Island Village Sold to Mattamy Homes 

We have some big news to share about Island Village at Celebration!

The Celebration Company has officially agreed to sell the fifth and final residential village of Celebration to Mattamy Homes. The newest addition to the master-planned community built by Disney is expected to see its first model homes in 2019.

Island Village (totaling 350 acres) has entitlements for 1,014 single-family homes and 296 apartments, with an additional 30,000 square feet of neighborhood commercial and five acres for park or civic use. It was reported that the first phase will likely include all of the apartment units and approximately 300 single-family homes, as well as the pad for the community’s new K-5 school.

It was also reported that the purchase will take place in three stages. The first of three closings took place on Monday.

“This is a rare opportunity, and we’re super excited,” Mattamy Homes Orlando Division president Alex Martin told GrowthSpotter. “The good news is every developer says they want to mimic what Celebration has already achieved. The beauty is we get to carry on what Disney created at Celebration, and we can work hand-in-hand with Disney and the town architects to refresh the vision of what’s already been wildly successful.”

This update is courtesy of GrowthSpotter. Stay tuned for more information.

Drink Well

It’s not rocket science: When you eat well, you feel well. But in recent years, the wellness lifestyle has blossomed from this simple ethos into a multi-million dollar industry with no signs of wilting anytime soon.

So, where do you get started? To help make your wellness journey a little easier, we’ve compiled some of our favorite smoothie recipes featuring natural protein, adaptogens (we’ll explain later), and superfoods. Because everyone has a blender, and who doesn’t like smoothies? Drink well!

Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

Key ingredient: Maca powder

Maca is a nutrient-dense root often consumed in powder form that can help balance hormones and boost energy. This recipe from Blissful Basil is an easy and fast way to jump start your day with just five ingredients.

Green Glowing Smoothie Bowl

Key ingredient: Collagen

Forget the fountain of youth, collagen is the real secret to younger, healthier looking skin, hair and nails. It’s a natural protein produced by the body and it’s what gives skin its elasticity. But over time that production slows down, contributing to those unwanted signs of aging, like wrinkles. While there are different types of collagen available, marine collagen, sourced from fish like salmon and snapper, is absorbed more efficiently into the body than bovine collagen which is sourced from cows. This recipe from The Well Essentials topped with cacao nibs and coconut shavings will have you licking the bowl.

Ashwagandha Coffee Cacao

Key ingredients: Ashwagandha

Adaptogens are a natural substance, like an herb or plant, that can help the body adapt and heal from the stresses of life. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that is often used to relieve stress and improve mental focus. Lee from America includes it here in one of four ideas for banana-less smoothies.

Remember, everyone’s body is different. So don’t forget to check with your primary health care provider before incorporating these ingredients into your diet.

Photos courtesy of blissfulbasil.com, thewellessentials.com, and leefromamerica.com

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Drink Well

It’s not rocket science: When you eat well, you feel well. But in recent years, the wellness lifestyle has blossomed from this simple ethos into a multi-million dollar industry with no signs of wilting anytime soon.

So, where do you get started? To help make your wellness journey a little easier, we’ve compiled some of our favorite smoothie recipes featuring natural protein, adaptogens (we’ll explain later), and superfoods. Because everyone has a blender, and who doesn’t like smoothies? Drink well!

Peanut Butter Maca Smoothie

Key ingredient: Maca powder

Maca is a nutrient-dense root often consumed in powder form that can help balance hormones and boost energy. This recipe from Blissful Basil is an easy and fast way to jump start your day with just five ingredients.

Green Glowing Smoothie Bowl

Key ingredient: Collagen

Forget the fountain of youth, collagen is the real secret to younger, healthier looking skin, hair and nails. It’s a natural protein produced by the body and it’s what gives skin its elasticity. But over time that production slows down, contributing to those unwanted signs of aging, like wrinkles. While there are different types of collagen available, marine collagen, sourced from fish like salmon and snapper, is absorbed more efficiently into the body than bovine collagen which is sourced from cows. This recipe from The Well Essentials topped with cacao nibs and coconut shavings will have you licking the bowl.

Ashwagandha Coffee Cacao

Key ingredients: Ashwagandha

Adaptogens are a natural substance, like an herb or plant, that can help the body adapt and heal from the stresses of life. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that is often used to relieve stress and improve mental focus. Lee from America includes it here in one of four ideas for banana-less smoothies.

Remember, everyone’s body is different. So don’t forget to check with your primary health care provider before incorporating these ingredients into your diet.

