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Orlando, Florida may be best known for Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, however, for those who call it home, it offers so much more. Orlando is steeped in history, full of opportunity and a wonderful spot to raise a family, advance your career, or enjoy one's golden years. Regardless of what draws you to Orlando, there a plenty of areas and neighborhoods that are ideal places to find your next home. 

Orlando's Top Neighborhoods

College Park:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - College Park, Orlando

The affluent neighborhood of College Park is located north of downtown Orlando and is full of century-old homes, superior dining and stylish boutiques. The area is abundant in green space, parks, and lakes. 

Real Estate:

College Park offers residents a suburban lifestyle while keeping them fully immersed in all the amenities and activities that Orlando has to offer. 

Homes in the College Park area are mostly large, single-family dwellings, built anywhere between the early 1900’s to the 2000's. The area is also known for having 20th-century cottages which are full of character and charm. 

The median home value in College Park is approximately $310,000. Homes range greatly however, with some valuing well over 1 million dollars. 

Schools:

Some schools in the College Park area are:

  • Hope Charter School
  • Oakland Avenue Charter School
  • Cornerstone Charter Academy
  • Legacy High Charter School

What’s Nearby:

The College Park Neighborhood Association is committed to improving and protecting the standard of living for those who reside there, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for community gatherings and events. 

The main street of the neighborhood, Edgewater Dr., is full of upscale shopping, fine dining, friendly pubs, and cozy coffee shops. You are never more than a few minutes from all these great amenities when you are in the College Park area. 

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Thornton Park:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Thornton Park, Orlando

Thornton Park is the perfect spot for anyone looking for a unique and inviting neighborhood. This area has become increasingly popular for young professionals as the area is a hub for cafès, pubs, restaurants, and boutiques. 

Real Estate:

The population for Thornton Park is approximately 1,865 residents. The majority of those who live in the neighborhood own their home. 

The median home value for properties in Thornton Park is roughly $318,000 and the home's area is primarily single-family dwellings or condominiums. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Thornton Park area include:

  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Cornerstone Academy Charter
  • Howard Middle School
  • Cornerstone Academy Charter High School
  • Edgewater Highschool

What’s Nearby:

Enjoy the hip and urban feel of Thornton Park shopping area. The cobblestone streets are filled with unique shops, stellar restaurants, and events throughout the year. 

The nightlife is electric in Thornton Park. The main street, Washington Ave., is full of bars and pubs pumping out live music and colorful drinks. 

Thornton Park is also located right next to Lake Eola Park, which is the perfect getaway from busy city life. The lake is surrounded by the sidewalk, making a scenic stroll enjoyable for all. Sit and enjoy the scenery or have a picnic with friends. 

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Delaney Park:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Delaney Park, Orlando

The neighborhood of Delaney Park is a great place to raise a family. Homes are very affordable, and the quiet streets provide the perfect setting. 

Real Estate:

The Delaney Park area began its development in the 1920’s and continued to grow as Orlando grew. The area features mainly large homes that are competitively priced. 

The neighborhood is situated right next to Lancaster Lake and offers residents a scenic backdrop to suburban life. 

Homes in the area vary in price considerably, some selling for $164,000 while others are over the 1.5 million dollar mark. Due to this wide variety, the area offers options for all types of budgets. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Delaney Park area are:

  • Delaney Elementary School
  • Blankner Elementary School
  • Boone High School

What’s Nearby:

For those who enjoy spending time in nature, there are a number of lakes in the Delaney Park neighborhood. Lancaster Lake is located right beside the area. 

Nearby lakes include:

  • Lake Davis
  • Lake Emerald
  • Cherokee Lake

Residents also have easy access to shopping and restaurants as well as a number of healthcare centres within minutes of the neighborhood. The Orlando Regional Medical Center, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Children and the Orlando Health Heart Institute are all nearby. 

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Lancaster Park:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Lancaster Park, Orlando

The beautiful and established neighborhood of Lancaster Park provides residents with comfortable, safe living while enjoying the scenery of Lake Lancaster. 

