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Nov 09, 2015
Tiger Redux


(NASHVILLE, TN) Tiger’s back woes may have him sidelined from play, but his course design business seems to be picking up the slack. Beacon Land Development, the group that brought us Tiger’s first American golf course design outside Houston, apparently has a second U.S. development built around a Woods’ design in the works. According to the Nashville Business Journal, the proposed community 30 miles south of Nashville would be built on 1,200 acres and include custom homes and a music venue. Construction could begin in the spring. Is this just wishful thinking? Beacon Land Development principal Michael Abbott Abbott told the Nashville Business Journal his company does not yet have an official deal with Woods for the project, but “that's certainly our preference and we're working toward that.” Be nice for Tiger to have something to fill his time while waiting for his back to heal.

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Nov 06, 2015
Youth Movement


(LAKE OCONEE, GA) Time to get with the times. Harbor Club, a 1,000-acre, family-owned lake and golf community on Lake Oconee, has unveiled a comprehensive new club membership program that enhances benefits to both current residents and outside individuals, families and companies. One highlight of the attainability strategy is Executive Memberships for those under the age of 40, who are incentivized by a 50% reduction on the up-front initiation fee. They have also reduced the up-front initiation fee for new members, refreshed their amenities, added Zumba and yoga classes, and are drawing young families with the lure of a highly rated new charter school located just minutes from the community.

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Nov 04, 2015
Vancouver's Hot, Too


(VANCOUVER, CANADA) We may think everything’s colder north of the border, but when it comes to the price of luxury homes, nothing’s hotter than Vancouver. A recent report by London-based international real estate consultants Knight Frank, says the Canadian city had the highest increase (20.4%) in luxury-home prices in the world over the past 12 months. Sydney, Australia was second at 14% and Shanghai, China was third at 11%. Vancouver’s rapid rise in luxury home prices corresponds with tighter supply and burgeoning international, as well as local, interest in the city’s premier real estate. The Province reports that “according to Sotheby’s International Realty, sales of Vancouver homes in the $4-million range rose by 71 per cent in the first half of 2015, while sales of homes over $3 million in Greater Vancouver jumped 79 per cent over the same time period.”   

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Nov 02, 2015
Tower of Luxury


(BONITA SPRINGS, FL) A few months ago, we wrote about the first residential tower to rise in SW Florida in nearly a decade. Altaira®, WCI’s new luxury tower of 76 Sky Homes® in The Colony Golf & Bay Club in Bonita Springs is officially underway. Officials from Bonita Springs, along with the developer and construction company put the symbolic gold shovels into the ground almost two weeks ago to signify the start of construction. The tower features 19 residential floors, each with only four residences per floor. Each Sky Home will feature 3,300-3,500-sq. ft. of living space, plus hurricane-rated, solar-tinted expanses of exterior vision glass and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open to the terraces, as well as up to 529 square feet of open-air and screened-in terraces in select residences. These design features introduce natural light into each home, along with views of The Colony, Estero Bay and the famous Gulf of Mexico sunsets from higher floors. Sky Homes in Altaira start from $1 million and are scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2017.

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Oct 30, 2015
Golden Real Estate Touch


(NORTH PALM BEACH, FL) Resort owners, developers, lenders, and country club communities have a new resource that packs a powerful punch. Golden Bear Realty, a Nicklaus family-owned company that has made a name in destination real estate, has announced a strategic partnership with Cotton & Company, a full-service, marketing firm exclusively specializing in luxury residential real estate. Mike Nicklaus, owner and broker at Golden Bear, began developing a niche in the real estate market in 2003 and now operates in Charleston, South Carolina, and Stuart, North Palm Beach and Delray Beach, Florida. In the past few years, Nicklaus has recognized the need to provide clients with something more. This powerhouse alliance aims to not only meet the ever-evolving needs of the industry, but also to redefine the way real estate and marketing efforts are provided. This alliance will form a one-stop firm with all services under one umbrella. “If you look at most real estate companies, they focus on selling homes and general real estate,” says Stephann Cotton, the firm’s President and Founder. “People today are looking for a lifestyle, and that lifestyle may be on the ocean; it may be on a golf course; it may be in a marina, on the Intracoastal or in a country club. The luxury real estate industry in general has been hibernating for 10 years. The needs of today’s buyers are completely different, and we’re focusing on new ways to capture the attention of people looking to make a change in their lifestyle.”

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