Why Orlando?

Welcome to Greater Orlando and the wonderful towns surrounding this great metro city. Orlando is Florida’s largest inland city, with an easy commute to all the coasts of Florida, making this an ideal hub city for living, visiting, entertaining, touring, working, shopping, playing, and also finding real estate bargains.

Known as “City Beautiful” in the Sunshine State, you will find that in the very heart of Florida. Orlando has it all.

  • Shopping and Dining
  • Entertainment
  • Accommodations
  • Getting Around
  • Statistics

Shopping

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Orlando has become one of the fastest growing retail markets making this a shoppers paradise.

Florida Mall claims to be one of the largest shopping malls in the US with over 250 stores to suit all tastes. There is never a shortage of upscale department stores at the Mall at Millennia
or for the bargain hunters there over 300 Premium Shopping outlets that host many designer stores. Winter Parks Park Avenue
is full of boutique places to shop, or enjoy outdoor dining with friends.

For a quieter shopping day, quaint towns like Deland provide a peek at the past with antique shopping in historical buildings. Go to Orlando’s cultural coast of Ormond Beach, Daytona or New Smyrna Beach for museums of arts, sciences, photography, art galleries and more.

Dining

Where to dine is a hard decision, there are just too many choices. With more than 5,100 restaurants, there is literally a dining option suitable for every taste and occasion from romantic dinners to sushi and ethnic foods. There are even dog-friendly restaurants where you can dine with your four-legged best friend.

Things to do

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Orlando is home to a wide variety of tourist attractions, including the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and Sea World Orlando. The Walt Disney’s world resort is the largest attraction with many facets such as Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach and all types of shows that bring music, humor and excitement.

Sports

No matter what your favorite game is, that is always a sport to play or watch. Downtown Orlando is undergoing the largest entertainment project in Central Florida; the re-development encompasses a new Citrus Bowl and Events Center with both completed by 2011. Orlando is home to NBA Orlando Magic, arena football with the Orlando Predators, a major soccer league, baseball spring training, and other special events. These can be enjoyed at the Citrus Bowl, Amway Arena, UCF Bright house Networks Stadium, Disney Wide World of Sports and other sports complexes.

For golf enthusiasts this is the place to practice your swing. There are more than 100 golf courses throughout the region, highlighted by the likes of Champions Gate, Reunion, Bella Collina, and Grand Cypress just to name a few. Many top-flight professional golfers both live and teach here.

Arts and Culture

Artistic expression is alive in Central Florida along with more than 50 area arts and cultural organizations: Orlando has the top operas, Philharmonic orchestra, ballet, stage show, exhibits and a variety of festivals and the Orlando Performing Arts Center. Amway arena is home to concerts, touring exhibitions, conventions, and other annual events.

Central Florida’s Film and television production is a shining star with Orlando being the lead production site. Orlando hosts the Florida Film Festival and Zora Neale Hurston, in addition, to arts, crafts, antique, car, boat, and various Christmas festivals.

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Hotels

With more hotels than New York, Metro Orlando is ranked #2 for offering the largest number of hotel rooms and is a hot place for the finest of accommodations with cutting-edge technology. Renovations have become commonplace with each hotel trying to “out-do” the competition, by improving the amenities and making your stay as luxurious as possible.

Homes to buy

There are more choices that you can imagine, from Condo-Hotels with full concierge services, Town homes with Garages, Single-Family homes with private pools, Estate homes with acreage, Equestrian ranches, Multifamily investments, and brand new custom homes built to your specifications. Permanent homes, Vacation homes, and Investment property. Dream it, and we will find it for you.

Getting Around

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Central location

Just an easy 45 minute drive to the beaches for fishing, scuba diving, relaxing; enjoying a Cruise ship and gambling; or just the thrill of watching the NASA Space Launch. Visit major cities like Tampa, Jacksonville, or Daytona in a leisure two hour drive or go to Miami/ South Beach in less than 4 hours.

Transit

There are two International airports, Sanford and Orlando International, which offers more direct flights to more parts of the world than any other airport. Orlando International is the largest airport in the state and ranked 15th in passenger traffic in the nation. With the most carriers and greatest diversity of destinations, Orlando has flights to just about any place in the world. Orlando International was recently named the number one airport in North American for best customer service, which confirms that travel to and within Central Florida is both convenient and reliable.

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Population

Metro Orlando currently has 1.9 Million residents with the region welcoming 1,500 new adult residents each week.

Economy

Orlando’s economy is one of the best; unemployment is the lowest in the state, businesses are flourishing and forecasters are predicting that no region in the country will grow faster in employment than Metro Orlando. Orlando’s new Medical City, which includes building Burnham Institute, UCF College of Medicine, Nemours Children’s Hospital, will bring more thousands of new jobs in Orlando. Fortune magazine consistently ranks Orlando among the top ten cities in the country for doing business with others ranking Orlando #2 for a relocation destination, #1 for entrepreneurs.

Orlando is the #1 tourist destination in the world, with more than 52 million tourists that visit annually. Florida is the #1 state for foreign investing with many people buying real estate for investment, future retirement, or simply a vacation home. The no state taxes draws even more homeowners wanting to save during retirement.

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