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Get to know Baldwin Park

Baldwin Park is a New Urbanist community with an unusual advantage — rather than being built from scratch in some abandoned pasture, it sprung up inside the already vibrant Orlando city limits. When the Navy abandoned its training facility, planners took the acreage to build single-family homes, townhomes, and apartments, and placed them along wide streets running through parks and open space. There’s a downtown with a grocery and pharmacy, small boutiques and salons, as well as some of the city’s best restaurants, and other small businesses and professional offices are scattered throughout the area. Orlandoans venture to Baldwin Park for the recreation, as well, primarily biking and jogging on the wide park-lined trail around Lake Baldwin or along the Cady Way Trail. With an emphasis on aesthetics, Baldwin’s planners pushed the parking to the interiors of the blocks to give that space to blossoming flowers and trees, and they’ve also hidden away massive resort-style pools areas and other luxury amenities.
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Living in Central Florida

Central Florida runs on tourism, but the draw of this place was felt long before a mouse ever got into the act. It’s a land of tremendous natural beauty, riddled with glassy lakes that teem with water birds, century-old oak trees that take up half a city block, and a climate that is ideal about 80 percent of the time — and it’s better than most other places when it’s not postcard-perfect. The region is a mix of former agricultural towns (quaintly preserved) and planned communities (luxuriously appointed), and in between are gardened lots along shady streets and long docks stretching into blue waters. Tourism fuels more than the economy here, bringing in passionate professionals who have created a vibrant food scene and a healthy arts community. Rich with parks, trails, and other recreational opportunities, Central Florida is a paradise al fresco for most of the year. The rest of the time? Well, that’s why everyone seems to have a pool.

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