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Bella Vida in Kissimmee, Florida

The clubhouse and pool at Bella Vida, as seen whilst flying back into Kissimmee Airport

I didn’t know anybody when I arrived in Florida for my pilot training in January 2009 so it made sense to move into the school’s student accommodation at the Kissimmee Pines Villas, just off of West Oak Street, and only a stone’s throw away from Kissimmee Gateway Airport. Although the accommodation was of a good enough standard, I couldn’t help but think if better accommodation might be available elsewhere. With four students each paying $750 per month to live in the house, we could surely get much better for our money if we shopped around.

Our search started with – and finished with – Orlando Rentals. Within no time at all, the company had found us a property at Bella Vida. It had four bedrooms, three bathrooms (two en-suite and one shared), a large open plan kitchen, living room and dining room. To the back of the property was a large terrace/patio area. The majority of the houses in the complex would have a pool in this space but ours didn’t. The excellent facilities at Bella Vida meant that our own pool wasn’t necessary as a communal pool was available to us.

We moved into our new house at the end of April 2009 and all agreed that it was a vast improvement on what we had previously been living in. Even though we were expected to pay the bills in the new house – whereas they had been included at our old house – we were still paying around 50% of what we had been previously paying at Kissimmee Pines.

It seems that the majority of the homes at Bella Vida are used for holiday accommodation and it is obvious as to why this is the case. The facilities at the complex are unbeatable. There is a large communal swimming pool, a hot tub, a basketball court and beach volleyball, too. The Bella Vida clubhouse is open every day of the week (10.00am to 6.00pm on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 12.00pm to 6.00pm on a Wednesday and a Sunday). Inside, you will find a well-equipped gym, a large TV lounge, kitchen facilities and an internet cafe offering free internet access. The clubhouse also offers complimentary wi-fi internet to those who would prefer to use their own computers. The Park Square Homes sales office is also based in the clubhouse and all of the staff there are very welcoming and friendly. Even though we are not associated with the company, the team are always very helpful and go out of their way to help us when we need it.

A big advantage that Bella Vida has over other similar resorts is that it is very secure. Whereas the gates to the complex used to close during the night only, they now remain closed all day, every day. Not only that, but the complex is also under video surveillance.

The Bella Vida location is also good. It can be found on Oren Brown Road, just off of US Highway 192. Opposite the complex is the popular Medieval Times themed dinner show and next door is a huge Walmart. Eating out in the area is affordable and you will have no problems finding something you like. Within a mile or so of Bella Vida, you will find McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Cici’s Pizza, Golden Corral, Ponderosa and more. A little further away, you will find better quality food at the likes of Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse and Logan’s. A regular bus service along the 192 means that getting around is possible without a car and that can get you into the heart of Disney in no time at all and for just a couple of dollars.

For more information about Bella Vida in Kissimmee, visit the website of Park Square Homes at http://www.parksquarehomes.com/

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