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Old 03-09-2010, 05:43 PM
 
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I have read numerous posts on this board and found them to all be helpful. I thought I would ask for some recent input on our relocation.

We have an opportunity to move from Denver (Highlands Ranch) to Orlando. We are true suburbanites with 2 kids just starting school. Both professionals but we work from home so commute isn't a huge consideration.

This last weekend we went with our realtor and saw lots of properties to try to get a feel for the Orlando areas and to give him an idea of what type of community and home we would like. Our price range is roughly 200-300k and we would like 4 bed + 3 bath in a newer home with 2900sq ft +.

The biggest search item is neighborhood. We won't know anyone in Orlando and agreed that we would really like a neighborhood with community features like a swimming pool, tennis, etc. and hopefully lots of organized community activities so we could make friends and settle in quickly. Good (hopefully great) schools are, of course, important as well.

For example, we really liked the look of Stoneybrook West and we saw a couple houses there were OK but just not what we were looking for. That will be an area that I think we will watch. We don't golf (yet) but loved that there were lots of kids riding bikes, lovely paths and landscaping, families walking, etc. The gated community part doesn't matter much to us if it is a nice area (gated communities aren't big in Denver so we just don't have an opinion on this).

I would be grateful if anyone could share additional neighborhoods that have that type of involved, active community. Our realtor has definitely made some recommendations but I'd like additional opinions -- particularly from people with kids.

Thanks for any feedback!

Julie and Paul
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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Just welcome aboard. Here from Highlands Ranch too, moving to Orlando -

Good Luck.. live is very different in Florida, at least for us better that Denver -

Hope you like it!
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:52 AM
 
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You should definitely put Avalon Park on your list: Avalon Park > Home Tons of families, exactly the type and price house you're looking for. Huge neighborhood, which is daunting to some, but very well run with low HOA fees and A+ schools all within the neighborhood.

Next door is Stoneybrook East (if you liked that look on the West side). A little farther up Alafaya is Eastwood. All good neighborhoods. Alafaya Trail looks like crap now because they are doing utility work in advance of widening the road, but it will all look nice and be easy to get around in 2 years.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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If you would like to see photos of the Avalon Park area go here Around the Avalon Park area - a set on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/47131352@N04/sets/72157623199076589/ - broken link)
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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Avalon Park?? You forgot to mention the hundreds of foreclosures, the home invasions, and the homes full of drug-dealing college students. What a great place for families!!
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:14 PM
 
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Avalon Park?? You forgot to mention the hundreds of foreclosures, the home invasions, and the homes full of drug-dealing college students. What a great place for families!!
you people love to exaggerate
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:44 AM
 
Location: NYC/Orlando
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Avalon Park?? You forgot to mention the hundreds of foreclosures, the home invasions, and the homes full of drug-dealing college students. What a great place for families!!
Ah yes, drug-dealing college students are known to attack small children in neighborhoods. Watch out!!

I mean come on, those kinds of things are going to happen anywhere. I think that's a bit of an exaggeration anyway. Avalon Park seems like a nice area.
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Old 03-11-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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Thank you for the recommendations! If anyone has anything further to suggest, please reply.
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Old 03-13-2010, 01:45 PM
 
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I second the suggestion to check out Stoneybrook East (zip is 32828). You may also want to look at Eastwood and Oviedo, which has a few different subdivisions.
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Old 03-17-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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Exaggeration? Judge for yourself:

Woman raped in week's 5th armed home invasion - Orlando Sentinel- Moderator cut: February 21, 2009

Neighbors Complain Of Unruly Kids In Avalon Park - Orlando News Story - WESH Orlando (http://www.wesh.com/news/14550024/detail.html - broken link) Moderator cut: November 9, 2007


brinkofsunshine says these kinds of things happen anywhere? Maybe in NYC, where you're from, but not here.

Last edited by 2goldens; 03-17-2010 at 05:58 PM.. Reason: Added dates to link material - PLS NOTE - 2007 + 2009
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