Photos courtesy of blissfulbasil.com, thewellessentials.com, and leefromamerica.com

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Living with Pets

We love our pets and can’t live without them. But we don’t always love their contributions to our households: pet hair, muddy paws, etc. When it comes to planning your decor around a furry friend, there are the obvious workarounds. It’s always better to avoid wall-to-wall carpeting – stick to hardwoods, stone or ceramic tile.

If you have the space, or are in the process of a remodel, consider using a mudroom or laundry room to include a pet care area. It can take the form of a dog-washing sink, a console where food is dispensed.

When possible, it’s great to include a space near where dogs routinely enter the house, so it’s easy to deal rainy-day mud and leaves.

For dogs or cats, creating a feeding station makes sense. Converting kitchen cabinetry to this purpose can be a simple fix. This can provide a great way to organize kibble, while also keeping it handy. And the pullout food bowls keep them out of the way after meal times.

When homeowners need to manage their dog’s access to areas of the house, it’s always good to have options such as these well-designed gates on hand.

Crate training has become a standard practice for many dog owners as it keeps pets happily safe and secure while owners are away from home.  The crates themselves are not the most esthetically pleasing. The talented designer behind Go!Pet Design has tackled this problem and creates custom crates that are almost works of art.

Where to put the – ahem – litter box is a decision all cat owners are familiar with. Here again, creating an area in a laundry or mudroom is an ideal solution. Cats like their privacy, so giving them their own space benefits all.

Another clever solution is to place an opening to an attached garage. In this case, the cat can come and go to its toys, litter box and food.

Photos courtesy of communitytable.parade.com, houzz.com, grandinroad.com, and tailandfur.com

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Living with Pets

We love our pets and can’t live without them. But we don’t always love their contributions to our households: pet hair, muddy paws, etc. When it comes to planning your decor around a furry friend, there are the obvious workarounds. It’s always better to avoid wall-to-wall carpeting – stick to hardwoods, stone or ceramic tile.

If you have the space, or are in the process of a remodel, consider using a mudroom or laundry room to include a pet care area. It can take the form of a dog-washing sink, a console where food is dispensed.

When possible, it’s great to include a space near where dogs routinely enter the house, so it’s easy to deal rainy-day mud and leaves.

For dogs or cats, creating a feeding station makes sense. Converting kitchen cabinetry to this purpose can be a simple fix. This can provide a great way to organize kibble, while also keeping it handy. And the pullout food bowls keep them out of the way after meal times.

When homeowners need to manage their dog’s access to areas of the house, it’s always good to have options such as these well-designed gates on hand.

Crate training has become a standard practice for many dog owners as it keeps pets happily safe and secure while owners are away from home.  The crates themselves are not the most esthetically pleasing. The talented designer behind Go!Pet Design has tackled this problem and creates custom crates that are almost works of art.

Where to put the – ahem – litter box is a decision all cat owners are familiar with. Here again, creating an area in a laundry or mudroom is an ideal solution. Cats like their privacy, so giving them their own space benefits all.

Another clever solution is to place an opening to an attached garage. In this case, the cat can come and go to its toys, litter box and food.

Photos courtesy of communitytable.parade.com, houzz.com, grandinroad.com, and tailandfur.com

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Boutique Hotels

Is a boutique hotel on your itinerary?

Bigger is not always better in the world of hotels. Sometimes the small, boutique inn can offer a quieter venue, more personalized service, and subtle attention to detail that can make your stay in a city memorable. Here are four decidedly different hotels that put their own stamp of originality on design and little touches of luxury.

A sweet suite in San Antonio

Steampunk meets high-end luxury at the Hotel Emma in San Antonio. The reclaimed building was once the Pearl Brewery and its lofty turrets have long been an Alamo City landmark on the posh north reach of the River Walk. The stunningly reimagined interiors seem to have been around for a century, yet they are intensely sumptuous. Touches of Spanish Colonial furniture combine with polished wood floors, Cuban tile, and brass bath fixtures to set the tone. Unexpected pleasure: complimentary margaritas upon check-in and crisp striped guayabera robes in baths.

Try Tribeca

Imagine you are staying with your wealthy aunt in her Manhattan apartment—that’s the joy of a stay at the Greenwich Hotel. Tucked away in Tribeca, this hidden gem delights guests with what it’s not. No flash, no glitz, just quiet charm and subtle comforts that provide a respite from the hubbub of the city outside. Each room is completely unique, but all have heavenly Duxiana beds made up in Frette linens and baths appointed in Carrera marble or Moroccan tile. The lush courtyard is a perfect private spot for drinks with friends. The Japanese spa is considered one of the loveliest in the city.

