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The Finest Homes in Dr. Phillips

August 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments


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I’ve worked with lots of buyers in the Dr. Phillips area and also encountered lots of confusion on which areas are considered to be the Dr. Phillips area and which are not, so I created this map so people can figure it out. The zip codes that make up the area are 32819, 32836, and parts of 32835.

I’ll begin with the finest and priciest communities in Dr. Phillips and then cover other price ranges in the coming weeks so stay tuned.

To begin with, Cypress Point is probably the finest community here in my opinion and the prices reflect that as well. Homes can be found just under a million dollars here but will most likely require some updating since the majority of the homes were built in the early 90’s. It’s a small price to pay for such a neat community. Some of the most well known residents in Cypress Point include pro golfers Scott Hoch and Lee Jansen who reside in some magnificent estates overlooking Lake Sheen. Neither one of them live on the best lots here which are on the peninsula at Point Cypress where you have views of Lake Sheen in front of the house and views of Lake Tibet to the rear. The developers have preserved much of the towering oaks that made up this property so you get that grand old south feel throughout the community. There’s also a magnificent clubhouse on Lake Sheen and the guard at the gate is fastidious.

Phillips Landing and Turtle Creek are next on the ladder but to some may be comparable to Cypress Point. The lots are smaller here with less trees, but the homes were mostly built in the late 90’s so the homes are a lot newer and require little if any updating. Both communities are divided into three sections so not all the homes are up to par with the estate homes.

ABD Development developed the Bay Harbour section of Phillips Landing and the homes start at about $500,000. The Heritage Bay section was developed by Park Square Homes and offers the most affordable option in Phillips Landing with homes starting around $400,000. The estate section along the shores of Big Sand Lake is composed of works by some of the area’s finest custom home builders and prices start around $800,000. The most desirable homes have frontage on Big Sand Lake and the priciest with all the homes priced over $1 million. Some of the most well known former homeowners here include AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys and Scott Stapp of Creed.

Turtle Creek is laid out pretty similarly to Phillips Landing. The most affordable option here is the Avalon section which offers maintenance free villa style homes starting in the mid to high $300’s featuring flat tile roofs, great room style layouts, brick pavers, and courtyards. Boca Pointe offers the mid range option with homes starting in the high $500’s. I prefer this section over Bay Harbour at Phillips Landing because the homes were built by different custom builders and provides for a more diverse set of homes. The estate section called Water’s Edge offers the finest homes with some of them having frontage on the Butler Chain of Lakes at Fish Lake. It’s one of the smallest lakes on the chain and you have to navigate a long and sometimes very shallow canal to make it out to the rest of the lakes on the chain, but still anything with access to the Butler Chain is tops in my book. Just like in the Estates at Phillips Landing, the finest custom builders in Central Florida shaped the landscape here so you can imagine it’s quite nice to say the least.

Then there’s the beautiful grand old lady of the area, Bay Hill. Home to Arnold Palmer’s PGA golf tournament and some of the finest residences in the area. There’s quite a diverse mix of homes that have been built here since its inception in the 70’s, but the most desirable homes back up to the golf course and Lake Tibet or Lake Blanche on the Butler Chain. It’s been pretty common lately for homes to be completely rebuilt on the golf course and the lakes. Tear down properties on the golf course currently start at about $750,000 and the homes on the lake start at just over a million dollars.

The streets that provide the best views of the golf course include: Tarawood, Brookline, Classic, Bay Hill, and Masters. There’s a few others, but the majority of the best views are here.

There’s also a marina and the Bay Hill Club makes it a popular choice for boaters and golfers alike. The Bay Hill Condos offers units overlooking the marina and easy access to the Butler Chain with prices starting around $400,000. They were built in the 70’s and the 8 foot ceilings with popcorn is just too much to get over for some, but it’s a small price to pay for easy access to the Butler Chain

Bay Point, Bentley Park, Tibet Pointe, Isle of Osprey, and Emerson Pointe are small gated sections along the Butler Chain at Bay Hill which command prices far above a million dollars and conversely have the finest homes. My favorite out of the bunch is Isle of Osprey

The newest high end community in Dr. Phillips is Vizcaya. The homes here are the newest, but also have the smallest lots. Many of the homes are three story to accommodate such a large home on a small lot designed by ABD Development. Vizcaya is divided into several sections which include high end condos, townhomes, single family, and luxury homes. My favorite section is the area developed by Reiche Silliman called Mirabella along the shores of Little Sand Lake. ABD built the homes on Big Sand Lake with the best views, but I still prefer Mirabella. One of the neatest features of Vizcaya is that it offers a bit of an urban lifestyle with it being walking distance to “Restaurant Row“.

For those who prefer not to be in a subdivision at all like myself, there’s Kilgore and Charles E. Limpus Road along the shores of Lake Pocket and Lake Sheen of the Butler Chain of Lakes. Not too many trees, but grand estates abound on this small stretch of road. Joey Fatone of the Backstreet Boys, Payne Stewart, Tracy McGrady, and Frank Viola, former Cy Young pitcher of the Minnesota Twins, have called it home here.

In any case, all these areas are the finest options in Dr. Phillips. There should be something here to accommodate most tastes and lifestyles. The ever growing “Restaurant Row” just adds more appeal to the area.

related post: Best of SW Orlando, Vizcaya Lakefront Home Plans, About Windermere and the Butler Chain, Golf Communities in Dr. Phillips

Tags: Luxury Homes · Places in SW Orlando · SW Orlando Communities

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kathy Smith // Oct 16, 2008 at 3:46 pm

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  • 2 Wendy Morris // Nov 23, 2008 at 10:49 am

    And for those of you who may be interested we are are have four custom homes in construction on Kilgore rd from 9000 plus under air . One home is sold and the second nearing completion. World class homes and priced from $3.695.000

  • 3 Hojin Chang // Nov 23, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Like I said in the post, I wasn’t sure about the pools in Meadow Ridge. Thanks Wendy for the update. Hopefully we can meet up again and do a deal in the near future.