Magic kingdom or dystopian nightmare? More Disney towns on the way.


It’s no guarantee of a life of adventure, but living in a Disney-dreamed-of residential community will soon be an option for those looking for a new home, even outside of Florida.

More than a quarter century after Disney developed a planned community near Walt Disney World in central Florida, the theme park operator and entertainment giant says housing construction is underway in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Pittsboro, North Carolina. The company is also looking at additional locations for future developments.

The community, called Asteria, will be built on 1,500 acres in North Carolina’s Chatham County and include more than 4,000 single- and multifamily homes, with some sites designated for those 55 and older.

The announcement expands “Disney-branded communities to the East Coast,” Claire Bilby, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Signature Experiences Emerging Businesses, said Wednesday in a press release release.

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Artist rendering of the Asteria community.

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“A variety of housing styles will line picturesque streets,” and homeowners will be members of a club offering a wellness and recreation center, restaurant, sports courts, swimming pools, community gardens and space for lawn games, fire pits and events.

“Some of the experiences being considered include storytelling dinners inspired by Disney tales, lessons with Disney artists and family fun days with Disney-themed activities,” the release said.

Sales of homes in Asteria are expected to begin in 2027.

Another Storyliving by Disney community called Cotino is further along, with home sales expected to start in early 2024. Builder Shea Homes develops 327 websites, the company announced In November. The 618-acre community has plans for more than 1,900 housing units, including single-family homes and condominiums.

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Artist rendering of the gateway to the Cotino community.

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Prices for Asteria homes depend on the developer, but single-family homes in Cotino are expected to start in the upper $1 million to the lower $2 million, according to Storyliving website.


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