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kerriegunier, Renter in Orlando, FL

We are considering a move to FL near Orlando and have a 10 year old daughter so want safe area / good schools. Any suggestions from FL natives?

Asked by kerriegunier, Orlando, FL Fri Mar 1, 2013

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Donald Johnson’s answer
Hello @kerriegunier ... as a sixth generational Floridian and native of Orlando it would be my pleasure to help you and your family to establish a home in Winter Garden, or any of the fine communities in the West Orange County area of Metro-Orlando.

I've included a link to the OCPS Middle School comparison chart since she will be attending middle in the next year or so and you will want to know more about her choices not for just this coming school year but the next three or so after.

Find A School - OCPS: https://www.ocps.net/Parents/Pages/FindaSchool.aspx

Search The MLS: http://morerealtyservices.com/search-the-mls-free

Don Johnson
MORE Realty Services LLC
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Mar 21, 2013
Winter Garden is a great location - plus it's approved for 100% USDA financing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 6, 2013
I know tht Lake Nona is a wonderful area. I am selling my VillageWalk at Lake Nona home privately. It is really a resort style living, and with the new Medical City that has sprung up over the past two years, everything is so new and energetic. Unfortunately, my dad bought this place as an investment back in 2006, and we simply can't afford it. Here is a posting that I have if you want to take a look:


General details on the house:
Here's a breakdown of our specific model:

- Well designed 3 bedroom 2 bath home with office/den
- We have a covered front entry
- The home backs up to the pond
- We have a maintenance free exterior, with beautifully manicured lawns and common areas
- We recentlty painted the interior although the original paint was quite good.
- We have carpet and tiled floors
- The refrigerator, dishwasher, washer/dryer and all other appliances currently installed are all included.
- There is an attached two car garage
- The house has been built with severe weather in mind, with bolt-secured shuttered provided.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Mar 5, 2013
HUMM 34786 average price of (SFR built since 2000) sold in last 3 months 512,285
average price in Dr P. in last 3 months $ 333,076

Another area is Alaqua with a aveage price of 904,000

And there are some REALLY great areas but they get really expensive.
Might you be looking above $ 1,000,000 or below $ 200,000?

Happy to help you either way.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 4, 2013
Windermere 34786, Dr. Phillips 32819, as well as the south side of the Orlando on the outskirt of windermere zip code 32835, and Winter garden 34787. Hope this helps.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 4, 2013
And yes i am native as was my Mother and Grandmother and Granddaughter
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 3, 2013
Don't forget about Dr. Phillips, and I agree with Stoneybrook as well!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 3, 2013
I am not a real estate agent, but we moved here two years ago. Schools were important so we picked the Avalon Park/Stoneybrook area. Good schools, lots of kids and a lot of people from other places. But it really depends also where you work, but this area is about 45 minutes ride to Disney. Our real estate agent was a reference from my cousin in Massachusetts an we loves her, no pressure. Hope this helped!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 2, 2013
Hi Kerrie,

Price will effect were you will find your area. Also location of your work, or willness to drive. Seminole county has best overall schools in area for a county. Orange has some good areas, good schools and safe, put there is more of a price tag.

Lake county still has "country" feel to it.

Mark makes good point about Harmony, he lives there and really knows the area.

So what you need Kerrie, is a Realtor that knows the area, knows your needs and let them go to work. I work Seminole, Northern Orange (North of the 528 up) Lake and Western Volusia.

Good news, as a buyer this will cost you little to nothing.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 2, 2013
Some fine places have been mentioned, but check out Harmony, too.. It is really a great place to raise a family and it's Community School and High School are among the highest rated in the entire metro Orlando area.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 2, 2013
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 2, 2013
This should help..

I have been asked many times , what are the "safe" areas in Orlando?

Here are some resources to utilize when exploring neighborhood options in Orlando and surrrounding areas.







I am going to close 6 deals this month! I know the best ares for your viewing pleasure.. =o)

Take care,

Vincent Warren Paige, Jr.
REALTOR® | RE/MAX Showcase
Certified Broker Price Opinion Registered Agent (BPOR)
8934 Conroy Windermere Road | Orlando, FL 32835
Direct: 407.256.8190 | Fax: 407.264.8073
E-mail: vpaige1@yahoo.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 2, 2013
I am a Florida native of 50 years! There are many good neighborhoods in Orlando and surrounding areas. Please contact me with your specifics- I will be happy to guide you in your search. And Welcome to Florida!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 1, 2013
Hi Kerrie,

What area will you be working?

Please feel free to contact me directly carlrealtycenter@aol.com. I’ll be glad to set up a search for you and send you listings in the areas you are interested in.


Carl Head
Realty Center-Orlando
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 1, 2013
Look at the areas of Lake Mary, Disney's back yard areas of Windermere / Winter Garden, Lake Nona to start.

My wife Patty and I help relocating buyers decide on an area that fits their family. We are currently helping 3 families get started with their move and we offer you our perspective on various areas through our experience.

Hope this helps,

Dave & Patty Lowe

I offer buyer rebates to help buyers with their closing cost.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 1, 2013
Oviedo was named in the top 100 hundred communities to raise a family in, several years in a row now. Also the school system is all a rates. Please let me know if you need any assistance.

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