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.
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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Water front Villa in the guard-gated Community of Village Walk in Lake Nona is Move in Ready! This spacious 3 bedrooms 2 bath 2 car garage single story, offers upgrades throughout the house, 42" cabinets, stainless still appliances, granite counters
Prepare to be AMAZED with this LUXURIOUS estate home located within the sought-after GATED community of the Enclave at VillageWalk, in the Heart of Lake Nona, with over $150,000 in CUSTOM Upgrade Options!!! This Beautifully modernized and designed, l
The epitome of all things luxury, this 12,000 sq.ft. Akers Custom Homes estate features 6 bedrooms, 6/4 bathrooms, 4-car PLUS golf cart garage, & comes complete w/ interior guest quarters. Located in the world class Lake Nona Golf & Country Club on .
Brand New Craft Homes in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Orlando. This one story Mid-Century modern home has 3bedroom 2bathroom with a very large corner lot. Lot is large enough for a pool. Tray Ceiling and large slider glass door opens
Beautifully maintained, move-in ready home in Laureate Park. This modern single-story gem has amazing curb appeal with three bedrooms, two baths and a detached two-car rear loading garage with 1,773 air-conditioned square feet. The front porch is war
Award winning model home available with leaseback. Amazing outdoor living space with large pool, beach & hot tub, pergola, covered lanai, and ready for outdoor kitchen to be added. Great Room overlooks the outdoor living with multi slide stacking gla
Turn the keys, and go! This lake front condo is the model of luxury and convenience. You'll enjoy breath-taking views of Lake Nona from the kitchen, dining and great rooms, and your primary bedroom. As you're savoring your morning coffee on the pa
Own your own piece of paradise in the heart of Lake Nona! This Private, only gated community in Laureate Park is close to everything but yet quiet and serene with no pass thru traffic. This beautiful home has EVERYTHING you’ve been looking for plus e
Nestled within Lake Nona Golf & Country Club along the shores of beautiful Lake Nona, this elegant Coach Home condominium offers luxury and convenience in an elegant lakefront setting. The ground-level residence offers more than 3,000 square feet of
One or more photo(s) has been virtually staged. A timeless design, combined with construction materials and technological enhancements, make this Orlando luxury waterfront residence a one-of-a-kind estate. Built with both durability and desirability,
Start 2021 with your dreams of building a new WATERFRONT home on Lake Nona, a 583 acre freshwater lake! The allure of this lot is its mesmerizing views, private location, 100 feet of waterfront frontage directly on Lake Nona, picturesque views of nat
Under Construction. Currently under construction by Barcellona Homes, this two-story contemporary residence creates an aesthetic that is conducive to both grand entertaining and small gatherings. With an exterior made of stone wall and wood tile, thi
Under Construction. Lake Front Living, New Construction, in Beautiful Waters Edge Community at Lake Nona. This Park Square Custom home boasts 6 bedrooms,5 full,2 half baths , a great room, game room and theater. Two gourmet kitchens one inside and on
Chic, modern and elegant. Nestled in the back of the beautiful Lake Nona Golf and Country Club this one of a kind pool home is a must see. It's sharp edges and clean design give this home an element of sophistication. Light and airy, the open plan ma
Under Construction. Transitional styling embodies this new residence. With four bedrooms, four full and one half bathrooms, the two-story floor plan has been masterfully designed to allow for luxurious private living. Wooden accents enhance the façad
Pre-Construction. To be built. Arturo Barcellona designs homes with indoor/outdoor spaces that make for the ultimate living experience. Located on the lake in Laureate Park near all of the community amenities. Three stories, modern and contemporary i
Pre-Construction. To be built. Rare and magical glass home that is an architectural sensation! This home on the lake features 4,470 sq.ft. with 5 bedrooms, 5 and 1 half baths with floor to ceiling glass walls on three sides of the home that give you
Model Home leaseback-Brand New Home in one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Orlando. This modern 5 bedroom 3 and two 1/2 baths home has a waterview and walking distance to community center and Pool and Gym. Also walking distance to coffee sh
This is an exciting and rare opportunity to purchase an entire parcel of incredible lakefront property on Lake Whippoorwill in the heart of Lake Nona! This beautiful property is just short of 10 acres and is located on the highly sought-after Kirby S