By Bob Dagley
For those who have been paying close attention, the private golf community market has changed in the last few years. And for the better. While once builders told buyers what they should look for in a new home and community, these days it’s the complete opposite.
“Now, it’s what do buyers want?” says Kent Smith, President and CEO of Cliffs Land Partners, who believes there is pent-up demand and urgency from buyers who are playing catchup with their plans to secure a home that matches their needs.
The Cliffs has been listening well to the market. The result is two new, soon-to-be-announced offerings being released this fall at The Cliffs. One of the early entries into the private community market, The Cliffs is among the largest with a collection of seven communities and seven courses, all served by a single membership.
Catering to the desires of buyers plays out nicely at their first new offering, the Golf Ridge Cottages at Mountain Park. The collection of 20-plus homesites features homes smaller than most you’ll find at The Cliffs, averaging about 4,000 square feet. Though the homes will be modest in size, those looking to scale down will find no compromise in quality. All the homesites overlook the Gary Player links course and are in walking distance of the member-favorite dining venue, the charmingly rustic Cabin at Mountain Park. Golf Ridge Cottages is just 25 minutes from Greenville, S.C., one of the jewels of the region, making it a great opportunity for those who desire The Cliffs experience, but want easy access to city amenities.
The second release this fall is Creekside Farm at Walnut Cove, an enclave of 18 new homesites and home packages in Arden, N.C., just outside of Asheville. Located on a quaint farm, complete with a 100-year-old barn, the setting is idyllic. The farm is operational, supplying 25 residents and members of the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) with a produce box each week. One of the hottest trends in communities, the agrihood offers an appetizing option for buyers at Creekside Farm. Each homesite offers views of either the farm or the Nicklaus Signature Design course that plays over rolling fields of former farmland.
Responding to the market need is nothing new for The Cliffs. They are breaking ground on new amenities at The Village at Mountain Park. Already in place are a Wellness Center plus a dental office. Plans are in the works for a veterinary office, bed and breakfast, and food and wine market.
Even with all the new opportunities coming to The Cliffs this fall, some things remain the same.
“What hasn’t changed is what drives buyers here, primarily the climate,” says Smith. “Anywhere you have a one-dimensional climate, North, South or West, the biggest driver is ‘let’s go somewhere we can enjoy the climate year round and not have to own two homes.’”
For meeting that market need, The Cliffs is perfectly positioned.