Renting or buying from a stranger can be a scary thing! This becomes even more true when you are renting something as personal as a vacation home. And in some cases a home that you have not even seen "Live". It is for this reason we wanted to tell you a little bit about ourselves and why we built on the island. It is our hope that after exploring our site and all that our homes have to offer, you will feel more comfortable with your decision.
Allow me to introduce myself and my family to you. I (Paul) am in my mid 40's and work for a Fortune 100 Company in the Information Technology field. Until August of 2002, we lived in Rockaway, New Jersey, a small town in Morris County. In August 2002, we moved the family to Marco Island.
My family and I came to Marco Island for the first time in December 1998 and immediately fell in love with its peacefulness and beauty. By the time we had left, we had made offers on several of the premier lots. By mid January 1999, we had purchased a wonderful waterfront lot and began looking at builders for our ultimate "Dream Home".
We built a wonderful 4 bedroom, 2 bath home which we called Serenity. Our plan for Serenity was as a "Vacation Home" initially. Then a friend suggested we rent her to other families when we were not able to enjoy her ourselves. I, of course, being a bit of a Techie decided to Learn how to Publish on the WWW and build web pages. I was amazed at how little information people were providing about their rental homes and created my web site, www.marcomagic.com as a place to provided "Full Disclosure". I also spent some time learning how "Web" marketing worked for vacation homes.
Well demand for Serenity in 2000 proved so strong that we added Seacrest so that we could offer people a "Short Walk to the Beach" home that had many of the features people were looking for. Serenity was an incredible home, which we sold in 2007 when we completed building even a more fantastic home called Royalty.
Royalty was really build for our family to live in, but given the beginning of the economic decline, we decided to maintain a less extravagant lifestyle. The resulting home, however, was everything we could envision someone wanting. It was a painstaking process that required daily care and monitoring. Royalty took almost two years to complete. Personally, I feel the result was well worth it.
Since 2000 when we started this hole adventure, we have seen over 2000 rentals stay in our homes. I never would have guessed that this would grow the way it did. We have also seen many things change in the "Marco Island Rental Home" environment. When people take an interest in my homes, I try to offer them the finest home I can within the price range they are looking for, but ALSO I try to educate them on some of what I personally believe separates my homes from other rental homes on the island.
I think one key difference is that we have made a commitment to offering the finest in Marco Island vacation experiences to our guests. To support this goal, we continue to strive to improve all aspects of our wonderful homes and the services which support them.
Marco Island offers a quite, low stress environment for adults and children alike. It is also close to many of Florida's attractions and hot spots. Having "Local" family support allows us to better share our homes with people who love to enjoy the relaxation of the Island's cool breezes, and beautiful sandy white beaches.
In early Spring of 2005, we discovered Lake Hartwell, SC during one of my business trips to Alpharetta. So many people had mentioned the beauty and splendor of the lake and all the wonderful amenities that the area had to offer, that I was compelled to see if it was on a caliber with my home, Marco. What I found stunned me. The lake was a "Fresh Water" Mecca. It was everything I would look for if I were to ever live outside of Marco.
In fact, I liked it so much, we decided to purchase our "Escape" home there. For years people have been asking me where I go for a vacation when I have homes in a paradise such as Marco. Finally, I have a place I can tell them. As with Marco, we decided it would be wonderful to share this discovery with other people by affording them a "Top Shelf" home to enjoy the lake and surrounding area from. We believe Harmony to be that and much more.
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