Jan 28, 2015
Big Island Debut

(KONA, HAWAII) The first new development on the Big Island in nearly a decade, Kohanaiki and its members-only Rees Jones-designed course (Hawaii’s only layout with six oceanfront holes) were seven years in the making. With room for only 500 residences, many of them with breathtaking views of ocean sunsets, the summit of Hualalai, snowcapped Mauna Loa, the Kohala Mountains and Haleakala on Maui, this is an inspiring place for the lucky few. No surprise that sales have already topped $175 million in less than two year. Now, Kohanaiki has announced the official release of its McLaughlin Hale “Home.”  The four custom residences are located in the core of the private community at the golf course’s practice area. Inspired by island architecture, the four-bedroom, 4.5-bath McLaughlin Hale balances Hawaii’s kama`aina beach house with modern amenities and beautiful views of Mount Hualalai and the golf course. Optional upgrades include a separate guest house. Pretty sure you’re going to need that once family and friends discover where you live. Home prices range from $3.55-$3.65 million and are scheduled for completion this July.  

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Jan 26, 2015
Tiger’s Swedish Island for Sale

(LAKE MÄLAREN, SWEDEN) We’ve known for a few weeks that the über private and exclusive Swedish island that Tiger and Elin Woods enjoyed during their happier days is up for sale. The price has been another matter, with reports ranging all over the place. But, finally, Vladi Private Islands has the island listed on its website for 45,000,000 SEK, which converts to about $5.4 million in U.S. currency. The 62-acre island includes a private harbor, secluded villa, hunting lodge, stables, landing strip, and “historic hill fort dated to the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages.” And, of course, the history that goes along with Tiger and Elin. There’s no golf course, but there are six teeing areas. Turns out, according to reports, that Tiger never actually owned the island. It was being developed for him by a Swedish millionaire who was left holding the bag when the Woods divorced. Looks like the fallout from that fateful Thanksgiving over five years ago hasn’t ended.

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Jan 23, 2015
Green Strikes Gold

(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) As if your friends wouldn’t be green enough with envy if you bought a home on Kiawah Island, imagine if it was in Indigo Park, a neighborhood featuring all LEED-Certified homes. Indigo Park is the vision of Candace Dyal, a long time Kiawah Island property owner who has a passion for building with a conscience. Her group, Dyal Compass LLC, is developing a luxury enclave of 16 homes built using the highest grade earth-friendly, sustainable materials. In order to show the quality and innovation of green homes, Dyal’s group has built four homes, all certified LEED. The durable, low maintenance homes with features such as shingles that never need painting or staining, integrated geothermal systems, and a220-watt outlet in the garage to charge your electric car, sit along the marsh and designed to take full advantage of Kiawah Island’s remarkable views. The commitment to sustainable building has been rewarded with the sale of the first home in Indigo Park. The 5-bedroom, 5-1/2 bath home sold for the full asking price of $2.515 million. 

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Jan 19, 2015
Cold Rush

(KEMBLE, ONTARIO) Now that 2014 has officially been declared the hottest year ever, we can start worrying that our great oceanfront courses will eventually be swallowed up by rising seas. Maybe it’s time to turn our eyes from the Sunbelt to north of the border. Of course, there are more immediate reasons to consider Canada, such as an exchange rate that yields a $50,000 discount on a $350,000 home and cradle to grave healthcare. Check it out for yourself on one of Cobble Beach’s “Discovery Weekend” packages being offered from late January through March. Designed to showcase one of Canada’s most sought-after residential enclaves located a few hours northwest of Toronto, rates for double occupancy start at $390 per person (tax and gratuity not included) and include two nights at the award-winning Inn at Cobble Beach; a welcome cocktail, dinner and curated wine tasting; and cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing. While you’ll have to wait until spring to play their links-style course on Georgian Bay, you can play a round on their high definition golf simulator during your weekend stay. Call (877) 781.0149 for more info.

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Jan 16, 2015
Pacific Paradise

(LOS CABOS, MEXICO) You’ve been watching beautiful shots of the Pacific Ocean during the Tour’s annual swing through Hawaii. Closer to home, Quivira Golf Club’s Jack Nicklaus Signature course offers seven holes set directly along the Pacific and views of the ocean from every fairway. You won’t have to enjoy the dazzling panoramic views from in front of your television if you take advantage of a new series of “Play More & Save More” golf vacation packages being offered by Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts and Spas. You’ll enjoy a private three-bedroom villa along a bluff overlooking the Pacific at Montecristo Estates Luxury Villas, an exclusive gated community located just minutes from the golf club. Each villa is equipped with private infinity pools, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, maid and butler service, and beautiful gardens. You aren’t going to want to leave. Good thing the program lets you play multiple rounds at a progressive discount.

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