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Belle Isle, Florida
Completely Surrounding Lake Conway Outside of Orlando, Leafy Belle Isle Boasts Plenty of Water Recreation
Leafy and sedate, Belle Isle is just six miles from downtown Orlando in east central Florida. It completely surrounds 1,800-acre Lake Conway, which is one of several lakes and canals in the Lake Conway Chain of Lakes, and it borders three other smaller lakes as well. Belle Isle has more water surface than land within town boundaries.
Locals enjoy 10 pretty parks, two of which have public beaches, and several boat launch areas. Weekends are busy with boating, sailing, water skiing and fishing for bass, crappie, bream and more. Older neighborhoods, many from the 1950s and 1960s, have flat roof, concrete block ranch ramblers, while newer areas have Mediterraneans and Craftsmans. The lenghty shorelines are packed with homes, nearly all with a pier or boat dock. Neighborhood watch programs are active, and the police department has a Senior Watch program that keeps an eye on the town's older residents. Most shopping, dining and services are found next door in Orlando.
Population: 7,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 43%
Cost of Living: 19% above the national average
Median Home Price: $510,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Orlando has several hospitals that accept Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Orlando has several accredited hospitals.
Public Transit: Yes, although it is limited.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: No
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 44%
Is Florida Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 122% higher than the national average.
Notes: Belle Isle has grown 8% within the last decade. Home prices have increased 9% since last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Named Pascua Florida by Juan Ponce De Leon, the Sunshine State did not enter the Union until March 3, 1845. Balmy mild winters began attracting snowbirds to the state in the late 19th century. Retirees continue to flock to the state. It's not hard to see why tourism has become the leading industry.
International trade and citrus are also major contributors to the state's economy. Eighty percent of the nation's oranges and grapefruits are grown here, and 40 percent of all U.S. exports to Latin America flow through Florida.
Florida's landscape includes uplands and coastal plains. It contains more than 11,000 miles of waterways and about 4,500 islands spread across 10 acres.
The state has 1,250 golf courses, more than any other state in the Union. The 47 mile Pinellas Trail is the longest urban trail on the east coast. Orlando theme parks attract more visitors than any other theme parks in the U.S. The only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles co-exist is in National Everglades Park.
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