Wednesday, June 30, 2010

If I Had Eight Million Dollars

Champagne taste on a beer budget?  Heck, there have been times I couldn’t even afford the beer.  But there are moments when I regret my lack of fiscal flexibility more deeply than others – like now.

You see, Disney has unveiled their latest way to make me feel like trailer park trash – um, I mean has unveiled their latest, exclusive luxury option: Golden Oak, a luxury community right on Walt Disney World property.

According to Disney, The story of Golden Oak begins in true once-upon-a time fashion. A scenic ranch in California's Placerita Canyon proved to be an inspiring location for filming segments of The Mickey Mouse Club TV show. Walt Disney Productions purchased portions of the property in 1959 and, over the years, acquired more than 900 acres to reserve its quiet vistas for TV and movie productions and protect its harmony with nature. In fact, Walt and his family spent time relaxing and playing on the ranch. The name of this ranch? Golden Oak, in honor of a storied tree there, under which some say gold nuggets had been found in 1842. From these illustrious origins, the legacy continues with Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort.

Located southeast of the Magic Kingdom and north of Epcot, Disney has created Golden Oak so that the wealthy may enjoy “elite concierge services and privileges at Walt Disney World Resort and to step into a realm reserved for just a fortunate few.”  It’s a hard-knock life, huh?

How much does it cost to join this world of privilege and access?  Golden Oak Realty will offer a limited collection of single family custom homes priced from approximately $1.5 - 8 million, with fewer than 30 home sites available for sale this year (2010). Priority Reservation deposits are now being accepted, with the first completed homes projected for 2011. In all, the community will eventually consist of around 450 homes. Just plunk down a $25,000 deposit, and you could be on your way.

What does 1.5 – 8 million get you these days?  Here’s the Disney description of these homes:

“At one with nature, Golden Oak is an exquisite community that reveals a careful balance of artistry with stewardship of the land. Master-planned by Walt Disney Imagineering and acclaimed design firms, homes are discerningly placed amid lush landscapes. Expansive conservation areas comprise almost half of the entire 980-acre footprint and provide sanctuary to migrating songbirds, ospreys and wood storks.
Four gracefully arranged neighborhoods await your consideration. Each is designed as an exquisite complement to the whole of Golden Oak and a well-lived life. Homes will be crafted by a select group of expert builders chosen for their experience in constructing fine custom residences.

The natural preserves surrounding this lovely neighborhood offer a scenic and private setting for the finest of family getaways. At up to three-quarters acre in size, each of Carolwood's seventeen custom-home sites can amply accommodate your family estate. Should you choose an address in the secluded, northernmost enclave of Carolwood Reserve, you'll be well rewarded with serene natural, golf course or water views. The Reserve is a limited offering of eight premium custom-home sites, all generously sized at approximately three-quarters acre.

Enjoy the best of both worlds at Silverbrook, where the natural and the social come together beautifully on nineteen homesites of approximately one-half acre. Here, your family can savor a life of quiet repose alongside conservation areas or water features — yet stroll to community amenities and activities at Summerhouse, the proposed private clubhouse for Golden Oak.

Kimball Trace
A charming Tuscan-inspired village with courtyard homes, Kimball Trace caters to those with an enthusiasm for resort living. This intimate collection of creatively designed homes is sited to emphasize privacy, while centrally placing you within neighborly reach of the proposed Summerhouse, new friends and engaging diversions.”

And of course, the property is “plussed” with some special Disney benefits:

“An abundance of pleasures and pastimes will be yours at Golden Oak. Nothing can compare to a day in the theme parks at Walt Disney World® Resort. Adding an even more magical dimension to your Disney experience will be the privileges created expressly for families at Golden Oak:
  • Private VIP transportation
  • A suite of in-park benefits
  • Access to select special-event tickets
  • Community-hosted activities throughout the year 

Your Golden Oak Concierge
There's something rather delightful about being able to hand over your "Want To's" and "Must Do's" to someone who can orchestrate them into "Well Done's." And here, that special someone is your Golden Oak Concierge, just a call or click away. It will be their pleasure to take care of such arrangements as:
  • Move-in services
  • Travel and private transportation
  • Disney parks and special-event tickets
  • Golf tee-times
  • Dinner reservations
  • Private VIP tours
  • At-home dinners and parties
  • Holiday home decorating
  • Grocery shopping and errands
  • Pre-arrival and post-departure home maintenance services

Summerhouse, a Private Proposed Clubhouse
A destination experience close to home, the Summerhouse is envisioned to be a casually elegant gathering place for families and friends. Imagine the possibilities for finding your ideal blend of social, leisure and quality time enjoying:
  • Fine dining
  • A spacious veranda, the perfect spot for sipping refreshments
  • State-of-the-art fitness facility
  • Yoga studio or workout area
  • Culinary adventures, such as guest chef appearances and wine tastings

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
Prepare to be dazzled by the proposed Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort, a grand 445-room hotel planned to be located at Golden Oak. Residents will have access to select amenities at the proposed Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort including:
  • An 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio
  • Superlative restaurants
  • Facilities for private events
  • A tranquil spa, offering a complete array of services, for body, mind and soul”

Oh, and these will all be private residences.  Disney will not allow any of them to be used as timeshares, or to be rented out for periods of time shorter than six months.  Of course, if you’d like a first-hand report of what living here is like, I’d be more than happy to accept donations!  No?  Then I guess I’ll have to stick to my champagne wishes and Mickey Mouse dreams.

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