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The city of Orlando (2000 pop. 185,951), is the seat of Orange County in central Florida in a lake region. It is the growing trade and shipping center for citrus fruit and vegetables as well as one of the most visited vacation spots in the world. Orlando's economy focuses on the aerospace and electronics industries, but tourism brings in the largest revenues. Located 15 mi (24 km) SW of Orlando is the world-famous



Disney World theme park, with its EPCOT Center, and 4 miles from Universal Studios and associated festivities, it draws millions of visitors annually to Orlando. Luxury hotels, restaurants, and tourist facilities abound in and near Orlando, which is noted for its mild climate. Call Orlando Realtors John and Angela Chapman to help you find your home in or near this beautiful city. They can help you reduce the stress of a real estate transaction, so contact them to help you sell your Orlando home by visiting our sellers page.

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Orlando was settled near Fort Gatlin, a post established (c.1837) during the Seminole War. The Univ. of Central Florida and Rollins College are located here as is a busy international airport. Of interest in the town proper are Eola Park, on the shores of Lake Eola in downtown Orlando; botanical gardens; a museum; and a planetarium.

The Annual Fiesta in the Park, at Lake Eola Park, is held in November each year. In October is the Festival Calle Orange, a fantastic Hispanic Fiesta encumbassing 18 city blocks and myriad cultures.


The City of Orlando is an International Business Center

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A bustling downtown draws businesses of all types and is especially strong in its ability to attract corporate headquarters. Some of those that have recently settled in downtown Orlando include Signature Flight Services, ChepUSA and the American Hotel/Motel Association's Educational Institute. Central Florida Realtor John Hambrick can help you find real estate in the city - anything from a charming condo to a beautiful luxury estate to a business site. Just fill out the form provided.

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The city's potential has only begun to be realized. All told, more than one million additional square feet of construction has been announced for the downtown business district. And Orlando is known as a magazine mecca with more than 50 published in the area and home to two of the nation's hottest magazine publishing companies - Strang and World.


But, downtown Orlando is more than just business. Charming, high-quality neighborhoods located close by and a vital nightlife give the city a cosmopolitan flavor within a close-knit community. Golf Course Communities and Retirement Communities, as well as "old-fashioned" quaint small towns in the Metro Orlando area are also growing and add to the diversity. Expansion is under way at Orlando International Airport, one of the fastest growing major international airports in the world and the16th busiest in the nation. And with great weather year-round, Orlando offers a great atmosphere to tee-off on more then 150 golf courses, sail in a hot air balloon or chase the big catch.

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The Orange County Convention Center, located on International Drive, now has 2.1 million square feet of exhibit space, making it the 2nd largest convention center in the U.S. 25 minutes east of the Orlando International Airport and located directly across the street from the Peabody Orlando Hotel. 

The International Drive Resort Area offers a host of hotels and resorts which cater to today's business and convention professionals with each offering an array of world-class meetings and banquet facilities

Unparalleled quality of life is Metro Orlando's signature

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What ultimately sets Metro Orlando apart is its remarkable quality of life. A warm sunny climate; professional sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, football and golf; outdoor recreational activities ranging from auto racing to wind surfing; cultural activities including ballet, museums and Broadway shows; world-famous attractions; nearby beaches and much more are available year-round to Metro Orlando residents.


Orlando FL shakespeare festivalclearGolf enthusiasts will be interested to note that the region is home to more than 100 top ranked golf courses and that more professional golfers live in Orlando than in any other city in the United States, including legend Arnold Palmer and young superstar Tiger Woods. Many of these players have left their mark on the area through the design of unique courses. Best of all, these world-class courses are available for play 365 days a year! Perhaps you'd like to own real estate in a beautiful golf club community. We can help you with that, too.

From a spectator's viewpoint, Metro Orlando attracts high-quality competitions, whether it involves professional basketball, World Cup soccer, NASCAR racing, collegiate bowl football, tennis and golf, and myriad other sports. Cultural opportunities also abound. They include nationally recognized art festivals, a world-class science center, an annual Shakespeare festival, a Broadway theatre series, ballet, art museums and much more. (February through March, the Atlanta Braves Spring Training and April through September, The Orlando Rays play in the metro area.)

Orlando FL cape canaveralclearMetro Orlando is equally well known for its outstanding health care facilities, affordable and high-quality child care programs, and exceptional community services, including police, fire and emergency medical. The area boasts an abundance of diverse housing options, at prices well below national averages. The fact that the state of Florida has no personal income tax also is attractive to residents.

