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Old 12-06-2008, 11:19 AM   #76
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Oh - and I like the idea of living at a resort community and using their pool as opposed to having to pay the electricity and upkeep of my own pool.
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Okay, so I'm really considering homes in Kissimmee and Davenport. I found a couple of really nice ones but they are in resort communities. It sounds great, I don't mind living in a resort community with a beach, pools, clubhouses, movie theater and a nice house with a pool...but the bad thing about that is that the homes next to you may be short term rentals. Which means that they may be empty or you will have new neighbors every week or two. They could be loud and into parties or quiet and spend their days at the parks. I don't think this sounds too bad personally, but I would love to hear other opinions. I found a beautiful 4 bdrm/4ba with pool and hot tub and 2200 sf, brand new for $1200. a month. We would be 20 minutes or less to the parks and I think it sounds nice.

When we stayed at Hapimag in Jan., we noticed there were the townhomes up front (it was a gated community) and in the back they had lots of nice homes. We drove around and wondered why some homes had christmas decorations up, like they lived there long term, and some had lots and lots of cars in them like they were having a party. You could clearly see that some were permanent residents and some were short term rentals. I didnt see a problem with that area, I really liked the development.

Anyway, thoughts would be really appreciated. I don't have much time left to research as I have to get packing starting tomorrow. So much to do

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*Oh ~ our other option is living 40 minutes from WDW in Clermont or Lake Mary



I've heard some negative opinions about living in a resort community. It sounds good at first, but long term you start missing having actual neighbors and a sense of community.

Nothing to stop you from doing it - you could always move later if you find it a problem. That resort sure looks awesome!


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Old 12-06-2008, 11:43 AM   #78
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That is closer to 192. You would go down by AK to get into Disney property.

I live next to a short term rental home. I like I don't have the same neighbors all the time. It is empty quite a bit.
Do you ever have problems with your neighbors when they come?

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Oh - and I like the idea of living at a resort community and using their pool as opposed to having to pay the electricity and upkeep of my own pool.
Me too, just talked with some people on the Orlando forums and pool care and elec. would cost hundreds a month.

I love the idea. We have a community pool where we live now, that is open for the summer. The pool at the resort we like is 82 degrees all year round

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I've heard some negative opinions about living in a resort community. It sounds good at first, but long term you start missing having actual neighbors and a sense of community.

Nothing to stop you from doing it - you could always move later if you find it a problem. That resort sure looks awesome!


Me too, but everyone is different and we're kinda different from others in that having an empty house next to us or new neighbors sounds perfect for us!

I don't have that need for community. I guess I've gotten my fill here where I live the last 4 years

Thanks! The resort does look awesome, I may just put the deposit down without seeing it in person. The real estate agent I'm working with is going over there on Mon. to check it out for me!


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Old 12-06-2008, 01:10 PM   #79
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I guess you can always find a "community" other than your neighborhood-through church, school, and other groups.
I lived in a new neighborhood a few years ago and we felt that we really only knew one other family. Everybody kept to themselves and were too busy working all the time.
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I just found your thread and since you have asked for opnions I will chime in!!

One thing to consider living in a resort community someone has already mentioned and that is the party atmosphere and the people coming and going at all hours.
I guess if you were to rent a home and then decide you didn't like the neighborhood you could up and move. Definately consider renting and not buying unless you are sure since these places can be difficult to unload.

I see you are homeschooling so I won't bring up the schools in areas like these. (Since most of the residents in the area are not long term, the schools tend to suffer)

Davenport is close to the Animal Kingdom but not so close if you want to head over to the Magic Kingdom regularly.

Another thing to consider is the kids. Since the neighborhood is so transient, they most likely will just have each other as playmates.

I realize these are all points that have no doubt been mentioned, but really tghink it over before you decide to sign anything.
And last but not least, take a quick trip down here and check it out for yourself. DON'T RELY ON SOMEONE ELSE'S EYES, as they might think something is fine that would drive you insane.

Best of Luck to you on your upcoming move!
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Old 12-06-2008, 01:27 PM   #81
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Do you ever have problems with your neighbors when they come?

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I know! It's unreal!



Me too, just talked with some people on the Orlando forums and pool care and elec. would cost hundreds a month.

I love the idea. We have a community pool where we live now, that is open for the summer. The pool at the resort we like is 82 degrees all year round



Me too, but everyone is different and we're kinda different from others in that having an empty house next to us or new neighbors sounds perfect for us!

I don't have that need for community. I guess I've gotten my fill here where I live the last 4 years

Thanks! The resort does look awesome, I may just put the deposit down without seeing it in person. The real estate agent I'm working with is going over there on Mon. to check it out for me!


ooooohhhh, something as important as this should be SEEN in person. I would want to see the exact unit, maybe even talk to "residents" while you're there. otherwise, that deposit is long gone if you don't like the place once you're there and don't want to stay. It's not like it's going anywhere in the meantime!
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Tell me about the move you want to do!

