Stephen Chicurel-Stein
Coldwell Banker Realty


Also known by its nickname, "The City Beautiful," is Florida's third-largest metro area, with an area-wide population of over 2.3 million citizens. 

What makes Orlando a great place to live?

  • Our central location (and great airport) make it easy to travel within Florida and beyond;
  • US News ranked Orlando in the top 40 metro areas to live, and in the top 20 to retire, in the entire USA;
  • Home prices average 30% lower than the national rate, cost of living is comparably lower - and NO STATE INCOME TAXES;
  • Our climate averages a high of 83º and a low of 63º - who could ask for better?
  • Our educational, medical, and cultural institutions are renowned and constantly growing to meet the future.

Oh - and then we have some fun places (ever hear of Disney World, Universal Studios, EPCOT, and Kennedy Space Center)!!!



There are so many sides to Oviedo, no one picture could capture its lovely essence.  To be sure, it is the prized northeast "bedroom community" of Orlando owing to its adjacent location to the University of Central Florida, America's second-largest institution of higher learning. Located in Seminole County, Oviedo's school are superb, recreational and cultural facilities numerous and diverse, and despite its favored location, your home-buying dollar goes far here.

The city has been literally relocating its center, with new shops and living spaces arising constantly; Oviedo is a great place to consider making your home; I know, because I live here - and love it!




Winter Park's city website sums up best this wonderful neighborhood, just north of Orlando: "A city cherishing its traditional scale and charm while building a healthy and sustainable future for all generations.It is one of the finest (small) cities in the United States and considered by many to be the premier urban village in the sunshine state."

Winter Park is known for its Old World charm, elegant homes, quaint bricked streets, extensive tree canopy, upscale shopping and dining experiences, Rollins College and world-class arts and cultural opportunities."  Home prices here are at a premium, as demand more than outpaces supply, but as the above picture illustrates, Winter Park is for many, worth the investment. 



Even though this city's name derives from Native American language, no one would blame you if you also called Kissimmee "Fun Town" as here you'll find what brings so many visitors to Central Florida: world-renowned attractions and theme parks  Live here and you are but minutes away from Walt Disney World (and EPCOT), Universal Studios Orlando (calling all Harry Potter fans), Sea World, and that's just the beginning! 

Located south/southwest of downtown Orlando, Kissimmee is also home to nature-lovers, as it justly proclaims itself the "Gateway to the Everglades."  But don't be fooled - this city is filled with homes for every budget and life-style, from compact condominiums for "snowbirds" to sprawling mansions on the lake.  Really, Kissimmee has it all and with it, home prices that are extremely affordable in the metro Orlando region.



Lake Nona, southeast of downtown Orlando, is one of our area's fastest-growing, exciting "place to be" communities.  Self-described as consisting of  "40% preserved green space, we built parks on every corner, pools in every neighborhood and 44 miles of trails crisscrossing throughout. We are a gigabit community offering internet speeds 200 times faster than the average US household. And we provide world-class education that works in tandem with our clusters of excellence, like Lake Nona Medical City and its research institutions.When we say that our foundation was built to support healthy, holistic living—we weren’t kidding." 

The overwhelming majority of housing in Lake Nona is new construction: single-family homes, attached homes, townhomes, and condominiums - you want it, you'll find it here, but buy now - it's a great investment for Orlando's fastest growing area, due in large part to Lake Nona Medical City and home base for several high-tech firms.



On the western end of greater Orlando, Clermont and Winter Garden are rapidly becoming the next "it" place to live, due to a proliferation of golf-courses (with homesites for "on the green" lovers), recreational activities, shops to serve everyone's needs - and an absence of the hectic life-style that can come with major metropolitan areas.  For theme park fans, these cities are a short drive north and also offer superb access to Florida's Gulf Coast and north-south axis via the Florida Turnpike and I-75. 

If "quality of life" is a high priority for your Central Florida lifestyle, be sure to explore Clermont and Winter Garden; you'll be glad you did!




These two cities, situated above each other, north of Orlando, are quite similar to Clermont and Winter Garden, but real estate may be more affordable through all price ranges and home styles.  Lake Jessup and Lake Monroe are two of the unique lifestyle amenities found in these cities.

Both Lake Mary and Longwood support burgeoning medical and high-tech communities, who along with its residents, take advantage of the superb geographic link from the Atlantic Coast (Daytona Beach) to the Gulf Coast (Tampa-St. Petersburg) via I-4.  Seminole County offers excellent public schools and both cities also support a variety of private K-12 educational opportunities that make Longwood and Lake Mary quite desirable for new and current Florida residents.