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Apr 15, 2015
Wow Factor


(SUNNY ISLES BEACH, FLA) If you’re the type who loves to bargain shop, the new trend in branding homes and condos with designer labels may not be your thing. But if you happen to be an international jetsetter with more money than you know what to do with, it seems you’ll happy pay a big premium to live in home branded with a haute label like Porsche, Armani or Fendi. From the Toronto Star, “For the designers and builders, the partnership offers dual rewards: The brands gain a revenue stream and enhance their caché. The developers and owners benefit from the allure of a treasured name and logo.” The concept certainly seems to have worked at Porsche Design Tower. Mostly sold out even though it won’t be finished until next year, the tower offers residents car elevators that “can whisk a convertible up 60 stories and then slide it into the owner’s personal steel-reinforced garage.” All without the driver ever leaving their seat.  

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Apr 13, 2015
A Pure Golf Experience


(BLUFFTON, SC) With two Tom Fazio core golf courses, a 45,000-sq. ft. Jeffersonian-style Clubhouse that inspires Gatsby-like visions of the good life, and a Golf Learning Center that encompasses over 30 acres, we’ve long considered Berkeley Hall one of the best private communities for golf. Even the wood and leather bedecked locker room, outfitted with every imaginable luxury, has been recognized among “America’s 50 Greatest Golf Locker Rooms.” Well, now, even if you aren’t ready to move here, you can enjoy a golf membership under their recently announced National Membership Plan. Available to non-residents, this Membership gives families unlimited use of facilities and guest privileges with no minimum spend. One very cool aspect of the membership is the Summer Reciprocal Program May 30-September 1) which lets you play some of the area’s finest private courses, including Long Cove, Wexford, Colleton River, Oldfield, Belfair, Secession CC, Chechessie Creek, The Club at Indigo Run, Old Tabby Links, Sea Pines Country Club and Haig Point. Annual dues will run $6,600, but right now they are waiving the $5,000 initiation fee. If interested, you can call Berkeley Hall’s Bob Ring at (843) 815-8423 to learn more. But don’t wait too long, as of this morning there were only nine spots left. 

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Apr 10, 2015
Spieth’s Spacious Mansion


(DALLAS, TX) “Turns out Jordan Spieth has great taste in real estate,” proclaims Dallas’ CultureMap website. Indeed. The 21-year-old Dallas native plunked down $2.3 million for a 7,378-sq. ft. mansion in the swanky Dallas neighborhood of Preston Hollow, home to Mark Cuban, among others. The massive home should have plenty of room for the bachelor. The listing for the home gives all the luxurious details: “Magnificent Old Preston Hollow beauty with exquisite amenities including … art niches in hall, arched doorways, two 12 ft. stone islands in chef’s kitchen, beautiful family room open to kitchen with views of pool, 288 bottle wine closet, media room, gameroom, 5 bedrooms have private baths, office with 2 story ceilings and paneled doors leading to computer work stations. Lovely master has private sitting area, fireplace and gorgeous bath."  With only a half-acre of land, Spieth won’t be building a Tiger-like short game area. After the first round at Augusta, looks like he doesn’t need the extra practice anyway.

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Apr 08, 2015
Masters Rentals


(AUGUSTA, GA) Oh, to spend a week at the Masters! Perhaps you’ve already sprung thousands of dollars for the toughest ticket in sports. Now what? If you’re going to stay the week, you’ll need a place to lay your head at night. Renting a house in Augusta is the way to go, but this year renters will be paying between $6,500 and $10,000 for a week’s stay, according to The Augusta Chronicle. That will get you a 4-bedroom, 4-bath home you can share with your friends to defray the cost. Corporate renters will pay even more for the largest and most desirable homes. All that money is good news for Augusta homeowners, some who use the money for home improvements, vacations, or even to put their kids through college. As for you, think how much money you’ll save dining on those $1.50 pimento cheese sandwiches.

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Apr 06, 2015
Beach Boom


New York) We love our beach homes. According to a CNN/Money report, vacation home purchases reached an estimated 1.13 million last year, the highest level since 2003 and a 57% increase from 2013. Not surprisingly, the most popular location for vacation homebuyers was the beach. The National Association of Realtors credits the stock market's strong performance and gains in the labor market for creating more buyer confidence. And at long last, baby boomers helped fuel the sales surge. As they inch closer to retirement, boomers are looking for a place to vacation and eventually make their primary residence. The beach makes that transition even easier. Also helping the jump in vacation home sales is their median price dropped 11% from s013, even while the median price for a primary home continues to rise. Now if only we could find a way to increase the length of the coastline.

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