A Highland Oasis in North Carolina Forested Foothills | Rock Barn Country Club

A Highland Oasis in North Carolina Forested Foothills | Rock Barn Country Club

Rock Barn Country Club & Spa in Conover, NC

 

Rock Barn Country Club and Spa in Conover, NC

Rock Barn Country Club & Spa is a highland oasis in the forested foothills of western North Carolina. Residential options include the walkable Walnut Ridge neighborhood and even larger sites for custom homes in The Oaks, in addition to single-family floorplans overlooking the links in The Fairways and the Golf Villas at the Laurels.

The 36 holes of championship golf at Rock Barn are highland-design masterpieces by renowned architects Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Tom Jackson. The rolling landscape is laced with creeks, ponds, and waterfalls amid hardwood groves that blossom in the spring and explode with color in the fall. Professional golf instruction is available, as well as fine and casual clubhouse dining that’s highlighted by regular events like the Sunday Champagne Brunch.

The Spa at Rock Barn, offering massage, facial, and salon services, will move into an expanded home later this year. The equestrian center is the region’s most complete facility for horse lovers who want to explore the local trails. Additional lifestyle amenities include pools and water aerobics at the aquatic center, state-of-the-art equipment, and complimentary classes for members at the fitness center, and league play at the tennis complex.

Rock Barn’s strategic location near the friendly town of Conover is yet another plus—just 45 minutes east of Pisgah National Forest hiking trails and less than an hour from the rest of the world via Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

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Ace of Clubs | Long Cove Golfer Going Strong at 82

Ace of Clubs | Long Cove Golfer Going Strong at 82

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Teed Up: Meet Kenny Walker

Kenny Walker is an SC golf icon whose pace challenges all golfers, no matter their age. 

The ancient Greek poet Hesiod is credited with first observing that “moderation is best in all things.” For one member of Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry, that sage advice rings true—about everything but golf.

Kenny Walker was born in Massachusetts in 1936 but spent much of his youth in the textile town of Anniston, AL.Kenny and Hila Walker Always a good student with an interest in the sciences, he earned a degree from Harvard. A new job in the growing plastics industry brought him to Greenville, SC, where he met a local girl who would become his wife.

“Hila and I got married in Greenville in 1960,” Walker says, “and after a stint in the military, we were living there when a neighbor’s boss very graciously let us use his new house in Sea Pines. Back then, you knew you were in the Lowcountry from about an hour out, driving on the narrow roads with the big, mossy oaks hanging over them. Even after you crossed over to the island on the old two-lane bridge, it was like that all the way to Coligny Circle on the south end. It was just beautiful.

Golf Wins

“So we started vacationing on Hilton Head almost every summer,” he continues. “We’d stay at the William Hilton Inn, which was a very classy oceanfront hotel where you had to dress for dinner—jacket and tie required. One year, probably in the early 1980s, the club pro at Harbour Town, John Farrell, told me that I should check out Pete Dye’s new private course at Long Cove Club. After a friend invited me to play it, I told myself, ‘that’s where I want to live one day.’”

 

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But, taking care of business came first, and Walker found that his growing passion for golf would play a significant role in both the journey and the ultimate destination of his life.

“I took up the game in my late 20s,” he says, “because I saw that it would be a big asset to take prospects out for a round of golf. In fact, with thousands of manufacturers in the plastics business, I made a decision early on to focus on the companies run by people who were also golfers. It worked out very well.

Do What You Love

“I started my own company in 1982,” he points out. “We were living up north, and when it reached the point that we could live anywhere we wanted to live, we first went to Atlanta. We also visited Aiken [South Carolina] frequently because our daughter lived there at the time and we liked it very much. But, we kept getting drawn back to Hilton Head Island.”

Kenny and Hila Walker moved into their new home in the Long Cove Club residential community in February 1991. Then, as now, the initial fee for club membership was built into the purchase price, so he was at the clubhouse and ready to play within days.

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Play it Fast 

“I couldn’t have been more warmly welcomed that first day,” Walker recalls, “and I got paired up with some guys who quickly became great friends. Since then, I’ve tried to be just as welcoming to new members. We form our own golf groups at Long Cove Club—my current group has about 40 people—and I’ve always thought it was important to include players of different ages and skill levels. The only thing I ask is ‘don’t be slow.’”

But Walker’s vigorous pace of play isn’t the reason for his status as a local golf icon; it’s his Iron Man durability: He’s the acknowledged (if unofficial) all-time record holder on Long Cove Club course with more than 6,000 rounds played and counting.

