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Lived there for 6 years (moved south to Sarasota recently). Anyway, I would suggest checking out Metro West. They have a very nice mix of homes, condos, and apartments as well as shopping. They are pretty close to Universal Studios and they have a pretty nice golf course.
You may want to take that into consideration when looking at prices for housing. You may want to consider a short-term rental until you deside on an specific area you like and that's close to where you'll be working/recreating/etc.
The land is flat and the buildings aren't too much different in much of the state. It can take a long time to drive around all those waterways! ;-)