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I am currently attending our company’s annual real estate conference. Yesterday we had what is called the Vision speech. This is a look at the trends and forces that will drive the real estate market in 2015. And all of the signs point to it being an amazing time to be buying or selling. It is a balanced market – right where you want to be to make wise real estate decisions and opportunity for all. So my question is where do you want to move this year? You should love where you live and there are opportunities to break into a neighborhood you didn’t think was possible by selling and moving up!

If you could move anywhere in Orlando where would it be? I love my neighborhood but here are some of my other favorites right now and why.

Lake Formosa – (Take Our NEW Neighborhood Video Tour)  home of industrial warehouses and beautiful lake views. It’s an eclectic mix and although the landscape will be changing with the upcoming The Yard project; it provides walkability, history and views. Originally established in 1911 you can see the charming bungalows throughout and feel the history along the railroad. And the Orlando Urban Trail is literally in your back yard to take you anywhere your little bike-riding heart desires.

Lake Como – always a favorite of mine.  This neighborhood is truly a community. The location just southeast of the Central Business District of Downtown Orlando makes it convenient and the neighbors make it a perfect place to call home. The home styles are a nice mix of homes with history and charm all circling around the park and lake where walking your dog and chatting your neighbors is what makes it so special.

Lancaster Park – this neighborhood is full of huge oak trees. All of the Downtown Orlando neighborhoods are known for their oak trees and brick streets, but the main entrance to Lancaster Park is just the perfectly shaded old Florida spot! Located near the ever-growing Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) it is convenient but it feels so secluded and private – not to mention the pride in ownership is evident at every turn. And did I mention the lake views?! Walking the dog is an enjoyable task in this neighborhood!

 Do you love where you live? Find your dream home today.

Today on our Tuesday Tour we are taking you to the desirable Lake Eola Heights Neighborhood.

 

The Lake Eola Heights Neighborhood in Downtown Orlando is filled with historic homes, in fact most of the homes were built in the early 1900s. Many of which have been remodeled and restored to their original glory.  There are a mix of architectural styles to suit any historic home lovers’ needs. And with the mix of brick and paved roads, sprawling tree lined streets and just a quick walk to Lake Eola Park and all that Downtown Orlando has to offer make Lake Eola Heights a desirable area.

Thinking about moving to Lake Eola Heights Orlando, Search Lake Eola Heights Homes for Sale.

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Need to sell your Lake Eola Heights home, call us today, 407-494-2820

Do you love where you live?   #heartorlandohome

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


Do they still call themselves ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’?  Even if they don’t you still know who I am referring to, don’t you?! Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus.   And they are back in Orlando with a new show this year, Circus Xtreme!

Don’t worry, it is still the classic show you are used to with clowns,  giant pachyderms,  not so ferocious tigers and plenty of other entertainment but this year they’ve brought in some extras like extreme BMXing and parkour along with more but you’ll just have to go experience it for yourself!   They’ve also added on an all access pre-show where you can try on circus costumes, hang out with the clowns, learn circus tricks and possibly even win a drawing from an elephant!  And the best part is that the pre-show is free with every ticket purchase!  Oh to be a kid again!

 

Circus Extreme will be at the Amway Center,  Show Dates & Times:

1/9/2015 @ 7:30pm

1/10/2015 @ 11:30am, 3:30pm and 7:30pm

1/11/2015 @ 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Do you love where you live?   #heartorlandohome

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!

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