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.
The Lakes at Harmony is a new active-adult community in Central Florida that’s part of the Harmony masterplanned development. Lennar is the featured Lakes at Harmony homebuilder and offers customizable two- to four-bedroom Florida, Palm, and Sanctuary series floor plans in three choice gated neighborhoods.
Residents of The Lakes at Harmony enjoy an array of lifestyle extras that include a new amenities center with multi-purpose rooms and fitness facilities, resort-style pool with sunset gazebo, and tennis, bocce, and pickleball courts. There’s also an on-site activities director to organize activity clubs and community events. Access to the adjacent Harmony Golf Preserve with the region’s only Johnny Miller Signature Course is also available, as well as a private Members Retreat in the golf clubhouse for Lakes at Harmony members.
Additional Harmony amenities include more than 12 miles of walking and biking trails through 7,700 acres of conservation areas and along the shores of two large community lakes. The Harmony Town Center is home to a grocery market, restaurants, medical
offices, a hair/nail salon, retail shops, and more.
The Harmony community is located just outside of the friendly town of St. Cloud and within 20 minutes of the region’s VA Hospital and other health-care services. Within 40 minutes or less are wide Atlantic Ocean beaches, the Orlando International Airport, and all of the area’s world-class theme parks, destination resorts, cultural centers, and nightlife venues.
A gated community in a scenic location along the Indian River, Oak Harbor in Vero Beach is just a short drive from all of the area’s shopping centers, cultural venues, professional services, and mile after mile of Atlantic oceanfront.
The unique concierge programs at Oak Harbor Club are an outstanding lifestyle benefit, from the coordination of landscaping and housekeeping services to the scheduling of local trips with the chauffeur-driven Oak Harbor sedans. Outdoor-recreation amenities include the croquet lawn, plus tennis, and bocce ball courts. Perhaps best of all, the community wellness programs can include more than fitness and aquatics classes with the available Oak Harbor Home Health Services and access to medical facilities at the on-site Somerset House assisted-living center.
The 42,000-square-foot Oak Harbor Club House is the center of member activities with a year-round calendar of events and casual meals in the sunroom. For hosting friends and family in the formal or private dining rooms, award-winning Chef Dean Evans offers a five-star menu of culinary delights. Perfect for working up a big appetite is a relaxing round or two on the Joe Lee-designed executive golf course, with complimentary cart and guest fees in a variety of membership options.
A range of Oak Harbor residential choices is also available in neighborhoods that feature single-family cottages, spacious condominiums, and luxury villas with views of wildlife habitats, sparkling lakes, and the golf course.
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.
Ideal-LIVING welcomes the following communities to the scene. These are the new communities to follow in 2019. Please take the time to visit their websites. When you request more information, please be sure to tell them you discovered them in Ideal-LIVING Magazine!
Birchwood at Brambleton
Birchwood at Brambleton is a unique residential community in the Virginia countryside that’s an oasis from the bustle of big-city life and serenely walkable by design. From the nature trails that ring the neighborhoods to the planned commercial center, Birchwood residents will need only their sneakers (or bikes) to stay fit and access community amenities, shops, restaurants, and professional services.
Also just a stroll away is the Birchwood Clubhouse, which features indoor/outdoor pools, indoor/outdoor kitchens, bocce and pickleball courts, and plenty of rooms for activities like yoga classes, arts & crafts, and special-interest club meetings. The Stream Valley Trail Park offers a community event pavilion, outdoor fitness stations, communal gardens, and a fishing dock.
Model homes by the region’s leading builders are now open for inspection that feature cottage-style residences with more than 2,500 square feet of living space, plus private outdoor courtyards. Bungalow home models that can be nearly 3,000 square feet in size with four bedrooms and baths are also available, as well as low-maintenance condos and villas with designer touches and state-of-the-art conveniences.
Birchwood at Brambleton is located near the Virginia town of Ashburn in the heart of Loudoun County, just 25 miles from Washington, D.C., and only minutes from the rest of the world via Dulles International Airport. A short drive to the west brings residents to the natural wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains and popular wineries in the historic Middleburg area.
