The Dr. Phillips area offers plenty of choices in the $500,000 to $900,000 range. If you’re looking for larger lots Bay Hill, South Bay, North Bay, Bay Hill Cove, Torey Pines, Brentwood Club, Bristol Park, Turnberry Woods, Kilgore and Charles E Limpus Rd., Windermere Heights, and Courtleigh Park. are great choices.
Bay Hill is a wonderful community that’s the most well known because of Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge. The lots here are spacious and the world renowned golf course sets a grand stage. Most of the homes were built in the 70’s and 80’s, so you might have to do some renovations but it has been and will continue to be a popular choice in Dr. Phillips. The homes built in the 70’s will have 8 foot ceilings with popcorn which can be a turn off for some. The homes built in the 80’s will also have the low ceiling, but some of them have vaulted ceilings and great room plans which I really like. Homes from both eras tend to have wet bars with mirrors that remind me of the movie “Scarface”, but it’s fairly easy to get rid of.
North Bay and South Bay adjoin Bay Hill and have interconnecting streets so you still feel like you’re part of the club, but South Bay is clearly the superior community between the two. Spacious lots with lots of coverage from grand oaks that are native to the area gives South Bay the edge over North Bay and possibly even Bay Hill itself. One of the neatest features is the jogging trail that runs behind many of the homes in the community. The homes here were custom built in the 80’s, but you don’t see as many low ceilings here like you do in Bay Hill.
I love South Bay. The only knock on it is that it usually entails quite a bit of renovation. Both North Bay and South Bay have homes on the Butler Chain which command the highest prices, but still I prefer the lakefront homes in South Bay.
Kilgore and Charles E Limpus Rd. along with Windermere Heights offer the largest lots in Dr. Phillips with many of them being over an acre. While these areas have a little bit of a less manicured look, you can’t beat the privacy from having some land around you. There’s a good mixture of old and new so you could find something that requires updating and some that are ready to move into.
Turnberry Woods also offer acre lots with homes built in the 80’s and 90’s, but you gotta stay away from the homes under the power lines. Other than that, there’s some sweet homes with some land requiring some updating.
Torey Pines, Brentwood Club, Bristol Park, and Courtleigh Park offer some newer choices. Buyers in the price range always ask about Torey Pines and Brentwood Club after driving the Dr. Phillips area. Homes in these communities were all custom built and with fairly good sized lots. Most will require some updating, but the larger lots and established feel make it worth while as long you don’t get carried away.
For newer properties in the $500,000 to $900,000 price range, I’d check out Reserve at Cypress Point, Kensington Park, Cypress Landing, Windermere Ridge, Bay Hill Cove, Palm Lake, Bay Harbour at Phillips Landing, Boca Pointe at Turtle Creek, and Vizcaya. All of these offerings are gated with the exception of Cypress Landing and Bay Hill Cove.
The Reserve at Cypress Point offers modern plans on spacious lots. I love the location near Sand Lake on Apopka Vineland Rd., but the floor plans as a group are not my favorite.
A place where I really like the plans are Kensington Park and Cypress Landing built by Reiche Silliman. Kensington Park is the newer of the two and feature tile roofs, Mediterranean architecture, and some larger lots but also some a little on the smaller side. The largest lots are located on the South end of the community and also the most desirable alongside the lots with pond frontage. Some of the lots on the west side can get a little noisy since the Chain of Lakes Middle School is on the other side of the fence.
Cypress Landing is the lower priced alternative to Kensington Park. There’s no tile roofs, it’s a little older, and no gated entry, but it’s a great choice for someone who likes Kensington Park but wants a lower price. The homes here were built in the mid to late 90’s and the most desirable section is the Estate section in north end of the community which feature homes by Brierhill and Reiche Silliman. The lots here are little larger and the homes are also the newest among homes in Cypress Landing. Windy Ridge Elementary is within walking distance which can be a great plus for some.
Bay Hill Cove and Palm Lake are quaint little communities with homes that require little if any updating. Both offer custom homes that create a nice mix, but both are also plagued by power lines that run through part of the community. As long as you’re away from the power lines, both are great choices in the area. Perhaps Palm Lake is a little more preferable simply because it has a gate. Some prefer not having a gate and having lower HOA dues so it could depend on the buyer.
Windermere Ridge is a nice gated community adjacent to Olympia High School. The now defunct Transeatern Homes developed this neighborhood and all they did a nice mix of architectural styles and included tile roofs. The prices here are similar to Kensington Park and if I had the choice, I’d pick Kensington Park all day long.
Bay Harbour at Phillips Landing offers home built in the late 90’s by ABD Development. It offers fair sized lots in a guard gated setting with Mediterranean style. The most desirable lots have frontage on Lake Serene or Big Sand Lake.
Boca Pointe at Turtle Creek offers a similar ambiance with slightly larger lots and nicer mix of architecture since the homes here were built by numerous custom builders instead of just one. The lots are also a bit larger, so I’d have to give the nod to Boca Pointe over Bay Harbour.
Vizcaya is a guard gated community with probably the most sought after location in Dr. Phillips within walking distance to “Restaurant Row”. The only downside is that the lots are super small. The homes here were mostly built by ABD Development, but there’s also homes by Reiche Silliman and Ryland Homes. My favorite are the homes built by Reiche Silliman in the Mirabella section. All of the homes feature tile roofs, Mediterranean architecture, and the community features a beautiful lakeside community area with clubhouse and fitness facility.
There’s also a brand new option called Venezia. It’s being developed by Reiche Silliman and the homes start around $500,000 and can go up to well over a million dollars. The homes over a million will most likely have frontage on Big Sand Lake. The only downside is that it shares an entrance with Sand Lake Cove, but it’s really the only option for brand new in Dr. Phillips for this range.
There you have it. There’s lots of choices in the $500,000 to $900,000 price range. It’s all just a matter of taste.