Ocoee

Ococee is one of the best places to live in Florida. It is home to many young professionals and is often viewed as an affordable place to live for those working in nearby Orlando. Ococee offers many family-friendly amenities as well as many great schools to choose from. To the west, you’ll find Winter Garden which offers additional opportunities for recreation and activities. The suburban feel is characterized by the selection of traditional, craftsman, and Mediterranean-inspired single-family homes. There are some attached homes, but the majority of properties are detached homes.

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About Ocoee, Florida

Ocoee is a suburb of Orlando, located in West Orange County. It has a population of approximately 48,000, spread over 16.3 square miles. It is bordered by Apopka to the North, Windermere and Gotha to the South, Hiawassee to the East, and Winter Garden to the West.

Residents in Ocoee are within a half-hour drive of most amenities within the Orlando area. Downtown Orlando is approximately 17 minutes away (13 miles), and Orlando International Airport is a 25-minute drive (24 miles). Theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios are both within a 20-minute drive. The main roadways in Ocoee include Hwy 50, which runs east-west through its southern section, and the 429 Expressway, which runs north-south along its western edge. The Florida Turnpike passes through the southern edge of the city, and the 408 Expressway just beyond the town is a direct toll route for traveling into metro Orlando.

Ocoee is also home to the Orlando Health Central Hospital, one of the major health centers in West Orange County.

Ocoee Real Estate

Ocoee is an attractive real estate market for those looking for a quieter pace of life within the metro Orlando area. It is a popular area for young families and professionals commuting to Orlando, or resorts and theme parks in Orange County. The vast majority of Ocoee residents would describe the quality of life as excellent, with good schools, safe neighborhoods, beautiful parks, and short distances to shopping and other amenities both in the city and surrounding communities. Homes here are often much more affordable than in neighboring communities like Winter Garden and Windermere.

The majority of homes in Ocoee are single-family, detached homes, in a variety of neighborhoods, from older established areas of town to newer developments and resort-style gated communities. There are 10 lakes within city limits, and many neighborhoods feature lakefront homes or nearby lake access.

Keeping with its suburban feel, homes in Ocoee are generally 4-5 bedrooms, styled in various traditional, Craftsman, or Mediterranean designs. Layouts are spacious and inviting, with vaulted ceilings, open concept floor plans, large kitchens, and gathering areas perfect for family and entertaining. Functional, gourmet kitchens feature the latest in stainless steel appliances. Backyards are designed with Florida living in mind, with indoor/outdoor lanais, and lots of room to relax. There is also a great variety of well-maintained, beautifully updated bungalows and rancher homes in older areas of town. Featuring smaller layouts with 2-3 bedrooms, these homes are perfect starter homes for young professionals and families.

Ocoee’s newest developments continue to add more townhome options, close to local amenities, and major highways for commuters. 2-3 bedroom units offer spacious open floor plans, kitchens with high-end appliances and finishes, and walk-in closets.

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Ocoee Attractions

As a suburb of metro Orlando, Ocoee offers its residents a good selection of local amenities, but within driving distance of the major shopping, entertainment, and cultural amenities in the big city and surrounding towns.

Ocoee is a great place to be if you want to explore the outdoors in a safe, family-friendly environment. With so many lakes within city limits, there are several waterfront parks. Bill Breeze Park features a relaxed, natural setting right in the middle of town. It features a lakeshore walking path, fishing docks, and grassy areas perfect for picnics or sunbathing. Municipal Lakefront Park is one of Ocoee’s most visited parks, and a favorite of walkers, bird watchers, and fishermen.

Other nearby adventures include the Tibet Butler Nature Preserve, featuring a network of trails through pine and oak forests and wetlands, suitable for a variety of ages, and the West Orange Trail, a multi-use paved path that winds over 20 miles through a variety of natural habitats in the Winter Garden, Apopka and Oakland areas.

There is no shortage of other family-friendly activities in Ocoee, including the Family Aquatic Center, Princesses and Princes Playground, Gametime Ocoee Arcade, Woods Laser Tag, and West Orange Cinema. Local events include Friday Farmers Market in downtown Ocoee, Food Truck Fridays and Movies in the Park at Bill Breeze Park, and the annual Ocoee Founders Day Festival, Poker Run, Classic Car Show, Chick-Fil-5K, and Kids Fun Run.

Local golfers of all ages and levels can tee off at the local Forest Lake Golf Club. This lush 18-hole public course features superb sandy loam soils, a wide variety of trees, and pristine natural ponds. Enjoy a round in the sun, and relax at the Rusty Niblick Grill and Pub at the end of the day.

While there are some grocery and convenience stores throughout Ocoee, the majority of the area’s big box and chain shopping/restaurants are located along West Colonial Drive (Route 50). Just south of Route 50, Plantation Grove is a local favorite outdoor shopping plaza. It features anchor stores like Publix, Walgreens, Starbucks, and LA Fitness, as well many other smaller stores, banks, and restaurants. It also features live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Not surprising given its diversity, Ocoee features a wonderful variety of restaurants, from standard chains to eateries featuring cuisine from around the world. Enjoy a polished but casual dinner at RusTeak Restaurant & Wine Bar, or indulge in Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ. If you’re feeling adventurous, try Lechonera El Barrio, Soong Thai, or Takumi.

There’s also lots of unique shopping, restaurants, and cultural amenities in neighboring Winter Garden and Windermere. Ocoee residents have access to Orlando’s various shopping, recreational, and tourism attractions, with downtown only a 20-minute drive away. Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios are also both within a 20-minute drive.

Ocoee Education

Ocoee is serviced by Orange County Public Schools, with a variety of public and private/charter schools. Top-ranked schools include Thornebrooke Elementary, Hope Charter School, Innovation Montessori, and Legacy High Charter. High school students attend Ocoee High School, West Orange High School, or Olympia High School.

There are also a variety of colleges and universities in the Orlando area, all within a half-hour drive. These include Central University of Florida, Rollins College, Florida Technical College, and more.

Ocoee Real Estate Stats

Average Home Price $435K
Lowest Listing Price $0
Highest Listing Price $4.3B
Total Property Listings 520,985
Avg. Days On Market 174
Avg. Price/SQFT $284

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