How to Subdivide a Property

Subdivision

Subdividing a plot of land can be an enormous headache without good planning and some excellent advice. With an experienced real estate broker and an attorney at your side, it is possible to navigate the process with relative ease.

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Last two rural areas in Seminole County

Seminole County Today

Seminole County is located just northeast of Orlando and is home to approximately 455,000 residents. Interstate 4 runs in a north-south direction through the western region of the county, and this Interstate connects Orlando with Daytona Beach. Because of the location of this busy road, the western region of the county is heavily populated and well-developed. In fact, in this area, you will find cities like Sanford, Altamonte Springs, Longwood and Lake Mary. The eastern region of the county is notably rather rural, but this may soon change. Rapid development from the Interstate and the Orlando metro area is creeping eastward and is threatening to take over the last two rural areas in the county. These areas are in high demand making rural living on the rise as well.

The History of Geneva

Geneva is a small community located in the northeastern region of the county. It has seen increased growth due to the rural lifestyle and the many lakes that provide scenic home views. Locally known as the “Geneva bubble”, the well water drawn from the aquifer deep below the earth is highly touted as some of the best in the state. It is also home to the two Econlockhatchee Rivers as well as the Little-Big Econ State Forest. Fewer than 3,000 residents live in this quiet and naturally beautiful area despite the fact that it is within a commutable distance to Orlando. One of the most substantial and well-known in the area is the Geneva School House. This building was originally constructed in 1924 to educate Kindergarten through 12th grade students, but it later evolved to only providing elementary education. The structure that is currently standing today is slowly being renovated, and it replaced a log cabin school that was built in 1874. It remains the only elementary school serving this entire area of the county.

The History of Chuluota

Chuluota is a much smaller area than Geneva, and it is located in the eastern region of the county south of Geneva. This community is home to approximately 2,500 residents, and it has already seen moderate growth with new housing development in the last 15 years. This is a traditionally rural community that has had an economy centered around agriculture since the first white settlers arrived around the Civil War period. Residents are concerned that new development will change the quiet, relaxed way of life that they love.

What the Development Means for Local Residents

Both Geneva and Chuluota offer current residents a very peaceful living experience that is removed from the stress and chaos of the big city. Many residents enjoy being away from crowded, busy roads and having privacy from their neighbors. They love seeing natural views rather than urban and suburban development all around them. However, as many as 4,000 new homes are projected to be built just south of the county line close to Chuluota, and many additional homes in new developments are sprouting up just east of the county line. This rapid development is approaching Chuluota and Geneva from all directions, and it is threatening to enclose and take over the rural areas that mean so much to the local residents. In 2004, residents voted to restrict development to one home for every five acres. While this slows down development in the area, it does not prevent the increasingly-populated areas nearby from creating more pass-through traffic. There are also concerns about how the development will impact environmentally-sensitive natural areas and the supply of fresh water from the local aquifer.

How Taintsville Tackled Urban Sprawl

Taintsville was once an unnamed rural area located between Oviedo and Chuluota. Residents here struggled to describe to others where they lived, and it was even challenging to receive shipped packages. Nearby development also threatened to take over the region and change the residents’ way of life. These residents took action by creating their own 700-acre town. By doing so, they have protected a small rural area that is now increasingly surrounded by residential and commercial real estate development.

The growth in this popular Florida county is undeniable, and it is expected to continue at a rapid pace going forward. With many areas closer to Orlando already densely populated, it makes sense that new real estate development would creep into the last few remaining rural areas in Seminole County though it saddens us. If you are looking for a rural way of life reasonably close to the big city, now may be the time to act. Contact us today to learn about rural real estate available in eastern Seminole County.

5 Reasons Rural Living is on the Rise

Are You Seeking Greener Pastures?

Although the overall percentage of Americans living in rural areas is declining as urban and suburban regions grow, real estate figures show the rural population increasing across Central Florida including Seminole County. At Waypointe Realty we are experiencing this migration first hand and are finding that we are having a hard time finding enough rural properties for our clients. We are seeing a mix of young home buyers looking to buy their first homes and middle aged couples looking to get out of the of city. Whether you are looking for lakefront acreage or a working farm, we will show you why more and more Seminole County residents are moving to the country.

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1. Closer Than You Think

Owning rural property doesn’t have to mean that you’re cut off from civilization. As urban and suburban areas expand, a rural home can start to seem more connected to surrounding communities. This makes it more convenient to obtain goods and services at competitive pricing, and people living in these areas certainly appreciate the improved access to a variety of service providers. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that modern road systems are a vast improvement over what may have existed in the early decades of the 20th century. It may be possible to acquire a home in the country that has convenient access to a highway, which makes getting to the city a breeze.

2. It’s More Affordable

Studies show that the price per square foot of a rural home is significantly less than that of an urban or suburban dwelling. This makes it possible to buy a larger house with plenty of modern amenities even on a tight budget. What’s more, country living tends to be less expensive all the way around. Groceries, utilities, gas, property taxes, transportation and health care all tend to cost less in rural areas. Accordingly, people who make the move to a less-populated region may find that they can do just fine on one income when two were imperative in the suburbs. It all makes for a more relaxed lifestyle that lets families concentrate on the really important things.

3. Quiet and Peaceful

Country living really can’t be beat if you’re hoping to enjoy a more relaxing lifestyle. The days of spending two or three hours in the car just to commute are behind you. Instead, you’ll have a short, easy drive. A rural property is also an excellent choice for those who feel crowded and claustrophobic in the city. You won’t find crowds of strangers and long lines in your new community.Your lifestyle will also improve thanks to a closer connection with nature. Noise and light pollution will no longer trouble you. The view from your windows may include sights like trees, grass and the clear blue sky. It’s a setting that is conducive to peace of mind, quiet days and good sleep at night. Crime rates are significantly lower in the country too. Your kids will be able to play outdoors without being worried about busy streets and an abundance of strangers. Classroom sizes are smaller as well, which may mean that the quality of instruction improves. The country is an excellent place to raise a family. Urban and suburban neighborhoods that don’t have homeowners’ associations are becoming rare. HOAs can dictate what color you paint your house, what type of grass you can have and how you can adorn the exterior of your home. While many people appreciate the standards set by an HOA, they aren’t appealing to everyone. When you choose a rural property instead, you’ll set yourself free from the rules and restrictions that may be imposed by an HOA.

4. Better Quality of Life

While most residents in rural areas will tell you that country life is the only way to live, most will say that country living is for the birds but in the end it’s just a matter of preference. There are many arguments to be made for living in the country but the following statistics may be the most significant. A study by the University of Duisberg-Essen in Germany revealed that prolonged exposure to air in urban areas can results in high blood pressure for those residents compared to their rural cousins. The study also suggests that time taken in green spaces can provide a significant boost to mental health. Another study by Dutch researchers concluded that city folk have 21% higher chance of developing anxiety disorders and a 39% higher chance of developing mood disorders than there country counterparts.

Conclusion

At Waypointe Realty we have the experience in rural properties because several of us are proud residents of the rural community, Black Hammock in Oviedo. Our knowledge will help you make the right decision and guide you to all the information you need when purchasing in rural Seminole County.

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