The Balmoral, from $345,500, Florida USA

Arriving into some fanfare of “Eye of the Tiger”, Brazilian football superstar Ronaldo (the one from the 90s and 2000s, not Real Madrid’s recent star) rocked up from Central Florida to break ground in his most recent R9 football Academy. While it’s that his 14th this project, this one has a distinctive selling point: it has 30 minutes’ drive from Disney World.

The combination of both Ronaldo and Mickey Mouse has shown too tempting for land developers who’ve made the new academy a advertising centre-point because of their vacation homes resort, Balmoral in Water’s Edge, ” Haines City.

Under bright blue sky, a 30C fever, and in front of over a hundred local dignitaries, the affable, now retired, FIFA World Cup Winner joked with the audience (either through a translator and also in English) and revealed that he resides in Madrid, he visits Orlando’s theme parks every year with his four kids.

“Orlando attracts many, many international people, I added,” Ronaldo said. “At my academy in Balmoral we want soccer enthusiasts — girls and boys, local and international — to enjoy the amenities and practise their skills. R9 will produce 20-30 jobs locally, and contribute into the area global investment from those who come to playwith, and their own families.”

And if they say global investment, they mean you. International buyers in Balmoral in Water’s Edge, which is set around two salt water ponds at 115 yards, are 45 percent British, with the majority of the equilibrium freshwater and Chinese. The 24 houses in phase 1 were sold to private British investors off-plan and the finished first phase of 102 houses also sold out. Currently, 40 percent of this next phase of 85 condos are reserved.

A townhouse available in The Balmoral

A total of 245 villas will be built, with the conclusion of the entire resort of family houses in the Central Florida lakelands scheduled for July 2018, and the R9 academy set to start by January 2018.

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A further $5m was invested at Balmoral in Water’s Edge, where home prices start from $345,500 to get a completely furnished, three-bedroom house with a private pool. Amenities include a golf club style clubhouse with an al fresco restaurant and bar, gym and kids’ games room, water park and big swimming pool, garlanded by palm trees, and an outdoor big screen for film nights.

Each home comes with a pool

Garrett Kenny, CEO of the programmer, Feltrim Group, stated: “Our Australian buyers’ profile has shifted from pure investors at the first phase to some mix of investors and those who want to use their house for vacations and set it into the rental programme to make a six percent net return.

“The link with R9 makes tactical sense as our revenue focus is about the Oriental and South American markets in which Ronaldo is a household name, and many Britons know him also. So that it’s cache for housebuyers and also a lure for holidaymakers, who can reserve their children to the academy.”

Ronaldo’s company partners have recognized Florida as a development market – and Balmoral as a suitable place — since it is a hot-bed of football in the united states due to its big Native and South American populations. Looks like it’s all kicking off.

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