If you are looking for vacation homes for sale in Orlando Florida. Or likely in the Orlando area. You came to the right site. This will not be the typical blog filled with things most affluent people already know. This article is for people who can afford a vacation home. You can call it a second home if you intend on renting it out. However a Vacation home should be treated differently. A vacation home is a getaway home. As in ready for you when you feel like getting away. It is what almost wealthy people dream about having so they can look wealthy. So they can feel like they made it. I have owned more than 1 home. However I have never owned a vacation home. But I do live in Windermere Florida. I live in a lakefront home and watch the fireworks at Universal on the other side of the lake at 9pm every night. Our home serves as our extended family's vacation home.
I will spend most of this article sharing with you information about different areas in and around Orlando which are good places to buy vacation homes. My brother is a CPA. He could tell you all about the financial aspects of owning a second home, a vacation home or owning just one home. I am a Realtor in Windermere Florida. My role is to know my area and be good at helping you buy, sell or rent properties.
I realize you probably have more money than I do. You know what you want. I can help you find it and probably get it for less money. I will do a great job and you will use Wendy Morris Realty again and probably even refer business to us. We can also see that it is maintained and waiting on you to visit it.
Now, congratulations. I truly mean that. People work hard for their money. Those born into it work hard to keep it. It is an awesome accomplishment to find yourself able to afford a vacation home. Even if you want to rent it out periodically.
We are experts at property management of vacation homes. A home left empty only to be occupied by you when you want it. Some people make the mistake of leaving a home dormant until they arrive for their vacation. They may spend their whole vacation under the stress of getting the home repaired. Or end up cutting their vacation short. You do not want to be an example in someone's blog about why not to own a vacation home. A home should be left alive and breathing. If you do this will have far less repairs and your home will thank you when you visit by making your stay pleasurable. Like a vacation. The air conditioning does not have to be set 60. It should be set at or slightly above the normal operating temperature of the home. The lights should be on timers. It is 2017 and smart houses are all the rage. You can program just about everything. You can even answer your door from the other side of the planet. You want great neighbors and you want your home to look lived in during the late evening.
Plan on the same home services you would need if you lived in the home. We commonly help investors with this so do not be concerned. We use fair priced reputable providers. You may also arrange for myself or someone else to go by periodically to make sure all is well. Or even provide your home with the necessities you require before you visit.
The remainder of this article will be based on the assumption you are purchasing a vacation home for $1,000,000 or more. The communities and areas I list may or may not have homes for less than that. If you desire to spend less than $1,000,000 we can easily make that adjustment. I have written articles on 200 of the communities in SW Orlando alone. I know the area quite well. Orlando and SW of Orlando including the areas around the parks usually have around 300 homes on the market for $1,000,000 or more.
Vacation Homes For Sale In Orlando Florida
As you can see the Vacation homes are in clusters. Here are the differences in the areas. The Northwestern area is an older neighborhood. It is close to Interstate 4. However the local culture is a relaxed type and plan on doing some driving to get to most of the better restaurants etc. It is a nice area but as you notice there are very few homes of value to it's West. In fact there is only one and it has over 20 acres. While there are some nice modern communities in Orlando's Northwest they are not close together. Most of this is because Lake Apopka has a mean depth of just 7 feet. It has issues and it is no longer a touristy destination. Back in the early 1900's it was filled with giant cedars and Clarke Gable loved to fish there. Unfortunately Cedar is and always will be a popular wood. The rest was a travesty of a lack of regulation and environmental respect.
The Northeastern Section is a newer section than its Western Counterpart. Many of the homes are in Baldwin Park and around or near Lake Baldwin. This is a great area in Orlando to look for a vacation home. Northeastern Orlando is the home of the best art museums, modern shopping, parks, nearby hospitals and the Orlando Executive Airport. There are many reasons that you see a cluster of million dollar homes for sale there. The best steakhouse in Orlando is also in the Northeastern section near the art museums. It is a beautiful area. In case you are curious it takes about 25-30 minutes to drive from Baldwin Park to Universal Resort on a Saturday morning.
When you look at the center of this map you will see the red dot. Around it are the high rises or the skyline of Orlando Florida. Believe it or not only 4 of those homes for sale are condos/ The rest are traditional homes. Orlando is not New York City. The downtown area is well laid out and like New York you can and should get down there and walk around at least once.
The Southeastern cluster of homes is just Northwest of the Orlando airport. Not in the approach flight path but near it. What draws people to this area is the fact it is a lake community. Most if not all of the homes we are looking at will be lakefront on Lake Conway. There is a Lake Conway and a Little Lake Conway but both are connected. The lake is a clean lake compared to most and has a total surface area of just under 3 square miles. The homes that are over a million will average about 1.25 million. 1.5 million gets a very nice home there.
Commuting from the Lake Conway area is pretty easy with the 527 being relatively close to the homes It runs North and South so getting to downtown Orlando or commuting to the parks is pretty easy. Disney's Magic Kingdom will be a 30 minute drive and Universal Resort about 20 minutes. Golf commuting is similar. You will likely go to Lake Nona Country Club, Isleworth, Keene's Point or the Bay Hill Club. There are many more but if you are an avid golfer you may recognized those courses. Lake Nona also has some homes that are on this list below.
Most Popular Area For Vacation Homes
Although I will gladly help you with any purchase in the Orlando area. This is my primary area of operation. I live here and know this area fairly well. There are more million dollar homes here than all of Orlando. Shaq has an awesome home in Isleworth on Lake Butler. Tiger Woods has a home here and I could make that list much longer. This is the part of Greater Orlando with the best lakes, golf, restaurants as a whole and of course all of the theme parks are here. Not to worry they are easy to avoid also. As long as you are not around their parking facilities they have very little affect on traffic flow. Universal is near I-4 and Disney is Southwest of everything. Easy to visit and easy to leave. It's a small world after all.
