It was just like any other day when you bought that lottery ticket. You played some random numbers and some significant ones – a loved one's birthday, maybe? – and then filed it away somewhere, certain it would be another waste of a couple dollars but hopeful it might not be. Then the stars aligned and every number you picked came up. Jackpot! Suddenly you're flush with money and that housing upgrade you've been wanting to make doesn't seem like such a distant dream anymore. With your newfound lottery winnings, you can start living like a celebrity in one of these Florida luxury homes.
This breathtaking estate stretches out across more than 11,000 square feet. The massive home is southern through and through, from its Georgian design to the southern gothic vibes given off by the surrounding greenery. Step inside and you'll feel like royalty as you traipse across marble floors to the home's centerpiece: the river room and its arched windows giving way to stunning river and garden views.
If untouched luxury is more appealing to you, then this newly constructed home might catch your eye. Your lottery moolah buys you direct access to Horti Point on Merritt Island, a blissful master suite with a spa-level master bath, an expansive kitchen with double islands, and so much more. Yeah, this is the high life.
Your lottery winnings may not allow you to do something truly absurd like, say, purchase a section of Walt Disney World, but they can enable you to buy a home just a few miles away from the happiest place on Earth! That's not the only incredible feature to be found in this Mediterranean home, though; a gourmet kitchen, massive theater room big enough for the whole family, and golf course views also make this house a treasure.
And now for the cream of the crop: this $10 million+ mansion right on the beach. If you asked someone to dream up a celebrity home, this is probably close to what they'd come up with. It features loggias, terraces, verandas, and balconies overlooking the pool and Atlantic Ocean. Exquisite details like reclaimed heart of pine floors, intricate moldings, and custom murals contribute to the home's one-of-a-kind feel. This is where paradise lives.
Over the last several years, Central Florida has grown into one of the most appealing places to live for those commanding a high salary. Indeed, many celebrities and sports stars have called the area home, from former NFL stars like Charles Woodson to golf legend Tiger Woods. If you believe cost comes second to luxury, you'll want to check out this collection of nine of the most expensive neighborhoods in Central Florida.
Windermere is home to a lot of real money. The median household income here as of 2017 was more than $111,000, so homes here definitely cost a pretty penny. Especially when you factor in Isleworth, the affluent gated community where Tiger Woods used to reside.
A growing group of biotech companies, hospitals, and medical research groups can be found in Lake Nona, contributing to the great deal of wealth in the community. Luxury homes might make up the majority of Lake Nona's expensive properties, but apartment living is also very popular in the area thanks to the abundance of high-class condos and townhomes available.
Tucked away in the Markham Woods corridor of Central Florida lies Alaqua, a prestigious golf community. This gated neighborhood is full of stunning multimillion-dollar estates ranging in style from Mediterranean to contemporary. Everything in Alaqua centers around its crown jewel: the 18-hole golf course designed by nine-time Major winner Gary Player.
The suburban neighborhood of Bay Hill features mostly medium to large-sized homes that go for a median price of nearly $650,000. That eye-popping figure puts Bay Hill in the upper 6% of the most expensive neighborhoods in all of Florida. It's no surprise this community is home to many high-level executives and other similarly affluent residents.
Like Bay Hill, the median price of homes in Dr. Phillips clocks in at just under $650,000. The lavish lifestyle on display in Dr. Phillips is aided by its proximity to world-class medical facilities, major entertainment hubs in downtown Orlando, and Restaurant Row, a stretch of eateries ranging from independent specialties to high-end chains.
Residents in Belle Isle enjoy not only the amazing sights of living upon the shores of the Conway Chain of Lakes, but the incredible lifestyle that comes with it. Indeed, those who can afford the steep cost of living will tell you just how wonderful it is to call Belle Isle home. Even if you opt for a condo over a house, you're in for an upscale living experience.
Even though it's part of the larger Lake Mary community, Heathrow's size and popularity sets it apart from the area. The master-planned gated community has seen many famous sports stars and personalities take up residence within, a fact that's reflected in the neighborhood's home price stats; it's not uncommon for Heathrow homes to reach $3 million.
Acuera sets itself apart from other affluent neighborhoods in Central Florida by its emphasis on nature. Much of Acuera has a serene, untouched quality to it, like the acres of pristine landscape set aside for conversation or the peaceful banks of the Wekiva River. Beautiful scenery like this only makes the pricey homes found in Acuera even more attractive.
Another gated community near the Markham Woods Corridor, Carisbrooke is surrounded by a state preserve. Ancient oaks frame the many homesites here, some of which stretch out to a full acre. Residents of the high-priced neighborhood enjoy more than just great scenery; they're only five minutes from the restaurants and shops of Colonial Town Park.
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