Young professionals living in Central Florida have the best of all worlds at their fingertips. The Orlando area offers careers with leading national companies, thriving nightlife, and beautiful beaches just a short drive away. With that in mind, there are certain neighborhoods that are better suited to meet the needs of younger professionals who do not require the outdoor space and easy access to schools that those with families prefer. Here are our top picks for communities where Central Florida professionals can thrive, presented by the Core Group.


Sometimes called Orlando’s Central Business District, Downtown is generally the area around Church Street. The area immediately around downtown Orlando is a popular choice for younger people since it provides easy access to many workplaces, nightlife, and events at the Amway Arena. Many of the apartment buildings and condo communities in the downtown area have premium amenities that cater to the needs of young professionals, including rooftop pools, shared grilling areas, fitness centers and outdoor balconies on every unit.

Thornton Park

While it can be considered part of the downtown area, Thornton Park is an area all its own, with a quaint feeling that is distinct from that of the overall downtown vibe. With classic homes constructed decades ago and quick access to the lake and the events held in the surrounding area, Thornton Park is a great place for young artists and creative types. Just a short walk and you can visit Lake Eola for the perfect inspiration for creative works or a great way to chase away writer’s block.


Off of Orange Blossom Trail, Parramore is a distinct section of the city that starts west of Church Street in the downtown area. Considered to be a historically significant African American neighborhood, Parramore is close enough to downtown to allow residents to partake in all the fun, but just far enough to be outside of the hustle and bustle. The area is still known for its authentic soul food and classic homes that date back to the 1800’s and is perfect for young professionals who want to feel connected to the city’s roots. Not to mention, these homes are filled with character, giving them a unique feel and style.

Metro West

MetroWest is a newer community that was established in the 1980s and grew in the 2000s to be one of Orlando’s most popular neighborhoods. Just down the street from Universal Studios, MetroWest offers many different types of housing options for young professionals, depending on whether you prefer to rent or own. The community includes apartments, townhomes, and single family residences so you can choose the right type of place to call home. It also offers the convenience of being close to theme parks, the Millennia Mall and the Orlando Eye.

No matter which of these great communities you want to settle down in, the Core Group can help. Contact us today to get the process of choosing your new home started.