This area is made up mostly of 2 towns and one area of Orlando. The two towns are Winter Garden Florida and Windermere Florida. The area of Orlando is known as Dr Phillips. Dr Phillips was a wealthy man who donated his wealth to the area and much more. He is famous for his work with orange groves, orange juice and philanthropy. You will see his Dr Phillips Center For The Performing Arts in downtown Orlando also. However Dr Phillips is the area West of Universal Resort to the shores of Lake Tibet. Windermere and Winter Garden are smaller cities than they will be given credit for. I will use their names for describing the area within their zip codes. The names Windermere and Winter Garden are in the mailing address for much more than the incorporated cities.
Windermere is the town associated with 34786. Windermere is also normally associated with Isleworth, Keene's Pointe and many other affluent lakefront communities. Windermere has the Butler Chain of Lakes which is 11 lakes that are mostly connected. Lake Butler and Lake Down are the most popular with Lake Tibet being a close third place finisher. Lakefront homes on the Butler Chain of Lakes can easily get into the 4-5 million dollar range. There are occasionally older homes that go up for sale and are replaced with newer properties and they are closely watched. I have an alert set up for myself where I know as soon as they are listed. If you want to live in an area where you get a lakefront view of Universals Resort's nightly fireworks display and Beautiful Sunrises or sunsets this is a great place. If you want to be around the best golf in Florida if not the entire USA this is a great place. Also it takes me just 20 minutes to be in downtown Orlando. I never need to go unless it is for work. Windermere has everything and is being rapidly modernized. To see more about Windermere and some Windermere Fl homes for sale click here. There is also a 10 minute video of the town of Windermere. I would skip the first 1:45 of it.
Winter Garden Florida
Winter Garden Florida is a great place to live. Although not as focused on the affluent and their desires Southern Winter Garden is rapidly evolving into a modern group of communities. Many of which have beautiful lakefront homes. Most of Winter Garden is not thought of as a place for vacation homes. That may be changing soon. Communities like Deer Pointe, Waterside and Hickory Hammock on John's Lake offer some incredible lakefront properties.
In Southern Winter Garden (34787) you have Lake Hancock. Lake Hancock has it's share of lakefront homes and is in the epicenter of Horizons West. It is a stones throw to Disney or the Daniel Webster 429 Toll Road for commuting to downtown Orlando or anywhere else. They are building new everything there and many of the homes are in that $800,000+ range. I would go well over 3000 words describing the communities there. So click here to see Winter Garden Fl homes for sale. Also to see it's history and a great video of Centennial Park in it's downtown area. Many a celebrity has walked those streets back in the 1900's and the classic parts have been restored not torn down.
Dr Phillips is a great area for a Vacation home. It is highly thought of locally and has some very nice communities. Rich in history and culture it has not failed to progressively change and modernize. There are many lakefront properties in Dr Phillips on Lake Tibet. If you want to be closer to the action then Lakeside Toscana or Toscana are really good choices. Under 1.5 million will get you a very nice lakeview or lakefront home near Universal Resort. The big money is on Lake Tibet. Isle of Osprey and Bentley Park are two very exclusive neighborhoods there. See the Million Dollar Homes In Dr Phillips Here. Dr Phillips has a lot more to offer. Modern Shopping, Restaurant Row and Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club just to name a few.
Another Perk of living in Dr Phillips is I-4 is so close. Commuting is a breeze. You can be in downtown Orlando in 15-20 minutes on average. Orlando International Airport is also easily accessible. Not that you really ever need to leave. The Florida Mall and Mall at Millenia will keep you happy if you run out of stores in Dr Phillips. The Mall at Millenia has mostly higher end stores and The Florida Mall has some unique stores in it. Including a Disney Store,Crayola and a M&M store. That may seem silly but when you take grandchildren there they love it trust me. Our granddaughter loves it there. Here is a link to much more on Dr Phillips.There are more potential vacation homes between Dr Phillips and Celebration. If you are interested contact us and we can start looking for and with you.
Lake Nona is East-Southeast of Orlando International Airport. There will be some airplane traffic. The times I have been over there I truthfully have not noticed. What I did notice was a beautiful golfing community that you would not notice if you were not looking for the entrance. Recently the Lake Nona area has been discovered. I would not say it is growing as rapidly as Horizons West but it is growing and has a lot of high end homes. Lake Nona Has 4 communities which would make for a good place for a Vacation Home. You can see more about those Lake Nona communities here.
Commuting From Lake Nona is not as easy as from the other communities. Sometimes it takes me 30 minutes on an average traffic day to get over there. Some people visit Lake Nona and fall in love with it. Commuting to Vacation style attractions does take a little longer. Getting to downtown Orlando is still relatively easy. Lake Nona is worth a closer look it just has not been as popular as some other areas. These are its' best selling points. Most people do not know it is there yet, the nicer communities are all gated and modern, the area has plenty of stores with the things you will need and little to no touristy traffic. Finally it is the home of the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. The Club is beautiful and has many great features. Not to mention Lake Nona which has almost 1 square mile of surface area. For those who do not golf the Lake Nona Golf and Country Club also has at least 6 very nice tennis courts and plenty of other things to keep you enjoying your vacation home in Florida.
I thank you for reading this article on Vacation homes in Orlando. If it arouses your curiosity about the area then I has succeeded. I love it here and never plan on leaving. If you are interested in renting or buying a home in any of these or a nearby area contact me. I would love to help you. We rent out just under 100 homes in this area and deal with many clients who never see their homes in person. Their is nothing in real estate we are not ready to help you with. Hopefully it will be vacation homes for sale in Orlando Florida.