Bitte schön Berlin!

You may feel like you’ve stepped into a painting by Rembrandt when you stay at Honigmond, an utterly charming auberge in the heart of Berlin’s historic district. Deep emerald and ruby toned wall coverings, along with touches of baroque furnishings and gilt-framed oils give the Honigmond its Old World ambiance. Start the day with their delicious big breakfast and then set out exploring on the hotel bicycles (with baskets!).

London Calling

With owner Kit Kemp having written two design books, you would expect the Hotel Charlotte to deliver on the interiors. Mixing English florals with contemporary lines is his specialty and the rooms at Hotel Charlotte blend comfort with spectacular design execution. Just north of the Soho district, the Hotel Charlotte serves up a traditional Afternoon Tea in its beautiful drawing room.

 

Photos courtesy of greatsmallhotels.com, hotelemma.com,trvl-media.com, denziennavigator.com, and  firmdalehotels.com

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Boutique Hotels

Is a boutique hotel on your itinerary?

Bigger is not always better in the world of hotels. Sometimes the small, boutique inn can offer a quieter venue, more personalized service, and subtle attention to detail that can make your stay in a city memorable. Here are four decidedly different hotels that put their own stamp of originality on design and little touches of luxury.

A sweet suite in San Antonio

Steampunk meets high-end luxury at the Hotel Emma in San Antonio. The reclaimed building was once the Pearl Brewery and its lofty turrets have long been an Alamo City landmark on the posh north reach of the River Walk. The stunningly reimagined interiors seem to have been around for a century, yet they are intensely sumptuous. Touches of Spanish Colonial furniture combine with polished wood floors, Cuban tile, and brass bath fixtures to set the tone. Unexpected pleasure: complimentary margaritas upon check-in and crisp striped guayabera robes in baths.

Try Tribeca

Imagine you are staying with your wealthy aunt in her Manhattan apartment—that’s the joy of a stay at the Greenwich Hotel. Tucked away in Tribeca, this hidden gem delights guests with what it’s not. No flash, no glitz, just quiet charm and subtle comforts that provide a respite from the hubbub of the city outside. Each room is completely unique, but all have heavenly Duxiana beds made up in Frette linens and baths appointed in Carrera marble or Moroccan tile. The lush courtyard is a perfect private spot for drinks with friends. The Japanese spa is considered one of the loveliest in the city.

Bitte schön Berlin!

You may feel like you’ve stepped into a painting by Rembrandt when you stay at Honigmond, an utterly charming auberge in the heart of Berlin’s historic district. Deep emerald and ruby toned wall coverings, along with touches of baroque furnishings and gilt-framed oils give the Honigmond its Old World ambiance. Start the day with their delicious big breakfast and then set out exploring on the hotel bicycles (with baskets!).

London Calling

With owner Kit Kemp having written two design books, you would expect the Hotel Charlotte to deliver on the interiors. Mixing English florals with contemporary lines is his specialty and the rooms at Hotel Charlotte blend comfort with spectacular design execution. Just north of the Soho district, the Hotel Charlotte serves up a traditional Afternoon Tea in its beautiful drawing room.

 

Photos courtesy of greatsmallhotels.com, hotelemma.com,trvl-media.com, denziennavigator.com, and  firmdalehotels.com

Article originally appeared on LeverageRE.com

Central Florida’s Ritz-Carlton Residences

Rumor has it that Marriott International is planning something big for Central Florida.

The international resort company is planning to build its Ritz-Carlton Residences right here in Orlando. The luxury home product will be located on the southwest corner of Central Florida and John Young parkways, within the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes resort property. the undeveloped piece of land currently serves as overflow parking for The Ritz-Carlton and J.W. Marriott hotels.

The new project is leading the project with local firms such as project developer Unicorp National Developments and architect firm Jones Clayton Construction. EDSA is serving as the landscape architect and Kimley-Horn is civil engineer. Plans show 37 single-family homes on the site, with two-bedroom and four-bedroom options ranging from 2,688 square feet to more than 3,200 square feet. Each home is expected to have its own two-car garage and two driveway parking spaces. Only three of the homes will stand alone, while the remaining 34 will share a wall as 17 duplex buildings.

The The Ritz-Carlton Residences branding has been applied to six luxury home projects in Florida, totaling 30 across the United States. Each community is expected to be under The Ritz-Carlton hotel company management, featuring exquisite concierge services, in-residence dining and other unique services and amenities. The Orlando development is expected to have a gated clubhouse and swimming pool.

