One of the Golden Oak condos at Disney World in Orlando, Florida
Last week, Disney announced a new real estate business called Communities. The first Storyliving neighborhood, which will include houses, condos, a hotel, shopping, dining, and an oasis with "the clearest turquoise waters," will be built near Palm Springs, California.
The entertainment company already has a thriving community on the opposite coast:. With Google Maps Street View, you can't even take a peek at it; hundreds of houses are constructed in European and Caribbean styles, mixed with what the Golden Oak website calls "Old Florida."
All homes off Disney's master plan are for rent. If you want to live in Golden Oak, you'll have to buy privately: One house is currently up for sale with a (plus $200,000 if you want it fully furnished), while another is in the even more exclusive Four Seasons Private Residences.
The, which has initial intentions to build around 400 homes.
A sales video on Disney's Golden Oak site teases "Imagine what it's like to live four miles from Magic Kingdom Park."
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What is Golden Oak's location?
The Four Seasons Private Residences Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is a spectacular property.
Golden Oak is a short walk, skip, and a jump away from Walt Disney World, despite its quiet, private surroundings. Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom are all five minutes away.
The properties are so close that many have vantage points from which owners may see the Magic Kingdom fireworks, complete with the accompanying music being pumped through their house speakers.
Golden Oak is nestled in the heart of several of Disney World's most prestigious hotels, including the Grand Floridian, the Contemporary, and the Yacht Club Resort.
What are the structures?
Golden Oak homes come with soothing living areas.
There are. The home properties in the Carolwood neighborhood, which is located on three-quarter-acre lots, in a range of sizes, from 6,500 to 12,000 square feet, and boast a golf course and water views.
Both the Kingswell and Silverbrook neighborhoods have half-acre lots, with houses that range in size from 5,000 to 7,000 square feet. Marceline, who is named for Walt Disney's hometown in Missouri, has 3,000 to 6,000 square feet on quarter-acre lots built near Charming Park, which features snowwhite houses. The "Tuscan-style" homes in Kimball Trace are between 3,000 and 5,000 square feet on quarter-acre lots, both located right by the Summerhouse.
Symphony Grove's "cottages" are emphasized even though they're all two-story houses of 1,800 to 3,800 square feet on one-fifth acre lots. According to the site, the "quaint hamlet" of cottages was "enticed the grand finale of the original Golden Oak's master plan.
A can be found on Disney's website, and some Golden Oak homes have uploaded and lavish furnishings to YouTube, as well as real estate agents and house builders in Orlando.
"We do indeed state that we live in Disney World," one couple who lives in Golden Oak said in. "Something like this comes by once in a lifetime."
The properties, crafted in collaboration with Disney Imagineers and architects, seem to include lush pools and landscaping, beautiful entranceways, opulent kitchens and bathrooms, elegant indoor and outdoor living spaces, choices to include either subtle or obvious details from your favorite Disney movies in the enormous bedrooms and hidden Mickeys throughout the house, like on iron stair railings and tiles in the bathroom.
The Walt Disney World Resort, which is connected to the Four Seasons Resort, is well-equipped for your needs.
The cost of living in Disney World
Living there permanently is even more cost effective as a result of the relaunch in March at Disney World.
According to Florida real estate agents, Disney did not respond to a request for clarification on the average price of the homes or how many it ended up building in the community.
Since Disney's stock of apartments was sold out during the COVID epidemic, purchasing privately from a reseller will cost you extra. The property currently listed for $16.4 million was just four years ago.
What you get when you buy a house at Disney's Golden Oak is included.
Pools and landscaping are making homes look like mini resorts.
Some of the "concierge-style services" include tickets for special events at Disney World, private VIP tours at the parks, Disney dining reservations, spa reservations, golf tee times, and Disney cast members providing services for in-home dinners and parties, and even assistance with getting your house covered in seasonal holiday decor.
Shuttle buses and mini coaches can be ordered right to your front door to drop you off at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Blizzard Beach, and Disney Springs. Members of Golden Oak Club receive discounted rates for the Disney World golf courses, access to the Disney Vacation Club member lounge at Epcot, and discounts on Disney dining, shopping and tickets.
The Summerhouse clubhouse for Golden Oak residents, located in the middle of the community, includes a swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center, a "family room" for children and teens, and three dining options: Bolton's casual dining restaurant, Markham's upscale dining, and Tyler's lounge.
Property owners in Golden Oak are also charged for services such as landscaping and irrigation, high-speed internet, a 24-hour staffed gatehouse, and security patrols and maintenance of the landscaping, parks, sculptures, walls, and ponds.
How much does it all cost?
This Golden Oak house in the Four Seasons Private Residences neighborhood is currently on the market for $16.4 million.
Those inclusions aren't thrown in with your multimillion-dollar house, though. which is mandatory for anyone living in the community is an additional fee.
Brochures from 2021 show a $19,000 annual membership, but when combined with HOA and maintenance charges, the annual fee ends up based on the area you live in.
It's all part of the enormous cost of Disney magic in a Walt Disney World residence.
"You must have a certain type of personality to live in Disney World," one of the residents said in a statement. "I love my house when I die, I'm going to haunt it. I'm not leaving this house. "
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