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Airport North lies within the city of Orlando, FL., and sits 2 miles from the Orlando International Airport. The neighborhood rests 10 miles north of Orlando’s center, making it a convenient home for those looking for easy access to local shopping and restaurants. The area’s strong educational system has high graduation rates, and the low cost of living attracts those looking to relocate. Residents often remain in the neighborhood due to its beautiful weather throughout the year.
Located just 4 miles southwest of Orlando, the Park Central neighborhood has a mix of owner-occupied homes and rental apartments and condos, resulting in a relatively young population. The community occupies just 0.2 square miles, but it has a population density greater than the average for Orlando, giving residents new opportunities for friendship and collaboration. Although the neighborhood has kid-friendly accommodations, families with children are not as common in Park Central as they are in other Orlando communities.
Brunetti South makes up a small portion of eastern Orange County. Located along the Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway, the area contains a large apartment development, a convenience and gas station, and a vast amount of undeveloped land. The area sits due east of the Orlando International Airport and around 19 miles southeast of downtown Orlando. North Narcoossee Road borders the western edge of the area, and large lake and marshlands sit along the western edge. Heading south of the area leads to the Lavina and Busch areas.
Central Business District
The Central Business District in Orlando prevails as the city’s epicenter for business activity. This area serves as Orlando’s financial district and has become the most well-known fixture of downtown. The Central Business District provides commercial and residential towers as well as large office complexes. This neighborhood creates an alluring atmosphere filled with sports facilities, nightclubs, performing arts theaters, retail locations, a movie theater and art galleries. The Central Business District lies less than 2 miles north of Orlando’s center and plays home to capitivating galleries, museums and beautifully designed parks. It incorporates excellent transit and public transportation options, which allow guests to travel easily throughout the area to experience what it has in terms of art, entertainment and cultural elements. Aside from the diverse selection of dining and shopping options in the Central Business District, its thriving nightlife and lively energy appeal to locals and visitors alike.
Conway, an unincorporated, census-designated place, sits less than 5 miles southeast of downtown Orlando. Residents have the choice of new developments from the 1990s and 2000s that include apartments, townhouses and single-family homes. Conway is popular with families for its quiet setting and low crime rate, while young professionals gravitate to the community for its proximity to downtown.
Englewood Park sits nestled in Central Florida, just 6 miles east of downtown Orlando. The neighborhood’s association strives to welcome all residents and hosts events to help locals get acquainted with each other and build community pride. Well-maintained parks and ongoing aims to advance educational opportunities attract those who dwell here. The low cost of living, convenient local amenities and gorgeous weather lure people to the area and turn them into residents.
As one of the most popular cities in the world for tourists, Orlando packs in a multitude of activities for every person visiting or living in the area. The majority of those activities lie in the neighborhood of Florida Center. The famous International Drive and Universal Studios resorts and theme parks make up the neighborhood, which in turn makes it one of the most widely visited parts of Greater Orlando. Nearly all businesses and elements of Florida Center cater to the tourism crowd. Sitting just to the southwest of downtown Orlando the neighborhood’s location allows for more spacious surroundings for it’s residents.
Florida Center North
Florida Center North encompasses a small section of greater Orlando just southeast of downtown. The area, known as an excellent shopping destination, draws in crowds of tourists as well as residents on a daily basis. Located directly in the center of Orlando’s peak attractions, Florida Center North remains packed with things to do for the whole family.
Goldenrod, situated about 11 miles northeast of downtown Orlando, offers residents a quieter, more family-friendly alternative compared to living in the heart of the city. With a 20-minute drive to get downtown, commuters easily make the trip every morning and come home to their friendly neighborhood with eclectic restaurants and ample shopping opportunities. Its biking trails and local events help to make Goldenrod a great hometown that lies close to both Full Sail University and Rollins College.
Downtown Orlando features seven distinct neighborhoods. The Parramore neighborhood encompasses Holden/Parramore and two other sections. This area is renowned as an entertainment center; additionally, the city of Orlando sees potential for Holden/Parramore as a place on the rise. Residents live just under 1 mile west from Orlando’s city center in this neighborhood that sits in the midst of that city’s entertainment venues, public amenities and work opportunities.
Hunters Vista sits 7.3 miles northwest of Kissimmee, Florida, and around 19 miles south of Orlando. The neighborhood was developed and constructed in the late 1980s and early 1990s as an expansion of the Hunters Creek area. The neighborhood sits along both sides of the Central Florida Greenway, providing residents a serene suburban landscape within a short vicinity to a major metropolitan area. The meticulously manicured landscapes give the area a clean and upscale feel.
