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The Nona Blog features events, special offers & development updates for the Lake Nona area as well as the greater Orlando Area.

Jan. 20, 2016

Neighborhood Spotlight: Fell's Landing

Fell's Landing Lake NonaThe Fell’s Landing neighborhood is an excellent choice in East Orlando for locals looking to relocate or newbies to the area. This Lake Nona area community is just minutes from Medical City and features a plethora of energy-efficient, single-family homes. Enjoy plenty of room in homes ranging from 2,500 square feet to 5,000 square feet.

Convenient for families is the location allowing for excellent school options, a fenced dog park for your furry loved ones, and excellent pond views for a daily peaceful experience. The neighborhood offers a great deal of character, new construction homes, a family-friendly atmosphere, and fantastic perks. If you’re looking for your next neighborhood in the Lake Nona area, you can’t go wrong with life in Fell’s Landing.

What to expect in Fell's Landing

The neighborhood is currently home to around 79 families with construction just wrapped up for the neighborhood. Being located around a central lake and dog park, this area is always full of people outdoors and enjoying neighborhood walks.

Its close proximity to Lake Nona, Medical City, and Saint Cloud, being on the Orange County Line, make it great for those that commute to work and parents love that the neighborhood offers an economical way for kids to have access to the Lake Nona school system including Northlake Park Elementary, Lake Nona Middle School, and Lake Nona High School. Parents can take children to the local playground, enjoy the gazebo, and take in the pond views.

Homes in Fell's Landing

The homes in Fell's Landing feature money-saving features by being constructed in an energy-efficient manner. Single family homes range from 2,500 sq. ft. to 5,000 sq. ft. and include water-efficient features, spray-foam insulation, low-E2 vinyl windows and even low VOC carpets, finishes, and paints.

Enjoy ENERGY STAR Programmable Thermostats, appliances, weather-sensing irrigation, and SEER 15 HVAC. When it’s all said and done, the neighborhood will feature around 150 homes. While the lots are smaller in size, they are well-maintained and allow for lower pricing per square footage, no CDD fees and low HOA fees. The style of homes adds to the character of the neighborhood, often made with tile roofs and copper accents to give them an old warm charm.

Why Fell’s Landing?

The biggest highlight of the neighborhood is knowing that your home will save you money each month. The energy-efficient features make this a huge benefit to families that want to keep their utility bills down and help the environment simultaneously. Affordable housing in the Lake Nona school district is a huge benefit and the lake views make for luxury living.

The park is perfect for spending time with family on the weekends and the playgrounds are great for the little ones. It’s a great neighborhood to raise your family or retire with the old world charm and newly constructed homes. Find a variety of homes with up to 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 car garages, and open floor plans. Take your pets to the fenced in dog park or check out the brand new shopping center just minutes away. You’ll even love paying a visit to Disney with the family being only 25 minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort, 20 minutes from the Beach Line that will take you to Cocoa Beach, and 15 minutes from the airport for your travel needs.

Fell’s Landing is not only located in a great area, offering beautifully new construction homes, and featuring a family-friendly neighborhood, but their energy-efficient homes will save you money in the long-run. Get in now before this neighborhood fills up and becomes high in demand!

Posted in Nona Neighborhoods
Jan. 12, 2016

Enjoying the Pure Luxury of Lake Nona Golf & Country Club

Lake Nona Golf & Country ClubIf you’re considering moving to the area of Lake Nona, part of your motivation may be the beautiful luxury behind the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. This is one of the draws to living in this southeast Orlando master-planned community that covers 7,000 acres. Residents enjoy a multitude of amenities and home options while enjoying luxury golf any time.

The 600-acre area of land that the golf course covers has had a home here for over 25 years where the folks of Lake Nona have been able to enjoy the recreation, wellness, and entertainment behind the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Take a look at the pure luxury found only at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.

What You’ll Find at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club

The country club and golf course found in Lake Nona is one-of-a-kind, full of residents and members with a passion for where they live. You’ll find a championship golf course available to its members and a beautiful, 40,000 square foot Clubhouse full of exclusive amenities and entertainment. The recreation, education, wellness, and entertainment of the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club make this neighborhood a top choice in the southeast Orlando area.

