Best Neighborhoods in Orlando, Florida

Orlando, incorporated in 1875, is the county seat of Orange County in Florida. With a population in the metropolitan area of approximately 2.1 million, Orlando is the 3rd largest city in Florida and 27th in the United States. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, the second-largest university campus by student enrollment in the United States. Orlando has the 7th largest research park in the country, Central Florida Research Park, with over 1,025 acres. A vital part of the Orlando area economy is tourism. The Orlando area is home to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Sea World Orlando. The city has the honor of hosting the 2012 NBA All Star Game.

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Temperature

Average High - 92, Average Low - 50

Sports

Basketball - Magic

There are other minor league professional sports teams in the area.

Crime Rate

Like a number of major cities, Orlando has a high rate of crime.

Top Neighborhoods

Lake Copeland is a neighborhood in the city of Cleveland that is bordered by Orlando Regional Medical Center and Delaney Park. The community surrounds both Lake Copeland and the majority of Lake Luna rests inside its southern edge. Because of all the amenities lake front property provides, the cost of housing, both purchase and rental, in the Lake Copeland neighborhood averages slightly higher than other land locked neighborhoods in Orlando. Residents of Lake Copeland can enjoy all kinds of water related activities as well as walking, biking, and jogging trails, picnic areas and open green ways.

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Downtown Orlando (The Central Business District) With its many historical districts, shimmering lakes and tree lined brick streets, downtown is becoming an increasingly popular area to live, especially for those working in the downtown area. From a bustling center of commerce boasting a diverse set of industries to five star hotels, interesting museums, awe inspiring art galleries and fine dining restaurants, Downtown has much to offer for anyone who visits, works, plays or is raising a family in Central Florida. Today, Downtown is the economic epicenter spurning the economy of all of Central Florida. Downtown is an invigorated urban center with residential and retail development, and vast creative and cultural amenities that make it a great place to live. From Antique Row in the Lake Ivanhoe area to the trendy restaurants on Thornton Park district, Downtown can meet your needs at an affordable price.

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Lake Frendrica is an established and ever growing area of Orlando. Lake Frendrica is a popular residential choice because of the variety of homes as well as rental opportunities. A wide range of price points can be met in the Lake Frendrica area. A great number of the homes are moderately priced and relatively new. Lake Frendrica encompasses several communities including Baldwin Park, Clermont, and Mascotte, giving potential residents a range of choices in housing and amenities. There are a number of private and public school options in close proximity to the community. Lake Frendrica received a walk score of 40 out of 100 as rated by Travis Realty Group.

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College Park is an interesting neighborhood in the Orlando area. All the streets in this neighborhood are named after, you guessed it, colleges. College Park has been popular for a long time because Downtown is its neighbor. College Park is a culturally diverse inclusive community that draws a lot of young urban professionals to the area. Mixed use development of retail, office space and apartment and condominiums are on the rise in the area. There are a number of public and private schools available for families and public transportation is easily accessible.

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South Eola in downtown Orlando has as its centerpiece, Lake Eola Park. South Eola is bounded by North Rosalind Avenue and south Summerlin Avenue. Residents of this park community have the advantage of many artistic, cultural, and entertainment opportunities including Disney World's Amphitheatre, horseback riding, tennis courts, walking trails and a playground. South Eola is also a very desirable community because of the lake front property, and the amenities the lake has to offer. There are a variety of housing options including Post Parkside Apartments.

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Mercy Drive is a neighborhood in Orlando bounded by North Pine Hills Road, West Colonial and Mercy Drive. Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare Princeton Plaza is located within the neighborhood as well as Lake Lawrence. The housing stock in the Mercy Drive neighborhood is mixed; from small and medium homes to apartments and condominiums. The neighborhood is economically and culturally diverse. There are both public and private schools in the areas for families to choose from and public transportation is readily available.

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