Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Benefits of Owning a Vacation Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

There are many condos at the Lake of the Ozarks that are used as vacation homes. Vacation homes are perfect for getting away from your busy life and spending a relaxing weekend at the Lake. If you are visiting the Lake of the Ozarks, you may just consider renting a hotel room or vacation home. However, there are many reasons why purchasing your own Lake of the Ozarks condo could be more beneficial to you. Isla Del Sol offers five reasons to invest in your own vacation condo at the Lake of the Ozarks.


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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 


Your Lake Getaway
Isla Del Sol, the premier island development at the Lake of the Ozarks includes incredible amenities such as lakefront views, resort-style lakeside pool and much more. When you arrive at our luxury waterfront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will realize that you have finally left the craziness of the city behind you! If you are interested in learning more about our Lake of the Ozark luxury condos, call 573-552-8418.


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Monday, April 9, 2018

Create an Inviting Outdoor Living Area This Spring

The weather is getting warmer and potted flowers and plants are most likely starting to spring up at your local home goods and home improvement stores. Finally, you can get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. By living in a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can use flowers and plants to instantly liven up your space, without having the regular upkeep of a lawn and garden. This is easy to achieve with a little planning with the use of containers. Each unit at Isla Del Sol Condominiums has a large covered balcony to create your own inviting outdoor area. Here are some helpful tips for starting a container garden:


Define Your Space


Decide how you will use your space and how much of the area will be used for your container garden. Consider furniture and ornamental items you may have to incorporate into the space. Define the purpose of the space and it will drive design and plant choices:

  • Will you be entertaining friends or is this your personal oasis?
  • Would you like to plant herbs to create an edible garden?
  • Are you blocking out neighbors to create more privacy?
  • Are there any obstructions, like air conditioners or gutters that cannot be blocked?
  • Is there a size limitation to the area? 


Practical Considerations


Once you have defined the purpose of the space, you need to figure out the logistics. Determine how many containers, plants, furniture, and other ornaments you need and how to get them into your space. Think about the weight of the potted plants and flowers, the weather, and the climate in the space. Here are some questions to ask:

  • Do you need permission from your Condo Owner's Association?
  • Do you need a structural engineer to ensure the area can handle the weight of plants, containers, and furniture?
  • Is the area windy?
  • Are there areas in complete sunlight or in complete shade?
  • How will heavy rain or wind impact the items in the space?

Choosing Your Containers 


Unlike gardening in soil, where weight and watering restrictions do not apply, weight is the biggest consideration, when planting in containers on a deck or balcony. Consider these options:

  • Choose lighter containers such as fiberglass or plastic.
  • Limit the number of containers you use.
  • Consider how long it will take for soil to dry out using certain containers.
  • Make sure there is a way for the water to drain out.
  • Ensure the water will not drip on a neighbor's deck or balcony.
  • Find a nearby water source or determine if you will be carrying water to the plants.

Choosing Your Plants


Planting flowers and plants in containers can create the same feeling as an in-ground garden, it just requires some planning. Large tropical plants can provide shade and privacy, while herbs, and fruit and vegetable bearing plants most certainly have a different purpose. Colorful flowers will brighten up your space and be a great compliment to any deck or balcony. Make sure to take into consideration expected growth, type of soil, water and sunlight requirements. With a little foresight, creating your own container garden can open up many possibilities.   

Plant Your Container Garden at Isla Del Sol Condominiums 


Isla Del Sol Condominiums is known as a private island paradise at the Lake. Exquisite amenities, such as a resort-style pool with splash fountains, boat and PWC slips, and a dog walking area, make this complex top notch. With a few simple steps, you can even bring the beauty of an in-ground garden to your balcony with little maintenance. For more information on what these luxury condos at Lake of the Ozarks have to offer, contact (573) 552-8418.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering an In-Home Office

Today, working from home has become very common with the advancement of technology. If you work from your Lake of the Ozarks' condo, you may be wondering how to effectively configure your at-home office space. Isla Del Sol Condominiums feature roomy three bedroom units, which can be ideal for finding a dedicated work space. Here are some questions to ask yourself when looking for a potential at-home office arrangement:


1. Do You Need a Private Space?
If your work requires a dedicated space that is quiet or private, you may want an area with a door and location away from the main activity of the home. An extra bedroom that is not utilized is perfect for this situation. This is also ideal if your business requires you to keep confidential information and sensitive files.

2. Can You Share?
With more couples sharing a business and working from home, finding available space for two is challenging. In this case, converting one of the bedrooms into a shared office, so you can keep the other bedroom open for guests is optimal. Small desks set up in opposite corners, and a central location for printers and other devices can save space.

3. Do You Prefer Being Around Others?
Working from home can feel isolating at times and being around others can make you feel apart of the activity. If you can remain focused and block out noise to complete your tasks, you may want a corner of the living or dining area. Even installing sufficient outlets to a covered or screened deck can be a secondary work space as the weather allows.

4. Do You Need Multiple Options?
While it is best to set a designated area for your work space, some people like to have multiple options. You may want to use a kitchen or dining room table in the morning to get your family off to school and work, and then move to a more convenient location for the rest of the day.

