Walkability Around Central Florida

Recently the Associated Press reported that “Across the country, just 14 percent of neighborhoods manage to be at once affordably priced, walkable and near decent schools.” This inspired us to take a look at walkable areas around Central Florida, their affordability and schools. 

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Seminole County offers avid walkers a variety of trails, nature preserves, parks, and downtowns to explore. Walkability for errands, employment, and entertainment venues is not as high, but walkability for recreation is plentiful. With the recent addition of SunRail, walkers can get to other destinations in Seminole County and Orlando.

Sanford Riverwalk & Downtown

Northeast Sanford is one of the more affordable areas in Central Florida. Its boasts high ranking schools and walkability. The Riverwalk along Lake Monroe is almost 2 miles long, with additions added to its west end last year. From the Riverwalk you can get to Fort Mellon Park, Downtown Sanford, and 17-92. Downtown Sanford offers a variety of places to eat and shop. There is a farmer’s market every Saturday as well.

Price Range: $75,000 – $300,000
Walkscore: 71 out of 100
GreatSchools: Crooms Academy, Sanford Middle School, Millennium Middle School, Goldsboro Elementary Magnet, Midway Elementary

Historic Longwood

Historic Longwood is located near State Road 434 and County Road 427. The homes here are affordable, it is somewhat walkable, and its schools are top-notch. The City of Longwood offers this walking tour brochure to learn about the history of the oldest houses in this district.

Price Range: $100,000 – $260,000
Walkscore: 66 out of 100
GreatSchools: Dommerich Elementary School, Sabal Point Elementary School, Choices in Learning Charter, Maitland Middle School, Lake Mary High School

Cross Seminole Trail

This 23 mile trail begins at the Cady Way Trail in Winter Park and stretches all the way to the Seminole Wekiva Trail in Lake Mary. It cuts through Winter Springs and Oviedo, both of which have pockets of walkable areas, in particular downtown Oviedo, Winter Springs Town Center, and Tuskawilla. The schools in both of these cities are excellent. Winter Springs and Oviedo vary in affordability, and are generally at the mid to higher end given the quality of schools, trails, and beautiful neighborhoods.

Price Range: $130,000 – $350,000
Walkscore: 45 out of 100
GreatSchools: Oviedo High School, Hagerty High School, Indian Trails Middle School, Lawton Elementary School, Jackson Heights Middle School, Tuskawilla Middle School, Partin Elementary School


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The City of Orlando has stepped up its transportation services in the last few years. Its most recent announcement was partnership it has established with Zipcar, the car-sharing program. All of the Florida Department of Transportation’s efforts have increased walkability in the city. Programs such as SunRail, Lynx, and Lymmo are vital to public transportation, and help pedestrians get around with ease.

Winter Park

Park Avenue in Winter Park has plenty of swank, charm, and walkability. The farmer’s market on Saturdays is always busy, as are the many businesses and restaurants that line the avenue. Winter Park’s schools are outstanding. Residents of Winter Park pay premiums for their amenities, it is one of the most expensive areas to live in Central Florida.

Price Range: $300,000 – $1,000,000
Walkscore: 93 out of 100
GreatSchools: Winter Park High School, Brookshire Elementary School, Lakemont Elementary School, Glenridge Middle School

Baldwin Park

Baldwin Park is a newer development designed for residents, retail spaces, and parks all within a short walk of each other. Housing in Baldwin Park is best described as high end neo-traditional style. The most walkable area of Baldwin Park is New Broad Street, where you’ll find cafes, boutiques, and other services. There are plenty of options for schools, all of which provide exceptional education.

Price Range: $250,000 – $1,000,000
Walkscore: 76 out of 100
GreatSchools: Arbor Ridge K-8, Princeton Elementary School, Audubon Park Elementary School, Glenridge Middle School, Winter Park High School

College Park

Edgewater Drive in College Park has walkability to stores, eateries, etc. It lies to the west of Winter Park, and is an older, established neighborhood in the same manner. The houses here are pricier, but can be affordable on occasion. Education needs are met in this area, with several private schools nearby as well.

Price Range: $225,000 – $400,000
Walkscore: 80 out of 100
GreatSchools: Orlando Science Middle High Charter, Princeton Elementary School, Blankner K-8, Edgewater High School

South Eola

The ability to walk to the grocery store, Lake Eola Park, and public transportation make this neighborhood the most walkable in Orlando. Luxury apartments and condos comprise most of the housing available. This area shares schools with surrounding neighborhoods.

Price Range: $375,000 – $600,000
Walkscore: 91
GreatSchools: Lake Eola Charter, Cornerstone Charter Academy, Hillcrest Elementary School, Howard Middle School

Central Business District

Businesses and apartment buildings next to I-4 make up the Central Business District in Orlando. It is west of South Eola and Thornton Park. The apartments available range in affordability, and locations making running errands a breeze. The schools again are common to the area, and rank highly.

Price Range: $100,000 – $600,000
Walkscore: 82
GreatSchools: Lake Eola Charter, Cornerstone Charter Academy, Hillcrest Elementary School, Howard Middle School

Thornton Park

Because of how close it is to South Eola and the Central Business District, Thornton Park comes in as the 3rd most walkable neighborhood in Orlando. It has more single family homes available and its price range is costly. The area schools are well rated.

Price Range: $225,000 – $600,000
Walkscore: 80
GreatSchools: Lake Eola Charter, Cornerstone Charter Academy, Hillcrest Elementary School, Howard Middle School

If you’d like more information on walkability or schools in the neighborhoods we covered check out walkscore.com and greatschools.org.