Yoga is all the rage lately and we found our new favorite studio located conveniently in Audubon Park. Warrior Power Yoga is a quaint studio with a very inviting atmosphere and excellent instructors. The studio offers 40 different classes per week and offers a range of styles including hot power yoga, non-heated flow, yin yoga, power core and sculpt with weights. In addition to the regular schedule Warrior Power Yoga also offers yoga teacher training as well as specialty classes – we also heard that this summer they will be having Stand Up Paddleboard classes – fun!

You can check out the Warrior Power Yoga schedule here. The studio is located at 2822 Corrine Drive, Orlando FL 32803. There is parking in front and back, and you can also park across the street at the clinic after 5pm.

*BONUS – you know what’s right next to Warrior Power Yoga? The super delicious cafe Bikes Beans and Bordeaux as well as Orlando’s favorite beer parlour, Red Light Red Light.

Winning submission by Randall Smith for the Dumpster Art Project

Winning submission by Randall Smith for the Dumpster Art Project

You won’t actually have to dive into a dumpster, but head over to Will’s Pub on May 25th (6pm) for some live music, burgers, hotdogs, and vegan dogs at the Dumpster Dive Fundraiser. Admission is $8 and goes towards the Public Art Project by Mills 50 and the City of Orlando. The project is the transformation of 15 dumpsters in the district which will be painted by local artists. Support the cause to make our city beautiful!  And don’t forget you don’t have to work on Monday – it’s Memorial Day.
PS – What are you doing this Sunday the 18th ? We have an open house at 745 Hempstead Ave from 2-4PM, more information here!

 

Image from Audubon Park Garden District

 

The fourth annual Kid’s Fest will take place tomorrow in Audubon Park.  This mostly free kid friendly event near Downtown Orlando features a wide variety of activities for kids and families to enjoy.

Activities like family Zumba and yoga, painting, pizza making, music making, craft making, story-time, and my favorite cupcake and doughnut decorating will be available!  Other fun things in the district...bounce house and sidewalk chalk drawing!  There’s fun for all at the Kid’s Fest.  Stop by tomorrow April 26th from 12 pm – 4 pm.  It’s best to register in advance and you can do so here:  Kid’s Fest Audubon Park

P.S.  If you’re in the market for a house in the Downtown Orlando area, stop by and check out a few of our new listings this weekend as well.  We have two open houses scheduled for Sunday Apr. 27th from 2- 4pm!

 

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Did you know that the downtown Orlando area has it’s very own 50 acre botanical heaven? You can’t tell from the road, but the Harry P. Leu Gardens is vast with many different gardens, trees and species of wildlife. Leu Gardens is also home to the historic Leu House which holds history dating back to the 1800′s (you can tour it!). Once a month the Gardens host a Date Night with a feature movie. Date nighters can bring their own chairs, blankets and picnic baskets (alcohol allowed). The admission for the event is $6 and includes access to the gardens (normally $10).

The next Date Night is Friday, May 2nd. The movie that will be screening is “A Street Car Named Desire”. The gardens open at 6 with the movie starting at 8:30. If you don’t want to bring your own dinner, Dixie Land Food Truck will be at the event serving up some noms’.

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.

Kathryn@ThinkLiveBe.com

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?

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