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Visit the Mennello Museum of American Art Near Sand Lake Apartments

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Looking for a place to enjoy art in Orlando? One of the loveliest, most intriguing, and most intimate art museums is the Mennello Museum of American Art, in Loch Haven Cultural Park, a short trip from downtown.

Although it is currently owned and operated by the City of Orlando, the Mennello Museum is the former private home of Howard Phillips, son of a local philanthropic family. It’s the home of exhibitions on American art from every genre and period. It hosts exhibitions of its original collections and of traveling art. One of the permanent exhibits, for example, is a rotating selection from the world’s largest collection of paintings by self-taught artist Earl Cunningham, (1893-1977), which the Mennello owns.

In addition, due to its ownership by the City, it draws from the City of Orlando’s Permanent Collection, which is the most extensive collection of public art in Florida. The Museum is also a Smithsonian Affiliate, meaning that it has access to education resources from the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C.

The grounds of the Mennello are beautiful as well—in fact, they are very much part of the art experience. It is by Lake Formosa, and also home to a beautiful sculpture garden. Various sculptures are intertwined with the park’s Old Florida section. Its walking paths wend their way to the larger Orlando Urban Trail bicycle and pedestrian path. The sculpture garden is always open to the public. It is home to an iconic live oak tree draped with Spanish moss that is affectionately dubbed “The Mayor.” The live oak is thought to be more than 350 years old.

The Mennello Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.

There are so many things to do in Orlando. Contact us to tour your future home at the beautiful Sand Lake Apartments.

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Enjoy Nature Near Altis Sand Lake

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One of the nice aspects of looking for apartments for rent in Orlando is that you will live where there is an abundance of beautiful plants. Orlando boasts two excellent places to see preserves set aside for plants and flowers: the 80-acre Arboretum of the University of Central Florida and the 50-acre botanical preserve at Leu Gardens.

The UCF’s Arboretum is home to more than 600 plant species, including over 100 bromeliads, in gardens specifically cultivated to show the plants in their native habitat. At the Arboretum you can walk through seven distinct native plant areas that reflect Central Florida’s natural ecosystem and its diversity. The habitats include a mixed hardwood hammock, an oak hammock, an ephemeral pond, a cypress dome, and a sand scrub, all in a pine flat wood matrix. The Arboretum also contains roughly three miles of walking and biking trails.

The Arboretum’s natural spaces are open to the public from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. Pets are allowed as long as they are leashed.

Leu Gardens is another spot designed to enhance appreciation and understanding of plants. Its specializes in temperate and tropical plants that thrive in Florida’s climate, so one can see palms, lowering trees, and tropical philodendrons. The flower gardens include roses and camellias shaded by camphor trees, oaks, and elms.

Leu Gardens is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week, except December 25. Last admission is at 4:30 p.m.

There’s endless opportunity for outdoor fun in Orlando. To live in the center of it all, please contact us.


Altis Sand Lake Puts You Close to Great Golf

The lifestyle in the Dr. Phillips area includes endless recreational possibilities. Specifically, golfers will find a variety of dynamic courses only a few miles away. Some of them, like Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Golf Club and Jack Nicklaus’ Golden Bear Club, are private, but there are numerous public layouts within easy reach of Altis Sand Lake.

MetroWest Country Club
This Robert Trent Jones Sr. creation is at 2100 South Hiawasee Road in Orlando. Links Magazine said that it was one of the finest examples of the famed architect’s work in the southeastern United States. Spring-fed lakes and mature native trees frame wide fairways and undulating greens. From the back tees, the 18-hole layout stretches to 7,051 yards, although four sets of tees address the needs of every type of player.

Falcon’s Fire Golf Club
Falcon’s Fire is a Rees Jones signature course at 3200 Seralago Boulevard in Kissimmee. Golf Digest awarded the course four stars, while Golf and Travel named it one of the 50 finest courses in Florida. The course plays 7,006 yards from the back tees, although the course plays as short as 5,388 yards from the red tees. The fairways are generally open and forgiving, although there are some holes generously lined with pristine white sand bunkers.

If you’re an avid golfer that loves different challenges, the luxury apartments at Altis Sand Lake are your perfect home base. You’ll find many championship courses within a half-hour drive, including the resort courses at Disneyworld. The greater Orlando area is a true year-round golfing mecca.

To learn more about the recreational opportunities in the Dr. Phillips area, please contact us. For golfers and non-golfers alike, the good life awaits at Altis Sand Lake.


DIY Projects to Decorate your Sand Lake Apartment


Once you become a resident of the Altis Sand Lake Community, you’ll want to make your new apartment feel like home. What better way to do that then with home decor you created! There is a wide variety of classes Orlando where you can express your creative side. Learn a new art form from experienced instructors or be inspired by other artists!

All Fired Up is a paint your own pottery studio. Pick your piece, then make it your masterpiece! Attend open studio times, or host an event. The studio offers birthday parties, girls night out events, or showers. When you finish painting, the studio will glaze and fire your piece and you can pick it up a week later.

Learn to capture the meaningful moments of your life at the Harmon School of Photography. The school offers classes and workshops taught by professional photographers. Start with a class in the basics of photography, then move on to more advanced concepts like composition. The school also offers courses in lighting and software courses like Photoshop.

Visit Knit! to learn how to create art with yarn. This venue offers classes and knitting supplies. Take a class to learn how to make a blanket, a shawl, or market bags among other projects. Knit! also has a special discount for anyone who would like to knit chemo hats for cancer patients. You’ll receive a 20% discount on all yarn purchased to create these special hats.

Paint parties have become so popular recently. And for good reason—they are so much fun. At Painting With a Twist, you can enjoy a night out with friends and go home with a work of art to hang in your apartment. If you don’t want to book a party, join one of the upcoming events. The studio will be offering holiday themed projects, and classes that accommodate artists ages 7 and up.

DIY projects are the perfect way to make your space a reflection of you. Please contact us for more on how to make Altis Sand Lake your home.