Lake Nona: Orlando’s “High-Tech” Corridor

Located on the east side of Orlando, Lake Nona, one of Central Florida’s fastest growing communities, is quickly becoming known as Orlando’s “high-tech” corridor, as well as, a thriving Medical City focused on education, care and research. This 7,000-acre master-planned community, within the city limits of Orlando, blends the technology-driven demands of students, professionals and families with the desire for a town-center based residential lifestyle. By combining homes for more than 25,000 residents with world-class educational, medical and recreational facilities, a life sciences cluster, diverse workspaces, shopping and entertainment centers, and environmental amenities strategically placed among vast open spaces, parks, lakes and a 44-miles trail system is what makes Lake Nona, Orlando the most well-planned, intellectually-innovative hub in all of Central Florida. Lake Nona is one of the top 20 master-planned communities in the United States.

The driving force behind the Lake Nona initiatives master-plan is a biotic community vision aimed at bringing students, parents, teachers and professionals together, both physically and virtually, in the areas of education, sustainability, health and wellness. Birthed by the non-profit, the Lake Nona Institute, which seeks essentially to fashion Lake Nona as the community of the future, today, while sustaining and strengthening that community with advanced research. Beginning with education initiatives aimed at making today’s learners tomorrow’s leaders, they target and ensure cutting-edge scholarship opportunities from early-learning to Ph.D. for Lake Nona residents. The education initiative for Lake Nona Institute sought a thoroughly modern educational system based on a collaborative learning approach in a team environment. Lake Nona’s Education Initiative merged student access to advanced classroom technologies, such as the Promethean Whiteboard and the Reading Plus Program.

Extending the vision and educational mission of this innovative ecosystem is Lake Nona Medical City, a healthcare and bioscience facilities cluster. Located on 650-acres at the Lake Nona Gateway Interchange, this Science & Technology Park consists of the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine, including its cutting-edge, research-based graduate bio-med and undergraduate programs at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences; a medical library and other UCF health sciences programs. Partnering with the college of medicine on research projects is the relocated MD Anderson Orlando Cancer Research Institute (CRI) and the Nemours Children’s Hospital, bringing a 60-acre pediatric health campus with children’s clinic, emergency department, diagnostic and ambulatory programs, education centers and research programs. The University of Florida Research Center will share 100,000 square feet of space in the non-profit Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, one of only four National Institute of Health (NIH) comprehensive centers for chemical biology and drug discovery, focused on treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases. Rounding out the City is the Orlando VA Medical Center, the first VA hospital to be built since 1995, poised to increase healthcare accessibility for Central Florida’s roughly 400,000 veterans.

Important to that vision of a biotic community, the sustainability efforts begin with the proper ecological balance Lake Nona residents have with the environment. As a member of the Primary Conservation Network, Lake Nona has reserved over 40% of its acreage as untouched green space or enhanced park areas with recreational facilities including 44 miles of paved and unpaved trails and 1000 acres of lakes and waterways. Continuing along that path is a focus on energy-efficient building programs to effectively reduce use and consumption of energy and water resources.

With health and wellness comes sport, so naturally it comes as no surprise that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) selected Lake Nona Orlando to build their divisional headquarters and Community Tennis and Player Development divisions. Slated to be the largest tennis complex in the nation, the 270,000-square-foot complex with target completion date of 2016, will house more than one hundred tennis courts. The United States Tennis Association will also focus on providing a complete tennis pathway, critical for player development whether it be the the youngest beginning players, recreational or collegiate players, or future professional and professional tour-level players. And of course, no lifestyle center would be complete without venues for entertainment, restaurants to eat and retail spaces to shop. Slated for 2014 groundbreaking, the Lake Nona Town Center promises department stores, fashion boutiques, a cineplex and an array of restaurants to make every resident drool.

Approximate Distance to:
Orlando International Airport: 5 miles
Universal Studios, Florida: 17 miles
Walt Disney World Resort: 23 miles
Downtown Orlando: 18 miles

MEDICAL CITY

It’s been called a new chapter in Orlando’s history.  The 650-acre health and life sciences park known as Lake Nona Medical City is a landmark for Orlando and a premier location for medical care, research and education.  Carefully planned and laid out, Lake Nona Medical City represents a deliberate strategy to create a centralized focus of sophisticated medical treatment, research and education in Central Florida.

