Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Celebration In Florida

Between our current RV park and the Walt Disney World property lies a master-planned community named "Celebration." 
We decided to take a quick drive over to this little town and check it out.  We've driven through it on previous trips to WDW, but we've not parked and walked around.  This planned community was developed by the Walt Disney Company and it shows.  It's just a little too perfect.  The first phase of homes was ready for sale in 1996.  Since then the town has developed more fully and other neighborhoods have been built, all different.  When we got back home, we checked out a local real estate website for home prices.  We found them to range from approximately $600,000 to $4,500,000....yes...that is millions!  Those homes are in the Acadia Estate neighborhood.  Here are some photos of the homes in the different neighborhoods.....






There are a few gift shops downtown, but mainly the shops are the run-of-the-mill you'd find in any ordinary neighborhood...hair salon, clothing, banks, restaurants, ice cream store and a few sidewalk cafes.




The movie theater in town shows a decided Art Deco design style and is really very beautiful to look at.  
       

The town also has extensive walking paths, parks, trails and greenbelts for outdoor enjoyment.  There was even a man fishing when we walked by the lake. 


This town is so beautiful and nice.  A little too nice like it was too perfect.  Too much of the Disney atmosphere in my opinion.  Can we say:  Stepford Wives?????  Maybe not, but the thought of it as we watched some of the mommies walking around the town pushing strollers made me laugh.

As the community grew in population, Disney relinquished control over most of the town.  The town has it's own Fire Department, Post Office, 7 churches, and schools.  Interesting place, that's for sure, but one I don't want to live in.  What do you think?

Until next time.....so long for now!

10 comments:

Rick and Paulette said...

Celebration looks a little too sterile for me! It needs a few "junkers" parked on the street and a also a few mickey d's wrappers blowing around. Nice pics of the homes though.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

Beautiful town, but not for us poor country folk. I shouldn't say poor because our 2500 sq ft brick ranch has become a monster to maintain, without the need for 4 bedrooms and 4 baths. I tell people Rigg's could have his own bath if he wanted. W can't wait for it to sell and dowsize, really downsize.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Carol K said...

Interesting assessment of Celebration village. I guess the recession hasn't affected those housing prices!

Jerry and Suzy said...

Too rich for my blood. I'd have to hire servants to take care of all my servants! I'll take the SKP Saguaro Park in Benson any day!

Gypsy said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly, andf it isn't my kind of place either.

Phyllis said...

And here I sit in my little 38' fifthwheel!

Happytrails said...

Very pretty, well manicured but way more sterile than I like. Oh, did I mention pricey? Not our cup of tea. I could just see you grin as you saw those mommies pushing strollers. :)

Have fun and thanks for the stroll through town.

Hugs,
Mike & Gerri (http://freedom2roll.blogspot.com)

sue and doug said...

stepford wives is a good analogy!!.I love the houses though..pretty nice!!!

Wild Blue Yonder said...

Pretty place to visit, wouldn't want to live there, the expectation of a perfectly manicured lawn and home would drive me nuts! Besides, that's way out of my price league! wow.
nice pictures tho.

Dinah Soar said...

I was thinking Stepford Wives too, but then Children of the Corn came to mind. A bit creepy isn't it.