Updated: Oct 21
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 like 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 2: EAST ORLANDO
One of the bustling areas of Central Florida is East Orlando. With numerous shopping and dining options, fun family attractions, beautiful golf courses, and well-thought-out neighborhoods, it feels like a city on its own. Less than four miles from the University of Central Florida and near Valencia College, many students and alumni call this area home. In close proximity to both beaches and downtown Orlando, this family-friendly and culturally diverse section of Orlando is the perfect spot for many residents. Also home to Blanchard Park, an 84-acre park with trails, fishing, and sports fields, and Downey Park, which includes a dog park, you and your pet are sure to feel at home.
With numerous state parks, including Blue Spring State Park, De Leon Springs State Park, and Hontoon Island State Park, Waterford Lakes is a great fit for outdoor lovers and their furry friends. Located on 840 acres near the intersection of State Road 50 and Alafaya Trail, the community in east Orange County includes 25 subdivisions and over 3,100 homes on 840 acres. Waterford Lakes Town Center is one of the premier open-air shopping centers in Florida. In addition to enjoying the many stores and restaurants, visitors can partake in exercise classes through The Summer Sweat Series and watch their favorite movies under the stars with Moonlight Movies. It’s also home to Canine Commons at the Porch, a pet play area with hurdles and obstacles, and more dog-friendly places.
A community built on the principle of New Urbanism or Neo-Traditionalism, Avalon Park is home to nearly 8,000 residents. Located near the Econlockhatchee River, the picturesque 1,860-acre area has 240 acres of wetlands, 400 acres of upland preserve, 250 acres of man-made lakes, numerous walking and biking trails, and a pool with cabana near the center of each neighborhood village. Downtown Avalon Park is a beautiful area where citizens can meet to do business or socialize, enjoying events such as Concert in the Park, Food Truck Night, Back 2 School Bash, and Oktoberfest Avalon Park. Nearby parks include Founders Square, Live Oak Park, Tanja King Park (which is home to a dog park), Town Park, and Veteran’s Memorial Garden. With easy access to well-regarded pet sitters, dog groomers, and animal hospitals, you can rest assured that your four-legged friends will be healthy and happy.
Part of Seminole County, Oviedo is located less than 14 miles from Orlando and home to nearly 40,000 residents who appreciate the rural feel of the city as well as the strong public school system. Niche.com ranks it as number 1 for Best Suburb to Raise a Family in the Orlando Area and gives it an A+ grade. Golf fans can enjoy Twin Rivers Golf Course, a scenic 18-hole championship golf course. With 11 vets and animal hospitals, 16 pet salons and mobile groomers, and 10 on- and off-leash dog areas, including the Shane Kelly Bark Park, Center Lake Park, and the Econ River Wilderness Area, Oviedo is very pet friendly.
With highly-rated public schools and a suburban feel, many young professionals and families call Winter Springs home. Each year, the city releases two Family Fun Guides to help locals learn more about the city parks, recreation centers, and community events. With 12 parks, residents and visitors can enjoy nature trails, fishing piers, sports fields, playgrounds, and more. Winter Springs Town Center boasts an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, entertainment, and living options, making it the best spot for everyday socializing as well as special events. Centrally located to 18 veterinarians, 15 pet groomers, and 5 dog parks, your pets will be just as happy with their hometown as you are.
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