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Moving to Orlando: A Guide to Downtown Orlando Neighborhoods

Next up on our series on diverse Orlando neighborhoods is Downtown Orlando. Neighborhoods here range from southern, charming, and historic to energetic and buzzy. We’ll give an overview of each of downtown Orlando’s districts and neighborhoods. We’ll also list a few apartment buildings and condominiums to consider.

Downtown Orlando Districts and Neighborhoods

"Welcome to Downtown Orlando" sign with cityscape in background of lake.

Central Business District

The Central Business District is home to a mix of businesses. They range from headquarters, satellite offices, to tech companies and startups. Within this mix, is a selection of high-rise apartments and condominiums. This district is rich in culture with its selection of theaters, galleries, and museums. Lively nightlife is available to help wind down your day. It’s a great central and mobile location that allows you to live, work, and play all in the same place.

Condos and Apartments

Skyhouse Orlando
55 West
Aspire Apartments
Central Station on Orange
Waverly on Lake Eola

City District

City Hall building in Orlando's City District.

The City District has a long legacy as downtown’s entertainment district. It has been a vibrant place for entertainment since the beginning days of Church Street Station. It housed an entertainment complex that was home to Rosie O’ Grady’s, a popular restaurant and jazz club at the time. This area has an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, arts, and live entertainment. It’s nearby the Orlando City Hall, Dr. Phillips, and Exploria Stadium.

Creative Village

A diverse group of students studying at a desk.

Creative Village is one of the newest districts in Downtown Orlando. This is an area of Orlando where the sectors of education, technology, and digital media collide. It’s home to UCF’s downtown campus and Valencia College Downtown. In 2021, It will be EA Tiburon’s new headquarters. This district brings in a mixed-income crowd with a blend of students and professionals. In this village, you’ll find a mixture of creative studios, restaurants, and office spaces.

Condos and Apartments

Amelia Court Apartments
The Julian Apartments

Lake Eola Heights

Lake Eola and swan boats with tall buildings in the background.

With Lake Eola Park as its beautiful centerpiece, Lake Eola Heights is one of the oldest districts. It’s one of the most architecturally diverse, residential neighborhoods downtown has to offer. Along its shady, tree-lined streets you’ll find various house styles from Craftsman to Mediterranean Revival. You’ll also see Art Deco, traditional homes, and established condos.


Eola Park Centre
Post Parkside Orlando

Lake Cherokee Historic District

An elderly couple sitting on a dock overlooking a lake.

Southeast of the Central Business District is the Lake Cherokee Historic District. Its historic homes and converted business structures date back to the 1870s. The best part about this charming district is the serene lakes that wrap around it. They offer great views and pleasant breezes, perfect for hot summer days.


Novel Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne Towers

North Quarter District

A group of girls enjoying a meal with an apartment complex in the background.

The North Quarter District sits on the northern edge of downtown and stretches to the Ivanhoe Village Main street district. It’s equally adjacent to the urban side and village side of downtown. It is also conveniently located nearby the I-4 on-ramps. This district has a mixture of restaurants, office towers, small businesses, and apartments. There are also some single-family homes used for both residences and small businesses. This district sits alongside the Orlando Urban Trail and Colonial Drive Overpass.


Camden North Quarter
Uptown Place

Parramore Heritage Neighborhood

Amway center building.

The Parramore Heritage Neighborhood is west of the Central Business District. Established in 1880, it is rich in African American history. Although parts have been gentrified, it’s African American roots remain intact. This district is home to the Wells’ Built Museum, a national historic landmark that showcases Orlando’s African American heritage. This neighborhood is just blocks away from the Exploria Stadium and Amway Center.


City View
Villas at Carver Park

South Eola

An African American father and son looking at fruits at a farmer's market.

As the name suggests, South Eola is just south of Lake Eola Park. The neighborhood has a blend of traditional homes, high-rise apartments, and condos. It is surrounded by walkable dining, shopping, and entertainment. It’s home of downtown’s only dog park at Constitution Green. The neighborhood various year-round events. This includes the award-wining Orlando Farmer’s Market that normally takes place every Sunday.

Aparments and Condos

Citi Tower
Paramount on Lake Eola
The Jackson
St. Regis

Thornton Park Main Street District

Woman pouring wine into wine glasses.

On the eastern side of Lake Eola Park is the trendy Thornton Park Main Street District. This friendly district has a selection of restaurants that range from casual to upscale. It’s walkable to a handful of welcoming neighborhood bars. The styles of the homes include bungalows, brownstones, and condos. This district often hosts celebrations and block parties. One of its signature events is the Art and Wine Walk which normally happens every second Thursday of the month.


Camden Lake Eola
Camden Thornton Park

Ready to Move to Orlando?

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Whether you want to live an energetic, urban lifestyle or prefer a quieter area of downtown by a lake, both options are available to you. There are many beautiful apartment complexes and condos all throughout downtown. If you’d rather buy or rent a single-family home, some neighborhoods offer this option, too.

Once you’ve decided on your next move, it’s time to start planning. We’d be more than happy to help you with this process to ensure a successful move. Request a quote for your full-service move today!

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