I understand your concern and confusion but would like to add a little different insight into your question and the response you were given. My job as an agent is to give you the best advice and show you homes offering the best value meeting your various requirements. As your inquiry indicated, Hunters Creek works for you locationally, school wise etc but you have concerns with the values.
I would have to disagree with Lucy's response . I live in Hunters Creek, and have sold more homes in Hunters Creek over the past 10 years than any other agent so I feel very well qualified to answer your question on values. Taxes and assessed values went down dramatically in 2009 and are very representative presently of the value of homes in Hunters Creek. Hunters Creek is probably the largest community in Central Florida, approx. 25,000 residents and has numerous sections or villages, all with different prices points. Presently, there are single family homes in asking price ranging from below 150,000 to over 500 and we have one presently under contract asking 625,000. As a point of reference, the home asking 625,000, which has a multitude of features, would sell for far more in Windermere or Dr. Phillips as I have sold a lot of real estate in those areas and know the pluses and minuses of those areas as well.
Without getting into the merits of the pros and cons of each area, Hunters Creek major selling points for years to the residents who enjoy Hunters Creek are as follows: 1. The sense of neighborhood community, organized activities parks etc. which you can not find in Dr. Phillips or Windermere at similar price points. 2. The great location, close to everything and all of the major arteries. 3. The professional Homeowners Assn. which maintains the community, it's value and it's awesome landscaping.
Lucy's point about all of the foreigners who have purchased in Hunters Creek and adversely affected the values etc. is simply inaccurate. While Hunters Creek has it's share of overseas owners, so do many areas of Central Florida, as customers from overseas when seeking investment opportunities or 2nd homes, not to be used as short-term rental seek out nice, well maintained communities but these folks for the most part, do not pay any more for their homes than a typical local customer. There are plenty of overseas owners in Windermere or Dr. Phillips, just check the tax rolls.
I am not sure what villages of Hunters Creek you are looking in and/or what size home you are seeking but there are plenty of fairly priced nice homes presently for sale in Hunters Creek. If I can provide additional information or future real estate assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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