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by Yasmene Warren

Hunter’s Creek borders Kissimmee, FL and is the place to be if you’re looking to have an Orlando address without residing in the city’s heart itself! Located in South Orange County, this area makes for an ideal place to buy a home and raise a family in, containing four elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.

As of the 2020 census, the Hunter’s Creek population was at 24,433, and the area makes up approximately 7 square miles of South Orlando.

 

Neighborhoods and Home Buying

There are currently 38 single family home neighborhoods in Hunter’s Creek and 10 multi family home neighborhoods. View the street map of the area here.

Currently, the average price for a home in Hunter’s Creek is in the high…

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by Yasmene Warren

In search of a calm, cool place to grab hand-crafted drinks and a bite to eat on the low? Then look no further! Located in Windermere hidden within the restaurant Feather and Quill is where you’ll find the discreetly located bar Propag8, which is just the kind of place you’re looking for.

What is It?

Propag8 is a speakeasy, which is an illicit establishment that sells alcoholic beverages, something that came about during the Prohibition era. Now, speakeasies are a fun way to experience the thrill in the chase as most speakeasies, like Propag8, lack signage and require a password for entry.

Propag8 is one that does require a password, and it changes every night. The only way to get this password is by following the bar’s…

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by Holley Long

Growing up, I always wanted to live in a town with a local bookstore, and when I moved to Winter Garden, I was thrilled to find one with a name I could relate to: Writer’s Block Bookstore.

About

Writer’s Block Bookstore opened its Winter Garden location in 2020, six years after opening its first store in Winter Park. The store began with the hope of providing a literary community in areas where one was lacking, and it delivers on that everyday. 

Books and More! 

Writer’s Block fills its shelves with all of the popular and newly released titles, but it also shines a light on the work of independent authors not always found in mainstream bookstores. In addition to books, the store sells gifts like games and puzzles, so you…

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by Jessica Hristov

If you are a fan of the Rock n’ Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios, you need to walk this way to ride it before it closes for a several month-long refurbishment! The winter months are a very common time for refurbishments here at Disney World, with rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Kali River Rapids temporarily closing. Here is everything you need to know about the refurbishment!

Refurbishment Info

The Rock n’ Roller Coaster is set to close for refurbishment on February 20, 2023. Although the exact reopening date has not been released, there are rumors that it will resume operations sometime in the summer of 2023. The Rock n’ Roller Coaster opened in July of 1999 and has been rocking (and rolling) its way into…

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by Kismet Kohn

The Central Florida Zoo offers gorgeous scenery and fun for the whole family! Whether you want to see exotic animals, spend the day ziplining, or visit the botanical gardens, there’s something for everybody. To make it even better, every year starting in November and ending in January the zoo hosts the Asian Lantern Festival to celebrate the new year! 

It ends on January 15th, which is this upcoming weekend so be sure to grab your tickets here.

 

Where is it?

The Central Florida Zoo is located in the heart of downtown Sanford, which features a beautiful RiverWalk, delicious restaurants, and craft breweries. Sanford is just twenty minutes from downtown Orlando and showcases nineteenth-century Victorian homes.

The…

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by Yasmene Warren

There are four neighborhoods in Orlando that are transforming the city into something new. From Saint Cloud and Downtown Orlando to Clermont, these four neighborhoods are sure to bring you a whole new living experience. Let’s check them out!

Sunbridge - Saint Cloud

Located in Saint Cloud, Sunbridge stretches across two counties and takes its dedication to preserving nature and saving energy to a whole other level. As of right now, there are several homes with full Tesla solar roofs, and others with solar panels intertwined. When constructing these homes, builders also take wood from the neighborhood in order to preserve their goal of being energy efficient and conscious of the environment.

Sunbridge is made up of 25,000…

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by Jessica Hristov

EPCOT is known for their amazing festivals. They have the best food, awesome merchandise, incredible entertainment and more. It’s that time of year again for the Festival of the Arts! Disney has released everything we can expect to see, eat, and do this year! Let’s take a look at what’s coming to Festival of the Arts ’23!

General Info

The Festival of the Arts runs from January 13, 2023, until February 20, 2023. During its five-week-long run, there will be plenty of new food studios (booths) and activities to try! As always, there is no additional charge for the festival, as it is included with your valid park admission!

Food Studios

The food studios (or food booths) are always a big hit at every Epcot festival. At the…

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by Holley Long

Saint Cloud home sells at $479,000 after 33 days on the market.

The Home

Built in 2019 by M/I Homes, this Solaire model single-family home is located in the Reserve at Pine Tree Community. With 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, the two-story home includes a second-floor master bedroom with two walk-in closets and a loft that can be used for gaming, movie watching, or entertaining. There’s also a large backyard with plenty of room for guests, and a covered lanai offering a view of the pond behind the home. 

Sold

This 2,882 square foot home sold just last month for $479,000. Other homes of similar size in the area have sold for more than $10,000 less than the closing price of this home, making this a great sale for our…

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by Yasmene Warren

If a taste of Asia is what you’re looking for, then look no further! The City of Orlando has plenty of restaurants to go around! Here are three Asian restaurants in Orlando that’ll bring you a unique Asian dining experience and save you hundreds on an international plane ticket!

Nine Spices Hotpot

Located just mere minutes away from Universal Studios on South Kirkman Road, Nine Spices Hotpot is a restaurant that makes you put your cooking skills to the test!

At Nine Spices, their dining style is centered on a cooking method that originated in China where your table has a heat source to keep your own personal soup bowl simmering while you get to choose from a wide assortment of meats, noodles, and veggies to cook right in…

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by Yasmene Warren

You’ll be feeling the school spirit 24/7 when you pack your bags and settle down in this college town!

Orlando truly has it all: From a thriving downtown community and being a tourism hot spot to also being home to “Orlando’s hometown team,” the University of Central Florida Knights!

Where Is It?

Orlando’s college town is located on the east side of the city just a hair away from Oviedo and Seminole County. East Orlando is about a 20 minute drive from downtown through SR 408 and about 30 minutes from Universal Studios.

This college town offers an assortment of things to do aside from attending football games! You can eat and shop at Waterford Lakes Town Center, catch a movie at Regal Cinemas, party hard at Knights…

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