Orlando Florida escot ballclearThese amenities, natural and "man-made," make Metro Orlando a great place to work and to live. Major employers find that Central Florida's unparalleled quality of life enhances employee recruitment and retention. From charming condos, villas, townhomes and single-family neighborhoods to luxury estate homes, housing choices are extensive.

University of Central Florida Arboretum
4000 Central Florida Boulevard; Orlando, FL 32816
407-823-3146
Admission: Free with parking fee
The 80-acre University of Central Florida Arboretum is home to a staggering 600 plant species. Most native Florida species are on display, as are a number of exotic species introduced as a teaching tool for the University's biology programs. Native wildlife also abounds throughout the varied habitats. Visitors can walk themselves through a self-guided tour (maps available) or call in advance to schedule a group session, led by one the school's highly trained botanists.

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Golden opportunities Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon was the first to seek the fountain of youth in Florida. If you believe that such a wellspring is not a literal fountain, but rather a lifestyle practiced under sunny skies, then it surely can be found in suburban Orlando.

Florida’s warm climes have long been a magnet for seniors. That’s especially true now that people are living longer, healthier lives.

More and more, the trend is toward an active retirement, and that’s certainly the theme of “golden age” life in Central Florida. If you're looking for a place to call home in a retirement community, the persons you need to talk to are Orlando Realtors John Hambrick and Angela Chapman.



Statistics
Population (year 2000): 185,951
Elevation: 106 feet
Land area: 93.5 square miles
Median household income: $35,732 (year 2000)
Median house value: $103,200 (year 2000)
POPULATION PROJECTION 2025
The current rate of population change between 1990-00, if continued, would result in a population in 2025 of about 252,000. That is 35.5 percent larger than the 2000 population.

Hospitals/medical centers:

  • FLORIDA HOSPITAL (601 E ROLLINS AVE)
  • LAKESIDE ALTERNATIVES HOSPITAL (1800 MERCY DRIVE)
  • ORLANDO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (1414 S KUHL AVE)

Airports certified for carrier operations :

  • ORLANDO INTL (about 10 miles; ORLANDO, FL; ID: MCO)
  • ORLANDO SANFORD (about 19 miles; ORLANDO, FL; ID: SFB)
  • SPACE COAST REGIONAL (about 42 miles; TITUSVILLE, FL; ID: TIX)

Airports certified for carrier operations :

  • EXECUTIVE (about 5 miles; ORLANDO, FL; ID: ORL)
  • ORLANDO COUNTRY (about 18 miles; PLYMOUTH, FL; ID: X04)
  • KISSIMMEE GATEWAY (about 18 miles; ORLANDO, FL; ID: ISM)

Biggest Colleges/Universities :

  • UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (4000 CENTRAL FLORIDA BLVD; Public; Website: www.ucf.edu; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • VALENCIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (PO BOX 3028; Public; Website: valencia.cc.fl.us)
  • MID-FLORIDA TECH (2900 W OAK RIDGE RD; Public; Website: mft.ocps.k12.fl.us)
  • FLORIDA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY-SOUTH ORLANDO (2411 SAND LAKE RD; Private, for-profit; Website: www.fmu.edu; Offers Master's degree)
  • CLINTON TECHNICAL INSTITUTE-MOTORCYCLE/MARINE MECH (9751 DELEGATES DR; Private, for-profit; Website: www.uticorp.com)
  • FLORIDA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY-NORTH ORLANDO (5421 DIPLOMAT CIR; Private, for-profit; Website: www.cci.edu; Offers Master's degree)
  • FLORIDA TECHNICAL COLLEGE (1819 N SEMORAN BLVD; Private, for-profit)
  • HIGH-TECH INSTITUTE (1000 WOODCOOK RD; Private, for-profit; Website: www.high-techinstitute.com)
  • FLORIDA HOSPITAL COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES (800 LAKE ESTELLE DR; Private, not-for-profit)
  • ORLANDO TECH (301 W AMELIA; Public; Website: www.orlandotech.ocps.k12.fl.us)
  • CAREER TRAINING INSTITUTE (3326 EDGEWATER DR; Private, for-profit)
  • SOUTHERN COLLEGE (5600 LAKE UNDERHILL RD; Private, for-profit; Website: www.southerncollege.org)
  • AUDIO RECORDING TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE (4525 VINELAND RD STE 201B; Private, for-profit; Website: www.audiocareer.com)
  • NATIONAL COLLEGE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE (7100 LAKE ELLENOR DR; Private, for-profit; Website: www.acupunctureschool.com; Offers Master's degree)
  • KELLER GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT (1800 PEMBROOK DR STE 160; Private, for-profit; Website: www.keller.edu; Offers Master's degree)
  • HERZING COLLEGE (1300 N SEMORAN; Private, for-profit; Website: www.herzing.edu)
  • FLORIDA HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY (601 E ROLLINS ST; Private, not-for-profit)
  • UNITED BIBLE COLLEGE AND SEMINARY (PO BOX 585284; Private, not-for-profit; Offers Doctor's degree)
  • CENTRAL FLORIDA ACADEMY OF TRAVEL (845 GARLAND AVE STE 100; Private, for-profit)
  • CENTRAL FLORIDA SCHOOL OF DOG GROOMING (5450 S HANSEL AVE; Private, for-profit)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students:

