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There Will Be a New Disney Planned Community, and It Won’t Be in Florida or California!

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Though it’s not quite near to the theme parks, Disney has designed a new residential community that residents can join if they want to live the Disney way year-round.

The latest step in Storyliving by Disney, an initiative aimed at creating communities that will “cater to those looking to write [the] next chapter of their lives with Disney,” was revealed on Wednesday.

The second Storyliving complex, called Asteria, will be situated in North Carolina, close to Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The original Storyliving development was in California. It’s in the earliest stages of planning with Walt Disney Imagineering and DMB Development, according to a news statement from Disney.

Asteria is “inspired by the spirit of discovery,” according to the press release, and it is “designed to encourage exploration of the region’s natural beauty and spark life-long learning.”

It is anticipated that house sales in the community will start in 2027.

The first community developed by Storyliving, called Cotino, was revealed in February 2022. It will be situated in Rancho Mirage, in the Coachella Valley of California, where Walt Disney once owned a property.

The announcement of the Asteria community, according to Claire Bilby, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Signature Experiences Emerging Businesses, “builds upon strong initial interest for our first Storyliving by Disney community in California and will expand Disney-branded communities to the East Coast.” “Our team has been collaborating closely with Disney Imagineers to create a distinctive concept for this project, drawing inspiration from the spirit of exploration found in North Carolina and Walt Disney’s inherent curiosity.”

The company says that Asteria will provide residents with metropolitan amenities with a small-town feel, as well as lots of parks and miles of walking and biking trails, on 1,500 acres in the town of Pittsboro in Chatham County. The development will be a component of Chatham Park, a larger neighborhood.

Both single-family and multi-family homes will be among the more than 4,000 units, with some sites reserved for seniors. Additional amenities will include a restaurant, sport courts, swimming pools, a community garden, and outdoor space for events, lawn games, and fire pits. Asteria unit prices have not yet been disclosed, but single-family homes in Cotino are expected to cost between the upper $1 million and lower $2 million.

“Disney has shared stories that have touched people’s hearts and minds all over the world for nearly 100 years,” Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman Josh D’Amaro said in a statement at the announcement of Cotino last year. As we get ready to enter the next century, we are creating brand-new, innovative methods to spread Disney enchantment to people everywhere they go and extending storytelling to storyliving.

“We can’t wait to welcome residents to these beautiful and unique Disney communities where they can live their lives to the fullest,” he stated.

In 1996, Disney first unveiled Celebration, a one-of-a-kind planned town next to Walt Disney World in Central Florida.

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