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Avalon Park Florida: What is it Like Living in A Planned Community?

Updated on April 5, 2016

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Avalon Park: Orlando, Florida

Located on the east side of Orlando, Florida, Avalon Park offers residents of all ages a modern day Norman Rockwell neighborhood. Avalon Park is a planned community just 40 minutes northeast from Disney, Sea World and Universal Studio Attractions and 40 minutes west from the Atlantic Ocean. Encompassing 1,860 acres of land, 3,000 homes, Avalon Park includes organized villages, single family homes, apartments, townhouses, schools, a town center, restaurants, shops, grocery store, doctor offices, banks, gas station and bars.

By design Avalon Park motivates the foundation for strong families, and strong neighbor relationships. From its aesthetics to its detail architecture, Avalon Park also promotes beauty and diversity as seen by porch swings, garden club, and tree lined streets. Restaurants found in Avalon Park are also diverse they include; Italian, Mexican, Thai, Chinese, American Bistro, coffee shops, subs, hibachi, and ice-cream. From its unique restaurants, schools, shops, landscaping, buildings, and homes, Avalon Park offers intimacy with one's surroundings and more importantly the people in one's neighborhood.

Modern Day Americana

Typical Avalon Park Home
Typical Avalon Park Home | Source

Avalon Park Numbers

  • Zip Code 32828
  • Zip Code Population 51,342
  • Approximately 3,400 single-family units
  • 1,431 multi-family units
  • 500,000 square feet of commercial space
  • 240 acres of wetlands
  • 400 acres of upland preserve
  • 250 acres of man-made lakes
  • Median household income: $63,910

New Urbanism

New Urbanism is the term used to describe planned communities like Avalon Park. The term describes communities that encompass the traditional neighborhood design before the mid-20th century. What makes a new urbanism community like Avalon Park unique is the organization and the planning. These neighborhoods enable neighbors to access almost all their needs in one central location. Here is what makes a planned community different than urban sprawl:

  • a discernible town center
  • most dwellings are within a 5 minute walk or .25 miles
  • a range of housing choices to serve diversity that includes, single family homes, town homes, apartments
  • diversity of residents include families, young single adults, older people, low income to the wealthy
  • shops
  • offices
  • elementary schools close enough so most or all children can walk to it
  • playgrounds accessible to every dweller
  • garages rarely face the street, garages are in the back of the home accessible by alleyways
  • streets are narrow or allow for street parking to slow traffic

Avalon Park Florida

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Notice how the houses in Avalon Park are close together.
Notice how the houses in Avalon Park are close together. | Source

Schools in Avalon Park, Florida

Avalon park is a family community and has the schools to support the needs of the families.

3 Pre-schools:

  • Kids R Kids
  • Primrose
  • Creative World

3 elementary schools:

  • Avalon Elementary
  • Stone Lakes Elementary
  • Timber Lakes Elementary

1 middle school:

  • Avalon Middle School

1 high school:

  • Timber Creek High School with Avalon Tech School

1 Technical School

  • Avalon Center for Technical Excellence

The University of Central Florida is within 10 miles.


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Avalon Schools Rankings, 2011-2012

School
State Rank
Florida State Percentile
Avalon Elementary School
39th out of 1943
98.0%
Stone Lakes Elementary
18th out of 1943
99.1%
Timber Lakes Elementary
180th out of 1943
90.7%
Avalon Middle School
180th out of 793
86.4%
Timber Creek High School
86th out of 597
85.6%
Data Source: www.schooldigger.com

Downtown Avalon Park

View of Avalon Park's Downtown.
View of Avalon Park's Downtown. | Source

Median House Listing Prices, 2012

Number of Bedrooms
Median Price
1 Bedroom
$70,000.00
2 Bedroom
$97,479.00
3 Bedroom
$159,856.00
4 Bedroom
$215,071.00
5 Bedroom
$261,320.00
Source: www.schooldigger.com

Merchants of Avalon Park Within Walking Distance To Your Home.

