Orlando is a vibrant Florida city with loads to offer — fun attractions and gainful employment! All the more reason to call Central Florida home.
But those looking for Orlando proximity with a lower-key lifestyle will find a number of lovely burgs for apartment living — whether that means a beachy locale, a cabin in the woods or just an easier commute in a more affordable neighborhood.
Read on for 10 amazing cities near Orlando that you should call home.
Like many cities near Orlando, Sanford is sprawling. But it has an amazing historic downtown, with brick streets, charming buildings and a growing roster of hip attractions from nightlife to dining to galleries and boutiques.
All of this nestles up against the shore of Lake Monroe, which makes for as hip and exciting a night out as any in Orlando, with the added benefit of appealing to every age bracket and being exceedingly easy when it comes to parking.
Walkability is epic, and this is a beautiful town to visit (and even better to live in) and still easily commutable to downtown – only about 25 to 30 miles to the business district.
Like Sanford, Winter Garden, too, has a historic downtown with lots to do — from the idyllic live oaks over the patio at Plant Street Market to a living, breathing railroad museum to charm the oldest and youngest in your troupe with ease.
Winter Garden, east of the Orlando metro, is also easily commutable, but with a small-town feel that lowers the blood pressure. Despite its 'burb location, Winter Garden is home to two of the most well-reviewed restaurants in the area, both of which are within the charming Edgewater Hotel.
Windermere is one of the best places to live in Florida due to its suburban vibe and highly-rated public schools. It's a fairly family-oriented area. Not to mention, it's only six miles from Disney World —and what could be better than that?
With the close proximity to the magic of Disney comes a higher price, which is worth it if you'd rather be a quick ride to the park.
With the many restaurants, shops and other amenities and activities in the town, Altamonte Springs attracts many young professionals who like to work hard and play hard. It's also a pretty safe city, so families with young children tend to like the area, too.
It somehow manages to feel like a small town while still giving easy access to everything in the big city.
With more convenience to downtown, Ocoee — at just under 14 miles — is one of the closest cities on this list to Orlando.
A quick scoot on the 408 (highway) will have you inside the 407 in an average of 20 minutes. And your apartment community will have a far more relaxed vibe. One that's easier on the pocketbook, too.
Farm-to-table fans will note that Ocoee is near many of the city's best restaurant suppliers, like Lake Meadow Naturals. You can also pick blueberries in your figurative backyard when they're in season!
It's like living in the wilderness. Apopka residents enjoy proximity to gorgeous natural areas, including Wekiwa Springs State Park and Rock Springs Run State Preserve, where activities such as hiking, camping and even tubing on one of the region's beautiful natural springs make for happy, outdoorsy residents.
If you've got a city commute, though, it could be worse. Apopka is less than 18 miles from downtown — that's 30 minutes without traffic.
Clermont's rolling hills are a startling contrast to much of Florida's natural landscape. In fact, Florida's highest point (a mountain topping out at a whopping 345 feet) is on Lake County near Clermont.
Its weather and topography are so appealing that the National Training Center, a world-class facility where elite athletes come to hone their skills, calls Clermont home.
Many national fun runs and obstacle races make stops here, as well — the hills are great for challenging events!
Rapidly-growing Saint Cloud is an interesting city.
It's located right on East Lake Tohopekaliga and doesn't have much in terms of nightlife or big city amenities, keeping it a quiet place to live. However, it still has plenty of fun things to do, especially around the holidays when the community comes together to hold local events.
It was a town built, literally, by Disney in the 1990s, and although the megacorp doesn't own or run the place anymore — it is still a magical destination.
If you've ever wanted to live on Main Street, U.S.A. inside the Magic Kingdom, this master-planned community is among the few places on earth you'll feel that vibe.
Celebration features a lovely lake, tons of family attractions and events, an idyllic downtown and of course, minutes-away access to Walt Disney World.
But you'll never have to leave town — all your relatives will want to come to visit you, instead. It's about a half-hour from downtown barring traffic, but you'll have a couple of options outside of I-4.
Tourism is a top money-maker in Kissimmee, but the charming downtown and its surroundings built on the dual-powerhouse industries of cattle ranching and farming merge rancher history and modern-day living.
The Silver Spurs Rodeo is still a tremendously popular event here, and since Kissimmee essentially borders Walt Disney World, ongoing development is bringing more industry to the city, as well.
Among the more recent projects is the massive Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which includes homes, a water park and massive dining, shopping and entertainment complexes.
There are so many options available to anyone wanting to live as close to the big city as possible. Find an apartment near Orlando today!