- it's walkable
- it has a sufficient number/kinds of amenities in the Village Center, i.e., dry cleaner, grocery, salons, restaurants, gymnastics and swim school (classes for kids starting at 2 yrs.), there's also a Bright Horizon daycare in the community
- it seems safe
- it borders Winter Park, which also has extensive resources, albeit it is a more established community. Winter Park has some fantastic restaurants, including one of only two Whole Foods in the area. It also has some wonderful gardens, parks and museums (the Science Center has daily children's programs, i.e., story or music hour)
- Not close to highways
- connected to the dreaded I-4 (the commute times don't bother me, I'm a city kid)
- many people perceive BP as being overly crowded
- they are a bit underdeveloped from a retail perspective
You will probably be able to find a 3 br/2 ba place at or around $2k, but you probably won't be able to go much lower than that in the area. Check out The Village at Baldwin Park, Post Lake at Baldwin Park and Enders Place at Baldwin Park just to get a sense of market prices.
Wishing you all the best!
Baldwin Park is very nice. And there are other areas that are nice too, like Avalon Park.
Rentals are not as easy to find as they used to be but with the right Realtor helping you I'm sure they will find something for you and your family. I just helped a family relocate from Ohio and moved into the Longwood area.
If you need help and don't know where to turn please feel free to email me and we can set something up for you.
Charles Rutenberg Realty
Let me be brutally honest here. If you wait a year to buy in the "hip" spots in Orlando, you will pay 15 to 25% more next year. I've already seen it happen in Celebration and Lake Nona. A 4/3 that you could buy for under $400,000 now costs over $500,000. The recession is over in Orlando. A decision to "wait a year before we buy" will cost your dearly.