Friday, November 9, 2018

Benefits of Condo Living You May Not Have Considered

Deciding to invest in real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks is a great decision. Owning a home allows you to start building equity and invest in your future. Often when people think about home ownership, they forget to even consider owning a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks. No matter if you plan to use your condo as your primary residence or a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, there are a lot of benefits of condo living that you may not have considered. Read on to find out what those benefits are!


No Building Maintenance

In addition to having no yard work, you will also not have to worry about the upkeep on the exterior of the building. When you own a home, you not only have to keep up the inside of your house, you also have to worry about the exterior of the home. This includes the siding, gutter systems and roofing. When you own a condo, maintenance will keep up the exterior of the building, so you only need to worry about the inside of your condo.

Extra Amenities

When you purchase a condo, you will be able to use the amenities. At Isla Del Sol, we have a beautiful lake side pool with fountains, pool side sun deck, dog walking area, available private storage lockers, ample resident parking, and boat docks and personal watercraft slips. Enjoy a nice summer day relaxing at the pool or take off on your boat and enjoy a day on the water!


No Yard Work

This is a big advantage to living in a condo. When you live in a condo community, there is no yard work that needs to be done because maintenance will take care of it. In the winter months, you will not have to worry about clearing snow off your driveway either, which can be a big plus.

Sense of Community

Many homeowners would say that there is a sense of community in their neighborhood, and while that might be the case, when you live in a condo it is just a little bit different. In a neighborhood, you have relatively big yards separating everyone. Condo owners, on the other hand, live in much closer proximity. There are social moments that happen all throughout the day and a chance to get to know your neighbors in a way that you wouldn’t get to if you lived in a private home.

Enjoy Living on Our Private Island at the Lake of the Ozarks 

If living in a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks sounds like an enticing lifestyle, come check out our units at Isla Del Sol! Our units feature 9-foot ceilings, expansive outdoor balconies, kitchens with a breakfast bar and pantry, upgraded ceramic tile, fireplaces, walk-in closets, spacious laundry rooms with side by side washer and dryer hookups, modern lighting plans, luxurious master suites and much more! You can tour one of our model units every day from 10am to 4 pm! We'd love to show you what living in luxury is all about!


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Friday, November 2, 2018

Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving at Your Condo

November is here which means that Thanksgiving will be here be here before we know it. If you are planning to host Thanksgiving at your Lake of the Ozarks condo, you may be concerned about having enough space to host a large event. There is no need to fret, just because you have a smaller space to work with doesn't mean there aren't ways to still be a great host. Today, Isla Del Sol would like to give you a few tips for hosting Thanksgiving this year at your condominium at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Buffet Style Dinner 

Save some space on the table and have your side dishes set up in a buffet style. Leave a few of the dishes on the counter, stovetop or island and guests can come and go serving themselves as they please. In addition, it will mean there is less to clear away when you transition from dinner to dessert.

Storage 

Small kitchens can be one of the bigger challenges when it comes to hosting Thanksgiving, or any dinner party. So it comes in handy to be a bit creative when it comes to finding space. Sometimes, the packaging can take up more space than the item itself. For example, plastic tubs that fruit and veggies come in often take up a lot of space. After washing them, it may be a good idea to transfer them into a ziplock bag. In addition, use a cooler full of ice to keep your beverages cool to open up valuable fridge and counter space.

Rearrange

Don't be afraid to rearrange furniture for the evening. It may be a good idea to swap the living and dining areas. Shift your living room furniture to the side, or use your spare room as storage for the time being to make room for the table. Having the table in the living space creates more room for people to enjoy a comfortable Thanksgiving meal. Although it doesn't make sense to have it there on a daily basis, it makes sense to move everything around to create more space a better flow.

De-Clutter

When you host a big dinner in a small area, you need to make room for your guests. Clear away the knick-knacks and create space for your guests to place their drinks. Throw your outerwear in your room to make room for your guest's jackets in the entrance closet. If you keep your shoes near the entranceway, clear them away so your guests have room for their shoes.

Be Flexible!

Being flexible is one of the biggest things that you have to do while hosting in a smaller space. Focus on the mix, not the match. Be creative when decorating and planning. It's ok if your dinner isn't perfect. Being together with friends and family is the most important part of Thanksgiving.



You may think that your condo at the Lake of the Ozarks is to small to host Thanksgiving this year, but with a little planning and creativity, you can be a great host! Plus, what's more relaxing than sipping on a hot beverage looking out the window at a gorgeous lake view with the people you love most! Just remember that your event doesn't have to be perfect, just remember that it's all about spending time with your family and friends.




