Jun 03, 2015
You've Arrived!

(KAMAS, UT) When it comes to first impressions, Victory Ranch is really making theirs count. The private, four-season community, set on 6,700 wilderness acres along a stretch of the Upper Provo River, has a new amenity poised to open this summer. The Post, designated as the new arrival space for members and guests, features a number of very cool amenities, including a spacious pool area is designed for year-round enjoyment, complete with a 50-foot pool, two heated spas, snow-melt patio and a fire pit area. There’s also a Family Room with a wood burning fireplace, lounge, casual dining space, fitness center, yoga lawn, well-appointed locker rooms with spa-quality amenities and more. Later this year, they’ll break ground on the Family Camp, which will feature an activity barn for the kids, dining, sports facilities, an expansive fitness center and spa, and a swimming hole with an old-fashioned rope swing.

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Jun 01, 2015
Golf Communities Up Their Game

(NEW YORK) We’ve been keeping you apprised of the changing face of luxury golf communities for some time now, but a few days ago The Wall Street Journal ran an in-depth piece on the new approaches in their “Mansions” section that is well worth reading. Focusing on the communities of Bluejack National, Desert Mountain, PGA West and Tiburón, the article details the push toward non-golf amenities to attract buyers. From pickle ball to five-star dining, luxury golf communities are now offering a wider range of options to entice you. At Blue National, for instance, in addition to the first course in the U.S. designed by Tiger, there will be orchards and gardens, a movie theater, bowling alley, skate park, miniature Fenway Park, 7-mile trail system and stocked fishing ponds. As Desert Mountain chairman, Lyle Anderson, tell the WSJ, “Golf is important, but it isn’t everything.”

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May 29, 2015
Big Mistakes Buyers Make

(HILTON HEAD, SC) It’s a dream come true. Owning a beautiful home in a golf community where you’ll spend weekends, summers or your retirement. But to make sure that dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare, do your homework. For our summer issue of LINKS Magazine, Contributing Editor, James Frank, asked our LINKS Real Estate Panel what the biggest mistakes buyers make before closing on the golf home of their dreams. Their answers, guaranteed by anonymity, might surprise you. The biggest takeaway is that despite how much research you think you’ve done, you probably haven’t done enough. Here’s a sampling of the big mistakes buyers make:

  • Not investing enough time test-driving the neighborhood
  • Not knowing the “all-in” costs of living in a private club
  • Relying too much on real estate professionals for information about a club

Our panel has plenty more to say, but for the rest of the story, you’ll have to check out our summer issue.

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May 26, 2015
Out of the Woods

(MONTGOMERY, TX) It’s happening. They’ve broken ground on the first luxury homes at a new golf resort community north of Houston. Bluejack National, the $100 million resort community, appears set to become home to Tiger Woods' first golf course to open in the United States. The Bluejack National golf course, which began construction last July, is expected to be complete this November. They are still using phrases like “set to become” and “expected to be complete,” but that’s understandable considering the history of Woods’ initial ill-fated attempts to open a course in this country. But barring calamity, Bluejack is on track to snap that streak. The resort homes at the development will range the mid-$300,000s to nearly $1.5 million and feature smart-home technology and environmentally friendly designs.

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May 22, 2015
Eight Year High

(KIAWAH ISLAND, SC) If you need proof that the luxury real estate market is back look no further than Kiawah Island. The leading real estate firm on the island, Kiawah Island Real Estate, closed $48.8 million in sales last month. The firm hadn’t had numbers like that since June of 2007 when sales neared $48.9 million. Doesn’t hurt that this April’s sales numbers include the island’s biggest purchase real estate purchase ever, $20.25 million for a 9,777-square-foot oceanfront spread on 3 acres. And it doesn’t look like sales are going to slow down. According to The Post and Courier, $47.2 million in new contracts last month were recorded by Kiawah Island Real Estate, its highest monthly sales volume for new contracts since March 2006, which recorded $56 million. Last year, sales on Kiawah Island topped $311 million. Let the records fall.

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