Altamonte Springs, Florida, is a primary example of a locality where life is well lived, and proof that you don't need to be near the seashore to experience it. Choose your home base from a wide variety of condos and townhomes, comfortable single-family or luxury residences, then venture out to enjoy the many pleasures of central Florida, from biking and boating, to a community fair, to a day at Disney World.
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Everything you need is here: recreational facilities, a nature preserve, a beautiful lake, outstanding shopping and dining options, excellent schools, and great communities. Although you feel you're "out from town" when you live in Altamonte Springs, you're still close to the metro-based services, amenities, and world-renowned attractions of Orlando-you're only 24 miles from SeaWorld, for example. Orienta Lake offers fishing, boating and water sports plus a 1.5-acre picnic and park-like area. In fact, a number of Altamonte Springs neighborhoods are close to parks that offer a variety of features such as walking trails, event pavilions and playgrounds; they tend to be social and recreational gathering spots where newcomers can quickly be absorbed into community life. The prices for homes in these neighborhoods vary greatly depending on location, but the median sales price is $144,000.
Families move to this strategically located city because of the year-round warm weather, of course, but also because Altamonte Springs boasts an A-rated Florida school district: Newsweek has placed all four Seminole County high schools on its "Top High School List," which gives them a ranking in the top 3 percent of the nation. The population is listed at 57,352, but this vibrant city feels more like one big, energetic community when it comes to arts and entertainment. Cranes Roost Park at Uptown Altamonte has become a top outdoor venue for large annual events as well as smaller weekly events that residents love to attend and local businesses love to sponsor. In settling here, you'll find much to enjoy within the city limits, and that definitely includes your new home. A sampling of average listing prices includes Sandy Cove, $68,800; Orienta Point Condominiums Village, $87,500; and Hidden Harbour, $399,000. Neighborhoods are well-manicured, as a rule, and given the climate, getting outdoors to putter in the garden is a popular pastime. So make a note: Whether you come to enjoy an active retirement or seek a friendly suburban environment in which to raise your family, put Altamonte Springs, Florida, on your list of localities to explore.