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Top 6 Orlando Area Neighborhoods For Young Adults

06

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

If you’re planning on making a move to the Orlando area and need extra space, we have 43 self storage locations around the Central Florida area!


12 Clever Dorm Room Hacks For This School Year

27

Jul 2018

12 Clever Dorm Room Hacks For This School Year

With summer quickly winding down, the new school semester will be here before you know it. Whether you’re an incoming freshman gearing up for their first year of college, or a returning student, keeping your dorm room or apartment organized and tidy is vital to help keep you sane during the busy school year. Here’s 12 dorm room hacks for this school year.

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User Binder Clips To Organize Cords

Take some extra binder clips and clip them on the end of your desk space. Once you label them, you can easily identify what cord belongs to what.

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Raise Your Bed

When you move into your dorm, gain extra storage space by raising your bed (if it isn’t already!). This way, you can place storage bins underneath, or even move your desk below the bed to make the rest of your space more roomy. Check out 5 space-saving tips for your dorm that you can utilize.

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Decorate Mason Jars For Extra Storage

Paint and design inexpensive mason jars before the school year to bring with you. These jars are the perfect way to add some extra storage for school supplies, makeup brushes, toothbrushes and other small items you have.

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Purchase A Plastic Shoe Organizer

Plastic shoe organizers are cheap and simply go over a door. Dorm rooms and college apartments are typically super small, so any extra space you can create is a bonus. You can store anything from snacks, to shoes, to cleaning supplies.

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Hang Curtains For Privacy

Most of the time, you’re sharing a room or place with another person or a few people. Look into buying a curtain to hang in between you and your roommates area to divide the space. You can also hang a curtain over your closet or around your bed to give yourself more privacy.

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Add Pops Of Color With Washi Tape

If you haven’t used Washi tape yet – get ready to love it! Washi tape comes in thousands of different colors and patterns and can help brighten up your dorm. Easily stick the tape on keyboards, desks, clothespins, etc. to make your space fun and colorful.

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Stay Organized With A DIY Corkboard Calendar

Corkboard is cheap and easy to design to your liking. Turn a large or small corkboard into a calendar to keep yourself organized. Pin up your class schedule, school activities, trips and anything else you don’t want to forget up so you’re reminded of these every time you’re in your room.

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Hide Metal Tins For Secret Storage

If you have items you need to keep safe, like keys, bank cards or cash, use metal candy tins to hide these items and place away in a drawer. No one will suspect anything important is in a tin like that!

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Keep Clothes Off The Floor With A Hanging Hamper

Instead of having a clothes hamper taking up room on the floor, install a coat hook or plastic command hook onto the back of a closet or bathroom door. Hang a hamper and voila!- your dirty clothes will be out of the way!

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Use Soda Tabs To Create More Closet Space

Dorm closets are extremely tiny – so you need all the space you can get. Hook soda tabs onto a clothes hanger, and hook additional hangers through the tabs. Now you can have multiple clothes items off one hanger and can create more room for other clothes.

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Make Your Room Smell Fresh and Clean

No candles or sprays? No problem! Place a dryer sheet over your AC unit or in an air vent to get that fresh scent to spread throughout your whole dorm room.

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Create Your Own Wall Artwork

There’s no need to live in a bland dorm space. Pictures and other decor can get pricey, so create some of your own wall art before you head off for the school year! Hang up cheap string lights, paint your own canvas piece, hang up Polaroid pictures on string or place cute quote prints in a cheap dollar store frame.

 

 


5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

17

Oct 2017

5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

Staging your home, making it look like a spacious blank canvas, is an essential technique for selling your home quickly and for a higher price. Staging, in case you haven’t bought or sold a home in a while, is making your well-lived in home easier to picture as someone else’s new home.

Your realtor may have already mentioned staging, or at least decluttering your home and spiffing it up a bit. You need somewhere to put a good portion of your stuff until your house sells and you are ready to move. Self-storage is an inexpensive way to keep your belongings safe and secure, while your home is on the market.

