Isle of Pines is a semi rural community located in the Lake Nona area in the southeast end of Orlando in Florida. It was established in 1959, yet the majority of development has happened from the 1970’s on. It has the enviable position of boasting the happy dichotomy of having both urban and rural personalities. It is situated mostly on the eastern shore of Lake Mary Jane, affording much lakefront real estate. It is also attached to the Isle of Pines Preserve, which is a 550 acre floodplain forest where there are trails and conservation activities to enjoy, adding to its rural/rustic personality. That said, Isle of Pines also has excellent road access to the urban centers of southeast Orlando via the Central Florida Greenway (hwy 417) and the Martin Anderson Beachline Expressway (hwy 528), as well as being mere minutes away from Orlando International Airport. Extensive and exciting development has also been occurring around the Lake Nona area, such as the new Lake Nona Medical City, with its medical services (including a new children’s hospital and VA medical center), educational institutions and research facilities. New businesses and shopping centers are always arriving to the area, yet the rural nature of Isle of Pines will always remain intact as the real estate is already well established, retaining the surrounding greenspace and securing constant access to the lake without threat of secession.
Isle of Pines is not your typical suburban subdivision, in that it is not owned nor maintained by just one builder, and consequently the houses of the area are diverse and individualized ranging in price from roughly $230 000 to $750 000. There is also a mobile villa in the area for even less expensive living.
Isle of Pines also has an active voluntary homeowners association that is funded by membership fees. The promote community togetherness through different annual events such as an Easter Egg Hunt, a 4th of July parade, as well as Halloween and Christmas parties. It regularly issues a newsletter and also has an online database called “Keep It In The Hood”, listing and promoting local businesses.
Isle of Pines is the perfect balance of rural peace and urban accessibility in its enviable protected location and the fortunate ongoing development occurring around it. Its proximity to lakes and woods maintains a down-to-earth personality, yet the surrounding transportation infrastructure and ongoing building of new amenities and economic opportunities secures its future as a great place to live and work out of.