Poinciana is one of the Central Florida towns I lived near as a preteen and adolescent. The area has grown considerably since I resided there in the early 1970's and has become much more ethnically diverse. Although my home was in a different section of Kissimmee, I was very familiar with the planned community going up around the Poinciana Golf and Racquet Club because my father worked there as a subcontractor. We had moved to the area because it was near the newly opened Disney World and expected to enjoy a population boom that would greatly increase property value. Unexpectedly, the growth happened a little farther north and didn't expand to Osceola and Polk Counties for many years. When people finally started to move there, however, they came by the thousands. I live in a small town just north of Orlando now, and I am amazed when I go back and see how populated it is today.
The location is ideal for trips to the Orlando theme parks and the beach. The Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico are both less than two hours away. Since Poinciana is mostly residential, the immediate area is limited to a few fast food restaurants and discount stores. The surrounding localities offer a wider variety of eating and shopping choices and are not far away. Haines City, for example, is within fifteen miles. Along with the rapid growth in Osceola County since the turn of the millennium have come many new job opportunities. Some residents continue to work in the Orlando area and will benefit from the completion of the Poinciana Parkway. It will provide quicker access to I-4 and is already raising the value of the homes. Plans are also in the works to expand Orlando's SunRail commuter system to the neighborhood.
Central Florida's climate is subtropical with mild winters and long, hot summers. Temperatures can easily reach the high 90's during the sweltering months of July and August. Fortunately, backyard swimming pools are common and multiple water parks are open all year. In spite of the heat, I enjoy living in Greater Orlando. I love being close to so many sources of entertainment while still having the option to see the countryside. A drive along the Florida Turnpike that runs east of Poinciana reminds me that plenty of undeveloped land still exists in the central portion of the Sunshine State!