MY HONEST TAKE
A lot of people, especially in colder parts of the country/world, have probably thought to themselves: Is Orlando a good place to live? Sunny and hot all year round, Orlando, Florida is an awesome city with so many attractions close at hand. There’s fun for all ages around every corner, and as a real estate agent, I get asked about living in Orlando all the time! I decided to write this blog to showcase the TRUTH about living in the Orlando/Central Florida area. I’m originally from out of state myself and this has given me an outsider’s perspective on Orlando that I think is really helpful for my real estate customers thinking of moving south.
PRO: THE WEATHER
The name itself calls out to those who suffer through harsh northern winters: The Sunshine State. I don’t mean to brag, but if you like sunshine, we’ve got plenty of it in Orlando. I myself was born and raised in New York, and started living in Central Florida about 15 years ago. I know how long and cold those winters can be first hand. Moving to Orlando will give you all the heat you can handle, if you’re into that kind of thing ;) We do still have winters here, but they’re extremely mild, rarely requiring more than a light jacket.
PRO: OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
This kind of goes along with the awesome weather thing. A city like Orlando that has a ton of sunshine every year is going to have lots to do outside. Hiking trails criss cross the entirety of the area for those who like to get their outdoor activities on foot. Kayakers love living in Orlando for its year-round kayaking. Water sports of all kinds can be done almost every day on the year (except for a couple of stormy or windy days).
PRO: ENTERTAINMENT ABOUNDS!
Most people associate the Orlando area with its theme parks like Disneyworld, Universal, SeaWorld, and many more. For families with small children, or even grown children, there is an endless supply of entertainment right at your fingertips.
CON: BUGS (BIG BUGS)
Central Florida is humid, which means the bugs are big and they’re hungry. Bug spray is mandatory for outdoor activities because those bad boys have a tendency to descend on an outdoor gathering!
It seems like almost every afternoon in the summer there is a short but intense rain storm that hits the Orlando area. This is caused by the heat and humidity. It’s so common that you can almost set your watch to it. Having said that, the weather is so perfect the rest of the time that we forgive those little bursts of rain.
IS ORLANDO A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE?
I might be biased, because I’ve lived here for 15 years—but I think overall Orlando is one of the best places to live. The pros far outweigh the cons tenfold, and the lifestyle here is unbeatable.