Hanna, Home Buyer in Toledo, OH

My family is looking to relocate to the Central Florida area. We are looking for a good community for

Asked by Hanna, Toledo, OH Wed Feb 18, 2009

families. Suggestions? Also, we are looking for a home that would have space for my mother-in-law. Can you help find a place where we won't be on top of one another? We believe that during tough economical times, we will all do better if we stick together. Thanks for your input.

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Hi Hanna -- I love your philosophy. If more people had it, we wouldn't be in the pickle we're in today.

May I suggest the Seminole County area? We have some of the best schools in Florida. Lake Mary was voted the 4th Best Place to Live in the US (and the 1st best in the South) by Money Magazine in 2007. You didn't mention your price range, so I won't send listings along with my answer here. If you would like me to do a search for you, please click on my information and send me an email or call me on my cell phone.

Here are some links that might help you as you try to narrow down your search areas:

http://www.FloridaMoves.com/Louise.Warring Search by zip code, city, price range, etc for homes in Florida
http://www.scps.k12.fl.us Seminole County School District
http://www.ocps.k12.fl.us Orange County School District
http://zipskinny.com/ Great website for general information (socio/economic statistics, etc.)

When are you coming for your house hunting trip? Make sure you start communicating with an agent at least a few weeks before you arrive so you can become acclimated to the area through the internet.

Best of luck and happy house hunting!

Louise Warring
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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Hi Hanna,

There are a number of good areas as mentioned by the folks below but it would help to understand what price range you are looking for and how much space do you need so that you are not on top of one another. There are some wonderful communities in all price ranges so to help you narrow your search, you will want to answer those questions first.

Additionally, if you are looking for separate living quarters for your mother in law, that will further limit the areas that you will want to consider looking. There are many new housing communities but few of them will have separate quarters. If you can all be under the same roof, then that will increase your options.

If you would like some assistance, please feel free to give me a call at 407-421-3002 or rtressler@tcatrealty.com
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I suggest the Arbor Ridge Subdivision in Apopka florida, it is a great community, I have friends that live there and my husband and I are in the process of purchasing a home there now. We have three kids, it is a great community for families
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I have found that Winter Springs has a nice selection of homes with in-law suites. Also Avalon PArk has nice homes with in-law accommodations.
Hope this helps.
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It would be my pleasure to help in your search, but I would need some information first: Do you have children of school age?, how many bedrooms will you need?, what type of employment you're looking for?, would you like to live in the warmer area of Central Florida? what other information can you give me to make your choice more conveniente to you? I lived in the Orlando area for over 20 years and I really enjoyed all that it offered but that was untill I moved to the east coast of Central Florida ( Merritt Island) I'm only 45 minutes from Orlando 5 minutes to the best beaches of the area, fishing, boating, major stores, shopping and dining, hospital within more or less 5 minutes. Because of the warmer weather here you can have tropical trees here that you can't have in Orlando area, like coconut, mangos and many other tropical trees. Again if I can be of help please let me know. I'm a Real Estate Broker here in the State of Florida. You can visit my web site at bonitahomes.us At your service Ray
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Celebration Florida is the town that Disney built and seems to fit some of your needs.
It is a bit of a distance away from where your family lives but it is an outstanding family community.
We have Celebration Hospital which is one of the states top facilities.
Great public schools as well as some very nice private schools.
We specialize in family homes with in law apartments for extended families.
Feel free to go to my web site and take a look around.
Our zip code is 34747

We have bike trails, recreation, 4 community pools, a downtown shopping and retail area and are so close to Disney and the airport.
I would be happy to show you Celebration while you are down in Orlando, My Hometown.
Having said that my next suggestion would be to find out how much of a home you can afford to rent or purchase.
I can then send you via e-mail properties that fit your search criteria.
Last but not least , I give as a welcome to Orlando gift a one year Disney pass to my buyers.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Have an outstanding day

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May I suggest Lake county. Sure your friends know of Mount Dora, about 7 miles North and West of Apopka. I live about a 5 minute drive from Apopka, up SR 435 in Mount Plymouth. We have a great life style in Lake, low density, little traffic, good schools, two great hospitals. Girl friend is a RN that heads a surgical Center (eye) lives in Maitland, so she might help find you a place you would like as she has worked as an RN in the area for some 30 years.

We would be very close to the Catholic School Sanford (about 11 Miles).

Come and Join us in the country.


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You have 2 good schools within driving distance of the ares you are focused on, Bishop Moore, niece's husband went there and Forest View, family members went there also.

dave lowe, broker
Two4one of Orlando
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Hi Hanna -- If you want to have easy access to your family in Maitland and Apopka, I would still recommend Lake Mary and Longwood. Both of these areas have good schools and a quieter life style than areas that are closer to the tourist attractions. They are also conveniently located to I-4 so that you can be anywhere (hospitals, downtown, attractions, and your family, etc.) within a very short time.

