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Old 04-25-2008, 09:22 AM
 
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Hello everyone,
We have been reading this forum for awhile and have appreciated all of the information we have been able to collect from everyone. We do have a pressing question though and was wondering if you all could help us.

We are looking at moving to the Orlando area in the next couple of months. We have found a couple of areas that seem like a good fit for us but wanted to know a little more about them.

One is a house a couple of blocks south of lake Eola. The other is the multitude of options in Baldwin park. Which area is better? why? We will be renting first to decide whether we like it so price range isnt a big factor.

The big factors for us is one of us will be working downtown (a few blocks from lake Eola) and the other will need to work at a local hospital. Neither of us want a PITB commute. Also crime is a huge issue for us we are coming from a very homogenous community in North Florida with little to no crime. The things we have read on here about the crime has us very concerned.

Any help and All Suggestions are appreciated

PS if there is a better place that you think would fit our criteria please let us know.
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Championsgate, Fl
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Default Hi

Baldwin Park is a very nice community, indeed it was based on Celebration and has many of the same builders there. It has a nice downtown area. Sadly for me, it was built in the wrong area. Just driving up to the entrance is a very bad area. East Colonial is not a nice area, and even so i could have a short commute, if i had a choice personally i wouldnt live there. I dont work in the Lake Eola market much so i couldnt really comment on that area, but you will find when you visit that Baldwin Park is quite over priced like Celebration for what it is, and in my opinion isnt in a nice area.

Good luck
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I would have to disagree since I live closer to the Baldwin Park area and shop and dine in that area often. Baldwin Park is still really nice and pretty safe. Even some of the older areas around there like Audubon Park are pretty nice. It is an area I have looked into moving to and frequent day and night. East of Semoran on Colonial gets worse as you get into Union Park, but the other sides of Baldwin Park are just fine. I think the biggest thing is if you want a newer or older home and feel of your neighborhood. Normally I agree with cfIan on everything, but I still think this is one of the better areas around downtown.
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Championsgate, Fl
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Hi Wilshire. For me, in that area, INSIDE Baldwin park is definatly the best of the bunch in my mind, but i would strongly recommend the OP take a drive, and get off I4 and drive East along Colonial Drive up to get into Baldwin. It will shock them, it does me and clients i show the are to whenever i go there, simply because that part of town is bad, and then you get into Baldwin park which is so nice. The problem is you have to go through that bad area to get to it. We are all different and all i could recommend is that the OP actually take a drive for themselves and form their own opinion. I think they said they are from a community where there is little or no crime. Based on that comment, i wouldnt recommend the area.
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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It is definitely an urban area and has more crime for that reason and more than the suburbs for sure. I am not shocked by east colonial or think that it is unattractive between downtown and Bennet. I think it is pretty nice actually, just older. From the 408 exit onto the 436 it is not that attractive though. I used to work in an office in the 32807. Bleh!
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:15 AM
 
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well you both are giving us some things to think about. Anybody have any advice on the Thornton park location?
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I think it has the same crime issue since it sits in the middle of the city, but those neighborhoods are generally well maintained and quiet and convenient to nice restaurants and downtown. It is older and more established than Baldwin Park and older homes are more likely to have less efficient A/C or whatnot. You are picking some of the best areas within the downtown Orlando area so there is nothing really wrong with them other than they are in a major city that has recently been dealing with high crime. I do not think you would regret your actual home or neighborhood regardless of which of those two you pick.
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Old 04-25-2008, 04:46 PM
 
Location: O-Town
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Thornton bark is right in downtown and is more urban but it`s nice. Baldwin park is nice also personally I would pick Baldwin as I would not want to live in the middle of downtown.
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:28 PM
 
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Are the areas that different from one another. According to google earth there is 4 miles seperating the two places. Are they worlds apart?

Is the area around the childrens hospital a better choice?

We are coming down next weekend to look around so the more informed we are the better. Thanks to everyone who responded we really appreciate it.
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:38 PM
 
Location: O-Town
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Are the areas that different from one another. According to google earth there is 4 miles seperating the two places. Are they worlds apart?

Is the area around the childrens hospital a better choice?

We are coming down next weekend to look around so the more informed we are the better. Thanks to everyone who responded we really appreciate it.

The urban core of Downtown is small so yes even 4 miles is a difference.


Are you talking about Winnie palmer hospital? If you are the area just west of orange ave is not good at all but east of orange ave is upscale and very nice.
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