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Old 02-20-2012, 01:57 AM
 
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We are moving to the Orlando area from Tallahassee, looking for suggestions for towns/communities. I am a sales representative that covers the entire state mostly larger cities: Jacksonville, Tampa, West Palm, Ft Lauderdale, Miami, etc.; so I do not have to live in the city to be near work. Our major focus is on good schools and proximity to roadways. Currently looking at Windermere area due to schools and the fact it is near the turnpike and I-4, but am open to any suggestions. Really like Lake Mary, but seems too hard to travel from going to South Florida. We are really trying to get more centralized to have more day trips, fewer overnights, and be home more often.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Windermere is a good choice. Also Lake Nona and Belle Isle/Conway. Both are good school districts near major highways.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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We are moving to the Orlando area from Tallahassee, looking for suggestions for towns/communities. I am a sales representative that covers the entire state mostly larger cities: Jacksonville, Tampa, West Palm, Ft Lauderdale, Miami, etc.; so I do not have to live in the city to be near work. Our major focus is on good schools and proximity to roadways. Currently looking at Windermere area due to schools and the fact it is near the turnpike and I-4, but am open to any suggestions. Really like Lake Mary, but seems too hard to travel from going to South Florida. We are really trying to get more centralized to have more day trips, fewer overnights, and be home more often.
The Dr Phillips area would be perfect for you if you're looking to be close to all of the major roadways in central FL, and still have a safe area with good schools, shopping and restaurants nearby. Within a few miles, you have access to the turnpike, FL-528 and I-4 which can taken you pretty much anywhere you need to go. Literally in an hour, you can be in Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Tampa, or Ocala.

Windermere is good for schools and safety, but you'd have to travel farther to get to the 528/beachline that would take you out to the east coast. Also, not as close to attractions, shopping and restaurants if that's important to you.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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We are moving to the Orlando area from Tallahassee, looking for suggestions for towns/communities. I am a sales representative that covers the entire state mostly larger cities: Jacksonville, Tampa, West Palm, Ft Lauderdale, Miami, etc.; so I do not have to live in the city to be near work. Our major focus is on good schools and proximity to roadways. Currently looking at Windermere area due to schools and the fact it is near the turnpike and I-4, but am open to any suggestions. Really like Lake Mary, but seems too hard to travel from going to South Florida. We are really trying to get more centralized to have more day trips, fewer overnights, and be home more often.
Actually it's very easy to get around from Lake Mary. If going to South Florida, the 417 bypasses Orlando (along the east side) which takes you to either SR50 or the 528 which take you over to I-95 without any traffic issues unlike anything involving I-4. It takes exactly an hour to reach I-95 in Cocoa, the same amount of time it would take from SW Orlando if there was no traffic to deal with on that side of town...which is like never. The schools in Lake Mary are terrific and it's a great place for families/kids as it's not only much less congested than anywhere in Orlando, it's also quite safe.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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Actually it's very easy to get around from Lake Mary. If going to South Florida, the 417 bypasses Orlando (along the east side) which takes you to either SR50 or the 528 which take you over to I-95 without any traffic issues unlike anything involving I-4. It takes exactly an hour to reach I-95 in Cocoa, the same amount of time it would take from SW Orlando if there was no traffic to deal with on that side of town...which is like never. The schools in Lake Mary are terrific and it's a great place for families/kids as it's not only much less congested than anywhere in Orlando, it's also quite safe.
The 528 is one exit up from Sand Lake Road and I've never sat in traffic getting to the Beachline. Did you mention the extra tolls the OP would pay getting on the 417 en route to the Beachline ?

Dr Phillips & Windermere are also not congested and the schools are also terrific.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:05 PM
 
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The 528 is one exit up from Sand Lake Road and I've never sat in traffic getting to the Beachline. Did you mention the extra tolls the OP would pay getting on the 417 en route to the Beachline ?

Dr Phillips & Windermere are also not congested and the schools are also terrific.
Exactly. The 417 tolls can add up quickly. Can be more costly than a quick trip on the turnpike or 408 within the Orlando area.

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Old 02-20-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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Actually it's very easy to get around from Lake Mary. If going to South Florida, the 417 bypasses Orlando (along the east side) which takes you to either SR50 or the 528 which take you over to I-95 without any traffic issues unlike anything involving I-4. It takes exactly an hour to reach I-95 in Cocoa, the same amount of time it would take from SW Orlando if there was no traffic to deal with on that side of town...which is like never. The schools in Lake Mary are terrific and it's a great place for families/kids as it's not only much less congested than anywhere in Orlando, it's also quite safe.
I agree. As for tolls, the OP is going to get them one way or another being they work all over the state.
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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I agree. As for tolls, the OP is going to get them one way or another being they work all over the state.
No need for the 417 if the OP chooses to live in SW Orlando/Dr Phillips. It's one less toll to worry about, as he/she will have immediate access to the turnpike, I-4 and the 528
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:01 PM
 
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The OP is traveling for work and I seriously doubt the reimbursable expense of one more toll road (in addition to the 528 and the Turnpike) is going to deter them. The bigger picture for most involves a more pleasurable place to live over adding up toll money, particularly if it's not a personal expense.
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Old 02-20-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: N Atlanta
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According to some people, the solar system revolves around Lake Mary.
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