Community Spotlight: Doctor Phillips

By Roger Jimenez

The Doctor Phillips community stands as a sought-after suburb with a reputation for upscale living, family-friendly appeal, and convenient access to both urban amenities and natural beauty. Today we offer an exploration of the city of Doctor Phillips, shedding light on its history, housing landscape, amenities, and the unique factors that have contributed to its prominence.

Where is it?

Doctor Phillips is located in Orange County, Florida, within the greater Orlando metropolitan area. It is situated southwest of downtown Orlando and is bordered by areas such as Windermere, Bay Hill, and Universal Orlando Resort. The community's convenient location provides residents with easy access to major roadways, attractions, shopping centers, and recreational areas in and around Orlando.

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The History

The essence of Dr. Phillips' namesake area can be found in the remarkable story of Philip Phillips, a visionary Central Florida citrus magnate. Reverberating through history, Philip Phillips pioneered significant advancements in orange juice processing and packaging. 

By the early 1920s, his famous orange groves extended across vast acreages, spanning nine Central Florida counties from Conroy Road in the north to the tranquil landscapes of the Sand Lake Chain in the south. 

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This expanse enveloped the very heart of what is now known as Bay Hill, Sand Lake Hills, Orange Tree, Turkey Lake Park, and other communities that etched a legacy that continues to shape the area's character.

Buying a Home

The city of Dr Phillips has a population of 12,000+ residents and counting. Doctor Phillips is synonymous with luxury living, marked by its diverse range of high-end residences and upscale neighborhoods. The community offers a variety of housing and renting options, from elegant estates to modern designs and apartments, the city calls out to anyone seeking refined living spaces and well-maintained surroundings.

The median sale price for a home in this neighborhood can start in the $500's and go up well into the millions depending on the community. There’s a number of unique communities in the Dr Phillips area that provide lots of options for families looking around for a home on a higher-end budget. 

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Dr Phillips is home to several distinct communities that contribute to its desirable living environment. Here's a glimpse into some of the addresses that define the essence of this dynamic area:

Bay Hill 

Known for its prestigious golf community, Bay Hill is famous for the Bay Hill Club and Lodge, founded by Arnold Palmer. This community offers luxury homes, golf course views, and a range of sought-after amenities. Homes in this area can range from the $800's to $1.5 million.


Vizcaya is an upscale gated community featuring Mediterranean-style homes around Little Sand Lake. It's known for its elegant architecture, lakefront properties, and proximity to Restaurant Row. Houses in this area sell at around $1 million and upwards.

The Estates at Phillips Landing

This gated community features larger estate homes with lake access, upscale amenities, and a luxurious ambiance. This area is highly coveted as homes here rarely stay on the market and tend to list above $1 million as well.

North Bay

Located near the Butler Chain of Lakes, North Bay offers custom-built homes with lakefront options and stunning water views. Its proximity to excellent schools like Cornerstone Charter and the stunning location makes the home values in the area start at around $2 million. 

Things To Do


Shopping in the Doctor Phillips area offers a mix of convenient retail options, boutique finds, and upscale shopping experiences.

The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips is a shopping center featuring a variety of national retailers such as Home Goods and Publix, restaurants, and specialty shops. It's a convenient spot for everyday shopping needs and grabbing a quick bite to eat.

Dellagio is an upscale shopping and dining complex that caters to those seeking a more sophisticated shopping experience. It features a beautiful fountain, high-end boutiques, specialty stores, and fine dining establishments like Norman’s, London House, and Big Fin.

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While Doctor Phillips may not be a shopping destination on the same scale as some other parts of Orlando, it offers a convenient mix of shopping centers and options to cater to daily needs, as well as nearby upscale shopping experiences for those seeking a more exclusive retail encounter. 

Additionally, its proximity to International Drive and other shopping hubs allows residents to access a wider range of shopping experiences just a short drive away.


Dining in the Doctor Phillips area of Orlando is a culinary adventure that caters to a diverse range of tastes and preferences. With a reputation for its vibrant dining scene, Doctor Phillips offers everything from global flavors to upscale dining experiences.

Doctor Phillips highlights the famed "Restaurant Row" along Sand Lake Road, offering a variety of dining establishments spanning global cuisines, such as Seasons 52, Ocean Prime, and The H Orlando. This culinary hub provides diverse options for residents and visitors to explore, contributing to the area's reputation as a culinary destination.

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Parks & Recreation

Dr. Phillips is fortunate to be surrounded by several lakes that enhance its natural beauty and offer recreational opportunities, including Little Sand Lake and Big Sand Lake. These scenic lakes offer opportunities for walking, fishing, and lakeside relaxation.

Dr. P. Phillips Community Park

This expansive park is a hub of recreational activities. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy sports fields, tennis courts, and basketball courts, while families can enjoy playgrounds, picnic areas, and a “splash pad”. The park also transforms into a venue for community events and festivals.

Bay Hill Community Park

This charming park centers around families and neighbors, showing off a playground, picnic pavilion, and sports courts that provide an inviting backdrop for bonding moments and outdoor gatherings.

Lake Cane Tennis Center 

Tennis enthusiasts can find another home in the local tennis center, featuring a variety of tennis courts including clay and hard courts.

The community's commitment to nature and recreation resonates in every corner, fostering an environment where neighbors and families can come together to embrace the joys of outdoor living.


Within Orlando's diverse neighborhoods, Doctor Phillips emerges as a realm where luxury living and cherished family ideals unite. This fusion of upscale residences, seamless access to renowned attractions, a slew of culinary delights, and a strong community bond makes Doctor Phillips a compelling choice for those who seek an equilibrium between comfort, accessibility, and a sense of belonging, all within the heart of Orlando.


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