Living within 10 or 15 minutes from the happiest place on Earth sounds like a dream to many, but finding the perfect apartment can feel overwhelming. Luckily, the area surrounding the Orlando theme parks has a number of great neighborhoods all full of lively, unique apartment complexes. Surprisingly, this part of Orlando is oftentimes calmer and more relaxing because it is a good distance away from downtown Orlando.
These neighborhoods are the perfect place for Disney employees and annual passholders to find apartments near Disney to commute to. Besides those who travel to Disney frequently, the neighborhoods around Disney are close to many of the major highways, making it a great location for any Orlando renter.
Dr. Phillips is best for those interested in Universal Orlando and SeaWorld as it is located on the southwest side of Orlando. Dr. Phillips has been around for some time, making it a lively area of town, with lots to see and do. Renting in this community means easy access to almost anything you need or want, like fine dining, shopping and entertainment. And on top of that, you'll likely catch a glimpse of Universal's fireworks on a nightly basis!
Entertainment is the hallmark of Dr. Phillips. From the world-renowned Universal Studios Florida, to the aquatic wonders of SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Waterpark and Discovery Cove (known for Dolphin excursions), you'll simply never be bored. You will also be a stone's throw from landmarks like the Orlando Eye, an observation wheel modeled after the London Eye. When living in an apartment in Dr. Phillips, be sure to take advantage of Florida Resident Discounts on yearly passes to all of these local attractions!
The Hunters Creek area is a family-oriented town providing residents with a sense of community. Home to seven different parks full of nature, playgrounds and sports fields, you will never run out of outdoor activities or community centers in this area. Park culture gives people in the community an opportunity to get involved and meet their neighbors, and definitely adds a social aspect to the Hunter's Creek lifestyle. You can see the full lineup on Hunters Creek's community website. Hunter's Creek has even been rated as one of the best places to live! For families and young professionals, this neighborhood is an ideal location. Hunters Creek is about 30 minutes from downtown Orlando, and not far from the Lake Buena Vista area, and the Walt Disney World Resort, so there is sure to be an apartment to satisfy your needs!
Lake Buena Vista is one of the greater Orlando area's most well developed neighborhoods and is one of the most well-known theme park neighborhoods. Interstate 4 (I-4) and Disney property border the area, so it's typically busy with tourists. If you love this area, but prefer to retreat to a quiet apartment in your own nook of town, there are a few neighborhoods in Lake Buena Vista just north of the Interstate and the Walt Disney World Resort that are outside of the area's main tourism centers. These are actually some of the quietest places to live in the Orlando metro area.
Whether you're a professional looking for a place close to both the city and Lake Buena Vista's attractions, or a family looking for a quiet place to call home close to Central Florida's entertainment, the Lake Buena Vista area should be near the top of your list.