Before you even start your home buying search, you’d want to know which area to move to. Several factors can influence the choice of place such as demographics, nearby schools, amenities, local community, and more. If you’re considering moving to Metro West, Orlando, there are several ways for you to identify if Metro West is a good fit for you.
The demographics of a place can be a fair indicator of how ‘neighborly’ a place is. 80% of the households in Metro West are renter-occupied.
Quality of life is subjective and can depend on a variety of things. While some home buyers might want a walkable city that offers ample things to do closer to where they live, others might prefer the suburbs with their tranquil streets, peace and quiet, and proximity to open spaces and nature. For some, the idea of being car-dependent is unacceptable, while for others, a reasonable drive time to their favorite weekend hangout is a dream come true.
Taking that into account, it would be great to know what amenities are available in the neighborhood, and whether you can complete most of your daily tasks on foot. Metro West, Orlando has a walk score of 43, a bike score of 40, and a transit score of 24. Most errands require a car.
Public transit in Metro West, Orlando is provided by Central Florida Regional Transit Authority (bus). There are 9 Central Florida Regional Transit Authority bus stops in Metro West, Orlando. There are no freeways close to Metro West, Orlando..
Also, if you have an electric vehicle and are looking for homes near electric-vehicle charging stations, this neighborhood might be a good fit. There are 2 electric vehicle charging locations in Metro West, Orlando with 10 level-2 charging points.
The definition of a good school can vary depending on what people are looking for - some might be interested in schools which have great sports programs, while others might be looking at schools that are better at preparing kids for higher education. Since perspective can make a difference, independent bodies like Niche assign ratings to schools and are commonly used by parents to make a decision. However, you are encouraged to verify these ratings through other sources including visiting the campus.
It is not surprising to note that places with highly-rated public schools tend to have relatively higher home prices because of the perpetual demand for those neighborhoods. If you have children or plan on having in the future, checking out the nearby schools and their ratings is a good idea. Hope Charter School (#31 in metro), Windy Ridge School (#29 in metro), Orlando Science Elementary Charter School (#6 in metro) are among 7 A+/A/A- rated public elementary schools in the district. Cornerstone Charter Academy (#20 in metro), Orlando Science Middle/High Charter School (#1 in metro), Hope Charter School (#9 in metro) are among 6 A+/A/A- rated public middle schools in the district. Legacy High Charter School (#32 in metro), Orlando Science Middle/High Charter School (#1 in metro), Olympia High School (#6 in metro) are among 4 A+/A/A- rated public high schools in the district.
Choosing an area with good school rating consistency is important. While the area you’re looking at right now might have great elementary schools for your young children, it’s well worth examining the middle and high schools they’ll grow up to attend. The nearby elementary school, middle school and high school quality ratings from Niche are very similar. If you have children and desire a consistent school experience as they grow up, this neighborhood may be a good place to plant long-term roots.
For households with kids, accessibility to nearby parks, playgrounds, daycare centers as well as highly-rated preschools is key. There are a few parks and playgrounds in Metro West, Orlando, including Pleasant Valley Park, Shadow Bay Park, and Playground Pros of Orlando. These playgrounds provide great recreational facilities for kids, as well as adults. Families can enjoy a nice picnic under the shade in summer months, or walk along the trail for a weekend activity with the kids.
Proximity to good daycare centres is extremely important, especially if the parents have a full-time job. For young families in Metro West, Orlando, childcare options include Kid's Avenue, Kids Connect Childcare Center, My First Steps Learning Center & Preschool, and Dorscher KinderCare. Proximity to urgent care centers such as Dr. Phillips Centra Care and CareSpot is also a plus.
Whether a neighborhood is a good place to live or not could also depend on the nearby amenities. Having a high walk score means that there are a lot of places nearby like stores, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, and more. While the scores are by no means perfect, they are a good indicator for "stuff to do" around those places. Things like proximity to grocery stores, dining options, and parks can make a huge difference in your daily lives.
There are also plenty of dining options for the residents of Metro West, Orlando. You can grab your morning cup of coffee from Holy Grain Coffee Shop, Nature's Table Café, or The Little Bean Co. (Bldg 11) and sit down for a relaxed weekend brunch at Silva's Market, KeKe's Breakfast Cafe, or Brazil Foodmart. Dessert shops like Florean Fortescue Ice Cream Parlour, Dunkin', and Cake In The City in Metro West, Orlando are great options for satifying your sweet tooth. Residents love to order tacos from Taquitos Jalisco, Chipotle Mexican Grill, or Agave Azul and burgers from Bloodhound Brew, Wendy’s, or Smashburger. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Tijuana Flats, or Sloppy Taco Palace are some great spots for a fun dine-in experience.
Metro West, Orlando has quite a few grocery stores including Publix, Dollar General Market, and Winn-Dixie.
A good internet and broadband connection is a must-have, whether you work from home or not. Broadband internet connection options in Metro West, Orlando include VDSL, satellite, ADSL, fiber, Asymmetrical xDSL, DOCSIS, terrestrial fixed wireless, and wireline from 14 different providers. Aside from optic fiber which provides Gbps speeds, you can get up to 987 mbps download speeds via DOCSIS powered by Comcast.
Most often than not, the higher the walk score, the higher the noise. So if you’re an extremely noise-sensitive person and it’s absolutely intolerable, you may need to opt for a neighborhood with a lower walk score.
There is one important indicator of knowing how good the neighborhood is - the number of homes sold in the past. A high percentage of homes sold in the past say, 5 years could indicate that it’s an up and coming neighborhood with people looking to settle here. At the same time, a neighborhood with low home sales, in spite of getting listed on the market could indicate that current residents are looking to move out. It would be nice to speak to residents of this neighborhood to understand what they loved, or didn’t like about living here.
You can also look at several other factors before deciding to make the move. For example, do all the houses in the neighborhood look almost identical? That could mean that the homeowners association might not be the most adjusting. Is there space for parking? Where would your friends and family park when they come to visit you? Your garage could already be full with your own vehicles. How well is the neighborhood maintained? It could help you identify whether you’d want to live next to such neighbors.
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