Moving to Orlando; A Brief Introduction

Moving to Orlando; A Brief Introduction

So you are moving to Orlando, here is a brief introduction to the “City Beautiful.”  Orlando is known for being the theme park capital of the World and attracted over 66 million visitors in 2015.  Orlando is also one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and with a population over 2 million people it is the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Florida.  Going beyond the tourist traps of I-drive and the allure of Disney, Orlando offers so much more that few people get to know and discover.

Moving to Orlando

I can honestly say that I was not thrilled when my wife and I first decided to relocate to Orlando in 2013. But it was a move that made the best sense at the time.  Having only been to Orlando on vacation. I knew very little about the real Orlando and I was quite taken back by the immense size of the area. The Sanford-Orlando-Kissimmee metropolitan area stretches approximately 50 miles north to south, and approximately 40 miles east to west. Having lived in Orlando for over 4 years now, I can honestly say that I am still discovering some of Orlando’s unique corners of the city that so many visitors never get to experience.  Below are some areas of Orlando that I think are worth checking out.

Moving to Orlando- Unique places to explore

Altamonte Springs– Cranes Roost Park is the center piece to this family oriented community.  Uptown Altamonte offers residents and visitors dinning and shopping as well as the opportunity for relaxation and entertainment.  Altamonte Springs is approximately 12 miles from Downtown Orlando.

Mills Park/Mills 50- This area recently underwent a massive revitalization.  This area features trendy restaurants such as Fire Birds, The Brass Tap, 10 Ten Brewing Company.  Mills Park is approximately 3 miles from Downtown Orlando.  It is also close to Florida Hospital Main Campus.

Baldwin Park- Master-planned community centered on Lake Baldwin.  Downtown Baldwin Park Area- features several restaurants and shops.  Baldwin Park is approximately 5 miles east of Downtown Orlando.

Ivanhoe Village– Ivanhoe Village is known for its galleries, boutiques, restaurants and beautiful green spaces.  Ivanhoe Village is approximately 2 miles north of Downtown Orlando.

Sanford– Waterfront community with an under-appreciated historic Downtown Area and marina.  Downtown Sanford is going through revitalization.  This area is becoming the craft beer capital of Central Florida with Wops Hops Brewing Company, Sanford Brewing Company, and Inner Compass Brewing Company all calling Sanford home. Sanford is approximately 25 miles north of Downtown Orlando.

Thornton Park/Lake Eola– Craftsman style bungalows, just minutes from Lake Eola and Downtown Orlando.  Thornton Park is approximately 1 mile north east of Downtown Orlando.

Winter Park– This is one of Orlando’s most desirable suburbs.  Stroll Park Avenue taking in the tree covered streets lined with boutique shopping and some of the areas hottest restaurants.  Winter Park is approximately 6 miles north east of Downtown Orlando

 College Park- Quaint Area where bungalow styled homes line the streets named after some of the country’s top colleges (Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Vassar).  College Park offers a variety of shops and restaurants.  College Park is approximately 4 miles north west of Downtown Orlando.

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Moving to Orlando- UCF

The Orlando Area is also home to The University of Central Florida, which based on its 2015-2016 enrollment of over 63,000 students was the largest university in the Unites States.  This fact and Central Florida’s growth and development has helped to attract some of the largest employers in the country to establish headquarters or locations in the Orlando Area.

Moving to Orlando– some of the area’s largest employers.

Florida Hospital

Lockheed Martin



EA Sports

Charles Swab

Walt Disney World


Universal Studios


Orlando and Central Florida are really what you make of it.  Although, initially I was not thrilled to come to Orlando, after 4 years I can truthfully say, I am glad we made the move.  My only exceptions to this the traffic and dreadfully hot summers.

If you have any questions about Orlando or if you have any questions about living in or relocating to Orlando, please feel free to call/text or email and I will send you a FREE BUYER’S GUIDE.


Bryan Berns

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