If your checklist for a new apartment to rent looks something like this…
- A lush, tropical location that’s inland, but close enough to area beaches for day trips.
- Someplace warm year-round, with palm trees and exotic wildlife.
- A location that feels rural, but is close to a major city that offers plenty to do.
- A place with ample jobs, major universities, and a low cost of living.
…then you belong in Altamonte Springs, Florida!
Altamonte Springs is a suburb directly north of Orlando on I-4. It is a beautiful community – it was even named America's #1 city by CNN Money Magazine last year, and HGTV listed Altamonte Springs as one of its three places in America perfect for families. It is only about 25 miles from Walt Disney World Resort and other major theme parks, an hour from Florida's famous East Coast beaches, and just under two hours from the white, sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast.
Orlando's businesses, restaurants, and shopping are only about 10 miles away – and the University of Central Florida and Rollins College are also just minutes from Altamonte Springs. The city is proudly debt-free and has one of the lowest tax rates in the region. It is 30 minutes from Orlando International Airport, 25 minutes from Orland Sanford International Airport, and 20 minutes from Orlando Executive Airport. And, Altamonte Springs is on Orlando's SunRail line, a commuter rail system that began service on May 1, 2014. This new way of getting around the entire Orlando metro area is fast, fun, and convenient.
Renting an apartment in Altamonte Springs offers all of this and more. There's something for everyone in this great city: Outdoor adventurers can go fishing and boating at a multitude of nearby lakes. Those who enjoy canoeing and kayaking can paddle down calm waters at Little Big Econ State Forest, or explore the amazing Wekiva River at Wekiwa Springs State Park. The Wikiva River is one of Florida's two federally-designated "Wild and Scenic Rivers." A canoe trip down this river may include some visitors – the area is home to alligators, blue herons, egrets, woodpeckers, Florida black bears, deer, river otters, fox, and a wide variety of subtropical birds. The crystal-clear Wekiwa Springs are ideal for a refreshing dip – the springs produce 42 million gallons of fresh, cool water every day.
Cranes Roost Park is a Central Florida gem. Located in Uptown Altamonte, this 45-acre park wraps around Cranes Roost Lake. A one-mile walkway completely encircles the lake and includes several covered seating areas. After settling into your Altamonte Springs apartment, make the choreographed fountain show your number-one priority – it's stunning. The park also includes a European-style plaza, cobblestone walkways, ionic columns, a 62-foot tower, and the Eddie Rose Amphitheater with a one-of-a-kind floating stage. This is one of the best parks in Central Florida – and it hosts several events throughout the year. The park is pet-friendly (with the exception of the Plaza and Amphitheater) and includes a pet walk path.
Those who spend their weekends window-shopping will also love living in Altamonte Springs. The city is home to the popular Altamonte Mall, and Uptown Altamonte is a pedestrian-friendly shopping area filled with boutiques, cafes, specialty shops, bars, restaurants, and theaters. Nearby Downtown Orlando provides even more shopping and dining options.
If you prefer arts and culture, Altamonte Springs has you covered, as well. The Uptown Art Expo is held in Cranes Roost Park every March. This weekend-long event includes 150 juried art and fine crafts, live music, International street cuisine, festival foods, and activities for children. The city is also home to several museums, the Eastmonte Park Civic Center, and a variety of art galleries.
From golfing to air-boating, from fishing to beachcombing, and from art events and museums to world-famous theme parks, Altamonte Springs is a terrific city in the heart of Central Florida. Ready to check everything off your must-have list? Rent an apartment in Altamonte Springs!(Photo credits: Photo one: a n i. Y. via photopin cc; photo two: eyecmore via photopin cc; photo three: kellyv via photopin cc)