“Cool” Neighborhoods in Orlando

With so many neighborhoods and areas around Orlando, each has its own demographic and some may cater more to certain age groups. Whether you’re young or young at heart, check out these “cool” neighborhoods in Orlando. These include areas that are up and coming, have a wide range of housing options, and varying options for all types of food and entertainment.

College Park

Neighborhoods - College Park
Neighborhoods - College Park
Neighborhoods - College Park

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This area is essentially a combination of Downtown Orlando and Winter Park, both trendy and community-centric. College Park is perfect for those who can’t afford the pricey homes in Winter Park, but still want to be surrounded by restaurants and things to do. Some of our favorites include Christo’s for breakfast, Graffiti Junktion, Armando’s, and The Pinery.

When it comes to real estate, there are many options including cottages, bungalows, and brand new construction between $350,000 to $500,000. However, there are luxury homes priced upward towards $1.5 Million in this area as well.

Thornton Park

Neighborhoods - Thornton Park
Neighborhoods - Thornton Park
Neighborhoods - Thornton Park

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A little closer to Downtown Orlando is Thornton Park. In this neighborhood, there are alway events going on including the Art and Wine Walk or the Orlando Vegan Market. In addition to these events, some favorite food spots in this area include the Jinya Ramen Bar, Soco, and F&D Cantina.

Thornton Park is known for its historic district, so there are 1920’s farm houses and bungalows throughout. However, you can also find Art Deco and more modern-style homes as well. The price range of real estate in this area is very wide from condo’s in the $300’s to multi-million dollar homes. On average, a single family home cost around $450,000 in Thornton Park.

The Hourglass District

The Hourglass Social
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The Hourglass District - Home

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Just South of Thornton Park, you’ll find the Hourglass District. This area offers a little bit of a distance from the congestion in downtown, as well as giving residents easy access to I-4 and 408. The Hourglass District also includes popular spots such as the Hourglass Social House, which is home to Foxtail Coffee, Leguminati, and Tamale Co. Mexican Street Food.

Currently, we’re seeing a lot of tear downs in this area to make way for new construction and custom homes. Other than this, there are many mid-1900’s homes in the $500,000 to $700,000 range. The Hourglass District definitely has a wide demographic as well, from students to corporate professionals living in the area.

Lake Nona

Neighborhoods - Lake Nona
Lake Nona Drinks
Lake Nona Homes

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Known for its technological advancements, Lake Nona is truly the city of and for the future. This area has been developing over the past 15 years or so, and it contains medical facilities, many food and entertainment spots, and a master-planned community. Our favorite restaurants in Lake Nona include Canvas for breakfast, Chroma, Park Pizza, and the food trucks in Boxi Park.

The Wave Hotel is also located in Lake Nona, and is a wonderful combination of art and technology. In the hotel is Bacán, the Haven Lounge, or the Living Room Bar if you’re looking for a drink or bite to eat. Read more about The Wave from one of our past articles!

When it comes to real estate, there are many bungalows and craftsman style homes in Lake Nona. Prices can range from $500’s for townhomes, $600,000 to $900,000 for single family homes, and upwards of $1 Million for your more luxury homes.


Central Florida is filled with so many wonderful neighborhoods to live and experience, and we hope you enjoyed learning about these four “cool” ones and what they offer. Have you ever been to any of these areas, or do you live here and love them already?

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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