I want to live in a community that I can live, work, and play? What are my options?

Photo of District on Baldwin ParkDistrict Baldwin Park offers great amenities and is nearby incredible shops and restaurants.

The Orlando area offers several options for those looking for apartments within a "complete community with a small-town America feel." This style of living is very convenient as it offers homes, apartments, shopping, schools, offices and recreational opportunities right within the community. Common features include sidewalks, nature paths, lakes, a retail area, and much more. Here are a few communities for you to check out:

If you are looking for an apartment in the southeast area near UCF, visit Avalon Park. With its tree-lined streets and lush landscaping, Avalon Park offers everything a resident needs! Boasting an on-site Publix, bustling downtown with shops and restaurants and even a YMCA, Avalon Park is a convenient short drive to UCF and nearby Waterford Lakes. With several apartment communities, Avalon Park is a wonderful choice if you want to live near the up-and-coming Lake Nona /medical area as well. Close to the 408 and 434, Avalon Park is a well-established community for families, students and young professionals.

Just northeast of downtown Orlando is Baldwin Park. With a wide range of apartments offering great amenities, great schools, parks, lakes, shops and restaurants, Baldwin Park is a highly sought-after community. Many apartments offer amenities including pools and fitness centers. Convenient to Downtown Orlando via I-4 as well as city streets, as well as nearby Winter Park, Baldwin Park itself is home to 125 businesses including an on-site Publix. Nestled off of Colonial Drive, break out your bike and take a journey along the numerous bike paths, or sip lemonade you just bought from a kid on the corner as you walk around Lake Baldwin.

The ultimate in complete community living, and probably the original, is Celebration. Located just outside of Lake Buena Vista and Walt Disney World, Celebration was Walt's dream come true of a prototype community in which you could live, work and play. Accessible via I-4, the 417, and nearby 429, Celebration is perfect for anyone working in the southwest area of Orlando, or for the theme park fanatic. Celebration boasts a Town Square with boutique shops, offices, and restaurants such as Seito Sushi and the Celebration Town Tavern (try their clam chowder)! Residents love annual events such as Fourth of July celebrations, Halloween pumpkin patches and nightly "snow" falls during the holiday season. A new Publix recently opened on the edge of town, adding yet another convenience for picturesque Celebration. With an on-site golf course, new library, and a hospital featuring an on-site fitness center and spa, Celebration is filled with amenities for its residents. Offering apartments within Celebration as well as plenty of options in nearby Kissimmee, Celebration is perfect for families, Disney cast members wanting to live near work or for the resident that yearns for "traditional America."

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