Lakefront Living for Everyone

Lakefront living is a dream for many people . The tranquility of being on the water and the opportunity to enjoy water sports on a daily basis are very appealing amenities for some buyers. The problem is that lifestyle is often out of their budget.

In Central Florida, we have several lakes to chose from when buyers say that lakefront is the way they want to go. What those same buyers don’t often realize is that lakefront real estate is very expensive not only to purchase but often to carry on a monthly basis. The annual flood insurance, home owners insurance and dock maintenance can really add up. Over the course of my career, I’ve sold lakefront property all the way up to $3,500,000. That’s not a realistic price range for most buyers especially ones planning to use the property as a vacation or seasonal home.

Communities like Bellalago situated on Lake Tohopekaliga in Kissimmee, FL are a perfect match for buyers who want lakefront amenities at a lower purchase price. Buyers can purchase a home with a dock or save the extra monthly carrying costs and purchase a home without one and use the private community boat launch. Bellalago offers residents a ton of amenities: a manned guard gate, boat launch, fishing pier, cable included, resort style pool with water slide & spa, fitness center, tennis courts, dog park and 24 hour security.

3553 Sunset Isles is a fantastic option for buyers. Its custom upgrades make it move in ready, the 3 car garage is perfect for storing water toys, and its list price of $299,000 make it an affordable option.   You can stop by this weekend and see Keith Renner during the Open House on Saturday (April 27th) & Sunday (April 28th) from 1-4 PM or call 321-697-8230 for more details.

New Construction Without the Long Wait

Who doesn’t want something shiny and brand new? Everyone, of course! Real estate is no different. People love the idea of being the first homeowner in a property, of having a home warranty to fall back on from the builder, and the ease of a move-in ready property. Often times the only drawback to new construction can be the long build times.

One of the best options for people wanting new construction but needing to be in something by a certain time is Inventory Homes. These are homes that the builder already has under construction when you visit the development. Sometimes they are homes that the original buyer has decided not to purchase but more often they are just started by the builder to keep up with demand. What is nice about these is that they are already underway, have been permitted, and will not take the typical 5-6 months to complete. You can almost always still pick the finishes and colors, and sometimes you can negotiate the price a little bit. The builder wants them sold as soon as they are finished, so they have incentive to move them.

Just a few miles from Celebration is an area called Champions Gate. It has some very nice hotels including the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate and the Reunion Grande, and multiple championship golf courses. It is a great place to live, own a vacation home, or purchase property for investment income. Lennar Homes is currently constructing a neighborhood there called Stoneybrook at Champions Gate, and they have homes ranging in price from $255,000 to $373,000 and 1880 sq feet to 4259 sq feet. They have recently reduced some of their inventory homes, and there are multiple floor plans to chose from with completion dates between August and October 2013.

Here are all of the amazing amenities at Stoneybrook at Champions Gate:

Aerobics Studio

Community Center
Fitness Center
Fully Maintained Lawns
Golf Course
Splash Park
Sport Court
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Tot Lot
Volleyball Court

Plaza, Spa, Restaurant, Bar, Fitness Center, Tiki Bar, Cabanas, Tennis Club, Tennis Clubhouse, Stadium Court, (6) Tennis Courts, Golf Club, Golf Clubhouse Grill, Locker Rooms, Golf Shop, The Oasis, Resort-Style Pools, Family Pool, Lazy River, Water Slides, Swim-Up Bar, Water Falls, Beach Entry, Spa, Splash Pad, Grill, Bar, Fitness Area, Theater, Game Room, Tiki Bar, Cabanas, Performance Area, Trolley.  So much to do and you’re only a fewmiles Walt Disney World!

We have assisted so many clients with new construction contracts and been their liaison throughout the process. If this is something you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!  Also if you are looking for new construction in another area of Central Florida, email me to get a list of what is available in your area.Champions GateStoneybrook at Champions GateStoneybrook at Champions Gate

New Publix Grocery Store Coming to Celebration

Well for those of you who live here in the area, I am a little bit behind in broadcasting this development. For many of you though who live out of the state or the country, I wanted to fill you in on a wonderful piece of news for the Celebration community.

We have a beautiful community here that has wonderful residents, a quaint downtown area full of restaurants and shops, great schools, well-maintained parks and trails, a golf course, and much more. For many years though we have been lacking one major thing, a grocery store.  Currently residents venture out of town to do their grocery shopping, and although the current Publix is not too far away, it is not convenient to everyone. We have a very walkable and bike-friendly community and many people also drive small electric vehicles, called NEV’s. The addition of a Publix at Water Tower Plaza in Celebration will allow better ease of use for our residents as well bring more traffic to the other businesses nearby.

The new Publix is already well underway and they anticipate opening by the end of the year. Check back for pictures of the constructions and more news on the progress.

