Hartness, a New South Carolina Community

Hartness, a New South Carolina Community

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Hartness | Greenville, SC

Hartness, a new Upstate South Carolina community in Greenville, has been master-planned to be one of the Southeast’s most exciting Traditional Neighborhood Developments. A Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) is a community that is centered on the interconnectivity of its residents. Every element is carefully crafted with attention to detail. TND communities are rich with benefits such as walkable spaces with uninterrupted sidewalks, creating an environment that is perfect for a stroll with the dog or a short walk to visit a neighbor. TNDs also feature beautiful greenspaces such as Hartness’ Grand Lawn, relaxing hiking trails and a Village Center for community gatherings, shopping, and dining.

The prominent local family creating this unique residential destination went even further, though, dedicating more than 40% of the community footprint to a 180-acre nature preserve, common-area creeks and ponds and a central park for farmer’s markets and open-air events. All are linked by more than 15 miles of groomed hiking and biking trails.

Featuring classic architectural styles, ownership options in Hartness range from manor homes and large estates to townhomes and smaller cottage residences. Model homes are open for viewing as are the initial neighborhood clubhouse with pool and fitness facilities. An even larger amenity center—including an aquatic complex, wellness center with spa and tennis/pickleball courts—will be added beginning later this year.
The Upstate’s top-rated medical centers are just minutes from the Hartness entrance, as is vibrant downtown Greenville. Even closer is GSP International Airport, with direct connections to most major East Coast cities.


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The community will feature a number of defining amenities including a central park, sidewalks and pedestrian greenways, unique streetscapes, a commercial center with restaurants and shops, a clubhouse with fitness center, a swim complex, tennis and pickleball, a boutique hotel with spa and a 180 acre nature preserve with 15 miles of trails. Come see 450 acres of beauty in Greenville, SC. Read More...

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The Best of Savannah

The Best of Savannah

Founded in 1733, Savannah is one of the South’s most historic cities and popular tourist destinations. What is considered the best of Savannah is largely in the eye of the beholder.

In recent decades, this thriving metropolitan area on the Georgia coast has been attracting an increasing number of retirees, thanks to the comfortable subtropical climate and affordable cost of living that includes low property taxes. 

A regional hub of cultural activities, Savannah also offers outstanding medical and professional services in a stable economy underpinned by local manufacturers like Gulfstream Aerospace. And tuition for both degree and non-credit courses at several local state colleges is free for most residents age 62 and older.

Savannah, Georgia is one of the south's most popular cities.


Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2018
SCAD Savannah Film Festival
Eight days and nights of cinematic celebration with movie screenings at four downtown theaters, plus documentary, shorts, and animation competitions, lectures, workshops, and big-name Hollywood honorees.

Nov. 5-11, 2018
Savannah Food & Wine Festival
A full week to enjoy the historic city’s most savory traditions, with celebrity chefs, wine and spirits samplings, the Taste of Savannah main event, and the Jazz + Bubbles Brunch grand finale.

Feb. 14-17, 2019
Savannah Book Festival
The perfect Valentine’s Day weekend for book lovers! Best-selling authors are featured at ticketed functions, while Festival Saturday events—with presentations by more than 40 emerging writers—are free and open to the public.

March 16, 2019
Saint Patrick’s Day
One of the nation’s longest-running and most lively celebrations of Irish heritage and culture, a week of River Street festivities climaxes with the annual parade that winds through the historic downtown squares.

March 28-April 13, 2019
Savannah Music Festival
The 30th annual event will bring 500 artists to town for 17 days of eclectic music, including blues, classical, country, folk, gospel, jazz, opera, rock, and much more.


Savannah has become a culinary destination that offers dozens of award-winning dining venues, including these favorites:

Circa 1875
Savannah’s acclaimed downtown French bistro with domestic and Old World wines

Crystal Beer Parlor
Fried green tomatoes, fresh seafood, juicy burgers, and craft brews on the side

Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room
The ultimate local-cuisine lunchtime tradition with shared seating at tables for 10

Paula Deen’s Creek House Seafood & Grill
A waterfront location for the celebrity chef’s signature Southern seafood fare

Sandfly Bar-B-Q
Southern-style sauces on pork and chicken, plus beef brisket and Brunswick Stew

The Telfair Museum is among the best museums in Savannah.


Telfair Museums
The South’s oldest public art museum includes three sites in the Historic District: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House, and the Telfair Academy.

