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Kissimmee Vacation Homes Uncovered

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Those that are looking for something a bit special know that the best place to search is where an attraction is located. This same advice holds true when one is searching the internet for a good deal on a vacation home with a private pool near Disney World. The key is to type in Kissimmee Vacation Homes for Disney is not located in Orlando but is in the city of Kissimmee.

When searching for a vacation pool home our surveys show you are looking for: larger space, your own private pool, you want to be close to Walt Disney World, you desire a full kitchen, and you want more than one bath. Other amenities are mentioned in these surveys but these were top five.

Let’s take a look at each individually:

Larger space…Vacationers today have had it with cramped hotel rooms. Desiring significant space where the family can enjoy some space for themselves is to accommodate the family in a private vacation homes. Here you can get a three, four or even five bedroom home depending upon your needs. The space difference is considerable. A normal hotel room is about 20 x 20 or 400 sq ft. The smallest of the private pool homes is 1,900 that is five times the size, and oh by the way, the nightly rate is almost the same.

Private pool…You are on vacation and you want to enjoy every minute. What a better way to accomplish this than with your own private pool. Imagine you and your family have had a great day at the theme parks and it is late in the afternoon. Everyone is a bit tired and we have to plan dinner…think about lounging by your pool, having a pizza or fixing some hamburgers on the grill, the family will have a great time…the fun continues and it is refreshing.

Close to Walt Disney World…How close is my home to Disney World? This is one of a few frequent questions asked by all guests. The best news is that all of our homes are inside a radius of 14 minutes to the entrance of Disney’s Maingate. There are no shuttle service due to the high cost of the insurance, so to use a private pool home, one must have access to a car or rent a taxi.

The survey said you wanted a kitchen…many people have found that the cost of a Disney World Vacation is quite expensive….matter of fact, the tickets will represent 70% of the cost of the average vacation. To bring the vacation back into one’s budget, many clients are finding that a home is a great way to cut as much as $100 a day out of the expense by eating breakfast and dinner in. Be aware, all of the pots and pans, dishware, silver ware, plate ware, glasses and utensils are provided to cook up a feast.

More than one bath…It is hard to fathom five people sharing a hotel room and all having to use the same bath to get ready in the morning. With a Kissimmee Vacation Home one can find two up to four baths per home. If you need a 3 bedroom home most of our homes will offer you one less bath than bedrooms…so here you will have two baths. If you are getting a five bedroom home the normal number of baths per home is four. It is generally one less than the number of bedrooms reserved.

The key stat that is not mentioned by our guests, but is very important is our low nightly rates. Kissimmee Vacation Homes offer the best value for the money. You will find that a three bedroom private pool home will cost about the same as a three star hotel. For all you get in renting a vacation pool home, one can understand why this is the lodging choice for so many coming to Walt Disney World.


And the winner is Terra Verde Resort

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

I recently received a letter of thanks from a guest who was looking to come to Orlando late last year for a Magical Disney World Vacation. Her name was Valery and she was from West Lafayette Louisiana. Her party was made up of 2 adults (sisters) and each had their siblings with them. One was age 13 the other 15. The dilemma was that the oldest child was a girl, the youngest a boy…both cousins. We discussed getting two hotel rooms, but found that the best choice was the Terra Verde Resort.

The reason for this choice was really quite simple. Valery had a tight budget. She wanted to get a place where the party of four could be together, but the kids would have separate sleeping quarters. She also wanted a secure setting that offered a ton of amenities to keep the kids occupied.

The budget question was what we tackled first. We wanted something that would be cheaper than getting two hotel rooms and we wanted to be close to Disney World which was where the family was going to spend the most time. Terra Verde fit the bill here for the rates were about the same as the price of one average hotel room close to the parks and it was located less than 10 short minutes to Disney World.

Regarding the separate sleeping quarters, we selected a three bedroom two bath town home. Each of the kids had their own bedroom and the two sisters shared the Master. There were two and one half baths in the unit and there was also a full kitchen, laundry room, living room and dining area.

