Apr 25, 2016
High Flying Deals

(SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FL) With the possible exception of space travel, over-the-top amenities that come with the purchase of luxury homes may have finally reached “the sky’s the limit” level. At the South Florida luxe condo development, Aurora, owners get a one-year membership to a private jet charter company. While in New York City, the residents of 111 Murray Street have access to Blue Star Jets’ 25-Hour Sky Card program for last-minute flying. Wine cellars, lap pools, and yoga gardens were once considered enough to lure buyers to pay top dollar for luxury homes. But the ante has been upped in recent years with some developments offering luxury cars as part of the incentive to buy. But will it be enough? Bloomberg reports that “even with such enticements, it’s a tall order to hawk high-end condos these days.” Luxury condo prices are trending downward both here and abroad. Whether or not flashy amenities, like private jet travel, will help buck that trend remains to be seen.

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Apr 22, 2016
First Faldo

(EUREKA, MT) There are a million reasons to get yourself to Montana’s Big Sky country. But, come the end of August, there are none better than heading to Wilderness Club for their inaugural Sir Nick Faldo Mixed Couples Pro-Am. The three-day event (August 28-30 or August 31-September 2) promises a relaxed tempo with couples playing a twosome scramble accompanied by their Club Pro. After enjoying a practice round on the first day, the next two days introduce tournament play on the course designed by Faldo and rated tops in Montana. You’ll even get to mingle with Sir Nick Faldo himself and take part in golf clinics, get tips, and go head-to-head in putting, chipping and iron accuracy shot challenges with the 3-time winner of the British Open and 3-time winner of The Masters. Not only did Sir Nick design the course here, he loves to visit for the spectacular fly fishing. You just might catch him casting for rainbow trout in the Club's lake. For more info on the Pro-Am or to sign up, click the link below.

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Apr 20, 2016
Charity Starts at Home

(MONTVERDE, FL) By and large, those with the good fortune to live in luxurious private golf communities are a charitable lot. We’ve seen time and again the amount of money and effort they’ve put into helping those less fortunate. This time around, it’s the developer getting into the charitable game. Bella Collina’s developer has announced that it will donate $15,000 to a buyer’s charitable organization for purchasing a lot or lot/home package owned by the developer before November 30, 2016. There’s always fine print, but by and large, if you buy from the developer while forgoing a commissionable real estate agent, a charitable group of your choice gets $15,000. And you, of course, get to enjoy Bella Collina’s Tuscan-inspired lifestyle and Nick Faldo-designed course.

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Apr 18, 2016
Putter's Paradise

(HOLYOKE, CO) When Ballyneal Golf Club opened in 2006, it quickly became recognized as one of Tom Doak’s best designs. Ten years later, Doak and his associate, Eric Iverson, are back building a new putting course. Not just an ordinary putting course, mind you, but one that’s over an acre in size and designed with the same architectural concept of using the natural contours of the land, a minimalist approach that signifies Doak’s style. Doak and Iverson are combining the two areas that comprise the current practice putting green and bocce court into one large putting surface that encompasses enough space to route a full 18-hole putting course that traverses every combination of back and forth, and up and down. To be known as The Commons, the putting course will offer a fun and challenging venue where golfers can relax with a drink, work on their putting stroke, or perhaps recover any losses from a day on the full size golf course. The course is scheduled to open in late summer.

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Apr 15, 2016
Southern Trend

(HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC) Turn on your TV this weekend and take in the beautiful views of Hilton Head Island on CBS’ coverage of the RBC Heritage in Harbour Town. That is if you haven’t already moved to this little piece of paradise in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Seems like plenty of people are heading this way, according to new Census Burea data. RealtyTrac flushed out the trend in a new report called "The Next Great Migration of 'Housing Refugees' On the Move." They say a rising number of Americans are heading to southern states, lured by a combination of warmer weather, affordable housing, lower taxes, and less congested cities. Since 2014 alone, more than 1.4 million people have moved to the Sun Belt, mostly from the Northeast and Midwest. Looks like they are fleeing pricey coastal states like California and New York and heading to states considered more affordable, such as Texas, Florida, and the Carolinas. The Snow Belt-to-Sun Belt migration has always been popular, but the real estate recession a decade ago saw the numbers decline. No longer. Time to make room for our new neighbors

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