Mother’s Day weekend.  This art festival brings artists and their exhibits from a variety of places including local artists and is attended by thousands of people. Attendees enjoy live entertainment, food and beverage vendors and families enjoy the children’s art tent and kid zone.  Another annual gathering in mid-October is the Lake Mirror classic Automobile Festival where you can stroll through the streets of downtown Lakeland or around the Lake and view nostalgic cars from many eras.
 

Looking for a home in the Beacon Hill Historic District?
You can shop for available homes in the Beacon Hill Historic district neighborhood here or other Lakeland Historic
districts including Munn Park, Dixieland, Lake Hunter Terrace and Lake Morton neighborhoods within the Lakeland area.


What are the Design Guidelines for Lakeland’s Historic Districts?
A Design Guideline manual is available for investigating and understanding the design review process by the City of Lakeland’s
Historic Preservation Board.  The character and integrity of each historic district is maintained as exterior elements or existing or proposed construction is reviewed. These guidelines are provided to property owners, realtors, developers and other interested parties to act as a guide in exterior modifications of existing buildings and in the aide of plan design for new construction. More information can be obtained at Lakelandgov.net