New Years Eve in Orlando

Looking for an event to join for the New Year 2017? Look no further, listed here are all the major events happening in Orlando for December 31st 2016.

New Year at Universal CityWalk
If you’re look to really party, head to CityWalk’s New Year’s Eve Party which features six clubs, outdoor dance floor, unlimited gourmet food, and a light-up wrist band provided by Coca-Cola to make you part of the light show! For more information click here.

Rock ‘Til The Drop On New Year’s Eve at Hard Rock Live Orlando
This is also located in Universal’s CityWalk. This event is fun for all ages and starts at 8pm. For more information click here.

New Year’s Eve at EPCOT
On New Year’s Eve, EPCOT not only has DJs in the World Showcase Pavilions but also does two showings of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth. The first showing is at 6PM and is your standard Illuminations fireworks show, but the second showing at 11:40PM has a special New Year’s finale!

New Year’s Eve at Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios also does a special fireworks show near the Hyperion Theater for New Year. Hollywood Studios will have special stands throughout the park offering specialty food and drinks to get you into the New Year’s spirit!

New Year’s Eve at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom is offering the New Year’s fireworks: “Fantasy in the Sky” on both December 30th and 31st. Though, those that visit on the 31st, will receive party hats and noise makers to ring in the New Year.

New Years Eve 2016 on Church Street
This New Year’s Party is only for those 21 and up. At 8pm Church street will be a street party which has DJs, fireworks, and of course the live broadcast from NYC’s NYE ball drop!

Seaworld New Year’s Eve
Seaworld has a spectacular fireworks show for New Year’s Eve, and might be a bit less crowded than the other options above. They’re also offering a special New Year’s Eve Dine With Shamu® Package for an extra cost, for more details click here.

Of course most of the clubs in Downtown Orlando have their own New Year’s events. Also many hotels do New Year packages. Stay Safe and best of luck in 2017!

Only One Week Left of Orlando’s Magical Dining Month

Orlando has a Magical Dining Month where the top restaurants offer three course dinners for only $33. One dollar from each meal will be donated to The Russell Home for atypical children. There are more than 70 restaurants participating, you can see the complete list here.

Some of our favorites are:

Benihana: This restaurant is located on International Drive (12690 International Drive South Orlando, FL 32821). Benihana is great because it’s dinner and a show. All meals include Benihana Onion Soup, Benihana Salad, Hibachi Shrimp Appetizer, Hibachi Vegetables, Homemade Dipping Sauces, Hibachi Chicken Fried Rice, and Hot Green Tea.
The Menu includes:

Choice of Appetizer                         Choice of Entrèes                                Choice of Dessert
California Roll                    Benihana Special (steak & lobster)                   Chocolate Ice Cream
Two Pieces of Nigiri         Ocean Treasure (lobster, scallops, shrimp)      Vanilla Ice Cream
–                                                                                                                                  Green Tea Ice Cream
–                                                                                                                                   Rainbow Sherbert

Roy’s Restaurant: Roy’s is a Hawaiian Fusion restaurant located on Sand Lake (7760 West Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32819).

Choice of Appetizer                              Choice of Entrèe                       Choice of Dessert
Beef and Blue Cheese Tortellini          Thai Style Chicken               Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
Hawaiian Style Poke                               Teppanyaki Shrimp              Belgian Chocolate Torte
Baby Green Salad                                   Prosciutto Wrapped Ono
–                                                                     Grilled Petit Filet

Sharks Underwater Grill: This restaurant is located inside of the SeaWorld theme park. The best part of this deal is that diners get free access to the park from 3pm to 6pm. Just call and make a reservation, and upon entrance to the park you will be escorted to the restaurant, and after eating, you can enjoy SeaWorld!
The Menu includes:

Choice of Appetizer              Choice of Entrèe               Choice of Dessert
Godzilla Roll                              Tempura Shrimp                    Chocolate Cake
Caesar Salad                              Grilled Salmon                        Key Lime Pie
Lobster Bisque                          Chicken Portabella
Seafood Pasta
Filet Mignon

So on your next dinner, be sure to ask for the Magical Dining Menu!

Orlando for the Summer

Orlando is a popular tourist destination and also home to more than 250,000 people. It is home to many theme parks, but also many other family-fun things to do in the summer.
The Orlando theme parks are naturally popular and you probably already know about them, but what else can you do for fun?

Cirque Du Soleil: La Nouba
This is a beautiful show featuring absolutely amazing performers from all over the world. La Nouba is located in Disney’s newly renovated Disney Springs. So not only can you watch a cool show but you can also walk around Disney Springs which offers a bowling alley, movies, hot air balloon, and many shops. Checkout La Nouba’s prices and deals here.

Blue Man Group: Universal Orlando Resort
This is also an entertaining show in Orlando. Click here for information on tickets. Don’t forget you usually have to pay for parking, Florida Resident parking is free after 6pm but if you do not have an annual pass that includes parking, it can be $20. So, it might be cheaper to uber there and back.

