Orlando Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Well known as the vacation city in the center of Florida so delightfully near Disney and Epcot, Orlando is also a wonderful place to call home. It has a youthful population (median age 32), rich cultural and ethnic diversity, and exceptional climate. All these and the lush natural surroundings make it an ideal place to raise a family or operate a business.

Not that Orlando and the surrounding towns and communities are any less attractive for retirees and winter residents! On the one hand are the theme parks, championship golf course, and outdoor recreational facilities. On the other are the art galleries, museums, nightlife, performing arts venues, and boutiques and outlets for shopping. There's something for everyone, not the least of which is the region's vitality and year-round warm sunshine.

Getting Familiar with Orlando's Residential Areas

With 88 residential neighborhoods within the greater Orlando metro area among 115 city neighborhoods overall, it's hard not to find just the community you've always dreamed of finding. The "intersection" of Interstate 4 and Highway 408 (the East-West Expressway) mark the center of the city, with the airport out to the southeast. Orlando, like much of Florida, is dotted with small lakes, which are always local landmarks. Among those in central Orlando are Lucerne, Eola, Davis, and Crystal.

Surrounding communities, which to all practical purposes are part of Orlando despite being incorporated in their own rights, include Azalea Park, Oak Ridge (5.1 miles), Winter Park (4.8 miles), and Belle Isle (5.1 miles). Orlando's school system is extensive and strong. Among the larger are 10 private and 10 public primary and middle schools, and just as many at the high school level. The system continues at the next level with a host of institutes, community colleges, and technical schools. Universities include Rollins College, Stetson, and Central Florida.

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