From orange groves to tourism hub.
The Dr. Phillips community located in unincorporated southwest Orange County, Florida is named after Dr. Philip Phillips, a citrus magnate who owned thousands of acres of land in Central Florida, including 28 orange groves, 3 packing houses, a cannery and who successfully ran one of the most successful citrus enterprises in the world over his lifetime. The creation for the Dr. Phillips community was the inspiration of Howard Phillips, the son of Dr. Phillips, who hired a San Francisco land planning firm in the 1950s to create the master-planned community now known as Dr. Phillips, Florida. The Dr. Phillips area is defined as the area that originally encompassed the contiguous Phillips family land holdings in Southwest Orlando.
The Dr. Phillips community contains high-quality residential neighborhoods, retail shopping, healthcare services, schools and a world-class YMCA, many of which are named after its founder. Today, the Dr. Phillips community is located at the center of the tourism industry where residents and visitors enjoy access to world class dining and hospitality, theme parks, Bay Hill (home of famed Arnold Palmer Golf Course) and outdoor recreation like boating on the Butler Chain of Lakes.
At the heart of Dr. Phillips community sits the headquarters of Dr. Phillips Charities, a grant making organization. After selling the bulk of his land to Minute Maid in 1954, Dr. Phillips created The Dr. P. Phillips Foundation which became part of Dr. Phillips Charities and represents the Phillips’ family legacy. The vision of the Phillips family was to support worthy capital projects and innovative programs of not-for-profit organizations that address critical Central Florida needs, demonstrate the potential for ongoing community support and have significant, lasting impact on the community.