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Old 07-10-2011, 06:48 AM
 
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OK... Please don't take this the wrong way, but my husband & I finally visited Lake Mary a week ago & were left feeling cold & disappointed. I'm sure it can be a very lovely place to live. It just didn't feel like a good fit for us. We weren't exactly expecting all the planned communities. It just felt like everything was the same, new or relatively new & chain stores & restaurants.

My husband will be starting his job there tomorrow. Ge wants to keep his commute to 1/2 hour each way. By way of background, we have a 3.5-yr-old son & currently live in Jacksonville Beach, where we can walk out our door or hop on a bike and be at a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, boutique, park or beach in minutes. Plus there are festivals & live music events we can walk to. But we also have great schools, parks, library &
sports and other activities for kids.

Any recommendations?
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Old 07-10-2011, 08:49 AM
 
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Winter park, college park, Thornton park, etc
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:24 AM
 
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Well the good thing is that you are commuting against traffic so it opens up the option to live further away than if you were commuting in the opposite direction. I would reccomend maitland, winter park, college park, audubon park, colonialtown, eola heights, Thornton park, delaney park. All older neighborhoods with older homes, walkable, and local owned business. Based on what you have posted I think college park would be a great fit. It's an established area but very family oriented. Also has its town center where you can walk to restaurants, shops, groceries, bank etc. they also have their own neighborhood fairs, parades and events throughout the year. For access to community events I would look into eola heights and Thornton park. Best of luck and welcome to central Florida.

BTW. Although Lake Mary gets rave reviews here, and for good reason, its not for everyone. I agree with you its very commercial and cookie cutter. I prefer the older historic neighborhoods which should fit the bill for you.

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Old 07-10-2011, 10:18 AM
 
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OK... Please don't take this the wrong way, but my husband & I finally visited Lake Mary a week ago & were left feeling cold & disappointed. I'm sure it can be a very lovely place to live. It just didn't feel like a good fit for us. We weren't exactly expecting all the planned communities. It just felt like everything was the same, new or relatively new & chain stores & restaurants.

My husband will be starting his job there tomorrow. Ge wants to keep his commute to 1/2 hour each way. By way of background, we have a 3.5-yr-old son & currently live in Jacksonville Beach, where we can walk out our door or hop on a bike and be at a restaurant, bar, coffee shop, boutique, park or beach in minutes. Plus there are festivals & live music events we can walk to. But we also have great schools, parks, library &
sports and other activities for kids.

Any recommendations?
Baldwin Park. We walk or ride bikes to the numerous restaurants, Barneys Coffee, Wine Bars, Sports PUB, Publix, CVS, Bike trails, bank etc. all within the subdivision! No beach though; hmmm Lake Baldwin?
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Old 11-07-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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My husband just accepted a job Lake Mary also(but I see you wrote this 2 years ago.)
We're a young family and not yet quite concerned about A-rated schools. We want to be able to walk to coffee, parks, restaurants, places with culture and diversity. He's willing to drive further to work if it means we can have these things near our house.
College Park looks great. It would be a reverse commute from my husband, no?
Where did you end up settling?
Thanks!(This is my first post, so bear with me.)
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Orlando Metro Area
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My husband just accepted a job Lake Mary also(but I see you wrote this 2 years ago.)
We're a young family and not yet quite concerned about A-rated schools. We want to be able to walk to coffee, parks, restaurants, places with culture and diversity. He's willing to drive further to work if it means we can have these things near our house.
College Park looks great. It would be a reverse commute from my husband, no?
Where did you end up settling?
Thanks!(This is my first post, so bear with me.)
Somebody replied to an old thread from which we may never again hear from the OP. If I had to comment in case somebody else needs advice, I'd say live near downtown Sanford if working in Lake Mary.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:28 AM
 
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Somebody replied to an old thread from which we may never again hear from the OP. If I had to comment in case somebody else needs advice, I'd say live near downtown Sanford if working in Lake Mary.
I would think winter park would be perfect considering it'll be a reverse commute
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Orlando Metro Area
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I would think winter park would be perfect considering it'll be a reverse commute
Yes it would be, but Sanford has so many backroads to Lake Mary that you really wouldn't even feel like you're commuting much at all. If the OP (in theory since this is 2yrs old) would have been able to afford to live walking distance to Park Ave, then of course Winter Park wins every time, but downtown Sanford offers quite a bit of what they're looking for (albeit a smaller scale) for less (and closer to the job).
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