|Located within the gated community of Encore Resort, this spectacular home is 4,066 of pure luxury space. As you walk in this home has major Florida charm. With an open floor plan, this 8 bedrooms 8 bath is nothing short of exceptional. This home’s wow-factor is apparent as you walk into a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops overlooking a grand dining area with an oversized island bar and a glamorous large family room with beautiful sliding glass doors to the covered patio. This home features two master suites on the first floor plus an additional guest bedroom. Take the stairs to the second floor, which offers a generous loft area, separate game room, and 5 additional en-suite bedrooms, two of which are Disney themed. Just outside enjoy a phenomenal covered lanai with an alfresco dining area and private swimming pool with great conservation views. With quick access to all the major theme parks, especially WALT DISNEY WORLD being just 2 exits away, makes this vacation community a top choice for visitors of all ages. Encore offers guests access to a range of first-rate facilities including a Luxury Clubhouse, Communal Pools, Fitness Center, Sports Courts and the added benefit of complimentary transfers to the Theme Parks. Click here for more details!|
Today starts the Winter Park Art Festival, going through till this weekend! Winter Park is such a fun area and sometimes gets overshadowed by all the touristy locations Orlando has to offer. However, if you are wanting a local experience this is the place to go! Below is some information about the Art Festival and the top 10 things to do/see in the area!
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s most prestigious outdoor art festivals. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show.
Festival hours are as follows: Friday, March 15, and Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Expect to see dazzling sculpture and glass for the big pocketbook as well as smaller works to please just about anyone. Enjoy Friday night’s jazz concert, children’s workshop village and school art exhibits, and great food and sidewalk cafes. Join us for this annual tradition in Winter Park.
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While your visiting here are some other options to do/see!
1. Park Avenue Shopping District
Experience a unique destination for fine dining, fashion, and art in one of Florida’s most unique and flourishing communities. Bordered by a shady park that plays host to concerts and art festivals, Park Avenue is home to one-of-a-kind boutiques and well-known shops, sidewalk cafes and fine dining restaurants, as well as world-renowned art collections in the area’s museums.
2. Culinary Excursion: Dining on Park Avenue
Park Avenue’s eateries offer something to suit every taste, especially foodies! This culinary utopia is home to over 40 restaurants, including everything from yogurt shops to award-winning fine dining. It also boasts a variety of gourmet food stores where you can find everything from savory spices to sweet treats.
3. Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour is an 18-passenger pontoon boat ride on the pristine Winter Park chain of lakes. The tour offers hour-
long, guided cruises through three of the seven lakes and two man made canals on the tranquil Winter Park chain.
4. Mead Botanical Garden
It has been described as “an urban oasis, a refuge for wildlife, a botanical garden emphasizing nature, sustainability and environmental learning, and a place for contemplation, celebration, and recreation”. Mead Botanical Garden is located just a few miles from the downtown business district. It is a beautiful place to enjoy a lazy afternoon traversing the nature trails or dipping your feet in the freshwater ponds.
4. Central Park
Central Park is the crown jewel of all the city’s parks. Conveniently located on Park Avenue in the heart of the downtown shopping district, this 11-acre park boasts shady oak trees, landscaped planters, sitting areas, open space, and three beautiful fountains. There is even a rose garden at the southern corner of Central Park. The lush foliage and relaxing atmosphere make it the perfect environment for a picnic.
5. Winter Park Farmers’ Market
The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is held at the old train depot which has been restored into a historical landmark. However, it is most well-known for the weekly Saturday market.
6. Rollins College
Located along the banks of Lake Virginia in the heart of Central Florida, the beautiful Rollins College campus encourages visitors to take advantage of Florida’s natural beauty and Winter Park’s history and charm. With its Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, lush grounds and gorgeous setting, Rollins was named one of the 50 Most Amazing College Campuses in 2011 by The Best Colleges.
7. The Alfond Inn
The Alfond Inn contributes to Winter Park’s cultural and artistic reputation by housing an eclectic collection of contemporary art available for viewing by the public. The collection is an extension of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College and features over 240 paintings, photographs, sculptures and mixed media works commemorating various impacting points in history. On Fridays, be sure to take advantage of the free docent-led tours available at 1 p.m.
