Luxury living in central Florida
Two of Florida’s most famous cities, Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, also offer some of the most luxurious dining, shopping and real estate options in the United States. Palatial estates sprawl in the counties surrounding these incredible metropolitan areas, making them ideal homes for those seeking the most elegant and beautiful estates. Located only minutes from Ft. Lauderdale, the Las Olas community offers world class shopping at a variety of upscale, boutique shops and more than 30 al fresco dining options for a quick recharge after a fun day in the shops. Sprawling estates top the Florida real estate market with values just under $30 million. Winter Park in Central Florida, outside of Orlando, takes luxury living to a whole new level. Orlando might bring to mind a host of amusement parks and thousands of tourists, but Winter Park is a pocket of refinement in Orange County, just north of Orlando. The price point of near $7 million for homes reflects a smaller estate size, but no less luxurious.
South vs. Central: Where to find Luxury Shops
Both the Las Olas and Winter Park communities offer some of Florida’s most exquisite and valuable estates, but in central Florida suburbanites enjoy all the attractions of the big city, with none of the inconvenience of packed streets and tourist traffic. Park Ave., in the heart of Winter Park, delivers an out of this world shopping experience. In Las Olas, shopping options range from high end retail stores and nation wide chains to boutiques carrying established brands. In Winter Park, the clientele enjoy a more eclectic range of product offerings with stores like Wearable Art by Scott Laurent and Claret Cosmetics.
Those looking for truly one-of-a-kind fashion accessories and jewelry will love a stop in Wearable Art. Artisan crafted clothing and accessories adorn this boutique, giving ladies a wide selection of unique and interesting options to round out their wardrobe. Claret Cosmetics carries nothing but the best cosmetic brands, with beauty products from exclusive lines like Shisedo, blinc, Skindinavia and more. These are just a couple of the unique shopping opportunities offered in central Florida’s luxury neighborhood, Winter Park.
Dressing Up or Down for Fine Dining
After an afternoon exploring the shops, enjoying a spa day or simply taking in the local attractions, nothing could be better than a perfect meal at a lovely dining establishment. In both Las Olas and Winter Park, a short walk takes shoppers to various five star culinary delights. Diverse cuisine offerings encompass virtually every ethnic food option from traditional American to more exotic Turkish entrees in Winter Park. Las Olas also has a wide array of dining options, though with more expected flavor profiles. Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine on Park Ave. presents a menu filled with traditional eastern European flavors. The warm, welcoming atmosphere combines exceptional food with an old world charm characteristic of the neighborhood. For less adventurous diners, 310 Park South serves up “New American” flavors using fresh ingredients and careful attention to personal preferences to produce mouthwatering meals at every visit. Where Las Olas tends more toward chain restaurants, Winter Park is filled with unique dining establishments. Small bakeries, corner cafes and an exceptional local farmer’s market round out Winter Park’s cuisine options to tempt the most developed taste buds.
After diners enjoy a meal, or before, a stop by one of the local wine bars is a must. Both the Eola Wine Company and The Wine Room decant lushly flavored red, white and rose vino for the discerning palate and wine aficionados in any group.
Enjoy Elegance in Central Florida’s Winter Park
The ten blocks of shopping, dining and pampering surrounding the recently renovated park offers up a true luxury experience. Brick paved streets and classic southern charm combine to create a relaxing atmosphere for visitors and residents alike. World class dining, kitschy stores and one-of-a-kind boutique shops display an assortment of expertly crafted, unique items, perfect for the jaded shopper. Winter Park synthesizes all of the best parts of urban living in a relaxed and spacious suburban locale.