Mar 09, 2015
Hamptons Rival

(AMENIA, NY) Whether or not the sleepy little town of Amenia (pop. 4,436), 90 minutes north of New York City, will be able to draw the heavy hitters that flock to the Hamptons is still to be seen. But the Discovery Land Company, developer of projects out west like Yellowstone Club and Vaquero, is forging ahead with plans to build the luxury development of Silo Ridge (with homes priced in the millions) in a town where a six-bedroom Victorian can still be had for less than $295,000, according to The New York Times. Even though they don’t have final approval to begin selling homes, they have begun work on the Tom Fazio-designed Silo Ridge golf course. Plans have also been drawn up for $250 million of amenities, including a 30,000-sq.ft. lodge clubhouse featuring farm-to-table cuisine, a fitness center with state-of-the art spa, an equestrian center, and outdoor theater. Local realtors are understandably upbeat that Silo Ridge “is going to have a very positive impact on real estate prices.” Guess it depends on if you’re buying or selling.

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Mar 06, 2015
Oh, Canada!

(KEMBLE, Ontario) Thinking north of the border to get more bang for your U.S. buck? Ontario’s waterfront golf resort community, Cobble Beach, has just introduced its Lake House Collection. Smartly and efficiently designed, these cottage-style bungalow homes offer all the flexibility you could ever want. Your taste runs toward a one-bedroom and square footage that can be vacuumed from one electrical outlet? There’s a model for that. Want to blow it out to three bedrooms and 2.5 baths with loft? You got it. There’s a model for that. The six designs range from 1,380 to 2,163 square-feet and start at $379,000. There’s something for nearly everyone here: empty-nesters, young families or couples, even vacation homeowners in search of the perfect hideaway. Did we mention that a full golf membership – a $30,000 value – is included with the home purchase? (And until May 31, a second membership is being offered for half-price, $7,500.) You’re going to want that membership so you can spend as much time as possible on the Doug Carrick-designed, links-style course.

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Mar 04, 2015
Free Tesla

(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) There’s no golf course or golf club membership included, but a new high-end condo development in the golf-rich region of West Palm Beach does include a free $70,000 Tesla Model S with every unit. The luxe car goes from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds and has a driving range of up to 270 miles. That should get you to plenty of tee times without spending a dime on gas. The Z Palm Beach Residences, which start at $2.3 million (they are only 8 of them), bring green-tech to a luxurious level. Averaging 4,000-sq. ft. each, the units include biometric security systems, solar energy, wind turbines, Nest thermostats, and charging stations for your Tesla. There’s plenty of just plain luxury built-in, too. Like private elevators, a 5-story atrium, rooftop infinity-edge pool, and cutting-edge fitness center. The condos are expected to be available by the end of the year, but you might want to get your purchase done now. We hear the wait times on the Tesla Model S are notoriously long.

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Mar 02, 2015
Arnie Auction

(VASS, NC) So Michael Jordan wants to build his own personal golf course? This might be a better option…and it’s in his home state. The upcoming bankruptcy auction of Woodlake Country Club, 20 minutes east of Pinehurst, includes a 1,200-acre private lake, over 600 homesites, and two golf courses: the Woodlake-Maples Course designed by Ellis Maples, and the Woodlake-Palmer designed by Arnold Palmer. These courses are no slouches. The Maples course is considered one of the most challenging in the Southeast and has played host to the Carolinas' PGA Match Play Tournament, while the Palmer course is one of the most popular in the area. In addition to the homesites, a 21.6-acre parcel on the  the property holds promise for the construction of a full-service boutique hotel, providing "stay and play" opportunities. The live auction will be held on-site on March 26, but interested buyers can tour the property on March 5, 12 and 19 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Call 888-260-5893 for more information.

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Feb 27, 2015
Magnificent Moana

(KONA, HAWAII) Sales have already topped $175 million in just a few years at Kohanaiki, the first new development on the Big Island in nearly a decade. Now they are getting ready to offer the first custom home on a property that will have only 500 residences. And it is a stunner. The Moana Residence is situated on an idyllic one-acre lot, boasting spectacular ocean and golf course views and centrally located in the heart of Kohanaiki, nearer to the beach than any other lot available.  This 7,985-square-foot home has five bedrooms and five and one-half bathrooms, an enclosed two-car garage, an expansive lanai, and beautifully landscaped grounds with a large lap pool, spa and separate pool pavilion. Designed by the renowned architect Shay Zak, the Moana Residence was fashioned using elegant, natural materials throughout. Features include hardwood floors, luxurious granite stone lanais, granite countertops, vaulted cedar ceilings, clerestory windows, handmade custom African mahogany cabinetry, and mahogany trim and pocket doors throughout. Kohanaiki and its members-only Rees Jones-designed course (Hawaii’s only layout with six oceanfront holes) were seven years in the making.

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