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Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About DeLand

13

Apr 2022

Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About DeLand

With it’s rich history, and large sense of community, Deland, Florida, is filled with beautiful scenery, and plenty of activities to experience. Nestled in between Orlando and Daytona, DeLand is quickly becoming a top destination for families looking to to move to the Central Florida area. Here are 4 things to know about this charming community!

The historic Athens Theatre in Downtown DeLand is a must-see.

1. Steeped in History

Officially, DeLand was established all the way back in 1876 which adds to the community’s charming and historic vibe. The area was once called Persimmon Hollow as wild persimmons used to grow there in abundance. After the end of the Civil War, each year brought increasing numbers of pioneers seeking to build a future for themselves. Stetson University was established in 1883 and is Florida’s oldest private college. Elizabeth Hall, DeLand Hall and Lee Chapel are just a few of the buildings constructed in the late 1800’s that give the campus it’s historic charm.

Taking a stroll through historic downtown DeLand, you’ll notice plenty of historic buildings. Like out of a classic movie, Athens Theatre sits as a centerpiece, providing residents with a classical American theatre experience in its original, historic building. The theatre had provided entertainment to locals for dozens of years, with a renovation occurring in the 1950’s, before it was shut down in 1990. In 1994 the building was re-purchased, and now the theatre puts on dozens of shows every year.

Enjoy all that nature has to offer at Hontoon Island State Park.

2. Outdoor Experiences


For a quiet, outdoor escape from the hustle and bustle of the Orlando area, Hontoon Island State Park is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers. Located on the St. Johns River in Volusia County on the west side of Deland, visitors can enjoy a variety of activities, like boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing,  hiking, camping, cycling and picnicking. The park is open from 8:00 am till one hour before sunset year-round and a must visit to see the nature Florida is known for.

If an eco tour is more your speed, be sure to check out Blue Heron River Tours and enjoy a front row ticket on a quiet river cruise down the shallow backwater areas of the St. John’s river. Expect to see plenty of Florida wildlife including alligators, turtles, wading birds, and even manatees.

The area’s first brewery is named after one of the town’s first nicknames.

3. Small Town Charm

Even though the area is rapidly growing, DeLand continues to keep it’s quaint, small town feel. The downtown area features vintage shops, ice cream parlors, and family owned restaurants surrounded by historical architecture (and plenty of free parking). Enjoy a locally brewed beverage at Deland’s first brewery, Persimmon Hollow. Started by two home brewers, the brewery occupies a renovated warehouse and is a popular hangout spot among locals. With touches such as woodwork, mismatch tables and chairs, board and video games – the brewery is the perfect place to have a beer and kick back for a few hours. Plus, with easy access to Florida beaches and the entertainment mecca of Disney World, DeLand is a great place for families to call home.

The annual Christmas Spectacular draws crowds from all over Central Florida.

4. A Place to Celebrate


Known as being Florida’s first luxury estate, Stetson Mansion is a breathtaking building central to the DeLand experience. Built in 1886 for John B. Stetson, the elegant home was known for lavish parties and gatherings, with attendees including President Cleveland and the King and Queen of England. The building was resurrected and is currently a private residence, although private tours are available frequently. The extremely popular “Christmas Spectacular” takes place November to December, where the home becomes decked out with lights and holiday decorations. Even weddings and private parties can be hosted at this exquisite property.


DeLand has plenty to explore for locals and tourists alike. If you’re considering making the area your new home, we can help make your move easier with storage options, moving trucks and packing supplies available at any of our three area locations.


Learn more about retiring to the Central Florida area

16

Feb 2022

Retiring to Central Florida? Here Are Some Things You Need to Know

Florida has consistently been named one of the best places to retire in the United States year after year, and for good reason. The state of Florida offers many perks such as beautiful warm weather most of the year, close proximity to Disney World, and gorgeous beaches to name a few. When planning on retiring to sunny Florida, there are some things you’ll want to know before starting your journey. Below are some bits of information that you will want to know to help you along the way!

A woman signs paperwork in the background while a set of house keys hangs in the foreground.
Housing prices tend to be more affordable in Florida but other costs can add up.