Finances

  1. Avalon Park Accounting
  2. Fairwinds Credit Union
  3. Premier Tax & Accounting Consultants
  4. SunTrust Bank
  5. Trustco Bank
  6. Wells Fargo

Restaurants

  1. Avalon Perks
  2. Avalon Pockets
  3. Bamboo Wok
  4. Baryridge Sushi
  5. Brianto's Original Hoagies
  6. Davis Bakery & Company
  7. Eastside Bistro
  8. Margarita's Grill
  9. Milano's Pizza
  10. Mulberry Street Italian Restaurant & Bar
  11. Pizza Hut
  12. Subway
  13. Thunya Tai

Health and Wellness

  1. ARC Surgicals
  2. Avalon Institute of Aesthetic Medicine
  3. Avalon Park Eye Care
  4. Avalon Park Family Medicine
  5. Avalon Veterinary Clinic
  6. The Confidential Ear
  7. CVS Pharmacy
  8. Elite Dentistry
  9. Family and Women's Health at Avalon Park
  10. NeuroRestorative Avalon Park
  11. Orlando Counseling Specialist
  12. Primera Urgent Care
  13. Timber Creek Pediatrics
  14. Women's Healthcare of Orlando

Fitness

  1. Avalon Dance
  2. Cage Fitness
  3. Championship Martial Arts
  4. YMCA
  5. Yoga East

Spa and Beauty

  1. Avalon All Star Cuts
  2. Avalon Regis HairMasters
  3. Central Nails
  4. Groom Grub Belly Rub
  5. In Style Hair, Nails & Day Spa
  6. Nails at the Park
  7. NY Barber Shop 2

Worship

  1. Avalon Church
  2. St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church

Leisure

  1. Avalon School of Music
  2. Paladin Tech & Game
  3. Pottery Pad

Grocery Shopping

  1. Avalon Liquor
  2. Publix

Gas Station

  1. 7-11

Other Business

  1. Avalon Park Cleaners
  2. Avalon Park Group Management
  3. Englert, Leite & Martin
  4. Goodwill Donation Express
  5. LFG Corp
  6. MetLife Auto & Home
  7. SOHO Office
  8. Suhaag Garden
  9. The Thompson Agency
  10. Vanguard
  11. Vision Development & Management

View of Power Plant Leaving Avalon Park

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View of Power Plant Inside Avalon Park

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Other Insider Information

  • Prison within 15 miles of Avalon Park.

Prison at the intersection of 528 and Innovation Way.

  • Waste Water Treatment Facility

Off of Alafaya Trail before Entering Avalon Park. This sewage treatment facility is getting national attention because it is one of the first to take sewage and get rid of it without dumping it in rivers or landfills. They have found a way to generate pollution-free electricity from the sewage.

Beautiful Morning Sunrise In Avalon Park

Notice how the houses are close together, but each of these houses back into a conservation area.  They have no backyard neighbors.  This photo is taken from the backyard of my home.
Notice how the houses are close together, but each of these houses back into a conservation area. They have no backyard neighbors. This photo is taken from the backyard of my home. | Source

The Downside of Avalon Park

  • Energy plant within a mile of Avalon Park.

First of all, it is not a nuclear power plant. It is a coal-fired power station owned and operated by the City of Orlando, Florida. Air sampling has shown that the emissions from this plant are among the lowest of any coal-fired plant in the nation.

As a resident of Avalon park, I have grown accustomed to seeing the power plant. It reminds me of home. I told my daughter the plant is really a cloud maker, since it makes lots of white smoke resembling clouds. The power plant mission and values include being environmentally friendly and safe to live and work in close proximity of the plant.

  • Small yards

Some families like a lot of land around their home for privacy and space. In planned communities the goal is to decrease yard size and increase community areas like, parks, town centers and other gathering places. However, in Avalon Park there are many plots of land that directly connect to a conservation area. This gives the homeowner more privacy and a view of water or woods instead of another house on all sides.

  • Landfill within 10 miles of Avalon Park.

I have never smelled the landfill while living in Avalon Park. If I drive by it on a hot day I will sometimes smell the trash. They tend to the landfill well as seen by burying the trash to keep animals and birds away. The landfill is only seen when you drive by it to get on the 528 or Beach Line.

  • Homeowner's Association

Homeowner's Association has it's benefits- always making sure the community upholds a standard of aesthetics. However, sometimes the HOA can be peculiar on meager or trivial upgrades to your landscape or home. It can get annoying if you feel the HOA is wrong- sometimes to dispute a notice can be difficult. My family and I choose to abide by the HOA letters. They are often reminders to trim a bush or replant a tree, even though we feel our bush is fine.

  • On the far, far East side of Orlando

The directions to Avalon park are usually go east on Alafaya Trail, 434, until you fall off the face of the earth and then go some more. Or as my husband would say, "We are the last hair on the dog's tail." However, with recent road developments, getting to and from Avalon Park is easier. The recent opening of Innovation Way now connects Avalon Blvd. with 528 or the Beach Line. Alafaya Trail recently expanded from a two lane street to a four lane street. I work in downtown Orlando, it takes me 30 to 35 minutes to arrive at work. My husband works near Sea World and it takes him about 35 to 45 minutes to arrive at work. The distance from the city is made up in being closer to Cocoa Beach.

