Orlando

Although the central part of the state encompasses several beautiful communities, the most well-known of all of these is the great city of Orlando.

Beloved for its plentiful theme parks and attractions, the city also has a desirable downtown area that rivals that of even larger cities.

Orlando

The city is also full of museums, the arts, dynamic nightlife, superb dining and shopping, and commerce of all types. With over 60 million visitors to Orlando, people are realizing this great city has an appeal for almost everybody. Retirees have abundant options as there are countless 55+ communities if that’s their preference, as well as many neighboring communities that are a little less congested but still within close proximity to all of the action. There is lot of housing inventory in the low, medium and high price market, so whatever your budget is, Orlando real estate is diverse enough to offer options for every wallet. Suburbs and neighboring cities are seeing the benefit of this real estate explosion and now may be the right time to make the move, if Orlando has been ringing your bell. Let’s take a look at what comes to mind first when we think of Orlando, the theme parks.

Epcot

The granddaddy of them all, of course, is Walt Disney World.

The park opened in 1971, and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, according to Forbes. Since opening, they have added more parks to the Disney brand including Hollywood Studios, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom Park, waterparks and a themed campground. In addition to Disney, Orlando’s other theme parks include Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Legoland. Phew! With all of these options, one would never get bored here. And by the way, Florida residents get a discount at all the parks. Just one of the perks of saying Florida is home.

Disney

If you’re looking for something other than theme parks to occupy your time, Orlando is teeming with museums, art galleries, fine dining and virtually every type of restaurant you could want, outstanding shopping, and world-class golfing. The downtown area is occupied by large corporations who consider Orlando to be the center of the universe, at least the center of the commerce universe. Orlando also has a number of green spaces including parks and rivers with trails for walking and biking. January is the coldest month in Orlando with an average temperature of 59 degrees and the warmest month is July with an average temperature of 82 degrees. And by the way, the average snowfall yearly is zero inches, in case you were wondering. With such a mild climate and so many activities to choose from, plus its central proximity to everywhere in Florida, owning Orlando real estate is a dream of many. Walt Disney may have known a thing or two when he decided this had to be the home of his grand vision.

Mt. Dora, which sits on the beautiful Lake Dora and is surrounded by a beautiful park.

There are several cities that border Orlando and provide housing options for those not wanting to be so close to the hustle and bustle. One of these is the charming Mt. Dora, which sits on the beautiful Lake Dora and is surrounded by a beautiful park. This 100-year-old-plus little city is a true artist’s enclave where art galleries and studios make up the quaint downtown. Several significant art festivals are held and attract artists from all over. Mt. Dora housing options include an eclectic mix of Florida cottages, old Victorian mansions and tastefully done modern homes. Residents love the central location, being less than an hour from Daytona Beach and just minutes outside of Orlando. The sweet aroma coming from the plentiful orange groves is a pleasant reminder of your tropical surroundings.

Mt. Dora

Mt. Dora

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