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Reunion’s Largest Vacation Rental Home

McNally Homes Aerial Drone Video at Reunion Resort

McNally Mansion at Reunion Resort from McNally Construction Group on Vimeo.

We took our Drone for a spin this week, over this stunning 13 bedroom mansion, approaching completion.

The home, is like no other vacation rental in Central Florida!

Contact us if you’d like to stay here, or to own your very own luxury rental home as an investment or family base for vacations!

Pricing starts around $1m upwards.

McNally Homes are enjoying their success as the recognized leader in the large, luxury mansions of Reunion Resort’s investment home economy.
Ryan McNally, Vice President of the long established custom builder, attributes the success to a long standing construction heritage in his family owned business.

With a pedigree of fine homes since 1850, McNally shows no sign of stopping the family tradition and their latest dream home, is a beautiful creation indeed.

24,000 sqft under air, the home is a monumental piece of architecture, comprising 3 floors of living space, a multi-tiered pool deck and cavernous grand halls throughout.

For now, while the home is being trimmed out, we can share the exterior ‘drone video’ of the mansion, but we can’t wait to see the finished interior shots when it is completed.


McNally Homes – Upcoming New Model Homes

McNally Custom Homes proudly create the finest luxury mansions and large scale vacation homes within Central Florida’s Reunion Resort.
Vice President Ryan McNally revealed to us that the long established Custom Home Builder is about to open a series of Model Homes within the gated golf community near Disney World.

Thanks to the team at Magical Vacation Homes, McNally will present a selection of homes for future buyers to explore.

Ryan added that the McNally team feels fortunate to showcase the superior craftsmanship of the company, a construction business with a rich history in construction since 1850.
McNally also appreciated the opportunity to work alongside the resort’s finest real estate professionals in partnership with the model home.

For more information on McNally Custom Homes follow the link.

Top Tips For New Luxury Custom Homes!


Putting dreams of a vacation home into reality takes much thought, tons of preparation and a lot of experience.
Thankfully the process runs smoothly when you use a leading builder and a fabulous decor expert.

Reunion Resort Builders; McNally Homes have a series of blog posts that detail some excellent advice for future lot builders and owners looking to renovate their vacation and residential homes.

If you have any great thoughts and advice for Reunion Resort Owners, please feel free to email us and we will include the very best ideas and tips to this blog post!

Bear’s Den Reunion – Update

As the northern states dipped well below freezing this weekend, Reunion Resort still felt like a spring day, albeit a slight chillier than usual!
As I drove to Reunion Resort, I couldn’t help regret not putting an extra layer over my tee shirt as temperatures dipped under 60F for an unusual ‘cold snap’.

Compared to my native UK, a chilly day in Orlando still feels tropical though, and the Nicklaus course was comfortably busy with winter season golfers making use of ‘the warmer weather’.

Today’s flyover at Reunion took us along the cart path of the 18th fairway on the West Side.
The lots are laid out neatly and a spec home and the home owned by Jack Nicklaus are coming out of the ground.
The video shows the golf legend’s home at quite an advanced stage as the builder works to get the home ready for occupancy this summer.

Real Estate in Reunion Resort is definitely headed in the right direction at the moment and the market is booming for new builds and resales!


Reunion Showcased at The International Builder Show!


McNally Homes featured in a special event at this year’s builder show.
Over 100 NAHB Builders Show guests subscribed to a half day tour of Central Florida’s finest custom homes, and Reunion Resort created a buzz amongst prospective buyers.

McNally showcased 2 luxury homes, one completed in 2014 and another large mansion that is currently under construction on Grand Traverse Parkway.
Great news for the resort in general as more and more attention is brought to the best vacation rental community in Central Florida.

The more progress that’s made in completing the luxury community, the more chances of the new clubhouse and amenities being completed.
(Although the Bears Den Club is progressing, the actual Nicklaus Course clubhouse is still not out of the ground yet.)

Find out more about the Builders’ Show visit to Reunion Resort at the McNally Custom Homes Blog.



