Volusia County

Nearly 500,000 people call Volusia County home. Situated on the east coast of Central Florida, the 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches are a world-class playground, with beachfront cities including Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach.

Water sports are plentiful, but Volusia’s oceanfront communities are most famous for land sports. Early automotive pioneers such as Louis Chevrolet and Henry Ford enjoyed their leisure time in the sun and found that the hard-packed sand, gentle slope and wide expanse of Volusia’s beach was the perfect proving ground for early auto racing. Ormond Beach, in fact, is known as the “Birthplace of Speed.”

The racing tradition continues today at Daytona International Speedway, one of the world’s finest racing facilities and the home of the world-famous Daytona 500, an event larger than the Super Bowl.

The scenic St. Johns River, famed for its bass fishing, links magnificent parks with wildlife preserves along the county’s western border. True southern charm can be found in DeLand, the county seat. This unique city features an award-winning downtown filled with antique shops and quaint restaurants, surrounded by stately historic homes and buildings.

Volusia-based companies include Hawaiian Tropic sun care products and Boston Whaler boats. Their institutions of higher learning; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College and the University of Central Florida — have a national reputation for excellence.

Volusia County is about an hour’s drive north of Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. It’s also within a few hours’ drive of other major Florida communities, such as Tampa (139 miles), Miami (253 miles), or Jacksonville (89 miles). For more information, www.volusia.org.

Lake County

Lake County was formed from a portion of Orange and Sumter counties in 1887 and was appropriately named due to its abundance of pristine lakes that grace the countryside. Lake County is known for its diverse landscape and terrain ranging from 0 to 315 feet above sea level. With rolling hills dotted by orange groves in the south to the pristine flora of “Old Florida” in the north, the striking physical beauty of Lake County has captured the hearts and imagination of many. With an array of dynamic features that includes more than 1,000 lakes and rivers. Some of Lake Counties cities include: Clermont, Eustis, Howey-in-the-Hills, Leesburg, Mount Dora, Tavares and Umatilla, among others.

Today, Lake County is made up of expansive parks and recreational facilities, along with higher paying jobs. A booming population has led to a surge of new housing construction. Tourism is at an all-time high. Visitors flock to antique shopping areas and cruise on the many lakes. Sports enthusiasts experience the adrenaline rush found at several competition water-ski schools and a nationally recognized triathlon training center.
For all these reasons, Lake County is a different kind of community. County government working hand in hand with businesses, civic groups, organizations and city leaders has resulted in these positive changes. Together, the leaders of the community and its citizens are continuously striving to make Lake County a wonderful place to live, work and play. For more information, visit: www.lakecountyfl.gov.

St. Cloud

A strong sense of community, a growing economy, recreational opportunities, excellent schools and a pride in small-town living are all part of life in this Central Florida City. St. Cloud, is a family-oriented community offering small-town charm in a location close to Orlando, the Orlando International Airport, and the newly created Medical City at Lake Nona. St. Cloud has a strong sense of pride in its heritage,
which is demonstrated through landmark areas such as Veteran’s Park located in the heart of the City. A state-of-the-art City Hall building complements the downtown area, which is filled with shops dotting streets named after states such as New York, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Lakefront Park on Lakeshore Blvd. is an award-winning recreational area offering walking trails, swimming areas, a splash pad and boating facilities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. For more information, visit: www.stcloud.org.

Winter Springs

Up until the mid-1950’s Winter Springs was virtually open land covered in scrub pine and palmettos. Today, the City’s growth rivals that of adjacent Oviedo. With the development of Seminole County’s first upscale golf-course community, Tuscawilla, in the 70’s, Winter Springs began to grow and flourish. In 2007, it was voted 2nd best place to live in Florida by Money Magazine.

Recently, the completion of the Winter Springs Town Center added 2,400 multi-family residential units, 99 single family-homes and over a million square feet of retail space and office space along with apartments, parks and public buildings. For more information, visit: www.winterspringsfl.org.


Settled over 140 years ago, the City of Oviedo got its first big break in 1964 when it was selected as home to Florida Technological University, now University of Central Florida, one of the largest and most diverse universities in the country. Since then, Oviedo has experienced tremendous growth and become a popular community for downtown Orlando commuters.

Oviedo boasts all the modern conveniences, Grade A schools, plus miles of biking/hiking trails, air boating, a public golf course, historic district, sprawling agricultural areas and a seasonal U-Pick strawberry field. For more information, visit: www.cityofoviedo.net.


Longwood has a rich history dating back to the earliest settlers, the Seminole Indians. In 1873, Edward Hench homesteaded a tract in the area and named in “Longwood”. He was the first mayor and cofounded the South Florida Railroad connecting Sanford and Orlando.

