Luxury living defines Metro Orlando’s lifestyle
While many move to Metro Orlando due to work relocation, others from around the country and the world, come to the area for its laid-back lifestyle, warm climate and beautiful lakes and parks. Still others decide to relocate because it has become the world’s playground with all the best and most exciting theme parks, as well as endless attractions, outdoor recreation and sensational eateries. Who doesn’t want to live in such a vibrant and beautiful place?
Once here, Metro Orlando offers a wealth of new luxury properties throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. Whatever you are seeking, the area has it, be it a downtown Orlando high-rise close to the action of professional sports teams or cultural events, a loft that is above or part of a regional shopping mall, a studio apartment with tree-lined streets in the city center where arts galleries, antique or retail shops beckon or an luxury apartment adjacent to a tranquil park where you can observe the swans enjoying their day.
The new luxury communities include apartments with granite counter tops, 42-inch cabinets, stainless steel appliances, spacious walk-in closets, patios or balconies and state of the art private fitness centers with some featuring a yoga or exercise studio. And your luxurious apartment home, many times, is all just steps from great shops and restaurants making your life easier.
Whatever size apartment you need, Metro Orlando has it. From one to four bedrooms, screened lanai or solarium, bottom, middle or top floor, lake view, pool view or garden view, finding the right fit really is a matter of defining what’s most important to you.
Central Florida renters can enjoy luxury apartment homes with a lifestyle which allows for more flexible family and leisure activities. No more time and money spent on home and yard maintenance. Instead, tenants can now spend their time on the plethora of activities and entertainment amenities modern apartment communities provide such as equipment-stocked fitness centers, tree-lined nature trails, game rooms, libraries, lounge areas and clubhouses for entertaining guests. Business centers with up-to-date equipment and software as well as fax machines, high-speed Internet access and comfortable conference rooms are especially popular with those who work from home. Besides paying less in utility, insurance and taxes, renters can also save the time since maintenance guarantees provide an on-call team 24 hours a day.
One of the most popular amenities are pools some apartments include water exercise classes or movies near the pool during the evening hours. Be aware it is swim at your own risk; there are usually no lifeguards. Adjacent to pools are bar-b-que cooking and dining areas for your next pool party. Grill centers may simply consist of charcoal or gas grills; however some have included pavilions, running water and electricity as well as a view overlooking a lake. Also available are recreational areas, a private beach, or boat launch, pier and nature trails.
Parking and transportation are important considerations when choosing the location of your apartment. Many parking spots are street or lot parking and some complexes may have reserved spots. The better option is controlled access parking garages. A covered garage connected to your building will assure you of staying dry as well as cool from the hot Florida sun. You may have to pay extra for additional parking spots. Transportation may consist of bus or train lines and Zagster, a bike sharing program.
Most apartments offer in-unit laundry and may provide leased equipment while others only provide the hook-ups. Equipment may range from full-size machines in a separate laundry room to a stackable set in your kitchen. Some complexes have separate laundry facilities with several machines. Remember laundry is heavy and if you decide to forego in-unit machines, you may want to make sure you are as close to a laundromat or the complex’s laundry facilities as possible.
For tenants with pets, small pets less than 20 pounds are generally accepted at most places, as long as you can provide a vaccination list and veterinarian health check. There may be a small one-time fee for your pet as well as noise and nuisance rules you will need to know and make your pet abide by.
Just as location is important concerning your work commute, location in respect to where your apartment lies in the complex is important. Windows and natural light brighten and cheer you up so consider checking the views from several different apartments before you decide on a specific one. People who don’t like storms may want an apartment that faces inward toward a courtyard, garden or pool area, while others who love to people-watch may want theirs to overlook an interesting street or a nearby park. Of course, if you have children, you may want to be close to play areas.
Not having a mortgage is a real benefit, if you want to move. No problem. You don’t have to wait for your house to sell if that job opens up across town. You may, however, have to wait until the end of your lease term.
Renting gives newcomers a chance to get to know the community and not make rushed decisions when buying a home. Some newcomers will rent an apartment closer to the tourist areas even though it’s a little farther from work. They take in all the theme parks for a year or so and then move to a more urban or suburban area visiting the theme parks only occasionally or when the relatives come to visit.
Ask if any concessions and discounts are available. Sometimes management will offer the first month free or a discounted rate if you work for a particular company or if you are in a particular occupation such as a first-responder or in the medical field.
Make sure you see the apartment you will be renting, not just the model. Inspect for problems and request a written repair schedule before agreeing to sign a lease. Using the same worksheet the owners check when a person vacates is a good place to begin your inspection. Always check out the plumbing for leaks, mold and temperature. Then look at the air-conditioning unit filter to see if it needs replacing. Also, ask how frequently pest service is provided. Especially check to see if all window and door screens are in good repair and properly installed.
For those looking for short-term housing while searching for a new residence, Central Florida has any number of extended-stay hotels/motels to provide what you need. If this is a corporate move, check with your company to see if they have arrangements with a lodging facility for a corporate discount.
Since apartment locators deal in real estate, most are real estate agents or brokers and are licensed by the Board of Realtors.
For more information, contact the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando at aago.org.