Desert Mountain’s 7th Golf Course | Scottsdale, AZ

Desert Mountain’s 7th Golf Course | Scottsdale, AZ

7th Golf Course Opens

7th Golf Course Opens | Desert Mountain | Scottsdale, AZ

Opening in Spring 2019, Seven Desert Mountain (wrapped around Desert Mountain’s 7th golf course) is an exclusive, new luxury residential golf community that will cause you to re-imagine the way you think of golf community living. Up to 190 modern, luxury homes, most right on the course, feature picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Par 54 course, aptly named “No. 7 at Desert Mountain,” is designed to challenge and entertain both experts and beginners alike.

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First Come, First Served

First Come, First Served

Brunswick Forest Hammock Lake Kayaking


First Come, First Served | Brunswick Forest | Leland, NC

Brunswick Forest will host preview tours for new releases in three community neighborhoods on two Spring 2019 weekends—April 11-14 and May 30-June 2. Activities will include a Friday evening progressive dinner party in several model homes and a Saturday night mix-and-mingle event in the clubhouse restaurant with live music. Reservations are limited to the first 50 couples.

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Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Brunswick Forest, the Coastal South's fastest growing community, is located on North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington. This 4,500-acre retreat features a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles, 18 holes of golf at Cape Fear National, a Clubhouse, River Club, Fitness & Wellness Center, parks and more than 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails linking residences and amenities. Read More...

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Settling into Community at Scotch Hall Preserve

Settling into Community at Scotch Hall Preserve

Fishing and Catching at Scotch Hall Preserve.

An Ideal Confluence of Work and Play

Scotch Hall Preserve is a North Carolina waterfront community set on a prominent headland where Salmon Creek and the Chowan River flow into Albemarle Sound. Native Americans called the area “Avoca,” meaning “the meeting of the waters.”

Lois and Richard Gobbi are originally from California but moved to Maryland 20 years ago because of his engineering work. As they neared retirement age, the Gobbis began a search that eventually brought them to North Carolina.

“We were looking for a water view where we could build our dream retirement home,” Lois said. “We looked extensively in Maryland and Virginia and found places that just didn’t suit us at much higher prices. The value of the property here was a definite attraction.”

The Gobbis found that perfect view at a Scotch Hall Preserve homesite overlooking the sound and moved into their dream home in 2017. But, like many couples who move to warmer climes these days, they didn’t both retire right away. Lois had finished up her work in a high school counseling office in 2016, but Richard still consults for a government contractor from his home office.

“Working from home allows him to enjoy the beauty of Scotch Hall and continue his career,” Lois said. She also has a home art studio for a hobby that has become a new calling as she’s gotten more involved in community life. “I’m on the HOA Advisory Board and Architectural Review Committee,” she said, “and I’ve organized art classes for the residents. My love is for painting and helping others learn to paint is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

 Scotch Hall is such a special place, not just

because of its beautiful surroundings, but because

of the wonderful people in our community.

— Louis Gobbi

Scotch Hall’s Arnold Palmer Signature golf course also proved to be irresistible. “With the beautiful course right outside our door,” Lois said, “we have both taken up golf, which is new for us.” Other outdoor recreations have also become part of their lifestyle. “The swimming pool is a big attraction for us and our family and friends,” she continued. “During the summer, I do water aerobics classes three days a week. We also enjoy jet skiing and tried kayaking with the family recently. We’re going to buy our own kayaks and maybe build our own dock in the future.”

Scotch Hall water views are breathtaking.

And, the Gobbis have found a lot to like just beyond the Scotch Hall gates. “We really enjoy trips to Edenton, which is 20 minutes over the bridge from our home,” Richard said. “Edenton has become our local town where we attend church, shop at the farmers market, and frequent the local stores and restaurants.”

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“We also love to go to the Outer Banks, which is a little over an hour and a half away,” Lois added. “We always stop at Manteo, a quaint town on the water with shopping and restaurants.”

