Jul 03, 2014
New in Naples

(NAPLES, FL) Just in time for 4th of July celebrations, Fiddler's Creek has announced plans for a brand new 1,000-home residential community within the luxury, master planned community. The new development, Oyster Harbor, is a joint venture with national homebuilder Taylor Morrison Home Corporation for the development of a brand new residential community, Oyster Harbor, featuring approximately 1,000 single-family homes within the luxury, master-planned community. Located between Naples and Marco Island, Fiddler’s Creek is an award-winning community with an Arthur Hills designed golf course, a mainstay on national rankings for best residential courses. Beach and boating amenities are also an important part of life at Fiddler’s Creek.

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Jul 02, 2014
Pre-Fab Luxe Homes

(AUSTRALIA) From the Land Down Under comes news, via Vogue Australia, that award-winning American architect, David Rockwell, has a new prefab luxury home project. While “prefab luxury” seems to be the ultimate oxymoron, the photos accompanying the article show beautifully designed interiors. The box-like exteriors may take some getting used to. These homes are spacious and full of luxury fittings such as marble kitchen islands, interior courtyards, and high-end appliances. (Rockwell has teamed up with Viking Range on the project). The first model is 2,400-sq. ft. with four rooms arranged around a large courtyard. The customizable home can be shipped anywhere in the world. Prices haven’t been released yet, but promise to be at less than luxury prices. Might be time to see how your homeowner’s association feels about prefab.

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Jul 01, 2014
Henrik’s Home

(DUBAI) It’s not every day we have something newsworthy from the Khaleej Times, but a news item in today’s paper caught our attention. Henrik Stenson has signed on to promote Jumeirah Golf Estates, the Dubai-based golf and residential development. You may recall that Stenson capped off an incredible 2013 by winning the DP World Tour Championship and Race to Dubai titles at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Well, now he’s got a new home in one of the world's most prestigious residential golf developments and a pretty good gig to go along with it. In addition to two Greg Norman courses, Jumeriah Golf Estates is home to the first Tour Destination and European Tour Performance Institute. This year’s Race to Dubai once again finishes at Jumeirah Golf Estates. If Stenson can repeat as champion, he won’t have far to lug the trophy home.

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Jun 30, 2014
Another One Bites the Dust?

(MILTON, FL) For more than a decade, The Moors Golf Club hosted the Emerald Coast Classic, an annual stop on the Champions Tour. Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, and other Tour legends played the tournament, helping to put the Pensacola area on the golf map.  The Moors lost the Champion Tours event in 2006 and now they may lose the golf course as well. The financially troubled club closed four years ago. According to the Pensacola News Journal, developer Brian DeMaria, who purchased it for $1.5 million, has a vision to create a mixed-use destination retail resort that may or may not include golf. How does the club’s founder, Jimmy Lee, like DeMaria's plans for the course he built in 1993? He likes them, except he believes DeMaria needs to ditch any plans for continuing the golf course, including the possibility of just nine holes.“It's a rough golf market, and I don't know how nine holes will make it. You still have the upkeep, and it's an ongoing process.

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Jun 27, 2014
Ground Breaking

(BOCA RATON, FL) Everything is bigger than life at Boca West Country Club, from their clubhouse, sports center and spa to the four championship golf courses. Now, as one of the country’s top rated and largest country clubs prepares to break ground on its $185 million luxury condominium project, the South Florida Business Journal reports that the club will announce a $50 million, 140,000-sq. ft. addition to its clubhouse in the near future. No word yet on what will be included in the clubhouse addition, but the nine-story condo building, set to open in Fall 2015, will feature two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging from 2,676 to 4,780 sq. ft. Each unit will have its own elevator. That’s just part of an aggressive plan at Boca West that includes demolishing the existing golf club and replacing it with a new two-story, 107,000-sq.ft. building. Work on the golf club is schedule to begin next April.  

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