Over the last several years, Central Florida has grown into one of the most appealing places to live for those commanding a high salary. Indeed, many celebrities and sports stars have called the area home, from former NFL stars like Charles Woodson to golf legend Tiger Woods. If you believe cost comes second to luxury, you'll want to check out this collection of nine of the most expensive neighborhoods in Central Florida.
Windermere is home to a lot of real money. The median household income here as of 2017 was more than $111,000, so homes here definitely cost a pretty penny. Especially when you factor in Isleworth, the affluent gated community where Tiger Woods used to reside.
A growing group of biotech companies, hospitals, and medical research groups can be found in Lake Nona, contributing to the great deal of wealth in the community. Luxury homes might make up the majority of Lake Nona's expensive properties, but apartment living is also very popular in the area thanks to the abundance of high-class condos and townhomes available.
Tucked away in the Markham Woods corridor of Central Florida lies Alaqua, a prestigious golf community. This gated neighborhood is full of stunning multimillion-dollar estates ranging in style from Mediterranean to contemporary. Everything in Alaqua centers around its crown jewel: the 18-hole golf course designed by nine-time Major winner Gary Player.
The suburban neighborhood of Bay Hill features mostly medium to large-sized homes that go for a median price of nearly $650,000. That eye-popping figure puts Bay Hill in the upper 6% of the most expensive neighborhoods in all of Florida. It's no surprise this community is home to many high-level executives and other similarly affluent residents.
Like Bay Hill, the median price of homes in Dr. Phillips clocks in at just under $650,000. The lavish lifestyle on display in Dr. Phillips is aided by its proximity to world-class medical facilities, major entertainment hubs in downtown Orlando, and Restaurant Row, a stretch of eateries ranging from independent specialties to high-end chains.
Residents in Belle Isle enjoy not only the amazing sights of living upon the shores of the Conway Chain of Lakes, but the incredible lifestyle that comes with it. Indeed, those who can afford the steep cost of living will tell you just how wonderful it is to call Belle Isle home. Even if you opt for a condo over a house, you're in for an upscale living experience.
Even though it's part of the larger Lake Mary community, Heathrow's size and popularity sets it apart from the area. The master-planned gated community has seen many famous sports stars and personalities take up residence within, a fact that's reflected in the neighborhood's home price stats; it's not uncommon for Heathrow homes to reach $3 million.
Acuera sets itself apart from other affluent neighborhoods in Central Florida by its emphasis on nature. Much of Acuera has a serene, untouched quality to it, like the acres of pristine landscape set aside for conversation or the peaceful banks of the Wekiva River. Beautiful scenery like this only makes the pricey homes found in Acuera even more attractive.
Another gated community near the Markham Woods Corridor, Carisbrooke is surrounded by a state preserve. Ancient oaks frame the many homesites here, some of which stretch out to a full acre. Residents of the high-priced neighborhood enjoy more than just great scenery; they're only five minutes from the restaurants and shops of Colonial Town Park.
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