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Old 11-08-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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We are looking for a safe area with very good schools, friendly neighborhood in the Orlando area. A community where people keep their houses and property nice, low crime, etc.... Just like anyone else I guess.

Relocating from New York, married couple with 2 kids, one in 3rd grade and one 18 months old.

Thanks!

Looking for some town names and websites to look at listings.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:23 PM
 
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Oh and we have up to $300,000 to spend.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:41 PM
 
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Where will you be working? Lots of options
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:43 PM
 
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No job lined up and it wouldnt be until spring time. In my profession I am not worried about finding employment and am lucky enough to have money put aside to live for a good amount of time while looking for work. I have reliable transportation.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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I grew up in Orlando so I will try to answer any questions you have. Do you like the city? Country? suburb?

I grew up on the border of Oviedo and Orlando in a well kept neighborhood less than a mile from UCF. I still love the area but wouldn't suggest moving there if you don't like hustle and bustle.

Oviedo is a lovely town. It's the "small" town atmosphere but you're not isolated from the world. Winter Park is also like that.

If you want the country, Bithlo or Christmas would be perfect for you.

There is also Avalon to look into. I'm drawing a blank on what you'd call it but it's like it's own little town. The school's, homes, shops-everything is in the neighborhood.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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If you want the country, Bithlo or Christmas would be perfect for you.

There is also Avalon to look into. I'm drawing a blank on what you'd call it but it's like it's own little town. The school's, homes, shops-everything is in the neighborhood.
Not to knock you or anything, but I really disagree with those recommendations. Bithlo is basically the armpit of Orange County. I wouldn't even travel there in the daytime. There are much better, quainter towns in the area like Clermont or Mt. Dora. Avalon Park has faced its fair share of foreclosure/crime issues since the housing market crashed and the schools aren't so great, either.

To the OP, since you have a good budget and the need for good schools for your kids, I would recommend Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Winter Park, and Lake Mary/Heathrow. I'm personally a big fan of the first two areas... very convenient to the entertainment/attractions/shopping/dining that put Orlando on the map, well-kept neighborhoods that are safe, and two of the best school districts in the county.

Other areas, depending on where you will be working, include Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Oviedo, and even some of the neighborhoods downtown (Thornton Park, Delaney Park, College Park) are worth looking into.
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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It's been a few years since I lived there but things must have really changed in Orlando!

Lots of great towns mentioned, though. Awesome thing about Orlando is, it has so much to offer.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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If you want the country, Bithlo or Christmas would be perfect for you.
No, if you want poverty and no municipal water, bithlo is for you

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Not to knock you or anything, but I really disagree with those recommendations. Bithlo is basically the armpit of Orange County. I wouldn't even travel there in the daytime. There are much better, quainter towns in the area like Clermont or Mt. Dora. Avalon Park has faced its fair share of foreclosure/crime issues since the housing market crashed and the schools aren't so great, either.

To the OP, since you have a good budget and the need for good schools for your kids, I would recommend Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Winter Park, and Lake Mary/Heathrow. I'm personally a big fan of the first two areas... very convenient to the entertainment/attractions/shopping/dining that put Orlando on the map, well-kept neighborhoods that are safe, and two of the best school districts in the county.

Other areas, depending on where you will be working, include Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Oviedo, and even some of the neighborhoods downtown (Thornton Park, Delaney Park, College Park) are worth looking into.
Def agree with this post
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:32 AM
 
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Check out Lake Mary (as well as Markham Woods, Sylvan Lake and the neighboring planned community of Heathrow). Along with Oviedo the schools are the best in the metro area and in my opinion the better located of the two in terms of traffic infrastructure. City of Lake Mary, Florida
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Old 11-09-2012, 06:53 AM
 
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If you want closer to downtown, look into Delaney Park or Lake Eola Heights. There's also Lake Davis and Lake Cherokee, but those home prices tend to be higher than 300k. College park is another possibility. All of these areas are zoned for great elementary (Blankner, Hillcrest, Princeton), middle (Blankner and Howard), and high schools (Boone and Edgewater).
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