Here is a website that will give you information about private schools: http://www.floridasmart.com/local/counties/seminole/educatio…

You said you were coming in April. When is your timeframe for buying? If you're not buying until the end of the year, or later, then homes you would see in April probably won't be on the market so many months later. It is still valuable, though, for you to have a feeling for the area, so perhaps a generalized tour, with an inside look at a "typical" house or two in each area would be in order. If nothing else, this can help you determine which areas to rule out. When you get to this stage, though, it's best to discuss this with your realtor to decide the best plan of attack.

Best of luck. I'd love to hear from you to help you with your search.


Louise Warring
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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I am currently helping a couple currently employed at Florida Hosipital 'South' (downtown) a great hospital group to work for, my sister inlaw is VP there.


If school's are a criteria it would be Lake Mary voted the 4th best city in the U.S. for family life, shopping, schools, access to main roads and much more.

Just a 10 to 15 min drive to Florida Hospital Altamonte (just added a hugh addition)


My wifes son just bought a 4 bedroom in the Tuscawilla area on one of the largest lots in the neighborhood. Bike trail, shopping, access to major roads and just down the road from UCF.

In between you have Wekiva Springs area which has good schools also and homes large enough for extended families.

Oh my wife is from Ohio, still have family there.

Let me know if I can help,

Dave Lowe, broker
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The two big hospital systems are Orlando Health and Florida Hospital. I mentioned Baldwin Park before which is located at the North end of Orlando and literally across the street from Winter Park. The neighborhood is very close to Florida Hospital South (their flagship) and Winter Park Hospital (also part of Florida Hospital). Depending on your areas of specialization, pediatrics, oncology, med/surg, cardiology, etc., you may want to check out both Orlando Health and Florida Hospital. I am partial to Orlando Health, because I worked there for nearly 10 years. I have to say that both systems are excellent and very well respected. Florida Hospital is one of the top 100 in the nation for cardiac care. Florida also tends to be more on the North side of town closer to Maitland and Apopka. Winter Park schools are some of the best in my opinion too.
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Downtown area, College Park and Winter Park have many hospital, Florida Hospital in several locations, and private schools also. Maitland is next to Winter Park, and Apopka is north of College Park on 441.
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Thank you all for your quick reply!
I have relatives that live in Maitland and in Apopka. Where are the areas you suggested in relation to my family? I am a RN, where are these locations in regards to large hospitals?
Schools...do you have a place to look at private school, catholic schools?
We are coming down for a visit in April around Easter. Should we start looking then?
Thank you all for your help!
Yes...the cold weather here is taxing....we are ready for a change!
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Greetings Hanna,

I am sure the cold Ohio winters had nothing to do with this potential move! Today is 74 and sunny. We love these questions and welcome you to Orlando with open arms.

There is no wrong answer here, just opinions and good ones! I will expand on Seminole County, but will suggest Oviedo, Winter Springs and surrounding area. I am located in Oviedo and being "Relocation Certified", I relocate families here and their reasons are the schools, location, home values and family friendly atmosphere among others.

I encourage "homework" on Oviedo and Seminole schools. There are many beautiful and affordable homes available now. Do your homework with Realtors as well. You should receive many thoughtful replies here and take the time to speak with a few Realtors and decide with whom you feel comfortable. I have many helpful hints and information on my website if you would like to take a look. If you have any questions on Central Florida just let me know, I would be happy to chat with you and send you some home previews.

In the meantime, if you just wanna look around Central Florida use : http://www.myfloridahomemls.com/ to start. I do work with a team of professionals that will ensure your every need in your move, from mortgage to inspections. Even Movers! I am with you all the way to the closing table! If that is what you are looking for give me a call!

Stay warm and look forward to getting relocated to the 'City Beautiful".

Gay Middleton
Realtor/Sales Specialist
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I would be more than happy to provide you with a list of homes that feature a mother-in-law suite. Please provide me with your price range and the number of bedrooms you would like in addition to the mother-in-law suite.

If you would like to search on your own my website has an MLS search.
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I have to agree with Jim. I live in Baldwin Park, and we are a multi-generational family. Both of our mothers live with us, and we have two teenage daughters. Depending on price range, Avalon Park also features homes with garage apartments as well at a more affordable price.
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Baldwin Park has homes with apartments above the garages, and there are some other areas that have inlaw quarters around the downtown area of Orlando in Winter Park and College Park for example. All dependent on what you are willing to pay.
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