Moving to Orlando....

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    Jun 04, 2013 6:13 PM GMT
    Hey all I have an Oppo to work for the Mouse down in Orlando, so am packing up my things in August and heading southward.

    I'd also like to continue doing personal training/CrossFit down there as well.

    I am excited as I have been in NYC for 9 years (yikes) and am ready for a change of scenery, of vibe and a fresh start.

    I'm sure some of you are like OMG HOW YOU CAN YOU LEAVE NYC?! But I am totally okay with it. And if it doesn't work out, I can always come back.

    Any Orlando people, I'd love to know your take on best neighborhoods to live in. One poster mentioned Hunter's Creek, so I'd love to check that out.

    Anybody else have an opinion?

    Orlando haters (and there are many...): please move on -- I've done my research and it's the best fit for me right now. Every place has their drawbacks.

    That being said, honesty is important, so feel free to share whatever you do know that could be valuable information icon_smile.gif

    Thanks guys....
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    Jun 05, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    Depending on how much you want to spend for housing, I would stay around the Lake Buena Vista area. You'll find the area to be a very convenient location for your work commute.

    There's an RJ member named turtleneckjock. He's an Orlando resident and I would recommend you contact him to get feedback on other places to stay.
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    Jun 05, 2013 5:00 AM GMT
    Erik101 saidDepending on how much you want to spend for housing, I would stay around the Lake Buena Vista area. You'll find the area to be a very convenient location for your work commute.

    There's an RJ member named turtleneckjock. He's an Orlando resident and I would recommend you contact him to get feedback on other places to stay.


    I was just going to suggest contacting turtleneckjock as well! He's very friendly, drop him a message, he can give you advice on the area.
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    Jun 05, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    Hey I grew up in Orlando. If you want to live near Disney I would look into Lake Buena Vista, Hunter's Creek, Williamsburg, Meadow Woods, Celebration, etc. There's also a newer up and coming area a bit further out called Lake Nona.
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    Jun 05, 2013 12:45 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! Yes, turtleneckjock has been super helpful. I appreciate the feedback.
  • CAtoFL

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    Jun 05, 2013 12:58 PM GMT
    I recently moved to Central Florida from southern California and LOVE it here!

    The areas above are all good suggestions. If you like a 'quiet neighborhood' kind of environment that's close to downtown (more than to Disney), also consider College Park, Winter Park and Baldwin Park.

    Hope you enjoy it down here!
  • Import

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    Jun 05, 2013 1:03 PM GMT
    At least u wont have to deal with NY winters anymore.
    I've been to Celebration, but wouldn't recommend it for a 20-something year old gay dude. It's more an area for traditional fams, etc. Nothing wrong with it at all, it's just a bit bland.

    Lake Buena Vista area would be convenient for you. Hunter's Creek as well.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Jun 05, 2013 1:24 PM GMT
    I see my name being thrown around here---and in a good way!!

    Whiskydreams and I have made contact on here and I hope I steered him in the right direction. As he is from NYC, it's going to be a little culture shock for him coming down here to live, however, I think when January rolls around, he'll be happy with his decision!!

    I saw some great neighborhoods mentioned above, and they are all good choices. Since whiskydreams is looking to work where the attractions are located, I'm steering him into Hunter's Creek. I lived there for a time and just loved it. Not only is it a short drive to where the parks are, all of the conveniences he'll need are minutes away. Found a great apartment complex for him that takes pets and the management there is awesome (I know--I recommended where I used to live to him).

    Baldwin Park, College Park, Winter Park and downtown are all wonderful areas and personally, I would live in each one. The only drawback is the driving time to where the theme parks are. LBV (Lake Buena Vista) is close in, but housing and services (like a Publix or a Starbucks) is kinda scarce.

    Thanks again for all your input guys! For those of you here in Orlando (and there are more of you out there than I thought), drop me an e-mail here. We'll chat or I could always need a lunch or workout buddy!

    TNJ



  • LJay

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    Jun 05, 2013 2:07 PM GMT
    With all of the mapping software available these days, you should have a fun time looking. In the old days, before the internet, I would get a map and see what was nearby to my new work and then ride around. These days you can do it online. I know winter Park and College Park and they are very nice, but the transport costs would be high. Remember that there is nothing in the way of a transport system like New York. You will have some adjusting to do there.
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    Jun 05, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    Orlando is a great place! I think you'll like it here. Dr. Phillips is a nice area with a lot of restaurants and shops close by. If the I4 can get you to disney in like 10 min. It is a tad farther than williamsburg but if you want to live close to the land of magic then I would recommend the lake buena vista area!

    Good luck!
  • FitGwynedd

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    Jun 05, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    I wish I had a job...