• Nick Burgess

Golden Oak: The Multi-Million Dollar Way To Live At Disney

Updated: Sep 22

Disney World's Exclusive Golden Oak Neighborhoods

Are you a Disney aficionado? Do you dedicate yourself to all things House of Mouse? Did you insist on people calling you a princess, and does your family take you on yearly (or more than that) trips to Disney?

If so, you're probably looking for that next level. That true engagement with the brand that only few can have. Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I have the perfect solution. The bad news? You'd better have a couple of commas in your bank account. That's right! Today, I'm talking about the Most Magical Real Estate on Earth. Welcome to Golden Oak.

Golden Oak neighborhood in Disney World

Touted by Disney themselves as "a world embraced by luxury, privacy and the Magic of Disney," Golden Oak is a collection of single-family residential neighborhoods set less than 4 miles from the Disney World theme parks, making them close enough to be part of the Disney experience while far enough to not hear the wales of children when they don't get their Mickey-shaped ice cream.

The area, as previously mentioned, is actually a collection of neighborhoods under the umbrella of Golden Oak. Each neighborhood has a different architectural look and feel, with "The Cottages" looking like upscale country homes, "Symphony Grove" containing homes that look much more modern and angular, and "Carolwood" really owning the look and feel of if Mark Cuban owned a golf course and built his own personal insane dream home on it. Curiously, there's also a Four Seasons hotel built on the property, which also contains permanent residences if you want that type of feel.

Golden Oak Is Really Just For The 1%

All of this doesn't come cheap, however. These homes start at $2 million and cap out around $8 million. However, one of the newest listing in the development, the "Capolavaro" in the Four Seasons neighborhood, was just listed for over $16 million. That hasn't stopped the neighborhoods from filling up, though. At time of writing, there is only one available home, and it's a resale for $4.5 million.

the capolavaro plan at disney's golden oak neighborhood near epcot and magic kingdom
Capolavaro rendering (c/o The Business Journals)

Golden Oak Resident Benefits

You do get some really interesting benefits for being a Golden Oak resident. The Disney staff refers to it as "Club Life," and it opens up a whole host of features, both in and out of the parks. some of the out-of-park perks reads like the features list at a retirement home, including: private lounges in the neighborhoods, "elegant" dining and a golf course exclusive to Golden Oak members designed by golf legend Tom Fazio. You also get 24/7 access to private chefs from the Four Seasons, for a fee of course.

Inside the parks, you have exclusive access to transportation to all of the Disney World theme parks, plus Disney Springs. You also get member-only access to the parks for "an extra amount of time" according to a vague Disney blurb. You also get free home delivery on any item you purchase from a gift shop in any of the parks. But do you get free access to the parks because you spent $10 million on a home there? You sure don't!

In-Home Details By Disney

Like Club 33, getting a glimpse inside these homes isn't always easy. However, thanks to the real estate listings, we can get a pretty good idea as to the options available. Everything from stunning indoor-outdoor views of the pool:

a living room in a home at Golden Oak in Disney World

As well as a wine cellar that would make LeBron James proud:

a wine cellar in a home at Golden Oak in Disney World

But thanks to one YouTuber, Angie Bellemare, who recently moved into Golden Oak, we get to see a comprehensive tour of the interior of one of these homes. All of these residences are designed by Imagineers at Disney, which allows them to include design flourishes you wouldn't otherwise find in other homes. Her home includes a Mickey shaped topiary by the pool:

a Mickey Mouse pool at a Golden Oak home in Disney World

As well as a diffuser located in the central air system that actually diffuses theme park smells throughout the house.

Miss the smell of sweaty families from New Jersey walking too slowly in front of you? Probably not, but now you have the option of bringing them into every room of your home.

a hidden mickey at a home in Golden Oak in Disney World Angie Bellemare

They all get the Disney mega-fan experience of being able to see the fireworks from their own roof, which is actually pretty sweet. I'd be down with that. To see the whole walkthrough, you can check out her video below.

The Bottom Line

For as much derision as I've thrown at this concept, I'd totally own a house here if I had the means. The homes are impeccably built, and the variety of architecture across the neighborhoods is pretty remarkable. My wife is also the biggest Disney mega fan I know and the only reason we don't already live in Orlando is because I wouldn't move there If I couldn't move into these exact homes. But what do you think? Would you live in Golden Oak? Let me know in the comments below!