Welcome to Florida! Winter Garden's proximity to Orlando make it a great spot with something for everyone--small town flavor, big city amenities (expect lots of house guests!)... Using trulia, you can go up to the "Real Estate Guides" tab, type in your zip and find a wealth of information about the area (scroll down and look toward the left). To give you a head start on property searching, use the hyperlink I've provided below. It get feeds from every MLS system in Florida. It's not very pretty, but it is very accurate. Lastly, be sure to use a buyers agent to represent your interests solely; buyers agents are almost always provided at no cost to the buyer. Get referrals from friends, family or colleagues in the Winter Park area to find a good local REALTOR. Best of luck and happy hunting!
I too am from Winter Garden and the best gated condos for rent that I know about are Southern Pines. I have the managers phone and also work with a woman who only does rentals, this is her business. Call me I would be happy to give this information to you to help make your transition to southern living a little less stressful.
CENTURY21 Professional Group Inc
I don't handle rentals, but after working here for 30 yrs, know the good agents who do, and I'd be happy to recommend some to you, offlist if you'd like to email or call me.
Curious as to why did you pick Winter Garden? Is it going to be close to work? Family? Why not buy instead of rent? It's a great buyers market. Also, As a SWF you need to think about safety issues as well. This is big for me since my husband and brother are both law enforcement agents. There are some great places to live - but as in all places, there are those I'd advise staying away from. You can find out more info on crime rates online.
Another question - why a condo? There are very limited condo's available in Winter Garden, so that will really narrow down your options. Most often when I hear people want condo's it is because they don't want to take care of yards, pools, etc... but you can rent a house and get the same thing.
If you'd like some recommendations on companies to call for rentals, let me know offlist and I'd be happy to send you a list of the ones I know of. I'll need to know when you will be here though. Most rentals give notice at the end of a month, so if you are looking for a December move in, you need to act fast.
Good luck and welcome to Winter Garden, Florida!!