5. Do You Want to Write Your Office Space Off Your Taxes?
If you work from home, and it is used as your main place of business, consult a tax professional. You may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. If the use of your home office is merely appropriate and helpful, you cannot deduct expenses for that purpose.

6. Is Your Bedroom a Possibility?
Modern bedrooms can often accommodate desks, bookshelves, and other office essentials. This can be effective for parents who want to work at night. Make sure you have adequate outlets near your computer station and a place for document storage.


Work and Play at Isla Del Sol Condominiums
With the spacious 3 bedroom and 2 bath units at Isla Del Sol Condominiums, you are sure to create an at-home office arrangement that works for you. When you are ready to finish for the day, step outside and enjoy all the amenities that the best condos at the Lake of the Ozarks have to offer, including panoramic views, a lake side pool, sun deck, and dog walking area.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

5 Perfect Reasons to Own an Isla Del Sol Condo!

The summer season will be gearing up very soon, so it's time to think about buying a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks! Vacation homes are perfect for getting away from your busy life and spending a relaxing weekend at the Lake. There are many reasons why purchasing your own Lake of the Ozarks condo could be more beneficial to you than just renting a hotel room or vacation home. Isla Del Sol offers five reasons to own your very own vacation condo at the Lake of the Ozarks.


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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!

Your Lake Getaway
Isla Del Sol, the premier island development at the Lake of the Ozarks, includes incredible amenities such as lakefront views, resort-style lakeside pool and much more. When you arrive at our luxury waterfront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will realize that you have finally left the craziness of the city behind you! If you are interested in learning more about our Lake of the Ozark luxury condos, call 573-552-8418.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Cleaning Checklist to Get Your Home Summer Ready

It's that time of year again. Spring is officially here and with the winter weather and holidays overtaking your time over the last several months, you've neglected your home's needs all winter long. We understand the lack of desire to do that much needed spring cleaning when the warmer weather invites you to enjoy the luxurious amenities at Isla Del Sol condominiums. So to make your task a little easier and quicker, Lake of the Ozarks luxury condo complex has come up with a quick view list for you to easily check off as you go:


Spring Cleaning Checklist

  • Pay special attention to the windows. Clean window glass, panes, screens and treatments. Take your drapes down and wash them or switch them out with fun spring themed ones. 
  • Dust throughout your home thoroughly - including tops of cabinets, ceiling fans, air vents and wall trim. 
  • Move and clean behind and under all furniture. Remove cushions and clean beneath them. Spot clean any stains showing up on cushions and throw pillows.
  • Have the carpet throughout your home professionally cleaned. Buff or wax your hardwood floor. Treat your tile floor and clean the grout with a commercial grade cleaner. 
  • Go through your fridge and get rid of any leftovers hiding out from the holidays. Dispose of any expired foods and scrub the shelves down to remove any stuck on foods. Scrub away any spilled food in your oven before running self-clean. Pay special attention to the stove burners to get up any stubborn spills or stuck on food. Scrub down the inside of your microwave. 
  • Go through closets, pantries, and shelving and discard anything you no longer need, want or anything that is expired. Organize the rest to make it easier to locate items without searching. 
  • Deep clean the bathrooms. Scrub soap scum from shower walls and tubs, faucets, and shower heads. When cleaning the toilet, pay special attention to the base of the toilet and surrounding floor as well. 
  • Vacuum and air out your bed mattress. Rotate your mattress to prolong its lifetime. Launder all bedding and pillows. 
  • Switch out your winter clothes with spring and summer clothes. 
  • Outside stuff - wash trash cans out with disinfectant spray. Sweep porches and decks and get rid of built up cobwebs. Wash off any outdoor furniture. 

With this handy list of items to go by, your spring cleaning tasks will be a breeze to check off. The best thing about living at Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront condominium is that maintenance will take care of all the outside spring cleaning chores, such as replacing shingles and cleaning the exterior. With a dazzling spring fresh home, you're ready to get to the important things in life. Now sit back and relax at the only island condominium project at Lake of the Ozarks!


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Lake of the Ozarks!

St. Patrick's Day is coming up this Saturday, March 14th. There are a slew of events going on and we couldn't be more excited! Just up the road from Isla Del Sol is Bagnell Dam - where the party will get started! Be sure to deck out yourself and the kids with green clothing! Here is a rundown of some events going on this weekend:


26th Annual St. Patrick's Day Water Parade
Start your St. Pat's celebration off right at the 26th Annual St. Patrick's Day Water Parade! The parade is a fun day trip on the water and a perfect way to kick off the Spring boating season! Decorate your boat and join the fleet or take a cruise on the Tropic Island or Celebration cruise yachts ($25). The on-water parade will begin and end at Captain Ron's (34.5 MM) in Sunrise Beach. A Breakfast Buffet beginning at 8 AM is available. Boats board at 9:30 AM and depart at 10 AM. Don't miss the celebration!

