Jul 25, 2016
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) F. Scott Fitzgerald said it most famously, that the rich are different from you and me. And as if we didn’t know, celebrities are, too. Forbes reported last week, that celebrities also buy homes differently than rest of us and listed six ways. Some of the ways are not surprising. They spend more money on their houses, lots more. They have better amenities (While Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s four gold toilets may not appeal, Britney Spears’ 3,500-bottle wine cellar may get you a wee bit jealous.) Celebrities also buy younger and shop with a team. But perhaps the most intriguing ways they buy houses differently is that they buy off market (these pocket listings never appear on MLS) and they don’t get emotionally attached to their houses. Forbes cites Jordan Spieth, who just sold a home he purchased in 2014 for another more expensive place, as an example how celebrities buy and sell homes much more frequently.
Jul 22, 2016
(RINGOES, NJ) With all eyes turning to Baltusrol this coming week, less than an hour away another New Jersey golf course was making the news. NJ.com reports that a plan to build a $2.5 million clubhouse at county-owned Heron Glen Golf Course drew a packed house to a public hearing this week. The ordinance was approved 4-1, but not without some fiery opposition. When it came time to vote for a roll-call vote on the measure, Robert Walton, the lone dissenting legislator, yelled, “Hell no!” The debate was colorful, with Walton describing the clubhouse as the fly in the bowl of lobster bisque; another calling it a Taj Mahal being built on the taxpayers’ dime; and one pragmatic objector saying, “What you need is a pavilion with drop-down sides, some grills and some cold beer.” In the end, when the ordinance was approved, someone in the audience had a retort for Walton’s lone dissenting vote, yelling out, “Hell, yes!” Now, that the clubhouse has been approved, here’s hoping they can all rally round the project. But, truth be told, that pavilion with drop-down sides, a grill, and cold beer had a certain cachet to it.
Jul 20, 2016
(HEBER CITY, UT) The idea of 12-hole golf courses—a great option for kids, beginners, and anyone short on time—has been kicking around for a while. But on August 4th, Jack Nicklaus will be visiting the private recreational mountain community Red Ledges, in Heber Utah, for the Grand Opening of his first-ever 12-hole Signature golf park. The golf park is special, not only because it is the first of its kind, but also because it represents a change in golf lifestyle. One of Jack’s main purposes in designing the park is to interest people that wouldn’t necessarily play a championship course. (But for those that do, there’s already a spectacular 18-hole Nicklaus Signature course in play at Red Ledges.) The golf park features friendly fairways, both traditional and larger cups, and a layout that can easily be played in multiples of three holes. Because of the expansive layout, the golf park will also be used as a park. Members can walk their dogs, have picnics, play catch, and throw a football or frisbee. Now that sounds like fun!
Jul 18, 2016
Ultimate Sales Pitch
(MIAMI, FL) Signature golf courses seem almost quaint in comparison to the hottest new real estate amenity in urban, uber-lux developments. Miami’s new, Paramount WorldCenter, which has at least six professional soccer players who have already bought residences in the tower, will feature a regulation-sized soccer field on its two-acre, 9th-floor sporting deck. The sales pitch for such an amenity sounds familiar: “Football represents family, a heritage that’s learned, and an art form that’s passed on from parent to child,” reports Forbes. The 9th-floor amenity complex also includes tennis and basketball courts, a running course, a yoga deck, a playground, a dog park, private outdoor bath houses, and multiple pools. The only nod golf gets is that tours of the sports complex will be given in a golf cart. Is the soccer pitch a trend? One of Manhattan’s most anticipated developments, 180 E. 88th Street, will also include an indoor soccer pitch.
Jul 15, 2016
(Portsmouth, RI) While golf’s biggest names are struggling to stay out of the sand this weekend at Royal Troon, you might like to spend a little more time in it. A good place to start might be the Newport Beach Club, made up of five distinct villages of luxurious year-round and seasonal waterfront residences on Aquidneck Island, near Newport, Rhode Island. This month, they have unveiled two new lines of luxury residences within thier Waterside Village neighborhood overlooking Narragansett Bay: classic Cape Cottages and elegant Condominiums. Just this year, the Club expanded its water activities to include paddle boarding, sailing and kayaking, and hired a tennis pro to enhance the racquet program. Also new in 2016, Newport Beach Club members have access to special golf memberships at The Carnegie Abbey Club, the neighboring Donald Steel-designed Scottish links course along the coast. Pretty sure you’ll find some sand there, too.