“Back in the ‘90s,” he says, “I played over 300 rounds a year—five or six, even seven days a week sometimes—and for most of those I’d walk the course and carry my own clubs. When you walk the entire 18 holes, it’s about five miles, plus the weight of the bag. Now that’s a good workout.”

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Over the years, Walker also got involved with club leadership by serving on the golf committee, then being elected club president in 1996-97. He introduced player-friendly changes in course operation—allowing walking rounds any time of the day and carts on the fairways for the benefit of older members—and other improvements that have kept Long Cove Club among the nation’s top-rated private clubs. He also developed a friendship with Pete Dye (“he’s a treasure”) during the course architect’s annual visits to the club and supported investment in a complete restoration of the golf course that was completed in October 2018. “They did an excellent job,” according to Walker.

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All the while, he’s continued to set course records: On December 5, 2016—at age 80— Walker shot his fourth hole-in-one on the Long Cove Club course, his seventh ace overall during a half-century of play. “I tell people these days that I don’t really play golf anymore, I play at it,” he muses. “But that was a pretty good shot.”

Now in his 82nd year, Walker has cut back his golf schedule to just two or three rounds a week, but enjoys the game and his playing companions just as much. Has that been his key to a healthy lifestyle?

Keys to the Good Life

“Well, I was blessed with great genes, and I watch what I eat. We have a lot of seafood and fresh vegetables,” he says. “And I do enjoy a cocktail, not every night, but I’ll have one when I want one.

“It’s no secret that I enjoy golf and being around people who make me laugh. I think that makes for a long and happy life,” Walker notes. “It’s important to do as much as you can to fill your life with the things you like to do and do them with people you enjoy. Being married to Hila is my greatest joy.” The Walkers recently celebrated their 58th anniversary and cherish time with their son and his family when they’re visiting from North Carolina, and their daughter and two grandchildren who now also live on Hilton Head Island.

That choice of location seems to have played a role in his happy longevity as well.

“Obviously, there’s been growth and a lot of changes since we moved here in 1991,” he says. “One new thing is that they’ve finally extended the runway at the Hilton Head Airport, so regional jets can fly in directly from Charlotte, and eventually Atlanta and other places. I think that will help to keep the island as a top retirement and vacation destination. But, one thing that hasn’t really changed that much is the natural character of the island. Hilton Head has done a magnificent job of maintaining the beauty of this place,” he concludes.
“And, the same is true of Long Cove Club—it looks great, the people have been so friendly, we have lots of good neighbors, and we share all these great amenities. We really have been blessed.”

Gracious and affable. Generous and polite. The folks at Long Cove Club will tell you that Kenny Walker is the kind of member who has made their community such a special place for so long. There was only one reason that he’d kindly point out that the hour allotted for this interview was up.

He doesn’t want to be late for his tee time.

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Tampa, Florida

Lennar Medley at Southshore
Earle Copes

It’s like being at a resort at Medley at Southshore Bay by Lennar. Just outside of Tampa, Florida, you find a new active adult 55+ gated community that will have a five-acre lagoon by Crystal Lagoons®. The community will also offer a private clubhouse, tiki bar, and pickleball and bocce ball courts.  If you’re ready to enjoy acres of a crystal blue waters, this might just be the place for you, just as it was for Earle Copes, and his life partner June.

My partner June and I have been together for about 20 years. She and I had houses across the street from each other. After her husband died, we eventually started seeing each other and have been together ever since. We thought we wanted to be in the mountains, but all of our children were in Florida. So, we knew we wanted to be somewhere in this general area.  

“We saw a TV commercial about The Lagoon in Wesley Chapel by Lennar, and we saw the Southshore Bay project in June of 2018. But, at that time we had five houses between the two of us (two houses in Plant City and three cabins in the North Carolina mountains). I put my house in Plant City and a cabin in the North Carolina mountains on the market and put a $5,000 deposit on the Southshore Bay. Fortunately, we closed on both houses in October 2018. And, we only have one cabin left to sell.

We chose a home model directly across the road from the lagoon. The homes have a mediterranean look with clay tile roofs.  Our new 2,350 sq.ft. smart, energy-efficient house came with all the appliances, an Alexa to turn the lights and televisions on and off, and WI-FI is part of the homeowners association. I can’t believe our electricity bill is only $85 a month. All of the landscaping was done with the house. And, all of the exterior maintenance is taken care of by the HOA.