Real Estate:

Homes in Lancaster Park fall anywhere between cozy, single family-dwellings, to condominiums, to sprawling million-dollar properties. The area has many choices of size and style for those interested in purchasing.

The median home value for Lancaster Park falls around $373,000 and the majority of the homes in the area are owned. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Lancaster Park area are:

  • Kaley Elementary School
  • Blankner Elementary School
  • Delaney Elementary School
  • Boone High School 

What’s Nearby:

Residents are able to enjoy a taste of lakeside living with the neighborhood being located directly beside Lancaster Lake. There are also nearby lakes such as Emerald Lake and Lake Davis only minutes outside of Lancaster Park. 

Along with these gorgeous lakes, there are a number of beautiful parks. Some parks in the area include:

  • Lake Lancaster Park
  • Hourglass Park
  • Wadeview Park
  • Lake Emerald Park

Less than 5 minutes from Lancaster Park is the Wadeview Community Center which provides community members with a pool, workout room, gymnasium, and common meeting areas. The community center hosts classes and programs for children and seniors alike. 

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Lake Nona:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Lake Nona, Orlando

Lake Nona is one of Orlando’s premiers planned communities that offers something for everyone regardless of which stage of life they are in. Within this planned community there are a number of neighborhoods that are geared to all different lifestyles. 

Real Estate: 

The options for housing in Lake Nona are truly endless. From single-family homes to large estates, to modern and comfortable condos, Lake Nona has it all. Developed by Lake Nona Property Holdings, the neighborhoods within Lake Nona all cater to different walks of life. 

Due to these options, the prices for real estate in the area will greatly differ. A single-family home could fall anywhere between $300,000 - $900,000 depending on square footage, property size and location within the development. 

Schools:

Some schools within the Lake Nona area are:

  • Laureate Park Elementary School
  • NorthLake Park Community School
  • Lake Nona Middle School
  • Lake Nona High School 

What’s Nearby:

The community itself is full of amenities and features that keep residents active and engaged. For those who love to golf, the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club can be right in your backyard. 

The Lake Nona Town center is a hub for shopping, dining and entertainment. Everything one would need is right next door. From large retailers to unique one-of-a-kind shops, the Town Center offers all the amenities of a town of its own. 

There are numerous events and activities being hosted around the community on a daily basis. Senior activities, children’s programs and yoga are just some of the things residents can participate in. 

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Rose Isle:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Rose Isle, Orlando

Rose Isle is community north of downtown Orlando. The area is surrounded by water and offers residents a suburban atmosphere. 

Real Estate:

There are approximately 1,013 residents of the Rose Isle community. The homes in the area are well kept and on quiet and pristine streets. 

The average value of properties in the area is around $546,000, which makes it one of the more expensive locations in Orlando. 

This well-established community developed between 1950-1960 and continues to be a popular location for those seeking housing in the Orlando area. 

Mainly single-family homes are available for purchase, as the vast majority of residents own their property. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Rose Isle area are

  • Hope Charter School
  • Oakland Avenue Charter School
  • Legacy High Charter School
  • Winter Park High School

What’s Nearby:

Surrounded by Lake Sue, Lake Estelle and Lake Rowena, there is plenty of opportunity for sightseeing, leisurely walks along the water and relaxing picnics by the lake. 

For Art and Culture enthusiasts, the Orlando Museum of Art is located right across N. Mills Avenue along with the Orlando Repertory Theater. 

Children and adults alike will enjoy the Orlando Science Center with their interactive and engaging exhibits, all within a stone's throw of the Rose Ilse neighborhood. 

There is also easy access to a ton of dining and shopping establishments. 

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Rowena Gardens:

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Situated on the shores of Lake Rowena, Rowena Gardens is an ideal location for those looking to settle in and raise a family. The quiet and safe streets are lined with mature trees and the close proximity to many amenities will ensure you enjoy the best Orlando has to offer. 

Real Estate:

The majority of housing types for Rowena Gardens is single-family dwellings, making it a family-friendly area. 