Lake Nona Golf & Amenities

This premier championships course is one of the most inviting and exciting exclusive clubs in the world due to the world-class amenities and luxury real estate offered along Lake Nona’s shores. The opportunity to golf at this beautiful course isn’t the only thing members will enjoy; the wealth of amenities, programs, and entertainment make Lake Nona Golf & Country Club a fulfilling experience.

Living and Playing at Lake Nona Country Club

Members will enjoy family experiences, fantastic amenities, and a full social calendar of recreation and celebration. The golf course is a Tom Fazio-designed course that is world-ranked and hosts a number of tournaments. The clubhouse offers a resort-style pool, tennis courts, a newly renovated fitness center, and a guest lodge.

Children will enjoy year-round programs and the whole family can check out boating and freshwater fishing at the trio of lakes. Nearby, residents can enjoy parks and trails, as well as convenient workspaces and entertainment.

When you live and play in Lake Nona, you’ll enjoy a vibrant community, tons of amenities, and family-friendly activities. You’ll soon see why there is such a passion for Lake Nona and its beautiful golf and country club.

Along with luxurious properties and amenities, you’ll love the 24-hour gated security, the outstanding recreation, and the endless possibility of activities. If you are expecting company, there is plenty of room at the 18-room guest Lodge inside the Clubhouse that will offer the same luxurious experience you enjoy every day.

Events at the Clubhouse

Plan your next event at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. Invite your guests to enjoy a fabulous family reunion at the clubhouse, a business retreat, a luncheon, or even your wedding day where guest rooms will make it convenient and fun. There is meeting and event space for all types of celebrations and the staff will work with you to make it a perfect event.

If you’re looking for the best in Orlando’s golf, amenities, and real estate, check out the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club that has members raving about its pure luxury.

Posted in Nona Neighborhoods
Jan. 6, 2016

Neighborhood Spotlight: East Park

East Park in the Lake Nona areaEast Park is an area in the Lake Nona area that is full of a multitude of great neighborhoods. It’s considered the premier neighborhood found in the heart of southeast Orlando where people choose to live for the beautiful family homes, the lake surrounded with walking trails, and the family-friendly atmosphere.

The East Park Lake Nona community is the perfect place to raise a family where you’ll have access to tons of excellent amenities and a community of great neighbors. Whether you’re looking for that contemporary single family home or more of a townhome-style living, East Park has it all. Take a look at what life is like in East Park of Lake Nona in southeast Orlando.

About East Park

The neighborhood is an excellent choice to live being located in the heart of southeast Orlando. It can be found split up into several neighborhoods with each its own independent homeowner’s association.

These HOA’s help to make sure the common areas, such as the parks, are maintained, that the community sees improvements, and the management of contracts.

Since East Park is also a part of the East Park Community Development District, or the CDD, the entrance, community roads, city park of the lake, and the tennis courts are well-maintained as well. The CDD runs off of funds from the Orange County property tax assessment.

The neighborhood known as the East Park Development consists of

  • Ravina of East Park
  • Villas at East Park
  • Lakes at Eastpark
  • East Park Neighborhood 5
  • East Park Neighborhood 6 & 7

The largest is East Park Neighborhood 5 containing almost 300 homes with the rest of the neighborhoods containing between 80 and 155. You’ll find the entrances for East Park of Lake Nona located off of Moss Park Road, Dowden Road, and Narcoossee Road.

Why Choose East Park?

East Park CondosEast Park is home to 1,000 residents that enjoy living in one of Southeast Orlando’s most-desirable areas. In addition to the neighborhood amenities, residents have easy access convenient to SR 528, the Central Florida Greenway (417), the Medical Center in Lake Nona, and the Orlando International Airport. Residents have easy access to excellent shopping, dining, and theme parks as well.

Enjoy family life at East Park in your contemporary single family home, condo or town home built between 2003 and 2012 located around beautiful East Park Lake. The Townhomes and Condos are approximately 1300 – 1771 square feet in size and many of their homes offer lake and pond views.

You’ll spend your free time enjoy walking trails, taking the kids to the playground, playing a round of sand volleyball, barbequing at the grill areas, and enjoying a weekend picnic. Check out the dog parks, the pavilion, or make it a fishing weekend at the fishing pier.

