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Best Vacation Homes Sub-divisons near Disney World

Monday, August 16th, 2010

I went to the internet to find how many vacation home communities gated and not gated there were near Disney World. I checked our site of course dwvacationhomes.com. I stopped counting when I got to 232. There are more than that I assure you. What I found….there are tons of sub divisions that house the 30,000 vacation villas, town homes, condos and private vacation pool homes.

Finding the best that is hard….I haven’t seen them all…quite frankly I haven’t seen but about 10% assuming there are some 400 vacation home communities. However, I can say for my money, I would love to see the community that could beat Legacy Park. The homes in this development are simply out of this world. It is a relatively new subdivision with construction starting in 2005 and completed in 2008. By the time of the downturn in real estate, they had sold 95% of their entire project.

Inside Legacy Park there are different sub communities most all gated where various developers sold their homes. All in all there are some 800 to 1,000 homes in this project. Most of them are upscale with prices ranging from $300,000 on the low end to over $600,000 on the high end. Most are private pool homes owned by an individual investor who is looking to profit from renting his home on a short term basis.

Proximity to Disney World is one of the reasons this project stands out over many other projects. With the new entrance to Disney World from State Rd 429, the commute to Magic Kingdom can be completed in about seven minutes.

All in all Legacy Park is a top notch development of first class homes with strong management companies. They for sure are tops on many a list. Check them out on dwvacationhomes.com.


Disney World Townhomes vs Disney World Vacation Homes

Friday, August 6th, 2010

What is a town home and how does it differ from a vacation rental pool home near Disney here in the Disney World Market? This morning we received this question from a potential guest who visited our web site dwvacationhomes.com. The guest wanted to come to central Florida but had a larger than usual family.

A town home is a structure that is attached to another town home. It is not a condo where there are units (usually single floor) that are stacked on one another and have their next door neighbor share a common wall. A town home is usually two sometimes three stories high and due to the cost of land, the developer built them next to one another sharing a common wall.

A private vacation home is as one would imagine a single family house that is in a community where zoning allows for rentals to be on a short term basis. There are no zero lot lines as a rule and the homes are detached from one another.

For sheer privacy one can see that a vacation home would offer substantial privacy as to that of a town home. Size of the dwellings is a consideration. A town home usually is quite smaller than a private vacation home. Hence there is more under roof in a private home.

Most vacation town homes are built in a gated community where there are a number of amenities to attract guests. Here you would find: tennis courts, basketball courts, swimming pool or pools, volleyball courts and in some even a lake for fishing.

In a private vacation home, they likewise are in communities, many of them gated….however, their big attraction is the attached swimming pool. That is the number one reason that most people select a private vacation “pool” home over a town home. Yes, the added space is attractive…however, when it comes to the family vacation to Disney World there is nothing quite alluring as your own private pool when you have kids in your party.

Cost is somewhat of a factor in the equation as well. Where town homes maybe closer to the attractions such as Disney World, they are smaller in size and therefore will carry nightly rents from $80 in low season to as high as $140 in high seasons. A private vacation pool home generally starts out in low season around $110 and goes upwards to over $200 per night in high season depending on the size and number of bedrooms in the home.

Both of the rental units in Orlando are owned by investors. A management company is hired by the “investor” home owner to maximize his rental income and to take care of his place when he is not there. A home will carry greater management fees for there is more upkeep….cutting the grass, tending to the pool, and raking of the leaves in the late fall.

For the family who is looking to spend the majority of time going to the theme parks, the best alternative might be a town home due to the low nightly rates. However, when a family is interested in spending some time at the parks and some time just being together especially around their private pool…then the vacation home with pool fits their bill to a tee.

All in all both fits quite well so much so there are over 30,000 vacation town homes and private pool homes in the Disney World market