Love this thread!

We've lived in Boca Raton/South Florida for about 14 years and before that we lived in Tampa for about 8 years. When we were in Tampa it was darn close to WDW but not quite close enough! I've been talking about moving to Orlando since we were in Tampa. Both Tampa and now Boca Raton moves were because of dh's job. Dh is 63 and I am 52 so I've talked him into moving to Orlando when he hopefully retires in a couple of years.

Dh has a good friend from childhood who lives in I believe the Doctor Phillips area - very close to WDW. The friends have been in the home for about 30 years before the area built up and say if they were buying now there is no way they could afford to buy a house there. Neither can we! We visited their home a couple of times and it is beautiful. It is a ranch type home, with horse stables and it is on a lake - they can see the MK fireworks from their dock!! Joey Fatone is their neighbor! WOW!

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Well, the title says it all...do we get a pool?!?

What do you guys think? I think if we're living in Florida we need to live in Florida and have a pool in our backyard!

But...how much extra does the electric run with the pool and hot tub? How much is pool care if it's not included?

Anyone with a pool and/or living in Fl. that can help on the electric bill question, that would be great

Anyone else ~ what do you think? Pool or no?

It's only about $200.00 extra a month for a pool home, but that doesn't include the electric. Lots of home incl. pool care, which is nice...

It would be so fun for the kids to have a pool ~ I don't want to get a house without one and regret it, and vice versa...

What would you guys do?


As I mentioned, we have been in Florida for 22 years and had pools in both homes. I didn't want one when we bought this house but we wound up with one anyway. We don't even use the pool. I say it is like a hole in the backyard that you keep throwing money into with all the upkeep, chemicals, pump parts, etc. No way would I get a home with a pool ever again.
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Old 12-06-2008, 03:42 PM   #83
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I think your idea of living in a resort community is awesome! I'm not big on the whole "but we want the same neighbors". You'll be able to meet more people this way anyways People from all over the country, even the world! I would love to live there. Maybe i'll look into it
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Congrats, we did the move about 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD. It was quite an experience since we had never moved before that unless you count when we got married and moved out of our parents houses to a townhome 5 minutes away. You are going to love it here, I just love the hot weather, I never want to go back up north to the cold. I live about 2 hours NW of WDW in Gilchrist Cnty. It's just west of Gainesville, GO Gators. I love living this close to disney but still live in a very rural part of FL. Our county only has 1 traffic light. Congrats once again on becoming a Floridian, have a safe move.

ps. as for the pool thing, I have a 25,000 gal pool and it really doesn't affect our electric to much, we do have a salt water system which is something you should look into, no chemicals, just salt. We only have to run the filter about 1 to 2 hours a day. I think a pool is a must have if you live in FL.
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Hi Amy! I'm in for the ride... I'm glad you are posting this cuz I think I'll be right behind you!
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Old 12-06-2008, 06:28 PM   #86
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I guess you can always find a "community" other than your neighborhood-through church, school, and other groups.
I lived in a new neighborhood a few years ago and we felt that we really only knew one other family. Everybody kept to themselves and were too busy working all the time.
That's how it is here where we are now ~ we don't know too many of our neighbors and basically keep to ourselves. Hopefully they will have a good homeschool community

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I just found your thread and since you have asked for opnions I will chime in!!

One thing to consider living in a resort community someone has already mentioned and that is the party atmosphere and the people coming and going at all hours.
I guess if you were to rent a home and then decide you didn't like the neighborhood you could up and move. Definately consider renting and not buying unless you are sure since these places can be difficult to unload.

I see you are homeschooling so I won't bring up the schools in areas like these. (Since most of the residents in the area are not long term, the schools tend to suffer)

Davenport is close to the Animal Kingdom but not so close if you want to head over to the Magic Kingdom regularly.

Another thing to consider is the kids. Since the neighborhood is so transient, they most likely will just have each other as playmates.

I realize these are all points that have no doubt been mentioned, but really tghink it over before you decide to sign anything.
And last but not least, take a quick trip down here and check it out for yourself. DON'T RELY ON SOMEONE ELSE'S EYES, as they might think something is fine that would drive you insane.

Best of Luck to you on your upcoming move!
Hi and thanks for joining in! I really appreciate everyone's input!!!

I'm fine with the possible late night neighbors or noise, hopefully it won't be too bad. I think the benefits will make up for it. As for the kids , they play with each other and the kids I babysit for mostly anyway, so that works out fine.
I can't take a trip down first because I only have 4 weeks left here and I have an obligation to the parents I babysit for...I do trust my realtor though and he is visiting the townhome on Mon. and taking pics of the area for me and touring the house. He knows what I'm looking for. I'm sure it will be good, I have a positive feeling about it

Thanks so much for the luck and for your help

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ooooohhhh, something as important as this should be SEEN in person. I would want to see the exact unit, maybe even talk to "residents" while you're there. otherwise, that deposit is long gone if you don't like the place once you're there and don't want to stay. It's not like it's going anywhere in the meantime!
I can't do that but the realtor is going on Mon. to check it out for me. He is so great! He knows what I want and I've told him what to check out for me. He is taking pics of the area around the resort and the home and I trust his judgement.
It would be nice to check it out first but oh well, this is a great place and I don't want it to get gone!
Thanks so much for your thoughts!!!!!

