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Old 11-06-2018, 05:31 AM
 
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My husband is considering a job offer at Florida Hospital and we have 3 young children; one is in Kindergarten this year. A neighborhood with a short commute (<30 minutes and ideally <20 minutes) is really important to us. We also much prefer public schools and a safe walkable neighborhood with lots of kids is highly desireable. While in town we spent some time driving around the neighborhoods near Florida Hospital (BP, WP, CP, AP, etc) and liked the "feel" of Baldwin Park but it seems we can get a much nicer home for the money in the surrounding areas. Budget is $700k.

Is BP worth the money in general? With the new K-8 school opening nearby I realize that has made BP less crowded but how has this affected the demographics, etc of BP elementary? I'm having trouble finding data for this year and I'm not sure if the school quality will be improving with AP opening or if we are better off trying to find a home zoned for AP?

Lastly, which areas have the most young children and particularly young kids riding bikes and playing on the sidwalk and in parks, etc? I like the idea of WP but it seems like the demographic is older than BP. Are there certain neighborhoods and schools in WP that are better suited for families than others?

Anything else we should be considering?
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:38 AM
 
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Kids? Winter Park is your best bet.

While I absolutely love Baldwin Park, I definitely would not call it an area with lots of kids outside riding bikes and whatnot.
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Old 11-06-2018, 05:43 AM
 
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I’d also say Winter Park.

Windermere has the most kids riding bikes but it is not walkable at all.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I agree with Winter Park, but be careful to look within WP city limits. Some places have a WP mailing address but are not in the city of WP.

Edited to add: I live in College Park and love it -- likewise my daughter and son-in-law and my preschool-age granddaughter -- but the schools here are not as good as those in Winter Park.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:15 AM
 
Location: NYC/Orlando
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I would look at Audubon Park/Orwin Manor; I’m not sure how elementary/middle school is but it’s in the Winter Park High School zone. AP is pretty walkable and has a bunch of cool shops and restaurants.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I would second the Orwin Manor area, and of course Winter Park as your two best options. Commute to FL Hospital would be short and these areas are very nice. You'll likely get an older "bungalow" style home, but Winter Park is one of the most desirable areas to live in in Central FL. You're essentially paying for the location here, but it's worth it. $700k likely won't be enough to break into the new construction homes that are popping up all over WP, but you'll likely be able to get a nice 3 or 4 bedroom home that's been updated/renovated. You can likely find a pool in this price range as well if that's something you're interested in.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
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Orwin Manor is not zoned for Winter Park High. It is zoned for Edgewater, as is adjoining College Park, so avoid both of those areas. Many areas of Winter Park and Maitland are zoned for Edgewater, so take a good look at the zoning map before buying:

https://www.ocps.net/UserFiles/Serve...0HS%202016.pdf

Either Baldwin Park or Winter Park are great choices, and I would not at all shy away from BP with kids as there are lots of young families with kids living in BP. There is an excellent Elementary School and Middle School literally on the Baldwin Park grounds, and it is zoned for Winter Park High which is really close by. Just keep in mind the taxes there are even higher than WP since they still have CDD fees hiding in there. I don't think BP elementary will be adversely impacted by Audubon K-8, in fact it should be even better. It is way overcrowded with lots of portables. I'd be more concerned about the new school honestly as it has zero history. BP elementary is fed by nothing but high dollar areas, and that pretty much guarantees that it will remain a high performing school.

Audubon Park (right next to Baldwin Park on the west side) is really hip and it is also zoned for Winter Park High, but it is pretty much all small mid-century flips in there. If you like the 50s Florida vibe, it is pretty much the ultimate neighborhood for that in all of Orlando as there are lots of really nice ones, but expect the inconveniences and issues that come with that era home.

Last edited by Pete C; 11-07-2018 at 08:01 AM..
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:09 AM
 
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I don't know where you are coming from, but with that housing budget, you shouldn't be looking for good public schools, you should be looking at private schools.


If you insist on public, I would add Delaney Park to your list. You will get more home for the money than BP or WP, you will have A rated schools from K all the way through 12th, and there are a ton of young families, walkable to downtown (soccer games, basketball games, performing arts center), and a decent commute to FH.
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Old 11-07-2018, 09:52 AM
 
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I don't know where you are coming from, but with that housing budget, you shouldn't be looking for good public schools, you should be looking at private schools.


If you insist on public, I would add Delaney Park to your list. You will get more home for the money than BP or WP, you will have A rated schools from K all the way through 12th, and there are a ton of young families, walkable to downtown (soccer games, basketball games, performing arts center), and a decent commute to FH.
$700k isnt that big of a budget when talking about being able to afford private school.

For example, a private school tuition of $20k is similar to a $300k mortgage loan. 3 kids is almost $1 million.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:32 AM
 
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$700k isnt that big of a budget when talking about being able to afford private school.

For example, a private school tuition of $20k is similar to a $300k mortgage loan. 3 kids is almost $1 million.
As someone with three kids in private school, I appreciate the math lesson.


I missed the point that she has 3 kids..........ouch. Pick your favorite and put them in private school.
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