Sun-drenched and Animated in Cabo

Sun-drenched and Animated in Cabo

The Ideal Cabo Lifestyle

In English, the Spanish word ‘cabo’ means cape, as in a point of land jutting into the sea or some other large body of water. But, for many worldly travelers, the word Cabo simply refers to the most naturally stunning, perpetually enchanting, and sun-drenched resort destination in the world – all tucked at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico and wrapped by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Sea of Cortez on the east.

Cabo, or more correctly Los Cabos, is an area comprised of two colorful resort towns, Cabo San Lucas (Cape Saint Luke), located right at the tip, and San Jose del Cabo (Saint Joseph of the Cape), curled up the east coast and home to the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD).

Cabo San Lucas took modern root in the mid-1900s when the sleepy village was discovered as a paradise for sport fishermen chasing world-record marlin, dorado, and yellow fin tuna.

Today, the town has a unique and animated vibe, a kind of melding of bohemians, A-listers, expats, and locals, all dusted with a hint of Casablanca, Cristal, and Quervo. The town is nourished by some of the premier culinary establishments in the world, like Seared at the opulent One & Only Palmilla Resort, Romeo & Julieta’s chic Italian fare across from the Cabo San Lucas marina, and the sleek, oceanfront Manta at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel.

But, you can also throw on your flip flops and kick back at popular cantinas like Cabo Wabo or rocker Sammy Hagar’s place in town. Chow down on fish tacos and a margarita at the Squid Roe Bar & Grill & Clothesline, or visit The Office on the Beach (with tables right in the sand), or The Usual Suspects marina bar, where “Whatever Happened in Cabo Never Happened.”

 

Grand Highlands Southern Hills

 

San Jose del Cabo, on the other hand, evokes more of a traditional Mexican village feel, its centerpiece being the Parroquia San José, a Jesuit Mission that dates back to the 1730s. San Jose has a rustic-chic gallery district, where the art walk on Thursday nights (in-season) is a must for perusing the rich offerings of local artisans.

Just above San Jose in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains is the foodie magnet of Flora’s Field Kitchen, part of a 10-acre farm that celebrates everything to do with fresh and organically grown food.

In between the two towns is a bustling, 20-mile seaside stretch called the Corridor that is sprinkled with a vast assortment of luxury hotels, golf resorts, and vacation homes, some right on the sea and some cradled in the cliffs that rise up just beyond pristine beaches.

Cabo Golf

Late afternoon on the beautiful Diamante Dunes course, Cabo San Lucas.

A generation ago you’d have to scratch out a round of golf at Los Cabos on a dusty nine-hole muni. But today the premier golf course architects in the world have brought forth over a dozen stunning golf expressions, with holes that track along the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, and are perched on bluffs overlooking the water, or trace through massive inland dune ridges and desert canyons.

Several of the top courses are in private resort communities like the Dunes course at Diamante, ranked

#36 on GOLF Magazine’s prestigious 2018 Top World Rankings. Diamante is also home to the Tiger Woods-designed El Cardonal. As mentioned, they’re very private. But, there also are glorious and accessible courses like Palmilla, Cabo’s original championship course built in 1992, which offers 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus brilliance. Nicklaus also shines with the ocean course at Cabo del Sol and the jaw-dropping Quivira 18 overlooking the Pacific. Green fees roughly range from $100-$400, depending on the course and season.

In and On the Water

Los Cabos is renowned for its coral reefs and unimaginable diversity of aquatic life in the Sea of Cortez. Snorkeling and scuba diving are most popular at the sheltered Santa Maria Cove and the Chileno Reef – both just offshore of the Corridor – plus the Cabo Pulmo Marine Life Preserve, located 60 miles up the coast. In the winter, pods of grey whales can be seen breaching the surface of the Sea of Cortez, where they bear their young after migrating 6,000 miles from the frigid waters of Alaska.

You’ll have every imaginable watercraft available to rent from glass-bottom kayaks and jet skis to water taxis and ocean-going catamarans. Los Cabos is a legendary surfing destination. And, every October, Cabo San Lucas hosts the highest-paying marlin tournament in the world, called the “Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore.”

