Just a little background on Poinciana...
Poinciana was planned in the 1960s. The original developer was
Gulf America Corporation. Poinciana was originally conceived as a
retirement destination, and the first homes were built in 1973 around the
Poinciana Golf and that live Club. Since the mid-1980s the main developer
has been AV Homes (formerly Avatar Holdings). In fact they are still here and
still building new homes.
Poinciana was developed as a Planned Unit Development (PUD).
Most of the PUD was developed in 10 Villages, which form the Association
of Poinciana Villages (APV). Four of the villages are in Osceola County
and six are in Polk County. Located on approximately 47,000 acres, the
villages are a deed-restricted community, governed by a homeowner association,
Neighboring subdivisions such as Crescent Lakes, Trafalgar, Doral,
Isles of Bellalago, Cypress Cove, Deerwood, Wilderness, Bellalago, etc. are
outside of the Villages but also part of Poinciana.
The area was hard hit after the real estate market crashed in 2006-2007, and
the number of distressed properties has often outnumbered those that were not
in trouble. Poinciana was decimated greatly due to the timing of when the
homes were built and sold, compounded with the lack of amenities and services
that were within the area, but today things are changing.
Affordability is leading the way for cautious buyers to Poinciana but there are
other factors too. There are some great things on the horizon for this
area that all buyers (and sellers in coming years) should consider and here
1. The New Medical Center is now Open.(http://poincianamedicalcenter.com/)
2. Two major road expansions will improve accessibility in the area: the
Poinciana Parkway and the Southport Extension (http://i4poincianaconnector.com
3. Valencia College is building a 22 Million Dollar Campus in 2014.
4. Poinciana Sunrail Station will be build at OBT and Poinciana Blvd.
These things will undoubtedly bring commerce into the area, that will increase
the need for housing and the laws of supply and demand will apply. It;s
really just simple economics.
So, I for one, believe this area has a bright future. I see a community
on the brink of prospering in the not too distant future and for this reason, I
believe it will be a great place to buy a home for both primary residents and
investors. Currently, the average home price is below 150K, and for that
you will buy a house built less than 10 years ago in most cases. Few
areas in Central Florida present that kind of financial opportunity.
I am not only speaking as a REALTOR®, but as a resident who lives in Trafalgar
Village, and a mother of children that attend school here. I see MY
community as a place removed from the hustle and bustle of the more touristy
Kissimmee. I love the diversity of the people that live here. Where
my kids go to school, there are children from over 60 countries in attendance.
My neighbors are like me, hard working people that look out for one and
other. Then add in that I am surrounded by beautiful, natural Florida,
where I can enjoy seeing wildlife everyday in my own back yard.
So before you listen to the negative hype, I urge you to investigate the facts,
and come see for yourself what this community has to offer today and consider
what the future might look like in this quiet, more natural part of SW
I'm here to gladly answer your questions on MY TOWN...so reach out to me
Melissa M Gerace
REALTOR® at CENTURY 21 Carioti