West Orange Continues to Grow in 2017

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Photo courtesy of Orlando Health (Ocoee)

Metropolitan Orlando led the nation in percentage job growth in 2016 and as a result, home sales are doing well.  One of the areas where the growth is most noticeable is West Orange County.  Healthcare facilities, new schools and new home construction are all part of the West Orange boom that will continue steadily into 2017.

Here’s a few highlights of major projects happening:

  • Healthcare:  Orlando Health recently completed Health Central Hospital in Ocoee is expanding in Horizons West and Dr. Phillips.  Florida Hospital will continue to expand it’s new Winter Garden campus.
  • Education:  In response to the explosion of growth and families moving into West Orange, the new Windermere High School will welcome it’s first 1,800 students in Fall 2017.  The newly named Windermere Wolverines are in the process of adding programs, administration, holding PTSO elections and building a new community for the students and parents it serves.
  • Housing / Development:  The Hamlin community (Horizons West) is developing it’s Town Center, offering new retail and entertainment options of residents and locals on the shores Lake Hancock.

Of course, the steady growth of West Orange presents it’s own set of challenges for residents, municipalities and lawmakers.  It will be exciting to see how things progress over the course of the next year. West Orange communities also offer residents close proximity Orlando’s main theme park attractions; Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World. Check out our Team Koss video on Dr. Phillips, Windermere and Winter Garden for more details on the area.

If you are involved in the business community, we also strongly recommend joining the award winning West Orange Chamber of Commerce, now celebrating it’s 45th Anniversary.

Written by Brian Koss of Team Koss, Real Estate Agents at Keller Williams Classic in Orlando.  Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Where’s Santa – in Orlando?

If you have young children who are busy making their Wish List for St. Nick, you are likely looking for a place to take the kids to present their Christmas wishes for the man himself. Here’s five festive options for parents looking for those annual photos and holiday memories:

  • Disney Springs is a great place to stroll outside on the grounds of Disney and take the kids to meet Kris Kringle.  Walk up and pick up a pager, walk around to see all the new additions and they’ll buzz you when Santa is ready to visit.
  • Mall at Millennia goes all out with their “Hollyville” set up.  Photo packages are available as well as an option to take your own photos (with a minimum $10 donation to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital).  Check out their website for details about how to get in and their featured video on Santa’s arrival.
  • Florida Mall takes appointments online for meeting Santa.  This is a great way to avoid the long lines and unnecessary stress of the Christmas season.
  • Bass Pro Shop is offering a FREE photo with Santa at all their retail locations nationwide.  Check out the schedule and head down to the Bass Pro at the Artegon Marketplace for kids crafts and other holiday activities.
  • Gaylord Palms has major Christmas happenings, including Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, a Charlie Brown Christmas show and of course pictures with Santa.  Check out their website for a list of all the events and attractions and how to reserve tickets.

December is upon us and the North Pole is getting overloaded with requests. Make sure you get your kids to see the big guy today!

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Credit to DF Clifford, Illustrator.  www.dfclifford.com 

2016 Holiday Fun at Orlando Theme Parks

If you are an Orlando local, or planning a trip with the family, there is no better time to visit the Orlando area theme parks than during the holiday season.  Sea World, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World are all being decorated for the season and have many great events taking place from Thanksgiving through New Years.  Here’s a brief overview:

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration runs from November 25 – December 31 and includes live shows like Shamu Christmas Miracles, a decorated Christmas village and visits from the characters of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.  For more details on SeaWorld’s holiday happenings, CLICK HERE.

Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure 

Beginning on December 3-January 1, Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure transforms into Grinchmas.  Catch a live showing of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and listen to the carolers of Whoville.  The New York City tradition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade comes to the streets of Universal Studios from December 3 – January 1.  Check out the floats, the marching bands and all the excitement that we see on TV every Thanksgiving, here every evening throughout the holiday season in Orlando.

Walt Disney World 

If you’re an annual Disney pass holder or planning a trip to Disney World, the holidays will make your visit extra magical.  If you aren’t planning a trip to the parks, you can always visit Santa and walk through the Christmas Tree Trail at Disney Springs.  But, rather than rewriting all the great features at the Disney Parks available this holiday season, I’ll defer to the work already done by Disney Tourist Blog.  This article gives you a full scope of all the Christmas time Disney magic your family will need.

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Moving to Central Florida? (West Orange Edition)

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Are you interested in moving to Central Florida?  This video highlights some fantastic communities in Central Florida, Windermere, Dr. Phillips and Winter Garden.  Of course, we discuss the great local attractions and where locals go to dine, shop, and play.  If you are ready to become our neighbors, please feel free to give us a call! We are REALTORS who open doors for our clients!