  • ORLANDO INTL (about 10 miles; ORLANDO, FL; ID: MCO)
  • ROLLINS COLLEGE (about 5 miles; WINTER PARK, FL)
  • SEMINOLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 18 miles; SANFORD, FL)
  • STETSON UNIVERSITY (about 34 miles; DELAND, FL6)
  • POLK COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 41 miles; WINTER HAVEN, FL)
  • BREVARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE-COCOA CAMPUS (about 46 miles; COCOA, FL)
  • EMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY (about 52 miles; DAYTONA BEACH, FL)

Biggest public high schools :

  • CYPRESS CREEK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Grades: 09 - 12)
  • DR. PHILLIPS HIGH SCHOOL ( Grades: 09 - 12)
  • COLONIAL HIGH SCHOOL (Grades: 09 - 12)
  • UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL (Grades: 09 - 12)
  • EDGEWATER HIGH SCHOOL (Grades: 09 - 12)
  • EVANS HIGH SCHOOL (Grades: 09 - 12)
  • BOONE HIGH SCHOOL (Grades: 09 - 12)
  • OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL (FORMERLY DR. PHILLIP) (Grades: 09 - 12)
  • OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL (Grades: 09 - 12)
  • TIMBER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL (Grades: 09 - 12)

Biggest private high schools :

  • LAKE HIGHLAND PREPARATORY SCH (901 N HIGHLAND AVENUE; Grades: PK - 12)
  • BISHOP MOORE HIGH SCHOOL (3901 EDGEWATER DRIVE; Grades: 9 - 12)
  • THE FIRST ACADEMY (2667 BRUTON BLVD.; Grades: KG - 12)
  • PINE CASTLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (5933 RANDOLPH AVENUE; Grades: PK - 12)
  • HIAWASSEE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (2425 HIAWASSEE RD; Grades: PK - 12)
  • FAITH CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (2008 N GOLDENROD RD; Grades: KG - 12)
  • HERITAGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL (6000 W COLONIAL DR; Grades: PK - 12)
  • ORLANDO REGIONAL CHRISTIAN EDU (500 S SEMORAN BLVD; Grades: PK - 12)
  • EASTLAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (6000 E COLONIAL DRIVE; Grades: PK - 12)
  • DOWNEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (10201 E COLONIAL; Grades: PK - 12)

Biggest public primary/middle schools :

  • HUNTERS CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades: 06 - 08)
  • DISCOVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades: 06 - 08)
  • METROWEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Grades: PK - 05)
  • MEADOW WOODS MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades: 06 - 08)
  • CONWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades: 06 - 08)
  • UNION PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades: 06 - 08)
  • CHAIN OF LAKES MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades: 06 - 08)
  • PALMETTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Grades: PK - 05)
  • ROBINSWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades: 06 - 08)
  • STONEWALL JACKSON MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades: 06 - 08)

Biggest private primary/middle schools:

  • HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOL (5129 S. APOPKA-VINELAND ROAD; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST JOHN VIANNEY ELEM SCHOOL (6200 S ORANGE BLSSM TRL; Grades: PK - 8)
  • GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC SCHOOL (5902 OLEANDER DRIVE; Grades: KG - 8)
  • ST CHARLES BORROMEO CATHOLIC S (4005 EDGEWATER DRIVE; Grades: PK - 8)
  • PAGE PRIVATE SCHOOL (10250 UNIVERSITY BLVD; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST ANDREW CATHOLIC SCHOOL (877 HASTINGS ST; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ORLANDO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (4161 N POWERS DRIVE; Grades: PK - 8)
  • ST JAMES CATHEDRAL SCHOOL (505 EAST RIDGEWOOD ST; Grades: PK - 8)
  • CONWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (2701 CONWAY GARDENS ROAD; Grades: PK - 9)
  • ORLANDO JR. ACADEMY (30 E EVANS STREET; Grades: PK - 8)

Library:

  • ORANGE COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT 101 EAST CENTRAL BLVD
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