Florida is the third most populated state in the U.S. with over 21.3 million residents living in its 283 cities. It is easy to see why so many people want to move to the sunny coast, but it can be hard deciding which location would be best for you.
Here is a list of the top 10 up and coming neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami, Florida.
1. Poinsettia Heights, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Home values have definitely risen within the last year in Poinsettia Heights, but it is still an affordable neighborhood with plenty of city amenities to suit your lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a condo, townhome, or a two-bedroom bungalow on the water, you are in luck – Poinsettia Heights has plenty of options. Miami is an hour away if you need to commute, or if you work within another location in Fort Lauderdale, transit is easily accessible. Poinsettia Heights is the perfect mix of new and old homes, restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and more.
2. Flagler Village, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Flagler Village is known for being a bit more of a warehouse district, but that is what has made it such a great location for art studios, hip shops and cafés, and local breweries. There are newly built condos and townhomes making their way into the area as Flagler Village continues to revive from its ghost-town reputation. They can range anywhere from $325,000 - $510,000. Central Beach is about 15 minutes away, so you can relax at the beach in the sun and afterwards, grab a drink at Flagler Village Brewery, a must-try in Fort Lauderdale.
3. Lake Nona, Orlando, FL
Lake Nona has a wide variety of homes for sale, from condos, to townhomes, to homes in a gated community. But there are affordable options for below the median house value (currently $407,000) too, which is why the area is gaining popularity. What also draws people to the area is its green space – Lake Nona has 7,000 acres of green space where you can easily find a walking or biking trail, or place to relax and have a picnic with the family. Young adults in their 30s are mainly attracted to the area to start raising kids, particularly because of the neighborhood’s well-known focus on education and top-rated schools, including Eagle Creek Elementary School, Lake Nona Middle School, and Valencia College even has a quiet, highly-rated campus on Narcoossee Road.
4. The Milk District, Orlando, FL
The Milk District is named rightfully so – in 1925, a local college graduate started a dairy business and in 1955, once he sold some land to a real estate group, ended up building a milk factory on the remaining land. Throughout the years, The Milk District has become widely known for its live music scene, inspiration for artists and fashion lovers, and most of all, the restaurants. So, no matter your age, there will always be something for you to do in this neighborhood. Homes are still affordable in the area despite its growing popularity, and typically range anywhere from $280,000 - $450,000 for a two or three-bedroom bungalow style. If you are looking to go to the beach for the day, Lake Apopka is 40 minutes away, or Palm Bay is a little over an hour away.
5. Oviedo, Orlando, FL
The average listing price in the area is approximately $360,000. But the housing market in the area is definitely heating up, especially for young adults looking for a starter home or place to start raising a family. The median age in the area is 36 with a population of almost 41,000 people. There are plenty of things to do for nature enthusiasts like walk along Lake Jesup or visit Little Big Econ State Forest where you can hike, bike, canoe, or just take in the breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. There are plenty of schools in the area for kids of all ages that are highly-rated too, like Carillon Elementary School or Oviedo High School.
6. Liberty City, Miami, FL
The construction of “Liberty Square” began in the 1930s during the Great Depression in hopes of restoring the poor condition and dense population of the area. The population is still quite low compared to other areas in Miami (approximately over 21,000 people) with the median age around 36. Young adults can find affordable homes in the area (the average listing price is currently $210,000) and send their kids to reputed schools in the area, teaching from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Liberty City is ideally located with everything being in short commute – downtown Miami is only 10 minutes away, and Miami beach about 25-30 minutes away. Transit is also conveniently located if you do not have a car.
7. Wynwood, Miami, FL
Wynwood is another population area known for its art and fashion scene, music venues, local craft breweries and restaurants. Since the year 2000, it has certainly started appealing to business owners and investors because of abandoned warehouses and opportunity for growth. The average home listing price in Wynwood is around $535,000, but homes typically sell for less. Newly constructed waterfront properties and condos can be purchased for an affordable price too, anywhere from $280,000 - $550,000. The views will not disappoint you.
8. Aventura, Miami, FL
Aventura did not become quite popular until the 1970s and became part of the city in 1995. The Aventura Mall (fifth largest mall in the U.S.) was built in 1983 and began attracting more visitors to the area. Residents love the area because of its easily accessible transit, its close proximity to the beaches, and its many great schools, so no matter your lifestyle, there will always be plenty of things to do. The average home price is approximately $329,500 with the average listing price around $400,000 and the average yearly income (per person) of $46,100.
Did you know? Aventura means “adventure” in Spanish and was named after the original condo developers in the area who said, “What an adventure this is going to be.”
9. Hunter’s Green, Tampa, FL
Hunter’s Green is a popular area for people with young kids. It is an affordable area with the current average home price sitting at $310,300, but it is expected to rise within the year because the area’s market is heating up right now. There are plenty of parks in the area, such as Compton Park and the Flatwoods Wilderness Park that has a seven-mile paved road for hikers and cyclists. There are many opportunities to catch a glimpse of the wildlife too! There are a few schools in the area too, teaching from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.
10. Seminole Heights, Tampa FL
Seminole Height in Tampa is widely known for its historic homes, many of which still exist from the early 1900s (including some schools and churches). It mainly attracts younger adults with kids, since the crime rate is low and the schools are very good. The average listing price is currently $305,000 with the average yearly household income coming close to $51,200. There are plenty of restaurants to check out, including The Refinery and Hampton Station. Ben Davis Beach is a 20-minute drive away, or take a one and a half hour drive to Orlando for the day with your family.
Disclaimer: prices and numbers subject to change.
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