More info to come.

Beautiful Bathrooms

The average person spends one hour and 42 minutes a week, or almost 92 days of their life, in the bathroom. Although the kitchen or the master bedroom may be at the top of your list when buying a home, the bathroom shouldn’t be far behind. From marble floors to showers that take over an entire wall to in-home spas, these spaces will have you putting the bathroom at the top of your list when looking for a home.

Presented by Timothy Real Estate Group

This piece of paradise located on the oceanfront in Puerto Vallarta is called the Casa Papelillo; a custom designed estate in a private area nestled between a lush rainforest and the blue water of the Pacific Ocean. With high ceilings that open to living trees and clean modern lines that direct you to the ocean just outside, every aspect of Casa Papelillo harmonizes with its natural surroundings. The oversized bathroom has elements throughout that bring the outside in and an airiness that allows you to relax in a spa-like atmosphere at home. It even opens directly onto the patio.

Presented by Partners Trust

This beautifully appointed Modern Farmhouse in Santa Monica is bright, white and spacious. From the bedrooms, to the 4,730-square-foot living space to the bathrooms, no detail has been overlooked. In addition to the open kitchen, stone patio and BBQ area, this home has four en-suite bedrooms. The master bath has a luxurious stone bathroom with a soaking tub, open glass shower and dual walk-in closets. This bathroom is definitely a place to take some “me” time.

Presented by Harnish Properties

This historic Richard Sundeleaf designed Oswego lakefront estate is on nearly two private acres. Beyond the gated entry, you will find an exquisite home that holds the charm of past years, but has all of today’s amenities. In addition to the meticulous landscape, private dock, patio with a fireplace, guesthouse and gourmet kitchen, this home has a spacious bathroom with gorgeous marble and elegant details. It’s a bathroom that feels more like a spa and is as much a highlight as all the other amenities.

Presented by Harnish Properties

This custom built modern craftsman-style home has five bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with oversized island, four guest rooms, library/den/office and large covered outdoor living area with a fireplace. The icing on the cake is the large master suite with an oversized walk-in closet and a bathroom that one could spend days in. This elegant, generous en-suite has a huge shower, a stand-alone soaking tub and separate his and hers sinks. It is truly a paradise and a room not to be missed.

Beautiful Bathrooms

The average person spends one hour and 42 minutes a week, or almost 92 days of their life, in the bathroom. Although the kitchen or the master bedroom may be at the top of your list when buying a home, the bathroom shouldn’t be far behind. From marble floors to showers that take over an entire wall to in-home spas, these spaces will have you putting the bathroom at the top of your list when looking for a home.

Presented by Timothy Real Estate Group

This piece of paradise located on the oceanfront in Puerto Vallarta is called the Casa Papelillo; a custom designed estate in a private area nestled between a lush rainforest and the blue water of the Pacific Ocean. With high ceilings that open to living trees and clean modern lines that direct you to the ocean just outside, every aspect of Casa Papelillo harmonizes with its natural surroundings. The oversized bathroom has elements throughout that bring the outside in and an airiness that allows you to relax in a spa-like atmosphere at home. It even opens directly onto the patio.

Presented by Partners Trust

This beautifully appointed Modern Farmhouse in Santa Monica is bright, white and spacious. From the bedrooms, to the 4,730-square-foot living space to the bathrooms, no detail has been overlooked. In addition to the open kitchen, stone patio and BBQ area, this home has four en-suite bedrooms. The master bath has a luxurious stone bathroom with a soaking tub, open glass shower and dual walk-in closets. This bathroom is definitely a place to take some “me” time.

Presented by Harnish Properties

This historic Richard Sundeleaf designed Oswego lakefront estate is on nearly two private acres. Beyond the gated entry, you will find an exquisite home that holds the charm of past years, but has all of today’s amenities. In addition to the meticulous landscape, private dock, patio with a fireplace, guesthouse and gourmet kitchen, this home has a spacious bathroom with gorgeous marble and elegant details. It’s a bathroom that feels more like a spa and is as much a highlight as all the other amenities.

Presented by Harnish Properties

This custom built modern craftsman-style home has five bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with oversized island, four guest rooms, library/den/office and large covered outdoor living area with a fireplace. The icing on the cake is the large master suite with an oversized walk-in closet and a bathroom that one could spend days in. This elegant, generous en-suite has a huge shower, a stand-alone soaking tub and separate his and hers sinks. It is truly a paradise and a room not to be missed.