Reported by Fortune magazine as the “Future of Cities,” over a decade ago this land was barren. Lake Nona is a neo-urban, walkable cluster community, and is nicknamed “Medical City” for its various research facilities and state-of-the-art hospitals (five in total). The city was conceived by Tavistock Group founder Joe Lewis, who envisioned a dynamic community modeled after the La Jolla Research Institute cluster in San Diego.

History & Location

Lake Nona is the fastest-growing suburb in Orlando. Located on the southeast side of Orlando along 417, and an easy 28-minute drive to Disney property, Lake Nona is much more than its easy commute to the theme parks — it is an innovative community complete with world-class amenities and forward-thinking design. Some would argue that Lake Nona is far from other parts of Orlando, and that may be true depending on where you frequent. If anything, the commute is on par with other communities in Orlando and is one of the more relaxing, thanks to the toll road 417 which runs directly through Lake Nona. Traffic is never on my mind when commuting from Lake Nona, but mileage to other parts of Orlando can be high. Lake Nona commute times are roughly 10 minutes to the airport, 28 minutes to Disney property, and 28 minutes to downtown Orlando.


Map and relative location to theme parks


Things to Do in Lake Nona, FL

Lake Nona offers a lot. Lake Nona has the largest crystal lagoon in the United States, with 15 acres of crystal-clear water. (You can even kayak on it!) The community also houses the United States Tennis Association’s National Campus — the world’s largest, with over 100 tennis courts — as well as many boutique restaurants, shops, and retail options. The Orlando City Soccer’s training facility is also on site, and the city features Gigabit high speed internet — the first in Florida.

The vibe of Lake Nona is professional, educated, and residential — with an emphasis on sustainability, tech, and health. All commercial buildings in the Town Center are LEED certified. The Town Center is the most forward-thinking in my opinion. A lot of capital was invested in building the landmark epicenter for Lake Nona, and it doesn’t disappoint. This is a city that was designed to meet all needs of the community: jobs, education (from pre-k to graduate’s degree), health services, beautiful homes, and a multitude of restaurants and shops.

Homes

Laureate Park is the most iconic neighborhood in Lake Nona.  Although Laureate Park features homes at a lower price point than homes in Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, I believe Laureate Park captures the true feel of the city: It’s the closest neighborhood to Town Center, the medical center, and the main highway. Simply put, the neighborhood is connected and walkable. Neighborhood events include Yoga in the Park and weekly food trucks. Homes are traditionally designed with alleyways behind them; many homes have garage apartments.

Eagle’s Nest is another neighborhood worth mentioning and features a beautiful golf course on site. Homes in this neighborhood feel more Mediterranean, with Spanish tile roofs and beautiful stonework. This neighborhood is gated, and the homes range in size from right under 2,000 sq ft to almost 5,000 sq ft.

Village Walk is worth noting. Branded as a new style of neighborhood with homes built along canals and connected by bridges, the Village Walk center sits directly in the middle and hosts community events. Streets are separated by waterways in between, and almost every home here has a backyard pond view. Homes are large and feature solid barrel tile roofs.

The Lake Nona Golf & Country Club hosts some of the most spectacular homes in Orlando. The main feature of this community is the Tom Fazio-designed golf course. This is a prestigious community recognized as both a Platinum Club of the World and Platinum Club of America by Club Leaders Forum, one of the most respected sources for club industry leaders and professionals. Homes are equally prestigious and secluded, ranging from 4,000-10,000 square feet.

Why Live Here?

I live in Lake Nona and love it. While no community is perfect, I think this place has a lot going for it, with community amenities you won’t find anywhere else. Since it’s a newer community, there’s still more to come, too. The design and geographic location of Lake Nona make you very dependent on toll road 417 — something to consider.

I also like the care and detail invested in the city planning of Lake Nona. It differentiates itself by investing heavily in bringing well-paying jobs and industry to the area, so that it feels like a self-sustaining community rather than a suburb that you would commute to and from. Home prices are higher in Lake Nona than the Orlando average, but once you drive through, it’s easy to understand why.

Homes for sale in Lake Nona, FL

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New Listing - 6 days online
$817,000
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,514
SQFT
11917 Charlton Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Welcome Home! Immaculate four bedroom, three bathroom, one story home located in the Village Walk community of Lake Nona. Property is located on one of the best lots in this beautiful neighborhood. This move in ready "Carlyle" Model is perfectly situ

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$475,000
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,810
SQFT
11854 Nautica Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Townhouse For Sale
- Active

Deluxe town house at the main street of Village Walk; only two miles from Medical City. This four bedroom, three-bath property is packed with exceptional features and offers a maintenance-free lifestyle. Internet and cable from Brighthouse Networks,

$550,000
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,221
SQFT
11915 Lazio Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

UNIQUE RESORT STYLE LIVING! Open floor plan with windows/sliding doors throughout, allowing lots of sunshine for a bright and inviting home. Spectacular view of the backyard pond. Master bedroom suite has his and hers walk-in closets as well as his a

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$527,995
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,554
SQFT
11904 Fiore Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Multi-Family For Sale
- Active

*** THIS IS A MUST SEE FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO MOVE INTO THE LAKE NONA AREA*** It's all about LOCATION... LOCATION..LOCATION! Beautiful 3/2 - 1/2 duplex in very desirable Lake Nona community of Village Walk. The guard gated community is just minutes fo

