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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Beautiful wide water views from this Mediterranean Style Villa. Two large bedrooms with baths, tile roof, lush landscaping, 1/2 duplex with solid concrete walls for privacy and quiet. 2 car garage, light, clean and move in ready. Larger villa unit wi
PREMIUM CORNER LOT! MUST SEE!!! Rear Lake View, No rear neighbors, BEAUTIFUL 3 Bedrooms 2 Bath + bonus room, screened patio also has been reinforced to hold a HOT TUB, walk-in closets, crown molding, tile floors, spacious kitchen with stainless steel
***NO REAR NEIGHBORS***PREMIUM LOT***Beautiful extremely well-maintained home which includes 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms with over 3,100 square feet available and outdoor paver screened patio. The first floor includes a formal living area, family ro
Located in the heart of Lake Nona, Village Walk designed 500 Acre master-planned development. Located within the city limits of Orlando, it is just 1 mile from Lake Nona's Medical City. Enjoy easy access to some of the finest medical facilities, edu
This luxury, gently used two-story five-bedroom, five & half bath home has all the architectural details you would expect in a luxury residence such as full lite decorative glass front door, 8' solid-core doors, crown moldings, tray ceilings with wo
WATCH VIRTUAL TOUR! On the HEART of LAKE NONA- this home is INCREDIBLE! The property was built by Taylor Morrison in 2019, has over 4,000 sqft, 4 bedroom and 3.5 bath, a 2 story STUDY, which can be used as the 5th bedroom with a TRENDY SPIRAL STAIRCA
Why wait for your home to be built when you can purchase this one-year-old immaculate property available for immediate move-in? This low-maintenance home in The Enclave at Village Walk is perfect for the busy professional. The beveled glass doors ope
Under Construction. MLS#A4491231 ~ Built by Taylor Morrison ~ September completion! Welcome to your dream home! The Acadia has the perfect blend of form and function to meet the needs of any household and is laid out for maximum comfort and livabili
Adjacent to the 10th fairway and taking full advantage of its 0.76-acre home site, this transitional estate offers exceptional modern appointments perfectly balanced by its welcoming and thoughtful architecture. Designed by Nasrallah Architectural Gr
Under Construction. MLS #A4491249 ~ September Completion! ~ The Zion plan is an excellent choice for larger households needing additional living space! Built by Taylor Morrison, this home features an impressive two-story entry and family room, well-
Under Construction. MLS#A4491278 ~ Built by Taylor Morrison ~ The Zion plan is an excellent choice for larger households needing additional living space! Built by Taylor Morrison, this home features an impressive two-story entry and family room, well
Under Construction. Under Construction. Located less than a mile from Medical City inside the beautiful neighborhood of Laureate Park. This popular one story open floor plan being offered by family owned and award-winning Cardel Homes is sure to plea
This modern style and beautiful home is located at the end of the cul-de-sac next to a big nice pond providing relaxation and privacy. This 2 story home has 3840 sqft of beautiful details with 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. Tile and engineered hardwood
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. Spanning more than 3,000 square feet of living space, the ground
One of the last remaining opportunities to build along the shores of Lake Nona, this 0.61-acre home site offers stunning lakefront views. Select your builder from the array of approved builders in Lake Nona Golf & Country Club.
Stunning Hatter model Home by Craft Homes. Extremely energy efficient with 10 solar panels made by Tesla to help keep the energy bill down. This former Hatter model is loaded with designer upgrades and sits in the perfect location overlooking a beaut
Magnificently situated directly on Lake Nona is one of Central Florida's most significant homes to be built. This majestic 4 Bedroom / 5 Bath estate, situated on .55/acre is over 6700 sf and is most notably The New American Showcase Home 2008 awarded
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
This is your new DREAM HOME!, Located walking distance from schools, main stores and restaurants, this modern 5 Beds and 4 1/2 baths smart home will comply with all age requirements. High Speed Internet all around the house and exterior, you can choo