Today, Longwood is a modern place, home to several exclusive country club communities, mixed-use retail/ residential areas, historic places and at least 10 golf courses within 15 miles of the City! Longwood’s Historic District encompasses roughly 190 acres and has 37 contributing structures. It became part of the National Register of Historic Places in October 1990. For more information, visit: www.longwoodfl.org.

Lake Mary

Lake Mary is one of Central Florida’s hottest growth areas. CNN/Money Magazine continue to rank it as the #1 small town in Florida in which to live. Despite many challenges related to the economy to include a declining real estate market, Lake Mary has never lost its focus of promoting a sense of community where people can live, work and play in a safe and friendly environment. Located approximately 18 miles north of Orlando, the City continues to be a choice location for high tech businesses. Among other things Lake Mary is known for its well planned residential communities, excellent schools, prominent businesses including outstanding restaurants, and a variety of shopping opportunities.

For the golf enthusiast, close by there are 3 of Central Florida’s top-rated country clubs boasting championship golf courses – Heathrow, Timacuan and Magnolia Plantation country clubs. For more information, visit: www.lakemaryfl.com.


Founded in 1926 to be used as a fernery and suburban residential community, Casselberry boasts over a dozen parks, more than two dozen lakes and a municipal golf course. With a constant vision toward the future, Casselberry has evolved from a sparsely populated agricultural town to a bustling, dynamic City which has maintained an enviable growth rate in both residential and commercial areas. Offering a rich quality of life supported by excellent City services, tranquil residential surroundings, and a continually expanding business market, Casselberry is an exciting and thriving community in which to live, work and play. For more information, visit: http://www.casselberry.org.

Winter Park


Established in 1882, Winter Park is known as the City of Culture and Heritage. Today, the city is one of the most desirable and affluent areas in Central Florida, popular for its brick streets, architectural beauty, cultural venues, superb shopping, dining and sought-after real estate. The heart of Winter Park is Park Avenue, spanning 10 blocks and boasting more than 100 shops from national retailers to locally owned boutiques. The shopping district has recently expanded to include the area west of New England Avenue, where posh apartments, retail stores and upscale dining make up “Hannibal Square.” Winter Park is located within 15 minutes of Downtown Orlando and is home to


the nationally recognized liberal arts school, Rollins College. It also hosts one of the largest and oldest art festivals in the country, The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.

Winter Park offers several “green” parks and a range of home styles/architecture, including ultra-luxury condos, historic bungalows and traditional & Mediterranean estate mansions, all capturing the charm and style of the area.The Winter Park Chain-of-Lakes is a mecca for boaters and families desiring a lakefront lifestyle. For more information, visit: http://cityofwinterpark.org.

Winter Garden

Winter Garden

In 1857, WC Roper settled into the area seeking a place to build a home and raise his family. The ambitious settler opened and operated a sawmill, gristmill,sugar mill and cotton gin. He also served as Orange County’s Superintendent of schools from 1873 to 1877.

Fondly referred to as a modern-day Mayberry USA by residents, Winter Garden is a Florida destination – only without pretense. Stroll down Plant Street in the Historic Downtown District and witness the renaissance of a vibrant community. Art studios and live theatre, bicycle stores and flower shops, and a wide range of restaurants flank the West Orange Trail. The West Orange Trail system is intertwined throughout the western sector of Orange County and boasts biking, walking, hiking and equestrian trails adding another dimension to this unique community. Running through the heart of the Winter Garden Historic Downtown District, trail enthusiasts may stop for coffee or a cool drink at one of the many cafes. Today, Winter Garden is ranked as one of the fastest growing suburbs by Forbes.com, and is much more than just another bedroom community. It is a place for growing families and businesses. Over 25,000 homes are expected to be built over the next few years. For more information, visit: www.cwgdn.com.



Established in 1889 and known for pristine lakes and championship golf courses, Windermere is one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in all of Central Florida.Exclusive mansions and estates grace the shoreline of the spring-fed Butler Chain of Lakes where residents enjoy boating, skiing, and fishing through interconnecting lakes – designated as one of Florida’s “Outstanding Waterways”. Professional golfers call Windermere home and play on premier local courses such as Bay Hill, Isleworth and Keene’s Point.

Windermere is conveniently located minutes Winderemere2from Downtown Orlando, the attractions and world-class shopping and entertainment of Mall at Millenia. For more information, visit: www.town.windermere.fl.us.



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Southeast Orlando

This 100 square mile area encompasses the University of Central Florida, Orlando International Airport and various master-planned communities such as Avalon Park & Waterford Lakes. These communities are a mix of single-family and multi-family homes clustered around retail, restaurant, entertainment and commercial development. Avalon Park was built upon the rich traditions of small-town life. Tree-lined streets, lakes, lush landscaping, rocking chair porches and nearby schools create an ideal, closely knit community where people know their neighbors.

