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City Guide
Orlando
Welcome to...

Orlando. The happiest place on earth, home to various theme parks, a world of amusement, great rental apartments, and tons of culture. Banking, logistics, and aerospace all have a notable presence in Orlando too, and let us not forget it’s home to our beloved Tupperware. Despite the many goings-on, Orlando is relatively small. Only about 255,000 people call the city home, which means that the surrounding areas are both thickly settled with renters and very much part of the tourist and resident scene.

Kissimmee and Altamonte Springs are both popular cities for young families who are renting. (Not surprising, given Kissimmee is right next to the theme parks!) Altamonte Springs is also great for young singles, especially UCF and tech students, due to its centrality and entertainment options. And with a large student population in the Orlando area overall, the highest traffic for renters moving in and out tends to be on the semester schedule, during the spring and the fall. Most people tend to stay for 3-6 years, depending on whether they’re coming for school, Disney-related work, or something more long-term.

How Should I Prepare?

Due to the abundance of transient job seekers (the theme parks alone employ tons of people, and many such workers treat these gigs as a crossroad) and the fact that Florida is just that way, expect to be asked to prove job security, savings, or positive multi-year rental history. Upscale Orlando rentals can be priced slightly high for overall market conditions - that's due to a lot of economic factors way too boring to discuss here - so there are often incentives to be seized. If you're willing to sign a lease of at least 12 months, and you don't see an incentive advertised, ask or negotiate for it - reread the previous sentence.

How’s the Pet-Friendliness?

Orlando isn't the most pet-friendly rental scene in the country, though it is making steady improvements. While there are an increasing number of properties beginning to welcome furry friends, you'll find many high-rises have a no-pet policy or strict weight restrictions and/or fees. "Conditional" or "Considered" are terms you will often come across when searching for pet-friendly apartments in Orlando.

Layout of Orlando

Living near so many theme parks is the absolute dream, of course. But with this many places of happiness around, which neighborhood should you choose? You’re in luck, because our city guide is here to help you figure out which area fits you best. Read on, apartment hunter!

Orlando: Here you’ll find posh, high-rise apartments, lakes, farmer's markets, pro sports, performing arts, and dozens of hip restaurants (many owned by notable chefs) and bars that bring out your fun-loving, food-loving side! Thornton Park, Lake Eola, and the Central Business District make up the most chic core of Orlando's downtown area, and this is reflected in steeper rent prices.

Lake Buena Vista: Home of The Walt Disney World Resort, and privately controlled by The Walt Disney Company (although it is an incorporated state municipality), Lake Buena Vista is the mostly heavily touristed region and has every imaginable store, souvenir, chain restaurant, theme restaurant, high-end restaurant, and lodging that exists or soon will. The apartments here are mainly big complexes with island motif names - resplendent with pools, fountains, artificial lakes, landscaped grounds...and they are all highly similar to each other. Seek opinions about management and maintenance in gleaning your best choice.

Kissimmee: In relation to Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee is a few miles south, less frenetic, and marginally less expensive. This city sits right on the edge of Lake Tohopekaliga (Lake Toho, for short), which means that although Kissimmee is close to the Disney theme parks, it’s got a lot to offer in its own right too. The Kissimmee Waterfront Park has fishing piers, walking paths, playgrounds...it’s great place for those who want theme park proximity but with a little less hassle. Except for when the annual Silver Spurs Rodeo rolls around, of course. That one’s a pretty big deal.

Celebration: An entirely Disney designed (but no longer company owned) master community, Celebration could literally be from a Disney movie. Directly connected to the Magic Kingdom (but not as close as LBV), the architecture, piers, post-office, movie theater, restaurants, and shops lend to a surreal atmosphere. This city is ridiculously clean, like gum-wrappers-are-litter clean. There is a dearth of 1 BR accommodations here, so Celebration is best suited for young families or roommates with a desire for an easy commute to Disney.

Altamonte Springs: Quiet, yet full of fun things to do, Altamonte Springs is about 10-15 minutes from Orlando and offers shopping, restaurants, and the Cranes Roost Park and Lake. People from Casselberry, Longwood, and Maitland come to Altamonte Springs to enjoy what the city center has to offer, including its indoor shopping mall and large movie theater. Altamonte Springs is undergoing extensive developments, with plans for more large-scale apartment buildings and high rise condominiums in its near future, so plenty of spaces are opening up for renters in this area. And with so many upcoming available apartments and things to do in this area, it is perfect for families and young professionals.

Winter Garden: Winter Garden is a pleasant, small city with a country feel, right on Lake Apopka - Florida's third largest lake. Just west of Orlando, Winter Garden has a little bit of everything and lots of fishing. Its historical downtown offers various restaurants, shops, cafes, museums, and a performing arts venue. And its open-air shopping center, Winter Village Garden, is a popular spot for an enjoyable shopping spree! Plus, with its proximity to Windermere, living in Winter Garden gives you access to all of the area’s great shopping and schools, for cheaper rent. This city is becoming increasingly popular for families and growing businesses.