8. Winter Park Country Club Golf Course
The Winter Park Country Club is the second oldest golf club in the Central Florida area. The golf course opened in 1914. It makes its way through the downtown Winter Park area and provides a challenge to even the most experienced golfer. With its narrow, tree-lined fairways and postage stamp, bunker guarded greens, this course will provide a test for every shot in a golfers arsenal. Daily fees start at $12 to walk 9 holes for Winter Park residents and $14 to walk 9 holes for non-residents. For further information, call 407-599-3339 or click here.
9. Hannibal Square
Visit Hannibal Square, a historic neighborhood located along New England Avenue two blocks west of Park Avenue, between Virginia and Pennsylvania avenues. Enjoy al fresco dining, stylish home furnishings, fine art, and unique gifts. While in the area, be sure to pamper yourself at some of the area’s top skin care spas and hair salons. For more information about historic Hannibal Square, click here.
10. Cultural Walking Tour
Take a self-guided walking tour of the City’s historical treasures, including more than a dozen different sites. The route begins near the historic Winter Park Golf Club and heads south along Park Avenue calling attention to a variety of museums and landmarks along the way. The map indicates opportunities to head west to Hannibal Square, east to the public library and south to Rollins College, home to the Annie Russell Theatre, Knowles Memorial Chapel and Cornell Fine Arts Museum. Download your guide by clicking here.
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Visit Flordia just announced that Florida drew in 126.1 million out-of-state visitors in 2018, setting a tourism record for the eighth consecutive year in a row. This was a 6.2 percent jump over the previous record set in 2017, the state tourism marketing agency said.
Visit Florida President and CEO Dana Young said the flood of new tourists could be credited at least in part to a targeted publicity push by her organization. “Visit Florida and the tourism industry have achieved unprecedented success,’’ Young said.
Despite overall growth, overseas visitors to Florida dropped by 1 percent to 10.8 million. The falloff was led by a 6 percent drop in tourists from Great Britain to 1.5 million. Canadian tourism was up from 3 percent to 3,447,000. The number of visitors from Brazil, meanwhile, grew 8 percent to 1,110,000. Domestically, the greatest percentage of visitors to Florida came from Georgia (9.6 percent), New York (8.5 percent) and Texas (5.5 percent).
The number of visitors grew as Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld all competed to open more attractions in 2018. And it won’t stop there. In late 2019, Disney is expected to debut Star Wars Land, which tourism experts are predicting will attract even more massive crowds.
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MINT CONDITION, PROFESSIONALLY FURNISHED, 10 BEDROOM/ 10 BATHROOM, VACATION HOME ONLY 10 MINUTES FROM DISNEY*** This luxurious home is located in the highly sought-after Encore Resort at Reunion and is the IDEAL VACATION or RENTAL HOME; This home has it all including a LUXURIOUS kitchen showcasing **GRANITE COUNTERTOPS** and **STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES**. The open kitchen overlooks a spacious living area with a 12 seat dining room table allowing plenty of room for the entire family! This home is perfect for making memories that will last a LIFETIME! The covered lanai overlooks your own private pool/spa making it the perfect place to relax and cool off with the family after long sunny days at the parks. Owning a home has never been so easy with Digital Cable TV/Hi-speed internet, trash pickup, private pool maintenance, lawn and landscape irrigation, exterior cleaning, and 24-hour security are all included with the HOA in this Luxury, Gated Short-Term Rental Community. Encore’s amenities are never ending! From the *MULTI MILLION DOLLAR WATER PARK/ CLUBHOUSE* which includes tube slides, aqua park, pool, tennis courts, basketball court, beach volleyball, weight room, meeting rooms, 24-hour manned gate, to the, WELCOME HOME CONCIERGE DESK that is available at the clubhouse to assist with booking tickets, meals, airline check ins, and even resort provided shuttles to Disney!! Why pay $150,000 – $200,000 more and wait to build when this home is ready TODAY!
Golf.com just put out an article naming the best Airbnbs to stay and play at A-list golf courses, and Reunion Resort was rated #2! Golf at Reunion is unlike anywhere else in the world. In fact, it’s the only place where you will find Signature Design courses by three of golf’s greatest legends: Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, and Arnold Palmer.
