Communities of Orlando

Looking to relocate to Orlando, Florida? Here are some of the best communities for you to consider!

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is more than Disney. Like any city, we have a little bit of everything. With nearby beaches, golf courses, local farmers markets we have a small town charm in the midst of one the famous spots to visit in the world. Orlando is roughly divided into four quadrants defined by Interstate 4 (north-south) and Colonial Drive/SR 50 (east-west).

The theme parks and attractions, like Universal Studios and Disney World are generally in the southwest quadrant about 20 miles from the city center while the dense International Drive hotel area abuts the southeast side of I-4.

The south and west sections, especially International Drive, Sand Lake/Dr. Phillips and Lake Buena Vista, are the Orlando neighborhoods where you’ll find the greatest concentration of hotels, restaurants, night clubs, golf courses and attractions.

If you are looking to move to Orlando, Florida or live here and want to know about a different neighborhood or subdivision, there’s nothing like working with someone who lives here and knows the area – and I happen to know someone. That would be me – Nicole Mickle.  I can lead you to the best neighborhoods for you based on what you’re looking for . . .big yard, pool, golf course, school districts, after-school activities, senior living, gated community, community center? Let me know your wish list when we talk.

There are gated communities, homes on traditional streets, historic buildings, downtown and new town centers. Orlando’s West Orange County alone has nearly 200 lakes, more than 50 parks with over 22 miles of the West Orange Trail and 20 golf courses; public, private and restricted. Whether you’re a current resident or thinking of making Orlando your home, take some time to look around. There’s always something to discover in Orlando.

Winter Garden, Florida

Located just 14 miles from downtown Orlando, Winter Garden is a small city with a thriving economy and a variety of amenities. Winter Garden FL homes for sale are in close proximity to plenty to see and do and are available in a multitude of styles to suit many different tastes. As one of the most sought-after communities in the area, these homes don’t stay on the market long. There is so much to love about living in Winter Garden real estate!

There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation near Winter Garden FL homes for sale. The West Orange Trail is a popular landmark. This is a 22-mile, mix-use trail that’s ideal for walking, jogging, biking, and skating. It also connects residents to the downtown area, so getting around without a car is a breeze. In addition, Winter Garden boasts several neighborhood parks. Veterans Memorial Park contains basketball courts, a picnic area with grills, softball fields, multipurpose fields, tennis courts, a volleyball court, and a playground. Newton Park features boating, fishing, and picnic areas. Additional parks include Braddock Park, Maple Street Park, Zander’s Park, Dr. Bradford Memorial Park, Chapin Station Neighborhood Park, and Warrior Park. Enjoying the beauty of the outdoors is easy when living in Winter Garden real estate.

Another benefit of living in Winter Garden is the fantastic options for shopping and dining. The city has two superb areas for quality shops and dining spots. Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves is an open-air shopping center featuring an array of retailers, eateries, and restaurants. The historic downtown is another great place, offering quaint local restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. This charming locale also features museums and the Garden Theatre.

Winter Garden real estate residents enjoy a close-knit community that hosts many events and social gatherings. Seasonal events such as Halloweenfest, Winter Garden Christmas Parade, and Light Up Winter Garden are fun for all ages. Other events include Cruz-N-Shows, Fridays on the Plaza, and Winter Garden Farmers’ Market.

Winter Garden homes for sale are available in various subdivisions and luxury neighborhoods. Gorgeous developments and new construction are found in communities such as Lake Cove Pointe, Verde Park, Hamlin, Johns Lake Pointe, Bradford Creek, Watermark, Avalon Reserve, Orchard Hills, Independence Estates, and Isles of Lake Hancock. Property choices include historic homes, lakefront homes, luxury homes, condos, and townhouses. Home prices range from approximately $50,000 to $4,759,000. Home sizes range from around 700 square feet all the way up to 23,286 square feet.

Apopka, Florida

The second largest City in Orange County, and named by Forbes Magazine as the “14th Friendliest towns in America” in December 2012, Apopka is conveniently located just 20 minutes (Northwest) from downtown Florida. It’s close to Orlando’s cultural attractions while still keeping that quiet small town atmosphere we all enjoy. Referred to as the ”Indoor Foliage Capital of the World” because of its multi-million dollar foliage industry, Apopka is truly a great place to work, live and raise a family.

