Lake Nona, Florida, isn’t the center of the universe. Yet. But, it is the center of Orlando’s most desirable suburb and location is a major reason why.

In Lake Nona, business, technology, medical, education and sports institutions are clustered near each other encouraging collaborative synergy. Naturally, Lake Nona neighborhoods — with their walking trails, sidewalks and ponds — tend to be clustered near these facilities, which also provide jobs.

This means that not only residents have primo access to such resources, but visitors — whether students, researchers, athletes or CEOs — also have everything they need right down the street from each other. Because it’s bordered by Orlando’s eastern beltway, residents and visitors alike can travel across the metro area within 20 minutes. Lynk transportation convenience with quality-of-living convenience, and you have the main reason why Lake Nona is such a popular address.0-ext-firepitdsc_0640_1_2_3_4_tonemapped

Education

Lake Nona schools are “A-rated,” which is an important quality designation for parents, educators and students. And, another magnet for potential home buyers. In the higher education arena, Valencia College has a Lake Nona campus. Also here: the University of Central Florida Health Science Campus and the University of Florida Research and Academic Center.

Medical City

It’s named Medical City for a reason. Lake Nona founders have set aside 650 acres for health and medical installations. Here’s what you’ll find separated only by landscaping and entrance driveways: Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando VA Medical Center, the Guidewell UST Global Innovation Center and the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. The latter two perform health-sciences research.

The UCF Health Science Campus and the UF Research and Academic Center are included in Lake Nona. The former for its Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and College of Medicine. The latter for its Doctorate in Pharmacology program and pharmaceutic research.

Sports & Performance District

The United States Tennis Association’s new 63-acre, 102-court “home of American tennis” complex in Lake Nona emphasizes community tennis and player development. It supports recreational players, talented youngsters serving their way up the competition ladder and the UCF tennis teams.

Next door, Orlando City Soccer’s new 23-acre complex — to be completed in 2017 — will be home to the MLS Lions, Orlando City B of the United States Soccer League and the Club’s Elite Youth Academy.

Look for six practice pitches (fields, in non-soccer parlance), including two lighted pitches, and a training facility with a fitness center, player clubhouse, locker rooms, film rooms, offices and an injury-prevention and rehab center.

Nearby is the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, which specializes in “energy management training for individuals, teams and organizations,” per its website.

Getting Around

It’s easy, with Orlando International Airport — one of the world’s largest and busiest — 10 minutes northwest. It’s also easy with walkable neighborhoods, 44 miles of trails and convenient (that word again) restaurants, retail centers and services such as grocery stores.

Best of all, Orlando’s eastern beltway, State Road 417, zips right by Lake Nona. It conveys residents to other connecting highways such as I-4, and the Beachline to Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral.

ICI Homes has a limited number of one-acre lots at Live Oak Estates, on the west side of Lake Nona. Let us make your new-home dream come true in Orlando’s most in-demand address. Click here to begin.