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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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New Listing - yesterday
$380,000
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,720
SQFT
11918 Nautica Drive Orlando, FL 32827
Townhouse For Sale
- Active

Lovely townhome in guard gated VillageWalk. Two master suites are located on the second level and a third bedroom with private access to bath is on level one. Master suites have ample closet space and there is additional storage on the main level.

$1,149,000
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,534
SQFT
11704 Savona Way Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

GORGEOUS Mediterranean-style house in The Enclave at Village Walk of Lake Nona, a boutique gated community of just 144 homes, surrounded by conservation area and nestled next to Lake Nona Country Club. A unique layout and wealth of luxurious architec

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$625,000
4
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,000
SQFT
12215 Regal Lily Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

This famous Cyprus model house is nestled on a generous waterfront home site with luxurious features located at beautiful Village walk at Lake Nona, a prestigious master planned community in southeast Orlando. This well taken care house featuring Ma

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$375,000
4
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,830
SQFT
12081 Breda Lane Orlando, FL 32827
Townhouse For Sale
- Active

Beautiful Town House in moving in ready with New modern laminated floor , Granite countertop Kitchen and stainless steel appliances screening Patio and pavers floor , Garage for two cars , Master Bed Room with private Balcony with garden view.

New Listing - 18 hours online
$895,000
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,891
SQFT
8675 Finsen Street Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Presenting this beautifully upgraded Taylor Morrison Berkley Model located in the gated community of Preserve at Laureate Park. Featuring 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, Office/Den, In-Law Suite and Bonus Room all on an oversized fully fenced lot. Owner

New Listing - 23 hours online
$1,900,000
4
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,975
SQFT
9508 Sloane Street Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

This custom home in the exclusive 24-hour guard gated Lake Nona Estates awaits its new owners. Offering nearly 6,000 square feet of living space on a 1/2 acre homesite with views of the 12th fairway of the Lake Nona golf course. This grand two-story

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,350,000
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,081
SQFT
10355 Kensington Shore Drive #I-102 Orlando, FL 32827
Condo For Sale
- Active

Located within the renowned Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, this beautiful Coach Home captures breathtaking views of Lake Nona while providing an elegant, turnkey lifestyle. Located on the first floor, the residence offers a private entrance opening

New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,650,000
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,778
SQFT
10355 Kensington Shore Drive #I-202 Orlando, FL 32827
Condo For Sale
- Active

Situated along the shores of Lake Nona, this second-level Coach Home captures gorgeous sunsets and beautiful water views that are simply breathtaking. The interior spans more than 3,700 square feet with a wealth of elegant appointments, creating a s

Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$1,395,000
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,582
SQFT
9414 Becker Court Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

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

New Listing - 3 weeks online
$1,350,000
3
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,081
SQFT
10387 Kensington Shore Drive #G-101 Orlando, FL 32827
Condo For Sale
- Active

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

New Listing - 2 days online
$480,000
3
BEDS
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,787
SQFT
13359 Granger Avenue Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Gorgeous home located in Laureate Park, the HEART of Lake Nona. Close to Canvas Restaurant, Gym, Amazing Explorers and the clubhouse. This home will sell FAST! All measurements are approximations and should be verified by buyers agent for accuracy.

$2,799,000
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. 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 not

$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

Price Change - yesterday
$3,275,000
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

$1,259,000
5
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,275
SQFT
13093 Lessing Avenue Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

Luxury living at its finest! Located in the heart of Lake Nona within walking distance from schools, main stores, and restaurants; this modern smart home is sure to impress! The perfect home for outdoor entertainment! Outside, you're greeted with an

Price Change - yesterday
$500,000
0.22
ACRES
ORANGE, FL
COUNTY
8655 Farthington Way Orlando, FL 32827
Land For Sale
- Active

One of the last remaining opportunities to build within Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. This 0.22-acre home site offers private views. Select your builder from the array of approved builders in community.

$1,690,000
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,704
SQFT
8647 Farthington Way Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

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

Price Change - yesterday
$1,750,000
4
BEDS
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,783
SQFT
8635 Farthington Way Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

This two-story residence offers sleek, modern finishes among more than 3,700 square feet. Embracing a transitional style, the four-bedroom, four-full-and-one-half-bathroom home was designed with careful thought to family and private spaces, including

$1,250,000
5
BEDS
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,510
SQFT
96 Elion Street Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

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

$1,430,000
5
BEDS
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,470
SQFT
103 Elion Street Orlando, FL 32827
Single Family Home For Sale
- Active

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

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

  • April 15, 2020 at 4:36 pm
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    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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  • April 24, 2020 at 1:05 pm
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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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