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Friday, October 26, 2018

Why YOU Should Buy a Condo at Isla Del Sol!

There is a lot of condominium at the Lake of the Ozarks and you may be wondering which complex is the best. Whether you are looking to buy a vacation property at the Lake of the Ozarks, or you are looking for a permanent residence, you won't want in invest in any other condo but Isla Del Sol! Read on to find out about all the great things we offer at Isla Del Sol!

What sets us apart from the rest

Isla Del Sol is the only Island condo development at the Lake of the Ozarks, putting it a league of its own. Isla Del Sol is located on the island known for decades as Hawaiian Island and features 360-degree panoramic views of the Lake With the new bridge access, island living is easy and convenient at the Lake of the Ozarks.


What are our most popular features?

The view is by far the most popular feature at Isla Del Sol. Every unit has an awesome panoramic view, looking out across the beautiful Lake. Conveniently situated at the 3-mile marker, Isla Del Sol is a luxury waterfront resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. It features a pool with zero entry, fountains, and a splash playground for the kids. With these great amenities and more, Isla Del Sol is a great place to spend your summer days.

What do our condos offer?

With 3 separate buildings, "Zeus," "Venus," and "Neptune," there is plenty of variety to suit your needs. Our residences feature the following amenities:
  • expansive outdoor balconies
  • large kitchens w/ breakfast bar and pantry
  • fireplaces
  • walk-in closets
  • luxurious master suites

Don't forget the 9-foot ceilings, upgraded ceramic tile, spacious laundry rooms with side by side washer and dryer hookups, modern lighting plan and so much more!



Our resort style amenities make our condos great vacation property at the Lake of the Ozarks. Buying a condo is a great investment especially when you buy a condo at Isla Del Sol! We have an open house every day, so if you are interested in see what it would be like to live in our luxury condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, stop by and check us out!




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Friday, October 19, 2018

Why YOU Should Invest in a Vacation Condo

There is always something to do at the Lake of the Ozarks and due to our central location, the Lake of the Ozarks is a short drive from many places in the United States. Have you ever considered buying a vacation condo? Well, if you haven't picture yourself coming down to the lake to enjoy not only the water but also all of the fun activities and events that go on all year long. When you own a vacation condo at the Lake of the Ozarks it makes it that much easier to pack your bags and enjoy a weekend or week-long getaway anytime. There are endless reason having vacation condo could be beneficial to you and today we are going to share five of those reasons with you.


Great Vacations

Having your own Lake of the Ozarks condo means that you can visit whenever you want! If you visit enough, having your own place means saving money on places to stay. In addition, you also won't be affected by the off-season! If you want to visit the Lake on a spur during a nice weekend in the middle of winter, you won't have to worry about getting last minute reservation.

A Place To Call Your Own

When you own a vacation home, it can be a great place to bring the family together for special occasions and holidays. You, your family and friends can enjoy lasting memories in a place that's all your own. Your vacation will become a little more special with each year to come and memory made.

Retirement

The Lake of the Ozarks is a great place to retire, especially if you own a waterfront condo. If you purchase a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can use it as a weekend getaway home and use it as a future retirement home when that time comes.


Increase Equity

As with any home, your goal is to be able to make money from the property if you decide on selling it later. Homes are a great way to increase your equity, especially if you are able to have a low-interest mortgage.

Easy To Maintain

When you think of investing in a second place, you need to decide whether you want a home or condo. Condos at the Lake of the Ozarks are a popular choice, as they are easy to maintain. When they are used as a vacation home, they are unoccupied more than they are occupied. The condo association deals with all the upkeep of the building so you can spend more time having fun on your vacation! If you are wondering if a condo is for you, read our blog all about advantages of condos.


Getaway at the Lake! 

At Isla Del Sol, you will delight in all of our resort-style amenities! From a 360 panoramic view of the Lake of the Ozarks, dog walking area, resort style pool, spacious living areas, and much more! We are the only island living at the Lake of the Ozarks, so not only can you say you have a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks you can also say you have a vacation home on an island! Come check out the area and be sure to stop by our luxury condos at the Lake of the Ozarks and take a tour of our model units!



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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fall Harbor Hop 2018!

The Annual Fall Harbor Hop at the Lake of the Ozarks is happening this Saturday, October 13th, 2018. This is a fun lakewide event that people of all ages can enjoy! Fall is a gorgeous time of year to spend the day out on the water here at the Lake. Spend the day taking in the beautiful fall foliage and enjoying the day out on the water "hoping" from the 40 participating restaurants around the Lake of the Ozarks. If you have never participated in one of the Harbor Hops at the Lake, don't worry it's easy and the best condominium complex at the Lake of the Ozarks, Isla Del Sol, has all the details for you!

