History & Culture
Lake Nona, just two decades ago, was largely untouched agricultural land, and it was (like an orange) clearly ripe for the picking. A single development company seized that potential, and designed the community from the ground up, spending a lot of time considering just what its residents wanted. That has played out in things like a dedication to extremely broad broadband throughout (one reason that data-heavy businesses flourish here), technologically advanced homes, and a small-town feel that focuses on shared public spaces. The area is full of ways to be healthy, with fitness opportunities out every door in the form of endless biking and running trails; there’s even a bike-share program, though everyone seems to have their own. Lake Nona is just an hour from Cocoa Beach, close to the theme parks (but cleverly nowhere near their traffic), and all of Orlando can be reached via the uncrowded tollway that bisects the development. It’s easy to get anywhere from Lake Nona, but it’s also very easy to stay.