The Nicklaus Course, a Signature Design by Jack Nicklaus, can be as deceptive as it is beautiful. This experience offers elevated services and amenities. While the course still retains its individual characteristics and strength, guests will enjoy a higher level of golf experience. Watson Course, a Signature Design by Tom Watson, is as much about strategy as it is about length highlighted by fast, firm and wide rolling fairways, a variety of strategically placed bunkers and large greens. Lastly, innovatively routed on hilly, roller coaster-like terrain, Arnold Palmer’s Signature Course boasts dramatic elevation changes – up to 50 feet in some places – creating a unique variety of risk/reward shots. That varied menu of shot-making opportunities is further ensured by six tee locations on each hole, a variety of natural preserve areas, generously wide fairways and strategically placed bunkers across all 18 holes.
Having three elite golf courses at Reunion Resort make it the ideal place to rent or live. The luxury properties range from 7 to 15 bedrooms, with everything a guest could want. Between the breathtaking views, the fabulous amenities, and the multiple opportunities to have fun with your family, Reunion Resort is the perfect destination for the magical family vacation, where your dreams will come true! Reunion is one of the most luxurious resorts in the area, and with its location being just 6 miles from Disney, you can enjoy all the fun of the theme parks and return back to your opulent vacation home. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with staying within a gated community with 24-hour security. Sit back and relax in your luxury vacation rental selected from our list of over 150+ exquisite properties, and enjoy your perfect dream vacation!
• Fitness Center
• Bicycle Rentals & Walking Trails
• Children’s Activities
• Resort Boutique Spa
• 8 Community Pools
Reunion Resort has opened a stunning new clubhouse at its Signature Design Nicklaus Golf Course. Located on over three acres, the new 12,000 square-foot clubhouse features panoramic views of the course and includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers, a golf lifestyle retail space, an event lawn for group functions and special events, and an upscale sports bar called “Traditions,” complete with an open kitchen and outdoor terrace with views of the 18th green.
This clubhouse has paid tribute to Jack Nicklaus’ including furnishings, artwork, and memorabilia related to Nicklaus’ decorated career. The interior of the clubhouse is designed by rich woods and contrasting light walls, and natural earthy colors. The restaurant floor has Mediterranea terracotta tiles with iron metal detailing and beamed ceilings, allowing each guest to feel a sense of luxury with at the clubhouse.
Traditions, the clubhouse’s upscale dining experience serves American cuisine, and the menu is seasonal and local with farm-to-table elements. The bar includes a signature drink menu, including craft cocktails and signature drinks. The open-air kitchen and service style is designed to be welcoming to anyone who finds themselves a seat there. Traditions offer live musical entertainment making it a perfect gathering place for celebrations on the weekends. Also, all of the doors to the dining terrace overlooks the 18th green, open to allow the entire restaurant to enjoy a nice Florida weather. Click Here to see the full menu.
The new clubhouse is part of an improved plan at the Nicklaus Course. The 17th and 18th holes were re-routed to elevate the finishing experience. Significant bunker improvement work has just been completed too, while several spectacular homes have now been built in the surrounding Bear’s Den community – creating a true enclave for golfers.
Reunion Resort features 360 resort-style accommodations ranging from luxury suites and condos to multi-room villas and private 3-to-13-bedroom vacation homes. Recognized as a top golf destination, Reunion is the only location in the world featuring three signature championship golf courses designed by golf’s greatest legends: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson. The amenity-rich resort also features eight casual and fine dining options including an award-winning rooftop steakhouse, elegant indoor and outdoor meeting spaces, six hydro-grid clay tennis courts, a full-service boutique spa, 10 community pools and a 5-acre waterpark including slides, a water playground and a 1,000-ft. lazy river. With various real estate and membership opportunities available, guests can stay for a weekend or become members for life.
Spectacular 3 Bedroom 3 full Bath Reunion Villa condo with a PRIVATE BALCONY overlooking picturesque landscaping and courtyard! This luxurious property was furnished by professional decorator and is turn key ready to occupy. This property has never been rented! The BEST “Lock N Leave” property in Reunion. The Reunion Waterpark and Cabana pool pavilion are just a short walk for you and your guests. This property is Priced to sell! Come visit for a weekend or stay for a lifetime! Reunion Resort encompasses more than 2500 acres with THE TOP amenities for any community in the Disney area! There are 11 pools and 2 1/2 Acre Waterpark, 3 Championship golf courses, multiple clubhouses with excellent dining choices. Reunion Resort is only 6 MILES away from Walt Disney World and short distance to all Orlando theme parks including, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Legoland and much more. For more details!
