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Old 12-26-2009, 03:20 AM
 
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Everyone think Orlando is just Disney, clearly not the case. But what is it really like?
Also, what parts of the area are safe, and family orientated and which are the ones to stay away from?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Everyone think Orlando is just Disney, clearly not the case. But what is it really like?
Also, what parts of the area are safe, and family orientated and which are the ones to stay away from?

Thanks for your help!
Everybody who deosnt livein FL thinking Orlando is just disney is the same way everybody percieves Las Vegas as just casinos

i have lived in Orlando on and off since 1995, I can give you a list of neighborhoods that are good and bad, so I will, Ill get the bad out of the way first

Bad: Pine Hills, Almost anywhere along OBT, Washington Shores, Parramore, Azalea Park, Mercy Drive, Oak Ridge, Carver Shores, Americana, Tangelo Park, North I-Drive, Eatonville, Rosemont

OK: Buenaventura Lakes, eastern Winter Park, Sky Lake, Rio Pinar, Ocoee, Winter Garden, Metrowest, Taft, Apopka, Clarcona, Conway, Union Park

The Good: Hunters Creek (where I live) Dr Phillips, Isleworth, Windermere, Winter Park (along 17-92) Meadow Woods, Lake Nona, Narcoosee, Lee Vista, Waterford Lakes, Avalon Park, Bay Hill (anywhere along S Apopka Vineland is gorgeous) Celebration, Maitland

I cant come up with anyothers at this point butI hope this helps. Orlando has its gorgeous parts and ugly parts like any other city. I placed Pine Hills in the "bad" section but in the northern sections of it along north hiawassee near clarcona ocoee road are very nice still, but still too close for comfort for me. I think I pinned this down pretty well though.
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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Also good is the majority of Clermont (in the City limits) and Minneola.
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:39 AM
 
Location: In the sticks, SC
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IMO, Fern Park and Casselberry are not too bad, and more reasonable price wise than Dr. Phillips, etc.
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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Since the previous posters have given a good rendition of the good and bad neighborhoods let try to answer the first part of the question. This is based on my experience as someone who has lived in the area for 15+ years and attended public school in Central Florida.

1. Central has multiple personalities. The overall feel and demographic of any given place here varies from community to community. For example, Mt. Dora is small town throwback in time, Altamonte Springs is the typical working class suburb, East Orlando is a haven for students and young families, and South Orlando is the up and coming area for newcomers. Each has their own character and vibe to them. Most communities outside the core counties (Orange, Osceola, Seminole) are more southern in feel. The coastal counties (Volusia and Brevard) are also more old Florida.

2. Orange County (Orlando) obviously is the center of the Central Florida Universe. It is a much more urban, populated, diverse area than the rest of Central FL and FL in general outside of the major urban areas. It is fairly young demographic, somewhat left leaning (Orange county went Blue in the last 2 elections I beleive and the City of Orlando is run by Democrats) and heavily Hispanic influenced (you will see all types of post on here debating whether this is good or bad, I personally think it's a good thing that adds a little flavor to our community).

3. It is an area in transition. Like most communities we are going through some growing pains now. Some want to hold onto the small town atmosphere, others are charging full steam ahead to become more metropolitan. In the last decade our downtown has gone from a typical 9-5 office space to an actual destination. There is a burdgening urban population in downtown and you can find people downtown working, playing, dining at almost all hours. It is far from being Manhattan, or Back Bay in Boston,but it is a developing urban community.

4. Crime is real. Orlando is not a playland, we have serious crime here. Most of it is confined to areas listed as "bad" above, but like any major city, it can happen anywhere. We have a knack for having outrageous crimes here that make national headlines. Bad to good areas here can vary block by block.

5. The biggest misconception, this is the Mouse's house. Yes Disney is major employer here, are all the themeparks and they do have alot of political influence here as well. But in general you will not haveany interaction with the theme park aspect of Orlando unless you make it a point too. Once you go north of I-Drive, you will rarely see or hear anything that has to do with the themeparks. Most people here visit the themeparks less than once a year.

All in All Orlando is young progessive city that is going through some growing pains now. It is an exciting time to be here as some much is changing so quick, but it can also be unsettling for those who have been here so long. This is a real community with real people, real problems and real lives being lived. If you're willing to contribute to our community you are more than welcome. If you want to come down here expect to live like it's a daily vacation, please just stick to vacationing in Orlando.
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:04 PM
 
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Thanks so much for all of the great information! The breakdown of the "feel" for the different areas is super! We are looking for a community that is accepting, and friendly. Less totally insulated and you have to know the secret handshake to get in. Good to know it isn't just a tourist trap. It seemed so unlikely to me that would be the case, but I figured I'd better check.
Thanks again!
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Oviedo, FL
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Thanks so much for all of the great information! The breakdown of the "feel" for the different areas is super! We are looking for a community that is accepting, and friendly. Less totally insulated and you have to know the secret handshake to get in. Good to know it isn't just a tourist trap. It seemed so unlikely to me that would be the case, but I figured I'd better check.
Thanks again!

Accepting? Sure. Friendly...................
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:15 PM
 
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I can't speak for everyone, but my neighborhood and the neighborhoods surrounding it are very friendly, diverse, and a great place to live.
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I can't speak for everyone, but my neighborhood and the neighborhoods surrounding it are very friendly, diverse, and a great place to live.
Which neighborhood is that? Just curious?
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Oviedo, FL
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Diversty is overrated. Pick somewhere safe, before anything. Like others have said, stick with Oviedo, Winter Springs, etc.
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