Luxury Student Housing in Orlando, Florida
Updated: Dec 23, 2019
Valencia College is one of the most rapidly growing Community Colleges in the Florida State College System and was named the best community college in the nation as the inaugural winner of the Aspen Prize. To continue to meet the increasing demand for quality education, Valencia is continually improving their academics and opportunities offered to students. Most Recently, Valencia has partnered with UCF to open a brand-new campus in Fall 2019 in downtown Orlando that will be the new home to their Culinary Arts and Hospitality program.
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Despite all these impressive additions, there is no student housing exclusive to Valencia students, causing students to resort to finding housing in the shadow market or commuting from projects closer to UCF. River Run at Valencia, an elite student housing project coming to Orlando in Fall 2020, will introduce the supply desperately needed to curb the impending housing shortage. As the academics continue to reach a higher level, the student population follows suite. In recent years, Valencia College has seen their student population increase both domestically and internationally. The rapidly growing international student population has experienced a five-year growth of 177%.
Florida Developer, Nvision Development and investor Park Square Homes saw the need for Valencia Students to have a student housing project of their own and sought to make that need a reality. The two companies have previously partnered on the luxury apartment living project, Champions Vue , and sought to bring the same level of sophistication and excellence to the student market. The inspiration came from the desire to provide students with a level of convenience and student-life not previously available to them - a safe, fun, and accessible place to call home; and for parents, a way to ease the stress of sending a child to college. With 24-hour access control, on-site security, and an atmosphere centered on student needs, parents can take comfort in knowing that their child is safe and in an environment that sets them up for success.
176 apartment units will be distributed amongst three four-story buildings, providing a total of 456 separately leasable bedrooms. There will be a mix of one, two, three, and four-bedroom units to meet the budget and needs of every student.
River Run’s collective amenity package and modern spacious bedrooms makes it stand out as a true leader in modern student-living. Typical units will feature electric access, eliminating keys and making each unit more secure. Units will also include stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, kitchen islands, faux wood floors, and individual pantries for each resident. Every bedroom will be fully furnished and have its own spacious walk-in closet, its own desk, and private bathroom with tubs. Select units will have balcony access.
In addition, residents will enjoy modern amenities across two unique student-centric facilities. Doubling as the central administrative and leasing office, River Run’s focal clubhouse is designed to provide a peaceful and safe environment for productivity, learning and community. Here, students will have 24-hour access to computers and printing, study areas, collaborative workspace private conference rooms that can be used for group meetings or a quiet study space. Beyond academics, this clubhouse will house an on-site security office, package concierge, coffee bar, indoor/outdoor community room for parent and student activities and a tranquil outdoor Zen garden. Across the complex, residents will be immersed in the finest amenities that student housing has to offer. Surrounding a resort-style swimming pool, an auxiliary clubhouse will feature a full fitness center and yoga studio, a tanning salon, a sauna, a golf simulator, bowling, a game room, a self-service mini-mart that will have 24-hour access, cabanas, and outdoor recreation space. River Run’s collective amenity package make it stand out as a true leader in modern student-living.
Collin Hill, Development Manager at Nvision Development is overseeing the development of this project, “Returning to my alma mater to deliver this project has been a particularly unique and special experience. Having been a student at Valencia College’s East Campus, I hold an intimate familiarity with the community and its critical need for safe, convenient, and student-centric housing. Valencia College is one of the most innovative and quickly expanding institutions in the region; as such, I believe the introduction of modern student housing truly echoes Valencia’s vision for continued growth, community, and sustainability. I am ecstatic to give back to the Valencia community, and the whole Nvision team is enthusiastic about our ongoing commitment to serving students and supporting our greater community.”
River Run will be completed in July 2020 to accept students for the Fall 2020 semester. Demolition began this month and the construction will be managed by Winter Park Construction. Behind this project is a seasoned team that includes Slocum Platts Architects, Wohlfarth Consulting Group as the civil engineer, Masterpiece Interiors as the interior designers, and First Financial Bank as the construction lender. Additionally, Campus Advantage will be operating this student housing. For more information please contact Nvision Development at (407) 872 1900.
Nvision is an Orlando based, full service Real Estate Development Company looking to ensure that our clients, projects and partners are set up to succeed. Nvision was founded in 2006 and has been involved in almost one billion dollars in projects since inception. Currently, Nvision is developing multifamily apartments, student housing, independent living, assisted living, hotels and mixed used developments throughout Florida and Tennessee.
About Park Square Homes:
Park Square Homes is one of Central Florida’s premier residential and resort homebuilders. For nearly 40 years, our communities have enriched and improved the quality of life in Central Florida. We are a recognized leader in the planning, design, development and sales of residential and resort homes in Central Florida. From the start, our goal has been to build every home with the highest quality products, attention to detail and exceptional customer service while consistently delivering value to the homeowner. Integrity, community and collaboration are the founding principles of Park Square Homes. We uphold our commitment to building quality homes and creating the most livable communities in Florida. Our talented and highly knowledgeable team collaborates with a network of trusted partners to achieve our ultimate goal: setting the standard of exceptional homes that create closer communities and establish stronger relationships. A Park Square Home is the foundation for what matters most to our homeowners: time well spent with family and friends.
Four decades ago, Tracy Forrest founded Winter Park Construction. With humble beginnings that included mostly residential renovation projects, it was only a matter of time before Winter Park Construction's credo – do the right thing, every time – attracted more complex construction assignments. Today, WPC's team is led by multifaceted construction experts with a combined 150+ years of experience. These leaders unite construction fundamentals with some of the industry's best pre-construction and estimating services. And though WPC may have expanded its reach and capabilities, their do the right thing, every time commitment is stronger than ever.