Is it possible to find a 3 bedroom home in Orlando with trees in a good neighborhood for $250,000? We have

Asked by Tanya, Orlando, FL Tue May 20, 2008

young children and want a quiet and safe place for them to play. We really want to stay in FL but have been looking for months and all we are finding are beige stucco box homes with no trees Any neighborhood or listing suggestions?

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Matthew, , 32757
Tue May 27, 2008
Try Mt Dora. It is one of the most charming towns in Central Florida. 40 minutes to downtown, 35 to Winter Park
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Brian, Home Seller,
Mon May 26, 2008
I have a 4 bedroom, 2 bath house in your price range in lovely Hunter's Creek in south Orlando.
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
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Richard Tres…, Agent, Orlando, FL
Thu May 22, 2008
Hi Tanya,

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.
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Lee Rosa, Agent, Aventura, FL
Wed May 21, 2008
yes it is possible - being that the median sales price in orlando has dipped below the 250,000 mark.

We can throw around suggestions or we can dive right in.

The biggest complaint consumers have about real estate agents is we do not listen.

Communication is the key with rising inventories.

Time is Money -

We are here for you. Short and Simple - When can we start the interview process?
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Barbara Vance, , orlando- windermere vicinity
Tue May 20, 2008

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.
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Tue May 20, 2008
Hi, Tanya

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.
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Billl Eckler, Home Buyer, Venice, FL
Tue May 20, 2008
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.

Good luck,
The "Eckler Team"
Century 21almar and Associates
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Greg Traub, Agent, Orlando, FL
Tue May 20, 2008
Send me an email sometime today - - and I will be able to help you find what your looking for. If you were just looking on your own, I wouldn't be surprised if you missed many of the homes that may have fit your criteria.
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Canuck In Pa…, , Oaktown, IN
Tue May 20, 2008
I have a house for sale here .

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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Tanya, Both Buyer And Seller, Orlando, FL
Tue May 20, 2008
I'm new to this and am not sure if this is how I post a reply to the answers but...I think maybe I should have been more specific in my request for info. We are open to any neighborhood in Orlando or central FL coast. We've looked at winterpark but can't afford much. We'd like more personality thatn the new stucco homes in the stepford wife sort of development. Here's our ideal house: An older home (pre-1980) at least 2000 sq. ft and 3 bedrooms, a yard with trees, a quiet neighborhood with good schools. We've learned from the mistakes we made with our first home purchase in downtown Sanford (which is lousy with rednecks and crack heads and bikers - all of whom are noisy!) and are focusing on the neighbors as well as the house this time. We've found homes that look like they will fit the bill and when we drive by, the neighbors are parking on their yards or partying in their driveways. We've actually marked potential homes off our list if their is a pick up truck or motorcycle in any of the neighbors' driveways. We had no idea FL was so populated with loud trucks and bikes. I know I sound negative and I don't mean to. We keep holding out hope that we can find something in our price range in a nice, quiet, family friendly, "normal" (non redneck/crackhead) neighborhood. We welcome any advice you have!
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Cathy Sloan, Agent, Jacksonville, FL
Tue May 20, 2008
If you can't find homes in Orlando and can live anywhere in Florida, check out Jacksonville. We love our trees. I have provided links that will be active until June 19th 2008 with a sampling of homes in North Florida.

Homes Built 2002 - 2007…

Homes Built between 1990 & 2002…

Cathy Sloan
RE/MAX Specialists
Jacksonville, FLorida
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Greg Traub, Agent, Orlando, FL
Tue May 20, 2008
I can think of way to many neighborhoods that may match that criteria! Where have you looked so far?
You have area's in Winter Park, Neighborhoods in Oviedo or Winter Springs, Winter Garden, etc.

Who have you been seeing homes with?
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