• NC Software is having a Black Friday Sale Event thru December 4th on Logbook Pro, APDL - Airline Pilot Logbook, Cirrus Elite Binders, and more. Use coupon code BF2020 at checkout to redeem 15% off your purchase. Click here to shop now.
  • NC Software is proud to announce the release of APDL - Airline Pilot Logbook version 10.0. Click here to view APDL on the Apple App store and install now.

SWA living in Orlando

New SWA Wife

Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2005
Posts
10
My hubby just got picked up with SWA and we are looking to move to Orlando. Any advice on where to live? Looking to spend in the four's.

Thank you.
 

Stinkbug

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 30, 2002
Posts
274
Total Time
8200
You may be able to stay in the four's in Baldwin Park...but that's the first place I'd look. Master planned community, right in the middle of everything. Very nice and pretty expensive. If you want to live in a more historical setting try Thornton Park. It's beautiful and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and renovating these old homes. You'll pay a pretty penny for it but should be able to find something in your price range.
 

PA-44Typed

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 21, 2002
Posts
370
Total Time
0.1
Look over on the east coast. Merritt Island, and Cocoa are nice. Only about 35 min to KMCO.
 

SDF2BUF2MCO

Bird Nerd
Joined
May 13, 2002
Posts
7,673
Total Time
Adding
It all depends what you're looking for. Personally, there are alot of other places I'd rather be living but that's another subject.
If you have kids, or plan to have kids, I would recommend the Dr. Phillips and/or Windermere area. The schools are allegedly better and home values to continue to increase. Don't know where you're coming from but alot of the newer properties are on postage stamp sized yards. This also puts him approximately 30 minutes or less from MCO. That may be not too big a deal depending on the line he gets. If you want to get more bang for the buck house wise may have to go to Davenport or even Lakeland. Further commute but again if you're gone 4-5 days may not be that big of a deal. $400K (for now) will buy you a nice place. Oh, and if you do buy into SW Orlando be prepared to drive the latest and hippest cars or else you won't fit in - joking somewhat.
 

New SWA Wife

Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2005
Posts
10
Replies - so far so good. My husband warned me of the type of rhetoric that can happen in these threads. I appreciate the feedback, and if any of your wives want to chime in on early SWA life please let them have a seat for a while! :p



Take care,
the "Whiff"
 

Falconjet

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 28, 2002
Posts
1,586
Total Time
almost
We did a lot of househunting in the Oveido area about 3.5 years ago and that seemed like a pretty nice place. Schools were supposed to be pretty good and it was far enough out of town but still commutable 4 times a month. Didn't end up moving there, but we were real close. Just another place to maybe look at.

FJ
 

KTHornet

Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2002
Posts
20
Total Time
2300
There are lots of Orlando SWA folks who live in Stonybrook (sp?) which is 10 minutes from the airport.

KT
 

Majik

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 30, 2001
Posts
320
Total Time
8000
Good schools (Wekiva Elementary, Rock Creek Middle School, Lake Brantley HS) in the Longwood (Wekiva Springs) area in the Sweetwater or Sabal Point Subdivisions. Both subdivisions are built around golf courses. Houses start about $200k on up.
 

MDP727

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 30, 2003
Posts
142
Total Time
6000+
Move 1 hour north to Ocala. Easy drive on the turnpike the whole way.
Some areas in Orlando will take you just as long top drive.
400K in Ocala will buy you a mansion on a couple acres. Or a banging house at Leeward air ranch if you'd like to live in a flyin community.
 

Stinkbug

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 30, 2002
Posts
274
Total Time
8200
MDP727 said:
Move 1 hour north to Ocala. Easy drive on the turnpike the whole way.
Some areas in Orlando will take you just as long top drive.
400K in Ocala will buy you a mansion on a couple acres. Or a banging house at Leeward air ranch if you'd like to live in a flyin community.

I agree Ocala is nice but it's closer to two hours from Orlando...bit of a stretch isn't it?
 

MDP727

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 30, 2003
Posts
142
Total Time
6000+
No it takes me an 1 hour and 10 minutes from house to airport parking lot.
After 12 years I can look at my watch and say exactly when I'll pull in my driveway. Traffic is also that predictable. The turnpike north out of Orlando has gotten a little slow when a hurricane is nearing.
 

Mach 80

Well-known member
Joined
May 25, 2004
Posts
468
Total Time
22,000
Good tips.


>>>Oh, and if you do buy into SW Orlando be prepared to drive the latest and hippest cars or else you won't fit in - joking somewhat.<<<

Yep, that area's yuppyville, kinda crowded, and traffic can be tough.

The coast is nice but you'll pay a little more for being close to the beach. Someone mentioned the Oviedo area to the NE of Orlando. My brother lives there. Nice area and a little less expensive than Windermere/Dr Phillips...easy access to MCO on the 417. The central little town of Oviedo itself is nice and tries to be like Mayberry in some ways. Chickens running loose in the roads and the Townhouse Restaraunt has a good breakfast. Good schools in general. Growing fast and starting to get a little crowded but worth a look. Nice family area. New developments and nice older homes in Tuskawilla. Not too bad a drive to the beaches either. Be sure and check that area out.

