Best Places to Retire in Orlando

Orlando is a very large area geographically that includes many towns and communities. As the 5th largest city in Florida, there is sure to be a community with the retirement lifestyles you are looking for at a price your budget can afford. For example you could retire to a large new urban community like Celebration, live in a traditional retirement town like Winter Park, or choose from hundreds of gated and active adult communities. Parts of Orlando are very high crime areas, so it is important to choose your neighborhood carefully.


Here are some of our favorite places to retire in and around Orlando:

  • Celebration - Celebration is a very large "new urban style" community that was developed by the Disney folks. The idea is to make the community livable and make bikers and walkers more important than the traditional automobile based life of suburbia. Celebration is closely packed together, but for those who like a traditional community it could be an interesting retirement (not everyone who lives here is retired).
  • Lake Eola Heights - This is one of Orlando's most historic sections and features many of its old stately homes.
  • Winter Park - A few miles north of Orlando is the historic resort town of Winter Park. Recognized as the first centrally planned community in Florida; Winter Park's main street includes art galleries, a private liberal arts college, a world class art museum (Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art), a park, a train station, a golf course country club, a historic cemetery, and a beach and boat launch.
  • Solvita - Solivita is an example of a very large active adult community near Orlando. This one is in Kissimmee, about 21 miles south of Orlando. Solivita is a community of beautiful new homes, a unique Mediterranean village center, and a brand new Palms Amenity Complex.
  • Victoria Gardens - An award winning mixed generation community towards DeLand from Orlando.
  • Wedgewood Golf & Equestrian Community - Wedgewood spans an approximate 15 square mile area and is surrounded on two sides by 8,000 acres of state conservation area. Wedgefield has plenty of recreational facilities including a championship 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, restaurant and bar, bicycle lanes on the roadways, and a community park.
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  • Further out of Orlando - Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Lake Mary, Winter Garden, Sanford, Belle Isle, Edgewood, Cassleberry, Lake Buena Vista, Winter Haven, Edgewood, St. Cloud, and Clermont are all towns worth exploring with different feels to them.
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