Oct 10, 2016
Leave the Lights On

(STERLING HEIGHTS, MI) Trouble sleeping? No problem when Verandas, a $300 million, resort-style master planned community in Michigan for those 55 and older, finishes construction. The community will include the 27-hole Maple Lane Golf Course,  which will be redesigned by Michigan native, Raymond Hearn into an 18-hole resort-style course and a 9-hole practice course, illuminated with downward casting LED lights for daytime or evening golf. The project is the brainchild of Moceri Companies, a homebuilder based in metro Detroit. Plans call for Verandas to include 807 detached, townhome, condominium, and luxury apartment homes in a setting surrounded by beautiful landscapes, mature trees and a wide range of amenities designed to create a carefree lifestyle for residents. Verandas will include a 30,000 square foot event and celebration center with dining, fitness, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, retail and other venues accessible to the public, as well as private spaces for residents only. Also planned is the 160-residence Blossom Lane, featuring one- and two-bedroom independent and assisted living apartments and studio suites. Blossom Lane will have a senior-focused fitness studio with group exercise, pneumatic resistance training systems and cardio machines; and an on-site health and wellness clinic and programming. Construction on Verandas is expected to begin in 2017.

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Oct 07, 2016
New Traditions

(BRYAN, TX) Welcome to the future of private communities. Traditions Club and Community, which rests in the shadow of Texas A&M University and is home to the university’s men’s and women’s golf teams, is also home to a new pocket neighborhood, The Villages at Traditions. The new neighborhood will feature 116 craftsman-inspired homes, with details like large front porches, historic touches, and energy-efficient designs. It’s all part of an effort to “encourage multigenerational luxury living in an upscale community-oriented environment,” says Spencer Clements, Principal, Traditions Club and Community. The pocket neighborhood will be situated near the 21,000-sq.ft. Traditions clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker rooms, a fully equipped fitness center, and the Family Swim Center and Pool Grille. Dining options inside the clubhouse include the 1876 Wine Cellar and Sully Dining Room. The Villages at Traditions is part of a wide variety of high-end residential product in the community, including the Parc at Traditions senior living community (now under construction), Game Day Cottages, single family homes, condominiums, villas and casitas.

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Oct 05, 2016
$7 Million Improvement

(PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL) It’s been 30 years since Arnold Palmer completed the golf course at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach, a layout he termed “kind of cozy” at the time. And now the course is ready for a new generation of golfers with its just-completed $7 million in renovations under the guidance of architect Greg Letsche, a senior design associate at Ernie Els Design. The renovations included a greater variety of tees, new greens built to USGA standards, an expanded game development center, and a new irrigation system with 2,275 sprinkler heads and 31.8 miles of pipe. A grand reopening is planned for October 22 with the PGA Tour’s Billy Horschel and archiect Letsche both in attendance. The Plantation's golf course is part of the premier community where home ownership includes membership to the course, plus to a private beach club, tennis facility, amenities park featuring a croquet lawn, fitness center and clubhouse. 

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Oct 03, 2016
Bunkers Go Luxe

(NEW YORK) Forget walk-in closets the size of a small house or media rooms that could host a movie premiere. The safe room is the must-have amenity of the uber rich. We’re not talking a cinder block shelter or Jody Foster-like structure that was more solitary confinement than panic room. Town and Country reports that the new safe room is more akin to a five-star retreat. In fact, some new safe rooms turn the entire master suite into a safe room with bulletproof windows, explosion-proof door, and air filtration units to guard against a gas attack. When disaster strikes, you can just hunker down in the luxury of your bedroom and monitor what’s going on through infrared cameras or push a button to activate plumes of fog designed to throw off intruders. It all sounds like James Bond-ish fun…until, of course, you actually need it.


Sep 30, 2016
Private Access

(WEST NYACK, NY) Just 30 minutes from downtown Manhattan, the private Manhattan Woods Golf Club offers a respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. The Gary Player design is ranked as a Best-In-State course by Golf Digest and offers magnificent views of the Manhattan skyline. And while it is easily accessible from Manhattan, northern New Jersey, Westchester, and lower Connecticut, you now have an opportunity to live incredibly closer. The golf club’s owner, Ken Lee, has put his 12,000-sq. ft., seven bedroom, eight full and two partial bath home on the market for $3.75 million. Set on 1.84 lushly landscaped acres, the home features a chef’s kitchen and a caterer’s kitchen, two master bedroom suites, wine cellar, wet bar, gym, and oversized recreation area. But that’s not the best part. The property is adjacent to the Manhattan Woods Golf Club and, thanks to Mr. Lee, the house comes with only approved access from the backyard to the golf course and the clubhouse. That’s right. Your own private entrance right through the backyard. That’s something that will impress your golf buddies. 

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