Harry P. Leu Gardens
In Orlando we have Leu Gardens which is 50 acres of varying gardens. You can wander through the gardens at your own pace and admission for adults is only $10, and that includes admission and guided tour of the Leu House Museum in the garden. You can find more information here.

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
This museum is actually located in Winter Park, and has the largest Tiffany glass collection in the world. It is also home to paintings, jewelry, pottery, lamps and windows. See visitor information here.

Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center is an awesome place to go with your family. It is both fun and educational with its many hands-on displays. View more information here.

Orlando Museum of Art
The Orlando Museum of Art is a must-see. Not only can you view art but they even have a workshop for you to make art of your very own. Head to their website to check out their special events and exhibitions here.

Paddleboard Orlando
They not only take you on paddleboard tours through Orlando canals and lakes but they can also teach you to paddleboard first. View more information here.

There are also many things to do in Kissimmee, which is near Disney.

Orlando Tree Trek Adventure
Do you love adventure and the outdoors? Then this is for you! The Tree Trek adventure park allows you to zip line and do courses to challenge yourself. Check it out here.

Old Town
Friday and Saturday night at Old Town is very popular for people who really love cars. On Saturdays they have tons of classic cars on the main street, and on Fridays there are muscle cars. Old Town also has carnival-type attractions and many places to shop and dine. View more information here.

Medieval Times
This is a dinner show featuring knights and horses with interesting medieval events. Your ticket includes a four-course meal and jousting tournament.View more information here.

Wild Willy’s Airboat Tours
If you want to see Florida’s wildlife but not venture too far from Orlando, Wild Willy’s is perfect. You can see gators from the safety of your boat. You can also view many species of birds and amphibians. View more information here.

Don’t forget about all of the awesome lakes and parks to be explored in the Orlando area as well. In the summer, the lakes are filled with boats, jet skis, and various flotation devices.

Enjoy your summer!
The DeVito Homes Team


Top Gated Communities in Windermere

Windermere is located in Orange County and is home to professional athletes, actors, and medical professionals. Windermere is situated on a small strip of land within the Butler Chain of Lakes near Orlando Florida; this lake and golf driven community is admired for its small-town atmosphere, custom-built estate homes and luxury real estate living in Central Florida. Windermere is surrounded by three beautiful lakes; Lake Butler, Lake Sound, and Lake Bessie.

Gated communities are great for people seeking a safer and more private environment. Pros of gated communities include allowing your children to play outdoors with no fear of strangers, less traffic, more privacy and more security.

The top 3 gated communities in Windermere are:

Keene’s Pointe: a prestigious guard-gated community in Windermere. Keene’s Pointe has the Golden Bear Club for those who love to golf, the Golden Bear Club also has a tennis court, pool and fitness center. For those who do not want to be a part of the Golden Bear Club, Keene’s Pointe already offers great amenities such as a basketball court, boardwalk, pavilion,  playground and a boat ramp with lake access. Keene’s Pointe is situated on Lake Tibet-Butler.

Lake Butler Sound: a 320-acre guard gated community. Lake Butler sound does not have its own golf course but it is just minutes from the famous Windermere golf courses. Instead, Lake Butler Sound has 32 acres of natural and man made nature sites that host many species of natural Floridian wildlife. Lake Butler Sound has two English Gardens. Though Lake Butler Sound seems like a private sanctuary, all the city life is just minutes away from the gates such as fine dining, upscale shopping and the famous Orlando theme parks.

Isleworth: a 600-acre guard gated community; Isleworth boasts security and excellence. Premier amenities include an 18-hole championship golf course (Isleworth Golf & Country Club), and direct access to the Butler Chain of Lakes. Isleworth is great for fans of watersports and lake activities.  Isleworth also has 24-hour concierge services, tennis courts and fitness centers. Isleworth even has ‘Youth Services’ which encompasses many activities for children including tutoring services and even a summer camp. Isleworth has many events from annual celebrations to private performances from orchestras and symphonies.  Isleworth offers lakefront, golf front, nature view, and water view properties.



Farmers’ Markets in the Orlando Area

It’s a New Year, and I’m sure you’ve made a few resolutions. Here’s a list of local farmers’ markets. Whether you’re looking for fresh produce, or just local crafts, I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking at these markets.

Audubon Park Community Market
Every Monday 5pm to 9pm
1842 East Winter Park Road
Orlando, FL 32803
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Celebration Farmer’s Market
Every Sunday 9am to 3pm
631 Sycamore Street
Celebration, FL 34747
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Kissimmee Valley Farmer’s Market
Every Tuesday 3pm to 7pm
201 Lakeview Drive
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Lake Mary Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday 9am t0 1:30pm
101 N. 4th Street
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Maitland Farmer’s Market
Every Sunday 9am to 2pm
701 Lake Lily Drive
Maitland, FL 32751
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Market at Mills 50
Every Wednesday 6-10pm     728 N Thornton Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Mount Dora Village Market
Every Sunday 9am to 2pm
125 Edgerton Ct
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Orlando Farmer’s Market
Every Sunday 10am to 4pm
512 E. Washington Street
Orlando, FL 32801
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Sanford Farmer’s Market & Bazaar
Every Saturday 10am to 3pm
200 E 1st Street
Sanford, FL 32771
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Windermere Farmer’s Market
Every Friday 9am to 2pm
Between 5th and 6th on Main St
Windermere, Florida 34786
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Winter Garden Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday 9am to 2pm
104 S Lakeview Avenue
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Winter Park Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday 7am to 1pm
200 W New England Avenue
Winterpark, FL 32789
Click here for more information on this farmers’ market.