Over 80% of the homes in the area are owned and the median home value hovers around $450,000 dependant on size and location. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Rowena Gardens area are:

  • Lake Highland Preparatory School
  • Baldwin Oaks Academy
  • Beeman Park Preparatory School
  • Glenridge Middle School
  • Winter Park High School

What’s Nearby:

Nestled along Lake Rowena, Rowena Gardens is a slice of tranquility, right next to numerous amenities, dining and shopping locations. 

N. Mills Ave. is home to various restaurants, pubs, boutiques and entertainment venue, all which lie minutes from Rowena Gardens. 

The Harry P. Leu Gardens is located right within Rowena Gardens and is a 50-acre botanical garden and estate. 

Along with restaurants and shopping, residents will also have easy access to green space and parks. Lake Formosa, Lake Sue and Lake Estelle are scenic lakes surrounding the area. 

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Colonialtown North:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Colonialtown North, Orlando

Situated right next to Rowena Gardens, Colonialtown North is another great location for living in Orlando. The area is home to amazing restaurants, hip bars and pastel-colored bungalows. 

Real Estate:

The housing type in Colonialtown North is primarily single-family dwelling. The homes range from mid-century bungalows to large two-story dwellings. 

The median value for properties in the Colonialtown North neighborhood is roughly $215,000, however depending on the needs, wants and budget, there are options in the $500,000-$600,000 range as well. 

Pride of ownership is evident in the area as the majority of residents own their property. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Colonialtown North area are:

  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Hope Charter School
  • Oakland Avenue Charter School
  • Legacy High Charter School
  • Winter Park High School

What’s Nearby:

Colonialtown North is full of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. The area is always abuzz with plenty of things to do and see. 

The Harry P Leu Gardens is located just north of Colonialtown North and offer a scenic getaway for those looking to step away from city life and immerse themselves in nature. 

Along with Rowena Lake, there are other nearby lakes and parks that are within minutes of the neighborhood. Lake Druid Park, Lake Ivanhoe Park and Gaston Edwards Park are all close by and ready to be explored. 

Along the shores of Rowena Park is the Milk District which serves up live music venues, unique shops, and galleries.

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Orwin Manor:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Orwin Manor, Orlando

Orwin Manor is a large neighborhood located along Interstate 4, north of downtown Orlando. The area is surrounded by picturesque lakes, greenery and parks. Considered one of the best neighborhoods in Orlando, Orwin Manor offers spacious homes, quiet streets and a safe community. 

Real Estate:

Orwin Manor is home to 2,745 residents who reside in large, comfortable homes. 

The area is varied in price, with a median home value being $352,000; however there are a considerable amount of homes selling for close to $900,000. The variation is due to size, location and features of the properties. 

Orwin Manor is an ideal location for families, as the homes are single family dwellings with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms on decent sized lots. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Orwin Manor area are:

  • Audubon Park Elementary School
  • Cornerstone Charter Academy
  • Killarney Elementary School
  • Glenridge Middle School
  • Winter Park Highschool
  • Cornerstone Charter Academy Highschool

What’s Nearby:

Those living in Orwin Manor will have access to a large number of amenities, parks, restaurants and shopping areas. 

N. Mills Avenue, which runs through the heart of the neighborhood, is dotted with dining and retail establishments. Grabbing a bite to eat or running errands is a breeze for those in the Orwin Manor area. 

Beautiful scenery and access to lakes and parks is another perk of Orwin Manor. Surrounded by 3 sparkling lakes, Lake Estelle, Lake Winyah and Lake Sue, allows to scenic strolls, water activities and days spent on the beach. 

Along with these lakes, there are plenty of parks equipped with play equipment surrounded by nature. Lake Estelle Park, Lake Rowena Park, Orwin Manor Park and Loch Haven Park are just a few parks within minutes of Orwin Manor. 

Orwin Manor is immersed in culture and arts, being located near a number of museums. The Orlando Science Center, Orlando Museum of Arts, Orlando Fire Museum, and The Mennello Museum of American Art are all just down the road from the neighborhood. 

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Southern Oaks:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Southern Oaks, Orlando

Set in the southeast area of Orlando, Southern Oaks is a neighborhood that offers residents a suburban lifestyle. Generous lots on palm tree-lined streets make it a perfect location for those seeking a quieter pace, all while enjoying close proximity to the many amenities Orlando has to offer. 

