WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT LIVING IN….
Spotlight on Baldwin Park
Winner of Neighborhood Awards from the National Association of Home Builders, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and more.
Where is Baldwin Park? If you’re an O-Town old timer, you’ll remember that Orlando was once home to a Naval Training Center. In 1998, it was decommissioned and the City Beautiful was—as one observer wrote—“left with a one thousand acre hole in its heart.” Developers stepped in with a vision, and what was once a traffic obstruction became a spectacular urban enclave, two miles from downtown.
Today, Baldwin Park is a trendy neighborhood, a planned walkable town of about 18,000 residents, primarily young professionals and young families. It boasts 15 different housing styles that include cottages, bungalows, manor homes, and mixed-use buildings with rental units, which means there’s a style to suit all tastes and needs. The energy is definitely urban and upbeat, with what some describe as a “London feel” to it. It’s an active community, and on any given day you’ll find people walking dogs, pushing strollers, wandering in and out of shops, and enjoying the outdoors along the preserved waterfronts of two lakes….and everyone looks so happy!
For the kids, there are A+ rated schools and a spectacular playground at Lake Baldwin Park, which also offers boat rentals (no gas engines) and picnic areas.
Ecology was no afterthought to the developers of the town—they partnered with the Audubon Society to recreate the area’s natural habitat with native plantings, and created an island rookery for local birds to nest.
Culture & Community
Cultural opportunities abound. You’re only minutes away from downtown, with its museums, gardens, theaters and music venues, but you don’t need to leave the neighborhood to find an exciting nightlife of pubs, clubs, sports bars, and great restaurants—some of which are dog-friendly.
Got a yen for sushi? Check out @Seito Sushi
A longing for Lebanese? Look to @Meza
Interested in Italian? For pizza, pasta and more, there’s @La Bella Luna
Ever have coffee in a cone? You will at @Cafe 906
Considering Craft Cocktails? Head to @The Nest
Whatever your gustatory whim, you’ll find it in, or very near, Baldwin Park. Watch our website for available rentals.