No, seriously, the houses on the Bellalago side can be more expensive because you are closer to Lake Toho and the larger club house. There are also bigger houses on that side of the development.
HOWEVER- living on the Isles side, I can tell you that our pool is NEVER as busy as the main one. That is a big plus for me because I want to be able to sit by the pool and write (book 5 comes out soon!) or relax in the hot tub without having to deal with heaps of little kids.
Also, it is nice to have direct access to both Pleasant Hill Drive, and Poincianna Road (front and back gates).
AND- almost all the classes offered by the HOA take place over on our Isles side so I can walk to Zoomba, Water Aerobics, or Cross Fit. Which is really nice.
I have sold multiple homes in both sides so here are the major difference:
1) Lake Access: You have the opportunity of having direct lake access through canals within Bellalago
2) Size: you can say Bellalago has a lot of bigger homes, nicer landscaping packages, wider roads,.. so it is more eye catching than the Isles of Bellalago at first glance. However you pay a price for this as the homes in Bellalago are generally speaking more expensive.
3) The club house in Bellalago is bigger and you have a board walk and a boat lunch. The club house in Isles of Bellalago is also nice just not as elaborate as Bellalago. However you can use Bellalago's clubhouse if you live in Isles of Bellalago.
If I were to choose between the two, basically the budget and the lake access would be determining factors other than that, they are both beautiful places.
Below is the link to homes on both sides:
Hope this helps.
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I live in BellaLago and I am a license Realtor with Re/Max Premier Properties. The difference between BellaLago Isle and BellaLago is that there is more affluent homeowners in BellaLago than Isles of BellaLago. This is due to BellaLago being built first when the market was great thus attracting more affluent home buyers who wanted direct access to Lake Toho of which Isles of BellaLago doesn't have. Moreover, any property with water view or access to body of water will cost more to begin with.
Once Isles of BellaLago was being built during the deflation of the real estate bubble, the economy corrected itself thus builders and homeowners were forced to reduce their prices which attracted more of a working class demographic of which some became over-extended with their mortgages and were foreclosed upon; thus a reduction of sales price to about $50,000 less than BellaLago's Sales. Although, I like both sides being divided by a road (Pleasant Hill Road), you see the difference from one side and the other such as landscaping, narrower roads, and so forth.
If anyone is interested in viewing any of the properties available for sale in the market whether new or a resale, please feel free to give George Almodovar, a Realtor with Re/Max a call at 347-423-8860. I'll be more than glad to assist you and be as honest as possible in answering any questions or concerns you may have.
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All of the below answers are correct however there is one big difference. It also depends on what size home you are looking for. Avatar Developers, now known as AV Homes, built 2 series of homes for this community, The Terra Series and the Oceana Series. The Oceana Series tend to be larger, higher ceiling options, 3 car garages and larger rooms. These homes are only found on the Bellalago side at the moment. We are not sure if that will change in the future but I don't think it will.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Keller Williams Advantage III Realty
The Isles are really no different than dozens of other subdivisions in the area.
If you have a boat, it's an easy choice. If you don't care about boating, then flip a coin.
Prudential Results Realty
Isles have an equaly nice designed community house but on a smaller scale. Does not look at grandiose and manicured as Bellalago....probably because it is not fully developed.
Better home deals are found in The Isles at this time.
Charles Rutenberg Realty