WHY IT WORKED: Avatar Properties pulled out all the stops with this 1,313-acre community. Bellalago (“Beautiful Lake”) boasts conservation preserves, lakes (man-made and natural), a multimillion-dollar amenity complex, and a well-priced package of designer homes that appeal to all levels of the market.

  • Homes feature appealing Mediterranean-style architecture with tile roofs, brick-paver driveways, and family-friendly floor plans.
  • Bellalago residents are guaranteed places at Bellalago Academy, an innovative K-8 charter school.
  • The community has more than a mile of shoreline along Lake Tohopekaliga (Toho), a world-famous bass fishing lake; a 300-acre inland lake is under development.
  • Amenities include a fitness center, band shell, free-form pool, junior Olympic pool, 1,300-foot boardwalk along Lake Toho, and conservation areas that have been set aside as eagle preserves.
  • PROJECT CREDITS

    FAMILY-FRIENDLY: Bellalago's best-selling, 3,162-square-foot Venezia model features four bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, and a flexible second-floor space that can be used as a game room, additional master suite, home theater, or office.
    FAMILY-FRIENDLY: Bellalago's best-selling, 3,162-square-foot Venezia model features four bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, and a flexible second-floor space that can be used as a game room, additional master suite, home theater, or office.

    Project: Bellalago, Kissimmee, Fla.; Sales started: January 2003; Sales through April 2005: 738; Units planned: 2,200; Price: $264,990 to $400,000; Unit size: 1,563 to 3,162 square feet; Builder/Developer/Architect: Avatar Properties, Poinciana, Fla.; Land planner: RJ Whidden and Associates, Kissimmee; Landscape architect: Canin & Associates, Orlando, Fla.; Interior designers: The Interiors Group, Boca Raton, Fla.; Design Company C2, Orlando; and Central Florida Design, Kissimmee; Architect (gatehouses, amenity complex): Cuhaci & Peterson, Architects, Orlando

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