Buying a Home Can Be Tricky

As with many places in America, the current housing market in Florida can be a bit of a roller coaster. When deciding to buy a home here, there are several things to consider to ensure that you don’t make a common home-buying mistake. First and foremost is your budget. The sunshine state boasts lower housing prices than average for the rest of the United States, which means more bang for your buck. Before buying you’ll want to know what your credit score is, as well as what credit score is needed to buy a house. This will ensure that you get the best deal on your purchase. The higher your credit score, the lower your interest rate will be. This equals a smaller overall loan for your new home. Something additional to keep in mind is that although housing is more affordable, homeowners insurance tends to be more expensive here. This is mostly due to the high number of hurricanes that Florida receives each year.

A stack of blank tax filing paperwork.
No state income taxes make Florida a popular choice for retirees.

There’s No State Income Tax to Strain Your Budget

Retirement can sometimes come with some financial anxiety. This is completely normal for new retirees, as you’ve always had a consistent flow of income each month. It’s crucial, especially when first starting your retirement, that you create a budget and stick to it. This will allow you to track how much money you have coming in and going out each month.

One reason many retirees prefer to move to Florida is that Florida does not have a state income tax. This also includes no tax on both retirement income as well as social security benefits. Even property taxes tend to be on the lower side. This allows retirees to get the most out of their monthly income without putting strain on their budget.

Clouds cover the sun in the background with palm trees in the foreground.
While Florida has a comfortable climate almost all year long, hurricanes do remain a threat.

The Weather is (Mostly) Gorgeous

Florida is nicknamed the Sunshine State for good reason, but there’s not perfect weather all of the time. Since 1851, 41% of the hurricanes that have made landfall in the United States have hit some part of Florida. This may not come as a surprise to you, but it’s definitely something to consider when planning your retirement here. As mentioned above, hurricanes drive up the cost of homeowners insurance, so you’ll want to make sure that’s factored into your budget.

However, when the sun is shining, that does come with its own concerns as well. Florida is one of the hottest states in the country, and with that comes the risk of heat-related illnesses. Things such as heat stroke and exhaustion are fairly common in Florida and pose a higher risk for the senior retirement community. Make sure that you’re aware of how to stay safe in the heat when retiring to Florida.

Elderly man jogs while listening to headphones.
Year round sunny weather allows for more time spent outdoors.

You Can Live a More Active Lifestyle

With mostly beautiful weather comes a more active and healthier lifestyle. There’s no cold winter to keep you cooped up inside for months at a time, and no snow to shovel. With retirees moving here in droves every year, you’ll also be surrounded by others who are of a similar age as well as with similar interests as you. Making new friends in your new home should come quite easily. Florida is also one of the most pet-friendly states, so if you have a dog, or would like to get one, you’ll have no problem finding places to play with them outside, giving you and your friend the exercise you need to stay fit and healthy throughout your retirement.


Retirement can be some of the best years of a person’s life. Without the added stress of a job taking up your time, you’ll be free to do the things that make you the happiest. Make sure to keep the above tips in mind when planning your move to the sunshine state in order to make the most of your retirement for years to come.


5 Things to Know About Clearwater-St. Pete

02

Feb 2022

5 Things to Know About Clearwater-St. Pete

Known for year round sunny weather and miles of beautiful beaches, the Clearwater-St. Petersburg area, located on the gulf coast just west of Tampa, is a vibrant and growing community that offers so many things to see and do. This is why it has become such a popular choice for those looking to relocate to Florida from out of state. But before you start packing up your bags, check out our list of 5 things you should know about the Clearwater-St. Pete area.

Clearwater Beach has been ranked the top Beach in the world by Trip Advisor.

Top Rated Beaches

With over 35 miles of white sand along the coast, it’s understandable why the Clearwater-St. Pete area is best known for their beaches. Clearwater Beach has been voted #1 beach on Trip Advisor for multiple years, and is a favorite among both locals and tourists. Residents get to enjoy the clear blue waters, aquatic wildlife, and local restaurants all year long. St. Pete Beach is another picture-worthy spot, with award winning hotels and restaurants lining the beachside. Indian Rocks Beach, Treasure Island and Caladesi Island State Park, while lesser known, offer some of the same stunning vistas while sporting fewer crowds.

Experience vibrant and unique art at the Dali Museum in St. Pete.

