Orlando Vacation Homes represent some of the most sought after real estate in the world. Families want to own them and even more families want to be able to rent them during their vacation stay in Orlando.
Surfing the internet may well get you thinking about buying a vacation home in Orlando. All those colorful photos and descriptive narratives are enticing but before you decide to contact a Realtor or developer online we suggest you read this page: How to buy a vacation home in Orlando.
To avoid confusion we will refer to homes which can be rented out on short term rental contracts as vacation homes and all other properties which cannot be rented out on short term rental contracts as second homes or residential properties.
Thanks, largely to Disney and the other theme parks in the Orlando area, vacation homes have been predominantly concentrated in the ‘Four Corners’ area to the southwest of Orlando City. Four Corners is where Lake, Polk, Orange and Osceola Counties meet.
Polk and Osceola counties are predominantly where you will find vacation homes in ‘Short Term Rental Zones’. These STR’s have been permitted by the County to allow short term rental of properties. Due to this ‘permission’ vacation homes may have premium prices when compared to similar homes in communities which do not allow STR’s.
Even today people may not be aware when viewing properties online that what appears to be a vacation home may actually be a residential home. By contacting the wrong or an inexperienced agent, you could find yourself to be the proud owner of a home in Orlando that is not permitted to be used for Short Term Rental. If you decide to choose me as your Realtor or even if you choose someone else; make sure that you know they are experienced in selling vacation homes.
There are a number of new vacation home communities available close to Disney, many of which are on golf courses or within ‘Master Planned Communities’. A master planned community is like a private town in many respects. They are often self-sufficient, providing onsite stores, sports, restaurants, bars and even hotels. One of the top new communities currently being sold is Championsgate which is being advertised on the internet as suitable for Short Term Rental but you still need to be careful when buying a property here. Some of the communities ‘within’ Championsgate are indeed for short term rental use including ‘The Retreat at Championsgate‘ and the soon to be released ‘Vistas at Championsgate‘. The developers are also constructing ‘The Country Club at Championsgate and Champions Club condos both of which are NOT for Short Term Rental. You can either rent them out on long term lease contracts or simply use them yourself.
Other popular vacation homes communities under construction in the Disney area are Patriots Landing at Reunion, The Shires at West Haven and Solterra Resort, all of which are zoned for short term rentals and only a short drive from the theme parks. Prices for single family vacation homes range between $300,000 and $500,000.
If you prefer a town home, a condo or an attached villa style property there are also some good options available in the same area for between $200,000 and $350,000.