GL Homes Valencia
Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of Florida
Since 1976, GL Homes has become one of Florida’s most successful developers of innovative masterplanned communities. The Sunshine State builder continues that tradition with four active-adult Valencia communities featuring world-class amenities specifically designed for the 55+ lifestyle in a choice of distinctive locations.
On the Atlantic Coast of Florida are Valencia Bay in Boynton Beach and Valencia Cay in Port St. Lucie, while the Gulf Coast is home to Valencia del Sol in Tampa and Valencia Bonita in Bonita Springs. Those locations were carefully chosen for their convenient access to each area’s top health care facilities, cultural and entertainment attractions, shopping centers, golf courses, and beaches.
All of the GL Homes Valencia communities are designed with central clubhouses that are the hub of its signature resort-style living. Each has a fully-equipped fitness center with cardio/strength training equipment and regular fitness classes, a grand social hall for music concerts and theatrical performances, restaurants with indoor/outdoor seating, and multipurpose rooms for special-interest clubs and activities. Just outside are pool complexes and racquet clubs with pickleball, tennis, and bocce courts for both friendly and competitive league play. Single-family homes and villas in an amazing variety of floor plans range in price from the $200,000s to the $500,000s.
GL Homes is currently offering a special three-day/two-night “Stay and Play” package at your choice of destination for just $99, with accommodations in an on-site furnished home and access to all community amenities.
Cresswind by KOLTERHOMES is a fresh concept in 55+ new-home communities. With eight locations across the southeast, each is designed around a lifestyle concept that empowers residents to live better, longer.
Fitness, nutrition, and relationships are the three pillars that support the Cresswind lifestyle. It starts with the resident-exclusive clubhouse, designed specifically for active adults with features such as fitness centers, yoga/aerobics studios, indoor/outdoor pools, and courts for tennis, pickleball, basketball, and bocce.
Full-time activity directors are the real difference-makers, maintaining full and diverse event calendars. Relationships and social growth are fostered with walkable neighborhoods and meeting spaces for clubs, lifelong-learning programs, and volunteer opportunities.
Locations. Locations. Locations. Cresswind currently features eight of them, each with unique qualities and offering proximity to medical facilities, shopping, dining, and cultural centers. In the Carolinas, there’s Cresswind Charlotte, and along the South Carolina coast, Cresswind Myrtle Beach and Cresswind Charleston. Georgia’s Cresswind at Lake Lanier and Cresswind Peachtree City are located north and south of Atlanta. And, in Florida, there’s Cresswind at PGA Village Verano in south Florida, Cresswind at Victoria Gardens near Orlando, and coming soon to the Sarasota/Bradenton area, Cresswind Lakewood Ranch.
To learn more, visit GoCresswind.com to download a free GOGuide, featuring home buying tips, area information, event updates, and road trip itineraries.
Ovation at Mountain Falls by William Lyons Homes is Nevada’s newest 55+ active lifestyle community. The single-story Ovation home designs are offered in nine unique two-, three-, and four- bedroom floor plans ranging from 1,461 to 2,494 square feet in size. Homesites can include golf-course views, and choice move-in-ready homes are currently available.
The Ovation Recreation Center is the heart of community activity with indoor amenities like a complete fitness facility, group work-out areas, billiard room, creativity center, and meeting space. Just outside are tennis, pickleball, and bocce courts, plus a pool with spa. Ovation owners can also enjoy the Mountain Falls Residents‘ Center with its huge pool complex, new gym facilities, and 2.5 miles of walking/biking paths.
The Mountain Falls Golf Course has been known as “The Desert Jewel” since this acclaimed Jack Nicklaus/Cal Olsen design opened in 2002. With a scenic valley setting embraced by mountain peaks, Golf Advisor ranked Mountain Falls as the No. 3 best course in all of Nevada. And there are no membership fees, just pay-as-you-play discounts for golfers who appreciate real value.
