I have a larger than average lot with a few trees........My neighborhood and schools are great and there is a great park with a playground one block away...I would love to show you my house....Please call me, Brian, at (407) 859-1441 or you can e-mail me at email@example.com
A couple questions that you may want to consider --
1. Is it important to be near work?
2. Do you want a subdivision with HOA, etc or would a more rural setting work?
3. How much space do you need?
4. What kind of trees - oak, palm, other?
5. What are your must haves vs. wants?
If you want brand new with lots of trees, your options will be fewer as most developments do minimal landscaping when they build out a neighborhood. If you want good schools, you will pay more per sf which will limit the size home that will fit into your budget. (Everyone wants "good schools" so they bid prices up) If you look at more rural settings, you may find lots of trees in a quiet setting with more house for the dollar. I always suggest to folks that they prioritize their needs/wants before they get started so that you make best use of your time.
Good value for newer homes - Poinciana (limited trees but some green belt areas, good for folks doing things on the south side of Orlando - attractions) (There are +1000 3bd homes priced below $250k available)
Good value for homes with trees - Apopka (older homes in established neighborhoods with lots of tree canopy) (There are +500 homes priced below $250 with 3bd)
Good solution for schools - consider smaller homes 1000-1500sf in "A" school districts. You can look at information about schools on my website listed below.
Good overall solution - work with a realtor to identify REO/short sale properties in your target areas based on your prioritization of factors. (There are +/- 700 REO homes and +/- 1100 short sale homes priced below $250 with 3 bedrooms in the tricounty area - Orange, Osceola and Seminole.
Let me know if you want some assistance with focusing your efforts.
We can throw around suggestions or we can dive right in.
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I have a suggestion. There is a neighborhood in the windermere area called Lake Rose Point. Its surrounded by more expensive subdivisions and is tucked away and quiet. Lots of long term residents there. I know some owners that are considering selling their home in the next few ...price ranges there are between 220 and 350 and yes there are a few thst would go in the mid 200's.
Schools are highly rated and the neighborhood has only one entrance. Big oak trees canopy the streets. Its designed as a circle (Rosemere CIrcle) and a street that goes through the middle is Rosegate.
I am sure there are other neighborhoods that some of the Realtors online could weigh in on. This one is definitely worth a look.
If you're looking at O-town and vicinity, have you expanded your search around Orlando? For example, Apopka, northwest of Orlando, is a charming town with many developments and golfing communities (some gated) in the outskirts.This area looks so different from Kissimmee which is just south of Orlando. And it's definitely not like Sanford. One of the best events there is the annual arts and crafts festival.
I used to live in Orlando in an area called Metrowest where there are several communities, some new and some established, some gated. This area is ideally situated in that one can be downtown, or to Disney World in mere minutes. You may be able to find something there, too.
If you haven't engaged the services of a realtor yet, you should, and share your requirements including what you'd like to stay away from.
If you are previewing property in newer communities you will generally find less mature vegetation. This tends to cause the viewers to see the distinct shape of the homes, which we agree is not too appealing.
If you adjust your search to homes that are al little older, you should see a noted difference. The home you are looking for is there, you just haven't located it yet.
The "Eckler Team"
Century 21almar and Associates
It may not be for you but from your description Oakland sounds like the exact town you want. It is in between winter garden and clermont, you would not believe the amount of HUGE oak trees there are, and a very quiet and safe small town where people wave when you drive by. Small town feel with all the city needs and highways a short drive away.
Check it out and you will fall in love with the city.
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You have area's in Winter Park, Neighborhoods in Oviedo or Winter Springs, Winter Garden, etc.
Who have you been seeing homes with?