It should be noted that many of the waters off Los Cabos need to be viewed with caution as currents can be very strong and treacherous. Some beaches are designated non-swimming.
Day Trips

If you kept going up the east coast from Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve, you would reach the capital of Baja California Sur at La Paz, a captivating colonial town founded by Hernan Cortez in 1535 and now regarded as a vital eco-tourism and research center.

Travel an hour up on the Pacific side and nestle in to the town of Todos Santos, an oasis in the desert.Literally an oasis with underground springs creating a lush environment and unique Hexagon Caves (a smaller version of the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland). Todos Santos has a sweeping coastline popular with surfers, an old town awash in galleries, colonial architecture, and even the alluring 11-room Hotel California that has absolutely nothing to do with the iconic song from The Eagles.

On your way back from Todos Santos, about 10 minutes before you reach Cabo, is a sensitively developed oceanfront residential community and resort called Rancho San Lucas. The 834-acre property offers a rich variety of villas and oceanfront estates set along a stunning 1.2-mile beach framing the Pacific. A Greg Norman golf course, with seven holes on the ocean, is due to open toward the end of 2019.

The resort at Rancho San Lucas is called The Grand Solmar and is a sister to the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa

The resort at Rancho San Lucas is called The Grand Solmar and is a sister to the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa, tucked literally at the tip of the peninsula and right next to the legendary Arco de Cabo San Lucas. El Arco is an arched rock formation set tight against the beach that has been eroded away by the churning currents where the Pacific and Sea of Cortez meet and tangle. Have your boat captain bring you as close as you dare for the selfie of a lifetime!

Los Cabos and the surrounding areas offer an abundance of festivals during the year with themes of jazz, art, food and wine, kite boarding and surfing, fishing, and even the festival of mangos at Todos Santos. The headliner is the Fiestas Tradicionales, celebrating the patron San Lucas in October, although Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash that month runs a close and raucous second place.

Check with www.visitloscabos.travel for all the naturally stunning, perpetually enchanting, and sun-drenched details.

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The Philosophy of Design

The Philosophy of Design

“You don’t need a retirement home, you need a great home for retirement,” ~ Francisca Alonso

There is the passion of an artist, the preciseness of an engineer, and a profound empathy for the human condition that informs a conversation with architect Francisca Alonso, one that is as captivating as the transformative vision she has for residential design in the 21st century.

Francisca and her husband/architect partner of 30 years, Antonio, are co-founders of AV Architects + Builders, established in 2001 and based in Great Falls, VA, just outside of Washington, D.C.

Francisca’s father was the famous architect Melvin Villarroel Roldan, who has designed luxury resorts and hotels on the Mediterranean coast and all over the world. When Francisca and Antonio launched their business in 2001, they decided to carry on the legacy of resort-style living. The company’s mission is, “Building custom dream homes designed around your lifestyle, that make you feel like you are on vacation, every day of the year.”

While there are many formative pillars of AV’s design philosophy, Francisca sums them up with the following tenets:

Removal of Clutter

Control of clutter is a key ingredient to a happy house. It’s rejuvenating. It’s like a detox. At the end of the day we don’t need so much. When have you ever walked into a luxury vacation home that had clutter? When you are staring at clutter, it creates distractions, so make certain that multiple storage solutions are a part of your home design.

Indoor/Outdoor Integration

Every indoor space that we design has a mirror image in an outdoor related space. A master bedroom has a patio. A great room may have an outdoor grotto. A front entrance will have a front porch.

A 2,000 sq. ft., home, for instance, should have at least a third of that – 700-800 sq. ft. – set for designed outdoor space.

Double the Windows, plus Limited Hallways and Doors

Our designs call for double the amount of window space in a standard home in our area. And there should be at least two viewpoints to the outdoors and nature in every spot in the house, all of which reduces stress and adds to your well-being. This requires broad open-concept floor plans, multi-use spaces, and the limiting of hallways and doors.

(Many of Francisca’s window designs, especially in bedrooms where windows have to provide egress in case of emergency, have an almost Mondrian quality, with offset panels virtually creating a piece of art in glass. The offset allows for one large casement window – facilitating egress and allowing for cross ventilation – while smaller windows of different sizes and shapes infuse design interest.)

