When U.S. residents throughout the country are given a choice of where to live, according to U.S. News & World Report, Orlando is ranked as the No. 10 most desirable place to live in 2017.
While Orlando is home to world-renowned theme park attractions, activities still abound whether you choose to brunch in Thornton Park, visit the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, walk around downtown Kissimmee’s Sculpture Experience, take a river cruise in downtown Sanford or ride a seaplane in charming Tavares – “America’s Seaplane City.”
Orlando boasts both high-rise luxury living and distinct neighborhoods, a state-of-the-art performing arts center, sophisticated dining and sports facilities that play host to a variety of nationally recognized teams and events. Ranked by Movoto Real Estate Blog as the second most creative city in America, Orlando’s innovation through our theme parks has spilled over to the surrounding community, making this a haven for artists and performers. The entertainment options are endless – including the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Annie Russell Theatre, Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Bach Festival Society, Florida Film Festival, Zora Neale Hurston Festival, and Orlando Fringe Festival.
With a welcoming culture that values diversity, newcomers are encouraged to get plugged into the community by engaging in philanthropy and a wide variety of civic-minded organizations like the African American, Asian American and Metro Orlando Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Finding a cause that’s close to your heart and actively engaging in the community is both welcomed and encouraged by organizations ranging from nonprofits who make a difference in the lives of many every day, to Chambers of Commerce focused on building a diverse business climate.
The Orlando region offers lifestyle options for virtually everyone from families to millennials. The region’s mild climate also makes outdoor recreational pursuits a year-round lifestyle with a vast and well maintained park network, growing number of hiking and cycling trails and more than 100 top-rated golf courses.
Orlando is home to an extensive range of sporting events including the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Hero World Challenge. The RDV Sportsplex, Orlando Speed World, Daytona 500 and Bike Week bring residents and visitors together. In addition, Orlando is the U.S. Tennis Association’s “New Home of American Tennis” with its new 100+ tennis court divisional headquarters and training facility located in Lake Nona. From indoor sky diving on Orlando’s International Drive, to scuba diving in Wekiva Springs in Seminole County, to “blueway” waterway trails on the lakes of Lake County, there is something for everyone in the Orlando region.