Everything you need to know about living in Davenport Florida
Davenport Real Estate is one of the hottest markets right now. Looking to move to Orlando Florida, or buy a vacation home for short term rental? If it’s the latter and you are interested in buying a vacation home near Disney World or Universal Studios then Davenport or Kissimmee will be your best places to look. Davenport, Florida is located in Polk County and borders Osceola County, home of Walt Disney World. The key neighborhoods and communities are typically located right on the border of the county lines and so are also extremely close to Disney World. Davenport is home to a very small population of just over 3000 full-time residents yet hosts over 10,000 vacation rental homes. Davenport Florida is certainly one of the most popular places to own a vacation home due to the popularity of short terms rental resorts such as Championsgate, Solterra, and Windsor at Westside. If you are looking for a residential community to live in full time then Providence is a great option, you may also like to look at buying a home in areas such as Celebration, Winter Garden, or Windermere. Davenport neighbors Kissimmee where you will find the leading vacation rental communities of Encore Resort at Reunion and Reunion Resort.
Buying a vacation home in Davenport Florida
If you are interested in buying a vacation home rental in Orlando, then Davenport Florida is a great place to search. Davenport is home to some of the most popular vacation rental resort communities in Orlando. This is because the county Davenport resides in, Polk County is specifically zoned for short term rentals. Only Polk County and Osceola County are zoned for vacation rentals. Any county located North of Disney World such as Orange County strictly forbids short term vacation rental homes so make sure you take this into consideration when making an investment home purchase here in Orlando. Davenport in recent years has certainly seen huge growth, located directly off the I4, and the 27 meaning access to everything Orlando has to offer is located only a short drive away. The most popular vacation home communities in Davenport are Championsgate, Solterra, and Highland Reserve.
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How far is Davenport Florida from Disney World?
Davenport is made up of an area x big but if you are looking to buy a vacation home here it’s important to know your distances to the local theme parks and malls and local Airport.
The main areas where you will find vacation home communities are Championsgate and Solterra. On average these communities are 12 miles from Disney World.
Distances from Davenport to:
The Magic Kingdom is 12 miles
Mall at Millenia is 20 miles
Universal Studios is 20 miles
MCO Orlando internationals is 26
Do not let the mileage put you off in any way unless you are living in Downtown Winter Garden or Downtown Winter Park, you will find yourself driving everywhere in Orlando.
What are the best vacation rental communities in Davenport near Disney?
Davenport is home to over 10,000 vacation homes but don’t let these huge numbers put you off owning here thinking that the competition is going to be too much. Remember Orlando is the world’s number one tourist destination bringing in over 80 million visitors each and every year. No resort is built equal so it’s extremely important to get honest advice or which resorts will be the most profitable. Choose a resort that is new, has amazing modern amenities and resort features and buy a home that has space, a beautiful pool deck, a private view (not backing onto your neighbor) and if you can as many bedrooms as possible as long as you do not compromise on living space. So as there are thousands of homes and hundreds of resorts and communities in Davenport, where should I buy?
Let us give you a rundown of the top 10 resort communities to own a vacation home in Davenport they are close to Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Top communities to own in Davenport
Located 12 miles from Disney World
Onsite Oasis club waterpark and clubhouse
Vacation homes range from 4 to 8 bedrooms
Located 11.2 miles from Disney World
Onsite amenities such as resort pool and lazy river
Vacation homes range from 4 bedroom townhomes to 14 bedroom purpose-built vacation homes.
Your Davenport Vacation Rental Guide
If you have decided to buy a vacation home, here is our guide on how to maximize your revenue and get the most enjoyment from your home. learn when the best time to use your home for personal use and what amenities and improvements you can add that will not only increase forced appreciation of your home’s value but also increase your home’s average nightly rental rate and occupancy. All which will contribute to a better ownership experience for you and your family.
When is the best time to come to Davenport?
As a guest, Davenport is a great place to vacation all year through and we see a large number of guests traveling throughout every month of the year with the busiest being the holidays of Easter, Passover, ThanksGiving, Christmas, and a New Year. As an owner who is looking to maximize their annual rental income, you should where possible avoid staying in your home over these peak periods, instead of staying and enjoying your Davenport home during May and September when rental rates and occupancy are typically at their lowest. In September the schools go back, the weather is perfect and Orlando runs its special Magical dining month where you can dine out and have a stunning 3-course meal in Orlando’s best restaurants for just $35.
What does my Davenport home need to be a successful vacation home?
A very good question that we hear a lot, with over 10,000 vacation rental homes in Davenport alone and more in Kissimmee it’s very important to understand what a home must have and what you can do to help make your home stand out from the crowd.
Make sure the furnishings are up to date.
This one may sound very obvious but guests prefer a modern and fresh look to a home over a home that has outdated furniture. So if you have owned or are purchasing a home that is 20 years old, make sure you budget in for new furniture, paint, and window treatments throughout.
Make it fun!
Orlando is home to family fun and entertainment, your Davenport home should be no different. Your home will be many families’ idyllic retreat after many long exhausting days at Disney World or Universal Studios so make sure your home is set up to provide maximum fun for all the family. Depending on how much space your home has the top amenities are:
- Games room with a pool table, Air Hockey, multiplayer arcades, pinball machines, or a combination of the above.
- Movie room – move your owner’s items out of the garage and customize your garage into an amazing games room or cinema room. Don’t cheap out here, make sure you spend a little more and get this done properly, cover the garage doors, lay down nice flooring and box in any unsightly water tanks that are typically found in a garage.
Who should I use to manage my Davenport vacation home?
When owning a vacation home in Davenport or any other area within Orlando it’s extremely important for your guests to have the best experience possible. You want to have peace of mind that your home is professionally cleaned, sanitized, and maintained before and after each of your guest’s arrivals. Some owners choose to opt for their own cleaners to perform all home tasks but we would always recommend you hiring a local professional property management company to look after the day to day running and maintenance of your home. This leads to more consistent guest experience and a lot less hassle on your end as the owner. You do not wish to be worrying about scheduling cleans or making sure a lightbulb is changed when you could live thousands of miles away from your Davenport vacation home.
Living in Davenport as a resident
Living in Davenport is an option for you but if you do not plan to use your spare weeks as a vacation home to generate income we would advise you to also consider looking at areas such as Celebration, Winter Garden or Windermere. These areas are more family-friendly and offer better schooling for your children. If you are still interested in living in Davenport then these are our best picks.
Golf courses in Davenport
The most popular golf course in Davenport is Providence Golf and Country club, featuring a beautiful 18 hole course with a restaurant. Living in Providence is great, with many onsite amenities and a great and convenient location to everything Orlando has to offer. See homes for sale in Providence here.
Shopping centers near Davenport
By living in Davenport you are only a few minute’s drives from the tourist malls of Premium Outlets at Vineland and Mall at Millenia.
Davenport is in short driving distance to everything the entire Orlando area has to offer – Feel free to read our guide to must do things in Orlando here.
What Zip Codes cover Davenport, Florida?
Davenport Florida covers 4 ZIP codes.
33836, 33837, 33896, 33897
Communities in Davenport
House prices in Davenport, Florida
There are currently just over 1000 homes on the market that are for sale in the entire Davenport area with the average selling price at $250,000. Homes in Davenport on average stay on the open market for just 54 days.
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