Orlando, Florida the city beautiful! Its located in Central Florida, and home to one of the biggest tourist destinations in the US! It is home to more than a dozen theme parks. Including, the infamous Walt Disney World. With Orlando being a fun place to visit, its also a great place to reside. In 2018, Orlando was named the #1 Place to invest in Real Estate in 2018, according to Forbes, and had a record number of 72 million tourist.
With the New Year in full swing, people are looking to buy and they should sooner rather than later, with expected and interest rates likely to be higher in the coming months. To top that off Orlando, FL has been named again the Best Place To Invest In A Second Home For 2019, according to Forbes. Orlando especially, already listed as No, 1 on Forbes‘ list of Best Places To Buy A House In 2018, saw house prices grow by double digits last year and projections suggest a surge as high as 35% by 2021.
Buyers have realized there is significant income to be gained in the short-term rental market, and so cities near major centers of commerce can also provide a viable investment. According to Roy Dekel, CEO of SetSchedule, they found 28% of homeowners with a vacation home planned to put it on the short-term rental market within the next two years, more than double the 12% of homeowners who indicated that same intention leading up to 2017.
The income potential for a second home can be one of the most profitable investments in a person’s lifetime. Buying before rates rise and choosing a Orlando, city that has a steady stream of vacationers or people traveling on business (if not both) gives you the best chance of making the highest profit.
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Today, TJ operates two innovative real estate brokerages serving the greater Orlando area. Reunion Realty, TJ’s first real estate brokerage, focuses on expertise and knowl- edge on Reunion Resort, a 2,300-acre resort style community, targeting prospective buyers, sellers as well as investors. Champions Realty, TJ’s secondary brokerage in theSouthwestOrlandoarea,hasateamthat focuses on vacation and second homes as well as the primary owner and investment properties ranging from $100,000 condos to estates over $7-million, and caters to both buyers and sellers.
Over the course of his career, TJ’s client relationships and expert marketing has led to repeat and referral clientele—a testament to the lasting impression he makes upon clients. TJ attributes his success to his daily reminder and his office’s slogan: “Solving the Problem.” Client care, regional knowledge, and consistent communication are key to TJ’s continued success in real estate. “To us, the client’s needs are first and foremost,” he says. TJ and his team serve as seasoned stewards who understand the region’s distinct, layered marketplace and help clients in and out of state navigate the purchase and sale process. “Buyers everywhere are looking online, trying to educate themselves. There are so many communities here that may appear similar, but we set ourselves apart for being experts and understanding the intricacies of different properties and neighborhoods within those varying communities and developments,” TJ says.
As for the future, TJ plans to keep momentum strong as both brokerages rapidly grow and new team members join. “We’re really excited about the Orlando area’s market,” he says. “As boutique brokerages, we’re able to make quick decisions and move into markets to help clients best. We are always looking to continue to grow our team and position in the marketplace.”
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Reunion Resort just announced a new luxury development catering to visitors looking for extended vacations or weekend getaways in Reunion, Fl near the theme parks, which has become a huge appeal to foreign investors.
Within this past year Orlando attracted over 72 million visitors, making Orlando the most visited destination in the United States, according to Visit Florida. As well as become Forbes #1 destination to invest in housing. The state has long been attractive to foreign visitors, who purchased $22.9 billion of Florida’s existing detached single-family, townhomes and condominiums from August 2017 to July 2018, according to several sources. More than two thirds bought residential property for vacation or rental uses, while a majority chose townhouses or condos. Nine percent of foreign buyers in Florida chose the greater Orlando area.
Encore Capital Management’s has had earlier successes with Bear’s Den at Reunion and Encore Resort at Reunion, which led to the creation of additional vacation rentals with more variety, says a news release.
The new condos will be three, four- and five-bedroom vacation residences will be available with prices starting in the $350,000s. Floor plans will range between 2,138 square feet to 3,055 square feet.
In addition to its other amenities for dining and recreation that allow residents to remain on the property during their stay, the community will offer Social Club memberships to Reunion’s three PGA golf courses.