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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Orlando, Florida

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Where to Retire in Orlando and Home Prices

The suburbs and area around Orlando are home to many communities, since Orlando is somewhat urban. There are historic neighborhoods such as Lake Cherokee and Lake Eola Heights (see photo above). Celebration FL is a Disney built community in the "new urbanism" style. Homes and condos are available at every end of the spectrum, from manufactured home communities to exclusive enclaves that are home to some of America's wealthiest celebrities.
The median selling price of a home in Orlando is way down vs. the giddy heights of 2006. The median selling price in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area was $315,000 in the 4th quarter of 2020, an increase of 12.5% from the 4th quarter of 2019, according to the National Association of Realtors. See this link to Orlando Active Communities

What Is Special about Orlando

University of Central Florida; the 2nd biggest in the state. Disney World, Epcot, MGM Studios ,and untold other tourist destinations. A vibrant economy that goes beyond tourism. Some historic districts. Great winter climate. Many cultural venues. Little Saigon section of town. Very diverse and international

What Is Not Special about Orlando

High crime rates in the city. An urban experience that is crowded with tourists. Severe weather storms can happen

Climate and Physical Environment

Located near the center of the state. The terrain is flat and low. Summers are quite hot and humid, winters are mild.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Orlando approved the construction of a major new performing arts center in 2007. The University of Central Florida provides many cultural events. Some of the many theatres in Orlando include the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre (Central Florida's only Professional Theatre for Young Audiences), Orlando Theatre Project, Mad Cow Theatre, and Theatre Downtown. There is a popular film festival and many theatre companies and movie theatres. Thanks to the tourist industry there are countless restaurants and museums, not to mention Disney World, Epcot, and more.


Crime in Orlando is high - just over half the national average.

Medical Facilities

There are 3 hospitals in Orlando, including Florida Hospital and Orlando Regional


Orlando International is one of the world's busiest airports with connections to just about anywhere. Amtrak has service to Orlando, along with some light rail service

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