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Choosing a Winter Home in Orlando

During the winter, Florida is a popular destination for winter visitors. It’s known as the sunshine state after all. Many winter visitors choose Orlando since there is so much to do. If you’re trying to escape the blistering cold for warmer weather, consider these factors when choosing a winter home in Orlando.

Do you prefer an urban or suburban neighborhood?


View of Lake Eola and Downtown Orlando

First, decide whether or not you’d want to move into an urban or suburban neighborhood. If you are looking for an urban neighborhood consider neighborhoods surrounding downtown Orlando.

Thornton Park

Thornton Park is a wonderful option known for its classic bungalow homes. The streets are lined by large oak trees covered in Spanish moss. The area has a slightly European feel with many wine bars, stylish restaurants, and cafes with outdoor seating.

South Downtown

South Downtown, also known as SoDo, is another neighborhood to consider. It has many lakes and is very pedestrian-friendly with walkable parks and streets. Many large retail chains have invested in this district. However, it still has a decent selection of smaller businesses including mom-and-pop restaurants.


This is a horizontal, color photograph Park Avenue in downtown Winter Park, Florida. People dine at outside tables under umbrellas by the sidewalk.

Winter Park

If you prefer a suburban neighborhood, Winter Park is a great option to consider.  It is an affluent neighborhood rich in history, arts, and culture. There’s a lot to enjoy in this neighborhood from strolling down the cobblestoned street Park Ave. to strolling through a beautiful garden.

Lake Como

Lake Como is an up-and-coming suburban neighborhood in Orlando. It’s a popular neighborhood for families. It’s great for those that prefer a local lifestyle since it’s nearby many great local restaurants and businesses.

Lake Nona

A bicyclist passing through a neighborhood in Lake Nona.

Lake Nona is Orlando’s fastest-growing neighborhood. It’s a master-planned community that embraces art and innovation. Lake Nona was the first in the region to offer autonomous shuttles. There are a lot of unique spots in this neighborhood. For instance, you can enjoy an outdoor entertainment venue built from repurposed shipping containers. You can also visit the stunning brand-new luxury hotel, The Wave. It’s complete with a sculpture garden with pieces from world-renowned artist, JEFRE.

Do you mind commuting? Consider traffic patterns.

A bunch of cars stuck in a traffic jam.

Keep in mind that the closer you are to the major highways, the heavier the traffic patterns will be. Certain areas around Universal, I-drive, or the Disney theme parks, can be traffic heavy. The neighborhoods around the University of Central Florida main campus also have heavy traffic patterns.

Do you want to be close to the attractions?

If being close to the attractions is important to you, this can play a role in the neighborhood you choose.

Dr. Phillips

A fountain inside a plaza nearby the Dr. Phillip's neighborhood

If you’d like to be close to the Universal attractions or Islands of Adventure, Dr. Phillip’s is a wonderful neighborhood to consider. It is a suburban neighborhood with many upscale residential subdivisions. ​​Although suburban, the neighborhood is nearby a centrally located strip on Sand Lake. This strip has many businesses, shopping destinations, and professional services. This strip also has a wonderful selection of restaurants Orlandoans often refer to as “Restaurant Row”.


Celebration is a wonderful neighborhood if you desire to be close to the Disney World attractions. It’s a master-planned community originally developed by the Walt Disney Company. This charming neighborhood features a diverse mix of housing from grand estate-style homes to condos.

Champions Gate

An aerial shot of a beautiful golf course.

Want to be close to the Disney parks and have access to a championship golf course? Champion’s Gate might be the perfect neighborhood for you. The golf resort also features a 35,000 square foot clubhouse. The clubhouse has a pro shop, full-service banquet facility, and full-service bar.

Vista del Lago

For waterfront property close to Disney, Vista del Lago is a great option. It is a manufactured home community set on the shores of Raccoon Lake. The community features homes from the nation’s top builders.


Exterior of a mansion with circular brick driveway .

Windermere is another great neighborhood to move into to be close to the Disney attractions. It’s close enough to Disney, but far away enough from the masses and highways. Many wealthy people live in this area. Famous golfers and athletes like Tiger Woods and Shaquille O’Neal have also called it home. For more West Orlando neighborhoods, check out this post.

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Orlando is complete with warm sunshine and countless attractions. We don’t blame you for your interest in choosing a winter home in Orlando. We hope this information will help guide you in your search. Need help with your move? We recommend our sister, company UNITS Orlando Moving & Portable Storage. With our new partner, we can now offer you a complete, end-to-end moving solution. Schedule a consultation with one of our moving experts today!

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