SE Orlando is also home to an abundance of rural area with stretches of pastureland, pine forests and wetlands surrounding the Econlockhatchee River and its tributaries. Miles of walking, biking trails plus paddling/canoeing areas make this area a winner amongst outdoor enthusiasts in and around the area.


Through the years, Ocoee transformed from an isolated citrus town to now the 3rd largest cities in Orange County. Today, Ocoee is home to a one million square foot regional mall, and over 25 new subdivisions with homes of all price ranges. Housing is Ocoee’s hot commodity.

The Florida Turnpike, S.R. 408 and S.R. 429, all pass through the city connecting to downtown Orlando in as little as 15 minutes. Newer residential development along the 429 corridor along with the addition of new schools, infrastructure and amenities have made Ocoee a very attractive place to live. For more information, visit: http://www.ocoee.org.



Established in 1839 as Fort Maitland by the U.S. Army, Maitland is a city rich in history. The residents of the city are proud of the city’s past and activelypursue preservation of historical residences. A “historical corridor” has been established encompassing old residences still standing and occupied in the Lake Lily-Lake Catherine area and extending through the Central portion of the city.

Maitland is also home to the Enzian Theatre, the area’s only art-house cinema and home to the annual Florida Film Festival and the historic Mayan-themed Maitland Art Center. Two large art festivals are held in Maitland as well; one in October and one in the Spring. Florida Audubon Society was founded in Maitland and continues in its protection of wild birds on Lake Sybelia.

Maitland has a history of strong residential identity, sustained by the beauty of the area and the diverse economy in the region. This history continues today, and the City will maintain and advance this tradition well into the future. For more information, visit: www.itsmymaitland.com.

Lake Nona


Lake Nona is an impressive, 7,000 acre, master-planned community located within the City limits of Orlando. The area offers incredible amenities combined with diverse workspaces andreal estate options, including a 600-acre private residential golf club community. This community boasts an abundance of retail and entertainment choices living harmoniously next to the new Science & Technology Park. To top it all off, Lake Nona offers 44 miles of paved and unpaved trails for biking, hiking and exploring nature.

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club is a private gated golf club community in a naturally preserved setting surrounded by cypress trees and more than 1,000 acres of freshwater lakes. Residents enjoy a world-renowned Tom Fazio designed 18-hole championship golf course, 40,000 Sq Ft clubhouse and Bath & Racquet Club with tennis courts, fitness center and resort-style pool. Lake Nona neighborhoods include: Water’s Edge, Northlake Park, and Village Walk. Water’s Edge is a gated community with a lakefront park, boat dock, and boat storage areas. For more information,visit: www.learnlakenona.com.


The town of Gotha, Florida, just north of upscale Windermere, was founded in 1879 by German immigrant H. A. Hempel. Hempel Avenue, the “main street” of Gotha, is named in his honor. Gotha is well-known for its horticultural history and was once dubbed the “Caladium Capital of the World” and home of Henry Nehrling, a horticulturist who specialized in growing tropical and subtropical plants.

Gotha’s tree-lined streets and one block commercial district feature the historic New Life at Zion Lutheran Church, Yellow Dog Eats, a quirky restaurant that occupies at 1879 structure that was previously a home & a general store and the post office which still features a community chalkboard to announce local happenings.

Downtown Orlando


Downtown Orlando is a vibrant and historic urban neighborhood with easy access to cultural arts venues, shopping, entertainment, major attractions and a thriving business district.Orlando has recently received national recognition from Forbes magazine who ranks Metro Orlando fourth on their annual list of “Most Wired Cities.” and Fast Company magazine ranked Orlando a fast city full of innovation. Currently, Downtown Orlando is experiencing a historic cultural arts-and-entertainment renaissance through the development and construction of three state-of-the-art community venues, the new Amway Center, home to the Eastern Conference Champions Orlando Magic calls home, a world-class performing arts center & an upgraded Florida Citrus Bowl. The list below contains some of Downtown Orlando’s most popular neighborhoods and includes Thornton Park, Eola Heights, Central Business District, Lake Cherokee, Uptown North Orange, Holden/Parramore and South Eola district. For more information on Downtown Orlando, visit: www.downtownorlando.com.

Thornton Park
Unwind in the City’s most stylish district. This residential neighborhood is home to street after street of oak-shaded bungalows.

Eola Heights
Historic neighborhood located in the Heart of downtown. Shady, tree lined brick streets just blocks from Lake Eola & downtown.

Central Business District
High & mid-rise condos, theatres, galleries, museums & parks connected by public transit & accentuated by art /cultural elements.

Lake Cherokee
Historic District Designated in 1981 & home to over 160 historic structures, primarily residences, this charming downtown neighborhood is highly sought-after.