Mecum Auto Auction Kissimmee

The Mecum Auto Auction is this week (January 24-29, 2012).  With so many events in the Central Florida area every weekend, I am sure that it is hard to decide what to attend.  This is a great one!  With approximately 2000 cars, you can see vehicles from every different era and price range.  Keith attended this event last year, and loved it.  The atmosphere is fun, and the weather is supposed to be great this weekend.  He will be heading over on Saturday.  If there are particular cars that you are interested in, you can get more information and check the schedule online by clicking here.  If you can’t make it down this weekend, you can watch the auction on TV.  It will be televised today and tomorrow from 2-10 pm (EST).  

4th of July in Celebration


Celebration Florida 4TH OF JULYAcross the country Americans are getting patriotic for the upcoming holiday weekend, and Celebration residents are no different.  The 4th of July festival is one of the biggest events we have all year with so many things for families to do.

The downtown streets have been decorated with American flags and will be closed off starting tomorrow to get ready for the  concerts and parade.  Many food and retails tents will set up for patrons to visit while walking around downtown this weekend.  Every year we have a different theme for this event, and this year is ’80’s Flashback’ complete with a costume contest and 80’s music performances.

The 4th of July celebration will start off with the annual parade, and that sets the tone for the rest of festivities.   The parade theme this year is ‘Going Green for the Red, White, and Blue!’ Parade entries will be decorated with recycled and reused items.  There will be small floats, dancers, decorated  cars, and even decked out NEV’s.  There will be plenty of different food to try from our local  restaurants and activities for the kids and adults alike.  Come out an enjoy this fun event!

Here is the full schedule of events for July 4th:

9:00am: July 4th Parade  
(Downtown Celebration)

4:00pm: Celebration Patriotic Concert
(Community Presbyterian Church)

5:00pm: Free Park & Ride Shuttle Service Begins
(215 Celebration Place)

5:30pm: 80’s Flashback Event Begins
(Downtown Celebration)

(Events in downtown Celebration for the remainder of evening)
6:00pm: Katty Shack performs 

8:15pm: 80’s Costume Contest

8:30pm: A Flock of Seagulls

9:30pm -­ 10:00pm: Fireworks

10:00pm ‐ 11:00pm: Katty Shack Performs

11:00pm: Event Closes

Relationship, Trust and Real Estate

My business is selling real estate, but before that can be done successfully something needs to be built….a relationship.

Your Relationship with Your Relator Counts!
Your Relationship with Your Realtor Counts!

Building relationships with clients is one the most rewarding parts of my career as a real estate professional. My clients need to know that I am an expert in my profession, practice truth, am cognizant and protective of their best interests and will be fiercely loyal to them.

Once they understand this, a trust is developed and trust is a key component in creating dynamic symbiotic relationships.  After all, how can you comfortably navigate a real estate purchase when you don’t have a trusting relationship with your real estate professional?

Celebration, FL Health

When people are looking to purchase real estate, they often ask about the proximity of local hospitals and health care facilities. People don’t want to have drive out of their way to visit their personal physician or if they have an emergency.

Celebration FL, Celebration Health
Celebration Health

In Celebration, we are incredibly lucky to have Celebration Health right here in town. Celebration Health is an award-­‐winning hospital that is a part of the Florida Hospital Network. The facility provides many patient services & areas of treatment including Labor & Delivery, Diabetes, Heart Health, Bariatric Surgery, Spine Center, Orthopaedic Health, Imaging, General Health, and Cancer. Many physicians, including dentists, also have their offices on site. The hospital is currently undergoing an expansion that includes a new Robotics Surgery addition providing state of the art care and treatment.

Celebration Health is also home to the Fitness Centre & Day Spa. The fitness centre offers the latest exercise equipment and has a wide variety of classes taught by well-­‐trained instructors. The facility also boasts a lap and therapeutic pool that is used for classes as well as rehabilitation and free swimming. Childcare and personal training is available. It is a wonderful, clean and friendly place to work or enjoy a steam in the sauna.

Considering Celebration FL homes? Contact Nectar Real Estate today to get started on your real estate search!

Where Will All the Baby Boomers Go?

Why Central Florida would be a great retirement option for the nearly 78 million baby boomers.

As the majority of people know, Baby Boomers are Americans born between 1946 and 1964, and they currently make up 26.1% of the population according the U.S Census Bureau.  That is approximately 78 millions people!  Many of them will be ready to enjoy their hard-­‐earned retirement soon, and where is the best place for them to do that?

Retire to Celebration or Orlando Florida with the help of Nectar Real EstateFlorida, of course!  I know it seems cliche that everyone retires in Florida, but there are so many reasons why the Central Florida area is a great place to call to home.  As a Realtor, I help a lot of people relocate every year, and the predominant reason is still the weather.

