ImageAs you know, this Saturday is Small Business Saturday.  There are so many small business and shops in the Downtown Orlando and Winter Park area.  You can certainly do all of your holiday shopping through local shops!  If you don’t know where to start, check out the Orlando main street districts and other shopping districts below.  Your best bet is to attend the Audubon Park Wine Walk this Saturday.  Shop + Sip on Saturday throughout the eclectic local shops and businesses in the Audubon Park Main Street District from 2- 5 pm.  It’s $10 in advance and $15 that day.  Buy tickets and enjoying your shopping with a little wine!

Shopping Districts:

Thornton Park
Downtown South
Audubon Park
College Park
Mills 50 
Ivanhoe Village (Facebook page shows some deals local businesses are having)

Designers Row in Winter Park
Hannibal Square in Winter Park
Park Avenue Winter Park Shopping

Or looking for other events and fun activities around Orlando this weekend?  Check out The Orlandoan’s Holiday Weekend Guide

ImageThe highly anticipated East End Market is now open in Audubon Park near Downtown Orlando.  The market is said to be a cultural food hub inspired by Central Florida’s local farmers and foot artisans.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to stop by soon.  Or if you want to fully experience the local food scene in Orlando, register for the Fall Harvest Dinner tomorrow night!  The event will feature seasonal ingredients from the area, hand selected wines for the event, craft beer, live music, and a special fall cocktail.

Celebrate Thanksgiving a little early this year with Audubon Park’s new market.

Register for tickets before it is too late!

Fall Harvest Dinner Saturday November 16th from 7 – 9 pm



Image: flyer from East End Market website

APGardenDistrictThis is part three of the series about increasing values throughout Downtown Orlando neighborhoods.  As I mentioned last week, in 2012 there were over 2000 single home sales that took place within 5 miles of Downtown Orlando.  The median sales price of these homes increased from 2011 – 2012 and it seems the trend is continuing into the new year.

This week I’m going to talk about the ever popular Audubon Park.  This trendy neighborhood full of retro Florida ranch homes has  increased in value from 2011 to 2012.  There were actually more homes that sold in 2012 in this neighborhood than in 2011.  Currently there are only about 3 homes for sale in this highly sought after neighborhood and people keep asking when will there be more to choose from!  This lack of inventory will continue to drive up the values.

The median price increased in 2012 by just under 10% to about $160,000.  If the trend continues it will be on the rise in 2013 as well.   The median listing price for active and pending homes in this neighborhood is holding steady.

What does all this mean? 

You may finally have equity in your Audubon Park home!  Don’t miss your chance to sell.  Contact us today to sell your Audubon Park property.   Search for nearby Audubon Park homes for sale at our website.

407-494-2820 direct

*This information is based on personal data I have gathered from the local MyFloridaRegional MLS system.  It is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 
Image: Personal of flowers near Downtown Orlando 

ImageDon’t miss the “Audubon Park Deserves it’s Own Cocktail, Dammit Contest”!   Tonight at The Glass Bar at Stardust Video and Coffee enjoy an evening cocktail Audubon Park style.

There will be a variety of Fresh picked, organic fruits and herbs to temp your taste-buds and locally produced spirits from Winter Park Distilling Company.  Attendees will vote on the best cocktail and it will become the official cocktail of Audubon Park!  The fundraiser will support Beautify Spring 2013.

The City of Orlando will match every dollar earned at this event and put it towards Beautify Spring 2013, which will provide bike racks and trash cans to make the area nicer and more bike friendly!

Tonight at Stardust at 1842 E Winter Park Rd.  Runs from 5 — 8 pm. $20 in advance $17.50 for APGD and Slow Food members. $25 at the door.
Buy Tickets Now 

DowntownSanctuaryI don’t know about you but 2012 was a great year.  These last few weeks have been extremely crazy and often times the blog is the first thing to slack when I get busy.

My New Year’s Resolution is to be consistent with the blog.  I hate going to people’s blogs and the last post was from 2010!  I have been working hard trying to provide daily content.  Since I personally write all of my posts that can be a little time consuming for a busy agent like myself.   My goal for 2013 is to provide three posts a week to keep you up to speed on the real estate market in Downtown Orlando and Winter Park and the other events and local businesses who drive these communities.