Based on the proven theory that a cluster of healthcare and bioscience facilities in proximity to one another will accelerate innovation, this intellectual hub opened in a coordinated fashion with a collaborative mission. In just the last seven years, Lake Nona Medical City has become home to some of the nation’s top hospitals, universities, research institutions and health and life science companies. Already Lake Nona Medical City’s pioneering institutions are forming networks and synergies, making Orlando a global destination for healthcare, research and medical education while creating an economic development and job creation engine for the region.

Laureate Park

Laureate Park, located near Lake Nona’s Medical City, features homes with modern traditional architectural styles and an abundance of intelligent forward-thinking components. This altogether wired-in, future-evoking community has some of Orlando’s most intelligent minds as its neighbors. Community connection is key in Laureate Park, and at its heart will be its Village Center, equipped with an Aquatic Center, lakeside restaurant and cafe, and a fitness facility. The resort-style Aquatic Center features two large pools, lounging areas and a sand volleyball court. The ‘Family Pool’ is home to a zero-entry pool, deck jets, water cannons and a twenty-five foot tall dumping bucket, whereas, the adult ‘Quiet Pool’ features private cabanas, free-form pool areas and four Jr. Olympic lap lanes.

Lake Nona Golf & Country Club

Offering world-class education, exceptional family experiences and outstanding amenities, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club has delivered the highest quality of living in Central Florida for more than 25 years. A vibrant, international population of members and residents enjoy an active lifestyle along with a full social calendar for recreation, celebration and entertainment. Featuring a world-ranked, Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course, Lake Nona Golf & Country Club has been a regular host to a number of international tournaments including the inaugural Solheim Cup and the Tavistock Cup. Lake Nona Golf & Country Club also features a newly renovated fitness center, guest lodge, tennis courts and pool, year-round children’s programming, as well as, a trio of pristine lakes providing freshwater fishing and boating opportunities. Just outside the gates of this private sanctuary lie numerous parks and trails, diverse workspaces, in addition to new and forthcoming retail and entertainment choices. Lake Nona Golf & Country Club is ideally located beside a cluster of hospitals, universities and research institutions, aimed at setting new benchmarks in medical education, patient care and scientific research. At Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, tradition and innovation meet – on and off the course.

Village Walk

Bringing a new concept in living to Lake Nona and Central Florida, VillageWalk at Lake Nona offers resort-style homes in a unique neighborhood design where waterfront property is the norm. Streets are connected by quaint bridges forming a walkway to a Town Center that provides an excellent neighborhood gathering place with conveniences such as a café, salon, day spa, home goods boutique, gas station and a full-time activities director. VillageWalk offers six miles of lighted walking trails, two swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, and a fitness center. Mediterranean-inspired homes feature barrel-tile roofs, scenic views and superior home features. Residents benefit from a convenient maintenance-free lifestyle.

VillageWalk is expecting! Coming soon is the Enclave at VillageWalk featuring luxury homes from the $600s to over $1 million. This guard-gated, executive home community has 144 home sites all with access to VillageWalk’s resort-style amenities and town center.

Water’s Edge

Waters Edge at Lake Nona is a gated community within NorthLake Park offering the very rare opportunity for true waterfront living on the pristine, crystal clear lake that is Lake Nona. With a peaceful lakefront park, a boat dock and boat storage areas, a community pool and pocket parks throughout the neighborhood, the community is nothing short of extraordinary. To complement this exceptional neighborhood, Waters Edge at Lake Nona features charming homes and townhomes, with delightful three- or four-bedroom designs and an impressive list of included features.

Northlake Park

Located in the northernmost section of Lake Nona, the 500-acre, neo-traditional NorthLake Park community is home to a host of excellent amenities, including an award-winning A-rated elementary school and YMCA, all under one roof. Lake Nona’s NorthLake Park also features an outdoor Olympic pool, soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, a neighborhood dog park, and green dock on beautiful Lake Nona.