Hidden Springs/Estates
Summer Newsletter 2022
Warm summer greetings, Hidden Springs/Estates residents. We hope you enjoy our quarterly newsletter, which highlights neighborhood news, area happenings and other useful community information. To contact the HOA, you can email us or visit our website.
Message from the President
Hi, Neighbors, 
 
Summer is just about here. As of this writing, the typical afternoon rains have not arrived. Hopefully they will soon to cool us down and keep our landscaping watered. 
 
The Board has been very busy. We finally, after years and years, renovated the Pin Oak entrance. It was a big undertaking. If you remember, the sign sat low and had a very faded-out and cracked green marble background. It is now black granite with tiles placed on the diagonal. We had the entire frame raised up almost 5 inches and painted the lettering with industrial paint. We added electricity so we could place marine-strength coach lights on each side of the signage. The lights are made for the harsh weather and should last. We also will now be able to put the Christmas lights up with electricity and not batteries.  
 
All new landscaping at that entrance was installed on May 25th. We also landscaped the opposite side of that entryway, where the Palm Lake crossing is, and it is a massive improvement. Please see the before and after pictures.
 
On the horizon is our trimming of the palm trees on both medians – Pin Oak and Pine Springs – all in preparation for hurricane season. Now is a good time for all of us to prepare, as hurricane season is officially here. Clean those gutters and trim those trees.
 
A few things to mention: Please, please watch your speed. The kids are now out of school. They'll be riding bikes and running after balls in the streets. Let's not have a catastrophe.
 
Another issue is parking over the sidewalks. We operate under County guidelines. Blocking a sidewalk is not allowed. It is an infraction, and a person can be cited by the police or code enforcement, whoever sees it first. Plus, we do have some people in walkers and families walking their children in strollers on our sidewalks. It's not fair for them to have to go into the street to walk because the sidewalk is blocked.  
 
Neighbors, please stay safe, and enjoy your summer. As always, we are happy for you to reach out to the HOA and even me personally.  


Sincerely,
Donna Fontaine
HOA President
Pin Oak Hidden Estates Entrance Before and After Photos
BEFORE
The marble was cracking and needed to be replaced, the sign was faded, and the landscaping and irrigation needed to be updated.
AFTER
We replaced the cracked marble with black granite tiles on the diagonal, raised the frame, repainted the logo with industrial paint, added electrical, installed new coach lights, removed existing landscaping and replaced with new landscaping, updated the irrigation and added new mulch. The new landscaping will begin to grow and fill in over the coming months. The new landscaping at this side of entrance includes thryallis (a shrub that produces yellow flowers) and red dwarf ixora (a shrub that produces red flowers).
BEFORE
AFTER
In addition, last year we cleared out the other side of the Pin Oak entrance near the Palm Lake crossing. We recently added pine needle mulch and 'Big Blue' Liriope (groundcover with blue-violet blooms).
Community Contributions
By Treasurer Tina Dottino

Thank you to all who have paid their 2021-2022 dues so far – we have been having another near record year! To date, 210 families have paid their dues, and several new families to our neighborhood have contributed as well. Thank you! And while we are excited that so many residents have voluntarily supported the HOA, it only reflects donations from about 55% of homes in the neighborhood. If you have not paid dues but appreciate the safety, security and beauty of our neighborhood, please consider donating this year. Our fiscal year ends in August, just months from now, and notices for the new fiscal year 2022-2023 will be mailed in September. Please consider sending in your contribution. The funds go toward providing for the safety and security of our residents with entrance lighting and extra Sheriff’s safety patrols. Dues also provide for the maintenance and landscaping of our common areas. The HOA Board has recently undertaken an upgrade to the entrance sign for Hidden Estates on Pin Oak, as well. We could not provide these services without your support, and new projects are only possible with additional support from more residents. We deeply appreciate all the neighbors who help maintain our neighborhood! If you haven't paid your dues yet, please click here to contribute.  

Easter Egg Hunt Hoppin' Good Time
The neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt on April 16 was a hoppin' good time! Thanks to resident Tara Savage for once again hosting! We had a great turnout. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
Earth Day Community Cleanup Event
Thanks to all the residents who volunteered to join us to clean up our neighborhood for Earth Day. We spread out in different locations throughout the neighborhood and picked up a good amount trash! Gloves and trash bags were provided courtesy of Orange County's Neighborhood Services Division. Click here to view photos from the event.
Yard of the Quarter Winners: Sheila and Terri Webb at 7801 Pine Haven Court
Congratulations to Sheila and Terri Webb at 7801 Pine Haven Court, our new Yard of the Quarter winners! Sheila and Terri are quite the mother-and-daughter team. Sheila and Terri are originally from Houston. Sheila and her husband, Charlie, made their way to Orlando with stints of living in Vermont and Virginia. Terri ended up going to college at Rollins. Terri loved the Orlando area and decided to stay. Eventually Sheila and Charlie made their way down, first as snowbirds, then permanently. Sheila and Charlie bought their home in Hidden Springs/Estates in 2001. They loved the area and were thrilled to find all the conveniences that Dr. Phillips has to offer.
 
