Friday, May 29, 2015

Get To Know Your Neighbors

Getting to know your neighbors can make you feel more comfortable with your surroundings and open you up to people and experiences that you might not get a chance to have on your own.  The Lake of the Ozarks luxury condominiums at Isla Del Sol is a wonderful community full of great people, both full-time local residents and second-home weekenders. Tomorrow, May 30, is Neighbor Day, so here are a few ideas for you to easily get out and meet your neighbors.  These will work whether you live in our beautiful waterfront condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks or any other neighborhood.    

Start with a wave and a smile

Even if you are a little shy, the easiest thing to do is to simply smile and wave a friendly hello from your front door.  This is a simple way to break the ice and let others know that you are approachable. A smile can brighten anyone's day and is quite often contagious.  You are much more likely to strike up a conversation with a happy person than with someone that looks cranky.  

Use local amenities

Get out and enjoy what your area has to offer.  You are bound to run into others that live close by.  Isla Del Sol Condominiums offers lots of amenities on our private island for residents to enjoy together.  Swim at the pool, take a daily walk or run around the paths, or even spend a little time fishing or just relaxing on the boat dock.  If you are a pet owner, meet others in the dog walking area.  This works for other communities too.  Visit a nearby park or shop local businesses close by.  People in your neighborhood will be there too.   

Throw a party

If you are an outgoing personality that enjoys entertaining, send an invitation to your neighbors to join you for a cocktail party or even a potluck.  You can host it at your home, a local bar or restaurant, a park, or by the pool.  A public spot might make it less intimidating for someone that you haven't met yet.   

Start a group or club

Do you have small children?  Start a playgroup for others with kids.  Do you love to read? Start a book club.  Strike up conversations with others when you are out and about.  You are bound to find similar interests with your neighbors, and many may be excited to meet and explore these interests further.  

Welcome new neighbors

Take the first step with people that are just moving in.  Send over a "welcome to the neighborhood" note or plate of baked goods.  Offer to show them the fun spots in the area.  If you make them feel welcome, you are one step closer making some new friends.

Be a good neighbor

Being friendly goes a long way, but if you are inconsiderate of the people living around you, all the smiles in the world may never work.  Don't take up their parking spaces.  Don't stay up super late at night making loud, disturbing noises. Basically, treat your neighbors the way you want to be treated.     

Try a few of these things, or come up with a few of your own.  Tomorrow simply saying "Happy Neighbor Day" is a perfect conversation starter.  If you let your neighbors know that you are open to a friendship, you have taken the first step in getting to know those living around you a little better.  At Isla Del Sol, we want all of our residents to feel welcome and comfortable in our private condominium paradise.  Every community can benefit from neighbors getting to know each other.      

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks

Memorial Day Weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks is the time of year when people flock to our town for the first big 3-day weekend of the Summer season.  Technically, it is still Spring, but this weekend puts us in our Summer mindset.  The best luxury condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks, Isla Del Sol, is a perfect place to live to enjoy all of your fun-filled holidays.  Our island paradise is a wonderful spot to gather with your friends for a barbecue and hanging out at the pool right by the lake.

The Lake of the Ozarks is the best place to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend because there is something exciting to do everywhere that you go.  Bars and restaurants boast live music all weekend long.  You can rent a boat or jet ski and get out on the water.  There are multiple community parks and State Parks around this area where you can play, hike, and cookout.  The Lake's Convention and Visitors Bureau features many of the events and entertainment at

A popular highlight of Memorial Weekend is the fireworks displays.  Here are a few of the places that you can see them around the Lake of the Ozarks area. 

  • Saturday, May 23
    • Bear Bottom Resort in Sunrise Beach is hosting their fireworks display at 9:45, and they will have live music going on throughout the evening. 
  • Sunday, May 24:
    • Tan-Tar-A Resort is shooting off fireworks after 9 pm.  They are on KK & at the 26 MM by water.
    • The Lodge of Four Seasons fireworks will also start after 9 pm.  They are on Horseshoe Bend Parkway & at he 13 MM by water.  They will also have a carnival open at 5 pm.
    • Village Marina is shooting off their fireworks at the 3 MM on the Northshore.
    • Both the Tropic Island and the Celebration are taking reservations for those wanting to watch the fireworks from the water.  