Quality of Materials

We don’t want you to have a lifetime membership at the hardware store, so we build with materials that last. Instead of using pine trim we use PVC, which is rot-free. We use aluminum windows, so you don’t keep painting them, and engineered quartz or porcelain instead of granite so you don’t have to keep treating it. You should enjoy your home, not have to maintain it.

Smart Home Peace of Mind

Home security from your smartphone is so easy to do nowadays. We design a fully integrated system that controls lighting, alarms, temperature settings, and locking systems. The system can even detect moisture in specific areas and will send a message to your phone that will tell you if there is water under you dishwasher. It’s all about safety and energy efficiency.

But Francisca and her team have added another layer to the concept of stylish resort living, and it is outlined in a book she authored called, Nesting for Empty Nesters, The Vacation Style Living Approach to Aging in Place.

A magna cum laude graduate of The School of Architecture at The Catholic University, Francisca is also CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) certified, a prestigious designation bestowed by the National Association of Home Builders. It is with that training that she imagines a residence that uses smart design to prepare your home now for a better quality of life in retirement and beyond.

Francisca explains, “People are living much longer and more active lives these days. If we design or remodel a house for a couple in their 50s, they may live there until they’re 90. So why not build blocking now behind a wall that can anchor a grab bar or handrail in 20 years? Why not build a curbless shower with no doors that looks sleek now, but will allow disabled access in 30 years? There are hundreds of beneficial manifestations of Aging in Place design.”

In this regard, Francisca seems to think of everything. She is currently working with researchers at a Washington D.C. area university on building a sensor into a shower floor, or any space, that will detect an unusual compression of the floor that might be consistent with a fall, which can then be signaled to a family member for follow-up.

In addition to her father’s influence, Francisca admits to an affinity for Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, which is hinted at with some of her flowing horizontal rooflines. “Wright designed a home that was built for the end-user,” she describes. “Architecture is not monumental or ornamental, it’s designing for a person and how they will operate in their home.”

And like its co-founder, the company is passionate, precise, and profoundly empathetic in bringing trusted and flexible home design solutions to those of us approaching a fulfilling and active life as seniora. In Francisca’s sage affirmation, “You don’t need a retirement home, you need a great home for retirement.”

Inquiries:
AV Architects + Builders | Great Falls, VA
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Caribbean Teal Waters Are Calling

Caribbean Teal Waters Are Calling

Belize Beaches

Belize: An Adventurer’s Paradise

For a couple interested in residential offerings, it’s fun and instructive to rent a private water taxi for several hours and tour the coast, stop for lunch, and maybe pick out your favorite oceanfront lot.”
— Matt Brown

As Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula stretches toward the Caribbean Sea, it signals the southern edge of the country, where it then shares a border with Belize. An otherworldly place of sultry beauty, ancient Mayan relics, and flourishing culture (and eco-tourism!), it’s all framed by the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and dotted with luxury resorts and communities tucked on tropical cays and islands.

Belize Cyrstal Blue WatersBelize is an adventurer’s paradise, with the teal waters of the Caribbean Sea beckoning on the east and a fascinating rain forest ecosystem in the highlands to the west. The country is only 68 miles across, so it’s easy to spend the morning drifting with sea turtles on the reef and the afternoon exploring the ruins of the ancient Mayan pyramids of Caracol and Xunantunich.

But most importantly, Belize is a place intently balancing its emerging and bountiful popularity with its boundless commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. National Geographic recently released its list of “Best Places to Visit in the Upcoming Year,” and Belize received high praise for its protection of the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve coral reef by banning all offshore drilling, passing a law to phase out single-use plastics, and taking steps to protect mangrove forests, home to the endangered manatee and countless other aquatic species.

That commitment will have to be girded as resort operators like Marriott, Wyndham, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville have plans to build resort communities in Belize within the next several years. Even Leonardo DiCaprio and a business partner have purchased a private island called Blackadore Caye for $1.75 million with plans to sensitively develop a restorative, 68-villa eco-resort.

Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, gained its independence from the crown in 1982. But, Queen Elizabeth still graces the dollar, English is the official language, and the government is a parliamentary system that believes in contract law like Australia and Canada. Unlike some other Caribbean countries, real estate purchases are fully titled and deeded (rather than leased for 99 years or not allowed at all). There is no inheritance tax, no capital gains tax, and residency is relatively easy to gain.

 

Southern Hills  Country Club Living from the mid $200s

 

The country is easily accessed (just a four-hour flight from Chicago and two hours from Miami or Houston) through the international airport in Belize City (BZE). The islands are reached by a short 20-minute airplane ride or water taxi.

Much of the popular resort and residential activity resides on Ambergris Caye, a long narrow strip of land (you’re never further than 500 yards from water) and the largest of Belize’s offshore islands. And although the Belize mainland is essentially a rain forest, the island only gets about 1/5 of the rain as inland (to be safe, the dry season runs from January to May). Ambergris Caye also restricts cars and trucks to commercial purposes, so everyone drives a golf cart or ATV.

Ambergris Caye, Belize Among the existing island resorts is the opulent Grand Caribe just north of San Pedro, the main city of Ambergris Caye. The waterfront Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro is an elegant slice of thatched-roof heaven, and the Grand Baymen Condo Resort also beckons on the Ambergris beachfront.
Local Coldwell Banker realtor Matt Brown suggests a creative idea for exploring Ambergris Caye. Brown reveals, “For a couple interested in residential offerings, it’s fun and instructive to rent a private water taxi for several hours and tour the coast, stop for lunch, and maybe pick out your favorite oceanfront lot.” Matt Brown moved to Belize in 2011 from Canada and saw the potential in this English-speaking country for an easy transition into an incredible new life in a pristine location.

On the mainland, the family Coppola (as in Francis Ford) offers two embracing resorts: the waterfront Turtle Inn near the charming Creole fishing village of Placencia in south Belize, and the Blacaneaux Lodge, which actually was the Coppola’s tropical paradise hideaway in the rain forest from 1980 to 1993, when they opened it to the public as a 20-room luxury resort.
Perhaps the most valuable asset for all of these resorts is their relationships with trusted dive shops, fishing boat captains, and interpretative eco-guides who help Belize’s wonders come to life.

One of those wonders is the Great Blue Hole, the largest aquatic sinkhole in the world that spans three football fields in diameter and over 400 feet deep, located about 40 miles off the Belize coast on Lighthouse Reef. The Great Blue Hole came to modern attention when Jacques Cousteau explored it in 1971. Just this last December, Cousteau’s grandson Fabien joined with billionaire Richard Branson to fully map the hole and discover its coral fringes and ancient stalactites. Needless to say, the Great Blue Hole is on many a recreational diver’s bucket list. Search the Discovery Channel to view the December exploration.

Belize Marine LifeAnother wonder was stumbled upon in 1989 when the rain forest revealed to researchers the Actun Tunichil Miknal (Cave of the Stone Sepulcher or ATM), a Maya sacrificial burial site hidden nearly a mile underground and the resting place of the “crystal maiden,” a complete skeleton of a 20-year old woman that sparkles from crystal calcification. Accessing the cave requires precarious rock climbing and underwater swimming and is accordingly highly regulated. National Geographic ranks ATM at the top of its new list of “Sacred Places of a Lifetime.”

You will also want to explore the Altun Ha and Lamanai Mayan sites, visit the tidy Belize Zoo, where its lush landscaping will have you thinking you’ve stumbled into the jungle. There is also cave tubing on rushing underground rivers, plus myriad zip-lining options. Try hiking the lush jungle trails of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the only jaguar reserve on the planet. Or, just luxuriate in the old-world charm and secluded stretches of beach on Caye Caulker.

For more information and travel details, visit online at www.travelbelize.org.

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Hattiesburg, MS The Hub City of the South

Hattiesburg, MS The Hub City of the South

Hattiesburg train station is as historical as it is vital to present-day Hattiesburg.The main road that frames the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi and stretches west from downtown – first through college-town neighborhoods, then past modern suburbs, and ultimately into endless acres of pine forest – is called Hardy Street.

