‘Bear’s Den Club’ Brand Makes A Sudden Appearance All Over The Resort

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Wednesday May 11th 2016, some very prominent signs began to appear all over Reunion Resort, including entrance ways, the Nicklaus Tent area and many of the side walks within the resort.
The most noticeable feature of the ad boards, was a nod to the Jack Nicklaus ‘Golden Bear’ icon.

The signs ‘bear’ the http://www.bearsdenclub.com web address, but one over at the Heritage Crossing building, located by the main entrance, was marked ‘Information Center’ with further contact details.  888.2TheDen and info@bearsdenclub.com

The website then redirects to a new page www.cityhomes-us.com depicting the Jack Nicklaus brand artwork and further details about new homes in a privately gated Enclave around the 17th and 18th fairways.

Residences at the Bear’s Den Club

WELCOME TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF LUXURY. A PRIVATELY GATED ENCLAVE OF HOMES NESTLED AROUND THE 17TH AND 18TH HOLES OF THE JACK NICKLAUS COURSE IN THE AWARD WINNING REUNION RESORT.  RESIDENCES AT THE BEAR’S DEN CLUB WILL FEATURE INNOVATIVE DESIGNS, ELEGANT FEATURES AND BREATHTAKING PANORAMIC VIEWS THAT WILL CHALLENGE YOUR IMAGINATION. THE BEAR’S DEN CLUB WILL BE A PRIVATE, MEMBERS ONLY FACILITY WHERE YOU CAN KICK BACK WITH FRIENDS, ENJOY YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE, SMOKE A FINE CIGAR OR JUST SWAP STORIES OF YOUR PLAY FROM THIS MAGNIFICENT COURSE.

There’s a registration form for further updates, but for now, that single page is all I can get any information from.

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Encore Water Park Now Open

Great news for Encore Club home owners!
The club amenities are finally open and are well received by initial guests.
Reunion Resort homeowners shouldn’t get too excited though, the clubhouse and aqua park is for Encore Resort owners and guests, or owners that bought Encore built homes over in Reunion Resort.  (Membership is required at a cost of $100pcm to Encore Club owners)

Caution to Reunion Drivers

We’ve seen a lot of attention from the Osceola Sheriff over the last few weeks as the busier resort experiences a much needed clamp down on bad driving practices within Reunion Resort. 

Whether drivers run a stop sign or exceed the 25mph limits, they definitely stand to face the consequences more than ever before!

As I drove through the resort this week at a safe speed of 25mph, a driver behind, was clearly angry that I was sticking to the limit.  Arms flailing, he made it clear that he was angry at having to shed around 20mph+ from his car. 

Also, I’ve heard that it’s wise to make sure that any ‘on street’ parking is made with your vehicle pointing in the direction of traffic flow if you want to avoid a ticket. 

It’s not just speeding tickets being handed out within the resort!

On a final note, it’s not just human lives at stake within the resort.  Look closely below at these Sandhill Cranes from this morning, you will see two little ones camouflaged in that brown mulched area.   It would be great to see the four of them survive the year out in an even safer Reunion Resort!

Happy and safe driving everyone!!

  

Annika Sörenstam Leaves Reunion

After almost a decade, the most famous woman in golf is moving on from Reunion Resort!
From her website, she writes about moving on to focus on her family and other business interests.
Of course, we wish her the best of luck and will greatly miss her and her association with Reunion.

Going forward, we have heard that the academy will be rebranded as a Reunion Resort product and will continue to operate.

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Seven Eagles Cove – Fitness Suite Access

From the latest membership email;

The Reunion Fitness Center at the Cove now has controlled access! An electronic push button lock has been installed so that only Club Members and residents who pay CDD fees, along with official Reunion Resort guests, will have access to the fitness center. The code will be changed monthly and will be available via the Member’s website posted online. The initial code is #### (code removed by me for security)

Reunion Water Park – Parking Lot Closed

Update:  although we can’t officially confirm, we do believe that the closure of the water park’s parking lot will probably continue for the foreseeable future.  

As I drove by the water park this afternoon, I couldn’t help notice the absence of vehicles in the parking lot.  Drawing closer, the entrance was taped off and a couple of new signs had appeared.

I don’t have any information on why, or how permanent the signs are, but from what’s on display, the car park looks out of action for the long term.

A Reunion Resort marked sign is directing water park guests to park over at the Whisper Way and Cabana Court areas.

The water park seemed busy and unaffected as the temperatures this week brought welcome warmth and sunshine to Reunion Resort!

A Trespass Warning signifies the area as a construction site.

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Encore Club Update

We took a quick look at the Encore Club’s Aqua Park and Clubhouse today and were blown away by the intensity of the construction effort being made there. 

The race slide timers were in place an landscaping and block paving were well under way, making it truly feel like a resort is on its way.   

Soon, (I’m advised March 1st), the area will finally be open to resort guests.  From just walking around today, I could almost imagine those fabulous ‘vacation sounds’ of delighted kids, splashing water and soothing tropical themed music. 

For existing Reunion Resort owners, it’s worth bearing in mind that the Encore amenities won’t be accessible.  

The good news is, that eventually, Encore are currently in the process of creating a huge new Margaritaville Resort just a couple of miles away on the 192/429 intersection.  This will include a public water park, offering a great opportunity for guests to have fun and relax in a very high value setting. 

More on that soon!

