Believe it or not there are 3 more types of neighborhoods in the Orlando area. First time home buyers can sometimes get stuck thinking about only one area or one type of neighborhood, so reading through the differences of each kind can really help you see what is out there and where you think you will be the most comfortable.
Golf: Communities and neighborhoods surrounded by a golf course have become an increasingly popular choice for both retirees and young professionals. These neighborhoods tend to be a bit upscale and offer single family homes as well as town homes or condos. If you absolutely hate golf, then you would want to steer clear of these communities, but for those who are addicted or simply enjoy the peacefulness of the beautiful landscape then Orlando has several neighborhoods that fit the bill. Errol Estates in Apopka was one of the first types of these communities to spring up and has large homes with large treed lots as well as newer more contemporary single family homes and condos. Other golf course communities include for example Timacuan, Heathrow and Magnolia Plantation in Lake Mary or Orange Tree in the Orlando Dr. Philips area.
Retirement: Because Florida is blessed with sunny skies and warm weather almost year round, it is a popular choice for retirees and home developers in the Orlando area aim to please. These communities usually offer low maintenance condo, townhouses and single family homes with tons of amenities. Summer Greens in Clermont, Arlington Ridge in Leesburg an the Plantation just north of Orlando all offer amazing environments to enjoy your golden years. Another popular retirement community is “The Villages” in Lake County.
Rural: Need your space and your privacy? Then you will probably look for homes in a rural locale. Usually these single family homes are a little bit further from the city, but they offer larger lots and even acreage that can not be found within the city and surrounding suburbs. Typically there are no homeowners associations to deal with or pesky next door neighbors. But you might have to sacrifice a little on convenience as shops and nightlife tend to be a bit of a drive. Sorrento, Orange City, and Christmas all still offer great deals on land where you can build your dream home. Currently a great advantage, not only for first time home buyers, is the USDA loan program that gives home buyers who a looking to buy in rural areas of Orlando a “Zero Down” loan option. If you are looking to buy in any of these areas, give us a call at 407-340-6458 so we can help you with the process.
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