During the height of Covid, Sheila and Terri decided to renovate. They started with the interior of the home and made their way to the exterior. They both love gardening. They decided to re-landscape everything themselves. Their front yard is bursting with color: Impatiens -- purple, red, white and orange. Sheila and Terri said the secret is to give them a bit of a drink every day – a quick spray. They also have Robellinis and green shrubs to accent the home.
 
The Webbs also landscaped the back of the home, also bursting with color. One of the neighbors said, "It's like an oasis back there." Not only are there lots of Impatiens and greenery, but some edibles too: Parsley, mint and ginger. The pool was refinished recently, too.
 
We want to thank our sponsor, John Scolaro with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. He graciously has been sponsoring our Yard of the Quarter program for years. The Webbs were awarded a $50 gift card to Ace Hardware. John knows the Dr. Phillips market (Hidden Springs/Estates) inside and out. So, if you're ever looking to sell your home, he's the one to talk to. John and his wife have lived here over 33 years.  

Congratulations again to Sheila and Terri.
Real Estate Market Update
Orlando's Market (April 2022)
"As interest rates continue to rise, this indicates that the Orlando market might be starting to cool off," says Tansey Soderstrom, Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association President. "With interest rates rising it will be more challenging for some buyers, as their monthly house payments will be higher as well. However, overall demand remains strong, and homes continue to sell quickly."
 
  • April's median home price was recorded at $370,000, an increase of 2.5% compared to $361,000 in March 2022; this sets a record high for the third month in a row. 

  • Overall sales in April decreased by 7.3%, with a total of 3,800 sales compared to 4,100 sales in March 2022. This is a 7% decrease compared to April 2021 when overall sales were recorded at 4,081.
 
  • Inventory increased in April by 7.7% from March 2022 for a total of 2,670 homes on the market in April.
 
  • Interest rates increased by 17.6% from 4.2% in March 2022 to 4.9% in April 2022. This is a 66% increase compared to April 2021 when interest rates were at 3%.
  • 23 distressed homes (bank-owned properties and short sales) accounted for 0.6% of all home sales in April 2022. That represents a 14.8% decrease over March 2022, when 27 distressed homes sold.
 
  • New listings decreased by 0.5% from March 2022 to April 2022, with a total of 4,354 new homes on the market in April.
Hidden Springs/Estates Activity
For the period March 1–May 31, 2022, our neighborhood had 10 sales posting an average of 8 days on the market! Robust market to say the least! Currently, only 2 homes are on the market. 7 of the sales were conventional financed, 2 were cash transactions. Homes sold between $701,000 and $440,000 with the exception of one home selling at $220,000, which is not included in the results of the average sold price at $520,512. This average falls short from last quarter's average by $15,631. Nonetheless, exceptional values for Hidden Springs/Estates!
Real Estate Report for Hidden Springs/Estates
March 1-May 31, 2022
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Contact John Scolaro with Coldwell Banker Realty at 407-230-5567 or email orlandorealtor.john@gmail.com if you're thinking about selling your home and would like a free market home evaluation.
Spotlight on Security
Your annual contributions help Hidden Springs/Estates pay for a deputy to watch out for suspicious activity, monitor motorists' speed and help protect our community overall.

Safety Report February-April
There were no reported vehicular or residential burglaries to report for the quarter. However, a burglary of a vehicle occurred on Baybrook Dr. This was related to the individual that was observed walking in the neighborhood in the early hours of the morning. At approximately 0430 hours, the suspect entered a garage, which was open, and a vehicle, which was unlocked, and removed a wallet from the vehicle. Please stay vigilant and call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity.

Speed is becoming a serious issue and it's mostly those living in the neighborhood. Please SLOW DOWN. The speed limit is 25mph!

Hurricane season is here, and people will be going door to door offering roof inspections. Remember, this is a NO SOLICITING neighborhood. Please do not let solicitors in your house or buy anything from them. If you are interested in what they are selling, call the company directly and make an appointment.

If you notice anything suspicious in the neighborhood, please call 407-836-HELP (4357) for a non-emergency or 911 for an emergency.

Curbside Collection
Garbage and Recycling is picked up on Tuesdays for Hidden Springs/Estates residents. Yard waste and Large Items are picked up on Wednesdays. Items should be placed at the curb no later earlier than 6:00 p.m. the night before and no later than 6:00 a.m. on your scheduled collection day. Roll carts should be placed behind your home/fence or in your garage so they are no visible from the street when being stored. Frequently asked questions can be found here. For more information, please visit the Orange County website.
Code Enforcement & Watering Days
Now that the weather is warmer and the rains are starting, the grass is growing. Please help keep the neighborhood looking good by mowing your lawn. 

We have been made aware of three Airbnbs in the neighborhood. Short-term rentals (less than 6 months) are not allowed anywhere in Orange County zoned for single family residences (R1). Our neighborhood is in Orange County, not Orlando, and is zoned R1. Orange County Code Enforcement has issued violations to the owners of these three homes. If you suspect a home is being used for short-term rentals, report it to Orange County 311 (see below) or send an email to hoa@hiddenspringsestates.org. For more information about zoning for short-term rentals call (407) 836-3111.

