Breezy Oak Villa vs. Pleasant Oak Villa: What’s the difference?
If you have seen both of our properties, and are wondering what the differences are between them, this information is for you.
Talking about the differences between the two is a bit strange – because in truth, they are far more alike than they are different.
So what do they have in common?
- 4 Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms
- Sleep 8 people without using a pull out sofa bed or cots
- Great kitchen with dining area off the Lounge/Living Room Area
- Patio doors from Lounge out to Lanai & Pool Deck
- Master bedroom with ensuite with large shower with separate door directly out to the pool deck
- Queen 2nd Bedroom
- High-Speed FIOS Internet with WiFi
- Local landline Telephone with Free Long Distance to North America
- Multi-Channel Entertainment Package on Multiple Quality TV’s with BlueRay Players & Internet Access
- Third & Fourth Bedrooms each with Two Twin Beds
- Garage converted into a Games Room, each with a quality Slate Pool Table
- Great Del-Air Installed A/C Systems with Digital Thermostats
- Lanai (Covered Deck) with dining seating in the shade
- Private Pool in screened-in enclosure with pool loungers
- Located in Thousand Oaks, just 15 minutes from the Magic Kingdom Parking Lot (7 minutes to the Disney Resort Property Boundary).
- Attractive Landscaping
- Security features including: Monitored Alarm, Perimeter Lighting, Fire Extinguishers, Emergency Back-up Lighting, Safe, Private Code Door Lock
- Recently installed over-sized pool heaters and energy-efficient whisper quiet pumps
- Offsite parking for two vehicles
- Your terrific hosts!
So what are the differences between the two?
Located at the back of a cul-de-sac (court), at the end of a 100′ driveway, and surrounded by tropical forest, Breezy Oak Villa is one of the most private vacation rental homes in the entire Disney area! Not only does the property have no rear neighbours, it practically has no side neighbours either! This is quiet rare.
(Most vacation rental subdivisions have homes built very close together, and you usually can see people in other home’s pool areas, and they can see you from theirs. Homes without another pool area across from them at the rear are often described as ‘not overlooked’ but what they fail to mention is that the pool areas ARE overlooked, from eight feet away next door on one or two sides, or the homes back a golf course, and everyone going by on the course can see into your pool area as well.)
Pleasant Oak Villa’s pool area is not as private as that of Breezy Oak, but the home is a bit easier to get to. Pleasant Oak’s pool area is still quite private when compared to the vast majority of Orlando area vacation homes, but just about anything is going to pale when compared to Breezy Oak Villa on this basis. While Pleasant Oak is not as secluded, it still does offer rear yard privacy better than most vacation rental homes, and that is important to keep in mind. If you’re not going to be using the pool that much, then the privacy at the back of the property may be less important to you.
At this time, I should mention that we have been landscaping the yard at Pleasant Oak Villa, specifically to provide the pool area with more privacy. To the NorthEast, there is conservation forest; to the NorthWest, there are two neighbouring properties, but due to the layout of the area, they are on a completely different street, and the homes themselves are a full lot away from our own. In fact, the closest home actually borders our neighbour, not ourselves.
The privacy and view of trees and shrubs that surround Breezy Oak Villa is a major feature of the property, so many of our guests come to us because they are attracted to the peaceful, beautiful and private surroundings. With this in mind, we have landscaped the yard of Pleasant Oak Villa to provide as similar an experience as possible, with hedge shrubs and large palms that block the view to the neighbours, and provide a pretty, tropical feel to the yard. Everything has been done based on sightlines, to provide privacy without making it feel claustrophobic.
Of course one could simply plant shrubbery completely around the outside of the pool screen enclosure or build a fence, (many owners do this) but this does not provide the same quality of experience that we want. The large lots in our Thousand Oaks subdivision allow us to provide a much better environment for our guests, and we continue to develop both properties with this in mind.
Breezy Oak Villa has a larger rear lawn area than Pleasant Oak Villa, but this is partly due to the fact that Pleasant Oak Villa has a larger pool deck and screen enclosure over the pool. Completed in early 2019, the pool deck at Pleasant Oak Villa was doubled in size, and the pool screen enclosure was enlarged by 50%, extending it past the corner of the house. As a result, there is always some part of the pool deck that is in the sun! Even in the winter, there is some part of the pool deck at Pleasant Oak that has sun, at any time of the day! At 64 Feet wide, the pool deck at Pleasant Oak Villa is the widest in the entire subdivision!
Both bathrooms at Breezy Oak Villa were updated in 2016-2017, which represented a complete renovation, as they were stripped down to the bare studs and rebuilt from there. So Breezy Oak Villa gets the nod (for the moment) for nicer bathrooms. We are planning to also renovate the bathrooms at Pleasant Oak Villa soon, and will update this post when it happens.
Now… other than the bathrooms, privacy and size of the rear yard, and the cul-de-sac location, Pleasant Oak is NICER than Breezy Oak Villa in almost every way!
It is larger, has a bigger and better games area, bigger and better TV’s, newer and nicer furniture, newer and better A/C, and was completely renovated inside throughout 2012, with the first guests arriving in December 2012. The four-poster canopy king bed in the master bedroom is amazing! It is the most comfortable bed I’ve ever enjoyed!
And wait ’till you see the kitchen! Stained maple cabinets, with custom quartz countertops with black subway tile, and an elegant dual basin sink with high-top pull-down faucet means this kitchen is a joy to prepare food in. And we’ve equipped it like no other.
The rental rates for both properties are the same. Breezy Oak is more private, and that is its best feature. Pleasant Oak is better in almost every other way, meaning its quality is higher, and that’s why it gets the same rates.
We’ve actually had a couple of guests stay at both properties. One spent a week at each right together. Here is what he had to say about the two properties:
You asked if I would also give comparison feedback as we had stayed at both Villas…..
Overall Breezy had the edge with the pool area due to its outlook, although in isolation Pleasant was also excellent and although overlooked on the left, not intrusive. The pool was warmer at Pleasant Oak – maybe due to more sun. There was more pool furniture at Pleasant, which also had soft covers on the sun loungers
Note: Since this guest stayed with us, the landscaping at Pleasant Oak has grown substantially providing more privacy, the pool deck and screen enclosure at Pleasant Oak have been enlarged, and we have added new pool loungers to both homes.
We preferred Pleasant Oaks internally although in isolation Breezy Oaks was excellent as well. Most Villas we have stayed in have had more areas carpeted. Pleasant benefitted from more tiling and I can understand this is more forgiving over time, it also worked well. The flow of the home was better at Pleasant with the Kitchen area easier to access from all areas. Pleasant has a slightly more modern feel to it, not that Breezy is in anyway dated.
Both villas are more homey than any others we have stayed in due to the detail you have added that many do not. This made them feel more like a home than a rental – a very positive point. Both were a pleasure to stay in!
The most positive thing I can tell you about Pleasant Oak? Even though Breezy Oak was our first home in Florida… our baby, and we love it… given the choice, we prefer Pleasant Oak Villa, and it is where we will stay if both are free. Shhhhhh! Don’t tell Breezy Oak! We don’t want to hurt her feelings!
Breezy Oak Villa is amazingly private and relaxing. Pleasant Oak Villa is amazingly comfortable, luxurious and relaxing. Both are magical places to stay! Honestly, Breezy Oak Villa is a bit easier for us to book, because it tends to photograph better, which makes it more attractive in listings and advertisements. But once you stay at Pleasant Oak, especially if you don’t expect to use the pool much (But don’t get me wrong, the pool’s no slouch at POV either!) you’ll thank me for encouraging you to give it a shot!
They are both wonderful properties!