From theme parks to shopping and bass fishing, Kissimmee has something for every member of the family. Conveniently located near Disney World and many other attractions. If you are looking for gated communities near Disney, shopping and parks these resort-style communities allow you to use your vacation home and rent them out on a daily basis when not in use. Many communities such as Windsor Hills, Windsor Palms and Emerald Island offer the resort style vacation home your family will enjoy all year round. If you are looking for new construction and developer financing for your vacation home we have Paradise Palms built by Lennar and Bella Vida Resort built by Park Square Homes. 








Windsor Palms vs. Windsor Hills - Now, regarding Windsor Palms vs. Windsor Hills, they are two gated communities that were both built by the same builder:  Pulte homes.  Both are less than a mile apart and both are only 2-3 miles from Disney property.  They are the latest incarnation of evolution of short-term rental communities near Disney that now come complete with clubhouse & community amenities such as community pool, hot tub, movie theatre, exercise room, billiards, ping pong, tennis & basketball.  Windsor Hills is still under construction so it is a year 'newer' so it is currently receiving a great deal of attention, but each resort has it's own appeal that depends on personal taste, so neither is a stand-out winner. 



Windsor Palms - The homes in Windsor Palms were built from Pulte’s stock plans from homes where ‘real people’ live. They are slightly larger, more aesthetically pleasing with more ornate finish work such as drywall arches, inset niches, plant shelves, etc. All homes have at least two master suites, but the ‘main’ master suites of Windsor Palms are larger & more luxurious with large ‘soaker’ or garden tubs, more double sinks, more separate toilet enclosures, etc. For example, both the master bedroom and the master bathroom have adequate space to set up our included massage tables. The 'upgraded' larger pools & lanais of the pool homes in Windsor Palms are slightly larger than the 'upgraded' larger pools of Windsor Hills. The clubhouse services a smaller number of homes (580 vs. 830 at Windsor Hills) so it is typically less crowded and the community pool is designed such that you can do some quality lap swimming (25 yards with lane lines) in the early morning if you care to. There is a community hot tub nearby as well.


Windsor Hills - The homes of Windsor Hills were designed to be more utilitarian, to serve short term rental market.  They have simple, clean lines with few items of aesthetic appeal. These homes frequently have more bathrooms, but each is smaller, consisting predominantly of sink, toilet & tub/shower.  No ‘soaker’ or garden tubs. The clubhouse is slightly larger, but designed to accommodate the resort before the addition of several hundred additional homes added in the adjoining Windsor Hills Reserve. The community pool meanders thru enhanced landscaping and includes a 2-story waterslide (with limited hours of operation) and a community hot tub in a picturesque landscaped location. There is a lake in Windsor Hills, but only the clubhouse & about 20 homes have a true lake view (Romancing the Mouse owns 3 of those 20). The ongoing construction, though present, has little effect on the homes in the completed sections of Windsor Hills.


Emerald Island Resort: This community is located in Kissimmee and offers a lot of  advantages for those who are searching for a vacation home or investment property near Orlandos favorite attractions. Located just a couple of minutes from the Disney Resorts complex, the Emerald Island is a great choice for a luxurious vacation home in Central Florida. This community started to be developed by Park Square Homes in 2001 with a total of 600 properties located just 3 Miles from the Walt Disney World.  


 The properties at Emerald Island are spacious, ranging from 4 to 7 bedrooms and include single family homes with pools and cozy townhomes. Emerald Island is tucked away and offers its' guests and residents with security, tranquility and privacy while being extremely close to all of Orlando’s favorite attractions. Emerald Island has a great clubhouse that is popular with kids and adults alike, offering entertainment and relaxation. There is a heated community pool, beach volleyball courts, tennis courts, a fitness center, vending machines, game room and more.


 Emerald Island is surrounded by acres of  conservation lands. These conservations are home to many of Florida's wildlife species, and it can be a real treat for some to be able to watch birds in their natural habitat, to see turtles by the water, or even spot the occasional deer.


 Orlando has so much more to offer the multitude of  tourists that  visit here every year than just theme parks. Orlando is home to some of the best shopping malls and restaurants in the country. We have several beautiful community parks, walking trails and gardens that are sure to please those in need of a break from the crowds.  At Emerald Island, you’ll have easy access to all sorts of entertainement, whether is is soaking up some rays by the beautiful clubhouse pool or at one f the nearby beaches, and water parks, going to a spa, golfing, or visiting a museum.

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