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Temporarily Own a Home Where the Florida Suburbanites Roam

September 26, 2003 -- We introduced you to the thrill of impersonating a Florida homeowner back in June when we reported on deals for renting private homes near Disney World. Now we're happy to publish an extended offer from the same company -- the family-run AAA Dream Homes. Owner Lance Boyer is cutting $15 per night from the daily rate to readers. Except for holiday and peak travel blackout dates, this offer is valid year-round and has no expiration date.

With regular prices for a three-bedroom/two-bath home or condo in October and November (except Thanksgiving) running $115 a night ($105 for seven nights or more), this $15 per night discount will really add up, and in December (excluding Christmas holidays), when the same set up costs only $79-$89 before the discount, you'll feelteh owner who discovered oil in his own backyard!

Every home has a private, screened swimming pool and every condo unit has a community pool and a clubhouse. If you come during cooler months, the pools can be heated for an extra charge. All homes feature central heating and air-conditioning systems. The three-bedrooms/two-bath is the smallest home available, but there are bigger ones up to six rooms and three baths. Condos are either two bedrooms/two baths or three bedrooms/two baths. If you stay less than five nights, there's a one-time cleaning fee, which can range from $55 to $95, depending on unit size. There's also a 12% tax on the prices quoted here.

Each home has a fully equipped kitchen complete with microwave, dishwater, refrigerator, oven and coffeemaker. Each living room has cable TV, VCR, music system and pullout sofabed. All have dining areas and a two-car garages. Other amenities designed to increase the impression of ownership include a washer, dryer, iron, hair dryer and naturally, linens and towels.

Every condo is fully furnished with full kitchen, dining area and living room. The community recreation area includes a full size pool and spa, a kiddy pool, a snack room, a weight room, table tennis and pool tables, game room, a 50-seat theater with a VCR movie every night. You can socialize with other temporary owners while playing volleyball, basketball or tennis. Typical concerns and joys of owners' community can be exchanged while barbequing in a charcoal BBQ pit and at children's playground.

Dream Homes is a member of the Better Business Bureau, FLA USA Partners and the visitors' bureaus of Kissimmee and Orlando. For more information, see or phone them at 888/658-8535 or 407/396-2233, fax 407/396-4474.