The town of Pahrump on the Nevada/California border is surrounded by huge natural recreation areas and is home to the award-winning Pahrump Valley Winery. The popular Pahrump Hotel & Casino offers evening entertainment, while modern medical facilities are available at the full-service Desert View Hospital and the new VA Outpatient Clinic.
Located just 15 miles from Historic Charleston on the South Carolina Lowcountry waterfront, Kiawah River is an emerging residential community that will encompass 2,000 acres of natural beauty. Developed by The Beach Company, Kiawah River is designed to be a refuge for sea-island wildlife and new residents seeking a lifestyle that’s both active and tranquil in equal measure.
The masterplan for Kiawah River features large waterfront homesites with sweeping views as well as unique village homes with a leisurely small-town ambiance. In partnership with the Charleston area’s most respected architects and builders, Kiawah River will offer distinctive floor plans and impressive exteriors in the Lowcountry style that feature wide wrap-around porches and open interiors to catch the cool sea breezes.
All of the distinctive Kiawah River neighborhoods will be connected by walking trails to a riverfront village and shared amenities like the Mullet Hall Basecamp for fishing, a riverside pier, a swim club, community gardens, and sports fields. The Kiawah River Hall will host community meetings and special events on the same site as the Hope Chapel for worship services and weddings. Visiting family and friends can choose to stay at the Jack Island Lodge and guest cabins, right next door to the Jack Island Restaurant and adventure outfitter shops.
Just beyond the Kiawah River gates are equestrian centers, world-class golf courses, farmer’s markets, historic plantations and gardens, top-rated medical centers, oceanfront parks, and all of the delights of the Charleston peninsula.
Located on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, Ladera San Jose is a new residential community for owners who want a full-time lifestyle or care-free second home in one of North America’s greatest vacation destinations.
The unique single-family residences at Ladera San Jose have been skillfully designed by architect Agustin Landa to flow with the site’s topography and maximize the sweeping views of mountains and sea. A choice of four condominium styles in the first phase offer equally beautiful natural vistas from every den and bedroom.
The heart of community life in Ladera San Jose is the central clubhouse, which features swimming pools, a complete fitness center, a family restaurant, play rooms for kids and teens, and a lounge with games for adults. Also included in the masterplan are hiking/biking paths, an outdoor amphitheater, and a stargazing deck. Located just outside the Ladera San Jose’s secure entrance is the Koral Center, home to the region’s most modern medical facilities, a shopping plaza, day spas, casual and gourmet restaurants, a collaborative business center, and a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel. Right next door is the top-rated Picacho McGregor School with bilingual classes for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Convenient access to a pair of international airports at Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas, plus the pristine beaches, abundant sport fishing, and top-flight golf courses that draw visitors from around the world, make Ladera San Jose a sunny new destination for adventurous families and retirees.
Set along the waterfront on a tranquil protected cove, Brice’s Creek Harbour is a new residential community on the North Carolina coast that’s a paradise for kayakers, boaters, and fishermen. From their private slips, residents can glide directly into Brice’s Creek, the Neuse River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. They return after a day on the water to enjoy a colorful sunset at their peaceful port-of-call.
Brice’s Creek Harbour offers the ultimate in luxury coastal living. Available homesites include a choice of high-elevation waterfront lots. The customizable floor plans range from 2,000 to more than 2,500 square feet and feature oversized screened-in porches for enjoying the morning breezes and entertaining in the evenings. With exteriors fortified against the elements, nine-foot ceilings inside, and hardwood floors throughout, these contemporary designs include top-of-the-line Kenmore appliances and super-efficient HVAC systems.
Richard Gaylord Homes is the developer of Brice’s Creek Harbour, adding to a 35-year track record of success in the Raleigh area and eastern North Carolina. Community builder Bill McClay focuses on spacious energy-saving designs from the foundation up, while the experienced agents at Team New Bern offer professional customer service.
