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10 Things to Know Before Moving to Orlando


By Patrick Galvan, Storage.com

Orlando, Fla., is known for being a major tourist city. What outsiders may not know, however, is that it’s a great city for urbanites, snowbirds, families, and retirees alike. That’s why we’ve assembled a countdown of awesome tidbits you’ll want to know before moving to Orlando!


Palm Tree in Florida
Photo by Nathan Forget

Orlando’s nickname is “The City Beautiful,” and it’s no mystery why. With its lovely architecture, lush green trees, clear blue skies, and surrounding wetlands, Orlando definitely lives up to its beautiful reputation. You can’t beat the weather either. As a city in Central Florida, Orlando is generally warm and humid year-round with temperatures rarely falling below 70°F. It almost never snows, and when it does, it melts almost instantly. In other words, if you’re moving to Orlando, plowing your driveway is a thing of the past!


Shamu's Show at SeaWorld Orlando
Photo by Michael Welsing

Obviously, Orlando is best known as a vacation destination. With attractions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando (also home to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter), and SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando was able to set an all-time record with more than 59 million visitors in 2013, beating out New York City for the bragging rights of most-visited city in the U.S. Although these parks clearly attract people from outside of Florida, they make perfect “staycations” for residents, who don’t have to fly or drive thousands of miles just to get away. Also, these parks have water parks, too, which are great when Orlando gets those humid 90°F (and higher) days in the summer. Universal Orlando has Wet ‘n Wild with everything from kid-friendly zones and wave pools to water slides; SeaWorld Orlando has Aquatica, which is home to the thrilling Ihu’s Breakway Falls; and Disney World has both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.


University of Central Florida
Photo by Breezy Baldwin

Did somebody say college? Orlando’s University of Central Florida currently enrolls more undergraduate students (51,269) than any other college in the country. There’s also Valencia College that’s one of the top schools for associate degrees and general studies. The school’s film program was even called “one of the best film schools in the country” by none other than Steven Spielberg! As for aspiring lawyers, Florida A&M University College of Law is the place to be. And, of course, Orlando also has several private institutions, including Belhaven University, Columbia College, and Hindu University of America.

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Orlando, FL Skyline
Photo by Benjamin Thompson

Whether you’re looking for urban living, retail spaces, dining and nightlife, or arts and entertainment, Downtown Orlando has you covered. You can catch a concert or an Orlando Magic basketball game at Amway Center. Or perhaps you care to take in an Orlando Ballet performance at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. If you’re interested in the downtown bar scene, try one of the 100 different tequilas at Don Jefe’s Tequila Parlour, or stop by Frank & Stein’s brew-pub for a craft beer paired with a game of pool, darts, or skeeball. Of course, there are several museums you can visit as well, including The Orange County Regional History Center, Mennello Museum of American Art, and Orlando Museum of Art.


Mall of Milennia in Orlando, FL
Photo by Inazakira

Orlando has four grand-scale shopping malls—The Florida Mall, the Mall at Millenia, Orlando Fashion Square, and Artegon Marketplace—that can fulfill the desires of any shopper. There’s everything from department stores like Macy’s and JCPenney to designers like Michael Kors, Prada, Versace, Chanel, and Gucci. Needless to say, if you can’t find a store at one mall, another mall is certain to have it.


Disney World Resort in Orlando
Photo by Chris Harrison

Because Orlando is a major tourist city, it’s not surprising that Disney World is the city’s number one employer, providing jobs for more than 60,000 people. However, theme parks aren’t the only viable options around. Aspiring teachers will be pleased to know that Orange County Public Schools employs more than 50,000 while doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals will take comfort in the thriving Florida Hospital and Orlando Health systems, which employ more than 26,000 combined. If a new employment opportunity is in the cards for you, Orlando is definitely a good place to start a career.


Magnolia Golf Course - Orlando, FL
Photo by Jason Helle

With the lovely Florida weather, Orlando’s golf courses are prime venues for anyone who loves outdoor recreation. Check out Grande Pines, which was designed by famous course architect and designer Steve Smyers. Hunter’s Creek and MetroWest Golf Club are must-plays as well. If you can’t get a tee time at one of these courses, don’t worry! There are plenty of golf courses in Orlando and its surrounding suburbs!