“And, we’re planning to explore more of North Carolina,” Richard said, “especially west toward the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Asheville area.”

Closer to home, the Gobbis have made new friends and hosted holiday dinners for their neighbors. “Scotch Hall is such a special place,” Lois concluded, “not just because of its beautiful surroundings, but because of the wonderful people in our community.”

At “The Meeting of the Waters,” Lois and Richard Gobbi have found just the right balance for the ongoing adventure of their lives.

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Arkansas, The South’s Best Kept Secret

Arkansas, The South’s Best Kept Secret

The birthplace of former president, Bill Clinton, and retail giant, Walmart, Arkansas is surprisingly “under-the-radar” with a state full of residents who wouldn’t mind keeping it that way.

Arkansas is a dreamy natural wonderland that feels like a secret when you’re there. At some point, along thick green meandering draped with the whirring of distant waterfalls, you suddenly get it, and decide to keep it that way. Perfection isn’t prone to boasting.

Arkansas is nicknamed the Natural State, not for giant, sharp-edged mountains, or dramatic expanses of red rock deserts outlined by olympic-rated, rapid-filled rivers, but for its expansive forests, hidden caves, undulating mountains, sprawling lakes, hot springs and an extensive cache of wildlife.

Ozark Mountains at Sunset

Nature’s Way 

Arkansas’s natural wonders are plentiful and in rare form. The Ozarks and Ouachita mountains wrote the book on hidden drama, and hikers, kayakers, and cyclists from around the world flock to the national parks, national forests, and river and lake laced state parks that consume most of the state. Buffalo National River and miles of mountain bike trails provide rough riding adventures while the area’s hot springs bring the finer side of nature’s provisions to the end of long excursions.

And, then, there’s the city. Little Rock is the champion of culinary nuances and James Beard mentions, the micro-brew capital, and the arts and culture hub of The Natural State. But, smaller towns and cities, like Bentonville, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, and Jonestown are coveted stops on the cultural and culinary trail. A member of the Americana Music Triangle, there are plenty of musician-dedicated attractions along the way. Thanks to the Waltons, the Walmart foundation made Bentonville the home of one of the most modern and well-funded art museums in the Midwest -Crystal Bridges American Museum of Art.

Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County.

Add Arkansas to the list of places to be discovered, but give yourself some time there. It’s road trip kind of place.

Places to See

1 – Whitaker Point
One of the most photographed locations in Arkansas, Whitaker Point was named one of the top ten places in the country to be kissed. The reasons for both will be clear when you get there.

2 – DeGray Lake State Park Resort
Bike through the park, play 18 holes, or cruise along the lake; then, finish the day in a more rustic campsite setting, at the resort-style lodge, or at glamping sites nearby for more glamorous camping.

3 – Lake Ouachita
The state’s largest lake, Lake Ouachita, surrounds 210 islands in the center of Ouachita National Forest. A water sport Mecca, crystal goldmine, and lake lovers dream, Ouachita is breathtaking, and close to Hot Springs, AR. Major bonus.

4 – Buffalo River Waterfall
In the Ponca Area, also the home of Whitaker Point, you’ll find Arkansas’s most breathtaking scenery, including Buffalo River Waterfall. If mountain biking is your mode of transportation expect to surprise a few Elk on your way.

5 – Pinnacle Mountain State Park
This day use only state park is an uber-popular single-track mountain biking and destination.

6 – Hot Springs
Both a city, and a state park (big surprise!) in the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs is known for the obvious, and has been a “natural spa” resort destination since the 19th century. Hiking, shopping, boating, and horseback riding are favorites among visitors.

7 – Blanchard Springs Caverns
A trip to the Ozarks isn’t complete with out a Blanchard Springs Wild Cave Tour.

