Olde Town celebrates 25 years in Thornton Park


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Olde Town Brokers coined the term Thornton Park, and the real-estate brokerage has been a staple in the area just east of Lake Eola for 25 years.

Founded in the Thornton Park area in 1994 by Phil Rampy, Olde Town brokers helped give the area an identity by branding the neighborhood as Thornton Park. Rampy found the term “Thornton Park” on a certificate of title of a historic home; he coined the term, and it stuck.

Guests posing at Olde Town. (Photo by S.T. Cardinal)

Olde Town has since expanded to serve several other markets in Central Florida, from Windermere to Baldwin Park. A real-estate broker acts as middle man between a buyer and a seller or a renter and a landlord.

Orlando residents gathered at Olde Town’s offices on Summerlin Avenue on Sept. 13 to celebrate the silver anniversary. One artist’s work adorned the walls during the celebration and for good reason. Twenty-five years ago, Marlene London painted watercolors of newly purchased homes for the new homeowners.

The champagne reception began with a proclamation from City Commissioner Patty Sheehan declaring Sept. 13, 2019, “Olde Town Brokers Day.” Sheehan, wearing a swan-adorned blazer, teased that she was disappointed to not be the best-dressed in attendance, being outdone by Rampy, who was rocking a snakeskin patterned suit.

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