Considering a move to Central Florida with college age kids. We're looking for a safe, family friendly neighborhood, gated community possible.

Asked by Kristine, Florida Center North, Orlando, FL Sun Apr 3, 2011

Any suggestions on where to begin looking? Our price range is around $200K, 3-4 bedroom, and pet friendly. Also, within driving distance to UCF and Full Sail. Thanks for your help! :)

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Arjan Breune…, Agent, Celebration, FL
Sun Apr 3, 2011
Hello Kristine,

There are some great suggestions here from some of the other agents.

I would suggest, also Google the "Lake Nona" area: it is an up-and-coming area not too far from UCF.......very family-oriented.....lakes, tree-lined streets, A-rated schools, safe neighborhoods.... As in other areas in Orlando, there are some great deals available within your price range.

For additional information, you can always contact me through or directly at 407-766-677.

Best of luck in your search!

Arjan Breunesse
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Clair Strutt, Agent, LAKE MARY, FL
Mon Jun 3, 2013
I would look into the Oviedo area as well. Look into the following neighborhoods:
Bentley Woods
Aloma Woods
Little Creek
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Thu Jan 31, 2013
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Kristine, Home Buyer, Florida Center North, Orlando, FL
Thu Apr 7, 2011
Another question -- We own a single family home in Ma. that we currently have a low mortgage on, is it possible to keep this home and rent it out and also get a mortgage for another single family home in Florida or do we need to sell first?
What are some reputable lenders we could contact about pre-approvals in Florida??
Thank you
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Richard Tres…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Tue Apr 5, 2011
Hi Kristine,

There are approx 15 gated communites with homes currently available for sale including the following:
1. Avalon
2. Cypress Bend
3. Cedar Glen
4. Rybolt
5. ShadyBranch
6. Spring Isle
7. Stoneybrook
8. Timber Isle
9. Ventura
10.Vista Lake
11. Woodland

These neighborhoods are in Orange and Seminole counties and located east of 436, north of the Beachline and south of Oviedo. Currently, there are approx 50 homes priced between 100-200k.

If you would like to look at some of these homes, please call me at 407-421-3002 or

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Chris Godkin, Agent, Celebration, FL
Tue Apr 5, 2011

There are many ciommunities which may be of interest to you in the areas required.

Just a few additional questions would be helpful to be able to provide you with some examples of what is available.

Please feel free to contact me directly to assist with this process at your convenience.



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Michael Joynt, Agent, Orlando, FL
Tue Apr 5, 2011
First find an agent you would like to work with, one who has some experience with residential real-estate sales. Remember you only need one good agent, One! Not a committee of agents. Some agents post their designations they acquired in the industry; based on the market I strongly would consider a GRI and a CDPE. An agent with these two designations should be able to find you exactly what you need and answer your questions. Have your lender approve you prior to coming here and bring the signed letter along with the lenders direct contact information (cell phone #) with you. Also when you find a home, have your agent compare lenders for you, someone they know locally against your lender from back home. Happy house hunting!!
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Mike Luzzo, , Orlando, FL
Tue Apr 5, 2011
Ok _________. Let's talk about that.

What are your basic requirements on this property you seek?

This will be a cash transaction or mortgage?

If mortgage, I will or will not need assistance?

If mortgage, I am comfortable with a monthly payment which includes, principle, interest, taxes insurance (PITI) and any HOA or condo fee for not more than?

I’d like to purchase in this area? UCF and Full Sail


I need this many bedrooms? 3-4


I don’t want the property to be older than?

I would really like to see it if it has these amenities?


I plan on purchasing this property as a ___________real estate investment or I plan to live there?

If it is a real estate investment, I would consider an acceptable ROI of? ____________

I’d like to have this purchase completed by and ready to move in or rent by?_____________

Let me know, I'm here for you.
Thank You

Mike Luzzo

Call Me Directly @ 407 222 4545

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Please Excuse Any Misspellings
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Aileen Fraum…, Agent, Ocoee, FL
Tue Apr 5, 2011
Their are a lot of gated subdivisions in Avalon, Oviedo, Waterford Lakes in your price range and they are close enough to UCF, shopping and highways. I have a student at UCF and I am familiar with the area. I wold love to be of assistance to your family.

Aileen Frauman
Homecenter Realty
407-928-0211 Cell
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Maggie DeGen…, Agent, Altamonte Springs, FL
Sun Apr 3, 2011
Hi Kristine,

I service Seminole County here in Florida. Please feel free to visit my website and take a look at some communities that are located within Seminole County. If I can be of help please let me know! There are many wonderful communities in Central Florida to choose from! Living in a gated community is a personal choice and you can view some of them on my site! I have lived in Orlando for over 40 years so I know the area!

Good Luck,
Maggie DeGennaro
Stirling Sotheby's International Realty
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Kristine, Home Buyer, Florida Center North, Orlando, FL
Sun Apr 3, 2011
Thank you all for your quick responses, it has certainly given me a good starting point. I hope to narrow our search down to about 3-4 areas, then when we're in town in August view some of the neighborhoods and "typical style" houses for each.
We are definitely interested in the newer communities as opposed to an older one, and would like to be close enough to the schools, restaurants, entertainment etc. but just far enough away to escape the traffic and congestion of it all when we just want to relax.
Would someone mind detailing the major advantages of living in a gated community? Also, which ones may be more affordable. That may help in our search. Thank you!
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Anabella Ter…, Agent, Lake Mary, FL
Sun Apr 3, 2011
Hello Kristine
I work at Keller Williams @ Waterford Lakes (10 minutes from UCF) and we have a lot of properties that match what you are looking for. We got Avalon Lakes, Bella vida, Tudor Grove, Timber Isle, Timber Point and more .... All of them are gated :) and they are about 20 minutes from UCF and Valencia College, Please contact me with any questions that you might have, you can reach me at 407-797-5139. I'm an expert in East Orlando Area
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Gerard Carney, Agent, Spring Hill, FL
Sun Apr 3, 2011
Well something just a little outside of Orlando, so you can get a little atmosphere at the end of the day. Something with a nice gate and some awesome Waterfront. Say in the Winter Garden, Apopka, or
Paradise Heights area.
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Rhonda Poulin, , Orlando, FL
Sun Apr 3, 2011
Oviedo is a great place to live and there are several gated communities in your price range. Let me know if you would like to work with me. I have lived in Central Florida all my life and I am familiar with the area you are interested in.
Rhonda Poulin
Keller Williams
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Linda Jokben…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Sun Apr 3, 2011
There are some great gated neighborhoods within your price range that are located near the UCF/ Full Sail area. If you'll email me back, I can send you over a link with the properties that fit your criteria. 336-404-8871 or
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Broker Dave, Agent, Orlando, FL
Sun Apr 3, 2011
There are a mixture of older and newer communities within a drive time of 30 minutes or less. My wife Patty also an agent just located a family near UCF, we would like to help with your relocation.

Dave Lowe, Real Estate Broker
GRI, ePRO, Realtor

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