Dr. Phillips/Bay Hill: The communities of Dr. Phillips and Bay Hill are the closest to Universal Studios and Seaworld, and this is some of the priciest real estate in the metro region (Tiger Woods lives one town over). Very few apartments, several house rentals though - mostly 3 BR, some 2BR.

Orlando Overall

The truth is that, living in Orlando and its surrounding neighborhoods, you will feel no more imposed upon by the plethora of parks than the people of Las Vegas do by the Strip. It's there, everyone's aware it’s there, and it’s generally avoided whenever possible. However, they're fun to visit (locals discounts and specials are generous) and perfect for incentivizing your friends to come see you. But there’s plenty more besides the parks, too! For example, you may not have realized that Orlando has a killer live music scene. From downtown bars to the House of Blues (Disney, of course), live bands are everywhere to be found and enjoyed. Orlando also hosts the Florida Film Festival, Florida Music Festival, Orlando International Fringe Festival, Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, and more, so you certainly don’t have to be obsessed with Mickey Mouse to enjoy living here.

Orlando residents love to have a good time and have an appreciation for the artistic and creative, no matter which form that may take (film, traditional art, etc.). And if you’re sports-friendly, this is the place for you! Sports make up a huge part of the culture here, so you certainly won’t be alone in your love for the game. Overall, Orlando is a multi-layered city with lots to offer in itself and in its surrounding neighbor cities. No matter where you’re looking to make your home, you’re sure to find a perfect match around here.

Rent Report
Orlando

December 2017 Orlando Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2017 Orlando Rent Report. Orlando rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Orlando rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Orlando rents held steady over the past month

Orlando rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up sharply by 6.6% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Orlando stand at $1,020 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,220 for a two-bedroom. Orlando's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.5%, as well as the national average of 2.7%.

Rents rising across the Orlando Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Orlando, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Orlando metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Lake Mary has the most expensive rents in the Orlando metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,580; the city has also seen rent growth of 6.8% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past year, Winter Springs is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 2.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,220, while one-bedrooms go for $1,020.
  • Sanford has the least expensive rents in the Orlando metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,110; rents were up 1.2% over the past month and 6.6% over the past year.

Orlando rents more affordable than many large cities nationwide

As rents have increased sharply in Orlando, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Orlando is still more affordable than most large cities across the country.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with Florida as a whole logging rent growth of 3.5% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 4.4% in Jacksonville.
  • Orlando's median two-bedroom rent of $1,220 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.7% over the past year compared to the 6.6% rise in Orlando.
  • While Orlando's rents rose sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.4%), Nashville (-0.3%), and New York (-0.1%).
  • Renters will find more reasonable prices in Orlando than most large cities. For example, San Francisco has a median 2BR rent of $3,050, which is nearly two-and-a-half times the price in Orlando.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Orlando $1,020 $1,220 0.3% 6.6%
Kissimmee $1,000 $1,200 0.5% 6.5%
Sanford $930 $1,110 1.2% 6.6%
Altamonte Springs $1,010 $1,210 0.8% 5.3%
Oviedo $1,260 $1,510 0.2% 1.3%
Winter Springs $1,020 $1,220 -0.2% -2.5%
Winter Park $1,000 $1,190 -0.4% 6.3%
Casselberry $1,010 $1,210 -0.3% 5.9%
Maitland $1,040 $1,250 0.1% 2.7%
Lake Mary $1,320 $1,580 1.8% 6.8%

Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

Orlando Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Orlando ranks on:
B Overall satisfaction
B- Safety and crime rate
B Jobs and career opportunities
B+ Recreational activities
B Affordability
C+ Quality of schools
A- Weather
C Commute time
A- State and local taxes
C+ Public transit
B- Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for Orlando from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“Orlando renters are generally satisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most renters gave average or above average scores across the board.”

Key findings in Orlando include the following:

  • Orlando renters give their city a B overall for satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for Orlando were weather (A-) and state and local taxes (A-).
  • Renters here are also relatively satisfied with local jobs and career opportunities (B), affordability/cost of living (B), and safety (B-)
  • The areas where Orlando renters are the least satisfied include access to public transit (C+), quality of local schools (C+), and commute times (C).
  • Within Orlando’s renters, millennials are slightly more satisfied than renters who are parents, giving the city an A-, compared to a B+.
  • Compared to other Floridian cities, Orlando did better than Tampa (C+) and Miami (C-) but worse than Jacksonville (A-).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

Renters say:

  • “Close to school and plenty of jobs and internships. Downtown is very close, and the nightlife never stops.” —Anon.
  • “There is always an activity or event going on that suits every person's interests. I love how no matter who comes to visit me, there is never a question as to what to entertain them with or which restaurant to take them to. Plus, the weather is almost always perfect!” —Pamela F.
  • “The public transit is horrible. If you do not have a car you are not going to get anywhere. Also I am an animal lover and most apartment complexes say they love animals but actually only take them so they can charge you a ridiculous amount of fees. Not to mention the rent is super high!” —Lynette D.
  • “Traffic is terrible!!! Orlando is huge, my area is pretty nice and close to everything, but in other parts of Orlando it's dangerous and far.” —Megan C.