Lee Vista is located east of Semoran Boulevard (SR 436), just north of the Orlando International Airport. Lee Vista gets its name from the iconic TG Lee Dairy and its founder Thomas Gilbert Lee, whose farms once covered wide swaths of the area. Less than an hour from Florida's Space Coast, Lee Vista's unique location allows easy access to the beach as well as the city. Downtown Orlando is only about twenty minutes from this area, making it an ideal neighborhood for those who work in metropolitan Orlando and would rather live away from the action.
(Clockwise from top left) Barber Park, Three Point Bowling, TG Lee Farmland, Orlando International Airport, Vista Palms Shopping Center and the Martin B. Andersen Beachline Expressway.
Apartments in Lee Vista are a bit further away from the hustle and bustle of downtown and the theme parks, but still have a handful of activities surrounding them if residents don't feel like traveling to other areas. Barber Park is a 66-acre escape for anyone looking to take advantage of public soccer fields, basketball courts, picnic areas, a dog park, playground and lakefront fishing. The closet golf course is North Shore Golf Club, featuring 18 holes and a full practice facility. Three Point Bowl is a great place to take the entire family for a fun day of bowling. Fitness enthusiasts enjoy the LA Fitness off of Goldenrod Rd. For a weekend getaway, Lee Vista is located right next to the Martin B. Andersen Beachline Expressway, or the 528, which is a direct connect to the beaches of the east coast.
DINING AND NIGHTLIFE IN THE LEE VISTA AREA
Lee Vista doesn't have much in the way of a unique, local dining scene, yet its proximity to the Orlando International Airport has lured a number of national chain restaurants. You'll find options like TGI Fridays, Chili's, Miller's Ale House and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. There are also some slightly higher-end choices to include Bonefish Grill and Longhorn Steakhouse. If you're still craving more, you can always take the 15-20 minute drive to downtown.
SCHOOLS SERVING THE LEE VISTA AREA
There are a number of schools serving the apartments in the Lee Vista area.
Children in grades K-5 are zoned for Hidden Oaks Elementary, Chickasaw Elementary, Ventura Elementary, Michael McCoy Elementary, Three Points Elementary and Pinar Elementary.
Middle school students are zoned for Liberty Middle, Jackson Middle and Odyssey Middle.
Private schools in the Millenia area include Faith Christian Academy and Acceleration Academy
Please note that public school zoning is subject to change from time to time. Please visit the Orange County School District website to confirm school zones before making a housing decision.
SHOPPING IN THE LEE VISTA AREA
While there is not a lot of shopping directly in the Lee Vista area, there are plenty of nearby shopping options to choose from. Lee Vista is only about 10 minutes via SR 528 from the Florida Mall and its world class shopping. If you're looking more for the basics, then you might find yourself at Vista Palms, a relatively new shopping center, complete with a Home Depot, Staples Office Supply, and a number of other "everyday" stores.
Lee Vista Promenade is a newly developed shopping center that is currently opening up in phases. Some of the planned shops and restaurants to be included are a Rock & Brews (owned by KISS front men Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons), a 1,425 seat movie theatre, HomeGoods, Marlow's Tavern and Famous Footwear.
BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN THE LEE VISTA AREA
Since the business community of Lee Vista is not as large as the surrounding areas, most professionals living in homes or apartments in the area must commute to work. Downtown Orlando is about a 20 minute drive from Lee Vista. The Orlando International Airport tends to be the largest employer in this area, while other residents work at one of the local shops or restaurants.
TRAFFIC AND DRIVING IN THE LEE VISTA AREA
The major roads that travel through Lee Vista are Conway Road and Semoran Boulevard (SR 436.) The 408 helps residents travel to downtown Orlando, but can be pretty backed up during rush hour. State Road 417, also known as the Central Florida GreeneWay is a toll road that begins in north Orlando and runs down the east side of all the way until it interchanges with I-4 near Celebration. This option runs right through the area. The 528 Beachline is very convenient to this area, for those who wish to travel to Cocoa Beach or any number of attractions on Florida's Space Coast.
(Photo credits, clockwise from top left) Yelp, Groupon, Photographer Jeffrey Howard, Orlando Informer, Loopnet & Central Florida Expressway Authority.These are the opinions of writers and not the opinions of 407apartments.com or any of our advertising partners.