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Love this thread!

We've lived in Boca Raton/South Florida for about 14 years and before that we lived in Tampa for about 8 years. When we were in Tampa it was darn close to WDW but not quite close enough! I've been talking about moving to Orlando since we were in Tampa. Both Tampa and now Boca Raton moves were because of dh's job. Dh is 63 and I am 52 so I've talked him into moving to Orlando when he hopefully retires in a couple of years.

Dh has a good friend from childhood who lives in I believe the Doctor Phillips area - very close to WDW. The friends have been in the home for about 30 years before the area built up and say if they were buying now there is no way they could afford to buy a house there. Neither can we! We visited their home a couple of times and it is beautiful. It is a ranch type home, with horse stables and it is on a lake - they can see the MK fireworks from their dock!! Joey Fatone is their neighbor! WOW!



As I mentioned, we have been in Florida for 22 years and had pools in both homes. I didn't want one when we bought this house but we wound up with one anyway. We don't even use the pool. I say it is like a hole in the backyard that you keep throwing money into with all the upkeep, chemicals, pump parts, etc. No way would I get a home with a pool ever again.
Oh I sure hope you can move in the next couple of years! You've been wanting to for so long!!!
I've decided not to get the pool, with the cost of upkeep and elec. it's just not worth it to us...
Your friend's house sounds AMAZING! I can't even imagine the cost of it MK fireworks from his dock? Stabels? Sounds like heaven!!! Does he just love it there, has he thought about selling it ? He could make a fortune!

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I think your idea of living in a resort community is awesome! I'm not big on the whole "but we want the same neighbors". You'll be able to meet more people this way anyways People from all over the country, even the world! I would love to live there. Maybe i'll look into it
Hi and welcome! Thanks! I love it too! Since we're moving there for WDW and we love the resorts we thought it would be perfect for us. I think the idea of constantly changing neighbors and new people to meet is awesome and I'm very excited about it!
It will be like living on vacation since I work in my home and we have all our evenings and weekends off!!!

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Congrats, we did the move about 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD. It was quite an experience since we had never moved before that unless you count when we got married and moved out of our parents houses to a townhome 5 minutes away. You are going to love it here, I just love the hot weather, I never want to go back up north to the cold. I live about 2 hours NW of WDW in Gilchrist Cnty. It's just west of Gainesville, GO Gators. I love living this close to disney but still live in a very rural part of FL. Our county only has 1 traffic light. Congrats once again on becoming a Floridian, have a safe move.

ps. as for the pool thing, I have a 25,000 gal pool and it really doesn't affect our electric to much, we do have a salt water system which is something you should look into, no chemicals, just salt. We only have to run the filter about 1 to 2 hours a day. I think a pool is a must have if you live in FL.
Hi and welcome If we had a pool it would have to be saltwater. I don't like the kids soaking in chlorine
I'm so glad to hear you like Florida living! I'm so excited!!!
I would love to hear more about your first move, this is ours too, besides moving around town. it will be such an adventure!
Thanks again for reading and all your help!

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Hi Amy! I'm in for the ride... I'm glad you are posting this cuz I think I'll be right behind you!
Hi Kimmy!!! So good to see you and I'm glad you're here
Are you thinking about coming to Orlando for real? You love WDW so much you should ~ and think...you'd only be an hour away from the Magic and can cruise whenever you'd like

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It's Official!!! We're moving in 4 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!



Can you tell I'm excited?!?

It's official ~ we've given our notices to the families we babysit for, we've put in our 30 day notice to the office...it's happening baby!

Our last day babysitting is Jan. 2nd and we will be leaving that Monday the 5th.

I have so many dr. appts to make and things to do it's crazy!

Anyway ~ just wanted to fill everyone in ~ that's it's official and we have 4 weeks left!



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Congrats on making it official! Woohoo!
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There are several reviews maybe on the Orlando offsite forums on this townhome community. All are posetive.
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I got notice last week it was now an available trade for Interval.
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We are making our DREAM come true and moving to WDW as the kids say Yes, moving to Orlando!

I want to do this trip report for all the DISers out there that wish they could move closer to the mouse , for everyone out there who just wish they could move and just for the fun of it! I know that I would love to read a moving to Orlando TR!

Anyway ~ I hope to get lots of good info on Orlando and areas and also to help others with their plans and moves too...

So come along on the adventure with us ~ we haven't moved anywhere in 20 years so it's going to be exciting!!!



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