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East Orlando Area Guide and Home Search Practically a city on its own – with so much to do and see, you may never need to leave!

East Orlando feels like a city of its own, with robust shopping & dining options, attractions, golf and recreation, and sprawling neighborhoods dotted by lakes, with proximity to the bustling (and ever-expanding) University of Central Florida. There’s so much to do here, you may never need to leave!

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East Orlando at a Glance

Just a short drive to Florida beaches, and a shorter drive to downtown Orlando, East Orlando seems to be perfectly positioned. But once you’re here, you’ll quickly see that you almost never need to leave. With plenty to do and see here, this family-friendly and culturally diverse area of Orlando is like a city all on its own. Among its larger draws, Waterford Lakes Town Center and neighboring parcels along Alafaya Trail have become THE shopping and dining hub of the area – boasting a staggering range of shops (big and small) and cuisines (ethnic, American, casual or trendy).

If you’re a golfer, East Orlando is home to many of Central Florida’s most treasured courses & clubs – many of which are interwoven through picturesque gated communities, each with their own unique amenities and charm. Students and alumni of nearby UCF and Valencia college are also keen to call this area home. With many affordable homes for purchase or rent here, it’s easy and convenient to stay close to school. The proximity has allowed many investors to transform homes into fantastic income opportunities with the area’s rental market driven by an ever-growing student population.

Outdoor lovers will find themselves perfectly at home here. The region is home to great parks – like Blanchard Park’s 84 acres of trails, fields, athletic courts and fishing or canoeing along the Little Econ River. Or Downey Park, which features a great dog park and water-splash playground for the kids.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an established family looking to upsize, downsize or retire to a private community, East Orlando has it all.

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Notable East Orlando Communities & Neighborhoods

  • Avalon Park
  • Bella Vida
  • Cypress Springs
  • Eastwood
  • Rio Pinar
  • Stoneybrook East
  • Spring Isle
  • Union Park
  • University of Central Florida
  • Waterford Lakes
  • Waterford Trails