If you’re thinking about living in Lake Nona, you’re not alone. RCLCO, a national real estate research firm named Lake Nona as one of the 20 fastest selling master-planned communities in the country in 2012.
Lake Nona is located in the SE corner of Orlando and is conveniently located near the Orlando International Airport. Lake Nona is also near to many of Central Florida’s major attractions, such as Disney, Sea World and the ocean.
The openings of Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of Florida and Valencia campuses are just the tip of the iceberg; The Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center is scheduled to open later this year and Lake Nona’s developers recently announced deals with corporate giants including; Johnson & Johnson, GE & Cisco, making Lake Nona and its surrounding communities an area to watch.
Joe Lewis, The Tavistock Group is the man behind the vision that has shaped Lake Nona. The concept of the medical city began in October 2005 when the Tavistock Group donated $12.5 million and 50 acres of land to the University of Central Florida to help establish a medical school. In March 2006, the Florida Board of Governors voted to approve UCF’s proposal to build a medical college at Lake Nona, and the school greeted its first students in Fall 2009. In 2012, UCF purchased an additional 25 acres of land at Lake Nona to construct a teaching hospital.
The medical city is surrounded by education facilities, five million square feet of commercial and retail space, and a mix of residential options.
Lake Nona is a 7,000-acre master-planned community. Forty percent of the community has been reserved for open green space and lakes. Lake Nona’s amenities include a planned 334-acre city park, 44 miles of planned trails, a number of community parks and 1,000-acre of lakes and waterways.
Located near Lake Nona’s Medical City, Laureate Park is now open and featuring homes with modern transitional architectural styles and an abundance of intelligent forward-thinking components, this altogether wired-in, future-evoking community has some of Orlando’s most intelligent minds as its neighbors.
Pulte’s VillageWalk offers resort-style homes in a unique neighborhood design where waterfront property is the norm. Streets are connected by quaint bridges forming a walkway to a town center that provides an excellent neighborhood gathering place with conveniences such as a café, salon, post office, bank, gas station and fitness center with a full-time activities director.
VillageWalk offers 6-miles of lighted walking trails, two swimming pools, tennis & basketball courts and fitness center. Mediterranean inspired homes feature barrel tile roofs , scenic views and superior home features. Residents benefit from a convenient maintenance free lifestyle.
Located in the northernmost section of Lake Nona, the 500-acre, neo-traditional NorthLake Park community is home to a host of excellent amenities including an award-winning A-rated elementary school and YMCA all under one roof, an outdoor Olympic pool, soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts and a neighborhood dog park. Single-family and multi-family homes, as well as apartments are planned throughout this region.
Waters Edge at Lake Nona is a gated community within NorthLake Park offering the very rare opportunity for true waterfront living on the pristine, crystal clear lake that is Lake Nona. With a lakefront park, boat dock and boat storage areas, the community is nothing short of extraordinary. To complement this exceptional neighborhood, Waters Edge features charming homes and townhomes from Park Square Homes and Ryland Homes.
Lake Nona Golf & Country Club
One of the most exciting and inviting private golf and country club communities in the world. Lake Nona Golf and Country Club is a private sanctuary of luxury real estate offering a wealth of world-class amenities nestled along the shores of Lake Nona and is home to many pro golfers.
Areas Near Lake Nona:
There are several other developments that are very near to Lake Nona, such as Nona Crest, La Vina, East Park, Nona Preserve, Moss Park, North Shore at Lake Hart and Eagle Creek, many of which are gated and a stone’s throw to public golf.
Communities That Are a Short Commute to Lake Nona, The Medical City
Harmony is another great option and beautifully planned community approximately 30-45 minutes from the Medical City. It is known as the largest green certified community in Central Florida. Students can walk to school from K through 12. Community features include a geothermal heated pool at the swim club, Audubon certified golf preserve and Johnny Miller signature golf course. Every home is within walking distance to a park or open space, such as a large and small dog friendly park and a community garden.
Celebration is a master-planned community in Osceola County, Florida, located near Walt Disney World Resort and originally developed by The Walt Disney Company. Located approximately 25 minutes to the Medical City, its downtown is filled with eclectic restaurant, shops and entertainment.
If buying a home in Lake Nona, Harmony or Celebration are of interest to you, please let me know and I can provide you with a guide to each community and help you in selecting your next home or investment property.