Big City with Small Town Atmosphere
What most people love about living in Central Florida is the small town feel with all the advantages of living in a big city.
Many people living in Orlando are really living in Lake Mary, Longwood, Wekiva Springs, Maitland, Apopka, Winter Park, Oviedo and other suburban areas.
Each of these greater Orlando areas has local hot spots and many people find their community niche just a few miles from their home.
The people who reside in Central Florida love it because there truly is so much more to living in the City Beautiful than just visiting Disney (although we love going there too).
From foodies to nature lovers to boaters to golfers to sports fans to family time with the kidos there is something for everyone.
Locals here love their food and beer. You will find local food favorites everywhere you look including a number of craft breweries. If you’re looking for a quick bite, there is always a food truck meetup in one town or another. For special occasions there is no shortage of local fine dining choices.
Some of the local favs are 4 Rivers Smokehouse, who now has multiple locations but you still need to be prepared to get their early or find yourself in line at the door. If you’re looking for a local brew, try one of our newest up and coming breweries, Red Cypress Brewery, that was founded by a local University of Central Florida graduate.
You will have no excuse not to live healthy here with a wide variety of farmer’s markets held every weekend in every corner of town. One of our personal favorites is the Sweetwater Wekiva Farmers Market.
The Sweetwater Wekiva Farmers Market is comprised of local artisans and crafters that are devoted to bringing you and your family wholesome goods that will not be found in chain stores. Every Sunday they bring the community to fill your home with local goods, provide the neighborhood with services, and to rejuvenate the small-town notion that allows their patrons to grow closer to one another.
If your new to the area one of the things you will be surprised, you didn’t already know, is that our college the University of Central Florida is the second largest in the nation and the largest in Florida. You definitely will want to join the college spirit at one of the UCF Knights Football games where you can cheer alongside the mascot Knightro in your black and gold colors.
With one of the biggest growing fan bases in Major League Soccer, our sports fans are serious about their team the Orlando City Lions. Amidst of sea of purple the Orlando fans have had one of the highest on average attendance totals in just their first two seasons in the MLS.
Just recently completed the Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a high tech state of the art hub in Downtown Orlando. This is the perfect place to be to catch a Broadway Show or a number of other music, dance, festivals or comedy shows.
Get out the blankets and get the kids in the car to catch a local outdoor movie at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs. Throughout the year you can watch a family friendly movie outside on the lawn with the movie showcased on a giant screen in the park for a twist on a past time favorite.
Although Orlando is not located on the coastline of Florida, you will have your pick of beaches about an hour’s drive. Those looking for a relaxed atmosphere we recommend Cocoa Beach and if you’re feeling a little more adventures try driving your car down the sand at New Smyrna and Daytona Beach. We love this local guide from the Orlando Sentinel that breaks them all down.
If you’re into boating you can find a home on one of the numerous Lake Front properties or put in at the local community ramps. Many of the Orlando area lakes allow motor boats water skiing, jet skiing, fishing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Travel a little farther and you can also dock your boat at one of the marinas for access to the open ocean.
Warning: Florida has more outdoors than just the beaches. From off the beaten path birding trails to state parks you will probably have a nature trail or park not far from your home. The perfect place to have a picnic or rent a canoe and travel the Wekiva Springs River at Wekiva Island. Then after an afternoon of paddling around soaking in Florida the way it was meant to be seen enjoy a beer at the bar or join in a game of volleyball.
While we have picked a few of our local favorites here in the City Beautiful there are so many more other festivities and local events that you are sure to enjoy. If you’re thinking about making the move to our city, feel free to pick the brain of a local expert and give us a ring. You can also search our current inventory of homes for sale and find the next place to call home.