Bella Collina Makes a Comeback

Bella Collina is a luxury golf community located on the shore of Lake Apopka here in Central Florida. Due to the fallout in the real estate market a few years back, it never reached completion or its full potential. During the release of lots in 2005, investors and celebrities alike were chomping at the bit to purchase lots. Only 2 years later though, the market crashed and Bella Collina was hit harder than any other place in Central Florida. With only 40 luxury homes completed and the amenities still under construction, the once sought-after community was a ghost town.

An investment group out of West Palm Beach, DCS Investment Holdings, purchased the property last year for $10 million, and they have been waiting for Lake County court decisions to allow them to begin the relaunch. It has taken years to go after all of the investors who never paid Homeowners Association dues, but now it looks like new building can proceed.

New homes are expected to average around the $1 million range based on comparable sales in the area. DCS Investment Holdings has approximately 900 lots that will be constructed on in phases.  Bella Collina Golf CommunityBella Collina on Lake Apopka

Check back for more information as this project progresses, or if you would like to be on the priority list to be the first to know when pricing and availability are set, email me at jana@homesbynectar.com.

Spotlight on Celebration’s North Village

For those of you who are not Celebration residents, at least not yet anyways, I thought I would take you through all of the villages over the course of the next couple of weeks. This way you can see what truly sets each village apart and makes it unique. It only made sense to start with the North since it is the closest to 192, and therefore, the first village you encounter as you enter Celebration.

The North Village gives residents the quickest path out of town via 192, SR 417, and I4,  so many people love the convenience of that.  The 417 is the quickest, most direct route to the Orlando International Airport.  The North Village also offers its residents the largest recreation area available in any of the villages.  There is a large covered shelter great for parties and gatherings, a covered toddler playground, a separate playground with equipment geared towards older children, 2 large field for sports, volleyball courts, and a lap-sized pool.

Like the other villages located in Celebration, there is a large variety of dwelling units available.  You can chose anything from a 1 bedroom condo to a 7 bedroom estate home.  One thing that differentiates the North Village from other areas is the estate home section is separate from the other areas.  Once you cross over the bridge, you are the estate home section called The Acadias.  Many of these homes have water, golf, and conservation views.  They also enjoy larger lot sizes and more privacy.  Another feature unique to the North Village is the way the golf course winds behind several of the homes.

To see homes currently available in the North Village of Celebration, click here.

Summerhouse at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort Partially Open

With much progress being made at Disney’s Golden Oak community, they have now partially opened the private clubhouse, Summerhouse. This gorgeously-appointed amenity will be the hub of the community. It offers residents a beautiful heated outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness facility with locker rooms, a private training and workout area, function courtyard and outdoor fire pit, and a family room with game area.  In the future, special community events and activities will be held here, and residents will also be able to reserve part of it for private functions.  It will also be a place to enjoy casual dining as well as special guest chef appearances.

Call us today to set up your tour of Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort!

New Listing – 530 Water Street Celebration, FL

We have just listed a great new property right in downtown Celebration, FL. This spacious condo has gorgeous views of Water Street and the canals. With low carrying costs and a move-in ready condition, it would make a great vacation property or permanent home.

For more information and pictures, click here. To schedule a showing, please call Jana Renner today at 407-361-6371.

Featured New Community – Casa Del Lago

Last week, I had the opportunity to check out a new neighborhood in Windermere, FL called Casa Del Lago. This neighborhood is Windermere’s newest gated community and is located very close to Sunset Park Elementary School and only a few miles from Walt Disney World. Without a doubt, it has a great location. There is a also a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course only a couple of miles away.

Often times, subdivisions have one exclusive builder, but this particular one has a few. I walked through some of their model homes this past week to see what they had to offer. I was able to visit homes constructed by Image Builders and David Weekley homes, just 2 of the 5 builders for this community. Image Builders is offering 7 different floor plans at this time that range in size from 2800 square feet all the way up to 4100 square feet. They have a wide variety of features available and offer a Mediterranean inspired style. The model I walked through featured gorgeous stone counters, a well-designed floor plan, and a luxurious outdoor space.  A must see for anyone who loves the old world feel of Mediterranean architecture and wants the freedom to customize a lot their home’s features.