Enjoy The Arts

The art scene in Clearwater-St. Pete is fantastic and a must see for both visitors and locals. The most popular spot is the world class Dali Museum located in St. Pete, exhibiting a rotation of Salvador Dali’s vibrant and unique art pieces. Dale Chihuly also has a permanent glass exhibition in downtown St. Pete, providing a unique visual experience of his work. If you’re interested in catching a play or show be sure to check out the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, plus you’ll also find over 70 painted building murals in downtown St. Petersburg that should not be missed.

Taste the Spanish and Cuban influence at one of the area’s fantastic restaurants.

Fantastic Food (and Drinks)

If you’re a self proclaimed foodie, you’re going to love this area. With hundreds of restaurants offering every type of food you can imagine, there’s something for everyone. If local seafood interests you, grab a grouper sandwich and the ‘famous’ smoked fish dip at one of the Frenchy’s locations. Enjoy the spanish charm of tapas bar Ceviche in St. Petersburg, or try the popular Cuban sandwich at Bodega. Maritana Grille, located at the famous Don CeSar Hotel, Birch & Vine, Salt Rock Grille and Cafe Ponte are a couple local favorite spots to also check out to grab something delicious to eat.

Clearwater/St. Pete has also become a hot spot for local craft beers with a handful of breweries operating in the area. Popular choices include Big Storm Brewing and Grindhaus Brew Lab in Clearwater, as well as Green Bench Brewing and 3 Daughters Brewing located in the Downtown St. Pete area.

Play ball and catch a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field in St. Pete.

Play Ball

Offering sporting events all year round, you can find football, soccer, baseball, racing, golf and more when you’re here. The MLB’s Tampa Bay Ray’s stadium is actually in St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field, and while there are ongoing discussions of building a new stadium in Tampa, you’ll have a few more years to check out some games here. In the spring, the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays do their Spring Training in the area. If you like racing, the annual Firestone Grand Prix takes over the streets of St. Pete in the fall, and you’ll be sure to have fun attending a Tampa Bay Rowdies professional soccer game in downtown St. Pete. Just across the bay, you can catch an NFL game at Raymond James Stadium, home of the 2020 Super Bowl Champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

It’s a pirate’s life for me on Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise in Clearwater.

A World of Attractions

Want to board a pirate ship, parasail over the ocean or pet ocean life? You can do all these, and more in the area. Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise takes you out for an adventure at Clearwater Beach, and provides awesome views and a fun experience for people of all ages. There are dozens of rental companies offering parasailing, snorkeling, jet skiing, banana boating and other beach activities. There’s also various sunset cruises and dolphin boat tours that go out daily. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, best known for Winter, the rescued dolphin whose story inspired the movie Dolphin Tale, is a must visit. While sadly Winter passed away in 2021, you will have the opportunity to interact with other dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and rays, plus experience educational exhibits and activities.


It’s easy to fall in love with Clearwater-St. Petersburg, and these are just a few reasons why. If you’re planning a move to the area, let us help make your move easier with storage options, moving truck rentals, and packing supplies available in Clearwater and St. Pete.


The Central Florida “Shop Local” Holiday Guide

08

Dec 2021

The Central Florida “Shop Local” Holiday Guide

Some people know exactly how to find the perfect gift without breaking a sweat. For the rest of us though, it can certainly be a challenge to figure out what to get everyone on your list before the big holiday party. Plus, it always feels good to support small businesses whenever possible. That’s why we’ve made it easy this year by compiling the list below of locally owned shops in the Central Florida area offering unique gifts your loved ones are sure to enjoy.

Locally Owned Businesses

  • Writer’s Block Bookstore – The book nerd in your life will appreciate a gift from this independent shop with locations in both Winter Park and Winter Garden.
  • Pedego Electric Bikes – Looking for a gift that will really stand out? This family owned shop in Baldwin Park offers the latest electric bikes for everyone from beginners to experts. They also provide service and rentals to keep your bike running smooth all year long.
  • Freehand Goods – this store in College Park sells hand crafted Florida made leather goods, grooming products, and gifts. Perfect for that special man in your life!
  • Rifle Paper Co. – What started as a small stationary shop in Winter Park has grown into a national lifestyle brand offering a full range of home décor and gifts.
  • Park Ave. CDs – If you’re shopping for the audiophile in your life, then be sure to visit Park Ave. CDs in Audubon Park. This vintage style shop offers the latest and greatest music and merch in a variety of formats.
  • Personal Mini Storage – Give the gift of more space to the ones you love. Rent a storage unit at one of the 46 locations in Florida and surprise them by decluttering your home or garage.
  • Retro City Cycles – Family owned and operated, this bike shop near Downtown Orlando offers bikes and accessories for both casual and professional riders.

