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Find out what are the best neighborhoods in Orlando to buy homes, either to raise a family or to invest and make money through short term rent. These nice neighborhoods in Orlando are not listed in “best to worst” order, but from north to south on the map, starting at Winter Park and ending at Lake Nona (to the southeast). Many of the names listed below are not exactly neighborhoods, but cities and communities. References to some of these cities may be as “neighborhoods”, as they are all very close and many belong to the region called “Greater Orlando” (Metropolitan Orlando Region).

When reading about the Orlando neighborhoods listed in this article, you will understand that the city and the surrounding region is much more than the tourist center of the parks. Many of the communities listed here are small, charming towns in central Florida. Some of them are little known to tourists and offer excellent quality of life, preserving the peaceful atmosphere and local culture.

Winter Park

Winter Park is a very charming and peaceful city nearby Orlando (30 minutes by car). Still little known by tourists, the city preserves the local characteristics and culture of a small town in central Florida. Wide, tree-lined streets, shops and local shops are an invitation for those who want to experience Orlando beyond the parks. Winter Park also offers a wide variety of restaurants, pastry shops, cafes, a chocolate factory and the famous The Wine Room, for wine lovers! Recently the city has been rivaling other Orlando neighborhoods offering great condos for sale. Learn more about Winter Park.

Winter Park Florida - Best neighborhoods in Orlando

Winter Garden

Winter Garden is a city west of Orlando, about 20 km away. It offers excellent quality of life and is famous for its shopping center with preserved historic architecture. The city has been attracting Brazilians and foreigners in search of homes in Orlando to live in, as it offers excellent quality of life, good schools and attractive prices. Learn more about Winter Garden.

Winter Garden Orlando

Metrowest – Best neighborhoods in Orlando

Metrowest in Orlando is a neighborhood that was conceived and planned in the early 1980s. As in many parts of Orange County, the county where the neighborhood is located, the area was occupied by orange and citrus farms. One of Metrowest’s characteristics is its enviable landscaping and tree-lined avenues.

Metrowest is very close to downtown Orlando and offers great restaurants, shops, banks, good schools, golf courses and proximity to Universal Studios and Island of Adventure. All of this surrounded by a rich nature characteristic of the region, with forests and lakes.

Windermere – nice neighborhood near Orlando

Windermere is a village close to the city of Orlando, in Orange County. It is an oasis in the middle of “Greater Orlando”. The city is extremely charming and still has that bucolic small town atmosphere. Also known as “City between lakes”, it is part of the Butler Chain of Lakes. The entire region is a collection of lakes where the famous Lake Butler is located in the center, which connects to 10 other smaller lakes. Windermere attracted the attention of investors and celebrities, who started to buy houses of the highest standard by the lake. In addition to the exuberant nature, Windermere offers excellent quality of life: safety and good schools are some of the characteristics that make this place one of the most valued in Orange County. Find out more about Windermere.

Doctor Phillips – One of the best neighborhoods in Orlando

Orlando’s Doctor Phillips neighborhood is known for its safety, good schools and location. The condominiums of houses in Doctor Phillips are very popular mainly for those who want to settle in Orlando. Find out more about Dr. Phillips Orlando.

Doctor Phillips Orlando - one of the best neighborhoods in Orlando to raise a family
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Hunters Creek – Best neighborhoods in Orlando

Hunters Creek was once considered the 21st best place in the USA to live! In addition to being privilegedly located (close to the parks), the region is one of the safest in Florida, with great schools, restaurants, shopping malls and supermarkets. Many Brazilians are looking for Hunters Creek to live in, as the neighborhood is more residential and quiet. Find out more about Hunters Creek

 Hunters Creek


Celebration is a community in the city of Kissimmee, designed and planned following the ideals of Walt Disney, for a modern and perfect city. In fact, everything in Celebration is very organized and well maintained. It looks more like a cinematic scenario. The rules for housing are strict (don’t let your grass grow too much or you will be fined) and expensive houses. Many celebrities own homes in the region. It offers one of the best life qualities in Florida. Learn more about Celebration.

Celebration Orlando


Kissimmee belongs to Osceola County, south of Orlando. It is a city much sought after by Brazilians to buy vacation homes. Because it is located close to Disney parks, homes in Kissimmee are very popular with tourists for vacation rentals. Buying a house in Kissimmee is, therefore, a great investment for anyone looking for a vacation home. This way, you can use it on vacation and rent it for the rest of the year, earning income in dollars. Learn more about Kissimmee.

Old Town Kissimmee - nice neighborhoods in Orlando

Lake Nona

Lake Nona is a planned community within Orlando, also known as the Medical City for being a health reference in the region. The neighborhood has been attracting investors because it is in rapid development and offers great potential for appreciation. It is a little more secluded and reserved, towards the east. It is closest to Orlando International Airport. As it is closer to the east coast, the nearest beach is only 30 minutes away.

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