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Exploring Life & Business; with Elaine Gardner Lott of The Bridlewood Companies

Today we’d like to introduce you to Elaine Gardner Lott.  

Hi Elaine, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
For most of my adult life, I have been assisting clients by improving the performance of their real estate holdings, specifically in multi-family housing. I started from the ground up in that business and always enjoyed the people side of what we do. I get energized when helping others and I had no idea how the two worlds in which I now live would one day collide to perfectly blend together. I along with the help of some very talented people now own a successful real estate management company and a thriving wedding venue in the Central Florida area. I get the pleasure of assisting people with two very large and important steps in their life…. an apartment/home to settle into and one of the biggest days of their life, their wedding. We had no idea how many incredible families we would meet and grow to know and love throughout the journey of building these businesses and it is because of them that we are able to give back each year by awarding a lucky couple with the wedding of their dreams and host our annual Boots & Bling event to benefit autism awareness, 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Incredibly rewarding and equally as tough. Building a business is a challenge, and building two an even greater feat. Each business has had its own unique obstacles, but navigating both through the pandemic was the hardest thing we’ve ever done. We have proven over and over again that the small and mighty make incredible things happen. With the talented group, we’ve been fortunate enough to assemble and surround ourselves with, we’ve been able to accomplish great things for the clients we manage real estate holdings for, and the couples who trust us with making their vision become reality. 

We’ve been impressed with The Bridlewood Companies, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Bridlewood Real Estate Company is a mid-sized real estate company offering our clients and residents the opportunity of a one-stop shop for all their housing and investment needs. We can assist our clients and residents with the purchase and positioning of a multi-family/single-family asset, management of a successful association, to the rental of a first apartment, and the purchase of a first home. We have assembled a very talented team who prove time and time again that they will, and have accomplished great things for our clients while providing exemplary service to our residents and homeowners. It sounds a little cliche, but the words hold true; we have a team of out-of-the-box-thinkers! 

Bridlewood Ranch is one of the only venues in the Central Florida area to offer a three-day rental period for less than the cost of 10-12 hours at other venues. We offer exceptional service to our couples by providing a fully staffed event with team members who are attentive to the needs of our couples and their families. We offer DIY to all-inclusive packages with the help of some of the top-rated vendors in the business, and we do it at an affordable price. The service and the team that provides it is the number one thing that sets us apart from other venues and this is evidenced by the customer-based awards we have received including being named the #1 Venue in Lake County, and #1 Outdoor Venue in Central Florida by the readers of Orlando Magazine for, four consecutive years. 

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memories are too many to mention, but my favorite adult-child memory is the trip I took to Asia with my dad a few years ago. It was an exciting adventure that I am so very grateful to have shared with him. 


  • Bridlewood Ranch starts at $3850

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