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Orlando’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Where To Live Now

“Hamlin is one of the hottest areas. ‘It’s on fire over there. Everything is new: homes, schools, shopping, restaurants, and a hospital. It’s a great location with easy access to theme parks and downtown Winter Garden.”


To build new communities you need land, and the logical place to go is either southwest or southeast of Orlando, where there is still land available for development. One community growing aggressively is Horizon West, located southwest of Winter Garden, Windermere and Dr. Phillips.

Simon Simaan, broker, Realtor and owner of The Simon Simaan Group, grew up in Orlando and has watched the development firsthand. “Back then there were mostly forests, cattle and orange groves; all that is being developed now. The price of land has increased. You can’t redevelop an area that has already been developed, so you have to go out and prospect—goldmine like back in the days of the Old West,” he says.

​Horizon West, considered one of the largest master-planned developments in Central Florida’s history, was on the drawing board beginning in 1995. The project, inspired by the New Urbanism movement, encompasses a town center and five villages, each with several neighborhoods offering a mix of housing styles, schools, parks and recreation. In January 1997, Horizon West received the green light from Orange County to begin work on its first village, Lakeside, which was approved for 8,915 residential units—and the building hasn’t stopped.

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Patricia Letakis  |  Orlando Magazine

It’s so cluckin’ GOOD!

We are pleased to welcome Pennsylvania-based Chick’nCone, a new-to-market, fast-casual restaurant offering fried chicken in a handheld waffle cone; you won’t need a fork for this southern favorite!
Crisp & Green bowls of salad.

Get ready for healthy eating, beautiful fresh food, and a friendly and inspiring atmosphere!

We’re delighted to announce the addition of CRISP & GREEN, a first-to-market, fast-casual restaurant offering made-from-scratch salads, grain bowls, and smoothies. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available!
Ford's Garage ribbon cutting.

Ford’s Garage opens in Hamlin Town Center

The Tampa-based restaurant chain — founded in 2012 in Fort Myers and inspired by Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Co.— debuted a new 10,705-square-foot, 320-seat restaurant at 5375 Hamlin Groves Trail in Winter Garden on Jan. 13, said a news release and the company's Facebook page.