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  • 0 The Best Neighborhoods & Suburbs in Orlando

    • Orlando
    • by Administrator
    • 01-02-2018

    With 233 sunny days a year, world-class spas, exciting sports, and thrilling theme parks, it’s no wonder Orlando, Florida was recently named by Travel Pulse as the number one most visited city in the US. Thinking of living in Orlando? Here are the eight best neighborhoods in Orlando to check out.   1.   Celebration This neighborhood likes to think of itself as an independent city catering to well-to-do families. Modeled to be an all-American neighborhood, Celebration has a feel reminiscent of a Hollywood movie set. The Mediterranean, Victorian and Colonial homes sprawl among postcard-worthy landmarks, and parks. To get around, locals often bike, walk or ride in electric vehicles. Celebration also allows for pedestrian traffic – a rarity in today’s suburban America. A sampling of great restaurants includes the Celebration Town Tavern and Columbia Restaurant.   2.   Dr. Philips Directly adjacent to and east of Bay Hill, Dr. Phillips is one of the largest citrus producers in the world. Nearby attractions are the Butler Chain of Lakes, Sand Lakes, and theme parks. This suburban area overflows with waterfront estates, upscale gated communities, and the esteemed Bay Hill community. Dr. Philips is home to a plethora of eateries and nightlife. Between the fabulous dining choices at popular hotspots Seasons 52, Rocco’s’ Tacos, Ocean Prime, and upscale shopping at Mall of Millenia, this neighborhood is one of Orlando’s most desirable neighborhoods. The neighborhood also offers endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Most of its residents are well-to-do families. In fact, it’s in the top fifteen percent of the highest-income neighborhoods in the country. According to some reports, Dr. Phillips is safer than 62% of cities in the United States, and definitely one of the safest neighborhoods in Orlando.   3.   Winter Park From its festivals and farmers’ markets to its shops and bistros, the town of Winter Park has long been a hotbed for moneyed visitors and snowbirds. Winter Park was originally created as a winter destination for wealthy northerners. There’s a smorgasbord of shops, cafes, and boutiques housed alongside its pristine lined street – the Park Avenue. If you veer slightly off the Avenue, you can enjoy a lovely dinner at The Ravenous Pig – a nominee for James Beard Award. There are a few noteworthy museums in Winter Park. They include Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. Opt for a leisurely and picturesque stroll near Rollins College.   4.   Milk District Milk District derives its name from the nearby T.G. Lee Dairy. This edgy little Orlando neighborhood is located east of Thornton Park. It’s known for its eclectic shops, funky bars, and its quaint World War II era homes. Common scenes include street parties and food truck gatherings. If you miss the outdoor entertainment, there are always other well-known eateries like Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria, the long-standing Beefy King, and the Se7en Bites.   5.   Thornton Park Thornton Park is relaxed, hip and urban. It is located one city block from Lake Eola Park. Here, you’ll find craftsman-style bungalows and sidewalk shops, all just a few blocks from the heart of downtown. Walk the cobblestone streets and pass by eateries that showcase live music. Speaking of walking, the neighborhood offers its residents walking distance to hip hangouts like Benjamin French Bakery and Café, and Dexters of Thornton Park. This Orlando area is close to all the food and culture spots. If you’re staying at the quaint EO Inn & Urban Spa, be sure to check out the Sunday farmers market brimming with treats, music, local produce, and crafts For shopping expeditions, be sure to explore the trendy indie boutique Zou Zou.   6.   College Park College Park packs a punch because of its low-key beauty and close proximity to downtown Orlando. Its streets are named after famous colleges such as Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. At the intersection of Edgewater and Princeton is ground zero for nightlife, dining, and shopping. Scenic lakes inundate College Park. Many of these lakes have parks with playgrounds for kids and have paved paths for walking. Excellent parks include Lake Adair and Lake Ivanhoe. The area manages to maintain a small-town feel. In fact, Edgewater Drive, the neighborhood’s main street, is graced by the ‘50s-era façade of the Publix grocery chain. For some culture, head over to adjacent Lock Haven Park, home to the Orlando Repertory Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre. College Park has a great bike and walks scores.   7.   Baldwin Park  Baldwin Park is a trendy neighborhood rich in history. From 1940 to 1968, it served as a base for Air Force and Army Air Corps. Later, it was converted to a naval training center. Today, Baldwin Park is a quintessential American neighborhood home to thousands of residents. It boasts of fifty miles of walking paths, where residents can jog or walk their dog. True to its name, Baldwin Park also has many parks. The 55-acre Blue Jacket Park is a must visit. The park is a track and field complex with two children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, basketball courts, tennis courts, lighted baseball fields, and a huge lawn perfect for soccer and field games. Not only that, but Baldwin Park is also a foodie haven. At the Village Center on New Broad Street, you can revel in a mix of restaurants that offer a variety of dishes. Unique treats include Marshmallow Puff Daddy and Al Cappuccino.   8.   Park Lake Highland This neighborhood is home to famous local spots. They include Nora’s Sugar Shack, Santiago’s Bodega, Will’s Pub, and the Orlando Urban Trail. According to Niche, the Park Lake Highland neighborhood is the absolute best place to live in the Orlando area. Beautiful views of the city’s skyline serve as a backdrop to a mix of impressive modern designs and historic clapboard lakefront homes. It’s bike and walk scores are great, as are its safety scores. The pristine campus of the affluent private schools such as the Lake Highland Preparatory School only adds to its appeal. If you’re a foodie, you’ll certainly appreciate the many restaurants that are lined up along the nearby Mills 50 District.   North, south, east, west – all directions point to intriguing neighborhoods in Orlando. If you’re moving there, make sure to sample this list of neighborhoods. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant looking to rent from an experienced Orlando rental manager we've got you covered. Contact us today for help!  