Everyone at Isla Del Sol's waterfront condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks hopes that you get a chance to do something fun to celebrate this very special and meaningful U.S. holiday.  No matter what that is, please take care and be safe.  We want to keep seeing you again and again all Summer long.    

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

5 Tips for Staying Safe in Your Condominium

Living in a condominium complex is a little different than living in an individual home.  Many of the same precautions can apply to both, but condos have a few more that they need to be considered.  Isla Del Sol's luxury waterfront condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks are a magnificent place to live.  We want to make sure that all of our owners keep themselves and their homes safe.

1. Get to know your neighbors.  

Condo-living keeps you in much closer contact with your neighbors than living in a house does.  Do your best to meet everyone living around you.  Knowing who your neighbors are will help you to notice when strangers wander near your home.  Also, having a friendly relationship with your neighbors lets you keep an eye out for each other if something (or someone) ever looks strange or out of place.  

2. Keep your front door locked at all times.

Always keep your door locked, whether you are at home or out.  With so many people walking around your front door, you are much safer when your door is locked.  This way no one can accidentally walk in on you, and if someone is trying to get in that shouldn't, this simple precaution will stop them.  Also, if you have copies of your keys made, keep track of where those copies are or who has them.    

3. Know the location of all stairs and fire escapes.

In the event of an emergency, you don't always have a lot of time.  It will save you a lot of worry and confusion to do your homework before something happens.  Know where every possible exit from your condo is in case you need to leave in a hurry and one path is blocked.

4. Report any burned out exterior lights.

One of the best ways to keep an area safe is to keep it well lit.  If you notice a light that is burned out, report it immediately.  You may be the first person to come across it, and the quicker it is reported, the quicker it can be fixed.   

5. Keep tempting items hidden.  

This is especially important if you live on the first floor.  Many people may be walking by your home, and sometimes it may not just be your neighbors.  They will have visitors that you do not know.  If you have anything in view through your window that looks expensive or might be tempting for an untrustworthy person, you may be at risk for a break-in.  Keep your curtains shut when you are not at home. 

Even though our wonderful waterfront condominiums on the Lake of the Ozarks are on an island, it is still easy for visitors to get here.  You are sure to see people that you do not know from time to time with so many people living so closely together.  Getting to know your neighbors will help to alleviate some of the "stranger-danger,"  and taking these other precautions will help to keep you and the condo that you live in safe.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Bagnell Dam Strip's "Hot Summer Nights"

The historic Bagnell Dam Strip is once again hosting Lake of the Ozark's award-winning Hot Summer Nights.  This monthly Summer event is yet another activity that Isla Del Sol's residents have to look forward to. When you live in the best luxury condominiums at the Lake of the Ozarks, you will find this fun, family friendly activity just a few minutes away.  

Hot Summer Nights is a celebration of "days past" in the Lake of the Ozarks. You will feel like you have stepped back in time, when things were a little simpler, gorgeous cars lined the streets, and people gathered on the Bagnell Dam strip to have a little fun together.  

You will have the opportunity to attend a different-themed night the second Friday of every month, May through September, and it's doesn't cost a thing to attend.

May 8:
"Warm Up"

June 12:
"Route 66 Rendezvous
at the Lake"

July 10:
"Lost in the 50's"

Aug. 14:
"Rods 'n Rock 'n Roll"

Sept. 11:
"Vettes for Veterans"

All sorts of entertainment is scheduled for each Hot Summer Night.  Face painting, clowns, portrait drawings, and so much more.  Rumor has it you may even spot a pirate roaming the streets!  Classic cars will on display and cruising up and down the strip.  DJ Leo Case, a Lake of the Ozarks favorite, will be spinning some tunes and acting as a master of ceremonies for the evenings. 

This great time is in addtion to all of the shopping, food, drinks, & fun that is always present on the Bagnell Dam Strip for you to enjoy every single day. For more information on Hot Summer Nights, keep an eye on their Facebook page.

Isla Del Sol Condominiums is a great place to live and play, and when you are ready to venture away from home a little, Hot Summer Nights is an excellent place to go.