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Old 06-20-2007, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Downtown Orlando, FL
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Downtown - Delaney Park, Thornton Park, Wadeview, Eola Heights

Winter Park/Maitland (I love Maitland and wish I would have bought a house there before the big spike in prices). There's an area off Corrine Drive right in front of where the old Navy Base used to be (not Baldwin either) that is hidden and is just amazing. I am sure it's Winter Park.

Longwood - Old Florida without costing you an arm and a leg.

Lake Nona - Right now it's a beautiful, safe, decent place but since it's the new hot spot I would guess it will have a fair share of issues in the coming years.

Oviedo
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Old 06-20-2007, 01:39 PM
 
Location: East Orlando, FL
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It is hard to give an answer unless we know what your priorities are. I am partial to WATERFORD LAKES area myself. I'm in WATERFORD CHASE. This area is: NEW, CLEAN, SAFE, FAMILY friendly, A schools, parks, movies, shopping, etc.
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Old 07-05-2007, 02:59 PM
 
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I've lived here for 5 years now, here's my top 5 that I would live. In order from best to "ok if not there than here"

1) Winter Park (expensive, charming, low crime)
2) Eola Heights (downtown location, awesome older but restored homes)
3) Thornton Park (downtown location, very hip and trendy)
4) Wekiva Springs (Apopka-Longwood subdivison, all different types of houses, prices, lot choices)
5) Oviedo (lots of new housing options with full range of prices, interesting area)

I didn't mention Waterford Lakes and here's why: I used to live there and didn't care for it. Too long to get anywhere as 408 is heavily conjested at rush hour times. Even w/o traffic, it took me a good 45mins to get to Universal and an hour to get to Disney at times. That area has grown so much with all the developments, and now Avalon Park that it's too crowded and the only highway out to downtown and I-4 is 408. Also, there's the crazy college kids at UCF (I used to be one as of last year), and I was glad to get outta east Orlando. The drag races on Alafaya, the reckless driving, the ghettoness of some areas, I was tired of it.

Windermere/Dr. Phillips- I'm not impressed by McMansions and the gross affluence of that area. Even if I could afford an Isleworth home, I wouldn't live there but that's just me. And to be honest, Pine Hills and Metrowest isn't that far away.

I'm not sure if anyone mentioned Baldwin Park- Cookie cutter, Truman Show-like communities personally frighten me. The HOA fees are notorious, the covenants are the size of a law dictionary, and its grossly overpriced. The community is lovely to drive through and the houses are pretty, but I couldn't live in a place like that...almost like Stepford Orlando. The women in the sales office reminded me of Stepford wives.
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Old 07-05-2007, 05:41 PM
 
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Audubon Park is great. It's next to Winter Park and Baldwin Park and is actually affordable. It's one of the nicer, older neighborhoods in O-town because of its location, schools, and amenities near by.
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:47 AM
 
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"almost like Stepford Orlando. The women in the sales office reminded me of Stepford wives."

*sigh*
If I hear Stepford Wives just ONCE MORE in reference to neo-traditional communities, I think I'll SCREAM! I wonder what people would compare places like Baldwin Park, Avalon Park, Celebration, Harmony and Northlake Park to, if The Stepford Wives movie was never made.

Good lord!
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Default Waterford Lakes

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Originally Posted by silvio View Post
I've lived here for 5 years now, here's my top 5 that I would live. In order from best to "ok if not there than here"

1) Winter Park (expensive, charming, low crime)
2) Eola Heights (downtown location, awesome older but restored homes)
3) Thornton Park (downtown location, very hip and trendy)
4) Wekiva Springs (Apopka-Longwood subdivison, all different types of houses, prices, lot choices)
5) Oviedo (lots of new housing options with full range of prices, interesting area)

I didn't mention Waterford Lakes and here's why: I used to live there and didn't care for it. Too long to get anywhere as 408 is heavily conjested at rush hour times. Even w/o traffic, it took me a good 45mins to get to Universal and an hour to get to Disney at times. That area has grown so much with all the developments, and now Avalon Park that it's too crowded and the only highway out to downtown and I-4 is 408. Also, there's the crazy college kids at UCF (I used to be one as of last year), and I was glad to get outta east Orlando. The drag races on Alafaya, the reckless driving, the ghettoness of some areas, I was tired of it.