Essential Occupancy Tips From McNally Homes – Reunion Resort Master Builders


How to increase your vacation rental home bookings!

In a climate of change, more and more investors are turning to the vacation rental industry for a return on their investment.
We sat down with one of the construction industry’s long standing leaders for some tips on how to maximize the opportunity for great occupancy and guest satisfaction.
EJ McNally’s 10 year presence as a leading builder at Reunion Resort is a tribute to his experience and willingness to continually evolve his designs, materials and detailing.
“Traditional skills, are essential, but old school methodology is long gone!”

EJ can comfortably make such bold claims.  His family business, began way back in the UK in 1850 and still thrives today in both residential and rental communities such as Keene’s Pointe, Celebration and Reunion.

Over dinner at Reunion Resort’s Eleven rooftop restaurant, we could literally see examples of his finest homes nestled around the 3 PGA courses and his pride is clearly visible!

In no particular order, I scratched out a combination of my and EJ’s best advice and thoughts on what makes a luxury vacation home a rental success story, in no particular order of course.
Our collective thoughts are gathered through years of experience and close working relationships alongside the industry’s most successful property managers and interior designers.
Feel free to add your own comments at the foot of this blog post!

  1. Kerb appeal drives guests to book!
    In an era of social media, a vacation is one of the strongest opportunities for a Facebook frenzy of photographs.  A stunning driveway, with an impressive doorway can make an irresistible backdrop to your next profile picture.  Bragging is a playful way of getting friends to interact, and nobody needs to know that the cost of staying in one of our luxury homes is more affordable than a hotel!
  2. Pick an efficient floor-plan with lots of inherent interest
    We love building huge showpiece mansions, but we often get a lot of personal satisfaction by working on a limited size lot and making a big impression.
    To pull that off, it’s all about effective use of space, while at the same time, avoiding compression.
    Guests want the impression of space in a luxury home and a great builder can achieve that in any sized lot.
  3. Be innovative with pool decks
    We are working on some amazing new concepts that take the pool decks to a whole new level and all without blowing the budget wide open.  Pools are everything in Florida’s vacation home industry and visually appealing designs with well thought out features, create appeal for guests of all ages.
  4. Traditional has worn itself out, but read more…
    Good builders love and respect traditional materials, details and techniques, but owners, and guests in particular, have moved on.  Those rather grand, French farmhouse designs, with beautiful, elegant lines, are far less popular for rental guests than their peak 10 years ago.
    Clean modern contemporary is hot right now and you only have to check in to a luxury boutique hotel like Disney’s Four Seasons to see that it’s likely to be around for many years to come!  Fortunately owners of those more elegant homes, can catch up with the modern style with far less fuss and cost than they’d probably expect. But for now, our advice is to stay with bright contemporary styles with a strong element of quality.
  5. Bedrooms on both floors
    Rather than separate in-laws off from the home, the modern trend seems to suggest that families are heading to Orlando in larger, multi family,multi generational groups. With our modern home design techniques we can accommodate fabulous ground floor master suites that offer easy access for older guests.  Most importantly, the added privacy from being on the lower level is a big winner.
  6. All en-suite bathrooms
    Thanks to improved floor plans, modern en suite bathrooms can steal very little floor space from a home, but they are increasingly ‘expected’ by rental guests.  Build them in right from the start where possible.  It’s a costly add on at a later date!
  7. Themed kids rooms
    We love the direction that kids’ rooms are going in.  The imagination from owners, our designers, and rental managers is so much fun to bring to life in a home.  When mom books a vacation, it’s often with excited kids gathered around an iPad and well crafted themed rooms really sell occupancy.  Be bold, be different, and the rewards will be great.  We’ve had great success with both simple and way out designs, so don’t worry about budget.  It can be successful whatever you spend, if it’s done well.  Always of course, use licensed decals for copyright materials and lay them over your custom artwork.
  8. Wow factor kitchens
    Second to the pool deck, kitchens probably get more exposure on social media than any other room in the vacation home.  Sizes have to be right for the home’s guest count, but thoughtful layouts, breakfast bars, irresistible lighting and material selections can turn this into a key image for your online presence.  Great pictures of kitchens sell homes.
  9. Unique entertainment features
    For larger homes it has long been the guest’s expectation that a home should have a games room and a home theatre.  We are also seeing requests for more innovative features to be installed.   Indoor putting areas, bowling alleys are just an example, but so too are more affordable concepts.  We have plenty of options to offer.
  10. Simple but effective electronics packages
    Our love affair with technology continues to grow and our connected world is even know known as ‘the Internet of things’, with smart refrigerators and centralized control points for lighting and entertainment centres.  Our advice is simple; keep up with the times for sure, but don’t let the latest fad steer you too much.  Not all guests can be bothered to ‘learn’ how to dim the lights at 11pm after a long transatlantic flight.  Keep the basics simple but use upgradable tech wisely, and only if guests can figure it out intuitively!
    Don’t short cut on equipment capacities (AC etc). Cost cutting on AC can lead to a number of things; warm homes, angry guests and bad, bad reviews on social media.  One angry rant on Homeaway can deter guests to book your home. That cost of missed opportunity will soon rack up into tens of thousands!
  11. Warm neutral tones with delicious accent colors
    Perhaps the most notable occupancies are found in professionally designed homes.  Under the guidance of a good builder, the property manager and interior designer, a team effort will ensure that the home can draw in those reservations right from the outset.  Most importantly, designs that will stand the test of time, will not only attain the best occupancy, they will save you tens of thousands in remodel costs down the line.  One thing is clear though; high quality, bright, neutral tones with carefully selected and subtle accents are big winners in the vacation industry.  Stick with that timeless advice and you can’t lose, even if designs move on!
  12. Photography is EVERYTHING!
    The final tip is so easy to overlook. Having invested hundreds of thousands or maybe several million into your dream investment, the biggest oversight would be to not show it off in the best possible light.  Literally!
    Set aside a few hundred dollars for top flight photography and you will reap the rewards.  If the guest can’t quite make out the home from your realtor’s cell phone shots, or your own point and shoot snaps, you have probably written off 75% of your reservation opportunities.  Great photography sells a home, videos and 3D tours are growing in importance, but it all starts with great photos.
    360 Degree virtual tours using systems like Matterport are also a big route to success!