“June and I are in our 70s. We like the idea of having all of these amenities and to be able to socialize with our neighbors. We are big fans of the neighborhood and fans of Lennar. It will be like living in a resort. It was a big leap of faith for us,” says EarleCopes.

Earle and June moved in October and couldn’t be happier watching the community grow up around them and enjoying the area. They are self-professed foodies and go to Tampa once or twice a week.

“This has a great quality of life… it’s a good place to be,” Earle concludes.

 


 

Vero Beach, Florida

Oak Harbor
Emily Yawn

Located near Vero Beach on the Indian River, the gated community of Oak Harbor welcomes residents aged 55 and better to live in this wellness-focused oasis. We had the pleasure to speak with one of their oldest residents who has truly lived the Oak Harbor lifestyle for 20 plus years. Emily Yawn, a lovely 95-year-old lady originally moved to Oak Harbor with her husband in 1998, where they built a home. Both New Orleans natives, they moved to Miami about 40 years ago, and when it came time to retire, they decided that Oak Harbor was the place for them.

After her husband passed, Emily moved into a condo for about 15 years, then just recently moved into the assisted-living housing at Oak Harbor. It’s perfect for her as she has been able to maintain all of her friends. As part of their concierge services, every night Oak Harbor sends a car for her and drives her to dinner at the club where Emily dines with friends. Emily insists that the 42,000 square foot clubhouse has the best food in Vero Beach. And, it’s no wonder. Their executive chef, Dean Evans, has who Vero Beach’s Top Chef Award twice.

“I’m just as busy as I ever was. It’s just nice now to have someone look after me if I need it.” Emily plays bridge almost daily and is very involved in procuring speaker for various organizations and clubs within Oak Harbor.

The Oak Harbor Wellness Program recently expanded to include concierge-like services. They provide varying levels of membership where your quality of life is enhanced with customized physical fitness programs including strength and flexibility training. They also have golf clinics to improve your game on the Joe Lee-deisgned executive golf course. This members only golf course is a golfer’s paradise.

You can enjoy a life where you are surrounded by beautiful landscaping and maintenance-free living. Oak Harbor even offers daily housekeeping services. Their concierge services handle on-site business services, and even offer chauffeur-driven sedans to make everything easy and convenient.

Emily says, “Oak Harbor is a special place. I feel very much at home. We have people here from around the world. You can be as busy as you want. I’ve never seen anyone here who wasn’t happy!”

 

 

 

GLASSY GOLF The Pinnacle of Mountain Play

GLASSY GOLF The Pinnacle of Mountain Play

The Cliffs at Glassy is a private residential community in upstate South Carolina with a spectacular centerpiece golf course. Set atop Glassy Mountain at elevations up to 3,200 feet, the panoramic views of Blue Ridge peaks and lush highland valleys are simply stunning. A little warmer in the winter sunshine and definitely even milder in summer than the surrounding protected woodlands, the red-and-gold autumn scenery up there is as cool as the crisp mountain air.

Insider tip: Bring your binoculars.

The Cliffs at Glassy layout isn’t just another pretty face. Course architect Tom Jackson designed it so that proud members and their awed guests could put up a good score from the forward tees, while scratch players find plenty of worthy challenges from the tournament tees on the flawless bentgrass fairways and greens. Afterward, everyone can enjoy socializing in the member clubhouse over a gourmet dinner following refreshments and another glorious sunset.
Once in a while, bursting out of our virtual cocoons and savoring the actual experience of a magical place can be a very healthy enterprise. The Cliffs at Glassy is inviting you to do just that with a Discovery Tour package this season that includes accommodations, dinner, and one unforgettable round of mountain golf. The details are available at GlassyLiving.com.

Golf Digest named these as 
”America’s Most Scenic Golf Courses:” Pebble Beach, 
Augusta National, Cypress Point, and The Cliffs at Glassy.

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The Cliffs at Glassy is a premier, 3,500-acre golf and wellness community. Established in 1991, Glassy was the first of The Cliffs' seven communities and the first gated, master-planned mountain community in the state of South Carolina. Perched atop Glassy Mountain, the community boasts elevations as high as 3,200 feet offering panoramic views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. The Cliffs at Glassy is nestled among over 12,000 acres of protected wilderness, ensuring these captivating views and natural splendor remain untouched for generations to come. Read More...


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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.

