Here is our guide The best places to live in Orlando
Orlando is the number 1 tourist destination in the world, now attracting over 72 million visitors to the sunshine state each year. A big draw to Orlando is Disney World and Universal Studios. It is more than likely you have visited Orlando to go to the theme parks and have probably stayed in the Kissimmee area and enjoyed the fun in the tourist areas of International drive and the 192. But where do the locals live?
If you have never ventured out away from the theme parks and popular tourist traps then it is very unlikely you will have experienced half of what Orlando has to offer. Orlando has historical downtowns, boutique shopping streets and one of the world’s best chain on lakes that has become a boat lovers dream.
Due to the diversity of Orlando, the incredible areas and the year round perfect weather it is not surprising that the rich and famous call Orlando home. Here are our Top communities to buy in if you are looking to relocate to Orlando.
Windermere and the Butler Chain of Lakes
Windermere is known as the town nestles amongst the lakes. The Butler Chain of lakes is a 10-mile chain including Lake Butler, Lake Louisa, Lake Isleworth, Lake Down, Little Lake Down, Lake Tibet, Lake sheen, Lake Blanche, Wauseon Bay, Pocket lake and Fish lake. Downtown Windermere is a beautiful historic town with a small main street where you will find some boutique shops including Paloma Coffee Shop and Dixie Cream Cafe. Just off the main street, you will find sand roads that lead to the lakes, homes here range from small 1 level homes to multi-million dollar mansions located directly on one of the lakes. The schools in this area are some of the best in Orlando such as Windermere Prep, Windermere High School and Olympia.
The best places to live in Orlando
Isleworth is renowned for being the best places to live in Orlando and is one of the most famous gated community in Orlando, it is still home to many celebrities and CEO’s but most famous for being the previous home of Tiger Woods and Shaq O’Neil. Isleworth is in a class of its own, with luxury high end custom built homes ranging from $1 million dollars up to $28 million. Many homes in Isleworth feature prominent positions on the best lakes on the Butler Chain with boat docks in your back yard. On site is an immaculate golf course, private club house with beautiful pool over looking the lake.
Keenes Pointe is another high end luxury community set on the shores of Lake Tibet on the Butler Chain of Lakes, home to more than 1500 properties Keenes Pointe is a popular choice for families. On site are some fantastic facilities including the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, club house with restaurant, fitness center, tennis courts and swimming pool.
Located just outside Keenes Pointe is Keenes park where you will find a children’s play area, soccer and lacrosse field but best of all a boat ramp so you can enjoy boating on the Butler Chain of lakes.
The Reserve at Lake Butler Sound is a gated and guarded community and is home to Americas Largest private residence the Versailles mansion with over 90,000 square feet of living space. As its name sake many homes in Lake Butler Sound are situated along the shore line of Lake Butler. Lake Butler Sound is home to some of the most luxurious properties, each custom built mansion has been architecturally designed and finished to the highest standard.
Winter Garden is one of the most up and coming places to live in central Florida with a stunning downtown area full of lively restaurants, bars and shops. Winter Garden is also home to Plant Street market where you will find the Crooked Can brewery and local eateries. Just minutes away is Winter Garden village, a large busy shopping Plaza of good shops and restaurants. Also running through Winter Garden is the West Orange Trail – a dedicated walking and cycling path that runs for over 20 miles. Eventually this will join from Floridas Gulf coast to Atlantic coast.
Bella Collina is a master planned residential community set amongst orange groves and woodlands in the rolling hills of Clermont in Lake County, Florida. Bella Collina is set over 2000 acres with some of the most stunning resort amenities found in any luxury community. One of the most impressive clubhouses in America is found here, an enormous 75,000 Square Foot Tuscan inspired mini village, with stunning streets, cozy restaurants, banquet halls and wedding venue. Homes vary in size in Bella Collina from modest 3 bedroom homes to multi million dollar spectacular mansions that sit of the shores of Lake Butler and Lake Siena.
Winter Park is located just a few miles north of Downtown Orlando and is one of the most beautiful and Historic places in central Florida. The main street in Winter Garden in Park Avenue, full of some amazing and lively restaurants, bars, boutique shops, cigar lounges, jewelry stores and more. The homes here are located of roads just off of Park Avenue. You will find some incredible mansions nestled along the many lakes that scatter throughout Winter Park. Winter Park is also home to one of the best schools in the area, Rollins Collage.
Lake Nona is one of Orlando’s newest neighborhoods, located close to Orlando International Airport and home to Medical City, a large development of hospitals and medical research facilities. Lake Nona’s best community is Lake Nona country Club, a designed resort by Tavistock, the group behind the successful Isleworth Community in Windermere.
Reunion Resort also makes it on our list. This stunning neighborhood is not one to miss. However, where Reunion resort is different from the above is that it is zoned for short term rentals. Meaning your home if you wish can be rented to guests when you are not using the home to generate an income.
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