Lake Nona is being developed by Lake Nona Property Holdings, a private investment group whose parent company is the Tavistock Group, the same company responsible for the gorgeous Isleworth community in Windermere, FL. Lake Nona has been developed to include everything that a modern home buyer or investor would need or want. The mixed-use planning for these neighborhoods includes schools, shops, and medical centers, and recreational areas.
Schools and Education
The variety of educational opportunities in Lake Nona is unparalleled. With a range which goes from Pre-K to medical school, one could spend their whole life in the area and receive the highest degrees possible. Elementary schools for the area include Moss Park Elementary School, Northlake Elementary, Hidden Oaks Elementary, McCoy Elementary, Cypress Park Elementary, Eagle Creek Elementary, Sun Blaze Elementary School and Vista Lakes Elementary School. Middle Schools for the area include two middle schools Lake Nona Middle School, Odyssey Middle School, Conway Middle School and Walker Middle School. The area high schools include Lake Nona High School, Colonial High School, Oakridge High School and Cypress Creek High School.
Once high school is finished, students can choose from Valencia College’s East Orlando campus or the Florida Institute of Technology. Additionally, the University of Central Florida, one of the nations’ largest university systems, recently opened a medical campus and library. The UCF Medical College has enrollment for approximately 200 students and hopes to graduate a new generation of physicians every year. All of the schools and colleges in Lake Nona are part of what is called the Collaborative Learning Environment. The CLE was created by the Lake Nona Education Initiative and gives residents and students the ability to engage in real-time interactions with researchers, doctors, professors, Lake Nona businesses, and classrooms across the globe. It’s easy to see that education is a top priority for the Lake Nona community and its residents and businesses.
Lake Nona has plenty to offer its residents when it comes to recreational activities and pursuits. With 44 miles of planned trails—both paved and unpaved—there will be plenty of space for hiking and biking. The design of every Lake Nona neighborhood ensures that no one area is more than a five minute walk to the nearest recreational area. There’s even two parks dedicated to just the four-legged furry members of the family. One of the local elementary schools is attached to a YMCA which makes family exercise and after-school programs even easier. The Lake Nona Golf and Country Club also offers recreational water activities for its members and residents as well as a stunning, immaculately maintained golf course. The Lake Nona area will also be home to the US Tennis Association’s new state-of-the-art training facility. This 63 acre complex, slated for completion in 2016, will feature more than 100 courts and will be home to the US Tennis Team and the UCF collegiate team. The center will also be offering tournament and league play to tennis aficionados and provide training to players of all ages and skill levels. In addition to all of the individual and family activities, Lake Nona also offers several community-sponsored activities like the annual Run Nona event among others. For shopping and dining options the Lake Nona Town Center will offer restaurants, a Cineplex and a Marriott Hotel.
Business opportunities abound in the Lake Nona area and are growing exponentially. The aforementioned tennis center and UCF Medical Center will provide 154 and 30, 000 local jobs, respectively, and the medical center is projected to provide a ten-year economic impact of approximately 7.6 billion dollars. Lake Nona’s Medical City is also home to the University of Florida Research and Academic Center and the Presbys Medical Discovery Institute as well as the new $65 million Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. The VA medical center will be provide much-needed medical services for approx. 400,000 of our nation’s veteran with 134 in-patient beds and a 118-bed nursing home as well as other services our nations service members. Additionally, the Lake Nona Town Center will also offer medical offices and opportunities for small business.
Lake Nona is divided into several neighborhoods with each offering its own unique lifestyle options. Home prices and values have remained steady even with the continued expansion. With so many job opportunities flowing into the area it is a much sought after location both for buyers and investors who wish to capitalize on the area’s growth. From Lake Nona South, which is home to Medical City, to Northlake Park at Lake Nona, and Laureate Park, among others, fantastic opportunities can be found in every corner of Lake Nona.