Stoneybrook is fine, but a busy crowded area, however shopping, restaraunts, etc are very convenient.

Nicer parts of Winter Park are great but it's gotten very pricey. It's all the rage to buy an old house and fix it up.

If you (he) don't mind the drive to MCO, up the road towards Clermont and also on to Ocala are also worth checking out.

Plenty of nice areas all around in general.
 

CF34-3B1

Well-known member
Joined
Mar 6, 2002
Posts
831
Total Time
1
Since we're sort of on the subject;

Anyone currently on the property have an idea of how long it's taking newhires to hold MCO? How long to hold a line?

Thanks for the input.
 

jaxgus

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 12, 2003
Posts
71
Total Time
3000+
Agree!!!!

MDP727 said:
No it takes me an 1 hour and 10 minutes from house to airport parking lot.
After 12 years I can look at my watch and say exactly when I'll pull in my driveway. Traffic is also that predictable. The turnpike north out of Orlando has gotten a little slow when a hurricane is nearing.

I live west of OCF and the drive to the MCO employee lot is 1+22. The only thing to be careful when considering Ocala is to ensure you buy in a A+ school's district or get on the waiting lists for private schools early. We have our kids in private school and the wait was worst than the one waiting to find out if I was hired by my current employer. I've lived in Orlando my entire life and my family is considering joining me in Ocala to get away from the congestion and traffic.

Good luck looking
 

KTHornet

Member
Joined
Jan 2, 2002
Posts
20
Total Time
2300
Ocala is the place for me too! 1+20 to the parking lot. I sat reserve for 14 months from my house, I just had to make sure I was ready to go within 10 minutes for a 2 hour reserve call. I only had 2 short notice (check in in 2 hours) calls during that time.

KT
 

Zephyrhills

Member
Joined
Apr 19, 2005
Posts
21
Total Time
1
Oviedo....the only town in Central (if not all of) Florida where ALL schools are A-rated. This is likely a large contributing factor as to why the property values in Oviedo have outpaced the already impressive year-over-year increases found in the rest of Central Florida. That, and we just past a law forbidding any new sex-offenders from living in Oviedo...which excludes most Pilots. :)

Literally 100% value increase in most of Oviedo over the past year. $400,000 will buy you a nice resale home under 3,000 square feet in Oviedo, unless you opt for a less desirable neighborhood in Oviedo...there are a few. A new-construction 2,500+ sqft home in a nice neighborhood in Oviedo pushes $500,000 now...that's if you are 'lucky' enough to get selected in one of the builders' 'lotteries'.

Whatever you do, don't buy South of Rt. 50...in East or West Orlando.
 

New SWA Wife

Member
Joined
Aug 17, 2005
Posts
10
Thank you all so much. You really are providing some great feedback. Schools are obviously important for our kids and I'm glad to see the responses include that as a factor.

Much like some of you, driving an hour plus is no big deal for my husband (so he says!) because it's only a few times every month.

From what I'm hearing N-NE is where I can sort of get out of city proper and also get a little more bang for the buck.

I'll keep reading so keep writing. And not to shift gears too much, what's the feedback on Baltimore (I fear writing that because I hate the cold!).

Thanks again,
the "Whiff"
 

SDF2BUF2MCO

Bird Nerd
Joined
May 13, 2002
Posts
7,673
Total Time
Adding
Zephyrhills said:
Whatever you do, don't buy South of Rt. 50...in East or West Orlando.

Well, it's too late for Tiger, Shack, Grant, et.al. They all bought south of Rt.50 in Southwest Orlando - Windermere/Islesworth/Dr. Phillips.
 

Zephyrhills

Member
Joined
Apr 19, 2005
Posts
21
Total Time
1
Dr. Phillips/Windermere area....a very localized nice part that is South of Rt. 50 but, other than Kissimmee, has the worse tourist traffic. If you can afford several million to live on one of the Chain of Lakes like Shak, then yes, South of Rt. 50 can be VERY NICE!

As an aside, Dr. Phillips High School used to be a 'C' school, until last year when they earned a 'B'. Not bad for an Orange County School, but not good enough if they are looking for 'A' Schools for their kids.
 
Last edited:

k9nole

Active member
Joined
Aug 9, 2005
Posts
33
Total Time
10000+
Most will probably laugh but in DeLand, Fl there is this new community called Victoria Park. One mile off I-4.

http://www.joetowns.com/victoriapark/golf.asp

MCO is less than 1 hour away, live on a top rated golf course $115 to play in the winter. Now its $60 in the summer. Bought less than a year and will have a 50% return if I sell it today. Southern Living showcased a $2+ million house in July or August issue. Only 300 of the 4,000 houses here are built. There is a strong showing of airline types from regional to retired pilots and flight attendants.

The elementary school is on the property, A rated. Currently there are three neighborhoods the Gardens mostly older retired, The Commons mostly younger families then The Hills 60/40 young families to older families with houses around the golf coarse.
If you have a problem, you can go and knock on the mayor's, fire chief or police chiefs door. All live in The Hills development.

DeLand itself is a little lacking but Orlando and Daytona shopping is 15 minutes away. In 3-5 years, growing Orlando will be in DeLand.
 
Last edited:
Top