Orlando for the Holiday Season

  1. Walt Disney World
    Holidays Around the World at Epcot
    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios (2015 is the last year for this show of lights)
    Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom
    Meet Santa Claus at Disney Springs
  2. Gaylord Palms’ ICE!
    Walk through a Winter Wonderland kept at 9 degrees. ICE! has slides, ice sculptures, and ice carving in Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando. This is a popular attractions for locals who don’t often experience ice or snow.
  3. The Mall at Millenia
    Since you’re holiday shopping anyway, you might as well see the beautiful decorations at the mall! Also you can get great discounts this time of year. The center of the mall even has a meet & greet with Santa Claus!
  4. Seaworld
    Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration includes an ice skating show, a ‘sea of trees,’ a themed Shamu show, and a Polar Express Experience.
  5. Universal Orlando
    Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure Orlando includes meeting the Grinch, and watching a live show featuring the Grinch. Universal also has a Macy’s Day Parade after the one in NYC.
  6. Festival of Trees
    The Orlando Museum of Art fills its halls with beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses.
  7. Celebration, FL
    Celebration has nightly ‘snow’ falling event, an outdoor ice rink, and carolers. They also have a Santa meet & greet and the Celebration Express Train kids’ ride.

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Why Orlando is one of America’s Top Places to Live & Visit

Orlando is a top tourist destination. Orlando is home to some of the world’s greatest theme park and entertainment destinations. It is also known for its shopping and dining options. Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Seaworld are just a few of Orlando’s many attractions. Orlando had more than 62 million visitors in 2014 alone.

Visit Orlando, the destination’s official tourism association, today announced that more than 62 million people visited Orlando in 2014. The announcement marks a new all-time record for the U.S. travel industry, solidifying Orlando’s position as the most visited destination in the nation. Visitation grew five percent from 2013 as visitors from around the world came to experience all that is new across the ever-expanding destination.

“Orlando Press & Media | Visit Orlando News & Information.” Visit Orlando News & Information. Visit Orlando, 09 Apr. 2015. Web.

Many of these tourists are opting to stay in Orlando area vacation homes instead of hotels. A smaller percentage of these tourists actually own a home in Orlando, and rent it out for the rest of the year, when they are not in town for their vacation.

Many homes in Kissimmee don’t even have mailboxes. That’s because no one actually lives in them year-round. In fact, multi-room mansions keep springing up in the Osceola County destination for the sole purpose of being a rental site.

Dineen, Caitlin. “Proximity to Disney Helps Kissimmee Become ‘vacation-home Capital'” Orlando Sentinel, 19 July 2015. Web. 08 Dec. 2015.

Orlando is not only a top tourist destination but also one of the top cities where Americans want to live. According to Pew Research Center, Orlando is ranked 4th for the top cities in the U.S. where Americans want to live. Orlando is ranked 4th not only for its destinations but also for its subtropical climate. In Orlando boating, barbecues, sports events, and other outdoor activities can be enjoyed nearly all-year round.

According to Forbes, Orlando is ranked 4th on top places to invest in a home. Florida is the state with the second-greatest number of cities on the Forbes’ Best Buy list. Dr. Phillips, a suburb of Orlando, is also on the list. Here is a list of a few of the most desirable communities in Dr. Phillips with homes available:

Bay Hill
Cypress Point
 Emerson Pointe
Turtle Creek

For more information don’t hesitate to check out our website!


Is a healthy Halloween possible?

My mom

My mom

I really like to eat, so any special occasion is just another excuse for me to enjoy and eat all kinds of food. Halloween traditions are  really fun, and it’s really important you do something with your family! So if you’re like me who love to eat, but really don’t care for the popular sugary Halloween sweets, here’s  a link with some good ideas on how  to celebrate and  enjoy Halloween.

Happy Halloween everyone!!!

I found this interesting article from Suzy Orman

Being in the Orlando Real Estate Market for over 13 years, I was able to witness first hand the real estate bubble burst in 2006, when I saw  many professional colleagues and other people that got caught in the “investment fever”, trying to make a quick and easy profit.  I can honestly say that was able to minimize any  financial stress due to a simple way of thinking: “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is”. But this is no excuse for personal and financial growth.

On this link Suze Orman offers great advice, that in my opinion, is a good example that small steps can be all we need in order to get out of our comfort zone and plan for a better life: