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Old 01-29-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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Red face Looking for a family friendly Subarb in Orlando

We are relocating from Houston Texas next month andI am looking for a great family friendly place to live. I like the gated community's since my husband travels alot with his job and I am a stay at home Mom, We are in our mid 20's have a 3yr old and a 1yr old. I read that Windermere is a great community. Voted #1 in Florida. Thats where I have been looking online. We wont know anyone, and I need a place with good schools, gyms, shopping, playgroups, churches, easy access to Major airport for my husband. The home prices dont matter because we are renting for a while untill we know we like it there. Please ............any help from people with youngsters would be appreciated. I just dont want to set up camp in the wrong place and be alone and bored with my kids all the time.
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:13 PM
 
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Hello and congrats on your move. There are a few options for you. There is an area called Longwood the wekiva area is really pretty to live in. Also windermere is very close to the theme parks. There is a lot of new construction in the area.
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Old 01-29-2008, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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We're in the same boat. Once we get settled, as new kids in the area, we should get together for some play dates or something. We can discover the malls together or something.

I know meetup.com has groups all over the place so I'm going to find one as soon as we know where we're going. When do you think you'll be there? Brian (hubby) starts on March 20th. I'm hoping to be there at the same time or shortly after. We'll be talking to our relo person on Thur and we'll know better.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:34 PM
 
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Yes we should get together. Let me know when you find out a good area to move. We should be there the first week in March. What company does your husband work for? Where are you relocating from?
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Old 01-30-2008, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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You'll be there before us. He doesn't start until March 20th. I'm hoping to either be there with him or shortly after. Depends on what the relo people tell us tomorrow about our house.

He works for Lockheed Martin. He'll be in Orlando. We're trying to find something close by. We're coming from Delaware. We actually thought we were moving to Fort Worth but decided that we had too much family in Orlando not to go there.

Hopefully we'll be there within the next two weeks to house hunt. Let me know what you find out if you get there before me
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Old 01-30-2008, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Orlando FL
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There are alot of neighborhoods that match what your looking for in and around Orlando. Windermere is very nice, but isn't one of the first places that pops into my mind. Oviedo, Winter Springs, Lake Mary, Lake Nona, and Winter Park come to mind too. For being close to OIA, Lake Nona would probably be your first choice.

Niko: Which Lockheed building is he working from? The one near Sand Lake or the one off Lake Underhill?

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Old 01-31-2008, 07:59 AM
 
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Default hi there

I am also a kind of out of towner...lol i am originally from the UK but met my wife here and moved here. She was originally from Tennessee and her parents moved here although her father is the CEO of a big company in Housten so they live here and there. We have a 7yr old daughter and i would recommend Winter Garden. Its close to Disney, out of the way of all the tourists, but close to shopping gyms and the schools are good. Our daughter is in Whispering Oaks and we are very happy with the school. Check it out online and you can get the stats on it. I actually specialise in the Winter Garden areas and alot of people dont realise how close to Disney and quiet it is. We love it. And because of the good access through the 429/turnpike/beachline, the trip to the Orlando International airport is only 25 min.

Lots to rent or buy with prices being fantastic on new builds. Let me know if you need any further info and id be happy to send you the link for the school.

Nick
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Oviedo, FL
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Default Oviedo

you want to be in seminole county schools
oviedo has a great reputation, great schools, great programs and funding
when i moved from cincinnati, this is why i came to oviedo, just because of the schools, funding, and ratings
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Old 02-02-2008, 10:35 PM
 
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anybody know what rent prices are like in the Oviedo area??
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Old 02-03-2008, 05:15 AM
 
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The Seminole county schools reputation is not what it used to be... Over crowded schools now because it used to be the best county but there are areas of Orange county with schools and houseing far better then Seminole county. If you are looking at Elem and middle schools Southwest Orlando is good. If you are staying in the same area until the kids get to high school that is also a good area as well as Avalon, Baldwin Park, or Winter Park. I am in east Orlando, I have rented for several years in this area and I am now looking to buy down the street. They just opened a new elementary school, huge Middle School and in the process of building a new high school. Avoid Colonial High, University High, Jackson Middle, Liberty Middle... Of course this is just IMHO... I have 2 teen girls, you can darn sure bet I am going to be pickie when it comes to the people they are exposed to, potential friends and neighborhood kids.

Good luck,
Picky Mom!
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