Located just inside the city limits in southeastern Orlando, Lake Nona is the ultimate combination of everything that most Baby Boomers are looking for in a retirement destination. The entire community is built around living a better, healthier lifestyle.
That means that residents here can enjoy an impressive amount of preserved green space, pools in every neighborhood, endless miles of trails, and some of the fastest internet speeds you will find anywhere in the world. On top of that, Lake Nona offers a plethora of educational options and outstanding healthcare facilities.
About Lake Nona
Lake Nona is a master-planned community that spans 7,000 acres. The area has been developed to include Lake Nona Medical City, which is a hub for biomedical research and education that features five difference medical facilities including a University of Central Florida College of Medicine and Health Sciences campus, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, the Orlando VA Medical Center, Nemours Children’s Hospital, and a University of Florida Research and Academic Center.
In addition to those fabulous medical facilities, Lake Nona also contains its own school system and five different neighborhoods that each offer a slightly different version of the Florida lifestyle you have been dreaming about.
Lake Nona Demographics
Lake Nona grew from a population of just a few thousand people in 2010 to more than 50,000 residents in 2015. Based on current construction targets and population estimates, the community is likely going to reach somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 residents by 2020.
Because many of the residents of Lake Nona work at one of the nearby medical facilities, the entire area is extremely prosperous and residents are typically considered to be somewhere in the upper-middle-class income brackets.
Lake Nona Lifestyle
Much of the community revolves around the Medical City, so Lake Nona is known for promoting healthy living among all of its residents. A full 40% of the community is dedicated to green spaces that include dog parks, athletic parks, playgrounds, and gardens. On top of that, there are resort-style and Olympic swimming pool options in each of the five neighborhoods.
Lake Nona residents also have access to state-of-the-art fitness centers located in each of the community neighborhoods, and there is a total of 44 miles of trails for walking or biking that criss-cross throughout the community.
The United States Tennis Association recently moved into a state-of-the-art facility with 100 courts that houses the USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions as well as the University of Central Florida’s tennis teams. This facility is divided into dedicated areas that focus on the pathway from the youngest players to recreational players, to collegians, to future professional players and professional tour-level players.
Lake Nona Culture
It only takes one look at “The Beacon and Code Wall” at Lake Nona’s Town Center to realize that this is a community where arts and culture play a pivotal role. This stunning artistic tribute looks spectacular against the night sky, while the much simpler “Glass House” is a beautiful artistic feature to visit during the day.
In addition to the culture you will find right in Lake Nona, residents are also close enough to enjoy all of the culture that Orlando has to offer, including the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orlando Ballet.
Lake Nona Shopping
The area surrounding “The Beacon and Code Wall” in Lake Nona’s Town Center is filled with retail options that include everything from department stores to grocery shopping to amazing boutique stores that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
And if you feel the need to add even more variety to your shopping adventures, there is a whole world of opportunity to be found throughout the Orlando area.
Lake Nona Dining
The entire greater Orlando area is absolutely stocked with amazing restaurants, but Lake Nona residents don’t even have to venture outside of their own community to find some outstanding cuisine. Options like Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen and Bosphorus Turkish Cuisine are located right in the Town Center.
Chroma specializes in small plates, craft beer, and fine wine. The Fish Tacos are a popular option here, but you might also want to get a little more adventurous and try the Roasted Bone Marrow dish.
Over at Bosphorus, guests are treated to a fabulous Mediterranean experience with a full menu of authentic Turkish food. Popular options here include the Turkish Mixed Grill Platter, Lamb Kofte, and Chicken Sis Kebap.
Lake Nona Area Communities
Located just minutes away from all there is to see and experience in Lake Nona is what is destined to become one of the most popular active lifestyle communities in Central Florida. Twin Lakes, by Jones Homes USA, is now selling homes from the $200k’s and the best part is that it’s only 20 minutes from Lake Nona.
Centered around a truly expansive 20,000 square foot Clubhouse complex on the tranquil shores of Live Oak Lake, it’s perfect for a relaxing afternoon poolside or a large evening celebration in the party friendly patio area. Here, residents enjoy lakeside living with boating, fishing, kayaking and amenities usually reserved for fine resorts.
From the lifestyle and culture to the shopping and dining, everything about Lake Nona is built around the idea of emphasizing a healthier life that is filled with passion. If healthy living is something you are passionate about, this is definitely the community that should be at the top of your list.