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Front Porches: Orlando area Front Porch Communities

It seems Central Florida has developed a major crush on front porches lately and honestly with beautiful weather nearly year round, what’s not to love? Although Americans have always had a love affair with their front porches, the last few years have seen new home builders embracing the nearly lost style and home buyers can’t get enough. The front porch is a symbol to Americans of a wholesome time, a shared history and a cultural identity that represents the American spirit. So it’s no wonder that as people become more digitally tied they are looking for true communities and not just neighborhoods, and a comfortable spot to get to know their neighbors, to give a wave, share a friendly conversation or just relax and watch the kids play.

Front porches have become so popular that many towns across the nation have begun hosting festivals centered exclusively around them. Locally, Sanford just hosted its first Porchfest. Featuring musicians, homeowners and residents uniting to offer a true community event, and a novel way to enjoy the beautiful and historic homes in Sanford. 

Sanford Front Porch Fest

Sanford PorchFest

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All Sanford Porchfest pictures courtesy Benevolence Photography. See entire festival album here.

If you are one of the many who are looking for a front porch community, you are in luck. Central Florida has both new home communities as well as historical communities that offer that old American front porch charm. Below you’ll find both the new wave and the historical Orlando area front porch communities.

New Wave Front Porch Communities in Orlando

Avalon Park

An East Orlando Community that was built in the early 2000’s and offers new(er) homes with a small town feel.

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 Magnolia Florida Realty LLC - O5559190

Magnolia Florida Realty LLC – O5559190

SMITH MICHAEL INVESTMENT GROUP LLC-O5569094

SMITH MICHAEL INVESTMENT GROUP LLC-O556909

AVALON REALTY GROUP LLC - O5567399

AVALON REALTY GROUP LLC – O5567399 

Baldwin Park

Surrounding Lake Baldwin in Orlando, Baldwin Park was built between 2004 and 2008 as front porch community, with colonial and craftman styled homes and large public green spaces for picnics and sports.

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 Keller Williams Winter Park - O5569099

Keller Williams Winter Park – O5569099

 Greg Martinez Realty LLC - O5553740

Greg Martinez Realty LLC – O5553740

Stonebridge Real Estate Group - O5567650

Stonebridge Real Estate Group – O5567650

Celebration

What could be more American and wholesome than an entire town envisioned and created by Disney!?  Named “New Community of the Year” in 2001, this front porch community offers an ideal location with direct access to the theme parks.

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 Premium Properties Shop - S4854041

Premium Properties Shop – S4854041

Better Homes & Gardens Fine Living - O5569380

Better Homes & Gardens Fine Living – O5569380

Better Homes & Gardens Fine Living - S4842323

Better Homes & Gardens Fine Living – S4842323

Oakland Park

One of the newest front porch communities in Orlando, Oakland Park builder, David Weekly, has seen the demand and is delivering a lake front, FGBC green certified, front porch neighborhood. This green community is complete with large open spaces, pools, and a direct access to the West Orange Trail.

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New Homes Real Estate, Inc. - O5534977

New Homes Real Estate, Inc. – O5534977

 Dream Finders Realty, Inc - O5559267

Dream Finders Realty, Inc – O5559267

Charles Rutenberg Rlty Orlando - O5561581

Charles Rutenberg Rlty Orlando – O5561581

The Original Central Florida Front Porch Communities

Sanford

Quite possibly one of Central Florida’s most authentic front porch communities, the residents of the Sanford historic district pride themselves on their unique sense of community. With a variety of home styles, wide tree lined streets and an active downtown Sanford has managed to stand the test of time and not only survive but thrive as a true front porch community.

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  RE/MAX Legacy- O5545838

RE/MAX Legacy- O5545838

MILLS PARK REALTY LLC-O5561701

MILLS PARK REALTY LLC-O5561701

Porzig Realty -O5541913

Porzig Realty -O5541913          

Deland

A historic town located about 30 minutes north of Orlando, Deland is a central Florida rising star. It’s historic downtown area, anchored by Stetson University, is surrounded by brick paved streets and large historic homes.

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Charles Rutenberg Rlty Orlando- O5530191

Charles Rutenberg Rlty Orlando- O5530191

TransAct Brokers Inc -O5554369

TransAct Brokers Inc -O5554369

 Lane Realty Services, LLC-V4722498

Lane Realty Services, LLC-V4722498 

Winter Park

Classic and exclusive, Winter Park originally a winter retreat for wealthy northerners trying to escape the snow, is still coveted historic real estate. Located just minutes from downtown Orlando, this community is best known for both its annual art festival and impressive historic homes.

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Preferred Real Estate Brokers - O5558917

Preferred Real Estate Brokers – O5558917

Mainframe Real Estate -O5552018

Mainframe Real Estate -O5552018

MICHAEL O'SHAUGHNESSY, INC.- O5560133

MICHAEL O’SHAUGHNESSY, INC.- O5560133

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