Latitude Margaritaville is Much More Than a Spot on the Map

Latitude Margaritaville is Much More Than a Spot on the Map

Where is Latitude Margaritaville?

Latitude Margaritaville entrance Latitude Margaritaville is a unique state of mind. It’s a place where happiness and friendship reside. It’s a community where those who are growing older, but not up, come together to enjoy life to the fullest.

Inspired by the no-worries island lifestyle of fun, food, and music portrayed by legendary singer, songwriter, and author Jimmy Buffett, Latitude Margaritaville communities are designed to put the exclamation point on fun! This all-new portfolio of active adult communities is being developed by partners global lifestyle brand Margaritaville Holdings and master developer and builder Minto Communities.

Latitude Margaritaville came onto the active adult residential living scene less than two years ago. In a remarkably short time, it has become one of the nation’s most talked about new lifestyle models for those 55 and better. Latitude Margaritaville has been in the headlines across the country and featured on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Live with Kelly & Ryan, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and more.

The first, Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach, opened for sales in November 2017 and was named the number one most popular active adult community of 2018 by 55places.com, a leading resource for those searching for information on active adult communities in the U.S.

The second, Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head, located in Hardeeville, SC, opened for sales in March 2018. A third, Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, located in the Florida Panhandle, is in the planning stages and slated to open early 2020.

The public response to Latitude Margaritaville has been phenomenal. At the Latitude Margaritaville Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach PoolDaytona Beach sales launch in November 2017, more than 300 people camped out all night under a giant tent to be among the first to secure their home sites. The event quickly turned into the community’s first “block party” with those in line getting to know one another while enjoying a steel drum band, complimentary food and drinks, games, and more. Some even changed from the home site they originally selected so that they could be neighbors with those next to them in line. Interest has grown exponentially, and more than 2,600 attended the grand opening of the model homes last February.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head received an equally enthusiastic welcome. The February 2018 sales center preview was attended by 850 prospective home buyers over a three-day weekend, and more than 2,500 attended the June grand opening of the model homes.

What is so special about the Latitude Margaritaville way of life?

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach inspired by Jimmy Buffet

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach is proof in motion that Latitude Margaritaville is much more than an all-new, one-of-a-kind concept in active adult living. New residents began moving in last March and are celebrating the Margaritaville lifestyle first-hand while enjoying their many new friendships with neighbors throughout the community. New residents began moving into their new homes at Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head in November.

 

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An impressive range of resort-level Margaritaville-branded amenities open this spring at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach. The first phase will include the Latitude Town Square and bandshell for live music and dancing; Latitude Bar & Chill Restaurant; Changes in Attitude poolside bar; Fins-Up! Fitness Center with aerobics studio, indoor lap pool, spa, fitness classes, and wellness programs; pickleball and tennis courts; multi-use sport court, Paradise Pool with beach entry, cabanas and tiki huts; and Barkaritaville Dog Park. In addition to the many in-community amenities, a golf cart-accessible, Margaritaville-themed, 200,000-square-foot retail center anchored by Publix is located at the community entrance.

Latitude Margaritaville amenities include theatre Additional amenities are planned for Phase 2. These include the Last Mango Theater, Workin’ N’ Playin’ Center, Barkaritaville Pet Spa, and private Latitude Margaritaville Beach Club on a spectacular stretch of sparkling white beach on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. A continuous shuttle service will provide transportation to the Beach Club.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head amenities include the now open Lake Latitude Club that features a resort-style pool, beach area, fitness center, and party room. Additional Phase 1 amenities are under construction and slated to open fall 2019. They will include the same Phase 1 amenities that are nearing completion at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head residents, like Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach residents, will enjoy walkable neighborhoods, golf-cart friendly streets, and a lively Town Center. Music will play an important part in all Latitude Margaritaville communities, and residents will enjoy live entertainment under the bandshell and dancing in the Latitude Town Square. Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head will also have an adjoining 290,000-square-foot golf cart-accessible neighborhood retail center that is being developed in partnership with Sutton Properties, Inc.

While eagerly anticipating the new amenities, residents find many ways to gather and celebrate their new community. There are walking, running, softball and pickleball groups, block parties and home parties, game nights, Tiki Bar Thursdays, and more. Group outings organized by the community lifestyle directors include fun get-togethers like Java Monday, Welcome Wednesday, Fintastically Fun Friday, Pickleball, Pins & Fins Bowling, Brunch Run Club, Chill & Fill dining outings, Pets in Paradise, and the list of creative Margaritaville fun goes on.

