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Posted by Megan Crevier on Mar 15, 2016 2:58:51 PM
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Best Places to Live & Look at Homes for Sale in Orlando, Florida

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Orlando, Florida is a popular place to call home. Between its endless activities, booming business culture, and close proximity to beaches and other major cities, it’s not hard to see why.

If you're looking at homes for sale in Orlando, FL, the number of options when it comes to Central Florida communities may be a bit overwhelming - how do you choose which is best for you?!

Real Estate in Orlando, Florida encompasses everything from sky high condos Downtown, to waterfront Windermere homes, to historic homes in Sanford, and much more in between! 

We're breaking down some of the best places to live in Florida that us locals proudly call home.

Winter Park 

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Winter Park Florida is home to the iconic Park Avenue - a popular weekend spot for locals to shop and dine. The brick streets of Park Ave embrace a historic, charming feel mixed with modern luxuries. At one end of Park Ave you'll find the popular Rollins College which was named number 11 in top 50 of America's most entrepreneurial colleges.

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The architecture of the homes found in Winter Park ties together the elegant atmosphere of the town. You can find a variety of styles when it comes to the homes in this extremely popular Orlando community. The unique Real Estate ranges from luxury to lakefront to Spanish Villas to charming bungalows - Winter Park has it all. 

Winter Park, FL Real Estate*

Median Price of Homes for Sale: $456K
Median Age of Home: 44 yeas 
Own 65% Rent 35%
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Average Travel Time To:

Work: 22 minutes
Downtown Orlando: 15 minutes
Orlando's Popular Attractions: 30 minutes
Florida's East Coast Beaches: 60 minutes

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Lake Nona

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Lake Nona is a community that prides itself on its parks, amenities, education, and sustainable living. The entire community of Lake Nona was designed with accessible nature in mind - every resident can expect a park within a five minute walk from home. 

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The community includes 1,000 acres of waterways and lakes and 44 miles of trails - part of its commitment to healthy living. This Central Florida community is also home to Lake Nona Medical City - the 650 acre health and life sciences park and premiere location for research, education, and medical care.

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There are a number of residential options for those looking for Real Estate in this Florida community, from waterfront, to country club living, and even apartments.

The United States Tennis Association has plans to enhance the sport of tennis with their state of the art facility in Lake Nona. The facility is set to be completed at the end of 2016 and will create 154 new jobs. Lake Nona will also become the home of the Orlando City Soccer Club's training facility in 2017. Learn why now is the time to buy or sell in Lake Nona.

Lake Nona, FL Real Estate*

Median Price of Homes for Sale: $445K
Median Age of Homes: 8 years 
Own 67% Rent 33%
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Average Travel Time To:

Work: 26 minutes
Downtown Orlando: 30 minutes
Orlando's Popular Attractions: 30 minutes
Florida's East Coast Beaches: 60 minutes

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Windermere

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This town’s motto is “Among The Lakes,” and that is the best way to describe it. Nestled among the Butler Chain of Lakes is this charming community a little over 10 miles outside of the Downtown Orlando city lights. Isleworth is the community’s most notable neighborhood, home to a number of Orlando’s professional athletes. 

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Windermere is refreshing for those who work in the city but want a nature rich haven to come home to after their nine-to-five. The serene atmosphere, small town feel, and lakefront lifestyle here is certainly a desirable one to those looking for homes for sale in Orlando!

Windermere, FL Real Estate* 

Median Price of Homes for Sale: $587K
Median Age of Home: 15 years 
Own 84% Rent 16%
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Average Travel Time To:

Work: 25 minutes
Downtown Orlando: 30 minutes
Orlando's Popular Attractions: 20 minutes
Florida's East Coast Beaches: 90 minutes

Winter Garden

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Just around the corner from Windermere, Winter Garden, FL still holds on to the feeling of its small town southern charm. A visit to the community’s historic downtown feels as if you’re stepping back in time. It’s also known for its year round events like their car shows, art festivals, and weekly farmers market.

