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If you’re looking to buy land, Orange County in Florida is ideal. Here’s why.

For many, the best thing about living in Orange County is the weather – the high temperatures and subtropical climate gives you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and many waterparks all year round. There is plenty of rain in the summer, but it usually only lasts for a short time. Then the clouds roll away and the sun comes out again. And if the rain’s lasting longer than you’d like, then it’s the perfect time to explore the museums, art galleries, theaters, and historic homes the county has to offer.

While many might think Florida is synonymous with retirees, Orange County defies the expectations, especially Orlando. Most people living in Orlando are of working age and employed by the city’s restaurants, nightclubs, sporting events, and festivals. The county has a good mix of long-term residents and those looking to escape cold winters.

If rollercoasters and the hustle-and-bustle of Orlando isn’t for you, don’t worry because Orange County has plenty of towns that provide a community feeling and are steeped with rich history. Nature lovers will adore hiking and biking underneath the majestic oak trees or past orange groves, and if it’s the water that calls to you, there’s no shortage of lakes and streams to go canoeing or kayaking in. And don’t forget, the ocean’s only about an hour away.

Orange County is host to three airports and a number of different train lines, making it easy for friends and family to come to visit if you decide to call Orange County your home.

History of Orange County Florida

History of Orange County Florida

Vintage car parked along Ocean Drive in the famous Art Deco district in South Beach, Florida

In 1821, Florida became a United States territory and two counties were created – St. Johns and Escambia. As more areas were added to the original two, it was renamed Orange County in 1845 when Florida became a state.

This region was a popular area to grow oranges, and there were many orange groves located here. However, the county faced economic challenges when freezing temperatures hit in 1983, 1985, and 1989. This meant it was difficult to sustain orange farming, and many farmers opted out of growing this citrus fruit.

In 1963, Walt Disney took a flight to Orlando because he was looking for land to house his second resort. He saw the potential with the land, as well as the well-developed network of roads and highways. The rest, as they say, is history as Orange County is home to Walt Disney World as well.

Vintage car parked along Ocean Drive in the famous Art Deco district in South Beach, Florida

Orange County Namesake

Orange County Namesake

Low angle tropical plants with a welcome sign to Florida, the Sunshine State

Orange County is named after oranges. With its sandy soil and subtropical climate, Orange County was perfect for producing this citrus fruit, and in the early 1970s, this was its primary product.

Low angle tropical plants with a welcome sign to Florida, the Sunshine State

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For many, the best thing about living in Orange County is the weather – the high temperatures and subtropical climate gives you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and many waterparks all year round. There is plenty of rain in the summer, but it usually only lasts for a short time. Then the clouds roll away and the sun comes out again. And if the rain’s lasting longer than you’d like, then it’s the perfect time to explore the museums, art galleries, theaters, and historic homes the county has to offer.

While many might think Florida is synonymous with retirees, Orange County defies the expectations, especially Orlando. Most people living in Orlando are of working age and employed by the city’s restaurants, nightclubs, sporting events, and festivals. The county has a good mix of long-term residents and those looking to escape cold winters.

If rollercoasters and the hustle-and-bustle of Orlando isn’t for you, don’t worry because Orange County has plenty of towns that provide a community feeling and are steeped with rich history. Nature lovers will adore hiking and biking underneath the majestic oak trees or past orange groves, and if it’s the water that calls to you, there’s no shortage of lakes and streams to go canoeing or kayaking in. And don’t forget, the ocean’s only about an hour away.

Orange County is host to three airports and a number of different train lines, making it easy for friends and family to come to visit if you decide to call Orange County your home.

Orange County, FL Demographics

Orange County, FL Demographics

Orange County is home to over 1.3 million people (and rising – Orange County saw a growth of 25% over the last ten years) and attracts around 72 million tourists from around the world. As a result, there is a strong tourism sector here. There are also excellent film and digital media training opportunities here, and a booming Modeling, Simulation, and Training (MS&T) industry. It’s a $6 billion industry and injects thousands of skilled, high-paying jobs into the region. There are about 12,000 jobs in Orlando, with over 60,000 employed indirectly through the state because of the Army, Navy, Marine, and Air Force presence in Orange County.

Salaries in the county average $22,000 in the food and beverage industry, but in the MS&T sector, can go up to $70,000 a year. Oh, and there’s no state income tax. There’s no inheritance tax either.

Many young families and young professionals live in Orange County, and to cater to these families there are 202 public schools that serve around 200,000 students. In the area, 130 schools have recently been renovated or replaced, and in the next five years, 14 new schools will be constructed. There is a high graduation rate, with a 97.9% rate at traditional public high schools. There are some notable options in terms of private schools as well, such as The First Academy, Lake Highland Preparatory School, and Windermere Preparatory School.

As far as Universities go, Orange County is home to the University of Central Florida (UCF). UCF has been ranked as one of the top 20 Most Innovative Universities in the Nation. Located just northeast of Orlando is the main campus, but there are around a dozen other locations in and around Orlando. One of the notable campuses is the Academic Health and Science Campus, which is set to be a one-stop research and treatment center for cancer patients, cancer researchers, and clinical trials. It will also educate future doctors, nurses, healthcare providers, and scientists.

In terms of weather, you won’t find four seasons but rather only two – wet and dry. As it’s subtropical, the averages range from lows of 52°F and highs of 71°F in January, with average daily highs of 91°F in July. Summers are long, humid, and wet (averages the most rainfall), while winters are cooler and partly cloudy.

But if you’re worried about the summer being a complete washout, you shouldn’t be. The rain and sun often operate in intervals throughout the rainy season. This means the rain often falls in a torrential downpour (sometimes only lasting 10-15 minutes), and then the sun will come back out immediately after.

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Why should you buy land in Orange County, FL?

Why should you buy land in Orange County, FL?

Scenic south Florida, natural rural landscape

Orange County, and specifically Orlando, is quickly becoming a place where people are moving to because the cost of living is more affordable than California (at least in some places). There is already a good public transportation infrastructure and highways in place due to the volume of tourists visiting the area annually.

However, while it may cost less than California, it’s still slightly higher than the U.S. average. Most residents here own their homes, and if you’re looking to buy or rent in the area, here are some things to help you with your search.

If you’re looking to buy land, Orange County in Florida is a good place to invest. But you’ll want to keep safety in mind as well. Buying land in a big tourist destination like Orange County can pose a risk of fraud. Therefore, it’s advisable to document everything in your house search here. Hiring a Realtor, while an added cost, can be a good way to save time, hassle, and help to keep you safe from potential fraud, as they would already have vetted properties and ensured they meet your requirements. The best is to find a real estate agent with good reviews, and it’s even better if there’s a personal recommendation for one.

If you find a property that you like, take some time to think about it, but don’t take too long as the property market is booming – there are fewer homes going on the market because people are enjoying living in the area, so when a fantastic property comes up, it goes fast.

Scenic south Florida, natural rural landscape

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Unreal Neighborhoods in Orange County, FL

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Why Orange County?

Why Orange County?

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If you’re looking for a place for nonstop excitement and thrills, Orange County will do precisely that as it is home to some of the world’s most well-known attraction parks. It’s buzzing with activity thanks to its restaurants, attractions, and shopping scene. There are also abundant natural parks and trails, and sprawling forests and preserves, and since it’s only an hour to beautiful, world-class beaches, there are plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the good life here as well. No matter your reasons for buying land, Orange County in Florida is ideal. Things move quickly here though, so your best option is to reach out to a well-reviewed, local Realtor today. Then start your journey to find the perfect slice of real estate in one of the most desirable places on earth.

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