BBQ at 4 Rivers in Orlando
Photo by Dana McMahan

Orlando’s food scene is eclectic, to say the least. With restaurants featuring global cuisine everywhere from Asian and Indian to Mexican and Brazilian, you’re sure to find dishes you like. For example, if you’re a fan of barbecue, try 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Yellow Dog Eats, or The Ravenous Pig, all of which were ranked in USA Today’s 10 best restaurants in Orlando. Burger enthusiasts will want to swing by Graffiti Junktion, voted Best Burger in Orlando by Orlando Weekly and Orlando Magazine. Or if you love comfort food, grab Ricotta Gnocchi and a glass of wine at K Restaurant, which tops several lists and local reviews on Yelp.


House in Orlando, FL
Photo by Manri Cheon

The constant sunshine, golf courses, and recreation opportunities make Florida a popular state for retirees. Orlando made Forbes’ 25 Best Places to Retire in 2013, and personal finance research site WalletHub.com ranked Orlando at number three in its top ten cities for retirement in 2014. Most of this is due to Orlando’s relatively low cost of living for its location (0.6% above national average). Even its median home price falls in the $160,000 range, which is fairly affordable. Low crime rates and no state income tax also round out the list of reasons why anyone looking for a retirement city would choose Orlando.

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Is there anything we left out? Tell us what you think makes living in Orlando special!

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If you’re moving to Orlando and need storage space to help with the transition, view Storage.com’s directory of storage units in Orlando, Florida.

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Home Moving City Guides How Self Storage Helps with Living Downtown

How Self Storage Helps with Living Downtown


By Graci Woodworth, Storage.com

Finding your place in this world can be pretty difficult, not to mention how hard it can be to move there. Storage.com is here to help with the moving process, either by providing storage or helping you find the ideal place to call home.

An apartment or loft right above the hustle and bustle of downtown is ideal for many young professionals today—and for good reason. The proximity to local hot spots, job opportunities, and vibrant cultural atmosphere are a few of the reasons why people are drawn to life in the heart of downtown areas.

Unfortunately, there’s a trade-off for living downtown. Apartments and lofts are pricey in urban areas. To put things in perspective, the median price for a one-bedroom apartment in Lincoln Park, Chicago would cost you somewhere near $1,540 per month. Add another bedroom to that equation, and your price per month jumps up to around $2,295 on average. Move to a coastal city like San Francisco, and the median rent for a one-bedroom downtown apartment is $3,400 per month with the two-bedroom coming in at a whopping $4,580 per month. So your options are either ditch downtown or get used to being cramped.

That said, you do have another option, one that will make it easy to get both the cool downtown apartment or loft you’ve always wanted and enough space for all of your things. That option is self storage.


Save Serious Cash

While it’s logical to go with the smaller space that lines up with your budget, you don’t have to sacrifice space altogether—you can gain roughly the same amount of space as an extra bedroom with a 5×5 or 5×10 storage unit. With prices starting as low as $39 in Chicago and $49 in San Francisco, you can get more space for all of your belongings. Start searching for storage units in your city now!

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Safer Spots for Your Valuables

If your living space comes without a place to keep things locked up, let a storage unit do the safekeeping for you. In a city with so many people, a secure unit nearby is an easy way to keep your mind at ease when storing valuable items (or even just the things you want out of your roommate’s reach). When searching for downtown storage units, look for storage facilities that offer security features like gated access, alarmed units, on-site management, or video surveillance to better protect your belongings.

A Short Walk Away

Storing your belongings at a downtown storage facility that’s not too far from your living space is extremely convenient—especially if you’re a walker or rely on public transportation to get around. Many facilities are open 24/7 and offer a free or discounted moving truck with initial rentals, so be sure to inquire about those options to help make your visits for drop-off and pick-up as convenient as possible.


Before you pour an entire paycheck into one month’s rent for more room in your downtown living space, find a storage unit! That way, you can have the best of both worlds: a great pad downtown and a unit nearby to keep any valuables, seasonal clothing, recreational gear, or extra furniture safe and out of the way.


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