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UCF Students on a Mission

The University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine in Lake Nona Medical City has already started to produce some of the brightest minds that will lead the future of our nation’s health care industry. From doctors and nurses, to researchers and caregivers, UCF medical students are already finding better ways to help us live well here in the U.S. But it doesn’t stop there. These aspiring physicians are putting theory into practice 900 miles offshore in underserved countries such as the Dominican Republic, where they practice their skills to help those less fortunate.

UCF’s annual medical mission trips, led by Dr. Simms-Cedan, allow students to work together while teaching locals how to better maintain their health. It’s an interdisciplinary method of service where teams of medical, nursing, pharmacy, and engineering students work together to learn each other’s skills and processes, giving them a more well-rounded health care background.

According to Dr. Simms-Cedan, the student trips exist to accomplish three goals: improve community health, develop patient-centered education, and promote collaboration among doctors. And it’s been a great success so far. UCF COM students have treated more than 3,000 Dominican Republic citizens, gained real, hands-on medical experience, and developed new systems for care. “We actually brought an electronic records system to the country, which means easier access to health care for locals and more organized treatment plans for doctors,” said Dr. Simms-Cedan.

While in the Dominican Republic, students educate patients and local doctors on topics from basic hygiene and wound care to healthy eating choices and preventative measures for chronic diseases. The mission groups have even provided dental care to help young children suffering from cavities.

We’re proud to see our neighbors putting their education to good use and wish Dr. Simms-Cedan and this year’s team all the best as they return to the Dominican Republic in July.

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Lake Nona Among Top 10 Selling Master-Planned Communities In The Country

With continued record-breaking sales the Lake Nona community has emerged as the nation’s ninth best selling master planned community, according to RCLCO’s mid-year update (http://www.rclco.com/advisory-the-top-selling-mpcs-midyear-2015-update).

With sales activity increasing by 16% over last year, Lake Nona’s impressive sales continue to flourish across its diverse neighborhoods including the region’s fastest selling community of Laureate Park, which recently sold its 800th home.

RCLCO’s report noted the following:

“Lake Nona significantly improved its ranking in the first half of 2015, with sales activity increasing by 16%. The increase in sales at Lake Nona results from having opened two new neighborhoods—Enclave at VillageWalk (priced $600K-$900K) and Somerset Park (priced $300K-$400K). Meanwhile, Laureate Park (their Traditional Neighborhood Design (TND) section) continues to grow as the community reaches a critical mass of residents, and adds key amenities. The town center will open this year, along with restaurants and a new fitness center.”

Cited among the country’s top selling communities for the last three years, Lake Nona has achieved 468 annualized new home starts through the first quarter of 2015, which includes 270 annualized new home starts in the Laureate Park community alone. Lake Nona’s total annualized new home starts (468) is 75% higher than its nearest local competitor (266).  The community has also seen strong price appreciation as well.  At Laureate Park, average pricing has risen over 20% in three years.

“Residents see the long-term value of an investment in Lake Nona,” said Tavistock Development Company President Jim Zboril. “Lake Nona is thoughtfully designed as a ‘neo-urban’ community that delivers the best aspects of community planning, technology. architecture, sustainability, business development, location and quality of life. ” said Zboril.

Parallel with its residential growth, Lake Nona’s commercial development is escalating throughout the community with more than $200 million in active onsite construction projects. Vickrey Place, a 10,500-square-foot retail center adjacent to Valencia College’s Lake Nona campus, recently announced the area’s first Starbucks, which opens this September. The first phase of the one-million-square-feet Lake Nona Town Center will also open this fall, featuring 17,000 square feet of business and restaurant space, 2 hotels (a Marriott Residence Inn and a Courtyard by Marriott), an 80,000 square-foot multi-tenant office building and five-story parking garage. And construction commenced in the Spring on the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA’s) National Campus, which will be the largest tennis facility in the nation.

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Urban Apartment Living Coming to Lake Nona

If you’ve driven down Lake Nona Boulevard lately, you’ve surely noticed the flurry of construction across the street from Lake Nona Medical City. The Lake Nona Town Center will be open before we know it.

In addition to the array of restaurants, hotels, and offices that will open as part of the Town Center’s first phase, the development will also welcome Lake Nona’s second apartment community: the 280-unit, five-story Landon House.

Decked out with luxury amenities, Landon House will sit conveniently across the street from the bustling Town Center and in walking distance from Medical City, making it a great place to call home whether you work in Lake Nona or make quick a commute around Orlando. Designed with urban-style floor plans and modern fixtures, each apartment will be outfitted with all the essentials for contemporary living – and then some.

Opening in 2016, Landon House apartment homes will start at $999 per month. Future residents can rent a one, two or three-bedroom apartment, or choose an open studio floor plan for true city living. No matter your preference, all of the apartments will be accented by 10-foot-tall ceilings, allowing for lots of light and great views. Each residence will feature gourmet-style kitchens with granite islands and countertops, plus energy efficient appliances. Bedroom suites will include large walk-in closets with lots of storage, and separate washing machines and dryer units.

Naturally, no Lake Nona home is complete without ways to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Residents will get exclusive access to a 60-inch outdoor TV, and an infinity-edge pool lined with cabanas and two grills, perfect for cooling down and cooking out during the hotter months. In the winter, a covered fire pit and outdoor fireplace will be a great spot to gather on chilly evenings.

Just for fun, Landon House will have a putting green, game room with billiards, custom indoor shuffleboard table, retro arcade games, bocce ball and custom Ping Pong tables. This is all in addition to a clubhouse with a cyber café, business center and conference room, and multi-purpose theater room with game consoles and a 90-inch high-definition TV. And don’t forget the pet spa with washing and drying stations. Oh, and the Zen garden.

In tandem with Lake Nona’s community-wide effort to encourage healthy and active lifestyles, the neighborhood will also be home to a cutting-edge fitness center with virtual reality cardio bikes, on-demand fitness equipment, and bike storage for those who like to take to the great outdoors to get their cardio fix.

With controlled access and an exclusive parking deck for residents, Landon House is redefining apartment living in Orlando.


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