Latitude Margaritaville Watersound Finalizes Plans

Minto Communities, Margaritaville Holdings and The St. Joe Company Finalize Plans for Latitude Margaritaville Watersound Located in the Panhandle of Florida

Watersound Beach Margaritaville

Watersound, FL — June 19, 2019 — Master developer Minto Communities USA (“Minto”), global lifestyle brand Margaritaville Holdings and The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) (“St. Joe”) announce the official formation of their joint venture to develop Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, an active adult community in Florida’s Panhandle region located in Bay County near Panama City Beach and the scenic 30A corridor. The community is projected to break ground by the end of 2019.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is in the heart of St. Joe’s Bay-Walton Sector Plan that is entitled for 170,000 homes. St. Joe owns approximately 15 miles of frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway connecting West Bay with Choctawhatchee Bay, and it is expected that the community will receive the benefit from the spectacular vistas and recreational opportunities that surround it.

The first phase of the project is anticipated to include approximately 3,500 homes with supporting sales center, community amenities and infrastructure for the 55-and-better community. The sales center, model homes, and first phase of the Latitude Margaritaville Watersound community will be located west of Highway 79 and north of the intersection with Highway 388 in Bay County.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is the third Latitude Margaritaville community to be developed by Minto and the first to be developed in partnership with St. Joe. The first two Latitude Margaritaville communities are located in Daytona Beach, Florida and Hilton Head, South Carolina. 

Jorge Gonzalez, president and CEO of St. Joe stated, “We are pleased to announce the execution of the definitive joint venture agreement with Minto and the project groundbreaking in late 2019. The planned Latitude Margaritaville Watersound community is in close proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway, the Gulf of Mexico’s gorgeous white sand beaches, existing shopping and entertainment centers like Pier Park, and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport with non-stop service by Delta, Southwest, American, and United to 13 destinations. In addition to being in close proximity to these terrific natural amenities and facilities, the planning process for a new marina village and commercial district immediately adjoining Latitude Margaritaville are already underway.”

Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville Division President William Bullock notes that, “A little over a year ago, we announced our intent to join forces with St. Joe and, during that time, we have engaged in extensive research and planning culminating in the recent finalization of the partnership structure. The first increment of homes is being planned for 3,500 units with another offering on the drawing board after that. We are excited about the spectacular waterfront and stunning natural elements located at Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, and intend to fully embrace and design for connectivity with nature. This amazing property presents a unique opportunity to deploy the four pillars of the Latitude Margaritaville lifestyle: food, fun, music and escapism in one of the country’s most beautiful and desirable locations.”

John Cohlan, chief executive officer of Margaritaville Holdings, said, “We are thrilled to partner with Jorge and St. Joe and expand our work with Minto, to create Latitude Margaritaville Watersound at an iconic and beautiful location on the Florida Panhandle. Latitude Margaritaville Watersound is about so many of the good things in life – friends, relaxation, fun, outdoor recreation and entertainment. The opportunity to build a community that has the potential to exceed 100,000 homes gives us the ability to create every dimension of our lifestyle and include everyone in the experience.”

For more information on Latitude Margaritaville and to sign up to receive regular development updates, visit Follow Latitude Margaritaville on Facebook at and on Twitter at @LatitudeMville. 


Hartness, a New South Carolina Community

Hartness, a New South Carolina Community

Hartness Home

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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Hartness Greenville

Hartness Greenville

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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A New Active-Adult Community in Central Florida | The Lakes at Harmony

A New Active-Adult Community in Central Florida | The Lakes at Harmony

Lake at Harmony, FL masterplanned community

The Lakes at Harmony | Harmony, FL

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.

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The Lakes at Harmony

The Lakes at Harmony

This gated community, with a golf clubhouse, exclusive Members Retreat and a resort-style pool with a spacious deck and Sunset Gazebo, sits on 11,000 acres. With two lakes and 12.5 miles of walking and bicycling trails, Harmony boasts a serenity matched only by its outstanding proximity to everything you could ever want. Read More...

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An Oasis in Elegance, Oak Harbor | Vero Beach, Florida

An Oasis in Elegance, Oak Harbor | Vero Beach, Florida

Oak Harbor Vero Beach, FL

Oak Harbor | Vero Beach, FL

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.

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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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New Communities to Follow in 2019

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
Brambleton, VA

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
Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas

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 to download a free GOGuide, featuring home buying tips, area information, event updates, and road trip itineraries.

Ovation at Mountain Falls
Pahrump, NV

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.

Kiawah River
Johns Island, SC

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.


Grand Highlands Southern Hills


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.

Ladera San Jose
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

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.

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