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The Plant Street Market is a resident favorite, complete with a brewery and local vendors selling homemade products and fresh, organic foods. Locals also love that the town offers access to the West Orange Trail - popular for biking, walking, or jogging! This popular suburb was recently named one of Orlando’s Hottest Real Estate Home Spots. From lakefront to historic, the neighborhoods in Winter Garden, Florida offer a variety of home types. Experience Winter Garden in 90 Seconds with this exciting video!

Winter Garden, FL Real Estate*

Median Price of Homes for Sale: $349K
Median Age of Home: 20 years 
Own 69% Rent 30%
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Average Travel Time To:

Work: 25 minutes
Downtown Orlando: 29 minutes
Orlando's Popular Attractions: 20 minutes
Florida's East Coast Beaches: 90 minutes

East Orlando

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East Orlando includes popular neighborhoods such as Avalon Park, Waterford Lakes, and Stoneybrook East to name a few. Once again, this Central Florida suburb encompasses that desirable small town feel.

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From town homes, to single family homes, to apartments, and even senior living, East Orlando offers a variety of home types for every homeowner. Alongside Winter Garden, East Orlando’s Waterford Lakes was named one of Orlando’s Hottest Home Spots!

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East Orlando is home to one of Lockheed Martin's locations and is also convenient to the University of Central Florida - the second largest university in the nation by enrollment. Also located in East Orlando is Valencia College, named the number one Community College in the nation by Aspen Institute.

The community's local parks and amenities allow for an active and healthy lifestyle among residents. The access to great education, endless shopping and dining at the expansive Waterford Lakes Town Center, and easy commute to other areas of Central Florida makes East Orlando a desirable home for Central Florida locals.

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East Orlando, FL Real Estate*

Median Price of Homes for Sale: $276K
Median Age of Home: 16 years 
Own 71% Rent 29%
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Average Travel Time To:

Work: 32 minutes
Downtown Orlando: 15-30 minutes
Orlando's Popular Attractions: 30 minutes
Florida's East Coast Beaches: 60 minutes

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Downtown Orlando

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Downtown Orlando living is the ultimate ‘live, work, play’ lifestyle. Residents who have found their home in the heart of this thriving and vibrant city have it all at their fingertips! Whether it be a stroll around Lake Eola, a sporting event at the Amway Center, or a night on the town, it’s all within walking distance for Downtown residents.

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This city is always busting with residents out and about - you will often find your neighbors out walking their dogs, pushing a stroller, or going for a nightly run! Enjoy weekly farmers markets, frequent special events, and a fast paced atmosphere here in the city.

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Real Estate options range from sky-high condos, to quaint homes in brick lined Thornton Park, to beautiful historic homes. Owning a piece of Downtown Orlando Real Estate means more than just a home - it means convenience and endless entertainment right in your backyard!

Downtown Orlando, FL Real Estate* 

Median Price of Homes for Sale: $277K
Median Age of Home: 29 years 
Own 24% Rent 76%
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Average Travel Time (in minutes) To:

Work: 24 minutes
Orlando's Popular Attractions: 25 minutes
Florida's East Coast Beaches: 65 minutes

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[Video] Experience the Allure & Pride of Calling Downtown, Orlando Home

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In the heart of the city, Downtown Orlando is a thriving community. Take a look at why so many are looking to call Orlando home in this captivating video: Watch Video

How Orlando's Famous History Created a Top Real Estate Destination

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Let's take a look at how this famous Central Florida town grew to the Real Estate hotspot it is today, and why so many people are flocking to find their very own home for sale in Orlando, Florida (hint: it's for more than the resident discount to the theme parks!). Keep Reading


*These stats were pulled from NARRPR on August 21st, 2017 and reflects homes for sale listed on MFRMLS

Topics: Community, Orlando