Online Options:

  • Corksicle – You can find Corksicle products at stores across America, but did you know their headquarters is based in Orlando? Their signature tumblers make a great holiday gift for just about everyone.
  • Orlandogiftbaskets.com – Looking for a gift basket with more than just fruitcake? This local business, operated by a former Disney gift basket curator, creates unique and personalized gift baskets for any occasion.
  • Flower No. 5 – Everyone loves getting flowers! This locally owned shop offers a wide variety of hand crafted flower arrangements that can be delivered to the recipient of your choice.

Tickets & Passes:

  • Orlando Science Center – Purchase a gift membership to the Orlando Science Center and give a full year of unlimited general admission, exclusive member-only events, discounts, and even more perks.
  • Leu Gardens – Located just north of Downtown Orlando, this 50 acre botanical oasis is the perfect place to spend some family time. Gift memberships can be purchased online or in person.
  • Kanapaha Botanical Gardens – This Gainesville favorite features 24 major collections to view on a 1.5 mile walking path. Memberships make an affordable and unique gift for both young and old.
  • Brevard Zoo – Visit a giraffe or take a train ride from Cape to Cairo at the Brevard Zoo. Three levels of membership are offered featuring various benefits.

Dining Gift Cards:

  • Clermont Brewing Company – You can expect more than just craft beer at this popular spot in Clermont. Their expansive menu features tacos, hand rolled sushi, and artisanal pizzas cooked in an Italian brick oven.
  • Santiago’s Bodega – Spend an evening enjoying traditional Spanish tapas dishes at this Orlando eatery. Be sure to try one of their classic sangrias.
  • Bakechop – Fresh, local ingredients are the highlight of this DeLand restaurant. Their kitchen features American fare including burgers, salads, and a variety of sweet treats.
  • Dragonfly Sushi – If you’re in the Gainesville area and appreciate a good sushi roll, Dragonfly Sushi is a must-see. For a special event, try the Chef’s Select Menu.

Using this comprehensive list, you should be able to find a special gift for every family member to put under the tree. Plus don’t forget to create some extra space for your holiday party by reserving a storage unit at a Personal Mini Storage location near you.


Here Are 7 of Our Favorite Fall Events Happening in Florida!

12

Oct 2021

7 Fall Events in Florida You Don’t Want to Miss

With temperatures starting to drop, it’s the perfect time of year to get outside, discover a new neighborhood, and enjoy some of the many festivals Florida is famous for. Whether you’re in the mood to sample food from around the world, or looking to scratch your live music itch, there’s something for everyone. Below we’ve compiled seven of our favorite events to add to your bucket list this fall.

Fall at Southern Hill Farms

Clermont – September 25th-November 7th

Purchase of advanced tickets are required. This popular family-friendly event regularly sells out so be sure to purchase your tickets well in advance. Seasonal offerings include apple cider donuts, craft beer, s’mores, and a wide variety of pumpkins available for sale. Be sure to check out the kid’s zone and all new corn maze added to this year’s event.

50th Annual Fall Fiesta in the Park

Orlando – November 6th-7th

This free event brings family and pet friendly arts to the downtown Orlando area. Located around beautiful Lake Eola, you can enjoy dozens of artists, crafters, and food vendors. Parking is a premium during this weekend so be prepared to find paid parking outside of the event and take a 10-15 minute walk.

Pro Tip: Use your favorite rideshare to get close to the event instead of attempting to find parking.

Our Lady of Lourdes Fall Festival

Dunnellon – October 14th-17th

This family friendly event in Dunnellon features rides, games, music, food and fun. Admission to the festival is free and wristbands for rides can be purchased online. Pets and personal coolers are not allowed at the event.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Kissimmee – July 15th-November 20th

This ultra popular annual event draws big crowds to Epcot to eat and drink their way around the world. With dozens of food stalls to sample, make sure you go hungry and wear comfortable shoes.

Pro Tip: Plan to walk around the world showcase multiple times in order to get an idea of the food you can choose from. The walk will help you make space for even more bites.

