West Orange Continues to Grow in 2017

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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.

January 2017 Events in Orlando

Mark your calendar…Below is a schedule of some great upcoming Orlando events January 2017!   

Winter Music Series

January 07, 2017 – January 28, 2017

Location: Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, Clermont, FL

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Description: Each Saturday afternoon during the month of January, Lakeridge Winery holds its famous Music Series, featuring live bands on the outdoor stage. The musicians selected are all fantastic performers, hand-picked from the wealth of talent located throughout Central Florida. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting.

MLK Jazz and Blues Cookout

January 7, 2017

Location: John H. Jackson Center 1002 Carter St., Orlando

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Description: Join Commissioner Regina I. Hill of District 5, Drop D No Limits Foundation and the Downtown Development Board Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 a.m. for the 4th annual MLK Jazz & Blues Cookout at the John H. Jackson Center. 

Wicked (Musical)

January 11, 2017 – January 29, 2017

Location: Dr. Phillips Center – Walt Disney Theater

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Description: Back by popular demand! Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and it continues to break box office records and sell out in record time. Winner of over 100 international awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One—born with emerald green skin—is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete — and completely satisfying — new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus Xtreme

January 12, 2017 – January 16, 2017

Location: Orlando’s Amway Center

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Description: Features artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining them with never-before-seen spectacles, original fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments.  The multi-year tour offers extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience.

Dinosaur Invasion at Leu Gardens

January 13, 2017 – April 30, 2017

Location: Harry P. Leu Gardens

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Description: Discover what life was like millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth!  This one-of-kind, outdoor exhibit features life-like prehistoric creatures throughout the 50-acre botanic garden.  Creator Guy Darrough, an accomplished fossil expert and collector, meticulously crafts each dinosaur carefully for authenticity.  The beauty and scientific replicas range in size from 14 inches to a massive 33 feet.

12th Annual Otronicon

January 13, 2017 – January 19, 2017

Location: Orlando Science Center

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Description: Experience the latest, greatest and retro favorites at Otronicon. A spectacular display of interactive technology, games and simulation. Whether you are in the tech industry or just have a passion for learning, Otronicon engages guests of all ages to imagine the possibilities of the ever-growing and diverse digital media industry.

Lewis Black Live: Rant, White & Blue (Comedian)

Saturday, January 14

Location: Hard Rock Live Orlando

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Description: Lewis’ live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they don’t have to. A passionate performer who is more a pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

SW Orlando Jaycees Downtown Orlando MLK Parade

Saturday, January 14

Location: Northwest Lawn 512 East Washington Street Orlando

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Description: Martin Luther King, Jr Parade featuring prominent community and civic organizations, leaders and dignitaries. A caravan of our local small and minority businesses and teh nations most talented marching bands. The theme for the 2017 King Day celebration is “Remember, Celebrate, and Act….King’s Legacy of Peace with Justice for Our World.”

Praise Wave Music Festival

Saturday January 14, 2017 –  January 28, 2017

Location: SeaWorld Orlando

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Description: With the return of Praise Wave®, guests can celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in Christian music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theater. Guests can also enjoy SeaWorld’s thrilling rides, shows and attractions.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile

January 20 – February 19, 2017

Location: Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W Church St, Orlando, FL

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Description: Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar. Sounds like an opening of a classic joke…In the hands of comic-genius-turned-playwright Steve Martin it becomes so much more: an exploration of creativity, physics, and one-night stands played out in hilarious and thoughtful fashion. Ostensibly set in 1904 Paris, in th moments before Einstein and Picasso’s geniuses blossom, their worlds collide in the most commonplace of fashions… and the 20th century is born. What’s next? Believe it or not, the play has that answer too!

2017 Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza

January 20, 2017 – January 22, 2017

Location: 2929 S Binion Road, Apopka, FL 32703

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Description: The Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival & Birdapalooza is a weekend event that is perfect for birders visiting Florida or locals wanting to learn more from well-known, knowledgeable birding guides. You can add to your life list while exploring a unique birding area.

Brahms Symphony No. 3

January 21, 2017

Location: Bob Carr Theater

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Description: The Philharmonic honors John Adams with performances of two of his most well-known works. Eighteen year-old American Carmen Knoll will perform Rachmaninoff’s spectacular Third Piano Concerto. The program ends with the first Philharmonic performance of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.

2017 Monster Jam

January 21, 2017

Location: Camping World Stadium

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Description: Monster Jam® is the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world-class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions. Celebrating 25 years of adrenaline-charged family entertainment, Monster Jam combines spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition. Monster Jam features the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger®, Max-DTM, El Toro Loco®, Monster Mutt® and many more. Monster Jam events leave you on the edge of your seat as these competitors thrill fans with jaw-dropping displays of gravity-defying feats.

The 5k Zombie Run Orlando

January 21, 2017

Location: Bill Frederick Park, 3401 S Hiawassee Rd, Orlando

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Description: Run for your life from flesh hungry Zombies through a 3.1 mile trail run where ZOMBIES are the obstacles!

Florida Wedding Expo 2017

January 22, 2017

Location: Orange County Convention Center

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Description: The First and Biggest Wedding Expo of the Year!!! Find everything for your wedding… all in one place, in one afternoon!

In the Mood (Musical)

January 27, 2017

Location: Dr. Phillips Center

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Description: Hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to “Tuxedo Junction” and get “In the Mood” to hear a “Moonlight Serenade” performed by a 13-piece Big Band and six singer-dancers with some hot boogie woogie! In The Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, The Andrews Sisters and big band greats of the ’40s. Complete with period costumes and choreography, In The Mood celebrates America’s greatest generation who listened and boogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the jazzy, brassy, sentimental and patriotic music of the World War II era.

Celebration of Harry Potter

January 27, 2017 – January 29, 2017

Location: Universal Studios Florida

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Description: Be a part of A Celebration of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort™. It’s the only official event where you can celebrate your love for Harry Potter™ and discover more about the Wizarding World. Take part in film talent Q&A sessions, access special panels and demonstrations, and discover many more surprises.

NFL PRO BOWL: AFC vs NFC

January 29, 2017 ** Week Long Events

Location: Camping World Stadium

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Description: A week long of fun football events leading up to the big game

** Click this link to see additional Pro Bowl events getting “kicked off” January 24th!! 

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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:

SeaWorld

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!