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Upside to Avalon Park

  • Great community
  • Green, because everything is so close you can walk or ride your bike
  • Sidewalks
  • Family oriented
  • Everything you need is within walking distance or within 1 mile
  • Schools are in the top 90th percent of the State
  • Phenomenal parent-teacher relationships
  • Neighborhood churches
  • Holiday church services are in the park
  • Diverse neighborhood
  • You can see the space shuttle from Cape Canaveral lunch from your own porch
  • The grocery store, Publix, takes your grocery's to your car and do not accept tips
  • 40 minutes away from Cocoa Beach
  • 40 minutes away from Disney, Sea World, Universal Studios
  • Community pools throughout the neighborhood
  • Shop owners know you by name
  • Shop owners also live in Avalon Park
  • Splash park for children to play in
  • Dog park for dogs to run around
  • Dog bags and trash cans are on every street
  • Warm and friendly neighbors
  • Outside tennis and basketball courts
  • Baseball fields
  • Soccer fields
  • Organized Sports
  • Quarterly festivals
  • Diverse and delicious restaurants
  • Chinese food is always ready in 10 minutes
  • Excellent medical care
  • Monthly outdoor movies in the pavilion
  • Publix grocery store

Splash Park

Tanya King Splash Park, in Avalon Park.
Tanya King Splash Park, in Avalon Park. | Source

Holiday Celebrations

4th of July Celebration
4th of July Celebration | Source

4th of July Fireworks

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Avalon Park Festivals

Throughout the calendar year Avalon Park celebrates five major holidays that include:

  • Absolutely Avalon (April) Vendor booths for local artisans, food, rides and bounce houses for kids
  • Fourth Of July (July) Apple pie and hotdog eating contest, fireworks, live music, food, booths for local artisans, rides and bounce houses for kids
  • October Fest (October) Two day festival with root beer and beer gardens, rides and bounce houses for kids, food and booths for local artisans
  • Spooktacular (October) Pumpkin carving, trick or treating, costume parade
  • Avalon Aglow (December) Santa Claus, sled rides, snow machine that makes a mountain of snow for Florida kids to sled on, food and booths for local artisans, live music, fireworks

During a festival Avalon Park closes the downtown streets so the families can wander and celebrate without worrying about traffic. It is not unusually to run into many friends and families during a festival. They are a lot of fun for the adults, children and a great way to celebrate the holidays with the whole family and community.

My Personal Experience Of Avalon Park

I have lived in Avalon Park for five years now. Honestly, when my husband first told me about the concept of a planned community I turned my head away. As an artist the last place on earth I wanted to live was in a cookie-cutter town. He convinced me to give Avalon Park one year and if I did not like it we could move somewhere else in Orlando.

I have grown to appreciate the style of Avalon Park and no longer see the homes as similar. I see the people instead of the homes. I see the diversity of young families, single young adults going to UCF, and older adults retiring in a town that embraces them.

I have grown to love being in Avalon Park while raising a family. My children's friends are within 2 minute's drive for a playdate. If I am low on sugar, Publix or CVS is just around the corner. I can drop off the dog to be groomed, shop at the jewelry store next to the groomers, walk a little further and attend a yoga class, then go to a cafe for a late morning snack. After that, I can walk to the dry cleaners, walk to my bank, and pick up Pizza Hut for dinner. If I get ill I can make an appointment to see my doctor or go to the Avalon urgent care.

Everything I need is truly at my fingertips. It makes life as a mother so much easier, especially because our extended family are many states away. I do not feel deprived of my extended family in Avalon Park because everyone is so friendly. We are usually invited to Thanksgiving dinners, or Christmas day deserts. On the 4th of July we all gather at the town center for hot dogs, beers, and fireworks. I describe Avalon Park similar to living on a college campus- only this time it is more grand and is for families. After awhile, you become familiar and then known.

The drawbacks to Avalon Park no longer bother me. Every town has it's positives and negatives, for me living in Avalon Park the positives far out way the negatives.

