Lake Nona

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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$5,795,000
6
BEDS
10
TOTAL BATHS
12,000
SQFT
9011 Mayfair Pointe Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

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 .

Price Change - a week ago
$1,109,000
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,828
SQFT
8474 Nemours Parkway Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Don't miss your opportunity to be a homeowner in the highly desirable laureate park. This modern and stylish 5 bedroom, 4 and 1/2 bath 2 story income producing home with the builder's warranty has a stunning wrap staircase as the focal point of the o

$3,500,000
5
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,662
SQFT
9202 Cromwell Park Place Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Situated on a private cul-de-sac within the renowned Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, this exquisite custom estate blends exceptional finishes with gorgeous living spaces to create a beautiful Romanesque masterpiece. Built by leading custom home builde

$5,995,000
5
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
7,740
SQFT
8506 Lake Nona Shore Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Pre-Construction. To be built. Currently under construction by DeVoe Custom Homes, this stunning two-story estate offers unparalleled privacy and is full of character, elegance and warmth. Located at the end of a cul-de-sac, the well-organized floor

$2,749,000
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
6,766
SQFT
10379 Woodward Winds Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

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,

$650,000
0.43
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
10387 Woodward Winds Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Land For Sale
- Active

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

$2,495,000
6
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,800
SQFT
10395 Woodward Winds Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Under Construction. Under Construction! Lake front living at its finest. Waters Edge Community at Lake Nona. This Park Square custom home boasts 6 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths. A gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances. A great room, bon

$3,450,000
5
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
6,174
SQFT
8527 Lake Nona Shore Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

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

$548,900
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,825
SQFT
8571 Theiler Street Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Beautiful and well maintained 2 story single family home built in 2019. Located in the high end luxury neighborhood of Laureate Park at Lake Nona. This property presents laminate flooring in excellent condition on the first floor. Open space concept

$2,495,000
6
BEDS
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,803
SQFT
10427 Woodward Winds Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

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

$1,475,000
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,032
SQFT
10436 Kirby Smith Road Orlando, FL 32832
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Exciting lakefront opportunity in the heart of Lake Nona. Over 2 acres situated on 327 acre Lake Whippoorwill. This 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home has expansive panoramic views of the lake from almost every room. The home features an open floor plan

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,600,000
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,709
SQFT
9650 Blandford Road Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Additional photos coming soon. Nestled along a wooded conservation with a pond on one side, this elegant estate offers a private setting within the renowned Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. The interior spans more than 3,700 square feet, with cherry h

$370,000
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,628
SQFT
7919 Northlake Parkway Orlando, FL 32827
Townhouse For Sale
- Active

THIS GORGEOUS TOWN HOME, which is move-in ready and a 3-minute walk to the COMMUNITY POOL. This home features a large, covered front patio with lots of windows to let in natural lighting. The inside of the home offers plenty of room for entertaining.

New Listing - 4 days online
$930,000
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,250
SQFT
9114 Tavistock Lakes Boulevard Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

You’re going to love this POPULAR Ashton Woods Anderson model because it has five bedrooms, 4.5 baths, an apartment over the 3-car garage, LOCATED ON an oversized and FENCED IN HOME-SITE with a large coveted driveway and room for a pool—You will love

New Listing - 4 weeks online
$849,900
6
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,216
SQFT
8811 Abbey Leaf Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Immaculate home for sale with the best location within the desirable community of Waters Edge in North Lake Park! This 6 bedroom, 4 full bathrooms, 3,216, two story home features all the upgrades you want in a home along with the safest and most cent

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$375,000
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,445
SQFT
7517 Laureate Boulevard #4308 Orlando, FL 32827
Condo For Sale
- Active

Move-in ready! This beautiful 2 bedroom, 2 bath Aspen floorplan condo in The Gatherings of Lake Nona is ready for a new owner. You will not be disappointed with all of the upgrades and finishes of this stunning third-floor condo unit. From the premiu

Price Change - 2 weeks ago
$2,975,000
3.14
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
Narcoossee Rd Orlando, FL 32832
Land For Sale
- Active

COMMERCIAL Property consist of 3.14 acres, zoned PD in the City of Orlando. Zoning allows to construct Commercial/Office commercial uses. Direct frontage on Narcoossee Rd. Across from Valencia College. Close to Lake Nona, Medical City, Airport and d

$859,888
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,027
SQFT
9037 Smithies Street Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

MULTIPLE OFFERS RECEIVED! PLEASE come in with your highest and best 5pm on Black Friday! Lake Nona highly sought after Modern & Open Floor Plan, close to everything!!! Hello Santa, It's me again...I know I haven't been good all year but I have had a

New Listing - 3 days online
$725,000
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,304
SQFT
9061 Smithies Street Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Now accepting offers for this move-in ready luxury home with ALL FURNITURE INCLUDED! Welcome to your new Laureate Park home located in the heart of Lake Nona. This Luxurious TURNKEY home has everything you need. As you enter, you are greeted with a

New Listing - a week online
$372,990
2
BEDS
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,368
SQFT
7565 Laureate Boulevard #3408 Orlando, FL 32827
Condo For Sale
- Active

Under Construction. Ready in Spring 2022. Located on the fourth floor, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condominium in Gatherings® of Lake Nona, a 55+ Active Adult condo community, has a central access elevator, a private balcony and 1-car garage. Kitchen

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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