Be sure to check out Wekiva Springs Park, located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. It’s where locals relax, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring. Join canoeists and kayakers while you paddle along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. Thirteen miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding.

Lake Nona – Medical City

Lake Nona is known as “Medical City,” was started by the Tavistock  Development Company. Tavistock developed the community in 1996 with the purchase of 600 acres which are private residential lots as well as home to the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club.Search For Lake Nona Homes Now

It has continued to progress with over 1000 homes sold in 2007.  The lifestyle focuses on technology, sustainable design, and healthy living.  Whether you prefer urban living or a more suburban lifestyle, Lake Nona has you covered.

You will find the following companies in Lake Nona:

  • Lake Nona Health and Life Sciences Campus
  • United States TennisAssociation (USTA)
  • A State of The Art VA Hospital.
  • Retail Centers
  • Recreational Facilities include:
    • Golfing
    • Yoga
    • Tai-chi
    • Cycling
    • Art classes

The Lake Nona community engages everyone by holding quarterly events like their “movie night” for example, where residents just step outside their homes to enjoy.

As far as those people who enjoy a little outdoor time there is 40% green space with community parks and pools in every neighborhood. There is also 44 miles of planned trails crisscrossing throughout our Lake Nona neighborhoods.

Lastly, I must mention the innovation that Lake Nona is known for through partnering with other companies such as:

  • Cisco which offers the fastest internet connection in the US (200 times faster than most.)
  • Whit is a company that specializes in designing homes to highlight health and well-being – from a Vitamin C shower to an alarm clock which lights up to simulate dawn.
  • Dais-Onsite Technology is a solutions provider for residential and commercial sites.

So, as you can see, Lake Nona truly encompasses the live, learn, work and play connection, making this a community so many are proud to say they belong to.

Ocoee, Florida

All roads lead to Ocoee – You can reach downtown Orlando, the airport and all the major attractions in 30 minutes. From the mid-1850s when known as Starke Lake was established, Ocoee has managed to grow and retain its history and culture that can be seen in the beautiful parks, bricks roads and historic buildings like Withers-Maguire House & MuseumSearch For Ocoee Homes Now & Learn more about Ocoee

Montverde, Florida

When people think of Central Florida they generally think of a flat landscape. Montverde strongly contradicts that notion with its rolling hills and lush greenery. It also is located away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks and attractions, but close enough that one can enjoy at one’s own choosing.

Montverde is a small town with historic roots dating back to the mid-1800s. The town’s first residents arrived in 1865 and named the area West Lake Apopka. Later on, it would be renamed as “Mount Verde,” which is Spanish for green mountains. It is located within the borders of Lake County, Florida.

Montverde is now one the most sought-after destination to live by people relocating to the area.  Currently, it houses the Montverde Academy. The school opened on September 23, 1912, in a two-room wooden building and a church, with two teachers and a small amount of equipment. It has evolved into an international, coeducational, independent college preparatory school for grades PK3-12, with a boarding program which serves grades 7-12, and post-graduate studies.

You will also find the Helen Lehmann Memorial library located in this community. It is part of the Lake County Library System, a library cooperative consisting of 9 member libraries and 6 branch libraries. Whether searching for a reading program, community events or other resources, this is your go-to place.

Also, you will find the 1900-acre private waterfront golf community, known as Bella Collina. Recognized for its beautiful custom estate homes, rich architectural design and award-winning home sites. Watch the below video to learn more and feel free to contact me with any questions or inquiries you might have.

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Windermere Florida

The town of Windermere is approximately 1.57 square miles and is among the top 15% wealthiest communities in America and home to regular folks and professional athletes like Tiger Woods and Shaquille O’Neal. Looking to play golf? One of Orlando’s best-kept secrets is Windermere Country Club, an 18-hole championship golf course.


An oasis in the city, Metrowest had its start in the mid-1980. Quality of life was the core value, and even the landscaping was treated like architecture, carefully chosen and planted to display beautiful islands of trees and flowering shrubbery separating traffic, Beautiful neighborhoods, shops, and daycare centers. Located just minutes from Orlando’s downtown business district, it also boasts Metrowest Elementary School, award-winning for teaching and leadership to the neighborhood school children.

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