Orlando Beer Festival 2021

Orlando – November 13th

This annual event attracts breweries from across the country to the famous Milk District in Orlando to provide samples of over 200 craft and premium beers to thousands of visitors. You must be at least 21 years old to enter the festival and children are not permitted at the festival. Advanced tickets are required and are available for purchase online.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday

Clearwater – October 14th-17th

Now in it’s 42nd year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a world class live music festival that draws thousands of music lovers to Coachman Park with the beautiful gulf waters as a backdrop. General admission and VIP tickets are available for purchase online and children 4 and under are free with a paid ticket.

Mt. Dora Craft Fair

Mt. Dora – October 23rd-24th

This award winning event draws a huge crowd every year to the tiny town of Mt. Dora. The streets of downtown are filled with vendors offering various arts and crafts as well as food, beer, wine and music. Parking in the area is extremely limited so be on the lookout for residents offering parking at their homes for a fee.


Planning a move to Central Florida this fall? Our team at Personal Mini Storage is here to help with no long term contracts, plus moving truck rentals and packing supplies available at any of our 46 locations.


Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About Davenport

15

Sep 2021

Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About Davenport

Florida continues to be one of the top destinations for families looking to relocate from another state. While larger metropolitan areas like Orlando and Tampa are usually top of mind when considering a move to the sunshine state, many are looking to neighboring communities that offer some of the same benefits with a more affordable cost of living. Here are a few things that make the Davenport area a popular choice for those moving to Central Florida.

1. A World of Entertainment

A photo of the castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
The mouse house and other popular theme parks are a short drive away from Davenport.

While the city of Davenport may not be a household name like many neighborhoods of Orlando, this growing community offers some of the same benefits that make Florida one of the most popular states to move to. Thanks to the close proximity to Central Florida’s tourist hubs, residents of Davenport have no shortage of entertainment options at their fingertips. Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and Sea World Orlando are all a short drive away allowing many to take advantage of annual passes to their favorite theme parks. Additionally, world class restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world are close by.

If outdoor activities are more your speed, Davenport has a number of parks and recreation areas including Lake Eva Community Park, Northeast Regional Park, and Lake Louisa State Park.

2. A Golfer’s Paradise

A golfer sets their golf ball on top of a tee, preparing to line up a shot.
Florida has become a mecca for golfers from around the world and Davenport is no exception.

According to the Florida Sports Foundation, there are more than 1,100 golf courses throughout the state making Florida a top destination for golfers. Davenport is no exception with a handful of prestige courses in the area. Sitting atop one of the highest areas in Florida, Highlands Reserve Golf Club, offers challenging fairways while still being accessible for novices. Another popular option is just down the street at Champions Gate Golf Club. This expansive resort features two full courses, a training and golf academy, and a family friendly champions 9 course.

3. Experience a Piece of History

Various sized shark teeth are layed out on a table.
Experience a unique adventure by joining a fossil and shark tooth hunting tour.

While some Central Florida communities like Winter Garden are relatively new in terms of a growing population, Davenport offers residents the opportunity to experience a bit of history in their own backyard. Step back in time and go on a prehistoric adventure by joining a fossil and shark tooth hunting tour with Fossil Funatics in Davenport.

Step back in time and go on a prehistoric adventure…

Or if flying is more your style, you can take to the skies and enjoy a breathtaking view from above with a hot air balloon ride courtesy of Bob’s Balloons. You’ll have the chance to see what “old” Florida looks like and experience a unique vantage point of the area.

4. A Taste of Davenport

A person's hand holding freshly picked blueberries near a plant.
There’s nothing quite like the taste of a fresh picked blueberry.

Even though the Davenport community continues to grow, there are still opportunities to experience the area’s roots in agriculture. The True Blue Winery located in the heart of historic Davenport, offers guests a variety of wines using blueberries grown on site. During the spring, families can stop by and pick their own berries during the U-Pick-Em events. Other seasonal events take place throughout the year making it a great place to spend an afternoon.

A stop at Webb’s Candy Shop should be at the top of your list…

If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, a stop at Webb’s Candy Shop should be at the top of your list. Specializing in citrus candies as well as gourmet chocolate since 1932, it has become a popular family destination with both locals and tourists alike.


Are you considering relocating to Davenport? Personal Mini Storage has everything you need to make moving easier with four convenient locations serving the Davenport area, moving truck rentals available on site and a full line of packing supplies.


4 important things to know about the city of Winter Garden

18

Aug 2021

Moving to Florida: 4 Things to Know About Winter Garden

Packing up a moving truck and heading to the sunshine state is a no brainer for many families looking to relocate and enjoy the warm weather. In fact, according to move.org, Florida was the #1 destination for people who relocated to a new state in 2020. One area that is consistently at the top of the list for many prospective buyers is the community of Winter Garden. Here are four things to know about this growing Orange County community.

1. Location, Location, Location

Photo credit: downtownwg.com

Located on the western border of Orange County, Winter Garden feels far away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando’s trendy neighborhoods while being a short drive away from everything that makes Central Florida special. Many professionals choose to live in Winter Garden and commute to Downtown Orlando thanks to the close proximity of toll roads that can make for an easy drive. Along with the proximity to Disney World, a quick trip to Cocoa Beach is just over an hour away making Winter Garden a versatile and convenient place to live.

2. Family First

Children running through water spouts at the Downtown Winter Garden Splash Pad.
Kids can enjoy the Splash Pad in Downtown Winter Garden all year long.

Known as a safe, family friendly place to call home, Winter Garden is considered one of the best places to raise a family in Central Florida. Many public schools are A-rated and you’ll find numerous parks and playgrounds throughout the area. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the arts too thanks to the historic Garden Theatre (originally built in 1935) in downtown Winter Garden. Plus with the Walt Disney World Resort a quick 20 minute drive away, many residents choose to become annual passholders, taking advantage of the theme parks all year long.

Outside view of Plant Street Market in Downtown Winter Garden.
Plant Street Market is a community hub of craft beer, food, and fun.

3. Small Town Charm, Big City Amenities

While the area has one of the fastest growing populations in the state, this community continues to keep it’s small town charm. Downtown Winter Garden is famous for it’s tree lined streets, independent, locally run businesses and a weekly farmer’s market. Plus the popular Plant Street Market includes fan favorites like The Crooked Can Brewing Company, and plenty of food options including sushi, brick fired pizza, and more.

Crowds strolling Downtown Winter Garden streets.
Downtown Winter Garden is filled with locally owned shops and restaurants.

4. Room to Grow

While today’s red hot real estate market is making it tough for buyers to find and secure their dream home, Winter Garden offers more options when it comes to new construction homes. Because it’s a relatively new community, there is more land available to expand in the area and home builders are choosing to set up shop in Winter Garden. The Winter Garden area offers a mix of single family homes, townhomes and apartments and has attracted a diverse mix of residents including young professionals, families and retirees.


Considering a move to Winter Garden? The team at Personal Mini Storage is ready to help. We’re conveniently located one mile from Downtown Winter Garden with various self storage options, packing supplies and rental trucks available to make moving day easy.


5 Orlando Neighborhoods worth checking out

11

May 2021

5 Orlando Neighborhoods Worth Checking Out

Whether you are new to the area, or have lived here for decades, there’s always something new to see and do in Orlando. Many don’t realize there’s much more to the city waiting to be discovered outside of the theme parks. We’ve compiled some of the most interesting and unique, local neighborhoods worth checking out below.

1. Mills 50 District

The Mills 50 neighborhood is a popular late night spot thanks to a growing list of bars

If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, your search should start in the Mills 50 area. According to Mills50.org, this neighborhood is a culturally minded urban district focused on creating a walkable community with a creative spirit. Street art is a common sight as well as well as plenty of diversity. Be sure to check out eclectic businesses like Retromended Vintage, a funky preowned fashion store, and Dong A Imports, an asian supermarket. If locally sourced food and craft beer interest you, then be sure to check out local favorites like Tako Cheena, Santiago’s Bodega, and Ten 10 Brewing Company.

2. College Park

Combining an urban lifestyle with small town charm, College Park is definitely on our list of must-see Orlando neighborhoods. A vibrant community located just north of downtown Orlando, College Park is well known for bungalow style homes, unique shops, restaurants, and parks creating a comfortable place to call home. Take a walk down Edgewater Drive and be sure to check out some of the small businesses that contribute to the area’s unique vibe such as Trevi Pasta, Orange Cycle, and Good Crowd Gifts.

3. Audubon Park Garden District

Spend an afternoon visiting the many shops and stalls inside East End Market

An award-winning shopping and dining neighborhood in Orlando, the Audubon Park Garden District is described as hip, diverse and independent. This unique neighborhood just north of downtown Orlando is known for eclectic shops, cafes, craft beer, boutiques and more. Locals love to visit East End Market where vendors sell everything from gigantic homemade cookies, to fresh baked bread, to locally sourced produce. Do you know the difference between a lager and a lambic? Then make sure to visit Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour where they’ve been serving up unique and rare brews since 2005 (be sure to try one of their own microbrews while you’re there).

4. Lake Nona

Lake Nona is the newest neighborhood on our list. A mixed-use planned community located southwest of Orlando International Airport, this growing area is home to the USTA National Campus, Medical City, and the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. Designed as a smart and connected community where residents benefit from a vibrant culture and innovative collaboration. Many young families call the area home and have lead to the growth of modern neighborhood amenities like the outdoor food hall concept, Boxi Park. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Nona Adventure Park to experience water based family entertainment.

5. The Milk District

Street art can be found around every corner in the Milk District

The neighborhood with the most interesting name has got to be The Milk District. Named for the T.G. Lee Dairy processing plant in the area, there’s much more than milk to this funky, eclectic corner of Orlando. This neighborhood is home to numerous murals, giving a nod to the artistic spirit felt throughout the area. Thanks to a growing list of bars and eateries, the Milk District has become a late night hot spot. Local favorites include MX Taco, Pom Pom’s Teahouse & Sandwichera, and Sideward Brewing Company.


Ready to explore more of Central Florida? Check out our other blog posts featuring 5 Things to Know When Moving to Clermont and 5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Clearwater-St. Pete.

Planning a move to Orlando? We’re here to help. Personal Mini Storage operates 46 self storage locations across Central Florida and offers various unit sizes as well as on site U-Haul truck rentals, and moving and storage supplies including boxes for sale.


Moving To Clermont: 5 Things to Know

23

Feb 2021

Moving To Clermont: 5 Things to Know

If you are thinking about relocating to Clermont, Florida you’re not alone. According to The City of Clermont, it has become one of the fastest growing cities in the Central Florida region with a population of more than 44,000 residents and climbing. Here are 5 things you should know about living in Clermont, Florida.


1. From Orange Groves, to Booming City

Oranges growing on trees.
Citrus Played a Major Role in Clermont’s Early Economy

During the first half of the 20th century, citrus groves dominated the local economy, and the famous Citrus Tower is a tribute to the industry’s role in Clermont’s development. Visitors can choose to head up to the observation deck and enjoy the panoramic view of the area. Today, Clermont is listed as the largest city in Lake County and home to a growing, diverse population. Historic Downtown Clermont sits on the shores of Lake Minneola and offers plenty of shopping and dining options for residents.

2. The “Choice of Champions”

Athlete training while running on a track.
The City of Clermont is known as the “Choice of Champions”

With beautiful weather year-round, it is no wonder Clermont’s tag line is the “Choice of Champions”. Many Olympic athletes have chosen to live and train in Clermont including Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin, and Noah Lyles. In addition, other track-and-field, water sports and triathlon athletes have called Clermont home due to the many lakes and hills that can be found in the surrounding areas.

3. Affordable Housing

A row of modern homes with well manicured front yards.
Residents of Clermont Enjoy a Lower Cost of Living

The quality of life in Clermont makes it an optimal destination for anyone looking to move to Central Florida. Clermont has housing options for various income levels including gated communities to single-family homes, condominiums, and apartment complexes. With close proximity to the city of Orlando as well as Central Florida’s famous theme parks, many residents choose Clermont thanks to the affordable cost of living and easy highway access.

4. Living the Outdoor Lifestyle

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Clermont has Plenty of Outdoor Activities the Entire Family can Enjoy

Lakes, rolling hills, and recreational parks can be found throughout the City of Clermont making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Families can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at the Champions Splash Park, while boaters can take advantage of one of the many boat ramps throughout the city. You can also enjoy numerous disc golf courses and outdoor hiking trails including the Legacy Loop Trail.

5. Made in Clermont

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Wine Lovers will Find Plenty to Like About Clermont

Clermont is home to a growing number of unique small businesses, restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Families can enjoy a trip to Southern Hills Blueberry Farm with year-round events including fruit picking, festivals and more. Adults will enjoy stopping by Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards as well as Clermont Brewing Company to enjoy locally made wines and craft beers. You can check out more culinary options here.


