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Dec 09, 2016
House Collecting


(NEW YORK) Like the cat’s proverbial nine lives, a new study reported on in MarketWatch says ultra-rich Americans own an average of nine vacation homes abroad. That’s right: nine vacation homes. The study shows that more than 50% of those homes are located in the Americas. Mexico tops that list at 14%, with the Bahamas coming in a close second at 13% and the Caribbean at 9%. Europe shows up in the top five with England at 12% and France at 9%. Jerry Hourihan, president of U.S. and Canada AIG Private Client Group, which conducted the survey based on insurance premiums, says that in addition to collecting international homes, these billionaires, on average insure 19 regular-use vehicles, $1.7 million in jewelry, and $19.6 million in fine art. Insuring the high-value assets of the super wealthy is big business and sometimes results in high-profile claims. Kim Kardashian’s recently stolen jewels were covered by Lloyd’s of London. 

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Dec 07, 2016
Belly Up


(WEST PALM BEACH, FL) Food matters. Ask members at any high-end club what they appreciate most and the talk will eventually come around to the dining experience. At The Club at Ibis, located within the high-energy lifestyle communities of the Palm Beaches, they have taken the dining experience to a new level. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jerome, , they can enjoy a unique dining experience inside the kitchen of their fine-dining restaurant, Panache. At The Chef’s Table, small groups gather to enjoy a 6-12 course meal paired with wines and served by the chef. This type of experience exemplifies a club whose members are proud of their amenities, lifestyle, and reputation. Ibis recently completed a $37 million capital improvement project and is the only club in the world with three Nicklaus family-designed courses (Jack, Jack II, and Steve).

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Dec 05, 2016
Whoa!


(GREENSBORO, GA) They’ve gone from bridle to bridal at the Harbor Club on Lake Oconee, the family-owned, 1,000-acre golf and lake community located an hour east of Atlanta. In the latest in a series of widespread enhancements, the community has unveiled a sparkling new fitness, recreation and special event campus called The Grove. Encompassing roughly 12 acres and including a state-of-the-art new fitness center, a mile-long hiking trail with fitness stations, expanded wedding and reception facilities, and a nature overlook called Sanctuary Pond, the site started out as a working horse stables when Harbor Club opened in 1991. It was part of an equestrian and polo complex that forged the identity of the community, as evidenced in Harbor Club’s original logo featuring a stylized polo pony and rider. Today the pounding of hoofs gives way to soccer, football and Frisbee play, as the polo field has been transformed into a sports field ringed with a quarter-mile running track. The equestrian connection still survives as horse drawn carriages are offered to add a distinctive romantic touch on wedding day.

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Dec 02, 2016
Go Fish


(BOERNE, TX) The River Club is just one of seven resort-style clubs at Cordillera Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The others are The Social Club, The Tennis and Swim Club, The Equestrian Club, The Rod and Gun Club, The Spa and Athletic Club and The Golf Club. Passion for the outdoor sporting lifestyle runs high here, so it’s no surprise that Cordillera Rand is building a new Outfitter Center that will house its River Club and additional outdoor programs and activities. Set to be completed in early 2017, the facility will house the club’s river and fishing equipment, and provide a pro shop fully stocked with fishing, kayaking and outdoor equipment. Guided fishing and river excursions will be offered by the staff, and members who own their own river equipment can use the center as the starting point for their own river adventures.  

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Nov 30, 2016
Floating Houses


(RIJSWIJK, THE NETHERLANDS) Some are calling it the greatest transformation in urbanism since Otis’ safety brake gave rise to the modern elevator. And quite possibility the answer to the threat of rising sea levels. We are speaking, of course, about the floating home. If you’ve not heard of it, don’t be alarmed. At this point in its history, the floating home has mainly been the domain of the superrich and the super poor. The New York Times reports that Koen Olthuis’s architectural firm, Waterstudio, has completed more than 200 floating homes and offices. Waterstudio’s designs range from exclusive floating islands in Dubai and the Maldives to projects like the floating container, called City App, that will serve as an education center in the poorest neighborhoods in Asia. Those floating islands will set you back about $5 million, but they can be transported around the globe. Perhaps even cozied up to the coastline of your favorite course.

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