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How It Works

Step One: Obtain a hand at any of the participating dealer locations with an optional $20 donation per hand and draw your first card. You may play as many hands as you would like.

Step Two: Spend the day "hoping" from the participating restaurants drawing one card per location (Note: some locations have 2 dealer tables) until you have 7 cards (a full poker hand!).

Step Three: Turn in your hand by 7pm at your last stop! If you aren't happy with your hand or you think you are close to a winning hand, an additional 8th bonus card can be drawn for $5.

*Winners will be notified by mail.*

Dealer Locations

Checkpoints Gravois Arm - Section I

Cabana Jones Lakeside Bar - 3.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Jolly Rogers Grub & Grog - 4.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Westport Yacht Club @ Mermaid Cove - 5 MM Gravois - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Gas Hole at Beauty View Resort - 5.5 MM Soap Creek - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Hillbilly Yacht Club Bar & Grill - 7 MM Gravois Arm - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Frog's Bar & Grill - 8 MM Gravois Arm - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tap and Grill Lakeside Brew Haus - 6.5 MM Main Channel - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Millstone Marina - 6.5 MM Main Channel - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Checkpoints Dam, Main Channel, 13 MM - Section II 

Beavers at the Dam - 0 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Ozark Yacht Club/Lakeside Cafe - 1MM (Jennings Branch Cove) - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Boathouse Lakeside Bar & Grill - 3 MM (Jobson Hollow Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Big Thunder Marina at Glencove - 3 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Shady Gators #1 - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Shady Gators #2 - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Camden on the Lake/H.Toads - 7 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Big Thunder Marine - 8 MM (Buck Creek Cove) - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Franky & Louie's #1 - 10 MM (Lynch Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Franky & Louie's #2 - 10 MM (Lynch Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Lake House 13 at Pointe Oasis - 13 MM (Chimney Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Checkpoints 13.5 MM - 26 MM, Main Channel - Section III

Backwater Jack's - 17.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Dog Days #1 - 19 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Dog Days #2 - 19 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Kelly's Port - 19.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Bridgeview Marina & Shipstore - 1.5 MM Grand Glaize Arm - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Formula Boats of Missouri - 1 MM Grand Glaize Arm - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Surdyke Port 20 - 20 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Shorty Pants Marina & Lounge - 21 MM (Woodland Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Redhead Lakeside Grille - 21 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Paradise Tropical Restaurant #1 - 24 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Paradise Tropical Restaurant #2 - 24 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Papa Chubby's Food & Booze - 26 MM (Crab Tree Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Checkpoints 28.5 MM - 38 MM, Main Channel & Big Niangua Arm - Section IV

Larry's on the Lake #1 - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Larry's on the Lake #2 - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Popeyez Restaurant & Bar - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
The Fish & Company - 31 MM (Linn Creek Cove) - 11:00 to 7:00 pm
Bulldog's Beach House - 33 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Chesnie's Cafe - 33 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Captain Ron's Bar & Grill #1 - 34.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Captain Ron's Bar & Grill #2 - 34.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Nautifish Rum Bar - 3.5 MM Big Niangua - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Pirates Point Gas Dock & Boat Rentals - 35 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Bear Bottom Resort - 38 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

*** Locations are subject to change.***

Prizes 

1st Place: 10%
2nd Place: 9%
3rd Place: 8%
4th Place: 7% each
5th - 10th Place: 5% each
4 Worst Hands: 4% each
Random Drawing for 10 Hands: 2% each
(all ties will share the allocated percentage for the placing)

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The Bonus
In addition to the regular prize winners, a section winner will be recognized. To be eligible to be a section winner, a player must draw all seven (7) cards within one of the four sections listed below.

If you have access to the main channel via boat, it would be easy to hit several sections of the event within the time-frame. The best waterfront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks sit in the perfect spot for this event! The 360-degree view will be filled with boaters all over trying to collect their hands, you should join them! It's a great time to get some boating in before it gets too cold out.

If you aren't a resident at our condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, have you ever considered buying a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks? When you own a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can enjoy fun events like these all year long! Come tour our model units and see what living in luxury is all about.



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Friday, October 5, 2018

Get Your Second Home Ready for Being Empty During the Off Season

Fall is here and once the weather starts to cool down you probably won't find yourself at your second home at the Lake of the Ozarks often, if not until next spring. It's never too early to start planning what to do when you leave your condo for the off-season months. You want to ensure that your condo at the Lake of the Ozarks is protected from the weather and is in tip-top shape when you return. There are steps you should take when you plan on leaving your condominium for season. Your favorite condominium complex at the Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips for keeping your condo safe while you are away.