Nestled in Orlando, Florida, Kirkman North lies 7 miles away from the city center of Orlando, 12 miles from Disney World, and a mere 4 miles from Universal Studios. The neighborhood attracts many due to its affordable cost of living and nearby local amenities. Entertainment options, restaurants, and shopping surround the area. An excellent school system with high graduation rates and the amazing weather year-round also draws in those who call Kirkman North home.
Located in Orlando, Florida, Kirkman South sits less than 7 miles away from Orlando’s city center, which houses renowned attractions such as Disney World and the Universal Orlando Resort. These entertainment venues, along with an affordable cost of living, attract people to the neighborhood, turning them into residents. The local amenities such as grocery stores, shops and restaurants offer convenience to those who call this location home. The beautiful year-round weather and high graduation rates win over locals, as well.
Lake Frederica lies 7 miles southeast of the center of Orlando, Florida. Residents reach major attractions such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in approximately 20 miles. Local amenities, including restaurants, bars, parks and shops, all sit near the neighborhood. The low cost of living attracts many in search of affordable housing with nearby access to city life. The sound school system takes satisfaction in high graduation rates, and the favorable climate draws people to the neighborhood turning them into life-long residents.
Surrounding the scenic Lake Whippoorwill in the southeastern area of metropolitan Orlando, the suburban neighborhood of Lake Hart sits comfortably among the lakes, rivers and wild greenery that natural Florida has to offer. With a minuscule population of around 540 people as of 2010, this community benefits from the seclusion and beauty of rural life while enjoying a modest 20-mile drive from the downtown Orlando area. North Shore at Lake Hart, a community housing development, stands just to the north and provides a suburban living option for those who also would like to take advantage of the nearby lakes and forests. Other neighboring communities also surround nearby lakes, such as Lake Mary Jane, Ajay Lake and Fells Cove.
As denizens of one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, residents of Orlando, Florida, can often feel lost in the whirl of rental cars and mouse ears. Neighborhoods outside of the tourist corridor are popular options for locals looking to enjoy the warm climate, lush greenery and poolside excursions. Areas like Lake Nona, just 20 miles from downtown Orlando, make that possible. In the late 1990s, Lake Nona looked very different than it does today. Then, the area included cattle-filled fields and a golf course. Subsequently, homes sprung up by the thousands as people flocked to the area to enjoy upscale amenities with a small town twist. Today, families can walk to local schools and bike to nearby restaurants, and professionals enjoy a huge number of options for advancement in the medical field thanks to the area’s blossoming medical industry. The A-rated public schools and access to major roads make Lake Nona the perfect destination for small town life within the big city.
On the west side of downtown Orlando, just outside the busy streets surrounded by skyscrapers, rests a peaceful lake known as Sunset Lake. The waters were designated a public park in the mid-1900s, and around this park a community formed: the Lake Sunset community. With just a 10-minute drive into the center of Orlando, easy access to an interstate highway and even easier access to a state road, residents of Lake Sunset slip out of their charming neighborhood to surrounding destinations with ease. Only rush hour on Interstate 4 can frustrate a fondness for traveling. With a small elementary school, lush trees, long sidewalks and a lake breeze to boot, Lake Sunset remains a picturesque community that makes friends among neighbors.
East of downtown Orlando, where one can hardly hear the runways of Orlando Executive Airport, lies the unfrequented community of Lake Underhill. A clean suburb with winding streets and picturesque houses, the neighborhoods of Lake Underhill provide a haven from the commotion of downtown Orlando without a long commute. This neighborhood lies less than 3 miles from downtown’s one-way streets surrounding the Orlando Magic’s Amway Center and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Just 20 minutes away, you’ll find Universal Studios, and a 30-minute trip takes you to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and the other Disney parks. Lake Underhill reaches these places with easy outlet — less then 2 miles from separate highways heading north, south, east and west from Orlando. Despite the opportune location, the Lake Underhill community attains notoriety and wealth where other similar neighborhoods might not. Through its position adjacent to a lake and on the opposing side of a modest airport, residents avoid the traffic and hassle of being so conveniently placed in one of the world’s most desired tourist destinations.
A small refuge of luxury amid the busy city and nearby planned lake communities, southeast Orlando’s LaVina neighborhood offers convenient proximity to diverse amenities and experiences. Sitting just 10 miles southwest of the city center and 25 miles from the Disney World Magic Kingdom theme park, LaVina’s location makes accessing the best of Orlando’s world-class entertainment attractions simple and fast. Surrounded by natural lakes on all sides, including Lake Nona, Buck Lake, Red Lake and East Lake within 5 miles, LaVina provides near limitless opportunities to make the most of sunny Florida weather.