David Weekley Homes is also building in Casa Del Lago, and there model home was impressive as well. Offered at a lower price point then the Image Builders Homes, David Weekley is still giving buyers plenty of options and the ability to finance the addition of a pool at build time. The David Weekley homes offer a more traditional style with open floor plans and high ceilings. One huge benefit to the David Weekley Homes product is their energy-efficient construction. Their homes carry a “Environments for Living Gold Level” rating that gives the owner plenty of money saving & environlentally-friendly features.  They are currently offering 5 floor plans that have a variety of different options and available.

Both companies are offering some exceptional homes!

For more information on floor plans and pricing, call a Nectar professional today. We’re ready to help guide you through the process of selecting and building your dream home.

9th Annual Exotic Car Show

You can almost hear the sounds of engines already. The Exotic Car Show is one of the most anticipated events of the year here in Celebration, FL, and the buzz surrounding this event has been going on for several weeks now. The 9th Annual Exotic Car Show will take place next weekend, April 14-15.

This 4 day event showcases North America’s largest collection of exotic cars, race cars, and Hollywood movie cars, and they all come together this one weekend a year to help support children with life-threatening illnesses. On Saturday the 14th, the Councours of Exotic Cars will be in downtown Celebration. You can see walk through the pretty downtown area and see Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Spyder, Lamborghini, Saleen, McLaren, DeLorean, and many more. The cars will be judged in different categories and the winners will be announced in the afternoon.  On Sunday, the Rally starts at 10:30am and will conclude back on Market Street at 1pm, where many of the cars will displayed for the rest of the day.

For more information about this and other Celebration events, click here.

Four Seasons Resort at Golden Oak

On September 14, 2011 the Four Season Resort issued a press release regarding their luxury resort hotel being built at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney World Resort stated they are excited to be partnering with the Four Season Resort which shares their tradition of guest service and quality amenities.

Golden Oak residents will be welcome to take advantage of Four Seasons’ amenities including the spa with 18 treatment rooms, restaurants and event space, with fees determined by Four Seasons.  Within Four Seasons resort, there will be several dining venues including a rooftop restaurant with views of the Magic Kingdom; a spa and fitness centre; four pools; sports facilities including tennis courts, basketball court and climbing wall; two recreational centers for children, teens and families; meeting and event space plus a business center. The development will encompass the Tom Fazio-designed Osprey Ridge 18-hole championship golf course, which Four Seasons will renovate and subsequently manage.

The construction for this project will begin later this year, but Summerhouse, the amenity-laden clubhouse for Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort is well under way and will be completed and ready to tour by Summer 2012. There are so many exciting things happening at Golden Oak. If you would like more information or to schedule a tour of the model homes, please contact a Nectar agent today!

New development in Golden Oaks Disney World Resort. A luxury Four Season Hotel
A model representation of the new luxury Four Season's Resort Hotel in Golden Oak.

Florida’s Isleworth Community Turns 25

Tiger on the Isleworth Golf Course
Tiger on the Isleworth Golf Course

In Central Florida, we have many communities that have garnered national attention and prestige, but none is as acclaimed or renowned as Isleworth. Located in Windermere, FL, Isleworth saw its fist residents move in 25 years ago, and the community is just as sought after now as it was at its inception.

The property has garnered much attention over the years for its celebrity inhabitants. Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, was the first, but he has been followed by Shaquille O’Neal, and Tiger Woods to name a few. The community consists of 320 homes with most of the inhabitants living their on a full-time basis, and in this current real estate market, there are typically 10 percent of the homes on the market at any given time.

Nestled amongst the shores of the Butler Chain of Lakes, the Isleworth Golf Community features an Arnold Palmer golf course that even after 25 years is regarded as of the most difficult and scenic courses in Florida. The community offers a number of events throughout the year for its members, including the Tavistock Cup. The grounds include several tennis courts, a sculpture garden, and the world class clubhouse that features 3 restaurants. Isleworth offers its residents the epitome of luxury and class and a location that can not be beat. 35 of the original families in Isleworth still call it home today. A 25 year commitment shows how much the residents truly believe in an enjoy Isleworth!

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 jana@homesbynectar.com. 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

You can also find out more by visiting their website:
http://disneygoldenoak.disney.go.com/