Protect your dock slip from ice.

If you've decided to winterize your boat and choose to leave it in the slip, you'll want to take some precautions to ensure your boat is protected from the ice! A de-icer in the water can keep ice from forming around your boat and damaging the hull. Disconnecting batteries from the boat and keeping the cover sealed tight can also help prevent accidental neighbors (pests) from hibernating in your watercraft.

Adjust your thermostat for your absence.

Leaving your condo energy efficient in your absence is not as easy as simply turning off the thermostat and walking away for the winter. You'll want to turn the thermostat over to the heat setting and set it low, around 50°F. This can prevent your home from dropping into freezing temperature, which could lead to property damage.

Unplug unnecessary appliances from the wall.

Unplug all of your appliances. A report from Springfield, Illinois shows that your fridge consumes anywhere from $7 to $18 monthly. If you're going to be gone for months, this is just wasted energy and money. Additionally, appliances can cause household fires if the power cord is faulty. With no one home, it could be devastating if a fire were to occur.


Hire someone to check on your property.

Several companies around the Lake of the Ozarks offer winter home checking services, all designed to keep your home protected and keep it looking like it isn't empty. You could also make friends with those who stay around your property year round - these neighbors are perfect people to ask to keep an eye on things!

It is important to take the necessary steps to prepare your second home at the Lake of the Ozarks for vacancy during the offseason. There is still plenty of time to enjoy the fall season at the Lake of the Ozarks but it won't be long until you leave the Lake until next year, so be sure to keep this list handy. If you don't plan on hiring someone or you don't have a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your condo, it's a good idea to come back and check on things from time to time. Plus, it gives you a chance to experience your panoramic view of the Lake again!


By following these simple organization hacks, living in a condominium at the Lake of the Ozarks is sounding better and better! At Isla Del Sol, you get to live in paradise all year, so what are you waiting for? Don't let a small space intimidate you, stop by Isla Del Sol and see what living in luxury is all about! You can tour our model units daily from 10am-4pm, we'd love to show you around!


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Friday, September 28, 2018

Maximize Your Space in Your Condo!

Many people are reluctant to buy a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks because they are afraid that there will not be enough space. Even though our luxury condos at the Lake of the Ozarks are over 1,300 square feet, everyone always feels like they need more room. However, most of the time it isn't space you are lacking, it's organization. Follow these tips below to maximize space in your condo!


Organize Your Living Room

As a central hub of entertainment and relaxation for most families, it can be difficult at times to keep out the mess and clutter in your living room. When looking to maximize these areas, it is best to find multi-functioning furniture. Invest in a coffee table with bottom shelving, and drawers for magazines and normal table clutter. T.V. stands with drawers and cabinets are great for storing movies and games in a neat way. Additionally, adding a few nice accent end tables with open sides or cabinet doors will give your living areas extra storage room, creating a beautiful spacious look.

Maximize Bathroom Storage

Putting baskets under the sink and behind doors can be useful for storing small electrical appliances, such as electric razors and curling irons, when not in use. For more space options, buy a plastic shoe organizer, cut it into three or four sections and attach them on the inside of doors or inside sink cabinets.

Get the Most out of Your Bedroom

Having a clean and spacious bedroom will maximize your relaxation and comfort in your condo. Having a few flat bins are great for storing out of season clothes under the bed. Utilizing closet organizers to separate clothing, shoes, ties, scarfs and more will yield more functionality to your closet. Get a nice stand up hamper with a lid that matches the theme of your bedroom. Be sure to go through your clothes seasonally to see if they are getting old and faded or aren't fitting right anymore. Yearly closet cleanouts are important for keeping clutter at a minimum.

Maximizing Your Entryway

As the first area that you welcome your guests into your condo, the entryway is often the most cluttered by shoes, coats and children's backpacks. Simple organization and a few additions can make a major difference between clutter and opening up your entryway. You can maximize space by adding a storage bench; this is a good place to store shoes and backpacks, as well as other things that need a place close to the door. Top that off with a wall mounted coat rack, a few shelves for pictures and a mirror for a great accented look. Now you have a beautiful entryway that reflects the open theme of your condo.



By following these simple organization hacks, living in a condominium at the Lake of the Ozarks is sounding better and better! At Isla Del Sol, you get to live in paradise all year, so what are you waiting for? Don't let a small space intimidate you, stop by Isla Del Sol and see what living in luxury is all about! You can tour our model units daily from 10am-4pm, we'd love to show you around!


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