SCAD Museum of Art
The renowned Savannah College of Art and Design is home to the region’s finest collection of contemporary art and learning programs for kids, undergrads, and seniors.

Savannah Art Walk
Strolling tours of more than 20 Historic District galleries every second Saturday of the month where you can meet the artists and enjoy post-walk cocktails at the DeSoto Savannah Hotel.

Take a walk in the park in Savannah.


Historic Squares and Parks

As one of America’s first planned cities, Savannah’s Historic District has preserved 22 picture-perfect town squares that can be toured on foot or using the free trolly service. Nearby Forsyth Park is a 30-acre oasis for bike rides and weekly farmers markets, while Bonaventure Cemetery is a 100-acre garden of ghostly delight.

Savannah City Market
Four open-air blocks in the heart of the Historic District feature scores of unique shops, restaurants, art galleries, and nightlife entertainment.
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Explore this university research center that’s open to the public on weekdays with formal gardens, bamboo groves, and events like the 25th Annual Autumn GardenFest (Oct. 26-27, 2018).

Take a stroll through the Savannah Art Walk to get a taste of true southern art.


Tybee Island
Just a 20-minute drive from downtown, Tybee Island features beautiful beaches, casual restaurants, the Marine Science Center, and Fort Pulaski National Monument.

Bluffton/Hilton Head
Discover the South Carolina Lowcountry from the galleries and cafes of Old Town Bluffton to the iconic lighthouse in Sea Pines’ Harbour Town, plus top-flight golf courses.


US News & World report ranks these Savannah medical centers among Georgia’s best:

Memorial Health University Medical Center
Complete health services with the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, children’s hospital, and Mercer University School of Medicine campus.

St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospitals
Two anchor hospitals and specialty centers for cancer research, heart treatment, women’s health, and neurosciences.


Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport
Upgraded passenger service facilities with non-stop flights every day from Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Newark, New York, Toronto, and Washington D.C., plus weekly/seasonal direct flights from many other hometowns.

Tybee Island is Savannah's most popular beach.


The Landings
Located just a 10-minute drive from downtown Savannah, The Landings on Skidaway Island is an amenity-rich residential community for retirees and working families. About 8,500 residents currently enjoy The Landings’ lifestyle, but plenty of choice homes and homesites are still available for new neighbors. In addition to two deepwater marinas, there are 30 miles of hiking/biking trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, a two-acre community farm, and a dog park. Landings Club members have access to six on-site championship golf courses with seven clubhouse dining venues, plus three tennis centers with 32 courts, and a complete fitness facility with indoor/outdoor pools. And with 100+ special interest clubs, Landings’ residents can easily make new like-minded friends or simply expand their horizons. Check out The Landings –  thelandings.com

Set on 2,300 oak-shaded acres surrounded by more than six miles of pristine coastal marsh frontage near Savannah, WaterWays is a growing Georgia residential community. Traditional Southern architecture characterizes the single-family homes in four distinctive neighborhoods and new custom homesites are now available in The Enclave and Parkway South. In addition to miles of nature trails for walking and biking, WaterWays features a unique interconnected lagoon system that’s perfect for kayaking and fishing adventures. The new fitness center at WaterClub West is now open and construction is well underway on the signature WaterWays Marina. The adjacent Marina Village will be the hub of community social activity. Check out Waterways – livewaterways.com

Savannah Quarters
Blending historic charm with modern convenience, Savannah Quarters is a master-planned community with a number of residential choices. Low-maintenance town homes popular with retirees, single-family residences in a variety of floor plan styles and sizes, and large sites for custom-designed homes are all available in appealing locations. Club members enjoy their on-site recreations at the pool complex, on the Har-Tru tennis courts, and in the state-of-the-art fitness center. The club’s featured amenity is the Greg Norman Signature golf course, an award-winning design with a picture-perfect island green on the 15th hole. The golf clubhouse features fine dining and meeting space for community activities. check out Savannah Quarters – savannahquarters.com


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The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

The Landings on Skidaway Island - Savannah's Choice for Island Living

The Landings on Skidaway Island is a private gated community known as much for its beauty as for its personality. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway and just 12 miles from the charming and historic city of Savannah, GA, The Landings celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. Read More...

Savannah Quarters ® - Modern Living. Historic Charm.

Savannah Quarters ® - Modern Living. Historic Charm.

Developed by SunCal, Savannah Quarters, Savannah Quarters is a master planned community ideally located less than 15 minutes from the center of historic Savannah, GA. Read More...

Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways is a 2,300-acre master-planned community located just 30 minutes from historic Savannah, Georgia, in charming Richmond Hill. Surrounded by a 1,600 acre nature preserve, this is a place where six-and-a-half miles of marsh frontage, over four miles of winding lagoons, and more than a thousand acres of ancient oak hammocks embrace our new homes and homesites. Read More...

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State of the State | Utah

State of the State | Utah

Utah National Parks

State of the State | Utah

Utah’s name is derived from the Native American Ute tribe, “People of the Mountains.”

The Utah Territory was settled in 1847 as a refuge for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Today, about 62 percent of Utahns identify as Mormons.

Utah is home to five national parks—Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef; six national forests—Ashley, Dixie, Fishlake, Manti-LaSal, Uinta, and Wasatch-Cache; and seven national monuments—Cedar Breaks, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur, Rainbow Bridge, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Timpanogos Cave, and Hovenweep.

Rainbow Bridge is the world’s largest natural-rock span at 309 feet high and 278 feet wide.

Utah Crystal Clear Lakes

Utah became the nation’s 45th state in 1896, but the federal government still owns about 65 percent of its land.

Utah leads the nation in per-capita consumption of Jell-O, which is appropriately the state’s official snack.

Famous Utahns include outlaw Butch Cassidy, entertainers Donnie and Marie Osmond, actor/director Robert Redford, writer Scott Orson Card, and Frisbee inventor Walter F. Morrison.


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Although classified as a “high desert” region with more than 300 days of annual sunshine, Utah has more than 11,000 miles of freshwater fishing streams. In winter, the relatively dry climate produces a powdery precipitation that the state’s thriving ski resorts promote as “The Greatest Snow on Earth.”

Life expectancy in Utah is 80.2 years, higher than the national average of 78.9 years.

Utah Snow Mountains

U.S. News & World report ranks Utah #2 in the nation for health care quality and the state’s best hospitals as University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City, Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, and Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George.

Utah was named among the “5 Best States in Which to Retire in 2019” by The Motley Fool for its relatively low taxes, health care access, and natural outdoor recreations.

St. George, located in southwest Utah, ranked as America’s fastest-growing metropolitan area in 2018 and annually hosts the Huntsman World Senior Games.

The Great Salt Lake in Utah covers more than a million acres, but its deepest point is only 34 ft. below the surface and its average depth is just 13 ft. When explorer Jim Bridger “discovered” it in 1824, he initially thought he’d reached the Pacific Ocean.

Ideal Places to Live in Utah.

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4th Lowest property taxes in the nation

4th Lowest property taxes in the nation

4th Lowest Taxes in the Nation

Chattanooga (pictured above) is a visionary place: on a clear day, parts of seven states can be seen from Lookout Mountain, and its NOOGANET offers free public wireless Internet access.

Tennessee Taxes Make the Rocky Top State Even Dreamier

From tax-friendly to every taxpayers best friend: No state income tax on wages (phasing out interest and dividend income taxes). Effective real property tax rate of 0.55%.

Tennessee earned its nickname
—”The Volunteer State”— when local militiamen volunteered for duty during the War of 1812 and were notably courageous in the Battle of New Orleans.

Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, named for the smoke-like bluish haze that often envelops the hills and valleys, is the most visited national park in the U.S.

The Music Trail
From Memphis to Bristol, the Tennessee Music Highway offers groundbreaking music scenes with soul, rhythm and blues, and country music in large cities and small towns alike.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis is America’s second most visited house.

Centennial Park in Nashville was the site of the Tennessee International Exposition in 1897. Its full-scale replica of The Parthenon, with an enormous statue of the goddess Athena, remains today as the park’s centerpiece attraction.

Tennessee Mountains

Sequoyah, a Cherokee silversmith in Tennessee, is the only known person in history to single-handedly develop an alphabet. His syllabus for the Cherokee Nation resulted in the first written language for a Native American people.

The Ocoee River in southeastern Tennessee is rated among the top white water recreational rivers in the nation and was the site for the 1996 Olympic competitions.

Tennessee has more than 3,800 documented caves, and The Lost Sea near Sweetwater is America’s largest underground lake.

Vanderbilt University and its affiliated hospitals are the largest employers in Tennessee.