The Orange County 311 system is a great way to connect with local government services. They can help you with animal concerns, neighborhood inquiries, traffic matters, road conditions and more. You can contact them via phone, website or an easy-to-use app. You can report issues anonymously. Learn more at ocfl.net/311

Watering Restrictions:
You may water your lawn TWO DAYS A WEEK. Orange County Watering Restrictions and Irrigation Schedule can be viewed here. Outdoor irrigation is limited to two days a week during Eastern Standard Time (from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November). Water only if necessary and not between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Water for no more than one hour per zone. Watering Violation Enforcement Process: First-time violators will receive a warning through a door hanger notice and by letter. Repeat violators will be subject to a fine of $25 per violation. A violator can appeal to a Hearing Officer after a written request is submitted and a $25 filing fee is made.
New in the Neighborhood
Five Below
Five Below opened in April off Turkey Lake Road next to Sprouts in the Bayhill Plaza. Carrying everything from toys to beauty to tech, you'll find lots of great items for $5 or less.

7603 Turkey Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
Mochinut
Mochi donut is the happy union between Japanese rice cake (mochi) and American-style doughnuts. Located next to MÖGE TEE in the Fountains at Bay Hill, you can order Bubble Tea next door before getting your doughnuts and rice flour hot dogs here.

7581 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
Little Greek Fresh Grill
Coming Soon: Little Greek Fresh Grill, located next to Ace Hardware, will offer a unique variety of Greek dishes, including moussaka, souvlaki, dolmades, Greek salad and gyros. They are slated to open June 7 with a soft opening on June 4.

5154 Dr Phillips Blvd
Orlando, FL 34638
Welcome, New Residents
Please welcome the following new residents to Hidden Springs/Estates! Each is given a welcome basket from the HOA filled with goodies and neighborhood information. Special thanks to Karen Butler and John Scolaro for their work in putting together and delivering these wonderful welcome baskets to our new residents each quarter. If you have anything you can contribute to our welcome baskets, please contact us.

Current list of sales and purchaser information:
January 26, 2022
5527 Pine Shade Ct.
Ruben Ramos-Reyes
February 14, 2022
7701 White Ash
Pei Wang and Yitao Yao
February 21, 2022
5761 Tamarack Dr.
Sacha Simon Goto and Leslie Jo Bartelis
March 1, 2022
4930 Hidden Springs Blvd.
Benjamin and Candice Strickland
Not pictured:

March 3, 2022               
5351 Abelia Dr.
John James Thompson
Pamela Baguio Thompson

March 18, 2022                     
5175 Hidden Springs Blvd.
Harrison B. Dunnett
Samantha Dunnett

March 21, 2022                     
5050 Hidden Springs Blvd.
Saul Roth

March 22, 2022                     
5504 Pine Shade Ct.
Nallni Chinthagada
Miguel Miguelez

April 4, 2022
5019 Caspian Ct.
Camrin Arresseigor

April 15, 2022                         
4915 Caspian Ct.
Dr. Victor Rivera-Forastieri

April 22, 2022                         
7703 Twin Pines Ct.
Mark Blake
Nicole Blake

May 13, 2022
5905 Cedar Pine Dr.
TBD
 
May 18, 2022                          
6016 Pitch Pine Dr.
TBD
Database Updates
Please make sure that you keep the Hidden Springs/Estates Homeowners Association updated with your latest email address and any resident name changes. We continually update our records by adding proper names and email addresses into our database. If you know someone who has recently moved in or who does not receive our emails, please tell them to contact us so they can receive our quarterly newsletters, event updates and alerts form the HOA.
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Volunteers Needed for Events
Do you love to plan events? Are you a creative person? We need your help with some upcoming events in our neighborhood. Assistance could include tent and table set up, welcome basket preparation and delivery, sourcing items to put in welcome baskets, event planning including National Night Out, Community Clean-Ups, and holiday events. If you would like to assist, please contact Karen at vln7807@aol.com.
Thank You to Our Supporters
Advertise your business in our newsletter! Promote your business to Hidden Springs/Estates residents with a business card-sized ad in our quarterly newsletter for $50 per issue, which includes a free ad on the Supporters page on our website for one year ($25 value). Only one ad will be featured per newsletter. Please email HOA@HiddenSpringsEstates.org for additional advertising information.
Board of Directors
President
Donna Fontaine

Vice President
Fred Hawkins

Treasurer
Tina Dottino
 
Secretary
Charles Simonel
Contact Management & Welcoming Director
Karen Butler 

Sr. Database Director
Denise Bradley

Communications Director
Kendle Arribas

Orange County Code Enforcement Liaison
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Click here to see our supporters. If you are interested in promoting your business to Hidden Springs/Estates residents with a business card ad on our Supporters page for $25, please contact the HOA for more information.
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