  • 0 Everything You Need to Know About Relocating to Orlando

    • Orlando
    • by Administrator
    • 24-12-2017

      You may have heard that Orlando is one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S. But did you know it's also a great city for families, snowbirds, urbanites, and retirees? If you're planning on relocating to Orlando, Florida, who better than an Orlando property management company to tell you everything you'll want to know before moving there.   Demographic Information Orlando has an estimated population of 254,000 people, making it the 77th most populous city in the country. It's also the 5th largest city, and the largest inland city, in Florida. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Orlando is the fastest-growing of the country's 30 largest regions. Over the past six years, Orlando's population has been increasing at a rate of 138 people per day, according to the Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC). This growth is fueled by domestic relocations, which account for 40% of the migrations. 24% are from natural population increases, while another 34% is due to international migration. The EDC also noted that the "The City Beautiful" and the "Theme Park Capital of the World" is now the 24th most populous region in the United States. Additionally, Orlando is the most visited city in the country, thanks to its fine collection of attractions. Some of these are SeaWorld, the Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Gatorland and Wet 'n Wild Water Park. According to the most recent census, the racial composition of Orlando is as follows: non-Hispanic White – 57.6%, Black – 28.1%, Asian – 3.8%, Alaska Native – 0.4%, Pacific Islander – 0.1%, Latino or Hispanic – 25.4% and others – 10%.   Moving to Orlando? Pick a Neighborhood Based on Your Lifestyle You won't find a boring neighborhood if you’re living in Orlando. If you want a taste of urban living, here are three Orlando neighborhoods worth considering.   1. Thornton Park Walking through Thornton Park is like taking a step back in time. You'll find old bungalows that date as far back as the 1920s. The neighborhood is adorned with beautiful, mature oak trees and brick-lined streets. Alongside that, Thornton Park has a great variety of high-end shopping boutiques and prime restaurants. 2. College Park Despite its name, College Park is more of a family neighborhood than a hotbed of frat parties. Much like Thornton Park, the neighborhood is dotted with brick-lined streets and historic homes. 3. Lake Nona Lake Nona is a fast-rising neighborhood that's home to families from various socioeconomic backgrounds. Originally conceived as a 7,000-acre golfing mecca, recent developments are trading the "golf" image for a more futuristic one. Several developments, including a Medical City, are slated for construction on the site. Other places to live in Orlando that might interest you include: Heathrow Oviedo Hunter's Creek Lake Eola Heights       There is No State Income Tax Depending on where you came from, relocating to Orlando might save you money. Orlando is one of the seven states that don't levy state income tax. One reason for this is the many hotels in the area. Orlando has a large number of hotel rooms, second only to Las Vegas. Also, Florida sales taxes hover at around 6.5%, and the state has one of the highest property taxes in the country.   Overall, the cost of living in the Orlando, Fl is slightly above that of the national average, with transportation and housing costs making the biggest difference.   