Kind Friendly Dentists

My daughter at the Avalon Park dentist, called Elite Dentistry, taking care of her bunny.
My daughter at the Avalon Park dentist, called Elite Dentistry, taking care of her bunny. | Source

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I would be a crazy man within a week of living there. :) I need some space....and few rules....and less sunshine LOL....seriously, good review, Carly, but I'll stay here in the west. :)....I did like the fishing pond, which I thought was a nice touch.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks for sharing Carly and happy to hear a bit about where you live. Every place has its good and bad, but your residency sounds like a perfect fit for you and your family. Great share and of course voted up and shared all over!!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Billybuc you are welcome to come and visit me and Sunshine anytime. I would love to have you here for a visit. The rules and the closeness does have some drawbacks but overall I would not give it up for driving all over to get my kids to there sports, playdates and school.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you as always Janine. It is a good place for me and my family. I do recommend others to try this type of living or at least visit a planned community to understand it better.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love living in Avalon Park, great review on our funtastic community!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I think planned communities are great for young families and retirees. I have lived in planned communities without all the stores etc..So just clubhouse, walking paths etc...I know if you like the wide open you will not be happy living in such a situation. But what an advantage for you..kids friends close by, shopping...makes your life less hectic and less travel in the car. By the way you did a fabulous job on this place and it sounds very enticing.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      You definitely gave us a complete review. Having visited there, I can totally see how it would make life simpler for Moms. I loved a lot of the options. That being said, I'm a die hard yankee! :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Congrats on your review win! I have to admit - I didn't really know what a planned community was before reading your hub. You dida very thorough job!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on the review win. This community reminds me of Pocket Neighborhoods (I wrote a Hub about that). Looks like the same concept which I really liked when I first heard of Pocket Neighborhoods.

      Great Hub. I voted this UP, etc.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Mary, thank you for stopping by. I have never heard of the term 'Pocket Neighborhoods' but it seems to be a term that fits a pre-planned community. I will check out your hub.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thanks Natashalh! I appreciate you stopping by and congratulating me. That is how I found out I won. :) It is easy to be thorough on subjects that you know well. Living in Avalon Park for 5 years gave me a lot to write about.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Julie, You are welcome to come and visit any time. You just might find a planned community up there in New England, heck, New England is one of the very first planned communities. The villages surrounded a central town and most often a church.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Carol, thank you very much. Yes, indeed if you are someone who likes lots of space around them a planned community would probably not be for you. However, what you lack in land you gain public gather places like parks, courts, dog parks, etc.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you Linda. I love living in AP too.

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      Rosyel Sawali 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wow! Avalon Park really looks like such an ideal community! Even I would want to live in such a neighborhood ^_^ Thanks for sharing this! It's truly awesome!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Rosyel, we have plenty of room for you! Come on over.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Congrats on winning the daily drawing! This is a beautifully written hub and fascinating, too. Since you're a mother with a busy career, simplifying life as much as possible sounds like a great idea. It makes everything more manageable. I'm glad living in a planned community has been such a good experience.

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      Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This was very interesting. I have heard of planned communities before, but you helped me understand a lot more about them. I can certainly see lots of benefits to living in one, especially for families with young children. Congratulations on your win!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      It's a fantastic review. We all have out 'times' in life and sometimes there comes a time where organized modern living is just perfect. I wouldn't mind living in one, I'm 65. You covered it all so well. The price for a home is very reasonable. Congrats on the win today. you do really deserve it of course.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Vespawoolf, Thank you. Yes, Avalon Park truly does simplify life. Yesterday, I picked up my children from school, ran into the pediatrician's office to pick up a prescription, dropped it off at the CVS, walked over to get my son's hair cut, and my daughter starving at that time begged me to go to Subway for dinner. This all took about one hour and I can always easily find parking spaces. People great me by name. It is truly a beautiful place to live and makes life as a busy mom much simpler.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      SavingKathy, I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Planned communities are heard to completely understand until you drive through one to truly understand how beautiful they are and how large they are. It is like having a little petite city in your own backyard. You have a baker, a coffee shop, a doctor, etc.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you GoodLady. Florida is a perfect state to retire in. It is in the plans to develop a Senior Living Center in Avalon Park. I think that would be great, because I love diversity and feel it is important for my kids to interact with people of different ages and races. From apartments to condos, townhouse to half-a-million dollar homes Avalon Park can be affordable for most families and single adults.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      I like the format and photos of this piece very much, as well as the information. This type of community can be very convenient, having so many goods and services right there among good landscaping, attractive architecture, and friendly residents and business owners. I think people can feel more connected here and probably band together readily in times of crisis.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Indeed, Patty we band together as a community in times of crisis. We have a few Facebook community pages and a neighborhood watch. Halloween, is an exciting time because the neighborhood is full of kids trick or treating. We have to buy a half a dozen bags of candy to have enough to pass out.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      That's certainly different from many non-planned communities. Great place!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have driven by this community. It is quite nice and in a very nice area of Orlando. Looks like an ideal place to raise a family. You have detailed the benefits of living here well, and the housing prices are reasonable. Voted up++

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Teaches, the next time you drive by, perhaps we can met up for coffee. The benefits for living here are numerous. I feel very blessed to live in a town like Avalon Park.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Patty, I agree. I often wonder what memories my children will have living in Avalon Park. I hope they are good ones, with traditions that are weaved into the community as tightly as they are with the family.

