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Old 04-08-2019, 10:20 PM
 
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Hi, my husband and I have decided to relocate to florida preferably in the Orlando area. We will be buying a house when we move there, so we want to make sure that it’s a nice and safe area to live in. We visit the Kissimmee area almost every year. Although we like it there, it is just too crowded, but homes seem to be more affordable there. Any suggestions on where we should start our search? Can someone tell us about these areas the good and the bad: Poinciana, St. Cloud, Lakeland, winter haven, Davenport, Orlando, deltona. Thank you so much!
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:32 PM
 
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I would recommend checking out Winter Garden, especially the area around downtown / Plant Street Market. It's a quaint charmign small town or suburb, yet you are still close to everything.
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Old 04-09-2019, 12:28 AM
 
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Hi, my husband and I have decided to relocate to florida preferably in the Orlando area. We will be buying a house when we move there, so we want to make sure that it’s a nice and safe area to live in. We visit the Kissimmee area almost every year. Although we like it there, it is just too crowded, but homes seem to be more affordable there. Any suggestions on where we should start our search? Can someone tell us about these areas the good and the bad: Poinciana, St. Cloud, Lakeland, winter haven, Davenport, Orlando, deltona. Thank you so much!
If you find Kissimmee crowded I would avoid anything within the immediate Orlando area. Deltona and Poinciana besides being more remote/lacking in services aren't the best in terms of crime and are also not known for providing a good return on investment when buying a home. Davenport is a little less crowded but still not advisable as much of the city consists of vacation rental housing so it has a touristy feel that probably won't feel like "home". St Cloud is less crowded and has some nice areas including the planned community of Harmony. Winter Haven is a bit of a gem in my opinion with a quaint downtown area and beautiful older neighborhoods wedged between several lakes, as well as new construction too. Home prices are probably the best in terms of dollars per square feet/quality of home with nicer new construction homes as low as 200K. Neighboring Lake Wales is a nice area to check out too. Lakeland is the most distant of the group and is about halfway to Tampa. It's a growing city with plenty to do including an active downtown area and much less touristy than most of your other options. It's actually a little closer to Tampa than Orlando so it has the advantages that both cities present in close proximity. The south side around Lakeside Village/Lakeland Highlands area is the most desirable area.
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Old 04-09-2019, 03:46 AM
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If you find Kissimmee crowded I would avoid anything within the immediate Orlando area.
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:42 AM
 
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Fascinating argument, care to make it literate or are emojis all you have?
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Old 04-09-2019, 08:20 AM
 
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Thank you so much for all the info. This will definitely help us on our search for our home.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:19 AM
 
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Just remember what you see on vacations is usually just the main thoroughfares for tourists to get to
Disney or the beach etc. Even in the busy tourist cities the residential areas are way different. You only have to contend with the traffic when in those areas. You can find quiet neighborhoods away from the tourists.

Look to the neighborhoods in the western part of Kissimmee. Check out Clermont area etc. My son is moving to a new gated community with an elementary school just up the street just West of Kissimmee. He lived in Davenport for the last 5 years and the drive on I-4 to Disney has gone from being a 15 minute drive to sometimes taking an hour to get home in the middle of the afternoon or early evening. The Davenport house was 5 bed 3 bath so a beautiful house but the neighborhood built in the old Boardwalk and Baseball theme park off 27 area just seemed crowded. Houses were close to street so driveways were short and almost all families have more than 1 or 2 cars so lots of street parking taking up the streets. Almost all the houses on his street that were short term rentals were sold to families at way reduced prices so not the most stellar people living on his block now. They got a good price for the house and didn't lose any money. We are so glad they are moving back to Kissimmee.

Probably best to figure out where you will be working and how long a commute you are willing to drive each day. Also if you have kids look for areas where schools are better.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:21 AM
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Check out Four Corners and Poinciana. They are less crowded than Kissimmee and more country, but still part of the metroplex.

Deltona is a huge "no".
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:28 AM
 
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What is your housing budget? That could dictate where you'd be able to afford a family home.
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:31 AM
 
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Check out Four Corners and Poinciana. They are less crowded than Kissimmee and more country, but still part of the metroplex.

Deltona is a huge "no".
Apparently you have zero familiarity with Deltona or Poinciana given the amount of similarities they share.
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