The street is named after Captain William Harris Hardy, a civil engineer who breathed life into a couple rutted dirt roads in 1882 by bringing the railroad through and making the region a hub for transportation and timbering. Only thing was, the burgeoning town needed a name. Turns out Capt. Hardy had a wife back in Meridian, who was as Southern and gentile as a magnolia blossom, and her name was Hattie. And a town was born.

Over the decades since, Hattiesburg has become an oasis in south Mississippi for students and their educators. Entrepreneurs have taken the Southern culinary scene by storm. This city is the heartbeat of health care, and a community of folks who won’t stop until anyone moving into their silver years is engaged, healthy, and has a myriad of learning opportunities.
Favorably situated just 90 minutes by interstate from New Orleans, and the pristine gulf coast beaches of Alabama, Hattiesburg is built on three community pillars: military, education, and a sprawling medical system that provides care to a 19-county region.

While the university itself offers broad continuing education programs, some of its faculty and graduate students also teach at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), part of a nationwide network of centers that offer intellectual and cultural experiences for people in their retirement years. Located on the Southern Miss campus, OLLI boasts 176 annual classes, from beginner arts and crafts to expansive learning field trips to Mackinaw Island, the Biltmore Estate, and even an architectural dig in Scotland.

The Town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi emphasizes preservation. Thanks to the earnest vision of a handful of local physicians more than 50 years ago, Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic are today a national-class network of four hospitals, eight regional clinics, a sparkling Orthopedics Institute, a new Hospice House, and 60 satellite locations. If the greater Hattiesburg statistical area correctly has a population of 150,000, then likely one of every 16 people in the region works in the health care industry. Suffice to say, you’re in very good hands in the Hub City.

Complementing those two pillars is a bundle of community leaders who throw challenge on their backs and mold it into progress. Among them are Rob and Craig Tatum, real estate entrepreneurs whose great-great-grandfather was a former mayor of Hattiesburg.

Recent projects of theirs include The Claiborne, a top-of-the-line independent-living and assisted living/memory care community offering every possible amenity to its residents. In downtown, the duo has transformed two century-old buildings into stylish residential lofts. And, in the burgeoning Midtown District, they just opened Hotel Indigo Hattiesburg, a luxury property that is part of the InterContinental Hotel Group.

Says Rob, “For generations, Hattiesburg has been very good to our family, so our goal now is to spare no expense in giving back to the community. If there is an extra dollar to be spent to ensure quality, we will spend it.”

Certainly the most visible of Hattiesburg’s community leaders is 36-year old Mayor Toby Barker, a former state legislator whose youthful exuberance is contagious. Mayor Barker recently established the first Director of Customer Service position, a unique role, indeed, for government.

Downtown Hattiesburg is the city's center for arts, cultural, and culinary magic.

The Hattiesburg Zoo is the #1 tourism destination in the state. The city’s culinary credibility is embodied largely in the native soul of Robert St. John, a nationally acclaimed restaurateur, author of 10 books, a Cooking Channel celebrity chef, and owner of five local restaurants, including Tabella, Crescent City Grill, and Purple Parrott (where the bread pudding is heavenly), all located in midtown near the Southern Miss campus.
And, there is much more to recommend Hattiesburg for a visit or longer. A certified retirement community, Hattiesburg was ranked one of the “8 Tax Friendliest Towns” in America. And, its 25-block downtown Historic Neighborhood District has one of the best collections of Victorian-era houses in Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Also on the National Register is the Saenger Theater, opened in 1929 and a rare example of a vintage Art Deco-style vaudeville and movie theater. Downtown is also said to be home of the first guitar riffs of rock and roll and boasts a live music scene that some say rivals Austin, TX.

The Hattiesburg Zoo is regarded as the #1 tourism destination in the state and houses 100 animal species, plus interactive educational programs, a High Ropes Adventure Course, and train and carousel rides. The city has also reclaimed 44 miles of historic rail line and transformed them into the Longleaf Trace, a 10-foot-wide paved trail for biking, hiking, bird watching, and more.
You just might even run into gun-slinging Super Bowl champ and legendary Southern Miss quarterback Brett Favre at the hardware store. He’s the kind of hero you could name a town after. But, the gentile, magnolia blossom that is Miss Hattie has a much nicer ring to it.

