Downtown Lifestyle


I don’t know about you but I love living in Orlando.  There is something special about watching a city grow around you.  I love the Downtown Orlando neighborhoods that are full of history and the juxtaposition with an ever growing cityscape.  I love seeing a new coffee shop or restaurant pop up in my neighborhood making it walk-able and making that city lifestyle so accessible even a few miles from the city center.

I must not be alone in my love for homes in Downtown Orlando.  Our very own 32801 zip code topped the most searched zip code list for 2014 on Realtor.com.  This popular Orlando zip code is home to our Central Business District, Thornton Park, and a few streets South of the 408 as well.do you love where you live

Do you love where you live?  There are so many great neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Orlando and Winter Park.  If you are craving a new home in Orlando in these walk-able and eclectic neighborhoods you have come to the right spot.

We set up a simple way to get started today.  Just visit www.HeartOrlandoHome.com and either start your search for your dream home or find out how much you have in equity in your current home to put towards the move.

Don’t forget to check out our new weekly post “Tuesday Tours”. Every Tuesday we’ll post a little something about the neighborhood along with a video so you can explore and get to know the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Orlando.

So, what’s your favorite neighborhood in Downtown Orlando?

–Kathryn

Needed a photo of a bicycle lane marking for use in a SitePoint video tutorial. This is the best I could find. Took some Photoshopping to get rid of those silly extra circles.

Great things are happening locally in Downtown Orlando and the surrounding neighborhoods!  Our little city is growing up so fast, and it is so cool to watch and be a part of it.

Last week Orlando launched Orlando Bike Share and though I haven’t had a chance to use it myself I was pleasantly surprised to see them being used around town all of last weekend.  I love the idea of hopping on a bike and just riding around for the day, Florida has the best bike weather so Orlando Bike Share will definitely continue to gain popularity.

There are currently 4 hubs in the center of Downtown Orlando, with plans to add more on the Orlando MainStreets as well as I-Drive.   Imagine hopping on a bike Downtown for coffee, then pedaling on through Mills50 and Ivanhoe Village, and if you’re feeling adventurous, all the way Winter Park! Orlando is such a bikeable city!  Ride the bike lanes on the main roads or cruise through the brick paved back roads, no matter what route you take there is plenty to do along the way. They’ve made reserving bikes super easy with the use of an app, you see where bikes are available, and where you can drop them off.  You actually don’t even have to return them to a ‘hub’, for a fee you can leave it locked on any bike rack, awesome!  It is an affordable way to spend the day and an affordable cost if you’re looking for a better way to commute to and from work.  Plans start at $5/hour and go up to $99/year.  And for your businesses out there, there are a ton of sponsorship perks and even advertising opportunities.

Spend this weekend getting to know your city from a bike’s point of view!

Do you love where you live?   #heartorlandohome


pub crawlI can’t believe the holiday season is upon us!  There are always so many fun events and parties to attend this time of year.  First one on the list is the Mill50 and Ivanhoe Village “12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl”.

Make your way to our two favorite City of Orlando main street districts tomorrow night at 8 pm to enjoy a night of fun and a few cocktails.

You can purchase your $10 ticket (what a bargain!) at Wally’s (1001 N Mills Ave.) or The Thirsty Topher (1609 Alden Rd.) starting at 8 pm tomorrow December 6th.  The proceeds benefit the two main street districts!

O-cartz will be available so you can make your way through the districts with ease and safety!

Hope to see you there!  What holiday festivities are you up to this weekend?

If you have traveled through Downtown Orlando I’m sure you’ve noticed the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  Maybe it was only concrete and steel when you first saw it but it is now a building of pure wonderment.  33,000 square feet, it spans two blocks and takes up almost nine acres of downtown. And now is your chance to step inside and experience it all for yourself.  Saturday November 8th starts their community open house.  Guests can meander through the Della Phillips Grand Lobby, the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater and the Seneff Arts Plaza. Along the way be sure to stop for photo ops and pick up tickets to upcoming shows and events!  This is a family friendly event so bring everyone out to take in the beauty of this new building!