  

    
    
 

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Triton Builders Inc – An Insight Into Reunion’s Leading ‘Dream Maker’

I’ve been captivated by an ever increasing portfolio of desirable Reunion property lately and wanted to learn more about them and the team behind some of the most beautiful pieces of real estate in Central Florida.
With a recovery in investment confidence around many areas of the globe, Reunion homes are thankfully rising proudly out of the earth again.  Guests are returning again, and with them, a new trend in travel; multi family and multi generational groups.

It’s been going on a while, but the new ‘super homes’ are perfectly designed to cope with lots of guests, and most importantly, lots of parking for their cars!  The very early large homes often lacked driveways and strained the roadways, but smart builders like Greg Givans from Triton, saw this as an opportunity to guide their home buyers towards a whole new product.

I wanted to learn more about Greg’s latest and upcoming mansions and family homes, but first wanted to know what motivates the man that is always looking to build like a master.  After meeting this week at Triton Builders Inc model home on Golden Bear, I took some notes and asked a lot of questions and quickly realized why I could never be a builder!

Some quick facts about Triton Builders Inc and Greg Givans;

  • Greg’s father, a mason, inspired his passion for construction
  • Greg has been in construction since he was 18 working for a concrete company forming foundations etc.
  • Worked my way up through that company in Coral Springs Florida for 8 years in the middle of the custom home boom in Boca Raton.
  • Greg was the youngest superintendent they ever hired.
  • Quickly moved up the ranks to project manager then had kids and moved to Naples , Florida
  • Forged his skills on large custom homes in Naples/ Bonita springs including The colony, Mediterra, Bonita bay and Quail West.
  • Became a project manager for Imperial Homes in 2008
  • Started Triton in May 28, 2008
  • 48 builds so far in Central Florida/Reunion
  • 8 New builds will start in the Fall/Winter of 2015
  • Over 55 contractors and staff members
  • www.tritonbuildersinc.com

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What’s changed the most in the design of the homes over the last few years?

GREG – TRITON
Pretty much about everything!  In the earlier years, Reunion’s homes were often a subtle blend of Spanish/Tuscan style of architecture, and that has gently given way to a much more contemporary style, both inside and out.
It’s been a great fun designing and building the newer homes to ensure that they still complement the overall feel of what is without doubt the most attractive resort in the region.  We have a responsibility to build exciting new homes, without detracting from the existing feel of the luxurious neighborhood.

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Triton appear to be producing some amazing and very distinctive homes, that not only have curb appeal, but function perfectly for large families and groups looking for luxury accommodation.

GREG – TRITON
I think any great builder or architect would agree, that although we move heavy materials about for most of the day, our craft is very much centered upon art.  We have to do the hard work, but always with a creative eye and vision for the home owner’s benefit.  We are also always in search of new and interesting features to introduce into our homes, but with a tasteful result rather than a gimmicky outcome.  That’s what people always seem to appreciate about a Triton home.  Great ideas, lovely features and nice surprises at every turn when they view their completed home for the first time.

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Where do those ideas come from Greg?

GREG – TRITON
Just like any builder, I often find myself awake at night excitedly thinking of new ideas or solutions, but in fairness, I think that the homeowners, and fabulous architect that we use are a huge part of our success.
We are very proud of the relationships with our owners, many who come back repeatedly for further homes.
Triton is a customer facing business and that interaction makes working together on styles, features and detailing a pure pleasure.  We’d go crazy just building the same homes each month!

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What’s the competition like in the area?

GREG – TRITON
I genuinely love competition.  Without it, we would not be as strong a builder as we are today.  We’d still be building the same homes from 2009.  There’s a lot of respect within the main group of builders here and that comes from understanding that our industry is challenging, but enjoyable if you have the right attitude to succeed.
Ultimately though, we love to try and outdo each other!

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What advice would you give to a new owner that’s planning their first mansion?

GREG – TRITON
Some owners know exactly what they want, perhaps they’ve researched for months or even years, others want us to take care of virtually everything.  Our success is very much down to them that we give them the expertize to get a great result.
Deciding on finishes, materials and features is only easy if the owner has got the right team around, and Triton take care to listen to all of the contractors, property managers and designers before we move a shovel of dirt.
The best advice I can give to an owner, is to pick a builder that can offer that advice and that will listen to the owner.

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What’s the hottest trend in Reunion right now?

GREG – TRITON
There’s been a big shift towards those fabulous ‘themed’ built in bunk bed rooms, secret doorways into kids’ dens, led lighting and smart audio/lighting.  Features that make the home ‘pop’, not only in the rental brochures, but also in real life for the owners and their guests!

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What exciting news can you share with us about 2016?

GREG TRITON
greg tritonWhen we started Triton Builders Inc, it was just myself and my wife Marna, but we were very fortunate to have Seth Flaugher and Mike Donnelly join us to develop the sales, while I concentrated on the construction aspect of the business.
It’s been a fabulous success and we all wanted to take things to the next level this year and expand our efforts even further.
Seth and Mike are not only great friends, but outstanding sales professionals and it made a lot of sense for the building and realty sides to head up as separate businesses that continue to work together.
That way, as individuals, we can focus on our core strengths, and support each other as great businessmen.
The Triton story has been a great one, with lots of chapters to continue and lots of great opportunities for 3 friends to keep building and selling dream homes together!
2016 is already set to become our most successful year yet for starts, and it’s only November 2015, but we are always looking for new ideas, new projects and partnerships to continue as a the ‘go-to’ builder of luxury homes in Central Florida.
We hope that all of our contractors, colleagues, business friends and homeowners have a fabulous holiday season while we run up to the New Year!

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