Being a part of the CDD, there is a well-maintained park around the lake with playgrounds, restrooms, tennis courts, and basketball courts. Parents will also be happy to know that the neighborhood is zoned for the brand new Sun Blaze Elementary School, as well as Lake Nona High School and Middle School.

If you’re ready to live in one of the most coveted locations in Orlando, the Lake Nona area offers the perfect neighborhood choice of East Park.

Posted in Nona Neighborhoods
Dec. 30, 2015

What Type of Shopping is Found at Lake Nona Plaza?

Lake Nona ShoppingLake Nona’s favorite place to shop is none other than Lake Nona Plaza, a large retail and restaurant space anchored by a 54,000 square-foot Publix Super Market. It’s located centrally just south of the SR 417 interchange on Narcoossee Road.  It’s easily accessible to the area schools being across the street from Lake Nona Middle School and lesson than one mil from Valencia College’s new campus and Lake Nona High School.

It’s not only become a favorite place to shop in Lake Nona, but it’s the newest shopping center in the area. The convenient Publix is a big draw to the Lake Nona Plaza due to all of the amenities offered at this Super Market, but it also features a large variety of other popular retailers and restaurants. Take a look at all of the different types of shops you’ll find at Lake Nona Plaza that will make a trip here well worth your while. 

Publix in Lake Nona

Why is Publix such a big draw to Lake Nona Plaza? It’s a 54,000 square foot retailer featuring a full-service bakery, a fresh seafood department, a pharmacy, and even a floral shop. Pick up your prescription, your flowers for date night, a great seafood selection for dinner, and baked goods all in one stop. You’ll love shopping for your whole grocery list in one stop. It’s actually been open here since 2012, but the whole development has expanded with its popularity. 

Jewelry Shop in Lake Nona 

When you’re looking for that beautiful gift for the holidays, a birthday, or perhaps a proposal, Andrew’s Jewelers is located in the Lake Nona Plaza. The locally owned family business has been in business for 25 years offering custom jewelry and repairs. Plus, they carry brand names like Yael Designs and Pandora Collection. 

Banking in Lake Nona

Stop by J.P. Morgan Chase or CFE Federal Credit Union if you need to cash that paycheck. CFE Federal Credit Union has been in Central Florida for decades offering a member-owned, not-for-profit, banking solution for those that need help achieving their financial goals.  J.P. Morgan Chase offers excellent conveniences for your banking needs, including a drive-thru, ATM, mortgage advice, and mobile or online banking solutions. 

Other Service in Lake Nona Plaza

Stop by Hangers Cleaners to handle your dry-cleaning needs and rest assured as they utilize environmentally-responsible cleaning solutions for your garments. Lach Orthodontic Specialists and Lake Nona Eye Associates will be joining the Plaza soon,  but you can currently handle your dental needs with Modern Smiles Dentistry, a hometown dental practice specializing in family’s comprehensive dentistry needs. 

Lake Nona Retailers You’ll Love to Check Out

You can make it an afternoon of it at Lake Nona Plaza. Stop by stores and eateries in the over 25,000 square feet of retailers and restaurants. You’ll love getting your nails done at Nona Nails as they specialize in being a premier nail salon and specialty foot spa. Then, grab lunch at Subway or the Zhang Garden Chinese Restaurant coming soon. 

Take your kids to the Championship Martial Arts where the staff will instruct those of any age in beginning, amateur, or expert classes in martial arts. Lastly, stop by AT&T for your cell phone, TV, and  internet needs conveniently located right in the Lake Nona Plaza. 

Come see why everyone is doing their shopping at Lake Nona Plaza. You’ll love the variety of services and retailers you can find all in one location. 

Posted in Lake Nona News
Dec. 23, 2015

Neighborhood Spotlight: Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek Golf Clubhouse at NightThe Eagle Creek neighborhood is a popular choice for those searching for a home in the heart of the Lake Nona area. It consists of many single family homes & townhomes in country club living featuring fantastic amenities and a friendly neighborhood feel. It’s a neighborhood that many can find their footing in because it offers a peaceful, nature atmosphere with a community that brings family together.

It’s luxury living for the nature-lover, the golfer, and the family-oriented person featuring an upscale community, a championship golf course, community pools, and scenic views. If you’re looking for your next home in Orlando, the Lake Nona area of Eagle Creek is hard to beat. Here is a look at what you’ll enjoy while you live in this incredible neighborhood.

The Eagle Creek Lifestyle

Eagle Creek is country club living in the heart of Lake Nona. There are a variety of home styles from single-family options to apartments, all with access to the plethora of amenities that come with living here.

Along with community pools and playgrounds, families will love the Eagle Creek clubhouse, the scenic views, and the 4 and ½ star golf course. Children can attend new area schools from kindergarten through high school including Eagle Creek Elementary School, Lake Nona Middle School, and Lake Nona High School, all a part of the Orange County School District.

Eagle Creek Amenities

Residents of Eagle Creek are thrilled to be a part of the lively lifestyle offered in Eagle Creek. The kids are nearby excellent school options and the evenings and weekends are full of family time spent on the trails, the tennis courts, and at the restaurants offered at the clubhouse.

Golfers will love playing at the 18-hole championship golf course, shopping at the pro shop, and enjoying the lounge after a round. Children will love to spend time on the playgrounds, at the two community pools, at the tot lot, and of course enjoying the amenities of the 14,000 square feet Eagle Creek clubhouse.

Eagle Creek Home Choices

There are many distinctive home options in Eagle Creek for a variety of needs. The homes come in different styles but all share a traditional European village setting. Many choose to live in a luxurious single-family home for their growing family, typically two stories in height and spacious with 2-3 car garages. They typically run from 2000 sq. ft. in size up to 3,000 sq. ft. in size.

Others prefer the styling of a golf villa, town home, or an apartment. All who live here will enjoy the lakes and fairways of Eagle Creek after crossing the famous stone bridge entrance leading to the main clubhouse and championship golf course. The community is built for families, those that want to live surrounded by nature, and those that like having fun things to do without leaving their neighborhood.

Choosing Eagle Creek

Or families that are seeking a peaceful environment where they’ll enjoy the good life of luxury, community, and being one with nature, Eagle Creek is the perfect option for many. The heart of Eagle Creek is located at 9758 Eagle Creek Center Blvd in Orlando where you’ll find a gated neighborhood with staffed attendants, a community recreation center, beautiful landscape, and the golf course.

If you’re looking for a neighborhood where you can bike with your family on scenic paths, enjoy a round of golf at a championship course, live in a luxurious home with a lake or forest view, and still have close access to local shopping and dining, Eagle Creek is a great option for your family. It’s located on Narcoossee Road just two miles south of Exit 22 on 417 near Medical City.

Posted in Nona Neighborhoods
Dec. 15, 2015

Chicken Salad Chick & Canvas Restaurant Coming to Lake Nona

Lake Nona’s newest eatery, the Canvas Restaurant and Market, is coming to the area this January. It’s going to be the perfect way to start the New Year in Lake Nona with the perfect option for a breakfast stop, lunch with friends, or a great dinner out with beautiful housewares available to be purchased on your way out from the market.

Whether you love waterfront views on date night, gourmet coffee in the morning, or a place with delicious grab-and-go selections during the work week, Canvas Restaurant and Market will not disappoint. Here is a further look at what to expect from this exciting new addition to the Medical City’s residential community and what types of cuisine you will enjoy when you stop in.

A Great New Casual Dining Locale in Nona

You can’t beat a great new waterfront option for dining in Lake Nona. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, Canvas Restaurant and Market is going to be your new go-to for gourmet coffee, fresh juice, smoothies, and shopping all week. They specialize in a casual atmosphere with the perfect items for your grab-on-the-go busy day.

Stop into the Market for your breakfast or lunch. You can even purchase of housewares, jewelry, books, and local furnishings, while dinner will be inside the Canvas Restaurant where you’ll find floor-to-ceiling windows for the best views. You can even check out the new location of the Lake Nona Information Center that will be housed here as well.

The restaurant has been highly anticipated as the name of Canvas Restaurant and Market was announced back in November by the Tavistock Restaurant Collection. The January 2016 opening will be located in the residential community of Laureate Park featuring 278 seats for the dinner-only restaurant focused on offering fresh Florida seafood.

The Market’s visitors can enjoy fresh breakfast and lunch items while purchasing local goods. Restaurant visitors will enjoy American dishes with classic menu items including wood-grilled pizzas and flatbreads, hearty entrees, sandwiches, salads and shareable appetizers. Along with the waterfront views through the floor-to-ceiling windows, the restaurant will feature an exhibition-style kitchen open to the main dining room.

Another Exciting Addition for the Chicken Salad Chick

Chicken Salad ChickIf that wasn’t exciting enough, Lake Nona is also preparing for the addition of a Southern chain coming to the area in June. The fast-growing chain will join the area’s new restaurants at the Nona Park shopping center. Coming to the area will be the Chicken Salad Chick, an Auburn, Alabama-based restaurant that will be located in this southeast Orlando region.

Guests can stop by the restaurant starting in June of 2016 located at the southwest corner of Dowden Road and Narcoossee Road. This is actually the third location in Central Florida for the growing chain featuring chicken salad sandwiches. The location will be in Nona Park’s shopping center in 3,100 square feet of space. They have become known for offering the best chicken salad sandwich with 15 different options to choose from such as:

  • The Classic Carol – the signature recipe The Fruit Fran – containing a blend of Fuji apples and seedless grapes
  • Fancy Nancy – featuring Fuji apples, pecans and seedless grapes Luau Lydia – a tropical blend featuring pineapple and macadamia nut
  • And much more! 


Lake Nona is excited to enjoy these brand new additions to the dining scene coming this 2016.

Posted in Lake Nona News
Dec. 8, 2015

Neighborhood Spotlight Bellenona Grande Estates

Bellanona Grande EstatesBellanona Grande Estates in the Lake Nona area is a lake front development in Orlando, Florida established in 2003. The upscale community features 27 homesites, a private interior lake, and a fantastic location in the city. It’s only 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and a few minutes from the new Lake Nona Medical City because of its close proximity to the 417 Greenway in Southeast Orlando.

Each property has about one acre of land on a private interior lake or frontage on Lake Whippoorwill. Whether you are looking for a new home in Orlando or you are simply ready to upgrade, Bellenona Grande Estates is the perfect choice for you.

All About Bellenona Grande Estates

Located in Orange County, Bellenona Grand Estates is an upscale neighborhood with a population of just under 500 residents, boasting in married couples to just fewer than half being families with children. Half of residents are able to commute in 32 minutes or less to work every day and the average household income is at just over $77,000. Homes don’t age older than about 16 years with 57% of home ownership, 30% consist of rentals and 12% aren’t occupied. The median sale price as of last year is $380,000, however, much of that was vacant lots. Home prices typically are at least twice that amount.

Why Bellenona Grande Estates?

Aside from the waterfront properties, the proximity to the airport and new medical facility, and family-friendly community, the neighborhood is at that perfect age of still being a new, exciting development in Orlando while being just old enough to enjoy an established community. The homes sit on 1 acre of land and are typically 1 and 2 stories in size.

They range from 3,000 sq. ft. to 7,000 sq. ft. in a block, stucco, or brick style design. The easy commute to work, especially for travelling executives or doctors, starts off great in over-sized garages and the day ends with a beautiful view of the private, interior lake featuring a boat launch. Many residents can enjoy a wonderful weekend at the lake without leaving their backyard.

What else to expect

Life in Bellanona Grande Estates is simply “grand.” As a part of the Lake Nona Neighborhoods which are full of modern, affordable, and grandiose options, Bellanona Grande Estates fits right in. These neighborhoods accommodate a variety of lifestyles from single families to multi-families, waterfront-lovers to a non-waterfront preference.

This sought out area of time has families in every stage of life from new families to those preparing for retirement. Along with Bellanona, you’ll also find neighborhoods such as Water’s Edge, Village Walk, Nona Preserve, Eagle Creek, and more but Bellanona truly stands out from the crowd.

The neighborhood is in one of the most coveted spots on the edge of Lake Whippoorwill and has a location in Orlando that’s hard to beat, especially for the professional. You’ll spend your mornings in an easy commute to some of the most coveted places of business while coming home to a week of water recreation from motor boating to water skiing.

The upscale homes feature large windows, beautiful balconies overlooking the water, and gorgeous in-ground pools, and are located just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city while still offering easy access to convenient shopping and dining by major highways. You’ll feel that you’ve just pulled up to a palace as you drive up your private driveway to a tall, luxurious, and grandiose home. The beautiful and quaint community is one of the most desired neighborhoods of Lake Nona.

Before your purchase, you should expect that you will be a part of their Home Owners Association for an annual fee and each lot has a right to one vote in the association. The usual HOA fee will cover landscaping, regular maintenance, clubhouse amenities, and management fees. Just be sure to follow up with rules and restrictions of the community. You can reach the neighborhood by taking I-4, exit 62 to merge onto Central Florida Greenway, taking exit 22 for Narcoossee Road, and then taking a right onto South Narcoossee Rd. before turning left onto Kirby-Smith Road.

If you’re looking for the perfect $1 million dollar home in the Nona-area, Bellanona Grande Estates is the perfect location for you. The location of these generously sized 27 homes featuring coveted amenities make this one of the most sought after neighborhoods to live in the heart of East Orlando.

Bellanona Grande Estates current list of available homes and lots.

Posted in Nona Neighborhoods
Oct. 28, 2013

Free Movies on the Field at Lake Nona YMCA

Free Movie Nights Back at the Lake Nona YMCA


Now that the weather has cooled down and the late afternoon showers are gone, the Lake Nona YMCA and the Journey of Life Lutheran Church are once again featuring Movies on the field.  This family friendly event is the first Friday of each month and starts at sunset.  Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a G rated movie with your neighbors and family.  You may bring your own food or buy Hot Dogs, snacks, popcorn and drinks at friendly prices right at the event.  This months (november 2013) featured film is Disney's Wreck It Ralph.  You can stay on top of the latest Community Movie Nights by liking their Facebook page.

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Dec. 17, 2012

Lake Nona Demographics

Lake Nona Demographics

Who's Living in Lake Nona?

There is no arguing that Lake Nona will be one of Orlando's fastest grownig areas over the next several years. With the openings of facilites in Medical City, the growth of Laureate Park, Eagle Creek, and Randal Park and the opening of new retail including the Lake Nona Town Center, Lake Nona is positioned to become an economic powerhouse in Orlando.

The population of Lake Nona is expected to triple over the next ten years.  We thought it would be fun to take a look at just who is living in the Lake Nona area now.

Room to Grow

As of this posting date, there is a total population in the Lake Nona area of 21, 189 of which 15,199 live in the 32832 zip code which makes up the residential areas East of Narcoossee road and 5,990 which live in the 32827 zip code which is west of Narcoossee. 

Since 2000, the 32832 zip code has grown by 705% and the 32827 zip has grown by 177%.  However, the 32827 zip code also encompasses the Medical City/Laureate Park area, so expect this percentage to catch up with 32832 over the next couple of years.  Currently, there is an average of 220 residents per square mile in the Lake Nona area.

Young & Educated

The approx average age of Lake Nona residents is a youthful 32.  40% of the homes in the area have children under 18 living in them.  Almost half of the adult residents in the area are married and 72% have some level of college education including 28% who have a bachelors degree and 16% who have a graduate degree.  The average household income is between $50 to $75K.

Homeowners

At 63% home ownership, Lake Nona shows signs of a stable area where people like to live.  23% of properties in the area are rented which is indicative of younger age of the community population.  Approx 14% of residential properties in the Lake Nona area are vacant showing that even this popular area is not immune from the downturn in the economy.

Location, Location, Location

Located in Orlando's Southeast corner, the Lake Nona area is intersected by the 417 greenway and boarded by the Beachline Expressway and Orlando International Airport, making it convenient to all points in the greater Orlando area and beyond.  Within 25 minutes you can be in downtown Orlando, Winter Park or Walt Disney World which makes it perfect for both young, single professionals and families alike.

 

 

*Neighborhood information provided by Onboard Informatics © 2011 Onboard informatics. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.  Information pulled from the Lake Nona zip codes of 32832 and 32827.

Posted in Lake Nona News