8 – Little Rock
Take the River-Rail Electric Streetcar through town to the Clinton Presidential Center, the Rocktown Distillery, the Museum of Discovery, and to some of the quaint boutique shops and local restaurants. Be sure to hit The Big Dam Bridge – the longest walking and biking bridge in the country – that connects Little Rock to North Little Rock.

9 – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Modern Art
The Walmart-backed Bentonville museum is, architecturally-speaking, as much a work of art as is the pieces curated there. It’s a sight to see, and an experience not to be missed.

10 – The Hive
Five-time James Beard Semi-finalist Matthew McC.ure continues to wow guests with unparalleled “fine-country” cuisine.

Arkansas State Recreation Area near Decatur, Arkansas

Where to Live

Hot Springs Village

Sprawled out over 26,000 acres near the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs Village is the country’s largest gated community with homes ranging from the $100,000’s to $1 million. It’s an active adult haven with nine golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, 30 miles of hiking trails, endless boating and water sports opportunities on the village’s 11 lakes, and proximity to Hot Springs and Little Rock.

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It’s Lovely, But What’s in it for my Dog?

It’s Lovely, But What’s in it for my Dog?

Dog parks are a top amenity on the ideal lifestyle list for many dog families.

A quick scroll through your Instagram or Facebook feed will prove that 21st century dogs are officially in the limelight, right where they belong. Many who are looking to relocate consider an area or community as much for the sake of their dog(s) as they do for themselves. Dog-friendly hiking or walking trails – check. Dog-friendly beaches – check. Leash-free dog parks? More and more checks guaranteed. As people become aware of the benefits of having a pet, they’re also coming to the realization that, in essence, “pets are people too”. Roaming outdoors, getting plenty of exercise and staying social are all as important to a dog’s health as they are to our own.

Master-planned communities across the country are heeding the healthier living calls of canines and their humans by creating spaces for dogs and their owners to mingle with other dogs…and their owners.

Here are a few communities that have gone above and beyond for their canine residents:

Keowee Key, a lake community just outside of Clemson, SC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is full of parks. But, its latest addition may be one of the busiest. Residents are thrilled to have a place where they can plan doggie dates or schedule daily or weekly visits to so that dogs can play off-leash both on and off the “agility equipment” with new and old canine companions. Owners can also sign up for dog training sessions held at the park.

At Lakewood Ranch, the three acres of fenced-in, leash-free space at the Paw Park is every dog’s preferred stomping ground. Also a resident favorite, the Paw Park is a popular spot for neighbors to mingle. A doggie drinking fountain, a separate small dog and puppy area, benches and a bag dispenser are on site.

The folks at Hampton Lake in Blufton, SC are convinced that pet companionship can be vital to health and well being at all ages. So, they went all out for resident canines and their families. Sand pits, earth mounds, and grass fields allow dogs to do more than just stretch their legs. And, the six ft. fire hydrant and handheld shower is a hit with dog owners not so fond of mud-covered paws. The picnic shelter with tables and benches is a great space for neighbors to become friends and for good friends to spend time together.

The Villages at Citrus Hills on The Nature’s Coast in Florida has decided to integrate two and four-legged exercise spaces. At Rockwood Park, you can play basketball, bocce ball, run with your dog(s) on the fitness trail, or let them run free at the Rockwood dog park. Aside from the standard dog park amenities, bone-shaped sand traps and water-play features like the spraying fire hydrant keep dogs digging and diving, providing the ultimate in doggie aerobics.

At St. James Plantation near Southport, NC dogs are everywhere – hanging their heads out of golf carts, running with their owners, and paddling alongside swimmers in the surf. But running leash-free, socializing and relaxing at one of St. James two dog parks – Woodlands Park and St. James Drive Park – are dog and owner favorites. If access to a restroom is essential, then Woodlands Park is your best bet.

Master-planned communities are integrating parks and ample spaces for dogs to roam because a dog’s life is the good life. And, given the benefits of having them in our lives, communities and their residents want to do whatever they can to make a dog’s life even better.

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