Who is moving to Latitude Margaritaville?

Residents Norm and Karen Goodwin wanted a vacation lifestyle and a home where they could entertain. They found both at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach. “The people here are unbelievable,” says Karen. “When we moved in, we sent out a few ‘party at our house’ announcements, and by 6 p.m. that same day, we had 45 people!” Karen and her new friends at Latitude Margaritaville love to dance. At a recent party at the Goodwin home, the beautiful new furniture was moved to the walls and the music started. In moments, guests were showing their moves from the “Cha Cha Slide” to “YMCA” and rocking the moves to Jimmy Buffett’s song “Fins” while showing their interpretations of “Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right.”

Lisa and Ed Hickox selected a villa home at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach and bought the adjoining villa for Lisa’s mother Judy Osmer. Ed is a major league baseball umpire, and Lisa is a 5.0 skill level pickleball player. Both enjoy the active lifestyle and friendly neighbors at Latitude Margaritaville. Lisa says they selected their new community because they wanted a place where they could relax, not worry about home and yard maintenance, have an active lifestyle, and—most importantly—have fun.

Among the first to move into their new home at Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head, Terrance and Cathy Lyon selected the Parrot model for its overall openness and large great room that flows to the lanai and pool area to create one big party room. “We have always loved the Savannah, Charleston, and Hilton Head area,” says Cathy. “Driving by Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head for the first time, it really caught our eye. The whole thing was so different … unique. We looked at other communities and knew this would be the right fit for us. It gives off that whole feeling of fun. It’s not just another over-55 retirement community.”

Margaritaville and Minto — A recipe for success

Minto Builders “Minto’s partnership with Margaritaville already has proven to be a recipe for success,” says Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville Division President William Bullock. What is that recipe? “Margaritaville is synonymous with fun living which is a perfect match for Minto’s 60-plus year commitment to creating unique master-planned communities that take resort-style living to a new level,“ notes Bullock.

“There is nothing else like Latitude Margaritaville. The lifestyle offered is truly redefining active adult living. Interest has been phenomenal with more than 155,000 prospective home buyers joining the online Latitude Margaritaville Paradise Club to receive regular updates. “That number just keeps growing as we expand the Latitude Margaritaville concept into new areas. Currently, we are evaluating additional locations throughout the U.S.,” he adds.

Margaritaville’s unmistakable brand of no-worries island-style fun and entertainment is reflected at every Minto builders living roomlevel throughout the community. Jimmy Buffett music plays in the background at the sales center and model court, and transportation is provided via the “This way to Paradise” shuttle bus or limited edition Latitude Margaritaville golf carts complete with shark fins on top.

Charming and colorful coastal-style single-family and villa home designs have bright, cheerful interiors that create a happy beachside atmosphere. You often spot residents cruising down Island Breeze Drive, Coral Reef Way, Margaritaville Avenue, and Latitude Drive aboard their limited-edition Margaritaville golf carts. As a housewarming gift, each new resident receives a Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker, complete with Margarita Mix to get the party started. In addition, each Latitude Margaritaville community has a dedicated lifestyle director to make sure the fun never stops.

capture the “no worries” tropical vibeThe nine model homes at each Latitude Margaritaville community capture the “no worries” tropical vibe of the community with three distinct villa and single-family home collections—the Caribbean, Beach, and Island. These include four villa home models—the Antigua, Barbuda, Jamaica, and Nevis—ranging from 1,503 to 1,862 square feet under air. All include two bedrooms, den or hobby room, two baths, covered lanai, and two-car garage. Villa pricing starts in the $200s.

Five single-family home models include the Coconut, Parrot, Breeze, Aruba, and Trinidad. Single-family homes range from 1,684 to 2,564 square feet under air and feature two to three bedrooms plus den, two to three-car garages, two to three-and-a-half baths, and a covered lanai. Pricing for single-family homes starts in the high $200s. A wide selection of additional floor plans are available.

Residents Bill and Kelley Serantis were counting forward to age 55 with anticipation so that they could living room tropical vibebecome Latitude Margaritaville residents. “We moved in when we turned 55,” says Kelley. “Bill is retired and I still work as a realtor because I love what I do and love selling in this community. We were looking for a nice new community with top-notch amenities, and Latitude Margaritaville certainly delivers. What we did not expect was the sense of community and camaraderie. It has blown us away and is something very special. To quote a Jimmy Buffett song, ‘I have found me a home.’”

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