5 Cities That Are True Hidden Gems Around Orlando

By Yasmene Warren

Whether you’re an Orlando native or you’re moving in from out of town, there are definitely a few places around the city that you aren’t privy to. Here are five hidden gems around Orlando that no one talks about living in.

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Maitland is a city in Central Florida between Winter Park and Casselberry. It’s a calm suburb with a variety of shops and restaurants to choose from.

The average house in Maitland is $592K, which is much lower than their neighbors in Winter Park’s average price for a home.

Most of Maitland sits inside of Seminole County, which has a lot of lower pricing in different areas, such as taxes, and its proximity to Winter Park makes it a great city to live in.

The average year for homes built in Maitland is 1974, which adds a bit of charm to the town that you won’t find in newer cities. The average size for a house here is just under 2,000 square feet, and there’s a bit more lot space at each home than you’d find in Orlando.

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Located just outside of Baldwin Park in Orlando is Audubon Park, a neighborhood that’s home to a variety of cool, unique homes.

The average price for a home here is roughly $500K with the average year for homes built sitting at 1974 as well. You’ll find plenty of single-story, bungalow-style homes throughout this area.

Audubon Park’s prime location puts you in the perfect place to easily access the amenities both Baldwin Park and Winter Park have to offer!

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Hunter’s Creek is a neighborhood in Central Florida that sits right on the cusp of Orlando and Kissimmee. With having such close proximity to the two cities, this place is all about location.

Once rated the No. 1 best place to live in America, Hunter’s Creek homes sit at an average sale price of $459K, which is lower than the average price point in all of Orlando.

The average year built for a home in Hunter’s Creek is 1994, and most homes in this neighborhood are, on average, 1,900 square feet.

Hunter’s Creek makes for prime Central Florida location as it’s located in the perfect spot for those who don’t want to be too far from Orlando’s theme parks, as well as those in search of proximity to Orlando International Airport.

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Part of Lake County’s massive growth comes Minneola, a city in Central Florida next to Clermont located just off Florida’s Turnpike.

Currently, the city has a lot of new homes under construction, such as the Del Webb 55+ community, as well as commercial builds like Crooked Can Brewery.

Not only are newer homes coming to Minneola, but bigger ones are as well. The average square feet among these homes sits at 2,400, and the average age of the homes is roughly 8 years.

Thankfully, these new homes aren’t seeing a skyrocket in pricing as the average price for one is $500K, which, when priced by square feet, is amazing!

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This city is definitely not one people think of first when talking about Orlando, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer.

Mount Dora is a city located in Lake County near Tavares with the average home having been built in 1995. This city offers home options ranging from those on lake fronts to those centrally located in the downtown area.

Downtown Mount Dora is so quintessentially Florida with all its mom-and-pop shops and restaurants around town. The average price for a home here is relatively affordable at $429K, which includes both new construction and resale.

It’s a little farther out in Lake County compared to neighbors Clermont and Minneola, so your commute to the theme parks may be a bit longer. However, in terms of living an average daily life, Mount Dora makes for a great city to buy a home.


As the city of Orlando continues to grow, the demand for homes near all the excitement increases. For people who want to be close to the fun but don’t want to break the bank on city-living prices, they’ll definitely want to check out these five hidden gems around Orlando. Enjoy the peace and quiet of suburbia without sacrificing proximity to the country’s No. 1 Travel Destination! If you’re interested in buying in any of these areas, let our team help you along the way.

The Orlando Real is sponsored by The Pozek Group. If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Orlando, reach out and we would love to help!

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