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Old 02-22-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Others mentioned some great ones, Winter Park, DeLand, Sanford.

The other good option is downtown Mt Dora.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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Celebration definitely has the small town feel, looks like a miniature city that belongs in Disney, all the homes are newer with a historic (100+ yr old) look, but is very pricey. winter park is expensive too, somewhat of the feel that you are looking for. Oviedo also has the small town feel, with many historic homes and buildings but is a little pricey for the average person, but less pricey than the first two. Mt. Dora as mentioned, is very quaint, small town feel, but may be too far from Orlando for your taste. Most of your decision will probably be narrowed down by the cost of homes in that area, so perhaps that is the first place you should look. If money was no object, then for me personally, Celebration would be my pick.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:43 AM
 
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I'm planning on soon beginning to live part of each year in the Orlando area, and am wondering, do any Greater Orlando suburbs fit this description: a small town vibe with a sense of history and culture? I was looking at Winter Park and Oviedo. Do these apply? Which one moreso? What about Celebration (even though I know it's a recently developed community)? What about Winter Garden? I'd like to live in a place like this while also knowing that the very urban Downtown Orlando is relatively close at hand (including its nightlife), and the theme parks of Orlando (yes, I admit, I am a theme park fanatic) also relatively close at hand. As an alternative idea for Orlando section to live in, I might also look into an area with a rural/countryside feel, so which areas fit THAT description? Oh, and P.S. I'm only 24 years old. Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Maybe I am wrong but when I think Winterpark and Celebration, I think families and older couples. With you just being 24 I would consider Clermont a younger community. I know a lot of the younger Disney employees/mid management live out that direction.
Do you have a job down here yet? That would be a determining factor for me too. I wouldn't want to drive an hour to get to work and an hour home each night like my son did when he was in college there.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Florida, unfortunately
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There are far better places that fit that description than any in or around Orlando. This place is a pit.

The best advice is to spend part of the year somewhere else. No b.s. Unless you have money to just come here and not work, which if you do kudos, this isn't a fun place to be right now. 12 percent unemployment rate. Sweltering heat. Bad drivers, bad road systems. Too many cookie cutter strip malls and plazas clogging up the roadsides.

There's far better places to go and enjoy night life and partying or whatever than Orlando. The air doesn't move and the place stinks.
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:31 AM
 
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Sorry I didn't read this thread earlier but for historic neighborhoods you should look into:
- Sanford getting as close to the town center as possible.
- Eatonville
- College Park (Orlando City Limits)
- Longwood
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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I'm planning on soon beginning to live part of each year in the Orlando area, and am wondering, do any Greater Orlando suburbs fit this description: a small town vibe with a sense of history and culture? I was looking at Winter Park and Oviedo. Do these apply? Which one moreso? What about Celebration (even though I know it's a recently developed community)? What about Winter Garden? I'd like to live in a place like this while also knowing that the very urban Downtown Orlando is relatively close at hand (including its nightlife), and the theme parks of Orlando (yes, I admit, I am a theme park fanatic) also relatively close at hand. As an alternative idea for Orlando section to live in, I might also look into an area with a rural/countryside feel, so which areas fit THAT description? Oh, and P.S. I'm only 24 years old. Any help/ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Lucky you! You could also try Mt. Dora. Another cool place would be downtown historic Sanford. City of Sanford > About Sanford > About Sanford (http://www.ci.sanford.fl.us/about.aspx - broken link) Winter Park is very nice, but can be pricey. Although, I don't know your price point. Oviedo is also nice.
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