Real Estate:

Large, reasonably priced homes has made Southern Oaks a desired location for many moving to or around Orlando. 

The first home in the area was built in 1969 whereas the last home in this community was completed in 2010. As such there is a lot of diversity when it comes to style and features. 

Southern Oaks is a walled neighborhood which has two access points. The area has an active and committed homeowners association that works to maintain common areas, provide events and activities and increase the quality of living for its residents. 

Southern Oaks is the ideal location for those looking for expansive single-family homes on generous lots. The median property value for Southern Oaks is roughly $300,000. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Southern Oaks area are:

  • Pershing K8 School
  • UCP Middle and High School
  • Blankner Elementary School
  • Boone High School

What’s Nearby:

Like many of the neighborhoods in Orlando, Southern Oaks is surrounded by lakes and parks that add to the overall quality of living for its residents. 

Lake Pinelock, Lake Gatlin and Lake Jennie Jewel are the larger lakes in the area. Along with these lakes, there are parks situated throughout the area, as well as Community and Recreation Centers, namely:

  • Cypress Grove Park
  • Wadeview Park
  • Fort Gatlin Recreation Complex
  • Wadeview Community Center

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Dover Shores West:

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Dover Shores West, Orlando

Falling east of downtown Orlando, Dover Shores West, provides residents with the best suburban life has to offer, while remaining close to urban amenities. 

Dover Shores is a desirable location for its clean, safe streets, large bungalows and reasonably priced real estate. 

Real Estate:

Dover Shore West has become increasingly popular with young families and commuters alike. Just 10 short minutes to the Central Business District in downtown Orlando has working professionals looking at Dover Shores West as the ideal place to live. 

The majority of houses in the area are large bungalows built between 1950 and 1960. The median home value for properties in Dover Shores West is $250,000; however some are selling for as high as $420,000. 

Due to its affordability, Dover Shores West has continued to be a sought after neighborhood. A neighborhood association meets regularly to plan events and community gathers for its residents. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Dover Shores West area:

  • Dover Shores Elementary School
  • Lake Como Elementary School
  • Kaley Elementary School
  • The Morning Star Elementary School
  • Colonial High School
  • Boone High School

What’s Nearby:

The neighborhood of Dover Shores West is blessed with two beautiful lakes within its boundaries. Lake Arnold and Lake Giles provide scenic lookouts and the perfect place for early morning or evening strolls. 

Curry Ford Road is full of dining and shopping options, where nearby downtown Orlando is flooded with all the amenities, music venues, entertainment, shops and restaurants, all within a 10-minute drive from Dover Shores West.

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Park Lake/Highland

Revealed: Orlando's Best 12 Places To Live - Park Lake/Highland, Orlando

The area of Park Lake/Highland is full of charming homes situated on brick roads and tree lined streets, including the oldest tree in Orlando. 

Park Lake/Highland is a popular neighborhood for its historic homes, beautiful lakes and many amenities. 

Real Estate:

Living in Park Lake/Highland can feel like a step back in time. The area is full of large, historic homes that remain well maintained and full of character. 

There is a balance for newer homes within Park Lake/Highland as well as varying home values, ensuring there are endless options regardless of budget. 

The median list prices for homes come in just under $500,000, with options well over a million dollars. Though the neighborhood is more expensive than the average for Orlando, it is considered well worth it by the people who live there. 

Schools:

Some schools in the Park Lake/Highland area are:

  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • Lake Eola Charter School
  • Lake HighLand Preparatory School

What’s Nearby:

Park Lake/Highland are full of amenities, restaurants, parks and lakes. There is no shortage of places to shop, dine and relax. 

N. Mills Avenue is a hub for all different sorts of dining and entertainment experiences. Full of music venues, pubs and cafes, there is always a new place to try out. 

Enjoying park and lake life is no problem as there are plenty within minutes of the neighborhood. Lake Ivanhoe, Lake Highland and Park Lake are directly situated around the Park Lake/Highland area. At these lakes are parks that give residents a chance to take in the scenery and enjoy play areas and picnic spots. 

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