New Listing - 3 weeks online
$799,900
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,358
SQFT
11803 Aurelio Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Welcome home to 11803 Aurelio Lane located in the VillageWalk community of Lake Nona! As you enter, you are greeted with a formal dining room, crown molding and wood flooring throughout. The oversized living room/kitchen combo offers plenty of space

New Listing - 3 weeks online
$670,000
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,941
SQFT
12028 Xenia Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Beautiful!!! corner one-story on a cul-de-sac with waterview, Model Pompei, With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths plus and additional flex room, a two-car garage, one den or office, a great room, Tile roof, tile flooring throughout the main living area, granite c

$559,000
3
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,949
SQFT
11866 Barletta Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

One or more photo(s) has been virtually staged. Gated community with resort living! "Pompeii" model is located in the heart of Village Walk in Lake Nona. This one-story, corner lot home features 1, 949 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in a well-desi

Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$1,150,000
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,036
SQFT
12305 Regal Lily Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

MUST SEE... 4 beds+4 full baths+office. Over 4000 SF WATER FRONT ...Beautiful Waterfront with more than $200, 000 in upgrades. Appliances stay. Super clean. Smart home. Oasis salt water pool with travertine deck & coping, Multicolor LED Lighting, gla

$819,000
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,600
SQFT
11861 Padua Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Beautiful RENOVATED in 2021 - 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom two story home is a must see in the gated community of VILLAGEWALK. The first floor has all new vinyl flooring and consists of a bedroom with full bathroom, a giant living room, office, and kitche

$670,000
4
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,938
SQFT
12245 Regal Lily Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

MUST SEE!!! This Beautiful one-story WATERFRONT home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths plus an additional flex room that was converted into 4th Bedroom with a customize Closet that was added.The Modern kitchen has a central island with bar seating, quartz c

Price Change - yesterday
$899,490
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,519
SQFT
12064 Autumn Fern Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Looking for the home that AND the community that checks all the boxes and blows you away! Guard Gated Community, UNBELIEVABLE Amenities, Salt Water Pool/Spa, Solar-powered, Outdoor kitchen, WATER VIEWS, wood floors, and a stunning open floor plan wit

$1,150,000
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,528
SQFT
12107 Aztec Rose Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Welcome home to this newly renovated and move-in ready Mediterranean style home! Situated on a beautifully landscaped corner lot with tranquil water views. This two-story home features 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, and a den/office space. The gorgeous EAT

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,100,000
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,983
SQFT
10937 Savona Way Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Gated Community, privacy and style. Move-in ready in the gated community of the Enclave at Village Walk in Lake Nona. With 2, 983 sq. ft. of interior living with three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a three-car garage. This single-story Stonehaven pla

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$510,000
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,810
SQFT
12124 Talitha Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Townhouse For Sale
- Active

Gorgeous, Clean, well maintained townhouse in the prestige community of Village Walk at Lake Nona furnished . Gated community like a resort style including community pool, lap pool, tennis Courts, Gym, The HOA include landscaping maintenance, Interne

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,500,000
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,310
SQFT
10875 Savona Way Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Executive residence located in the privately gated and highly coveted Lake Nona neighborhood, The Enclave. This stunningly designed Transitional Mediterranean home features 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, including the first level owner & guest suites, pr

$3,000,000
0.73
ACRES
ORANGE
COUNTY
9180 Sloane Street Orlando, FL 32827
Land For Sale
- Active

Offering captivating golf and lake views, this 0.73-acre home site offers a rare opportunity to build a custom estate along Lake Nona Golf & Country Club’s signature 15th fairway and the beautiful Buck Lake. Choose from Lake Nona’s approved, leading

Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$1,399,990
6
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,751
SQFT
8405 Adalina Place Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

One or more photo(s) has been virtually staged. GATED, WATER VIEWS and STYLE - Located in the gated community of The Enclave at Village Walk in Lake Nona! The Perfect multigenerational home with the Owners suite and Guest suite downstairs. With 4, 75

Price Change - 6 days ago
$675,000
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,335
SQFT
8333 Nemours Parkway Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Gorgeous home by Ashton Woods located in Laureate Park at Lake Nona. This 3 Bed 2.5 Bath home offers an open and spacious layout. The kitchen features 42" cabinets, all stainless steel Whirlpool appliances including refrigerator, Geoscapes diamond gl

New Listing - 5 days online
$3,950,000
5
BEDS
8
TOTAL BATHS
6,984
SQFT
9053 Mayfair Pointe Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

The perfect modern Mediterranean estate is strategically located in Lake Nona's world-renowned championship golf course along hole 10. Ambient natural light abounds; this home was designed with entertaining in mind with spectacular pool views upon en

Price Change - 2 days ago
$1,350,000
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,063
SQFT
12849 Bovet Avenue Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

This corner lot property is located in the highly sought after Laureate Park subdivision of Lake Nona. This beautiful home is outfitted with luxury finishes, five bedrooms, four and a half baths, including the one bedroom garage apartment has a separ

Pete Werner

I'm an Orlando local and owner of The DIS (wdwinfo.com), DVCfan.com, DCLfan.com, and host of the DIS Unplugged podcast.

2 thoughts on “Lake Nona

  • Welcome to Lake Nona Pete! I’ve been here about 15 years, so that was before Laureate Park was built. You didn’t mention my neighborhood, Water’s Edge at Lake Nona, but I guess that’s because we live in the cheap section, right next to Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, but hey, we can peek over the walls and admire the mansions from time to time.😊

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  • Great and welcome article! As an avid golf fan, I’ve been aware of Lake Nona for some time as the home of some of my favorite players. Nice to hear more about living there in detail.

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