Camphor Heights is a close-knit residential neighborhood bordered by Ariana Street and Dobbins Park to the north, S. Lincoln Avenue to the west, Fairview Avenue to the east, and W. Beacon Road to the south. It was platted in 1951-1952 and contains many midcentury modern homes, including one featured on HGTV in 2019.
The neighborhood is known for its friendly residents and community spirit. While some homes are rented, particularly on the northwest side, most are owner-occupied. Neighborhood Association president Lee Robinson said many of the 220 homes go all out decorating for the holidays, drawing visitors from around the city. Residents often check in on elderly neighbors and help each other out.
Camphor Heights gets its name from the more than 80 stately camphor trees lining Camphor Drive, planted circa 1917 by landowner James H. Jones back when it was just a dirt road referred to by locals as “Lover’s Lane.” Although technically an invasive species and not recommended for planting by the University of Florida's extension program, these large evergreen trees have dense crowns that create a charming leafy canopy. The section of Camphor Drive between Ariana Street and Beacon Road is considered by some to be the most beautiful street in Lakeland. Artist and neighborhood resident Josh “Bump” Galletta featured the trees when designing a logo for Camphor Heights.
The community has an active neighborhood association with block captains, a newsletter published every other month, a Facebook group, Neighborhood Watch, an annual yard sale, and a "Seriously Fun" committee that organizes social events including movies in the park and a puppy parade during the National Night Out each August. Camphor Heights sometimes partners with the neighboring Dixieland and Beacon Hill neighborhoods for events.
President: Lee Robinson
Neighborhood Watch Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/252360145481635
Meetings: Second Monday of odd months at 6:30 p.m., Dobbins Park Pavilion next to Dixieland Elementary