A mansion with a scattering of hidden Mickeys recently sold for $5.7 million in the exclusive Four Seasons Private Residences, part of the Golden Oak neighborhood on Disney Property.
"On our Disney properties, there's always a handful of hidden Mickeys or Disney references," said Rial Jones, builder of the home and president and founder of Jones Clayton Construction. "Some of the owners don't want to know the location of them so they can find them. We keep them hidden even from [the owners]. They just enjoy the process of coming across them [with their family and friends]."
This particular home on Summer Meadow Way was completed in late January and is 6,389 square feet with five bedrooms, five full baths, two half baths, 25-foot ceilings, a 600-bottle walk-in wine cellar with a Mickey Mouse shaped window, and two kitchens.
"There's a catering kitchen in there designed for the Four Seasons staff," Jones explained. Since residents have access to Four Seasons amenities, staff can prepare meals at private homes without causing any disruption. The kitchen even has its own entrance to make deliveries easier. "It's in your house, but not in your everyday kitchen."
The buyers are Brian and Nancy Underwood. Brian Underwood is CEO and founder of nutritional supplement and multi-level marketing company Prüvit. Jones said the Underwoods plan to use it as a vacation home, as do most of the homeowners in the Four Seasons section of Golden Oak.
"The demographics of our residents is incredibly varied from retirees to families with young children, to single self-made entrepreneurs and corporate executives," Disney spokeswoman Yolanda Cade told GrowthSpotter. "Often, the owners find themselves spending more time than they thought at their vacation homes."
Homeowners in Golden Oak are on Disney property and have special privileges when it comes to the parks. There are only 30 homes and prices start at $5 million on the Four Seasons Private Residences area, each with a clear view of nightly fireworks shows and membership to the Tom Fazio-designed golf course. Amenities also include Four Seasons concierge service, laundry and dry-cleaning services, towels and bed linens, as well as in-home spa treatments.
"Many of our residents have gravitated toward using their Golden Oak home as a primary residence, when they initially built or purchased it as a vacation home," Cade added.
The homes Jones builds even have Disney names, with this one being "Once Upon a Dream." The names help the builders, architects, and designers develop the theme of the home. "All of the homes we build on speculation have names to give them some personality and give them a theme," Jones said, adding the one across the street from this one is "Bippity Boppity Boo."
Even though residents can use the pools at the Four Seasons, this home has a pool of its own, keeping with a Florida vibe. "It's a pretty tropical-themed pool with rocks and a waterfall," Jones said. "It's kind of a dream vacation house."
Jones Clayton Construction, founded in 1984, is headquartered in the Dr. Phillips area and specializes in custom homes ranging in size from 5,000 to 25,000 square feet.