Jul 17, 2014
Hoylake House

(HOYLAKE, UK) The weather was beautiful for the first round of The Open Championship and all those stunning shots of the seaside got us to wondering what it would it be like to live there.  So we poked around and found a property for sale on a slice of land between the Royal Liverpool Golf Club and the sea. For the tidy sum of £820,000 (about US$1.4 million) you can lovely 5-bedroom house on a cul-de-sac with “the most breathtaking beachside views and stunning seaside sunsets.”  From the rear stepped garden, you can behold “the most outstanding views across to Hilbre Island and the Welsh hills and on through to Liverpool Bay.” In the British tradition, the house even has a name: Kingsford. Reading British listings takes a little familiarity with the lingo. Some are easy, like the ground floor WC, referring to the bathroom. Others, not so much. A big benefit of the house is that there is “no ongoing chain,” which we learned means the seller does not have to buy another house in order to move out and complete the sale. Good to know.

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Jul 16, 2014
Wall Street Retreat

(AMENIA, NY)  just 90 minutes from Manhattan! Discovery Land Company has announced a new resort-style private golf community, Silo Ridge Field Club, to be built in the Hudson River Valley near Millbrook, New York. Limited to just 245 property owners, the club plans a year-round sporting field house for hunting, live bird, sporting clay and skeet shooting activities, along with facilities for squash, tennis and paddleball, and team sports such as lacrosse, baseball and soccer. Silo Ridge will also feature a Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole golf course peppered with Discovery Land Company’s signature Comfort Stations. With plans for a 30,000-sq.ft. lodge clubhouse featuring farm-to-table cuisine, a fitness center with state-of-the art spa, and a members’ boutique, that commute to Manhattan just got a whole lot easier.

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Jul 15, 2014
A Mellower Dye?

(RICHMOND HILL, GA)  Pete Dye’s redesign (of his original design) at The Ford Plantation is on track for an October 1 opening. The private club, south of Savannah, Georgia, embarked on the $7 million-plus project (which has been entirely funded by the membership) last fall, and early signs are that the notoriously devious Dye may be mellowing – a bit. The course is being significantly widened to provide a more open feel and facilitate the “long views” that are a Dye favorite. Almost every hole features an inviting landing area that provides a welcome bailout, though a notable exception is the 17th, a lakeside par-3 that upholds Dye’s tradition of penultimate danger. That’s not to say a quintessential Dye test doesn’t await. “It challenges those who want to be challenged,” said C.W. Canfield, The Ford Plantation director of golf. Dye’s return was initially intended to address drainage and infrastructure issues the back nine. However, Dye has become increasingly captivated by the project, noting that American innovator Henry Ford’s former winter retreat, “is really something.” For a real treat, watch the video below of Dye and his hands-on approach to the redesign.

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Jul 14, 2014
Kansas City Stars

(NORTHLAND, MO)  The “Show Me” state is living up to its name when it comes to success in private golf communities. In Northland, two of those communities, Tiffany Greens and Staley Farms, are enjoying busy years in real estate sales. At Staley Farms, sales have been particularly brisk with 30 homes sold in the past year and six of their inventory homes sold in the past six weeks. Staley Farms, with an Eric Iverson designed course, is on 600 acres of rolling terrain, providing views from virtually every home site. Tiffany Greens features a Robert Trent Jones II International designed course on rolling terrain with tree-lined creeks and zoysia fairways and tees. Both communities still have available homes and home sites overlooking the golf courses or on the interior, with prices from the $350,000s to more than $1 million.

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Jul 11, 2014
New in Naples

(NORTH NAPLES, FL) It’s getting more difficult to find decent-sized, developable tracts of land around the desirable Naples area. So it was a coup of sorts when Toll Brothers picked up nearly 22 acres in the high development corridor just of I-75 back in April. Toll Brothers already has construction equipment on-site and building will be in full swing next week on Palazzo at Naples, an 85-home luxury gated community. Single-family homes are slated to go on sale by the first of the next year, Ken Thirtyacre, president of Toll Brothers' Florida West division told the News-Press. (By the way, is there a cooler name in real estate than “Thirtyacre”?) Palazzo at Naples will offer easy access to beaches, shopping, and the attractions of Naples, all in an intimately sized community.  A price range on homes is not yet available.

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