My most popular categories in the last year have been the Monday Market Reports, Go Local Wednesdays, and the Friday posts titled “Who Says There’s Nothing to do in Orlando?”.  And so I look forward to providing you more of these types of posts 3 times a week so I can keep it consistent and relevant!

I hope you have enjoyed your holidays and I look forward to bringing you more content in the New Year!

P.S. It’s the first Friday of the month and that means Cupcake Happy Hour at Blue Bird Bake Shop in Audubon Park from 5-7 pm.  What a great way to  start the first weekend of the New Year?! Enjoy!

Image:  Personal Image taken of the Sanctuary Condos in Downtown Orlando 

Tonight in Ivanhoe Village there is a live street party featuring artists, vendors, and food trucks!  The event is called Virginia Live and the businesses along Virginia Dr are open for you to support while you stroll from shop to shop enjoying some wine!  And last but not least there will be a beer garden sponsored by Yelp.  The beer garden will be at the corner of New York Ave. and Virginia Dr.

Don’t forget it’s not to late to stop by Audubon Park for the Farm to Table event either – starts at 6 pm!  Get out there an enjoy the Downtown Orlando lifestyle.

What will you be doing this weekend?

There’s a great local event happening this Friday in Audubon Park near Downtown Orlando!  Farm to Table is a “progressive happy hour” featuring fine wines, handcrafted hors d’oeuvres made from local ingredients.  What a great way to GO LOCAL!

The event begins at 6 pm this Friday September 14th and runs until 8 pm.  Stroll the Garden District’s shops and enjoy the local food and drink this weekend.

Wine expert Sarah Matthew has created wine pairings to complement the various food samplings.  According to the Audubon Park district site, patrons will enjoy appetizers made from free-range Ocoee chicken eggs; organic, Heart of Christmas Farm blueberries; cream from pasture-raised, grass-fed cows; freshly baked baguettes and crustinis; Audubon Park-made, European-style sea salt butter; locally sourced, handmade charcuterie; dips and spreads made from wild caught, fresh Florida sea food and much more.

Advance tickets are just $25 per person, $22 for APGD and Slow Food members, $30 at the door.
More Info:  contact Jennifer at or 407-590-8776.

Image Credit:  Milk Farm Photo via Creative Commons

If you haven’t already heard there is an awesome new indoor farmers market coming to Orlando soon!  Not surprisingly the developers decided the trendy Audubon Park area was the perfect spot for this venture.  Audubon park is an established area that has been growing in popularity among homebuyers and shop/restaurants owners.  The proximity to downtown Orlando, winter park, and baldwin park make this an ideal spot for the market.  Audubon Park currently holds a small outdoor market on Monday nights from 6-10 pm.  

The East End Market will be located on Corrine Dr. and will feature two stories of small independent food enterprises, a farm fresh restaurant, and space upstairs for things like demonstration kitchens and/or small retail shops.  Outside they will have a vegetable garden with Florida varietals.

Check out 2-story market coming soon!  Orlando Indoor Farmers Market

Image Credit:  East End Market Website

If you are ever looking for a funky event to attend or a neighborhood to explore – Audubon Park near Downtown Orlando and Baldwin Park never disappoints.  Only in Audubon Park could you find such a fun and unique event.

It’s the 3rd annual French inspired Bastille Day celebration in Audubon Park Orlando.  That means it’s time to celebrate the French Revolution Orlando style.  Why?  Because we can!

July 14th from 6-10 pm there will be live music, French food, a French themed pet costume, fencing demonstration, an open air market, and a wine and cheese tasting!

Enjoy your weekend!

Have you heard about the Bacon Off in Audubon Park?  The event has the word Bacon in it so that’s good enough for me!   But if you want more details just view the newsletter below.

Or do you know about the latest Popcorn Flicks in the Park?  In July you can enjoy an outdoor movie in Winter Park for Free!  They will be featuring The Great Muppet Caper – how fun!

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Check out the June 2012 issue for “How to Sell Your Home in 10 days”


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