Rife with man-made lakes and rivers, and bisected by East Michigan Street, Mariner’s Village prides itself on being the picture of suburban solitude at the heart of surrounding cities. From a bird’s eye perspective, the houses and apartment complexes appear crammed back-to-back, but the neighborhood actually features lush greenery in backyards, along roadsides and around Lake Porter. Docks bob lakeside, and passing geese and wild ducks make their home on these waters every year. South Conway Road runs parallel to the neighborhood border with intersecting side streets and rural roads spread over the area. Ranked as one of the best places to live in Orlando for the continuously pleasant weather, Mariner’s Village remains around 81 degrees Fahrenheit in summer, and the climate rarely plummets past 64 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.
The MetroWest neighborhood prides itself on being a beautiful place to enjoy a high quality of life through convenient amenities and a safe, family-friendly atmosphere. MetroWest residents have convenient access to Interstate 4, Orlando’s major highway, and close proximity to many of Orlando’s treasured attractions, including Universal Studios, Disney and The Florida Mall. Free community events take place throughout the year, many of which are held at a central point of town, the MetroWest Golf Club. The Bill Frederick Park and other recreational areas provide residents with ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
The Millenia neighborhood is one of Orlando’s newer neighborhoods, located in the southwest area of Orlando. It is a small community of about 7,600 people. This neighborhood features the Mall at Millenia and the Holy Land Experience. The Holy Land Experience is an interactive Biblical attraction that hosts different exhibitions and presentations including the Jerusalem Street Market, Birth Place of Jesus and The Scriptorium.
Orlovista is a 2-mile, unincorporated community in Orange County, Florida. It lies 6 miles west of the city of Orlando and about 17 miles from Orlando International Airport. The low cost of living and accessible local amenities attract people to the neighborhood, turning visitors into residents. The amazing year-round weather and proximity to area attractions and theme parks please those who call Orlovista home.
Pine Castle/Belle Isle
Dominated by lakes, particularly Lake Conway, the Pine Castle and Belle Isle neighborhoods attract residents who enjoy fishing and water sports. The majority of people here drive less than 20 minutes to get to work, as nearby Lake Conway South Seaplane Base provides jobs in the area, and State Road 527 runs through both towns to Orlando and Kissimmee, allowing an easy commute for those who work in either city. A little more than 5 miles south of Orlando and around 15 miles north of Kissimmee, this area also contains lodging options for area attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, among others. Although both communities make excellent choices for retirement, families settle here as well, escaping the bustle of the tourist areas and downtown Orlando.
The Pine Hills neighborhood of Orlando provides an affordable alternative to the pricey gated communities and more lavish accommodations in the surrounding region. Thanks to Pine Hills’ proximity to several colleges as well as countless employers in the greater Orlando metropolitan area, most residents spend 30 minutes or less getting to work. This neighborhood lies about 7 miles northwest of downtown Orlando and 12 miles east of Lake Apopka.
The small suburban neighborhood of Randall/Johnson sits in the southeast corner of Orlando and borders other communities, such as Brunetti South, Lavina and East Park. Locals know Randall/Johnson for its clean and well-maintained public areas, the unique architecture of the homes, and its tree-lined streets. The residents enjoy several small and large natural lakes that rest in and around the neighborhood, along with the dense surrounding woodland that secludes Randall/Johnson within its own calm and serene space. Commuters make a 16.5-mile drive to reach the downtown center of Orlando or a 20.5-mile drive south to the Kissimmee city center.
Rio Pinar, an unincorporated area, sits within Orange County in the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Area. In a location near the University of Central Florida and the attractions of Orlando and less than an hour from the Atlantic Ocean, residents of the neighborhood live in a prime spot. Nonetheless, its location 8 miles east of downtown Orlando keeps you far enough away from the tourist crowds and tucked away in a quiet country club district that includes the neighborhood’s own Rio Pinar Country Club. These features help residents enjoy a private and peaceful lifestyle, and attract mostly married couples and families.
About 34 miles north of Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, lies Rosemont, a beautiful neighborhood filled with entertainment and plentiful amenities. Rosemont, known for its affordable housing market, also houses an excellent school district and a growing economy. Just one hour from Cape Canaveral, the Rosemont neighborhood lies close to many vacationing attractions. Reflected in the types of establishments that make up this unique area, the neighborhood embraces its melting pot of cultures. An urban neighborhood, it holds a variety of real estate. From studio apartments to four-bedroom homes, the area accommodates a wide array of people.
