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The county seat of Osceola County, Kissimmee is a large city located 22 miles south of Downtown Orlando. It sits on the northern tip of Lake Tohopekaliga (usually just called “Lake Toho” or “Toho” by locals) and covers an area of about 22.2 square miles. As of 2021, the population of Kissimmee is roughly 79,400.
Kissimme is surrounded by a number of other lovely communities. Hunters Creek is found directly to the north, while Saint Cloud is located to the southeast. The master-planned community of Celebration is located just west of Kissimmee, which is just outside the Disney parks. It’s also about a 25-minute drive to the Orlando International Airport. Kissimmee itself is home to the Kissimmee Gateway Airport.
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Part of the appeal of Kissimmee is that it offers a great location, and a number of different neighborhoods, ideal for any homebuyer. The real estate market in Kissimmee is considered to be a more affordable option to big-city Orlando, and is made up of single-family homes, condos, townhomes, and luxury estates.
Much like price point, home styles in this city vary greatly. From traditional bungalows to two-story Mediterranean or Ranch style homes, there’s something for every taste. Smaller, older bungalows built in the 50s and 60s tend to be listed at more competitive prices, whilst single-family homes for sale (found in the city’s newer residential areas) start at higher price points. The latter properties do often come equipped with modern interiors and upgrades, generous square footage, and several garage/parking spaces.
Neighborhoods in Kissimmee attract families, for their community parks, quiet residential streets, and close proximity to the area’s schools.
Beyond single-family homes, Kissimmee also has a good number of condos and townhomes for interested homebuyers. Architectural style and construction dates range, and as a result, there is a mixture of traditional and contemporary properties. There are a number of modern townhomes and small condo developments, which are a great opportunity for investors or first-time homeowners. Amenities for these homes can include pools, fitness centers, playgrounds and tennis courts, and most importantly, great locations.
Some of the most desirable homes in Kissimmee are located on the water. The city has a number of natural lakes and small bodies of water that homes often back onto—some of which are planned and/or gated communities. The luxury homes for sale in Kissimmee are typically located on the west side and do also include some new developments and neighborhoods.
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Kissimmee Highlights & Amenities
Kissimmee is conveniently located just outside of the Walt Disney theme park, with many other theme parks close by. While Kissimmee (and by extension the entire Orlando area) sees many tourists, its population has seen a steady increase over the past two decades, illustrating that more and more are choosing to make this city home.
The city itself is known for its shopping and dining opportunities. The intersection of John Young Parkway and Vine Street is the city’s bustling commercial area, with a multitude of shops and businesses located off of Vine Street. The downtown area, centered on Broadway, is composed of quaint shops, restaurants, and bars. The part of the city is also where the Kissimmee Farmers Market is found, as well as a library. Plaza Del Sol is the city’s large mall, located on West Vine Street.
Kissimmee Lakefront Park is another highlight. It’s located steps from the downtown on Lake Toho, and offers green spaces, walking trails along the waterfront, and scenic views of the water. The Kissimmee Historic District, found just west of Broadway, is home to almost 190 historic buildings. Other historic sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places include the Osceola County Courthouse, Colonial Estate, and the Old Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Before European settlers arrived, the area of Kissimmee was inhabited by Indigenous populations. Afterwards, it was tentatively named “Allendale”, although officially named “Kissimmee” (meaning “long water”) at the time of the city’s incorporation. Kissimmee’s close proximity to theme parks, plus its shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation opportunities are a big reason why families make the move to this city, as an alternative to Orlando. Kissimmee is served by the School District of Osceola County.
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Before European settlers arrived, the area of Kissimmee was inhabited by Indigenous populations. Afterwards, it was tentatively named “Allendale”, although officially named “Kissimmee” (meaning “long water”) at the time of the city’s incorporation.
Kissimmee’s close proximity to theme parks, plus its shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation opportunities are a big reason why families make the move to this city, as an alternative to Orlando.
Kissimmee is served by the School District of Osceola County.
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