The vacation destination of Orlando is well known all across the country and beyond. As popular as it is as a tourist attraction, Orlando is also a great place to call home. As the third largest metropolitan area in Florida, it has become much more than a vacation hot spot. Not only home to Mickey and Minnie, Orlando boasts 71 skyscrapers, most of which are located in the culturally-rich downtown area. With its government offices, sports facilities, performing arts theaters, art galleries, a movie theater, retail, nightclubs, and parks – Orlando is booming with growth and popularity, both commercially and residentially.
One undeniable benefit of living in Orlando is its professional sports teams. The widely successful NBA team, the Orlando Magic, the championship-winning Arena Football League, the Orlando Predators, and the newly announced National Lacrosse League, the Orlando Titans, all play at the state of the art Armway Center in Orlando. The multi-purpose arena is part of a $1.05 billion plan to redo the Orlando Centroplex with a new arena, a new performing arts center and a major expansion of the Citrus Bowl. The arena is set to be completed by October 2010, ready for concerts, expositions and top ranked sporting events.
As an undying and legendary travel destination, tourism is a large part of the economy, providing jobs and opportunities around every corner. Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Sea World Orlando are a large part of what makes this city so special, as well as secure. All of this tourism requires a world class international airport. Located 6 miles southeast of the central business district, the Orlando International Airport is extremely easy and accessible to residents and vacationers alike.
Aside from its tourism, the city’s technology industry is expanding at lightning speed. Orlando is home to innovations in digital media, agritechnology, aviation, aerospace, and software. More than 150 international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in Metro Orlando.
Even with all its metropolitan benefits, Orlando is not all hustle and bustle. Peaceful neighborhoods with tree-lined streets await you, away from the theme parks and shopping malls, yet close enough for everyday conveniences.