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Relocating to Central Florida? Check Out West Orlando

Updated: Dec 17, 2021

Relocating to Central Florida?

Orlando, The City Beautiful, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country and a wonderful place to live. Whether you’re going to college, raising a family, retiring, or somewhere in between, Orlando offers something for everyone: culture, food, arts, education, sports, jobs, outdoor recreation, fun, sun, and more!

Greater Orlando spreads across four counties including Lake, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole. If you’re relocating to Central Florida, finding the area that will be the best fit for you, your family, and your pets might seem like a challenge, but an experienced realtor such as The Urban Dog Group at Coldwell Banker Realty can help you navigate the diverse areas and lifestyles of our city.

We will be highlighting a different area of Central Florida as part of a series to show the unique city, suburban, and rural characters of Orlando proper as well as the areas to the north, south, east, and west. As your pet-friendly realtor, we will also include pet-related information, such as dog parks, veterinarians, groomers, and more.

PART 1: West Orlando

Head west on the 408, Florida Turnpike, or CR 50, and you will find some of the hottest real estate areas just outside of Orlando. Spacious suburbs and rural areas offering larger homes and room to homestead alongside beautiful retirement communities, shopping, and dining are part of what makes these areas some of the most desired communities around.


Surrounded by orange groves and nestled between Lake Minneola, Lake Minnehaha, and Lake Louisa is the city of Clermont which boasts the highest point in the state of Florida. About 20 miles from Orlando or Disney World, Clermont is an award-winning city named one of the Top 20 Cities in America and the Best Central Florida City to Live In.

The largest city in Lake County, Clermont is the home of Special Olympics Florida, a free year-round sports training, competition, and health services facility available to people with intellectual disabilities.

There are housing choices from gated golf course communities and large estate homes to small single-family residences and everything in between. The area has both public and private schools with an average of 15 students per teacher and a higher percentage of high school graduates than the greater Orlando area or the state of Florida.

With roughly 20 veterinary clinics and hospitals, 15 pet salons and mobile groomers, and numerous on- and off-leash dog parks, Clermont has an abundance of pet amenities to keep your fur babies happy and healthy.

Winter Garden

Another award-winning city, Winter Garden continues to be ranked as one of the best places to raise a family in Florida. The unique city boasts a mix of old and new housing options, great schools, and one of the lowest millage rates in the county.

The Historic Downtown, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, is a favorite spot for residents of West Orange County, as is the premier shopping district of Winter Garden Village at Fowlers Grove.

The West Orange Trail, a popular outdoor activity destination, will soon be part of the 250-mile Coast to Coast (C2C) Connector Trail, making the suburb even more accessible for locals and visitors alike.

With the West Orange Dog Park as well as 10 vets and 9 pet salons and mobile groomers, Winter Garden is a great fit for your furry friends too!


The diverse resort city of Windermere in Orange County is located about 25 miles from the Atlantic Coast. The 1.57 square-mile town, which is situated on an isthmus between several lakes in the Lake Butler chain, serves as home to around 3,200 residents.

Friendly, leashed pets are always welcome at the weekly Farmers’ Market every Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (weather permitting) along Town Square Park. Also at Town Square Park, Food Truck Night is held every fourth Friday of the month from 5:00 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Certain months also feature live music, a DJ, kids’ activities, and/or a movie.

With 7 vets, 19 pet salons and mobile groomers, and numerous on- and off-leash dog areas, including Windermere Trails Dog Park, Windermere is extremely pet-friendly.


Located between Ocoee and Windermere, Gotha was founded in 1885 by German immigrant H.A. Hempel, who named the area after his birthplace of Gotha, Germany. The warm climate and mild winters attracted many of the earliest settlers and still bring new residents today. As one of the most livable neighborhoods in the state, it receives high ratings across the board, including for schools, safety, and the cost of living.

Gotha is within a 20-mile radius of over 25 off-leash dog parks and is close to many veterinary and animal hospitals as well as pet salons and grooming services.

Let The Urban Dog Group help you with your home buying and selling needs. Contact Christine Elias at today!

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