Dr Phillips is an unincorporated suburb located in Southwest Orlando and is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area. This area is named after Dr. Phillip Phillips. Dr. Phillips owned thousands of acres of citrus groves across Central Florida and was responsible for several innovations in the processing and packaging of orange juice. His long range plans for his grove operations included the development of a community where people would work, live and play. With the unionization of the citrus industry after World War II, Dr. Phillips decided to sell his citrus holdings in 1954. Nonetheless, he retained the undeveloped land in southwest Orange County. In the late 1960’s, Howard Phillips, son of Dr. Phillips, built off of his father’s previous vision for the development of a community. Howard worked with a world renown land planning firm to develop a master plan for the 18-square mile area now known as Dr. Phillips. The plan was presented to the Orange County Commission in 1969 and the Dr. Phillips community had the distinction of being the first master-planned community in Central Florida.
Dr. Phillips is popular for “Restaurant Row”, a commercial area that encompasses a two mile stretch along Sand Lake Road that features over 50 food and beverage establishments, a multitude of shopping venues, professional offices and high density dwellings. Neighborhoods or sub-divisions were built around this central area.
The Dr. Phillips area is well known for its’ luxurious executive homes. Located in Orange County, minutes from Disney and Universal, many of the area professionals live in these upscale neighborhoods including Bay Hill, Orange Tree, Phillips Landing, Turtle Creek, Brentwood Club, Reserve at Cypress Point, Bay Vista Estates, Bristol Park, Isles of Osprey, Vizcaya, Millionaires Row and more. These communities are nestled around the famous Butler Chain of Lakes, Sand Lake and Little Sand Lake. Many of these exclusive communities are gated and include private amenities.
The communities of Dr. Phillips are rich in nature and offer lush tree-lined streets with ½ acre and 1 acre properties. Amenities include tennis courts, playgrounds, volley ball, basketball and many are privately protected by 24 hour a day guarded gates. Residents enjoy the beauty and privacy of their luxurious neighborhoods while remaining close to all that the Central Florida area has to offer.
Dr. Phillip Phillips purchased his first orange grove along the south shore of Sand Lakein 1905. In 1981, this property was made available to Orlando Health (previously known as Orlando Regional Healthcare) to build Sand Lake Hospital, which opened in 1985. On January 27, 2007, Sand Lake Hospital was renamed Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in recognition of the Dr. Phillips Charities that continue to provide major support to Orlando Health’s major capital and program needs. Dr. P. Phillips Hospital is a 290 bed full-service medical and surgical facility serving Southwest Orange County and Orlando.
Dr. Phillips is valued for its’ schools which are part of the Orange County School District. The community has seven schools: four Elementary Schools, two Middle Schools and one High school.
In December 2007 the Dr. P. Phillips Community Park opened. This 80-acre site is located off of Apopka-Vineland Road and includes areas for picnics, hiking, baseball, basketball and soccer and features a splash park, playground, rental pavilions and a dog park.
Orange Tree Golf Club is a private golf club with an 18-hole golf course designed for all levels of play. The clubhouse includes a bar and banquet facilities and Pro Shop.
Dr. Phillips is within close proximity to Bay Hill and the world renown Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Club & Lodge. The Bay Hill Club & Lodge is home to one of the most popular courses on the PGA Tour where Arnold Palmer lives and plays. This breathtaking course encompasses 270 acres along the Butler Chain of Lakes and joins 27 holes of championship golf through the Champion, Challenger and Charger courses. Amenities include a 70-room Lodge, Tennis, fitness center, pool, a Spa and Salon and a number of dining experiences.
Dr. Phillips greatest legacy was the culmination of the Dr. Philips Charities: The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation and Dr. Phillips Inc. These two distinct charities are responsible for funding grant support that built the fire station, established a water and sewer system, and built and operated a water plant. Dr. Phillips Charities also built a library facility for the benefit of the community which is leased to the Orange County Library System. In addition, Dr. Phillips Charities made land available for parks and a family recreational complex (YMCA and Little League). Various religious denominations were provided support and encouraged to establish a presence in the area. Land also was made available to Orlando Regional Healthcare System (now known as Orlando Health) to establish a hospital, which recently was renamed The Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.