The owner of the lavish Four Seasons Resort in Orlando is seeking approval of a plan to add 40 “condo-like” multifamily units to the gated community that currently holds a five-star hotel, golf course, water park, and a Disney-owned private neighborhood with some of the most expensive homes in Orange County.
Host Hotels & Resorts has been hinting at an addition to the property for more than a year. When the company bought the resort in 2021 for $610 million cash, they dropped another $30 million to secure an adjacent vacant 5-acre parcel behind the hotel. And then in July, the Maryland-based hotelier — which owns 78 upscale hotels containing approximately 42,300 rooms worldwide — filed a request to Orange County to change land-use entitlements for parcel A to allow for residential uses other than timeshares.
The latest application to Orange County provides even more details on what could be coming to Northeast Resort Parcel Planned Development, which sprawls across 427 acres near Disney theme parks.
A land development plan drafted by Charlotte-based planning firm LandDesign shows two side-by-side communities with “condo-like multifamily residential dwelling units,” according to the application.
A cluster of attached villas would go up on the west side of the parcel. Plans show three residential buildings with three conjoined units and two buildings with two attached units, for a total of nine villas. A rendering included in the land development plan depicts two-story villas. Each unit would include front-facing two-car garages.
Plans say the units will consist of three or more bedrooms.
Under plans submitted to the county, a midrise condominium with 31 units would rise on the east side of the parcel. The multi-level building varies in height from three stories on the western end, six stories in the middle of the structure and nine stories at the eastern end. At its tallest point, it will reach an elevation of 205 feet, plans show. These units would also come with three or more bedrooms.
The villa portion would come with 18 parking spaces while the midrise condominium would include 75 parking spaces.
The design shows a pool area with a spa and cabanas in the middle of the site, between the villa product and the midrise complex.
The application materials submitted to the county include renderings by Memphis-based architecture firm LRK, which has an office in Celebration.
Representatives with Host Hotels were not immediately available for comment. It’s unclear if a developer is under contract to build the condo units. The price point for the condos is also unknown at this point.
The Four Seasons Resort includes Disney’s prestigious Golden Oak community, which is home to some of the most expensive real estate in Orlando. The Host Hotels land where the multifamily condos will go abuts the Four Seasons Private Residences, an enclave within Golden Oak where homeowners have access to the resort amenities and services. Some homes in the private community are built with two kitchens — one for the owner and one for the hotel staff to create catered meals or deliver laundry and fresh flowers.
All of the lots within the Four Seasons section are sold, so the only available homes are on the resale market. And these are changing hands for high-dollar amounts.
Since June, there have been five homes sold in the Golden Oak subdivision for more than $5.8 million, according to the Orange County Property Appraiser.
In September, a home at 10121 Enchanted Oak sold for $9.2 million. The home is 9,713 square feet with five bedrooms, six full bathrooms, a lagoon-style pool, and a guest house. There are also plenty of Disney touches, typical of the homes in Golden Oak, like a Mickey Mouse-shaped hot tub and a Lady and the Tramp accent in the kitchen.
In July, an 8,000-square-foot mansion at 10224 Summer Meadow sold in a $12 million transaction. The home comes with six bedrooms,, nine bathrooms, a Mickey suite and a 900-bottle wine gallery.
Meanwhile, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando is Central Florida’s only AAA 5 Diamond-rated luxury resort. It sits on 289 acres at 10100 Dream Tree Blvd. and provides complimentary transport to four Disney theme parks and Disney Springs. In addition to its 18-hole golf course and golf club, the resort features five pools, three tennis courts, a 13,000-square-foot spa, and a 5-acre water park and entertainment area called Explorer Island.
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