Just last week, the northeast was pummeled with over 2 feet of snow in the New York Metro area.  With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Florida is the perfect place to sustain an active lifestyle and enjoy all of the leisure activities that you have been putting off while working and raising your children.

The Greater Orlando area is only 50 miles away from the coast, so day trips to the beach are always a possibility.  We also have all of the theme parks for visiting guests. As a resident of Celebration Florida, I know that if you live near ‘The Mouse’, they will come!  We also have the more golf courses than any other state, and lots of freshwater lakes and state parks to enjoy boating and water sports.

Central Florida is the best place to retire if you love golf.This may sound like a tourist brochure, so now I will tell you the best reason to retire or semi-­retire in Florida – AFFORDABILITY.  Orlando Florida Homes comes in all sizes and prices, but you can purchase a golf front home with 4 bedrooms for as little as $199,000.

You would be close to shopping, restaurants, theme parks, and the cost of living in Florida is lower than up north.  Many people think that the real estate market is a risky place right now, but in all honesty, this is the time to purchase for the future.  I have had many clients purchase their retirement homes now even if they don’t plan to retire for few year simply because homes are so affordable right now.

The real estate market is ripe with opportunity right now.  Don’t miss it!  Contact Nectar Real Estate to help you find the perfect Florida retirement home!

Golden Oak at Walt Disney World

Lots of great information on the wonderful community of Golden Oak at Walt Disney World.

Luxury Resort Residences for Sale

As someone who lives extremely close to Walt Disney World, I spend a lot of time there; eating in their restaurants, walking around the parks, and just generally enjoying all they have to offer. Every time I am there I have to stop and think about how lucky I am that I can sneak away for a couple of hours to take my daughter over to enjoy a few rides or watch some fireworks. It is an incredible luxury!

About a year ago, Disney started work on their newest endeavor, Golden Oak. This project is the answer to anyone who has ever wished that they could live at Disney. With that being said, Golden Oak will not only be a place to hang your hat but a truly luxurious and exclusive experience only available to Golden Oak residents.

Beautiful Golden Oak Community in FL

Community Amenities

Golden Oak is offering a wonderful community that is packed with amenities and caters to adults as well as children. One such amenity is Summerhouse, a private clubhouse, that will offer fine dining, a start of the art fitness center, a spacious veranda for enjoying fireworks, a heated pool, a yoga studio, a concierge and resident reception desk, and lots of planned events like guest chef appearances and “Dive in” movie night at the pool.

Golden Oak has several different gated communities, expansive conservation areas, recreational paths and footbridges, and the Four Season Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, with its Tom Fazio-­designed championship golf course, restaurants, and spa, is within arm’s reach.

Gorgeous Summerhouse club house of Golden Oak, FL

Resident Services

Walt Disney World will be carrying its commitment to excellent customer service into this project. They will be 3 categories of services offered to the residents at Golden Oak:

  1. Personal Services: Transportation (including airport shuttles), park tickets, dinner reservations, tee times, mail and shipping services, and party and event planning.
  2. Residential Services: Cleaning and maintenance including pool and lawn service, pre-­arrival and post-­departure services (such as purchasing groceries for arrival), and seasonal home care.
  3. Resort Services: On-­property transportation scheduling, on­‐property dining reservations, and private family events.

Residents will also receive complimentary Walt Disney World Annual Passes, Complimentary Golf Services, Extra Magic Hours, and Disney Atmosphere Entertainment.

Beautiful Interior of Community Club House at Golden Oak, FL

Construction Details

The builders for each type of home have been selected. Issa Homes, CAHILL, and Goering and Morgan Construction will be building the Village size homes. These homes will range in size from approximately 3100 square feet to 3700 square feet. The Estate homes and Grand Estate homes will be built by Derrick builders, Jones-­‐Clayton Construction, J. Richard Watson Construction Company, and Ray Coudriet Builder, and these homes will be between 4700 and 6800 square feet. Not all of the floor plans and home sites have been released at this time, but there are some available and waiting for new residents.

Celebration vs. Golden Oak

Many have compared this new development with Celebration and have wondered if the concept of Golden Oak is not truly “new”. As a Celebration resident, I can say that Golden Oak is an entirely unique entity. While I love living in Celebration, it is not a resort. The majority of the people live here all year round. They send their kids to school here and work in the surrounding areas. Golden Oak will have the look of a neighborhood but is in fact, and amenity-­rich, luxury resort. I would expect most people to use the residences at Golden Oak as second homes they occupy part-time.
As a real estate agent, I get to represent the best of both worlds by assisting homebuyers in either community. If you have any further questions or would like more information on the community of Golden Oak at Walt Disney World, please do not hesitate to contact me at 321-697‐8230 or via email at It would be my pleasure to help you own a little piece of the magic!

Map of Golden Oak in Relation to Walt Disney Resort and Highways

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