When you view this house from the street, you see a modern house using lots of glass and native plantings. You have no idea what's inside, from the floor plan to the lifestyle of those who live here. The only real clue, the house is located within the Lake Nona Gold & Country Club. So it shouldn't be a surprise this is one of a new breed of lifestyle homes, with all sorts of resort amenities which we'll explore here.
- Exercise room so you don't have to visit a health club.
- Game room with a pool table.
- TV room like you'll find in most homes, although it might also be the family room.
- Family pool and hot tub which is popular in climates where they can be used at least half the year.
- Great room today is popular in place of a formal living room. Your great room might not be this large, expanding 50 plus feet to include the space with the grand piano.
- Courtyard, more common in Europe and South America, in this home has a putting green.
- Second game room which has a golf simulator and wet bar for entertaining.
- Rooftop patio with an outdoor kitchen and several lounge areas.
Traditional Lifestyle Features in Today's New Homes
We'll start with the rooms and features many homeowners have come to expect in newer homes. You might not find all of them in every house but these lifestyle statements are becoming pretty common today.
Exercise room (1) – might not have a dedicated room with the fantastic view here but chances are you've got space dedicated to one or more pieces of exercise equipment. They might be in a large master bathroom or the family room where you can watch TV with the family while working out.
Game room (2) – opposite the exercise room, there's a pool table you either have or are still dreaming about. What makes this room so special are the great views surrounding it.
TV rooms (3) – are found in every American home, and sometimes you've got more than one. These rooms are also where you probably collect more electronic toys like Wii.
Pool and hot tub (4) – are features found in many luxury homes in the south. That's because the weather makes it possible to enjoy these more than six months a year. And with all the solar panels on the roof, it's possible to heat the pool year round.
Great rooms (5) – are big, but rarely this big. That's not the only surprising feature here, starting with an amazing fireplace you can see through. The glass walls open to the grassy courtyard on one side, the pool on the other side. There are operable screens if you want to enjoy a breeze without the bugs.
Courtyards (6) – are popping up in lots of new homes but none like this one. You've got a putting green down the center of the 40 foot courtyard which is open to the great room beside it.
Golf simulator (7) – is something you expect to find in a hotel or golf club but not a home. Yet it's here and there's a wet bar nearby to help when entertaining guests.
… at the back of the driving range, anyone thirsty?
Rooftop patios (8) – are pretty impressive, especially when they have awesome views like this house has. What makes this so impressive is that there is a wonderful outdoor kitchen with two firepits and lounging areas, one on each side.
What feature do you like best?
Maybe you want to get more ideas from this house? This is the third article in our series about this year's New American Home built in Lake Nona, Florida (outside Orlando).
- Home Design Trends & The New American Home – provides a quick overview.
- New Home Design Trends – is what you've been reading.
- Lifestyle Homes You Never Want to Leave – gives you a glimpse of an active lifestyle at home.
- Entertaining Informal & Elegant – shows where you'd entertain friends.
- Kitchens Galore – answers the question of how many kitchens are there.
- Bedrooms, Bathrooms and More –
- Green Products & Building Materials
Very elegant! I’m loving the sectional sofa in the TV room. Beautiful fabric and construction.
Olivia, You’ll laugh as I couldn’t remember what the sofa looked like … because I used to have one very similar to this but gave it to a friend. I actually liked the table and that’s probably because it’s so functional with the short one able to tuck underneath when there’s too little room. Moving as much as I do, my furniture choices need to be flexible to fit into one house after another, LOL.
I would love to have all these amenities in my home too. We have become very hungry for luxury!
I’m a homebody and creature of habits! I love a comfortable home that has everything I need in one roof. This house is stunning! I love how big the guest room is and the pool is just breathtaking. The open concept glass mirror definitely make the house looks so much bigger.
Love how you picked up features I didn’t notice. Thanks for sharing …
These amenities in our own home would be amazing. The only thing I would need to leave for is our horses. Amazing.
Those homes are STUNNING! I love the putting green! Wow! The warmer weather is what I’m missing having a home up north.
Nancy, Be patient as spring is right around the corner & officially less than 4 weeks away.
I am such a homebody that I would love it if everything I needed was in my house! Oh man, I think it would be my personal heaven!
Beautiful homes to live in. You have everything you need all in one place. Nice photos
Cynthia, It’s fun to visit these amazing houses but somehow I feel like our homes are a lot more practical when it comes to how we spend our time & especially what our kids do at home. Hope you love your house or have plans to make it want you want.
These are beautiful homes. On my list of dream home ideas.
it looks so elegant and relaxing! would like to visit the place someday!
I would never want to leave these homes!! These are great looking homes, I love how open and bright they are!
thats a nice place! looks like a very neat and comfortable place to stay!
My goodness this is the stuff of my dreams! Right now my living room doubles as most of those rooms, except the pool – which is the bath tub, lol!
I’m in love with the firepits! I’d be happy with one in my backyard for cooler evenings.
Maria, They’ve got some nice & inexpensive firepits #af Amazon, https://hometipsforwomen.com/firepits-amazon
What stunning homes and the amenities seem amazing! Our family would really enjoy a large great room and not having to leave the house to exercise would be nice.
Marcie, I agree on the exercise room & sooner or later, plan to get a treadmill for my office. I’ve read you can work while walking & want to give that a try.
The great room was really huge and the best example of a new breed of lifestyle home. That pool was extremely big too, I wonder where is its end point.
Wow, what a cool house! I really like that exercise room. The rooftop patio also looks so amazing! I could relax there most of the day.
Those all look amazing. I love my house, but who could complain about an upgrade like these?