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Old 05-09-2010, 02:52 PM
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My husband and myself are thinking of moving from the Atlantic coast of FL to the Windermere/Winter Garden area but we have some questions.

We're not a young couple, but we're not dead either. We like the W/WG area because it has a vibe and everything we need appears to be minutes away. Here's some questions..

The area appears to be a young area. Would we stick out or are there other young 60-somethings around? Are there any areas or neighborhoods that lean toward an older population? Are people in general friendly there?

We're not rich but we'd like to pay cash for something $300,000 or less. Is this even possible in Windermere? We're looking for about 2,200 sqft.

Orlando is exciting and there seems to be so much to do but it's very much unlike the beach areas of the Atlantic in that it's segmented by highways and we want to get into the right area, an area where most of our needs can be made without highway driving, tolls, etc. give or take once a week or so.

Are there any other areas of greater Orlando, maybe some places we are missing, that offer good restaurants, good malls, i.e., Millenia and The Village at Winter Garden, and a segment of older population? We don't want to be the old grannies of the hood.

We are also looking for access to reasonable golf and Ocoee's Forest Lake seems to be the place, another reason for settling in this area.

Any information will be much appreciated. We'd love a non-gated neighborhood but I don't think this is possible in Winter Garden. Thanks.
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:09 AM
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Windermere outskirts and Winter Garden areas are a mixed population of ages, skewing toward younger with families. I haven't seen any 55+ communities like there are in Clermont but they might be there.

You won't stick out, there are retirees around. At least I see them in Publix and other stores.

We find the area very friendly.

You could find something in the Windermere zip code but not in old Windermere, but more towards the western area. Communities like Summerport and Preston Square would have homes available in that price range. They are non gated commmunities.

Sorry can't help you with the golf scene.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:28 AM
Location: Orlando Florida
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Winter Garden is a great place for 55+. It is close to everything and very quiet. Windermere has mixed aged groups.
There are quite a few neighborhoods in both areas with a golf access.
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:38 PM
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We're in our 60's and live in Windermere along 535! We LOVE it. We have met many other couples in Windermere and Winter Garden that are retired and even a couple in their 80's. It's all ages.
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Old 05-15-2010, 11:25 PM
Location: high country of Colorado
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I just got back from a real estate trip looking to buy in the Disney area.
Decided I liked the 'feel' of the Windermere/Summerport/Winter Garder area the best. Houses seemed slightly more per sq ft there. Did OP ever come back and post about buying something?
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Old 05-17-2010, 05:12 AM
Location: Orlando FL
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This is still a pretty new thread so I doubt they've purchased anything quite yet. I personally love the Windermere/ Winter Garden area mentioned along 535. And Summerport, Lakes of Windermere, Providence, Signature Lakes, etc are all great. For 300K you can get some large new homes in any of those neighborhoods.

To the OP however, have you also checked out Winter Park, Baldwin Park or College Park? They are a little more central, are more established as a community and completely developed. With Fashion Squre Mall close by, Winter Park Village, Park Ave shopping and the park. Homes are bit more expensive in this area, but if you don't need a huge home there are plenty in the under 300K range.

Also the Lake Mary Area may be a great fit. With Heathrow (golf community, but gated), Timicuan (un-gated golf community), with Seminole Town Center Mall, and of course everything available in Lake Mary's version of the outdoor mall off H E Thomas and International Pkwy. Gorgeous area, and again, lots to choose from

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Old 07-04-2010, 09:06 AM
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I don't know if you found a place or not but I have a 3/2 mobile home for sale at a very reasonable price, if interested please let me know.
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