The central city of the sunshine state, Orlando, Florida boasts a gathering of tropical tourism, theme parks and urban eccentricity. Just outside of the dense concrete concentration of skyscrapers, stadiums and city lights, just south of the mayor’s office and the Orlando Magic’s Amway Center, exists the suburban community of South Orange. From the stem of where South Orange Ave begins its run south has, over the years, branched developments, restaurants, complexes and landscaped, green neighborhoods. Only through a drive down its roads can someone properly appreciate the pristine quality of its leafy trees, clean curbs and easy flowing streets. Knowingly or not, the residents of South Orange have molded it into a home envied by visitors around the world.
South Semoran, located within the city of Orlando, Florida, sits a mere 7 miles east of the city center. Its close proximity to area theme parks and attractions provides local family fun and entertainment. Other nearby amenities, which include shopping centers, restaurants and parks, attract many to the area. Residents appreciate the low cost of living, and South Semoran is considered perfect for those who want access to a big city, but don’t want the expensive costs of downtown dwelling. The year-round warm weather also makes a compelling case for a relocation to this beautiful neighborhood.
A prominent neighborhood located just 14 miles from the Orlando city center, the Southeast Orlando area provides a beautiful community for those who want to live near the action. A place with tree-lined streets and astonishing homes, Southeast Orlando combines nature with a remarkable lifestyle, which attracts young professionals, families with children, singles and retirees alike. Some of the most important aspects of any neighborhood include excellent school systems, a diverse cultural arena and plenty to do on the weekends. The Southeast Orlando district has several brand new schools that were built in response to the potential for new growth, and residents also have access to several excellent universities.
Southwest Orlando lies in a convenient area just a short drive from downtown, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World and the rest of the endless attractions of Orlando. With numerous residential subdivisions, the area has become a popular location for families to settle down just outside the city. Defining characteristics remain related to that of nearby Walt Disney World, which includes multiple theme parks, dining experiences and activities. The area houses many hotels, given the proximity to the Orlando attractions, and allows easy driving access to many of them.
Ventura lies just 7 miles southeast from the center or Orlando, making the big city only a 15-minute drive away. This neighborhood defines itself as a golf-course community, gated to ensure safety for all residents. The community keeps the land well-groomed, and the multiple lakes create a calm and relaxed atmosphere. Ventura serves as the perfect place for raising a family or for retiring; people of all ages love living on the water and having access to the Ventura Country Club that keeps the community close-knit. The location makes it easy to reap the benefits of a private neighborhood while still having access to the liveliness of Orlando.
Vista East offers the closeness of community with the seclusion of a quiet suburban lifestyle. A development project funded by the city of Orlando will help Vista East grown into a larger neighborhood and create upwards of 4,000 new jobs. This project includes the laying of new roads in the area to increase accessibility and the building of new model homes. Located about 12 miles southeast of downtown Orlando, Vista East provides an escape from tourism and city life while remaining within driving distance of a multitude of amenities and attractions. Vista East is a scenic area with beautiful greenery and palm trees less than 30 minutes from Walt Disney World.
The quiet residential neighborhood of Williamsburg lies in the southwest section of Orlando. This close-knit community features a friendly neighborhood with many attractions, shops and retailers within 10 minutes of home. Orlando’s tourist destinations, Orlando International Airport, medical facilities, retailers, shops and downtown area lie within 20 minutes of Williamsburg, a suburb tucked into a busy city.
Eight miles southwest of Orlando’s city center sits the quiet neighborhood of Windhover. While houses, condominiums, and apartments make up the vast majority of Windhover’s land area, the community does feature a handful of shopping and dining options along South Kirkman Road on the east edge of the neighborhood. Windhover also features a large wooded area; while not designated a park, the greenery adds immeasurably to Windhover’s charm. Furthermore, the famous Universal Studios Orlando theme park makes its home directly adjacent to the south of the neighborhood. While most of Windhover’s locals only visit the park on occasion, the massive number of tourists traveling to the park plays a key role in Windhover’s economic activity, and keep the roads and shops in the eastern half of the neighborhood quite busy.
Winter Park, one of the wealthiest cities in the metro Orlando area, sits nestled among the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, a series of picturesque lakes connected by navigable canals. Located just a 15-minute drive north of downtown Orlando, Winter Park is known for winding brick streets and canopies of old live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. Home to a thriving arts scene, upscale shopping and dining, and plenty of outdoor activities, Winter Park remains a popular choice for those wishing to escape downtown yet still feel connected to a cultural center.
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