LaVina – Orlando, FL

A small refuge of luxury amid the busy city and nearby planned lake communities, southeast Orlando's LaVina neighborhood offers convenient proximity to diverse amenities and experiences. Sitting just 10 miles southwest of the city center and 25 miles from the Disney World Magic Kingdom theme park, LaVina's location makes accessing the best of Orlando's world-class entertainment attractions simple and fast. Surrounded by natural lakes on all sides, including Lake Nona, Buck Lake, Red Lake and East Lake within five miles, LaVina provides near limitless opportunities to make the most of sunny Florida weather.

Restaurants & Nightlife

For the best in local dining, LaVina residents flock to Lake Nona's restaurant district just a few miles southwest. Nona Blue Modern Tavern attracts such a large crowd on Friday and Saturday nights that locals strongly recommend reserving a table in advance to avoid disappointment. After all, no one wants to miss out on the carrot cake with caramel and sweet cream cheese toppings. For a truly unique Nona Blue dish, choose the BLT grilled cheese. This hearty sandwich comes served on buttery Texas toast stuffed with Havarti cheese, applewood smoked bacon, diced tomatoes and the signature-ingredient, lobster salad. Fans of Thai food can't get enough of local favorite Durian Durian. Providing a Thai-fusion experience, Durian Durian offers an excellent array of curries, spring rolls, soups and Thai entrées. The Spicy Angry Chicken dish makes for a perfect introduction to Thai cuisine for beginners who can handle the heat, and it won't be long before you'll graduate to more authentic Thai dishes such as Tom Kha noodle soup made with chicken, scallops, shrimp and calamari in a creamy broth. After the main course, locals head over to Yogurt Breeze for a delightful dinner ending. This locally owned sweet shop tempts dessert lovers with a rotating lineup of 12 frozen yogurt flavors and plenty of toppings to create your personal frozen yogurt masterpiece. Residents looking for some laid-back nighttime fun near LaVina will want to check out Nona Tap Room, where you can get a variety of domestic and import beers on draught, and the helpful bartenders are happy to serve up each brew in an icy-cold glass mug. In addition to the frosty libations, visitors to Nona Tap Room can look forward to crunchy food like chicken strips and fried mozzarella cheese, and you can even try out your luck on poker night. Those seeking a louder, rowdier evening crowd can travel a little further to The Beacham. Situated 19 miles northwest of LaVina, The Beacham features themed dance and music nights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dancers groove to the latest and hottest reggae, hip-hop and R&B music until late in the night, and drink specials and open-bar events help you unwind after a long week at work.

History & Culture

Orlando's history begins with its original native population, the Muscogee people. Partly due to the humid climate of Florida, little archaeological evidence of these early inhabitants has survived. Originally called Jernigan after the first permanent European settler, Aaron Jernigan, the area became known as Orlando in 1857. Named county seat of the newly-formed Orange County in 1856, Orlando's growth was, nevertheless, stifled by the Union blockade during the Civil War. It wasn't until the Reconstruction era that growth in Orlando found its stride. Riding high on an economic and population boom, Orlando incorporated as a town in 1875, and later, in 1885, it became a city. The LaVina area of Orlando developed shortly after its bordering neighborhood, planned-community Lake Nona, emerged in the late 1990s. The Orange County Regional History Center, located about 19 miles away, provides historical information about the entire Orange County area.

Transportation

Personal automobiles provide the main form of transportation for LaVina residents due to the suburban nature of the area, and very few local employees are able to walk or bike to work. The Lynx bus service covers significant portions of Orlando and the surrounding Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties and can help you get around within the major metropolitan areas but does not extend southeast enough to cover the neighborhood of LaVina. North Narcoossee Road runs along the west side of LaVina and offers a straight shot north to the Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway. From there, you can proceed west for the Walt Disney World Resort and surrounding entertainment district, or go east to catch Florida State Road 117 and Florida State Road 408, which take you into the heart of Orlando. LaVina sits just far enough off the beaten path that ridesharing services like Uber are not available, but Yellow Cab does serve the area. Calling for service when needed seems the best bet since hailing a cab on the street in this predominantly suburban area can be challenging. Likewise, most residents in LaVina park in their private driveway, and public parking proves sparse although most businesses have their own lots.

Cost

Cost of living in LaVina ranks about 5% lower than the average in the greater Orlando area, with the median monthly rent of a one-bedroom apartment at around $1109. At local tavern Nona Blue, expect to pay about $5 for a glass of beer and $4 for a bottle. Residents get a small break on gas prices, with the cost in the LaVina area at around 2% lower than the national average.

Shopping

Staples such as groceries prove easy to get at conveniently located Publix and Aldi on Narcoossee Road in LaVina. The Lake Nona Farmers Market, located inside the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, provides a place for buyers and sellers of farm fresh produce to come together. If you really want to do some serious retail shopping, The Florida Mall, around 17 miles away, houses dozens of casual and high-end destinations including Armani, Banana Republic, Chico's, Gap and Fossil. About 19 miles northwest of LaVina near the center of Orlando, you find a small collection of shops in one area known to fashion-conscious locals as the Milk District. With offerings covering men's and women's fashion, records and a pub, the Milk District makes for a full afternoon of retail therapy. Head 5 miles north of the neighborhood to find Cycle Pro for all your motorcycle needs. In-house repair guys fix Harleys, while the owners have a Ducati expert fix fancy Italian imports. Come here for all of your parts, repairs and service needs on whatever motorcycle you own. If your pet needs a little pampering, Beauregard's Grooming Salon, just north of the airport, has you covered. Set up an appointment for your dog's haircut, or come by to find some unique gifts for your pet. Bring your cat or dog for nail clipping, grooming, detangling, ear cleaning or a bath.

Parks

Several parks in the general LaVina and Lake Nona area provide residents with the chance to relax, exercise and get in touch with nature. Moss Park, only about 5 miles away, features play areas for children, campgrounds, picnic tables, grills and plenty of beautiful wooded areas to explore. At the B-52 Memorial Park, visitors can encounter a real-life decommissioned B-52 airplane with peaceful picnic areas nearby. You won't find any annual activities in the LaVina neighborhood itself, but Orlando bursts with activities and annual events, making for full weekend schedules.
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