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Old 02-16-2011, 10:57 AM
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I'd stick to downtown Orlando if you're looking for that vibe. Disney is not too far either.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:59 AM
 
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I would just find something that suits your taste downtown since that is the area that seems to attract you most. Traffic here is bad but unless your going to Disney on a daily basis it will be doable. Also, coming from NYC I really can't imagine you would be all that taken by our traffic, it's bad, but not NYC bad. There are nice apartments near college park around Lake Ivanhoe that a pretty reasonable. Try looking on craigslists.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Orlando FL
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The few true apartments in downtown you want to check out are 55 West, The Aspire, The Paramount, and Post Parkside. There are other individual owners of condo's townhomes and houses around downtown, just search the 32801 zip code or 32803.
Then there is also Baldwin Park (with the address of Winter Park) I think the apartments there are called "Enders" something and there is another off of Bennet.

Rentals.com would be your best be to find individually owned rental unit's. Other than that you should be able to walk into most apartment buildings and see what they have available.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:42 PM
 
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Baldwin park
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Old 02-16-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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Baldwin Park which is a neighborhood in Orlando
3 miles to downtown Orlando and about 23 miles to WDW.
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: NYC/Orlando
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I think Dr. Phillips could be a good choice- it feels lively because you're close to the major entertainment venues, Universal, I-Drive, and Disney. It's very safe, close to the major shopping malls and tons of restaurants. Plus, you have quick access (traffic permitting) to downtown Orlando.

If you're trying to find urban, though... you're not going to really find it anywhere in Orlando. Even the downtown neighborhoods feel suburban.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Living downtown isn't an option due to price, plus we're moving out of an elevator building and don't want to live in one again. I don't mind living in a suburban area, I like the way Lake Mary and Winter Park seem through pictures, I just don't know how far they are from downtown. I'm actually not a huge fan of Manhattan, but when I saw the pictures of downtown Orlando it reminded me of a cleaner, less populated version of the city which I like.

I've been looking at apartmentratings.com and so far I know we want to see Legends at Winter Springs. Haven't been able to find much else with good reviews for under $1,000 for a two bedroom. Renting will be for maybe a year or so until our co-op in NY sell, then we'll start looking for a house or condo.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Englewood, FL
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Winter Park would be ideal, but Lake Mary & Winter Springs will both probably be too far from both downtown Orlando and Disney for your taste. Both 1 hour to Disney, 40 mins to downtown.
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