Orlando Area

Learn more about the Orlando area of Florida.

Seeking a New Custom Florida Home? We’re Building in Orlando

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If you’re Orlando-bound in your search for a new custom Florida home, we at ICI Homes offer two excellent choices.

Both are our communities, and located on the desirable south side of the City Beautiful, near convenient traffic corridors, Orlando International Airport, and, of course, those world-renowned Florida attractions (because we bet you’ll have visitors to entertain after you move).

Why Orlando’s south side? Because nearby highways can whisk you anywhere you need to go in Orlando proper. Because you’ll escape the ensconced congestion and built-out neighborhoods on the north side. And, because you’ll enjoy new shopping enclaves, dining and […]

Pet Friendly Home Design By ICI Homes Covered on WFLA

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Spending on pet services is expected to see the largest growth for any other spending segment in the pet industry in 2017. That’s according to numbers from the American Pet Products Association, which found pet-industry spending in 2016 came in at a record high $66.75 billion, up from $60.28 billion in 2015, or a 10.7 percent growth. Spending on pet services is expected to grow by six percent in 2017.

For a lot of families, pet services includes outfitting our homes to make them more fur-baby friendly. And, more new-home builders are recognizing the increasing demand for […]

‘Pet-Friendly’ a Big Consideration for Millennial Home Buyers

According to a recent National Association of Realtors report, millennials — defined by the report as adults age 36 or younger — comprise the largest group of today’s U.S. home buyers, at 34 percent.

What’s a millennial? Roughly someone who began their adult years after the year 2000.

It means the younger end of today’s adult workforce and population are at the point where many of them are establishing or juggling careers, starting families and may be tired of renting or living with roommates or family members. They’re buying their first homes.

One trend-within-a-trend with this group? Aside from the traditional factors […]

Area Real Estate Markets Expected to Remain Strong

Rosemary Messina, vice president for marketing at ICI Homes, said judging by the activity from the company’s online sales center, there is continued enthusiasm for new homes.

We’re seeing the same enthusiasm throughout all our divisions. The strong real estate market is expected to continue in spite of hurricane season. If anything, people in older homes are looking to build newer, stronger homes.

Must-Do Experiences in Lake Nona

Ready to move to the Lake Nona area? Great! Start with Live Oak Estates, the gated ICI Homes community that features one-acre lots to the east of Orlando’s Lake Nona.

FYI — hurry with this part. Only 16 lots set among oaks, pines, and fresh-water lakes and ponds, remain available. And Live Oak Estates is the only gated community in the Lake Nona area offering such spacious home sites.

But, after you’ve nabbed your lot and selected your customized ICI Homes plan, it’s time to prep for the things you’ll do as an area resident, once the house keys are yours.
Eat […]

Make Live Oak Estates Your Lake Nona Home Base

Looking for a new home on the quiet side of Orlando? A place where your daily commute won’t leave you stewing in road-construction traffic? The only night noise comes from sharp-eyed owls in your backyard treetops.

We’ve got the place — Live Oak Estates just outside of Lake Nona.

This gated community by ICI Homes features spacious, one-acre lots tucked on the serene, southeast side of Orlando. It’s convenient to everywhere you need to be in the City Beautiful, yet a world away. Allow us to demonstrate.
Nature is Your Neighbor
Think chirping crickets and cicadas. Deer, wild turkeys, waterfowl, hawks and eagles.“No […]

Lake Nona Living, ICI Homes-Style

Residents of Lake Nona live in some of Central Florida’s most desirable zip codes. The area southeast of Orlando is removed from the typical congestion, traffic and noise found elsewhere, while still convenient to anywhere a Lake Nona resident wants or needs to be.

Live Oak Estates, an ICI Homes gated community of one-acre lots, offers new-home buyers the opportunity to build their dream home in a setting unlike any other Lake Nona area development. A one-acre lot means premium size, privacy — and yes — peace and quiet.

Still, with all that idyllic spaciousness, how will you spend your fun […]

Location, Location, Location in Lake Nona

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 […]

Best Cities for Investment Property

If you’re searching for investment property, cross the state line into Florida and stop. A recent study by GOBankingRates.com, named three cities — Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville —among the nation’s top 15 great places to invest in real estate.

Using rental properties to expand your portfolio is a smart move thanks to ongoing recovery from the mid-2000s recession. Home prices are rising. So is inventory as builders rebound from the downturn. Prospective tenants also are more confident taking financial risks such as moving for jobs, retirement or pursuing new careers.  The survey reviewed 61 of the 100 most populous U.S. cities. […]

The Evolving American Dream: Comfortable Retirement Living in Central Florida

The white picket fence – a place to call home; this was the American Dream of the Greatest Generation (born 1901-1945). Their dream was to own a small plot to raise their children and create stability from the volatility of their parents who crossed oceans to come to America. Time are definitely changing. The American Dream is evolving and the beauty of Central Florida plays a huge roll in the new dream.
The American dream reinvented
Two decades ago, the American Dream that had survived over 50 years now expanded to include a second, vacation home complete with pools, tennis and […]