Lake of the Ozarks St. Patrick's Day Parade
This year's St. Patrick's Day Parade starts at 1PM on the Bagnell Dam strip. Join in the fun of an old fashioned parade with floats, marching bands and candy and goodies for the young and young at heart. Many of the local restaurants along the strip will be offering specials and corned beef and cabbage feasts. Come early to get a good spot!

St. Patrick's Short Bus Shuffle
The 8th Annual Short Bus Shuffle on the West side of the Lake. Our safe shuttles will run beginning at 4 pm. Each stop will have live entertainment, drink specials and St. Pat's festivities! REQUIRED $10 wristband to ride shuttles available at all locations. Souvenir shirts are available too! Hub location is Captain Ron's. Participating lodging facilities will be offering special rates for everyone involved however you must make reservations before the event!

St. Patrick's Day Party Concert
Party with Double Down in H. Toad's Bar & Grill for a free concert starting at 8PM and then take advantage of our Camden on the Lake special and get 1 Night lodging with breakfast for 2, starting at just at $99! Cannot be combined with any other offer, 7 day cancellation notice, breakfast for two included, additional adults extra. Call today to book now!

St. Patty's Open Golf Tournament
After a fun-filled Saturday packed with St. Patty's celebrations, wind down your weekend and kick off the season with a 3-person scramble. Breakfast starts at 9:00 AM. Shotgun start at 11:00 AM. Register your team today!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Isla Del Sol Condominiums. There will be plenty of things to do at the Lake this weekend ... why not stop by and take a peek at the finest condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks. Make sure you wear your green - we may pinch you into buying a condo!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Get Outdoors at the Lake of the Ozarks This Spring!

Spring is a great time to get outdoors and explore the Lake of the Ozarks, and it'll be here before we know it! There are many things to see and do when the weather is nice. One of the best reasons to buy a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks is that we have so many attractions, within a short distance to Isla Del Sol Condominiums. Take a look at the many spectacular outdoor activities around the Lake:

Photo: Fun Lake
Ha Ha Tonka State Park
In 1909, Governor Herbert Hadley proposed this natural wonder to be the first state park in Missouri, but it wasn't to be until 1978. The area has a number of geological features including a 70 feet wide natural bridge that spans 60 feet and reaches more than 100 feet in the air. The Colosseum is a steep-sided sinkhole measuring 500 feet long and 300 feet wide. There are two caves, which were used as hide-outs by criminals in the 1830's. Tall bluffs tower over Ha Ha Tonka Spring, Missouri's twelfth largest, and discharges approximately 58 million gallons of water daily. Trails and boardwalks make is easy for visitors to experience the tunnels, caverns, springs, and sinkholes.

High on the bluff overlooking the spring is The Castle Ruins. A wealthy businessman from Kansas City purchased more than 5,000 acres in 1903. Unfortunately he died in an automobile accident one year after construction had begun. His son finished building the estate his father had dreamed of, although not as elaborate as originally planned. In 1942, the entire interior was gutted by fire. Today only ruins remain.

Bridal Cave
Centuries ago, The Ozarks were inhabited by Osage Native Americans. They were thought to discover the pristine beauty that lies beneath Thunder Mountain. Local folklore tells of a legendary Native American wedding ceremony held in the early 1800's. Today this magnificent wonderland is called Bridal Cave. In the tradition of the Native American legend, the cave can be reserved as a wedding chapel. To date over 3,000 couples have exchanged vows in Bridal Cave. In 1948, the secret of "Mystery Lake" was officially uncovered and became a protected treasure for generations to come. Guided tours of the cave leave every few minutes and last approximately an hour. Tour guides will lead you through rooms of incredible mineral deposits, giant columns, delicate soda straws, and massive draperies of formations.

Swinging Bridges
The Swinging Bridges of Brumley are an experience not to be missed at the Lake of the Ozarks! They are original suspension bridges located on Swinging Bridges Road off Highway 42. The two bridges are located 1,000 feet from each other and still carry traffic. The Grand Auglaize Bridge was built in 1922 and is 500 feet long with a span of 414 feet. The Mill Creek Bridge was built in 1925 and is 135 feet long with a span of 95 feet.

Bagnell Dam
Photo: Fun Lake
Construction begun on the dam by Union Electric Company (now AmerenUE) in 1929 and was completed in 1931. Although the lake started to fill in 1931, the water did not reach full reservoir for the first time until the spring of 1932. Total cost of the project was $30 million.

At the time, Bagnell Dam was truly an engineering marvel, and dignitaries from all over the country and the world came to see it. More history and information can be found at Willmore Lodge near the dam, and you can view a real-sized turbine, which is how electricity is produced. To this day, the energy Bagnell Dam produces provides millions of hours of recreation for tourists, local residents, and second homeowners.

Explore Lake of the Ozarks at Your Isla Del Sol Condo
Isal Del Sol Condominiums offers private luxury without the upkeep of a residential home. Take advantage of maintenance free living and enjoy everything the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer. Get anywhere you need to in just minutes via the newly constructed roadway. For more information on these condos, contact us at (573) 552-8418.

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