Terra Verde is a gated community with a guard house and a live guard that only permits guest and owners the ability to enter the confines of the resort. We don’t have much crime anywhere in the Disney area, but the guard gate permits the family the peace of mind to allow teens the privilege to go to the club house and community pool unsupervised.

Finally, when it comes to amenities, Terra Verde has no peers. The Resort offers a huge community pool, an extremely large clubhouse with concierge service, a media room where movies are shown, an internet café and a state of the art fitness center. There is also a huge lake and playgrounds for the smaller kids. If volley ball in your thing, there is even a sand volley ball court as well as basketball court for the older kids.

Yes, Valery and her sister made the choice of spending their five days at Terra Verde Resort. As she said in her letter to me….”we had a blast, it was hard to determine whether to stay in our lovely home or to go to the theme parks.” Terra Verde Resort was the winner and so was Valery and her family!!!


Disney World Vacation Homes

Friday, January 15th, 2010

A question always arises….what is the difference between Disney World Vacation Homes verses my residence. The answer is simple, all of the vacation homes found at dwvacationhomes.com have their own private pool, other than that they are identical to anyone’s residence.

To go a step further, understand that your kitchen in a vacation home in Orlando is fully equipped. It has an oven, stove, refrigerator, microwave, freezer, toaster, coffee pot, all your silverware, plate ware, glasses, and kitchen utensils. The dining area is fully equipped as well.

All of the accommodations have at least two televisions. One is generally in the great room with the second in the master. Many vacation home investors put more televisions in their units, but that is simply a matter of taste.

The bedrooms in most vacation homes are such that you will find a large bed in the master and generally twins in the other bedrooms. Just as I say that…there are many homes I have seen that have actually had two masters, so here you would have two large beds and then the rest twins. The reason for the twins is to accommodate the children in the party.

The key to a nice vacation home is your private pool and lanai. The executive homes which are quite popular, offer an upgrade in pool furniture and pool amenities. If you desire to spend considerable time out by the pool, you may choose an executive home over a standard model.

Location of Disney World Vacation Homes is vital. You don’t want to be driving all over the city when the kids want to see Mickey. All of our vacation pool homes are located inside a 14 minute radius to the entrance to Disney World.

When considering a vacation pool home this year, make sure of its location, the age of the property and check the nightly rates….a few answers to the logical questions will serve you well.


Disney World Condos

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

I recently did a search on the internet for Disney World Condos. What I was looking for were vacation condominium units for rent that were in Disney World. After 30 minutes of research looking at a lot of attractive condos, I became frustrated for not a single one of the projects weren’t inside Disney World. This is a fact…there are no condo units that have been constructed as yet on Disney World’s property.

When the city fathers came to task with vacation homes and condos in the Disney World market area…they determined for zoning purposes that vacation rental units should be all located in the south and east of the parks. That being said there are over 30,000 such units that have sprung up since 1995. Interestingly enough, the condo and private vacation home with pool is the fastest growing segment of the Orlando lodging industry during this time frame.

Disney World Condos come in all sizes but the majority of them are either two or three bedroom units. There are some larger four bedroom condos but they are few and far between. The average price of these units sold for $250,000 to $350,000 back in the 2004 to 2007. Since that time due to the recession and the bursting of the real estate bubble in 2007 and 2008, there has been very little in construction activity of this popular product.

Quite frankly, it is extremely difficult today to get a mortgage on any form of vacation home or condo unit. This fact gives you and indication that if you are looking for a brand new vacation condo, near Disney World you will be looking for a rental property that was constructed in 2004 to 2006.

We are quite fortunate to have a number of two and three bedroom units in Terrace Ridge, Winwood Bay and the first-class Fountains Resort. All of these are inside of 14 minutes to Disney World’s Main Gate. Check them out, you will be impressed with the accommodations and the exceptional low rates.