Downtown Orlando FL Condo News
Let's start with an overview of Downtown Orlando. It contains some unique concepts and high rise buildings that go up to 35 stories. The buildings include The Dynatech building with Aspire apartment rentals at 30 stories, The Vue at Lake Eola at 35 stories (even though they wanted to go higher and the City of Orlando said no), Solaire at The Plaza at 28 stories, and 55 West lofts at 33 stories.
Downtown Orlando is broken into several areas, including Thornton Park, Lake Eola, Uptown, SODO and Parramore. Locals to Central Florida know Downtown for its bars and nightclubs throughout Orange Avenue, Wall Street Plaza and Church Street Station.
There is a lot of entertainment, including a 12 movie theatre at The Plaza on Orange Avenue & Pine Street, new restaraunts and bars in the re-opened Church Street Station, and the blossoming high end dining in Thornton Park (Including Hue, Shari, City Fish, The Beacon, Ciento, Graze, The Game Sports Bar, Dexter's and Spice).
Downtown Orlando, FL is the home of the Orlando Magic basketball team (many of which live in The Sanctuary Downtown Condos in Thornton Park) which currently plays at the Amway Arena. They share this arena with the Orlando Predators, an Arena League Football team. They are moving to thier new arena in 2010, and it will be the NBA's first green arena.
With the beautiful sunshine filled days in Orlando, Downtown features a lot of events at its many parks. The most popular, Lake Eola Park, is the centerpiece of Downtown. It has swan boat rides and gondolas to cruise around the massive lake. Lake Eola Park also features huge events like a 4th of July celebration, 5k runs, music and art festivals, and the Sunday Eola Farmer's Market. Publix, Downtown's first grocery store, opened September 6, 2008 in The Paramount and is now a favorite of local residents.
Also in progress is Downtown's new Performing Arts Center, with three feature halls. The PA Center will open in 2014 and feature a modern all glass walk-over to City Hall over Orange Avenue to Rosalind Ave. The final portion of this Downtown makeover is a facelift to the Orlando Citrus Bowl. This will draw more events like the Gator Bowl and WWE Wrestlemania extravaganza.