50+ Paddleboarding

50+ Paddleboarding

To many it is a sanctuary, the most wonderfully versatile piece of recreational equipment ever conceived. A thing that allows you to close your eyes and connect to the ancient swells and rhythms of the sea. A thing that can silently transport you to secret coves and unimaginably beautiful places. A thing that allows you to work as hard as you’ve ever worked and race 32 miles out to Catalina Island in the sport’s iconic championship. Or express your inner “devotional warrior” on your floating yoga mat … your paddleboard. While every long pull on the paddle carries you farther and farther away from the stress of the day.

Jump on Board

Sound inviting? Then seek out a place near you to learn to paddleboard and you’ll begin to understand the enriching hold of the fastest growing water sport in the world and an elixir for those in their silver years…both from a fitness standpoint and an aesthetic one.

Tom Lawn got hooked on paddleboarding as a newcomer five years ago when he bravely decided to paddle out to a shrimp boat trawling just off the tip of the North Carolina coast where he was unexpectedly adopted by a pod of some 80 dolphins following the boat for free snacks. So close Tom could touch them, the pod let him paddle along for a mile or so. And then the board had him.

Active adults take to the surf. At 66, Tom is a fixture at St. James Plantation, a 6,000-acre planned community of beautiful coastal landscape in Southport, NC, where he is unmistakable driving the mint condition, aqua blue Dodge van he and his wife Sue bought new in 1977. His paddleboards ride on top of the van, surfboard inside, with the couple’s Llewellin Setter, Esker, calling shotgun.

The Benefits

According to Tom, “Paddleboarding is so many things. It can be spiritual while paddling alone through the pristine backwaters of the bay. Or just family time, with Esker perched on the nose of the board and Sue paddling beside in her kayak.”

Sometimes Jenna Chenevert and Susan Goodwin will just sit down on their paddleboards and eat the lunch they packed earlier back home. Neighbors at Eastman, a welcoming four-seasons community in New Hampshire, the two thrive on the fitness and aesthetic benefits of paddleboarding on the community’s miles-long lake, and all around New England.

Jenna shares that, “It’s amazing how much stand up paddling exercises your core and legs, plus it requires excellent posture. But for seniors, perhaps the biggest benefit is how it enhances your balance abilities.”

Susan particularly embraces the natural beauty that comes with the activity. “I love paddling through the early morning fog on our lake, or for 30-mile stretches on the Connecticut River, where the fall foliage reflected in the water is just stunningly beautiful.”

A Little History

Today’s paddleboarders carry on a legacy that some suggest dates back 3,000 years to Peruvian fisherman who paddled reed boats out past the surf break, then stood up and surfed the fully stocked boat back home. But the earliest actual evidence shows a Polynesian paddleboarder heading out to greet Captain James Cook off Hawaii’s Kona coast in a famous engraving dating back to 1779. It would be his ancestors who brought paddleboarding to light two centuries later on the north shore of Oahu.

You will want to do a lot of research before buying a paddleboard, but generally you’ll be looking at a board that’s 10-12’ long and costs between $500-1,500. A lighter graphite paddle will be worth the investment to your hands and arms on long rides. Make certain, also, that the weight of the board (generally 24-30 pounds) is manageable and that you’re able to lift the board, or comfortably load it on a car rack for transport. There are even inflatable paddle boards that are lighter and easier to manage.

So, if the idea of enhancing your physical and spiritual health, while meeting new friends sounds inviting, just look for the mint condition, aqua blue van and say hi to the explorative new world of paddleboarding!

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Eastman Community Association

Eastman Community Association

This 3,600 acre lakeside community is tucked in the Upper Connecticut River Valley in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region. Two hours north of Boston and minutes from Lake Sunapee, New London, Lebanon and Hanover, residents have easy access to medical facilities, employment, educational opportunities and a multitude of cultural venues. Read More...


St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

St. James Plantation - NC Gated Community

With its private oceanfront beach club, 81 holes of signature golf and Intracoastal Waterway marina, St. James Plantation personifies the relaxed coastal Carolina lifestyle. Read More...


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