The community open house is from noon until 6pm but you don’t want to go too far afterwards because at 8pm there is a free concert.  The concert is celebrating the opening of the Dr. Phillips Center and the Seneff Arts Plaza and it is starring Cheryl Crow!  Can you believe it?!  A free Cheryl Crow concert right in Downtown Orlando, how cool is that?!  And if you aren’t able to make it out to Saturday’s community open house don’t worry, they’re doing it again on Sunday.  But on Sunday you’ll have the option to upgrade to a $30 ticket that will get you access to a private facility with high top tables and chairs, lunch from Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ and three drink tickets.  Sunday hours are noon to 4pm, exploring on your own is still free!

 

 Websites:

https://www.facebook.com/DrPhillipsCenter

http://www.drphillipscenter.org/

 

Interested in buying or selling a home in one of the Downtown Orlando area neighborhoods?  Visit our website or contact us today,  (407) 494-2820!

 

 

Spend this weekend getting a head start on your holiday shopping by buying local, handmade goods from vendors at Fall Fiesta in the Park!  For two days 600+ vendors span the entire walkway around Lake Eola, all to sell their handmade goods. There is food,  live entertainment and plenty of kids activities for the little ones.

We love Fall Fiesta, each year we spend all weekend roaming around, taking our time picking out the perfect gifts for friends and family…and maybe a little something for ourselves too.  It is a day you can take nice and slow.  There will be plenty of food and drink vendors so after you are done shopping go grab a bite and lounge around beautiful Lake Eola for a while, the weather is perfect for it!

Fall Fiesta is a great way to support  our local community, local artists and local crafters.

 

Fall Fiesta in the Park

Saturday 11/1 from 10am – 5pm

Sunday 11/2 from 12pm – 5pm

 

 

 

Interested in purchasing a home around Downtown Orlando, we just listed this property in Lake Como!  Call today to schedule a private showing!

October makes for a busy month in Orlando, between the weather and the things to do we don’t plan on spending any of our off time indoors!  There is so much to do…almost too much, so as to not overwhelm you we’ve listed a few of our favorites.  Enjoy!

 

Come Out With Pride

October 6th – October 12th, main event on October 11th

Various Locations

 

Thornton Park Wine & Art Walk

October 9th

Glass Pick Up at McMillen Law Firm on E. Central

 

Jazz ‘N Blues Stroll

October 11th

Leu Gardens

 

Pedalpalooza

October 11th

Ivanhoe Village & Downtown South

 

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

October 11th and 12th

Central Park in Downtown Winter Park

 

Taste of Thornton Park

October 16th

Intersection of Washington and Hyer, around the fountain

 

Music on Mills

October 18th

Various Venues on Mills Ave.

 

College Park JazzFest

October 25th

Along  Edgewater Drive

 

Vegfest

October 25th

Orlando Festival Park

 

 

Next weekend is for the dogs!

Each year Lambs Eat Ivy Salon hosts Shampooch, a dog washing fundraiser to help raise money for a local animal shelter or rescue. There have been a total of 10 rescues helped and over $50,000 raised, that’s pretty impressive! This year the chosen rescue is Florida Little Dog Rescue, a rescue whose focus is on the little guys!

Now, this isn’t just a dog wash, it’s a huge event with so much to do! There will be a Block and Bark Party, professional pet portraits, food trucks, music, raffle prizes (an iPad!!) and so much more!  It is such a fun event and you by no means have to have a dog to enjoy the fun.  But if you don’t have a dog, we suggest you walk on down to Lake Eola and adopt one from Barktoberfest where there will be more than 50 rescue partners promoting adoption!

 

Shampooch

Lambs Eat Ivy Salon  – 804 E Washington St

From 9am – 4pm

 

Barktoberfest

Lake Eola, Southeast Grassy Area – 195 N Rosalind

From 10am – 4pm

 

 

 

Have you thought about purchasing a home in the beautiful Thornton Park area? Visit our site and contact us today!

 

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