We've gone through dozens of applications and viewed numerous homes to bring you some of the best vacation homes and owners that Orlando has to offer. We're proud to compile this list of unique vacation homes and outside-the-box thinking owners. We think each of these homes deserves to be recognized and certainly should be at the top of your list for those of you traveling to Orlando. Check out this week's Vacation Home of the Week!!
Sunshine Villa Orlando
Owner Booking Weeks: 48+ (WOW!)
Management Booking Weeks: 0
Why Owners Chose This Home: "We chose this home because it has great structure - 4 roomy bedrooms, formal living room and dining rooms, plus an open concept kitchen, breakfast nook & family room. Lots of windows that face the extra large southwest facing pool and lanai. The biggest pool and lanai that we found on our house hunting trip! We chose Westridge Community on HWY 27 because it is centrally located - close to shopping, restaurants, golf courses, and major highways providing a quick trip to almost any attraction - especially Disney at only 10-15 minutes away."
What Makes This Home Unique: "Our home is unique because we care, we provide personal service and always put our guests first. We have refurbished and decorated the villa personally with all the upgrades and extra touches that each one of our guests takes notice of and appreciates. We have an extra large southwest facing pool / spa and lanai. The villa's private and newly fenced lot provides privacy while enjoying the pool and lanai with views of greenery and plam trees. The villa hosts a fully stocked kitchen with all new appliances, blender, cappaccino machine, pizza pan, and more ... The games room is ready for action with a pool table, ping pong, darts, billards table, foos ball, darts, and a large chalk board wall !! Provided is a Disney DVD library, board games, books, and playing cards."
Marketing Strategies: "A host of marekting tactics and strategies enrich the bookings at our villa. We like to tap into niche markets, use popular advertising websites like Homeaway and VRBO and by making the guest feel welcomed."
The Pink Flamingo's Review: First of all, anyone who can pull in 48+ weeks per year without a property manager deserves a standing ovation in my book! That alone is quite impressive. It doesn't surprise me though, when I first met Lisa she had a vision of what she wanted her vacation home to be. She didn't just want a rental house that she could put people in and generate income from, that seemed like more of a bonus to her. She wanted a home that she could pour her style, emotions and talents into and that she certainly did! Sunshine Villa Orlando feels like a home not a house, it's not your typical vacation rental that people get herded in and out of like a bunch of cattle. You can tell this home is different from the minute you walk in. It's the home of people who care about the type of experience their guests are going to have while staying here. One of the best features of the home (and believe me there are many) is the huge over sized pool in back. It's one of those pools that makes you just want to jump in and lounge on a giant pink raft while sipping a mai tai. I also love the hot tub, it's big and very inviting as well. What I also really liked was that there is a cabana bath leading out to the pool from the third bathroom which is probably one of the most convenient things a person could ever ask for!! The house will not let you down, it's just not possible. I've seen so many vacation homes and this one has it all. That's a fact! Lets talk a little bit about the owners, Mark and Lisa, they purchased the home in 2010 and have completely renovated it. I know Lisa poured her heart and soul into this home to make it what it is. She was dedicated from day one to make Sunshine Villa Orlando a reflection of who she is and in my opinion, if I had to choose just one word for her and her home it would be quality. She's a quality person who goes out of her way to make sure other people are taken care of. You can see by the guest reviews that I'm not the only person who thinks this!! I love that she incorporates niche marketing into her booking strategies and that she really leverages her website and Facebook page as well for marketing. She always updates her Facebook page when she is at the villa or leaves updates when she is running specials. Be sure to connect with Sunshine Villa Orlando on Facebook also!! I highly recommend this vacation home to anyone looking to rent a nice property in the Davenport area. I think you'll really like the community amenities and more importantly the home itself!