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Kissimmee

 

Kissimmee is a study in contrasts, the seat of Osceola County on the southeastern doorstep of Walt Disney World Resort. Known for ranching and rodeo, and more recently as a viable option for the budget-minded tourist, Kissimmee is about to undergo even more change with the opening of BRIDG, a new research manufacturing center.

Needless to say, residential builders are attracted to this high-growth area with single-family and multifamily developments in the works.  There are many new homes for sale, but also the pre-owned homes and even ranches are also available. Kissimmee’s median age skews lower than average for Florida– meaning it’s likely more appealing to singles and young families. Many of the businesses here cater to Orlando’s tourist industry, although Kissimmee’s downtown is surprisingly quaint, historic, quirky and charming.

Kissimmee, like much of Central Florida, was swampy. Dredging and draining helped spark industry, bringing citrus farms to the newly fertile land. Ranching followed after consecutive freezes put a damper on farming and the city remained a cattle-grazing stronghold right up until the 1970s when Disney came and changed the landscape for good. Tourism and development exploded, much of it right into the ranching territory, but you can still find farms in Kissimmee today. Its historic downtown is ideal for strolling; boutiques, unique dining, and lively nightlife have made their way into the storefronts where its early settlers once did their business.

 Per DataUSA.com, Kissimmee residents –the city is south of the Orlando metro area– have a longer than -average commute time to work than the national average (24.8 minutes), but the driver to Downtown Orlando will take you about 40 minutes with traffic flowing reasonably well on Interstate 4.

Lynx Bus Service has express and regular routes that go through Kissimmee. SunRail plants for three stops in Osceola County for 2018: downtown Kissimmee, near Tupperware headquarters and on Poinciana Boulevard.

 Kissimmee also has much to offer nature lovers, with its beautiful Florida wildlife and scenery.