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Top 6 Orlando Area Neighborhoods For Young Adults

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Sep 2018

Top 6 Orlando Area Neighborhoods For Young Adults

It’s estimated that over the next five years, 388,270 people will be moving to the Orlando area, bringing the population to 2.8 million. With strong job growth, local colleges and universities and a huge tourism industry, an influx of young adults will be moving or staying in or around Orlando. If you’re looking to move to Central Florida, or are a current resident looking to buy or rent a home, here’s the top 6 Orlando area neighborhoods for young adults.

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College Park

Centrally located to the west of Downtown Orlando, the College Park District is filling up with young adults. Off of the brick roads of College Park you can find renovated bungalow homes with a mix of new development housing. The neighborhood is known for having a small town, yet urban feel, and locals love hitting up the small businesses such as award winning restaurant and wine bar Rusteak, Falafel Shop Hubbly Bubbly, The Yoga Shala Yoga Studio, and dozens of other restaurants, bars, shops and wellness stores.

Median Home Value: $298,600
Current Homes For Sale: 73

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Winter Garden

Winter Garden, located 14 miles west of Downtown Orlando, has gained some serious traction over the past few years. The town has grown from 14,351 residents in 2000 to an astonishing 41,988 in 2016, with many new residents consisting of young adults and families. New construction is huge in Winter Garden, so if you’re looking for newer homes, this is a great area to look at. Winter Garden is always bustling with a weekly farmers market, dozens of new and old bars and restaurants, a local brewery and market, and a huge shopping plaza. If you’re thinking about making the move to this area, you can check out 6 reasons to love Winter Garden.

Median Home Value: $253,200
Current Homes For Sale: 291

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Doctor Phillips

Love restaurants, bars and theme parks? Doctor Phillips is your spot! Located a few miles from International Drive, Universal Studios and Mall of Millenia, Doctor Phillips is a tucked away suburb that’s close enough to just about anything you could need. Down the street is restaurant row, featuring dozens of upscale restaurants like Seasons 52, Melting Pot, Eddie V’s, and local favorite Rocco’s Tacos. Doctor Phillips has a very family friendly vibe, and is perfect for young adults looking to start their lives in the heart of Orlando.

Median Home Value: $307,100
Current Homes For Sale: 49

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Audubon Park

Calling itself “Orlando’s Most Unique Neighborhood,” Audubon Park has local vintage shops and boutiques, as well as some of the best restaurants, craft beer and craft cocktail bars the Orlando area has to offer. If you take a drive through Audubon Park, you’ll notice a slew of local residents walking and biking the area to their favorite spots. Locals love hanging at East End Market, a neighborhood marketplace with an array of artisanal vendors, or Redlight Redlight, an award winning craft beer bar and brewery. With close proximity to Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, Baldwin Park, and local roads and highways, Audubon Park has seen many of it’s new residents being young adults.

Median Home Value: $279,700
Current Homes For Sale: 4

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Downtown Sanford

With a completely revamped downtown area, Sanford is really starting to catch the eye of millennials. Over the past few years, downtown Sanford has seen the addition of new breweries, craft beer bottle shops, remarkable restaurants, and nifty shops. Downtown staples such as Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe, a traditional German restaurant serving up authentic German food, German beers and live music, and West End Trading Post, a local favorite that offers drinks, a vibrant atmosphere and nightly live music, line the brick streets of downtown and compliment the new additions to town. Alive After 5 or the Sanford Art Walk are just 2 of the monthly events the city puts on where residents gather for a good time. There’s many older homes in the area, as well as lots of new development of homes and apartments, providing a mix of housing that can suit any need.

Median Home Value: $190,000
Current Homes For Sale: 205
*Median home value and homes available for 32771 zip code

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SODO

Also known as South Downtown, the SODO district has been becoming increasingly popular with young adults. While this area has always been filled with homes and apartments, shopping plazas and bars and restaurants, lots of new and unique spots have been opening up around SODO giving the area a new, cool feel. SODO and surrounding areas such as Delaney Park, Conway and Lake Holden have multiple neighborhoods of homes, as well as new apartment buildings and town homes that have been popping up over the years.

Median Home Value: $250,500
Current Homes For Sale: 102

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