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      Southernmapart 4 years ago

      What happened to nature? Where did all the natural go? It's been built on, paved over or flooded with ponds and pools.

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      The festivals sound lovely. Congrats on the contest win!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love all the details that you've included in this hub, Carly, as well as the video! Congratulations on your contest win.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Congratulations on your double win, Carly. You've done a thorough job presenting the information here about the planned community. :)

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      Lisa McKnight 4 years ago from London

      Congratulations on your win Carly. I wanted to read this anyway as it looked so interesting. Loved your video. The place looks like a wonderful place to bring up a family. It also looks a bit like "The Truman Show" - hee hee.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Eilza, yes indeed it looks like the Truman Show, or better yet, Real Housewives. Surely, a reality TV show could come in and get the scoop that happens in Avalon Park. It isn't perfect because people are not perfect. But at least it gives you a great start.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Denise, I appreciate you stopping by. I never thought I would be someone who would live in a planned community, and like it. It is not fore everyone, but for some it is the perfect place.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you Alicia, I had fun making the video. The owner of Avalon Park Jewelers over heard me asking a friend to drive me around town so I can make the video. She offered me her convertible. I did not turn that down.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Clevercat,

      The festivals are one of my favorite things to do in Avalon Park. It truly does build the community. Local shop owners also drive in a lot of business on festival days.

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      JustBrian 4 years ago from United States

      This is a really nice piece. And what a very nice place to live. I am happy for you!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you JustBrian. I am very happy living here.

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      Bob Zermop 4 years ago from California, USA

      Very interesting, but I think I couldn't handle that many houses that similar that close together, and the "Homeowner's Association" would definitely not work for me. I'm glad to hear that you're happy there, though! To each their own. :)

      Thanks for the interesting read!

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      Laura 4 years ago

      Great write up! Is there any fishing within Avalon Park?

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Yes! People fish in all the ponds all the time. They even catch some fish. I am not sure if they eat them, or toss the back. I am not a fisher. There has been a few crocodiles in Avalon Park too. Once they are found they are removed by the crocodile authorities.

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      Bill 4 years ago

      The homes are very nice and I love living here. I agree the yards are small, but that is OK. I work many hours, love to travel and don't want to spend time in my yard every week. The HOA is fine. I don't like work trucks and junk in my neighbors yard and I don't want a bright purple house next to mine , so it is wonderful for me .

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      Bill 3 years ago

      While Avalon is kids is family friendly , it is also single and alternative lifestyle friendly as well. I have lived her for 7 years and I do not have kids . The community is laid out in such a manner that you rarely see the kids or interact with them. As far as privacy, most neighbors respect another to live and let live. I like the "rules" , as I don't want my neighbors to park large work trucks in front of their houses. I have a partner and most of my neighbors are very open minded and welcoming to us.

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you for commenting Bill. Yes, you bring up some additional good points. Avalon Park is also single, alternative and elderly friendly.

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      Andy 3 years ago

      Carly Great Info! Thanks for taking the time and sharing such detailed bio.

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you Andy.

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      julesbo 3 years ago

      Carly, at the risk of coming across like a creepy weirdo...could I buy you a latte at Avalon Perks sometime? My family is planning to relocate to Orlando (from Lakeland) and we really fell in love with Baldwin Park, but I actually wish I could be swayed to AP which is *literally* half the price for the same-sized home. And, my parents just bought a home in a 55+ community adjacent to AP. The "fall off the face of the earth" part is my biggest hang-up. Maybe it has enough "pros" to make up for that "con," but we want to make the right decision so the kids can stay in one place for the rest of their school career.

      In any case, thanks for the great article.

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      CarlySullens 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Sure Jules, we could meet at Avalon Perks in Avalon. :) If you go to my profile page here at Hub Pages, there should be a place where you can send me a direct email. (I don't want to leave it here because of spam.) Buying a house is a big decision and it is important to get the best information about the town you are considering. Looking forward to meeting you.

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