Jan 04, 2016
The Mogul has Landed

(PALM BEACH, FL) It’s all fun and games until the class clown in your dinner group makes an inappropriate joke in front of the Secret Service. The New York Post reports on their infamous Page Six that “Guests at the Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Fla., were surprised when they arrived to Sunday dinner to discover metal detectors and Secret Service agents.” Turns out The Donald (code name “Mogul” among agents) and family showed up to enjoy one of the biggest nights of the year at the club’s Grill Room on the Sunday after Christmas. At the packed event, members dine on snow crabs, sushi, lobster and more. That meant everyone attending had to go through metal detectors first. “That’s never happened in all our years there,” one shocked club member told Page Six, adding, “Someone got patted down because he made a comment like, ‘Oh, yeah, I probably shouldn’t have brought that cocaine!’”

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Dec 31, 2015
New year, new luxury threshold

(WASHINGTON, DC) It’s hard enough keeping up with the Joneses. A new definition of luxury home may make that even harder. Take the Washington, D.C. housing market, for instance. According to a piece in The Daily Caller, about 18% of all home sales in the nation’s capital this year were for $1 million or more. When the percentage reaches that high, all of a sudden it’s not so exclusive a club any more. The article quotes a financial analyst at the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis as saying, “It may be time to set the bar higher in terms of what constitutes luxury. This redefinition would also better align the DC market with other expensive housing markets in the nation where $1 million no longer carries the same cachet and exclusivity that it did ten years ago.” The suggestion is to up the luxury threshold to $1.5 or even $2 million. That would allow buyers to more easily identify the most exclusive neighborhoods. Doesn’t do much for the ego of all those folks living in measly million dollar mansions though.

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Dec 29, 2015
Charity Starts at Home

(SUNSET, SC) The Reserve at Lake Keowee made national headlines this past week for its homage to the Clemson Tigers. The Reserve’s grounds crew laid out a half-size football field featuring a Tiger paw painted with guidance from the same stencil used at Clemson’s stadium. The Reserve is Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney’s home golf club and the Tigers are playing Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve. But perhaps more impressive was the announcement this month that The Reserve at Lake Keowee’s Charitable Foundation nearly doubled its charitable contributions in 2015. A record $110,000 was raised to benefit the local community. (The previous high mark was $60,000 in 2014.)

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Dec 27, 2015
Not so fast, Tiger

(FRANKLIN, TN) Even as uncertainty continues over when Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf, the next Woods-designed golf course in the U.S. is facing its own questioning. Rumors have been swirling for some time that Beacon Land Development, the group that brought us Tiger’s first American golf course design outside Houston, had a second U.S. development built around a Woods’ design in the works outside Nashville. A recent open house held by developers brought out a lot of vocal local opposition for the proposed Two Farms at Thompson's Station development. According to a local online newspaper, Spring Hill Home Page, the open house quickly turned into a “free-for-all of criticism and concern from locals opposed to its construction.” Opponents were mainly concerned about increased traffic, a lack of communication about the project, possible burden on county taxpayers, and intrusion into the rural landscape. A public hearing is set for January 12 ahead of the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting that will discuss necessary rezoning to move the project forward.

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Dec 22, 2015
High in the Rockies

(BRECKENRIDGE, CO) Talk about Rocky Mountain high. Breckenridge Ski Resort boasts North America's highest chairlift and over 300 inches of snow a year. If you love skiing and you love golf, the luxury homes at The Shores at Breckenridge just might fit your lifestyle perfectly.  But you won’t want to dally. The 10-acre resort community is located across the street from the Jack Nicklaus-designed Breckenridge Golf Club and the Breckenridge Ski Resort is nearby. Situated on a pristine, half-mile stretch of Colorado’s Blue River, The Shores’ first phase of new luxury homes was released this fall and is already 50% sold out. Among the homes’ many features are open floor plans, vaulted ceilings, and large windows that take advantage of views of the Rocky Mountains, the Blue River and hundreds of acres of protected open space adjacent to the property. With little new construction in these mountains over the last seven years, demand has pent-up. With ski season in full swing, there’s no better time than now to check out Breckenridge.

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