Post # 1
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I’m hoping you guys can shed some light on good family neighborhoods in Orlando. Darling Husband and I used to live in Tampa/St. Pete and are moving back to the area to raise our *future* kids.
The short version: I was searching real estate sites and found some really cheap houses. Then I googled to try to figure out what neighborhoods would be best… and it got kind of difficult. So, Orlando Bees, do you guys have any advice about good neighborhoods? We don’t really have any weird requirements, just a 3 bedroom single-family home with a yard for our dog. We’d probably be looking for around $250-300,000, if that matters.
The longer version: We currently live in an area that is not conducive to stay at home mom-hood. This is a problem. We plan to start trying at the end of the year, and the plan is start hardcore home-searching then. We figure that’s enough time to find and buy, but we want to start the planning process, as I am a planner. We’ll stay here until then because we both have really good jobs and can save a lot more with our salaries here. Darling Husband is a scientist, which is always in demand, so while we’re concerned about finding a new job, we’re not overly concerned that he won’t.
Any advice is appreciated!!!
Post # 3
@Mrs. Gremmlin: HI! what a coincidence, bf and I are also in the process of moving to ORlando FL. We are also facing the same challenges you guys are. So hard to move to a different state. Hopefully some Orlando Bees can help us out!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
@WbeeGirl: haha! Good luck to us both! I don’t know much beyond Disney, I-Drive and the other cool entertainment stuff, so I really hope folks respond!
Post # 5
Hi girls, I usually lurk but I figured I’d come out of hiding to help out. I’ve lived in Orlando my whole life. Are you looking to live in the Orlando city limits or just the general Orlando/Central Florida area? Right now I live in Altamonte springs which is about 20 minutes north. It is a nice area, on the less expensive side. Some of the other nicer areas are:
Winter Park (this depends on where exactly, some parts are pretty rundown)
Avalon Park (near UCF)
Markham Woods/Longwood (also near Altamonte Springs)
Hunter’s Creek (IDK as much about this one because it’s closer to Kissimmee, but I’ve heard nice things)
The thing about Orlando is that there are areas that are split between really nice/really sketchy. Like my mom lives in Ocoee in a really nice house/neighborhood, but just down the street are some really run down places. So it just depends.
If you have any other questions I’ll try to help! 😀
Post # 6
I live in the Lake Mary area and I really like it. i moved down from New York about three years ago. my fiance grew up in the Heathrow/Lake Mary. Lots of the subdivisons are gated and family friendly, especially some of the larger ones. We also have friends that live in the Winter Springs/Ovideo area where your money can go a little further. I am most famliar with places north of downtown. There are some really nice places in Winter Park and Maitland but the primo locations will cost you. Altamonte Spings isnt my faorite because the main road, 436, is nuts. Longwood is just north of there and just south of lake mary and also nice. I expect our next home will be in the Markham Woods area, it is nice and also pretty central. Good luck!
Post # 7
I live in Winter Park and love it- you can definitely get into the 32789 zip in your price range and have adorable neighborhoods.
Other areas I would look into are College Park(zip is 32804), Audoban(32803- north of downtown) and Thornton/Delaney area (32803 also- just south of downtown) and then also in Maitland.
The taxes in Seminole County are less then Orange but there is a certain charm to Winter Park and College Park tha tI love.
The housing market in Orlando has come down a ton and things are definitely priced to sell.
I am not a fan of subdivision/trac housing/ etc. So I told you areas that have charm and character.
If you are looking for more of a subdivision look- I would look at Baldwin Park(you could get a house there now for your price range) or up in Tuskawilla.
Post # 8
@starwinkle: I agree with her! I dont recommend any other areas than what she said..except perhaps oviedo and lake mary. also audobon is not the safest…keep away from the east side, or anything near east colonial drive! good luck!!
Post # 9
I’ll second all of the areas mentioned above…just stay as far away from Pine Hills and Eatonville as you can!!! I live in Altamonte Springs, and Its wonderful….Very family oriented area…Lake Mary & Winter Park are really nice…so is parts of Maitland & Mount Dora, but Mount Dora is far from I4…Deltona/debary/Orange city are a little closer to the east coast and you can get much cheaper homes there, but parts of Deltona are not so nice so you’d have to be careful with that neighborhood!
Post # 10
I live in Longwood, and I would also say Lake Mary,Or Longwood( west of I4), Oviedo is nice. If your having Kids I would recommend Longwood( the west of i4 portion). The schools in this area are great. A specific neighborhood would be sable point ( your price range). Lots of stay at home moms. You want Seminole county schools but stay out of Sanford. Winter Park is wonderful but you get so little for your money. The best schools in our area are elementary-Lake Mary, Sable Point, Middle sch-Rock Lake, anything in the Lake Brantley Area(this is near Sable Point. Did I say Sable Point in Seminole County) lol. Seriously these are in great school districts and really pretty neighborhoods. Hope that helps!
Post # 11
We currently live in Lake Mary, which I would highly recommend. Before that we lived in Winter Park, which is also nice. I would really recommend looking in Seminole County if you are looking for somewhere with good schools. A few people I work with live in the Winter Springs area and love it there as well.
If you are looking for something more “Orlando”, College Park is a really nice area, older but very cute houses.
Other areas that people are flocking to would be Windermere, Lake Nona or Waterford Lakes.
Post # 12
Oviedo is also a lovely area (pretty much between UCF and Sanford). Just throwing that out there! And Sanford is ncie!
Post # 13
Wow, lots of people moving to Orlando! Hubby and I are moving there from Indiana. We are renting a house in a really nice neighborhood in the Metro West area.
My favorite areas outside of Metro West were Dr. Phillips (I WISH!) and Hunters Creek. Great established areas that aren’t suburbs. We live in suburbs now and are so, so sick of it. Hubby’s job limited our location choices though, so I don’t know much about the NE side of town… heard AMAZING things about Longwood though!
Also just posted about internet- if anyone has advice LMK!!!!
Post # 14
2 more moving to FL! My Fiance and I are actually moving back to FL; we left about a year ago but missed it! I’m familiar with the areas in general but have lived in Downtown, Millenia area and Sanford. This time around we are planning to live in the Oviedo area. Anyone have suggestions for good apartement complexes in that area?
Post # 15
I don’t think there are really any apartments in the area that are not for college students. However, that’s just from my general knowledge of the area. I can get you a real estate agent’s information if you want.
There are REALLY NICE houses, though!
Post # 16
Oh and I totally meant to put for anyone to send me a message if they had apartment suggestions in the Oviedo area. I didn’t want to hijack the original posting!