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Revery Point Condominiums

Revery Point Condominiums

Revery Point Condominiums are Foxland Harbor's premier lifestyle location situated on a bluff overlooking Old Hickory Lake. Be one of the select few to enjoy lakefront condo living in a Country Club environment with golf, dining, lakefront swimming pool, wellness center and more just outside your front door Read More...

Retire Tennessee Program Communities - TN Gated Communities

Retire Tennessee Program Communities - TN Gated Communities

Tennessee's rolling hills and invigorating mountains invite you to tune up your bicycle, dust off your golf clubs and take a deep breath. The most active years of your life await. Their beautiful climate and stunning scenery set the perfect state for chasing your passions. So come on outside and stretch your legs. Tennessee's got plenty of room to roam. Read More...

Tellico Village - Tennessee Retirement Communities

Tellico Village - Tennessee Retirement Communities

Tellico Village is a lakeshore community in east Tennessee that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, mild four-season climate, outstanding recreational facilities and close proximity to Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains. Read More...

Lakeside Coves - Tennessee Lake Community

Lakeside Coves - Tennessee Lake Community

Lakeside Coves on Watts Bar Lake in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains is a private, gated community offering remarkable value on lakefront real estate. Read More...

Tennessee National - Tennessee Gated Communities

Tennessee National - Tennessee Gated Communities

Tennessee National is one of East Tennessee's premier gated waterfront golf communities. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the community offers a range of homesites and styles to suit your distinctive taste. Read More...



WindRiver on Tellico Lake in Lenoir City, Tennessee is a gated lakefront and golf course community with a private harbor and marina and featuring acre-plus waterfront properties, custom homes, and golf villas. Read More...

Rarity Bay

Rarity Bay

Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is an award-winning gated lakefront community that combines waterfront living with mountain views and amenities that include a country club, championship golf course, tennis and pickleball facilities, swimming pool, community docks, horseback riding, hiking trails, and more. Come be a part of it and make the majestic Smoky Mountains and serene, clear waters of Tellico Lake the backdrop for your vacation home, second residence or forever home. Read More...

Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

If you are looking for spectacular mountain beauty...look no further than Fairfield Glade. This well appointed community is located high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau at 2,000 feet elevation, which accounts for the near perfect seasonal changes with very comfortable summers and mild winters. Read More...

Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Welcome to Jasper Highlands, a unique residential mountain community, nestled along the bluffs of Jasper Mountain in Tennessee. This remarkable piece of residential real estate is positioned above the clouds with majestic views of Lake Nickajack and the Tennessee River Valley, with property taxes starting at $162.10 a year!. 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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Venture Out Interview Callawassie Island

Venture Out Interview Callawassie Island


Janet and Bob Gould

Callawassie Island, SC

“Choosing a place to retire to is a lot like choosing a college. I knew the moment it happened for me and we have never looked back. Wait until a place speaks to you. If you are lucky it does, and it doesn’t take long,” shares Janet Gould.

The Gould’s first bought their home in South Carolina’s Lowcountry in 2004. They were living in Morristown, NJ just outside of Manhattan. As they were still both working, they travelled between their home in Callawassie and the one in New Jersey. The more time they spent on Callawassie Island, they wanted more time there. Eventually when they retired, they moved to Callawassie permanently.

“Although I enjoyed life in New Jersey immensely, I knew I never wanted to scrape another windshield again,” said Janet. “When Bob was commuting to work every day, his friends were the spouses of my friends. Now he has more friends than he ever imagined possible. We are busy from 6:30 in the morning to 8:00 at night.”

Janet continues, “It’s just so much fun!! Our golf course is amazing and so is the tennis facility. We’ll put our amenities up anyone’s, but the best part is the people. The people are so generous with their time and their money.”

The Gould’s both serve on several boards including the “Friends of Callawassie” helping with fundraising and Bob serves on the finance committee. Both of them have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Janet says you get more out of it that you put into it. They are also members of the Beaufort Shag Club, which enables the Gould’s to get to know some of the people who grew up in Beaufort, SC. Callawassie is equidistant from Beaufort and Bluffton, SC, so once or twice a week the Gould’s venture out to dinner in the area’s wonderful restaurants.

The Gould’s even travel a couple of times a year with friends from Callawassie Island. Just to name a couple, they have been on a river cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona and travelled from Istanbul to Athens. “We learn so much about history. It just blew us away.”

Janet says, “We love to play golf and tennis, and travel with our friends. In my golf group, have three rules: You have to laugh at yourself, laugh at someone else, and stop dead in tracks and say how lucky we are…”

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