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Old 09-21-2006, 08:06 AM
 
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So many comments about so many places..how about someone narrows it down to within half an hours drive of Orlando..name 4 good places to live with good schools and activities for kids. Someone told me to check Windemere???
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Old 09-21-2006, 08:39 AM
 
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So many comments about so many places..how about someone narrows it down to within half an hours drive of Orlando..name 4 good places to live with good schools and activities for kids. Someone told me to check Windemere???
I bought a big house in South Winter Garden just North of Windermere in a brand new development. I have two young children and I think the area is quite nice. There will be a new open air mall built next year which will being convenience to shopping etc.
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Old 09-21-2006, 10:13 AM
 
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I would say the Windermere area is top which is around the Dr. Philips area and has good restaurants, shopping, I-4 etc. Don't know much about the school situation, but would guess since those areas are well to do, the schools are probably A plus...
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Old 09-21-2006, 01:53 PM
 
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Default Best Places within 30 minutes from Orlando

First, let me say that 30 minutes in typical rush-hour traffic will get you from Winter Park, Maitland, and maybe Altamonte, to down town Orlando. I live in Winter Springs (north-east of Orlando) and my typical morning commute is 40 minutes.

Personally, if you are looking for a 30 minute commute or less, the Best place would probably be Winter Park. Windermere is also very nice, but I'd say you are looking at about a 40-50 minute commute in the morning. Also a litter further out would be Heathrow, Lake Mary, Winter Springs, Maitland (that would be less than 30 minute commute). For the most part, I like the North East quadrent. I also like the far South West quadrent (i.e. Windermere area).
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:40 PM
 
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Where will you be working? This will pretty much determine where you live. When you say Orlando do you mean the down town area?
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Old 09-22-2006, 09:43 AM
 
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Because Orlando doesn't have huge sky-scrapers downtown, people tend to forget just how big (area wise) this city really is.

Just for kicks and giggles, I took out two maps, one of Orlando, one of Atlanta - two cities that I am very familiar with. Now, everyone thinks that Orlando is a small town compared to Atlanta, right? And, if you are comparing downtown to downtown, you'd be correct.

But, the Greater Orlando Area is really not that much smaller than the Greater Atlanta Area. It is about 50 miles from Champion's Gate, along I4 to Debary. It is about 40 miles from east-bithlo to west Clermonte. Don't forget Chulliota and Geneva in the North-East corner; St. Cloud and Ponciana in the South East corner; Do we now have to include the entire Deland area - I know many people who have moved up to Deland and commute in to Orlando? What about Mt. Dora, Taveres, Eustis, Howey-in-the-Hills?

Where exactly does Greater Orlando stop?
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:13 AM
 
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What about Mt Dora? it took us about 45mins to drive there from Kissimmee. There are some lovely houses there too.
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:43 AM
 
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I'm a big fan of Mt. Dora! Near Mt. Dora is a little known community called Howey-In-The-Hills (actuall name, I'm not making this up). These two places are true gems that someday people will be scratching their heads asking "why didn't we move there when we could buy a nice house for $350,000?"

In the late '90's I remember seeing a nice red brick house on Lake Dora selling for about $300,000. I ask myself the above question every day.
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Old 09-24-2006, 08:41 PM
 
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Default St. Cloud

St. Cloud/Osceola county less than hr. to Orlando. New entrance to turnpike under construction in s. st. cloud. will reduce that time further probably. prices less than windermere, dr. phillips, etc. Growing area, but still small town atmosphere. HAd 2 kids go thru school here, not as bad as some areas, not as good as others. No perfect place I know of anywhere. Boy Scout Troop 192 in St. Cloud is excellent. My son became Eagle Scout w/them. [cut]
Hope this helps.

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Old 01-03-2007, 06:49 PM
 
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Melbourne is the best place to live. Right on the ocean, 30-40 min. drive to Orlando, one of the best schools in the state, very safe and family friendly. And no traffic Check out Malabar area, they have A+ school district.
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