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


IMG_04002015 is here and just like that the holiday season is coming to a close. For me the first weekend after the New Year is always a slow one, I need it to recover from the holiday rush, the festivities and the over consumption of food and beverage. It’s now time for all of us to focus on the road ahead,  it’s time to take down your décor, and it’s time to start your workout regime (because we all know that was your 2015 resolution).  So let’s take this weekend off,  focus on ourselves, reel it in and relax a little!  Who’s with me?

But, if relaxing isn’t really your thing there is still plenty to do around town.  If you haven’t had your fill of food and beverage why don’t you head over to Oblivion Taproom for the Terrapin Wake ‘n’ Bake Off, it is a homemade baked goods competition that must include Terrapin beer.  All proceeds of the $20 entry will go to St. Jude’s Pediatric Cancer Research.  Or get your yoga on followed by a little beer tasting with Yoga in the Pub,  a $15 class led by Firefly Yoga Company hosted in Rogue Pub, 1 hour yoga session followed with a beer tasting.  Are you seeing a theme here?  Lots of eating and drinking…but we did throw in some yoga… ya know…for your 2015 resolution and all.

If you’re looking for something more low key you could always head down to the Downtown Orlando or Winter Park Farmer’s Markets, both are always an ideal way to spend the day.

Terrapin Wake ‘n’ Bake Off – 1/3 @ 4pm

Yoga in the Pub – 1/3 @ 9:30am

Downtown Orlando Farmer’s Market – 1/4 @ 10am

Winter Park Farmer’s Market – 1/3 @ 7am

Do you love where you live?   #heartorlandohome

Only a few more days until the 3rd Annual Winter Park Wine and Dine.  Have you purchased your tickets yet?

There are two ticket options, New York Ave and Park Ave, with each you will not only have full access to samplings but new for this year there has been a full-plated prix fix meal option added.  There will be 4 plates to choose from, all from different local restaurants: The Coop, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Carmel Café and John and Shirley’s Catering.

Upgrade to the Park Ave ticket and take your evening to the next level.  This VIP Wine and Dine Experience will give you access to an exclusive area where unlimited fine wines, champagne and craft beer will be served.

New York Ave Admission: $40.00

-Provides samples from over 30 participating vendors throughout the event. Includes 2 full pours of premium wine or craft beer and 1 meal card.

 

Park Ave – VIP Admission: $70.00

-The Ultimate ‘Wine & Dine’ Experience.  Everything the New York Ave Admission offers plus access to the VIP mezzanine area where unlimited wine, craft beer and champagne will be served.

 

Winter Park Farmer’s Market:  200 W. New England Ave, Winter Park

Wednesday, October 15th

6 – 9pm

Purchase Tickets HERE!

Winter Park Anuual presents the 3rd Annual Winter Park Wine and Dine.

An evening of sampling food, hors d’oeuvres, craft beer and wine all in one place… how lovely!  And, any excuse to spend an evening at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, add some food and wine to the mix and we are guaranteed attendees!

This time around are two ticket options, New York Ave and Park Ave, with each you will not only have full access to samplings but new for this year there has been a full-plated prix fix meal option added.  There will be 4 plates to choose from, all from different local restaurants: The Coop, 4Rivers Smokehouse, Carmel Café and John and Shirley’s Catering.

Upgrade to the Park Ave ticket and take your evening to the next level.  This VIP Wine and Dine Experience will give you access to an exclusive area where unlimited fine wines, champagne and craft beer will be served.

 

 New York Ave Admission: $40.00

-Provides samples from over 30 participating vendors throughout the event. Includes 2 full pours of premium wine or craft beer and 1 meal card.

 Park Ave – VIP Admission: $70.00

-The Ultimate ‘Wine & Dine’ Experience.  Everything the New York Ave Admission offers plus access to the VIP mezzanine area where unlimited wine, craft beer and champagne will be served.

 

Winter Park Farmer’s Market:  200 W. New England Ave, Winter Park

Wednesday, October 15th

6 – 9pm

Purchase Tickets HERE!

                                                                                  Cheers!

 

Interested in buying or selling a home in Winter Park?  Contact us today!

 

*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!

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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

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