*Image from Mills50District Instagram

*Image from Mills50District Instagram

The new Mills Brewpub (used to be Bananas) had a sneak peek event Monday night and we were in attendance to see what it was all about! The interior has been hugely upgraded and has a modern industrial feel. The food menu is nice with some of the typical pub fare plus some entree options. The drink menu includes some select draft beers, many bottles, a red and white wine list as well as cocktails.

All in all Mills Brewpub seems like it’s going to be a pretty fun after work spot to eat and drink! They open up to the public next week, be sure to stop in.

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*Image from cityoforlando.net

*Image from cityoforlando.net

It’s that time of year again when we bust out the Popsicles and american flags! 4th of July is one of the funnest holidays and there’s a lot going on around town this year.

Lake Eola has it’s annual Fireworks at the Fountain event which is always sure to impress. The event starts at 4pm with performances throughout the night from Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. There will be food and beverage vendors as well as a childrens area. The firework display starts at 9:10pm, get there early to get a good spot!

Winter Park will be having their festive day time event the Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. There will be live music by the Bach Festival Brass Band and the Bach festival Choir. Good news -  free hotdogs, water and watermelon while supplies last! There will also be horse-drawn wagon rides and childrens activities complete with inflatables!

Worried you won’t see enough fireworks on the 4th? Well you’re in luck! Baldwin park is having their 4th celebration on the 5th of July at Harbor Park. The Baldwin Park Rotary holds The Baldwin Park Independence Day Bash every year either before or after the actual holiday. The event is free to attend and will feature live music, a food & beer garden, and fireworks over Lake Baldwin after dark.

Have a happy and safe 4th, Orlando!

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.

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New in town and super unique! Extract in Winter Park has a super cool location that is all outdoors in a courtyard setting. The specialties here are juice and tapas with a vast menu including some nice adult beverages. On certain occasions (Sunday Brunch), Extract offers a special 3 course meal option with an unlimited drink special.  The tapas menu includes a variety of meat and vegan options and are all fresh dishes. Do try the Ahi Tacos and one of the pita pizzas, extract uses a lot of interesting flavor combinations!

The staff is extremely friendly and will answer all your questions and make suggestions. Bonus! – while you’re relaxing at Extract you can play giant jenga and cornhole, very fun environment!

Extract is located at 400 W. New England Ave

 

Want some local fun in the beginning of your week? Tasty Tuesdays will give you just that! With a rotating schedule of about 12 food trucks each Tuesday (they usually announce them on their faceboook) and a family friendly environment you can’t go wrong. Tasty Tuesdays happens in the Milk District at 2424 E. Robinson Street  in the back parking lots of the strip where The Milk Bar, Etoile Boutique and Spacebar are located (all of which have their doors open).

PS – Did you know Orlando recently was named the number one city for most food trucks per resident? Pretty cool! Be sure to get out there and get the best of all the local noms’.

 

*Image from lunafest.org

*Image from lunafest.org


Happy Memorial Day Weekend! As per usual, there’s a lot happening in the City Beautiful this weekend.

Lunafest is taking place tonight (Friday) at Leu Gardens. Lunafest is a traveling film festival comprised of short films by women, for women and about women. Tickets are $15 at the door and you can enter the gardens at 6:30 with the films starting at 8:30. Bring a picnic dinner and take a nice stroll before the films begin!

Saturday you can check out a Memorial Day Concert by the Orlando Concert Band at Cyprus Grove Park starting at 10am. You can also get your groove on later at Ember for their Memorial Day party starting at 9pm with live music.

On Sunday we have our open house from 2-4. After, we’ll be at The Dupster Dive party that we previously blogged about, come see us!

 

 

 

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!

 

Home affordability in Orlando is still very high in the Central Florida area but it is declining.  The affordability is declining due to rising interest rates and rising prices.  However, if you have money to put down, you can still find quite a few options!  Downtown Orlando neighborhoods are particularly desirable so even the “affordable” homes need a little work.  The key is to be realistic with the type of home you can purchase and set aside money for some repairs/improvements.

According to the Orlando Regional Realtor Association, buyers who earn the Orlando median income ($55,670/year) have about 5,180 options to choose in Orange and Seminole counties.  Buyers earning the reported median income can afford approximately $288,418 (*with money to put down).  So let’s see what that $289k price tag gets you in the Downtown Orlando real estate market!

In and around Downtown Orlando there are 133 actively homes for sale at or below what the median income can buy you in Orlando.  These homes range in price from  $82,500-$289,000. The average “affordable” home is about 1400 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and will cost you about $207,000.  At this price, you probably have a little work to do to make it your own.

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If you have the ability to put 20% down and can go up to the top of the affordability scale into the $280,000 range, there are some lovely options for sale in Downtown Orlando – Just NOT that many!

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If you are a first time home buyer earning the reported median income of $37,856/year; you have about 3,079 options in the same area.  First time buyers earning the median reported income can qualify for homes around $174,332 or less.  If you’re a first time buyer earning around this income you’ll have only about 35 homes to choose from in and around Downtown Orlando.  The average “affordable” home under $175,000 is about 1179 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.   The median price of homes that fall into this affordable category is about $142,000.  And with that you’ll need to bring your tools and make some needed repairs!

 Start searching homes in Downtown Orlando today!  Or find out what you can afford by using our simple mortgage calculator.

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*Image from Vanbarry’s Facebook Page

The South of Downtown Area (Sodo) is growing rapidly and now you have a new reason to visit – Vanbarry’s Public House. Coming from the same owners of two wildly successful establishments - Finn Henry’s and Ollie’s – Vanbarry’s is the “offspring” of the two.

The environment at Vanbarry’s is super casual and relaxed. If you sit on the covered patio you have a good view of the lake nearby. There’s also a sandy fire pit area which is relaxing and fun at night. The menu is similar to Ollie’s menu (sandwiches, salads, flat-breads) with a few change-ups and the bar is full service with a good choice of drafts as well as some specialty cocktails. You also will always get a jar of their pickles to snack on. A couple nights a week there is live music to enjoy, it should also be mentioned that the entire staff is very friendly and helpful! Be sure to stop in soon.

 

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Hey foodies! This one’s for you.  Winter Park will be holding it’s annual Taste of Winter Park this Wednesday, April 16th. Get your all inclusive ticket and enjoy unlimited samples from 40 of Central Florida’s top chefs, bakers, caterers and confectioners for an exciting night at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market.

The event will have live entertainment as well as raffle prizes. don’t miss out!

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