Windermere/Dr. Phillips- I'm not impressed by McMansions and the gross affluence of that area. Even if I could afford an Isleworth home, I wouldn't live there but that's just me. And to be honest, Pine Hills and Metrowest isn't that far away.

I'm not sure if anyone mentioned Baldwin Park- Cookie cutter, Truman Show-like communities personally frighten me. The HOA fees are notorious, the covenants are the size of a law dictionary, and its grossly overpriced. The community is lovely to drive through and the houses are pretty, but I couldn't live in a place like that...almost like Stepford Orlando. The women in the sales office reminded me of Stepford wives.
Not everyone who lives in Waterford Lakes commutes to the other side of town. Many of us work locally (Lockheed, Research Park, Siemens, etc) so it is great to have all of what the area has to offer at our fingertips. You really don't have to leave that often unless you want to go to the attractions or have other dining options downtown or in the I-drive area. It can get congested as you mentioned but there are plans to extend Alafaya Trail to the 528 and you can also get out of town via Colonial Drive to the coast. I've have found that 408 isn't bad at all if you don't travel during rush hours. Traffic is great now too with UCF out for the summer but it can be hectic especially when school starts late August but that dies down after a few months.

Anyway, Waterford Lakes isn't perfect but there are a lot of us who think it is a pretty nice place to live, work and play.
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Old 07-06-2007, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Downtown Orlando, FL
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"almost like Stepford Orlando. The women in the sales office reminded me of Stepford wives."

*sigh*
If I hear Stepford Wives just ONCE MORE in reference to neo-traditional communities, I think I'll SCREAM! I wonder what people would compare places like Baldwin Park, Avalon Park, Celebration, Harmony and Northlake Park to, if The Stepford Wives movie was never made.

Good lord!
Dawn of the Dead? Zombies? Invasion of the Body Snatchers?
............... Beaches??!?!!?


heh.
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Old 07-06-2007, 12:41 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Moo Du Kwan View Post
"almost like Stepford Orlando. The women in the sales office reminded me of Stepford wives."

*sigh*
If I hear Stepford Wives just ONCE MORE in reference to neo-traditional communities, I think I'll SCREAM! I wonder what people would compare places like Baldwin Park, Avalon Park, Celebration, Harmony and Northlake Park to, if The Stepford Wives movie was never made.

Good lord!
Whoa...calm down over there. Take a breather. Those "neo traditonal" communities just aren't my thing. If Stepford Wives wasn't made, Truman Show still works. The point is, I think they're wierd, it's like you're living in some insulated bubble while the rest of the world passes by. I know plenty of people that live there. Don't be shocked when you get slapped with a $500 fine because you used the wrong kind of mulch or your shurbs are too high. And YES that has happened before.

Maybe you like them for whatever reason, and that's fine. I'm sure those communities' HOA fees are being put to good use to maintain their little neo-world.

I think Baldwin Park and Celebration are pretty and well maintained, I just wouldn't live there.
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Old 07-06-2007, 01:34 PM
 
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Dawn of the Dead? Zombies? Invasion of the Body Snatchers?
............... Beaches??!?!!?


heh.
Allright that works, LOL. Maybe even Men in Black?
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Old 07-06-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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My guess is...There's number of reasons for those rules and fines.
Not the LEAST of which....to keep the neighborhood from going to $h1t and ending up looking like Pine Hills. You'll find some of the same rules in Hunter's Creek.

"No sir, you CAN NOT paint your house paisley with blue polka dots. And you can't have that 1965 Rambler, with the 4 tires missing, sitting on cinder blocks in your front yard"!

Yeah...Works for me. But, to each his own, I guess.
*shrug*
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