Let’s take a look at five reasons why you should use self-storage when staging your home.

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Declutter the Living Room or Family Room

Your living room sees most of the activity and traffic from all members of the family. There is plenty of seating, surfaces with piles of books and papers on them, and your entertainment system with all the components and big screen TV. The walls are covered in family photos and the vintage Star Wars posters you collected.

Does it look a bit overcrowded to you? Is every square foot filled with furniture, lamps, accessories, and pictures? Staging your living room or family room means clearing a good portion of that stuff out.

• Box up extra books, CDs, and DVDs.
• Take down the photos to store.
• Remove the Star Wars posters (sorry) and replace them with mirrors and conventional artwork.
• Take out some of the furniture.
• Reduce the number of electronic components.

Now you have several boxes and some furniture that need a place to stay. A climate controlled self-storage unit is the perfect place to put all your books, photos, electronics, and furniture. Self-storage units come in a variety of sizes with wide doors to allow you to carry large items inside.

Climate control will keep your furniture, electronics, and photos from becoming overly damp or dry as well as eliminate the chance pests will get into your things.

Rearrange the furniture that is left to create open spaces to walk and tidy up any cords and cables around the television and lamps. If you need to clean or replace the flooring, there is now less to move or work around, and you easily avoid getting paint on your furniture.

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Pack Up the Kitchen

Like the living room, the kitchen sees a lot of action, but it becomes the dumping ground for extra dishes, duplicate supplies, and staples, as well as the home for the junk drawer. People buying a new house will check for storage space, so let them see sparsely used cabinets and nearly empty drawers.

• Pack dishes, pans, and utensils you won’t need for the next few weeks.
• Clear out all the drawers and throw or give away things you no longer use.
• If you own pets, sweep all the dust and hair out of the lower cabinets.
• Store as many countertop appliances as you can.

Take your boxes of dishes, pots, pans, and utensils to your self-storage unit. You can also take appliances of any size to storage as well. Perhaps you have a chest freezer that is crowding your kitchen or an extra refrigerator. Self-storage has plenty of space, and you can still access items you find you need later.

If you collect cookie jars or kitchen decorations, put those away, too, so potential buyers will be able to imagine their own things there.

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Clear Out the Closets, Basement, and Attic

It’s amazing how much stuff you can cram into a closet. Everything from old clothes and towels to tools you no longer need. Closets are where you put things away for later and forget about them. People who are thinking about buying your house want to see empty closets because, again, they are looking for storage space.

Set aside plenty of time to sort through the contents of your closets and other storage areas. Don’t forget to reclaim the bedroom that is now a junk room. Throw away, give away, or sell anything you don’t use or need. Get rid of broken items you meant to fix.

Keep enough linen on hand to put a set of sheets on all the beds and towels in the bathrooms. Pack up what’s left and take it to your storage unit.

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Improve Curb Appeal

Do you own a huge RV or a boat? Are you storing a jet ski beside the driveway? You can rent self-storage for those items as well. Don’t block off the view of your lovely home, show it off by taking all your large toys off the property and putting them in safe, secure storage.

Other items you might consider storing are outdoor furniture, a grill, or other accessories in the backyard, so your yard will look as big as possible.

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Get the Packing Done

One of the best things about staging your home and packing up all the extras into self-storage is that you are now nearly packed to move! Many moving companies will make a second stop at your self-storage unit to load up your belongings into the same truck as the items from your house.

With so much of your stuff packed up, it’s fast and easy to carry it all out to the truck. If you have an interior climate-controlled unit, check to see if the facility has a loading dock so the movers can load the truck faster and with less heavy lifting.

A self-storage unit is your ticket to staging your home to emphasize the amount of storage space available as well as creating an airy, open living arrangement that isn’t overstuffed with furniture, appliances, or accessories.

