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Guest Post by Dave Pollock, A Canadian Vacation Homeowner in Davenport, FL (updated for 2016)

canada_flagAs a Canadian, living in Ottawa, Ontario, I can relate to many people wanting to escape to the warm climate of the southern United States. Having a young family, we were drawn to Florida because of its unique qualities: It is very easy to get there by a relatively short plane ride, or for the adventurer you can drive, and of course there is so much to see and do for all ages. We had been renting houses in the Orlando area for several years; and after a couple of years I said “Honey, we should look into buying a house in Orlando” – “Sure, dream on” my wife says with a smile.

We love Orlando; it has so much more to offer then just the well known theme parks, shopping, and restaurants. You could be in the countryside in less than 20 minutes, and on the beach in approximately 1.5 hours. It also has great neighborhoods with highway access nearby. Oh, and let’s not forget NHL hockey in Tampa, less than 1 hour away! We discussed buying a home more seriously, about a year ago, and while there on another 2 week vacation we hooked up with Erica from The Flamingo Group, and went and looked at around 10 houses. Not only did we want to own “a piece of paradise”, in our own minds, this would also be a great location to rent out to people from all over. We had certain criteria in-mind, which the house had to meet. It had to be in a neighborhood that was under 5 years old, within 15 minutes to the theme parks, 4 bedrooms, south facing heated pool, reasonable HOA fees, and need little or no repairs. We thought it was crucial to have these qualities to help rent the house out as well as meet our own needs. We had experience with renting, so we knew what renters would want.

We finally found the perfect house in a great neighborhood named Sandy Ridge, which is in the city of Davenport. Davenport is a very attractive location for renters because of its close proximity to all that Orlando has to offer. It feels like a country retreat because of the undeveloped area and it’s just far enough away from all the hustle and bustle. Looking back…would we do it all again? Absolutely! Orlando has turned out to be a great location to own a rental home. Not only do we get to take our vacations with friends and family to our very own “Sun Retreat”, we help supplement the expenses of the home by renting it when we are not there.

About The Author: Dave Pollock and his wife Lois own a beautiful Davenport vacation home in Sandy Ridge. It’s the perfect retreat for anyone looking for an afforable vacation home with a private pool. The home is located  within a short 15 minute drive to Disney and other Orlando attractions. Consider renting the Pollock’s “Sun Retreat” next time you come to Orlando.

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