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May 16, 2016
Daniel Island Turns 20


(CHARLESTON, SC) Charleston is hot…and we aren’t talking daily temperatures. The charming city has been widely recognized as one of America’s top places to live, work, and play. For those who call Daniel Island home, the pleasures of Charleston are within easy reach. In fact, this award-winning mixed-use, master planned community is located within Charleston, just 15 miles from its historic district. But with 4,000 acres surrounded by 23 miles of rivers, creeks, and waterways, Daniel Island enjoys a world all its own. This year, Daniel Island celebrates its 20th anniversary. It’s hard to believe that back in the early 1990s, Daniel Island was rural farmland that was also used for cattle ranching and as a private hunting retreat. But with the opening of I-526 in 1992, Daniel Island suddenly became the center of the growing Charleston region. This week, the Daniel Island Historical Society honored the island’s 20-year milestone at a special event that looked back at the early days of Daniel Island’s development. 

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May 13, 2016
Johnny Football’s Pad


(AVON, OH) Johnny Football has made headlines for all the wrong reasons in his short, perhaps over, career. When things went from bad to worse in Cleveland, Manziel moved to the suburbs in an attempt to quiet his very loud lifestyle. The Heisman Trophy winner, who once graced the cover of Golf Digest, ended up in a 3-bedroom Colonial with golf course views. Now it is for sale for $489,900. It’s a modest home by celebrity standards: just 2,751-sq. ft. But it does come with a private library (really, Johnny?), a finished basement with a pool table (that’s more like it), and views of the equally as modest Hilliard Lakes Golf Club. By modest, we mean just $30/round with cart during the week, not their penchant for calling their course “Northeast Ohio's Lil' Augusta.” Go ahead and take a peak at the photos. We think you’ll agree with one NFL writer who said, “it's impossible to imagine Manziel living in this house.”

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May 11, 2016
Starter Mansion


(GREENWICH, CT) Okay, it’s not Mar-A-Lago and it doesn’t include access to Trump International Golf Club-West Palm Beach, but it does come with a putting green and a bargain price. Relatively speaking. Donald Trump’s former Greenwich home, the first in a long line of trophy mansions, which he bought back in 1982 when he was a fledgling mogul, married to Ivana, and still a Democrat, is on the market with a recently reduced price of $45 million (down from $54 million). You’ll only give yourself heartburn if you obsess on the fact that Trump paid just $4 million for his starter mansion. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports the 19,773-square-foot Georgian Colonial main house and guest house have eight bedrooms, thirteen baths, a three-story rotunda foyer with double grand staircase, formal rooms and views of Long Island Sound. Also included in the sale is a home theater, putting green, multiple terraces and patios, tennis courts, and three fully equipped staff apartments. And, who knows, someday it might be on the Historic Register.

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May 09, 2016
The Big 4-0


(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) Hard to believe that until 40 years ago hardly anyone, save the lucky few that owned it, had ever visited the 10,000-acre island now known around the world. When Kuwaiti Investment Company purchased the island in 1974 for $18.2 million they had a bold plan to develop a golf and tennis resort along with luxury homes. (Rumors abounded at the time that they were going to build an oil refinery on the island.) But after a very contentious start, the group eventually opened that the 150-room Kiawah Island Inn on May 2, 1976. Hurricane Hugo, bankruptcies, and a handful of ownership changes later, Kiawah is nothing but a world-class destination today that has hosted some of golf most memorable moments. What’s next for the island?  The Post and Courier reports, “A third big-ticket investment for Kiawah is in the offing. It would be built on the grounds of the original inn, which was leveled in 2010.” Look for details to be announced in the next year or so.

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May 06, 2016
Out of Bounds


(WINDERMERE, FL) Homeowners say the proposed re-development of Windermere Country Club is out of bounds. Unfortunately, it’s part of a growing trend in Florida where large parcels of land are getter hard to come by. The Orlando Sentinel reports that developers won approval for 1,200 houses, apartments and townhomes on the former Marriott Grand Pines golf course in Orange County, while Seminole County approved a plan for 286 luxury apartments on part of the former Sabal Point course. Homeowners are facing that dire prospect at Windermere Country Club, too. The developer who paid $2.1 million for the course five years ago wants to turn the 155-acre links into 95 single-family homes. Neighbors, fearing devalued properties and increased traffic, are opposed. Last month, the course was closed, the club’s swimming pool filled in with dirt, and a wire fence installed around the perimeter of the course. But since the county owns development rights to the course, the whole matter is still up in the air.

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