Meanwhile, you are mostly packed to move so when your house sells you will have much less to do to move out. Your furniture has been saved from paint and spills. Everything is ready to be unloaded into your new home as soon as you get there.

You can store almost anything in self-storage to help your realtor beautifully stage your home for a quick sale. You might even get more money for it!

Steve Wright works for Whirlwind Steel. Whirlwind Steel designs and manufactures Sturdi-Storage metal self-storage buildings.


6 Orlando Real Estate Groups That Stand Out In The City Beautiful

01

Sep 2017

6 Orlando Real Estate Groups That Stand Out In The City Beautiful

Buying a home can be stressful, time consuming, and just plain overwhelming, but when you find a real estate agent you can trust, most of those uneasy feelings will go away. If you’re looking for your dream home in the Orlando area, we’ve put together a list of some of Central Florida’s best real estate companies that are sure to help you find the perfect house!
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Top 10 Places To Live In 2017

27

Mar 2017

Top 10 Places To Live In 2017

Moving comes with a lot of thought and consideration. People choose to relocate due to reasons such as family, jobs, lifestyles, and the cost of living. Whatever the reason is families are sure to migrate to certain areas throughout the year. It seems the South is headed towards a population increase. Florida itself holds 3 cities that are in the top 10 places to live for 2017. Let’s take a look at the ten cities and why they have become a popular place to move. (more…)


9 Amazing Real Estate Companies in Kissimmee, Florida

28

Oct 2016

9 Amazing Real Estate Companies in Kissimmee, Florida

If you are in the process of moving to Kissimmee, Florida, chances are you have already found out how personable the people are. Perhaps it is the proximity to the most magical place on Earth, or the area’s innate southern hospitality. Regardless of where it comes from, it’s likely you’ve already made a few friends. Many are probably realtors focused on trying to get you to use their service for finding a home locally. If you haven’t already gone through the process, you might be feeling overwhelmed at the sheer volume of realtors in Kissimmee and the surrounding area. Here are nine of the best realtors around Kissimmee and where you’ll find them.

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5 Space-Saving Tips For Your Dorm Room: Fall 2016

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Aug 2016

5 Space-Saving Tips For Your Dorm Room: Fall 2016

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Summer is wrapping up and Fall 2016 is just around the corner. College students are moving on campus or to small apartments as the semester approaches. Some might have some warped notions about the size of the college dorm rooms before moving into it.

The reality is, however, you never have as much space as you think you will. This is why organization skills and creative storage tips are always great to learn before making your move. Here are 5 space-saving tips to use this semester.
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6 Techniques to Ensure a Smooth DIY Move

13

Jun 2016

6 Techniques to Ensure a Smooth DIY Move

topicIt’s summer time and many of you are making your “big move” before the new school year. Moving is never a fun process. It takes a lot of hard work and planning to make sure your move goes through smoothly and efficiently. Due to budget constraints, many people end up having to do everything on their own.

There are many pros to a DIY move. You are able to save money as well as keep a close eye on all of your items. The last thing you want to do when trying to move into a new home is make an insurance claim or replace broken items that you desperately need.

While a DIY move might take a little more work than if you hired a moving company, it doesn’t have to be as complicated or stressful as you might think. Here are a few tips to help make your DIY move stress-free and simple!

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Moving Furniture Smoothly and Safely

04

Feb 2016

Moving Furniture Smoothly and Safely

As exciting as it may be, moving is a huge commitment, and one that frequently takes a lot of time and energy. Figuring out how to tackle the time line, the organizational hurdles, and the task of getting all of your possessions from one place to another can be extremely overwhelming, especially when it comes to caring for your furniture.

Moving furniture is a big process, and it doesn’t always go smoothly. From damage to furniture or walls to back aches and knee pain, there’s a lot of liability that can come with the process of carefully packing your valuable possessions, loading them into a truck, and moving them into a completely new property. There’s no foolproof way to move, but following these tips can help you get your furniture safely from Point A to Point B.

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