Orlando, Florida is considered the Theme Park Capital of the World. Orlando houses the Walt Disney World parks, Universal, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld, and their waterparks. Orlando thrives off of the tourism industry and has the highest quality restaurants and shopping. International Drive is a very popular Orlando destination as it houses the Orlando Eye (one of the newest attractions in Orlando and the largest observation wheel on the East Coast) and many restaurants and hotels. It is also one of the busiest cities for conferences and conventions. Orlando ranks as the fourth most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study. Orlando has many areas and communities:
Southwest Orlando: Dr. Phillips
Located in Southwest Orlando, Dr. Phillips is one of the most popular and most prestigious areas to live in Orlando. It is where the famous Sand Lake Road’s Restaurant Row is located. Dr. Phillips, a community within the city of Orlando, was founded by Dr. Philip Phillips one of Orlando’s first millionaires. Just 10 minutes from Disney World and 15 minutes from downtown Orlando, today’s Dr. Phillips includes upscale neighborhoods along the Butler Chain of Lakes. Bay Hill Country Club and Orange Tree Country Club are part of Dr. Phillips, along with a high-rise office complex, an Olympic swimming pool, golf courses, dozens of tennis courts, a shopping center and a post office. New neighborhoods were developed to keep up with the demand for homes in this desirable area.
METROWEST: Southwest of Downtown
Downtown Orlando: The City Beautiful
Downtown Orlando features high-rise condo living for everyone. It is urban and rural, wealthy and middle-class, bustling and laid-back, traditional and edgy, conservative and liberal, sophisticated and naïve. The Downtown Orlando neighborhoods are Uptown North Orange, Eola Heights, Thornton Park, South Eola District,Lake Cherokee Historic District, Holden/Parramore and the Central Business District. Condo living with all of the amenities is available at the Solaire, the Vue, Star Tower, the Sanctuary, the Waverly, the Paramount and Eola 101.
Baldwin Park: A Traditional Orlando Neighborhood
Baldwin Park is an award-winning contemporary neighborhood inspired by the past. It is livable, walkable, and best of all just three miles from downtown Orlando, Florida. Built on the site of a former Naval Training Center, the 1,100-acre neighborhood today is home to 8,000 residents and more than 125 businesses. A wide range of housing choices, great schools, parks, lakes, shops and restaurants make Baldwin Park one of Orlando's most desirable places to live, work or visit. This self-contained neighborhood has it all from single-family homes to grand estate homes, townhouses, villas and condos.