Located just a five-minute drive from the excellent restaurants, boutique shops, and cultural delights of historic downtown New Bern, Brice’s Creek Harbour is a waterfront residential destination for homeowners seeking a quiet place just outside the mainstream.
Medley at Southshore
Bay Wimauma, Fl
Medley at Southshore Bay is a new active-adult lifestyle destination by Lennar, one of America’s leading homebuilders founded on core principles of quality, value, and integrity. Since 1954, Lennar has constructed new homes for more than one million families across the country.
Four distinctive neighborhoods give Medley at Southshore Bay home buyers real choices that fit their personal styles. The Villas feature three floor plans from 1,396 to 1,731 square feet in size. These low-maintenance residences have two spacious bedrooms, ceramic tile floors, and energy-efficient GE appliances in the kitchen. The Manors neighborhood offers single-family homes with three bedrooms in floor plans up to 2,366 square feet. The Estates homes range up to 2,775 square feet with three-car garages and designer kitchens that have double ovens, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. Coming soon will be even more spacious residences in The Grand Estates.
All homes in the Medley at Southshore Bay come with the exclusive ULTRAFI technology for the fastest Internet and Wi-Fi speeds available anywhere. Additional amenities include a crystal-clear central lagoon for kayaking and swimming, a community clubhouse with tiki bar and pool, and tennis/volleyball courts.
Medley at Southshore Bay’s location, just south of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, means that all of the region’s cultural attractions, sports venues, shopping centers, and restaurants are just a short drive away. And, there are more than a dozen medical specialty practices located within two miles of the Medley at Southshore Bay entrance.
Cordera Ranch is an exciting new active-adult neighborhood in Nevada brought to life by Freedom Homes, a D.R. Horton company. The low-stress, low-maintenance lifestyle for residents 55 years of age and older is the signature concept of Freedom Homes communities, while the D.R. Horton brand is among the most respected in the nation.
All of the Cordera Ranch floor plans feature single-story designs that range in size from 1,670 up to 1,970 square feet. Each offers a two-car garage, and there are two bedroom/two bath and three bedroom/three bath designs from which to choose. Several quick move-in models with dual-sink bathrooms and spacious kitchen-great room combinations are currently available.
Cordera Ranch community amenities include a centrally located clubhouse with the latest workout equipment in the fitness center and two pools. With an open lawn area for outdoor events, a dog park, and a vegetable garden, Cordera Ranch has been created for homeowners who look forward to becoming neighbors.
Located near the welcoming town of Henderson and just a short drive south of the bright-light attractions of Las Vegas, Cordera Ranch is a new place to call home in an area that offers convenient access to a complete range of nearby medical and professional services. The Grand Opening event on July 14 was a big success and attracted plenty of attention, but ground floor opportunities and choice financing options are still available at Cordera Ranch.
Cliffs at Glassy is a premier residential community in a spectacular highland setting. From elevations over 3,000 feet atop Glassy Mountain, Cliffs residents have panoramic views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and more than 12,000 acres of protected wilderness. And, the temperate upstate climate is perfect for the naturally active lifestyle.
Home to one of America’s most scenic golf courses (See “Glassy Golf” on page 58), Cliffs at Glassy community amenities also include a fully equipped wellness center with dedicated fitness instructors and an outdoor pool near the unique Children’s Village playground. There are three community walking trails, easy access to longer hikes in the adjacent nature preserve, and excellent fly-fishing streams throughout the area. Social activities include numerous interest clubs, Friday night mixers with live music, and weekly gatherings at the Sunset Pavilion.
The Cliffs at Glassy features stylish custom-designed homes with all of the modern conveniences and homesites with stunning 50-mile views. While Glassy’s private location offers the ultimate in natural serenity, the thriving regional hub of Greenville is just a 30-minute drive south, featuring outstanding restaurants, shopping, and medical facilities, plus the acclaimed Peace Center for the Performing Arts. New Discovery Tour packages that include lodgings, golf, and dinner are now available for those seeking a truly extraordinary “place to call home.”