Uptown North Orange
Unique, identifiable community mixing medium to high intensity office space with residential uses, creating a self-sustaining neighborhood.

A diverse area of residential neighborhoods, businesses and industry west of the Downtown Orlando core. Parramore is the historic home of Orlando’s African-American community, and is on the cusp of a new surge of growth as a diverse and vibrant Downtown area.

South Eola District
Unique shopping, dining & entertainment with Lake Eola Park serving as he cultural centerpiece.

Conway Chain of Lakes


The Conway Chain is one of Orlando’s top waterfront residence locations. Conveniently located just south of Downtown Orlando, it is nestled in between the incorporated towns ofBelle Isle and Edgewood. This area is popular for professionals and families seeking the lakefront lifestyle within a quick drive of the airport, major hospitals, shopping and the downtown business district. Locals share stories of the original homesteads along Lake Conway and Lake Gatlin, many of which were set up as fish camps back in the early 1900’s. Due in part to the concerted efforts of owners and civic leaders over the years, the Conway Lakes have for the most part remained extremely healthy, and its clear green waters remain one of the top fishing spots in the area.

College Park

Orlando’s best kept secret is set around 287 acres of lakes, including Lake Adair, Ivanhoe, Concord and Silver. This lovely, unique, urban neighborhood has, for decades been home to some of Orlando’s most distinguished community leaders. Some are as world famous as Astronaut John Young and author Jack Kerouac. Downtown College Park is what draws so many to this wonderful, village within the city. Tea houses, fabulous restaurants and cafes, houses of worship, and one of the top five cooking schools in the country. Combine this with the historic Dubsdread Golf Course, the celebrations of Jazzfest, Holiday on the Drive, Sunday in the Park, the Historic Homes Tour, homecoming parades and events, a farmer’s market, and wine tastings, and it all amounts to a vibrant neighborhood with a wonderful hometown atmosphere. The homes in College Park vary from small cottages to vast estates to newly opened Wellesley Condominiums. There is a place for everyone here. Its residents have recognized the wonderful haven that is College Park and have found living in College Park a true American Dream. For more information, visit www.collegeparkpartnership.com.

Baldwin Park


A little over two miles from downtown Orlando, Baldwin Park is a planned Florida community that enjoys an exceptionally convenient location to the city’s workplaces,restaurants, cultural attractions and entertainment and sports venues. When you live in Baldwin Park, you live in one of the few Orlando planned communities where you can dine out, attend a ballet, play, concert, or take in a Magic game without traveling far from home.

Baldwin Park was designed with the residents of communities in Orlando in mind. Parks, lakes and open spaces have been carefully planned to contribute to a healthy environment that provides a meaningful habitat for flora, fauna and people. The goal is to make Baldwin Park a model of environmental stewardship for Orlando and a source of pride for its residents. For more information, visit: www.baldwinparkfl.com/community.html.


Incorporated in 1887, Kissimmee is the County seat of Osceola County. Although much has changed over several decades, this friendly, down-to-earth community is still best known for Kissimmeeits bi-annual Silver Spurs Rodeo and its genuine cowboy vibe. A charming, distinctive area that’s part of one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations and just south of Orlando, Kissimmee deserves your exploration. The area’s authentic small-town charm evolves into theme park thrills, outdoor adventures, challenging golf, and tranquil beach landscapes.

Despite tremendous growth, Kissimmee remains a sporting paradise with numerous lakes like Lake Toho which is known for excellent bass fishing, picnic areas, covered pavilions and campgrounds. Hunters can enjoy the wide-open Osceola plan, home to wild turkey, white-tailed deer and fox squirrels. For more information, visit www.kissimmee.org.

Altamonte Springs


Positioned in the geographic heart of Central Florida, Altamonte Springs boasts a dynamic mix of fine retail establishments, hotels, upscale offices, commercial space,abundant restaurants, and housing in all price ranges. In addition to single-family and multi-family homes nestled in lakeside and tree-shaded communities, Altamonte Springs is located in one of the more affluent areas of Central Florida.

The new $250 million Uptown Altamonte is a destination offering carefree living, convenient shopping, offices and an enviable collection of places to eat, drink and be entertained. A casual community to discover and enjoy. A privileged place to experience unlike any other in Central Florida. In true downtown fashion, pedestrian-friendly streets and uniquely crafted walkways lined with specialty shops and eateries, as well as recognizable favorites that serve a loyal patronage. For more information, visit www.altamonte.org.


Located in the north eastern section of Orange County, this historic city that was officially incorporated under the name “Apopka” in 1882. As the indoor foliage capital of the world, Apopka has a large number of businesses that are dedicated to growing orchids. Although Apopka’s “roots” are in agriculture, this area now hosts some of the region’s most exclusive addresses. For more information, visit www.apopka.net.

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