Top 5 Orlando Communities to Live Near Walt Disney World
We’ve all thought, “I wish I could live here” when our trip to Disney World comes to a close.
Living near the enchantment of Disney World is a dream of many Disney Addicts. Being able to visit Disney World on a whim it’s just one of the great things you can do when you live here. But there is also the opportunity to take in a concert at the American Garden Theatre in Epcot, evening strolls through World Showcase, enjoy a meal at one of your favorite Disney resort restaurants, have Disney Springs as your local mall, or simply watch the fireworks from your own home and still being part of the magic.
But when people think about living near Disney, they don’t actually know the communities that surround the most magical place on earth. Most people think of tourist locations when they’re thinking of a community near Disney World which may not be appropriate for relocation and many of the people who live here long-term shy away from Tourist locations. But there are plenty of communities that are residential and still hold some of the magic of Disney World at their doorstep.
While there are a diverse variety of communities that surround Disney World these 5 are my and my Buyers’ favorites Top 5 Orlando Communities to Live Near Walt Disney World!
West of Disney World is the town of Winter Garden. Founded back in 1908, Winter Garden is a mix of the historic and the new. Specifically new in Horizon West which is immediately west of Disney World. The area has been experiencing incredible growth with the development of Hamlin town center for shopping and Flamingo Crossing which are both minutes from Disney World. What I like about Horizon West and Winter Garden is that you’ve got this great mix of historic areas like Plant Street where you can enjoy the Garden Theatre, eclectic shopping, eateries, and farmers market, and then new construction homes where many can see the fireworks of Disney World from their property, yet few Disney fans have ventured out to see the area when visiting.
An equally historic area is just north of Disney World, you can actually see Cinderella’s castle from Reams Road in Windermere. Windermere, I feel, is truly a bedroom community with the excitement of Disney World right there for you. Nestled within Windermere is the Butler Chain of Lakes if you’re someone who enjoys boating and fishing while other communities do offer this, Windermere’s opportunities to enjoy life on the water are limitless. More established than other areas, Windermere has a strong sense of community and a close-knit feel. The town hosts various community events and festivals throughout the year, fostering a sense of belonging and providing opportunities for residents to connect with their neighbors.
Named for its prior owner, Dr. Phillips is situated in a prime location within the Orlando metropolitan area. It offers easy access to major highways, such as Interstate 4 and the Florida Turnpike, making it convenient to travel to other parts of the city and beyond. The neighborhood is also close to popular attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld. Driving to work in Orlando is much easier from this prime location. Boarding some of the best golf courses and communities in Central Florida Dr. Phillips truly has it all with the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Club, Orange Tree Golf Club, and Grand Cypress Golf Club just to name a few. Dr. Phillips is also home to the famed restaurant Row we’re each night you can select a different eclectic restaurant to suit your desires. In addition, it has terrific shopping including the only Trader Joe’s for miles and a Whole Foods Market. All this is nestled between Universal Studios and Disney World.
Clermont is one of the more affordable communities near Disney World. But it’s swiftly growing and one of the reasons for its growth is the upcoming connection roads that will bring you closer to Disney World in a matter of minutes. Clermont, like Winter Garden, stretches several miles north. While it’s still close to Disney World these new roads will take several minutes off the journey to Disney World. All your favorite shopping destinations can be found on the 27 and 50 which stretch the width and length of Clermont. Some of the greatest features of the other communities are also in Clermont: it’s home to Lake Louisa State Park there are golf communities and one of the things that people don’t realize until they see it in Clermont is the scenic views from the diverse elevations of Clermont. The new roads coming in will add to accessibility to Disney World with opening dates by the end of 2025.
Celebration truly is the town created by Disney. All of the experience and talent of the Imagineers were brought together to create a remarkable and walkable community. Center of town which includes some of the finest restaurants including my favorite: The Town Tavern a New England seafood restaurant. The variety of villages surrounding the main village all include an eclectic mix of housing condos that can be around the corner from Estate homes and single-family homes around the corner from townhomes. The desire was to give a sense of Community. With Disney World at the North end of World Drive, Celebration is at the south. Rather than sell off their land to any developer Disney wanted to hand in the closest neighbor’s development at the south end of World Dr. The 5 cornerstones that residents experience are Health, Education, Technology, a Sense of Community, and a Sense of Place. These principles lead and guide the development of Celebration.
Victor put together this amazing video that will help explain the areas as well:
Yes, in addition to these 5 communities, there are several other communities surrounding Disney World that we could look at, but these are the top five that come to mind when anyone asks and of course, there’s always Golden Oak in the center of Disney World but that’s for another article.
So which Top 5 Orlando Communities would you move to Live Near Walt Disney World?
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