Confident that home owners will appreciate the additional insight from McNally, we look forward to a great 2016 Holiday season at Reunion Resort and a rewarding 2017!
If you’d like to check out McNally’s portfolio as a long established luxury home builder within Central Florida, you will be impressed by the long track record of experience in signature communities such as Windermere, Keene’s Pointe, Celebration and Reunion Resort!

Visit for some amazing examples of their rich history creating signature homes in the Orlando area and beyond!

As always, please feel free to comment below with your own thoughts, tips and experiences on how best to achieve the best possible occupancy!

Orlando Home Buyer Guide Articles – Click the titles to read more

  1. Decide what the home will really be used for!  It pays to be open minded!
  2. Top 10 Considerations for an Orlando Vacation Home!
  3. Choosing the right floor plan and features!
  4. Homes Close to Disney, an insider’s views about location!
  5. Finding the right community for you, your family, your guests.
  6. Renting your home, an emotional but wise decision!  Free vacations forever!
  7. Don’t buy a home unless these features are included!
  8. Furnishing and decor, are the key to lots of bookings!
  9. Should you pay cash or get a mortgage?
  10. Mortgage advice for US Residents and Overseas owners
  11. Choosing a good property manager to take care of your home
  12. What could possibly go wrong – Being prepared makes a difference!
  13. Things to Worry About When Buying an Orlando Home!
  14. Dealing with the taxes and other boring but essential stuff!
  15. Buy an Existing Home or Build a New Home Exactly to Your Needs?
  16. Getting A Visa Or Green Card to Live in Orlando!