It's Easy to Find a Job Living in Orlando Assuming you don’t mind working a low-wage job in the service industry, Orlando has tons of employment opportunities in places like the Kennedy Center and Disney. But can you live off those wages? According to statistics, Orlando workers earn 22% less than the national average. As such, you'll need to supplement that income with a side hustle or two to make ends meet. In particular, the local beef and citrus industries are full of employment opportunities. Companies that engage in those industries include: Darden Restaurants Tupperware Brands Duke Energy Siemens Orange County Public Schools       A Foodie's Paradise Orlando’s food scene is, to put it simply, eclectic. Local restaurants feature everything from Brazilian and Mexican to Asian and Indian. No matter your taste, you're sure to find something that excites your taste buds. For instance, if you're a barbeque fan, try out The Ravenous Pig, Yellow Dog Eats, or 4 Rivers Smokehouse – all of which were ranked in USA Today's 10 best restaurants in Orlando. Orlando Magazine and Orlando Weekly also named Graffiti Junktion as the best burger joint in the city. Other restaurants to try out in Orlando include: Seito Sushi - takes pride in offering the "finest" sushi and new Japanese cuisines SOCO - for Southern contemporary cuisine K Restaurant and Wine Bar - With its farm-to-table classic American fare, it's one of the best chef-owned restaurants in College Park. Urbain40 - Run by Chef Tim Keating, a four-time James Beard award nominee Prato - Run by Chef Brandon McGlamery. Serves the best Italian cuisine in Winter Park. Chef Eddie's Artisan's Table Woodlands Tin & Taco   Fun Weekend Getaways in Orlando Orlando is filled to the brim with fun and exciting things to do. Besides the dozens of theme parks surrounding the area, tons of local events and festivals are sure to meet your entertainment needs. Some of the city's most awesome destinations include: Jungle Adventures. Have you ever petted a tarantula? Because that's just one of the many exotic animals available in this zoo. Florida Film Festival. Going into its 30th year, the Florida Film Festival is sure to offer you something enjoyable. Carmine Oddities Boutique. As you can guess from the name, it's filled with knick-knacks that you've probably never seen before. Cirque du Soleil Nouba. Watch this spectacular array of dazzling choreography and daring acrobatics.   If you're the sporty type, you can cheer on teams like the: Orlando Solar Bears (Ice Hockey) Orlando Magic (Basketball) UCF Knights Orlando City SC (Soccer)   Prepare for the Warm Weather and Hurricane Season Since Florida has a humid subtropical climate, expect warm weather when you move into Orlando. You can enjoy the local weather while gliding along on a zip line over preserved land, or trekking via an eco-safari. You can also ride a canoe at Wekiwa Springs State Park, go biking along the 22-mile West Orange Trail, take a pontoon tour at the Winter Park Chain of Lakes, or ride a horse through the woods. Generally, the temperatures stay well above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're not used to year-round heat, it might take a while to adjust. To do that, you should:   Stay hydrated by drinking water or similar liquids. Use a central AC system and/or an electric fan. Have your home sprayed once or twice a year. Bugs and mosquitoes tend to proliferate in warm climates.   Clearly, Orlando is a top tourist destination for a reason. It has practically everything you need to live your life to the fullest. If you're thinking of relocating to the "City Beautiful," check out the aforementioned destinations and then some.  

  • 0 Best Areas to Invest in Real Estate in Orlando

    • Orlando
    • by Administrator
    • 11-10-2017

    One question many investors looking to buy properties here in Orlando often ask is which neighborhood should they invest. Having managed hundreds of properties in Orlando, I figured it would be a good opportunity to talk to you about five areas - Lake Nona, Kissimmee, Oviedo, Orlando and Winter Park. These are arguably the best areas for property investors to invest their hard-earned dollars. They have large employers nearby, have plenty of amenities, are in solid residential areas, and have newer homes.   But why Invest in Orlando? Besides being a dream destination for tourists (thanks to Florida weather, beautiful beaches, and Disney World), Orlando also stacks up high in terms investment opportunities. In fact, it has been ranked as the third best investment location by Forbes.   A recent report by Yardi Matrix showed that Orlando apartment dwellers faced rent increases about twice those of the national average during most of 2016.  Furthermore, Orlando boasts the second highest rental yield in the United States. Its rental yield is almost twice as high as in San Francisco, according to a study done by Finder.com.  All these reasons make it clear that Orlando is one of the best cities in the country for investing in residential real estate.   Neighborhoods to Invest in Real estate in Orlando, Florida   Winter Park Winter Park is an attractive area for investors looking to buy investment properties. It is Orlando's quintessential "old money" neighborhood. Museums and posh boutiques dot this charming enclave. From its bistros and shops to its farmer's markets and festivals, Winter Park has long been a hotbed for visitors and snowbirds. It's near great shopping centers, restaurants, exploration areas and more. The rate of unemployment in Winter Park is 4.30%, with job growth of 2.46%. Over the next decade, the future job growth is expected to be about 40.62%. Presently, the median household income is $56,995.  In terms of Winter Park demographics, recent data shows the population stands at 28,771, with 87% and 7% speaking English and Spanish respectively. Another interesting fact is, the population density in Winter Park is 845% higher than the rest of Florida. The median price of homes currently listed in Winter Park is $779,950, with the median list price per square foot being $301. The median home value is expected to rise by around 3.2% within the coming year.    Oviedo This community is on the east side of town, near the University of Central Florida. Because of the relatively stable economy attributed to several large employers, it is a desirable area for investors looking to put up rental units. Besides the University of Central Florida, other big employers include NES Global and Siemens. Oviedo is approximately 16 square miles in size and is located in eastern Seminole County. It’s a growing city that steadfastly maintains its small-town feel offering a farmer’s market and air-boat rides. Part of Oviedo's southern charm is the population of chickens that roam the downtown area. In fact, images of roosters are painted on all road signs leading into Oviedo. Some attractive places near Oviedo include Friendship Park, Sweetwater Park, Oviedo Bowling Center, Pappy's Patch, University Performing Arts Center, and Cup O' Pottery. The median household income in Oviedo is $82,259. According to recent data, the unemployment rate in Oviedo, Florida stands at 3.90%. Oviedo is home to 36,617 residents. There are 8,556 households out of which 70% are married couples living together, and 50.4% have children under the age of eighteen.  The home value in Oviedo has gone up by 8.2% over the past year to reach $287,700. The square foot average price is $145.   Lake Nona Lake Nona is also called Medical City, due to many medical centers and hospitals that have been built in recent years. Lake Nona is an attractive area for people who are commuting to their Lake Nona is an attractive area for people who are commuting to their workplaces in Orlando. Therefore, there exists a huge rental potential for property investors. Lake Nona has two neighborhoods. One with higher priced homes and one with more affordable properties. Both areas have a lot of investment potential. Originally conceived as a 7,000-acre golfing mecca, Lake Nona is an up-and-coming neighborhood attracting families from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Housing units range from townhouses to luxury homes. Some of the areas nearby that make it attractive to property investors include Moss Park, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, International Drive Area, and Sea World. The median income for residents between the ages of 25 and 44 in Lake Nona stands at $63,956. It is $36,091 for those under the age of 25, and $54,566 for those over 65 years. In terms of demographics, Lake Nona is home to 58,599 residents, with the male and female population being 28,541 and 30,058 respectively. Based on 45 home sales, the median sale price for homes in Lake Nona for the period between May 24 to Aug 23 was $400,000. The square foot average price was $170, representing a 4% rise compared to a similar period the previous year. Currently, the median rent per month is $1,995.    Kissimmee Kissimmee is the county seat of Osceola County. It is a great area for investors looking to purchase an investment property, at an affordable price, because of the excellent neighborhoods surrounding it. Homes in these neighborhoods, unlike similar homes in Lake Nona area, generally offer lower home prices and lower property taxes.  Kissimmee is next door to theme parks and exciting attractions of Orlando, FL. Thrill-seekers can enjoy flying warplanes, do zip lines, jet ski, and helicopter rides. Conservation lovers will enjoy kayaking on Lake Toho or Shingle Creek. Other weekend getaway attractions include Lake Tohopekaliga, extreme Jet Ski, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides and more. The median household income is $35,452. Currently, the rate of unemployment in Kissimmee is 5.2%, with job growth of 2.5%. In the next decade, the job growth is predicted to stand at 39.80%. When it comes to demographics there are 17,121 households out of which 37.4% have children under the age of eighteen, 47% are married couples, and 20.9% are individuals.  Over the past year, home values have gone up by 11.9% to reach $239,500. Currently, the median list price per square foot in Kissimmee is $118.   Conclusion As an Orlando property management company, we have the staff and resources in place to take care of your property. We take care of your property the way you would if that were your only job. We know what it takes to get and keep a home here rented, whether they are just single-family homes or large apartment buildings. If you're looking into real estate investing in Central Florida don't hesitate to contact us through email or give us a call at (407) 288-8283. 

  • 0 9 Reasons to Live in Orlando

    • Orlando
    • by Administrator
    • 12-09-2017

    Orlando is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US. Being home to Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios, there is no doubt that people from around the globe are fascinated with this city, making it the tourist capital of the U.S. However, most people don't realize that Orlando is also one of the best places to live. With one of the country's largest university's, a diverse population, cultural vibrancy, focus on arts and a thriving sports sector, Orlando is where you might think of moving permanently.    Why You Should Consider Living in Orlando:   Weather Orlando has amazing weather throughout the year. There are no long rainy seasons and no snow storms. Weather is actually one of the key reasons why people love living in Orlando. You can have access to warm weather all year round. People can enjoy the great outdoors, don’t need to worry about heating and can live a healthy and active life without any worries.    Outdoor Activities Orlando has an abundance of outdoor activities, again mainly due to its great weather. The Atlantic Coast offers white sandy beaches with pristine blue water and plenty of water-related activities. There are also beautiful gardens, several recreational facilities, and sports complexes. The city is also home to some of the finest golf parks in the State.   Work Opportunities Because Orlando has a thriving tourist industry there are many full time and part time jobs offered. It is very easy to find jobs in hotels, fast food restaurants, and the Disney Resorts. Since the city is always busy, most hotels and motels are always looking for staff to cover shifts.    Investing If you are thinking of investing, then Orlando is just the city. There are numerous opportunities to set up your own business and penetrate untapped market segments. You can even enter the Airbnb rental business, buy a property to rent out to tourists or run a bed and breakfast. The opportunities are endless.   Fun in the Sun Orlando is home to the world famous Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Theme park, the Busch gardens and the Epcot center. There are hundreds of restaurants and shopping plazas all over the city, which will ensure that you're never bored. If you’re looking for some fun in the sun for you, your partner and your family, Orlando offers the complete package.    Food Orlando is one of most diverse cities in the country. A benefit of its diversity is that you have access to a large variety of different types of cuisine.You can find cafes, restaurants, bistros, diners, and top of the line 5 star restaurants which serve cuisine from all over the globe. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian or Indian or you simply want those homemade pancakes, you can find them in Orlando.    Natural Beauty Orlando is simply one of the most beautiful places to live. It has great scenery, ample natural reserves, plenty of parks and green spaces and of course the entire Atlantic coast.   Diversity Orlando has quite a racially diverse population. You can catch a glimpse of different cultures and traditions from all over the world because so many people from various parts of the globe are settled here. The diversity of this place has also resulted in people making extra effort to blend together and build a community that is cohesive and unified.   Retirement Community There is a large retirement community in Orlando, which is well established. Adult-organized communities have their own support groups and many live within their own compounds with a leisure lifestyle. The city of Orlando has introduced many social programs and has worked hard to improve public services. Commuting is easy and the traffic is much less compared to other cities in the US.   The best way to know Orlando is to take a short vacation and see the place for yourself. Away from the city, there's lots of affordable housing which can be rented or bought. Overall, this is a definite place to consider if you are considering moving to a new city.