I have great memories of Orlando, Florida: sitting in traffic on I-4 trying to get to my first “real” job downtown at a newspaper office, school field trips to Epcot Center, band trips to march in the Disney World parade. My first date with my husband was to Lake Eola, where we rode a two-person paddle boat swan around the fountain. Although I haven’t been back to this beautiful city in several years, I can still picture the downtown skyline. Skyscrapers, palm trees, warm sunshine, and impossibly blue skies. If someone says “Orlando” and you only think of theme parks, you may be missing out on a wonderful city that is a great place to live.
Here, some beautiful Orlando neighborhoods to consider:
Downtown Orlando: High-rise office buildings, funky uptown restaurants, amazing shopping, and nightlife.
Metro West: Creative, fun, and home to a multitude of college students. Looking for a funky loft near a park? Metro West has you covered.
Mariner’s Village: Perfect for those who enjoy boating, since it is near several lakes.
Lake Frederica: Lakes and parks, perfect for those who enjoy spending time outside. It’s also close to the airport and the University of Central Florida.
Ventura: Country club, golf, and alligators. If you want a true Florida experience, live in Ventura, which borders the Ventura Country Club and the La Costa Wetlands, home to an abundance of Florida wildlife.
Millenia: If you love to shop, you’ll love living this close to the spectacular Mall of Millenia.
South Orange: For those involved in the medical field, this is Orlando’s medical hub.
Conway: A picturesque, family-oriented neighborhood.
Dover Shores West: It isn’t all theme parks. If you like your entertainment more refined, Dover Shores West is near the Orlando Science Center, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orlando Museum of Art.