Here are descriptions of the main locations within the Orlando area:
The transformation of Downtown Orlando, with the Historical Thornton Park district, a good destination for elegant restaurants, the beautifully shaded streets along the lakes, the Antiques Row at Lake Ivanhoe, have made it an attractive residential area.
The area has grown around the University of Central Florida, and a commercial and industrial park which big names as Lockheed/Martin and Westinghouse. Numerous housing projects in an affordable price range have provided housing for employees, students and executives. A new Mall and shopping areas have added to the area's attraction.
About 15 minutes North of Orlando's downtown, Altamonte Springs (40,000) is Seminole‚'s County largest city. Home to some major corporations, the city is served by the Altamonte Mall and numerous retail shops. Tourist attractions include beautiful parks with lots of sports possibilities.
North of U.C.F. 15 minutes from Orlando, Oviedo is home to the new Oviedo Marketplace Mall. It has grown at a fast pace around its industrial park which boasts many military-related and hi-tech companies.
Sanford is home to the Orlando-Sanford Airport, a destination for European charter flights. Lake Monroe is just in the middle of Sanford's downtown, which has preserved its historic appeal, and charming antique shops are one of its attractions.
The Western part of the city has developed around the large Seminole Towne Center, with some luxury golf resorts and communities.
South of Orlando, and close to Orlando International Airport, Conway is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets along numerous lakes.
In Windermere, the Butler Chain of sparkling, connected lakes is the main attraction. A charmingly preserved downtown area, with its wood-frame Town Hall, adds to its beauty. All around, you will enjoy the sight of beautiful mansions, estates, and elegant communities on the lakes shores, in the middle of lush vegetation. Windermere is located about 11 miles Southwest of Orlando.
West of Orlando, if you drive about 15 miles, you will pass by Winter Garden / Ocoee.
Very close to the Turnpike and other important Freeways, these cities, once home to citrus communities have gradually grown without loosing their small-town attraction, as is Plant Street with charming shops and restaurants, reminiscent of the past.
Driving about 25 miles West of Orlando, you will find Clermont, a small city along some of the area's most lovely lakes, viewed from Florida's highest ridges. Home to many Theme's parks employees, Orlando's commuters and tourists have discovered in Clermont wonderful outdoor entertainment, hiking, golf, and fishing. New communities and developments offer great possibilities for real estate buyers.
Winter Park, northeast of Orlando, is well know for its luxury homes, its pristine lakes, and its beautiful oak tree-lined brick streets.
Home to Rollins College, and some of the best schools in Orange County, its downtown area is known for upscale stores, art and antiques shops at Park Avenue.
Some transformation is taking place by establishment of new mansions in old modest neighborhoods.
Mount Dora, named after Lake Dora, is a possibly one of the most lovely small towns in the US. Northwest of Orlando, and located in a gently hilled landscape, with numerous lakes and greenery, Mt. Dora is better known for its exquisite downtown shopping area, where tourists delight in visiting and browsing through the antiques shops, its Old Florida architecture, and its Arts Festivals.
Longwood is a blend of affordable homes and luxury resort type developments.
Despite an uncommon growth, the town maintains a family atmosphere. Good schools, shopping and entertainment possibilities have attracted many local buyers. Upscale homes are found all along Markham Woods Rd. as well as communities like Sweetwater Oaks, Wekiva, and Sabal Point which have been built around golf courses.
Close to the St. John's River, about 22 miles North of Orlando, Debary was once mostly populated by retirees. Lately, many high end golf communities have been developed and converted the area in a well known US destination for golfers. Beautiful parks and water springs add to its attraction.