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Jul 05, 2016
Coco Palms Comeback


(HONOLULU, HI) For Elvis fans, it didn’t get much better than 1961’s “Blue Hawaii.” A shirtless Elvis swiveling his hips while crooning Hawaiian songs against a stunning tropical backdrop. The Kauai resort that was home to key scenes in the movie, including the ones where Presley’s character got married and sang the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” was forced to close in 1992 after sustaining heavy damage from a Category 4 hurricane in 1992. After decades of of being shuttered, the resort is finally being rebuilt with hopes of reopening in 2018, reports West Hawaii Today. First, what’s left of the buildings will have to be demolished. That includes the wood bungalows where Elvis stayed during filming. The property’s fishponds and lagoons are on the state historic registry and will be preserved. The renovated hotel will have 350 rooms, including 22 master suites and about 50 junior suites. Hyatt will manage the hotel once it’s reopened. 

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Jul 01, 2016
Keeping It in the Family


(MARANA, AZ) The only Forbes five-star-rated hotel in Arizona, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is a special place. Home to a dazzling 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature layout, set into the high foothills amidst ancient Indian petroglyphs, cacti and dramatic topography, the resort sits in the middle of the 6,200-acre residential community The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Each home purchase includes a full resort membership. This past Monday, David Mehl, of Cottonwood Properties, and Humberto S. Lopez, of HSL Properties, bought the resort and its related assets. “Our intention is to keep the hotel in our respective families as a legacy asset,” said Lopez. The resort is in familiar hands. Cottonwood Properties developed both the hotel and the residential community that opened for sales in 2009. And the hotel will continue to be managed under contract by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. LLC.

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Jun 29, 2016
Design Your Dream Home


(PRESCOTT, AZ) Get your design hat on. Talking Rock, the private residential golf community that is home to an award-winning Jay Morrish-designed course, is giving owners a broader spectrum of design freedom in their newest neighborhood. Cooper Hawk Ridge includes 41 custom homesites perched at a higher elevation than other areas within with the community, with some of the homesites bordering the golf course. The homesites start at $195,000 and range in size from a half-acre to two acres. In order to create a truly unique neighborhood featuring uncommon ranch architecture, owners will be encouraged to explore contemporary design elements that incorporate steel, glass and natural wood materials. The hope is that owners will take advantage of the opportunity to design bold, yet timeless, homes that blend indoor and outdoor living in uniquely expressive ways. The concept is getting buyers’ attention, with contracts and reservations already coming in.

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Jun 27, 2016
A Not-So-Hollywood Ending


(Hollywood, FL) It’s all about the houses. PulteGroup, the the nation’s third-largest homebuilding company, has been a big part of golf communities over the years. But their latest venture puts a new spin on golf course living. The developer has closed on the Hillcrest Golf & Country Club in Hollywood with plans to turn its 18-hole course into one gated community and its executive course into another gated community. The company plans to build a mix of 645 single-family homes and townhouses on the golf course lands. The golf courses are part of a condominium development built in 1960, one of the first golf course/condominium developments in Broward County. The Robert von Hagge layout was redesigned by Joe Lee in 2000. According to The Real Deal South Florida, “this isn’t the first time Pulte has bought a sports club as a development play. The homebuilder paid $49 million for the Gulfstream Polo Club in May, where it’s planning a community of nearly 1,000 new residences.” Good to know it’s not just golf courses they are turning into housing developments.

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Jun 24, 2016
Shark Sighting


(LOS CABOS, MEXICO) Earlier this year, Greg Norman’s design firm opened its 100th course in Australia. And on the other side world, at the tip of Mexico’s 1,000-mile long Baja Peninsula, he is creating his latest at Rancho San Lucas. The course, part of the 834-acre master-planned resort community taking shape along a 1.2-mile stretch of white sand beachfront, is expected to debut (along with phase one of the development) in winter 2017. Preliminary routing for Rancho San Lucas shows seven holes set in rolling dunes near the sea, ocean views from 17 holes, and an island-style green. The resort community will be home to the 600-room Grand Solmar Rancho San Lucas Hotel & Resort, a Mexican-style shopping village with dining and entertainment , a community park with a lake and amphitheater, a tennis center, and hiking and biking trails. The residential offering includes two different opportunities: The Estates and The Villas. The Estates, the community’s most exclusive address, has 32 single-level estate homes and 36 luxury condos. The Villas, located on the development’s highest vantage point, features 134 homes and spectacular views.

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