The Upside to Downsizing and Organizing Your “Stuff”
I’ve relocated several times, but until my last move, they were corporate transfers; i.e. I didn’t have to pay for them. I had a blasé approach to the moving process, knowing I didn’t have to do the sorting, wrapping, packing, or unpacking, and the ace in the hole was that there was always another basement to store my extra stuff. But, when I moved to the Southeast, it was on MY dime … and there was no basement. All at once, this packing thing took on a whole different dimension, and I discovered that, although not easy, there are many upsides to downsizing/decluttering. Let’s take a look at the WHYS, then the HOWS, then the WHERES. (One important caveat: I’m not talking about downsizing the square footage of your house; I’m talking about downsizing your STUFF. About 46 percent of Boomers who plan to move expect to increase the size of their new home or to keep the same approximate square footage, according to the Demand Institute.)
The Why: Benefits of decluttering
Decluttering is healthy. Period. You save time, are more productive, and are more clear and efficient when your life and home are decluttered. How many minutes/hours have I spent over the past years looking for hand-written thoughts about an article I planned to write, notes for an interview that would be handy, or a phone number I scribbled on a piece of paper instead of entering it directly into my phone? Too many. My office tends to grow little mounds of paper that miraculously reproduce on my desk and on a chair and an ottoman in the corner of my office. A study in the Journal of Neuroscience found that physical clutter vies for your attention and affects your ability to focus, resulting in lower performance. I have (empty) drawers with file folders and a closet with shelves. I have no excuse.
Relive memories/find cool stuff. Cleaning out the “junk drawers” in my kitchen (I have two of them), I found dozens of “telescope” pictures we had taken over the years while vacationing in Ocean City, MD. How much fun to look at my three children (now in their 30s) as little kids and re-live those memories immortalized on a bit of film at the end of a two-inch telescope-shaped keychain. My kids and grandkids love looking at these unearthed treasures. You never know what you’ll find until you start going through your stuff. It can be a rewarding trip down memory lane.
Boost your mood/feel more competent. When I’m heading out for an appointment and cannot locate my keys or phone (I know it’s a big no-no not putting them in the same place all the time), it is stressful. Getting rid of the clutter and having everything in its place reduces anxiety and makes you feel in control.
Sleep better. A survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that people who make their beds every day (almost every day) and have a tidy bedroom sleep better and more soundly than those who do not. And, the ritual of turning down a made bed helps prime our brains for sleep. I am on track with this one.
Save money/feel virtuous. With the new tax laws, most of us will be taking the standard deduction, and therefore, getting no deduction for donating our stuff, but you can still use the internet, consignment shops, or yard sales to make some money. And, giving away your things to organizations or people who can use them makes you feel good about yourself. Plus, if you’re paying for a move, less stuff equals money saved.
Your clutter will ultimately become someone else’s problem to deal with if you’re not proactive. Not a nice thing to do to your family/friends.
I’ll be the first to admit that decluttering isn’t a fun chore, although I do feel freer, lighter, and more energized after making progress. And, remember: YOUR KIDS DON’T WANT YOUR STUFF! Well, perhaps if there’s a Rolex watch or Mikimoto pearl earrings or a 1964 Ford Mustang convertible, but probably not the treadmill or your Noritake Blue Hill china from 43 years ago (take it from one who knows). But, just in case, consult them prior to the big declutter (I did want to keep a few of my parents’ things).
The How: Starting the Process
Like many things in life, there is no one right way to approach your decluttering adventure. Some experts suggest you start in the attic or top floor and work your way down. Others say do it by category (e.g. books, papers, DVDs, flat surfaces throughout the house, clothing, children’s memorabilia, pictures, etc.). Or, approach the task by time: Spend five minutes each hour putting things in their proper place, or get three big plastic bags, and work until they’re filled—one with trash, one with recyclables, and one with donations. Then, repeat on a regular schedule.
I started in my basement—I knew that was the place that had the most things I could easily throw away, give away, or recycle. Did I really need my Organic Chemistry book from graduate school? Or my broken basketball trophy from eigth grade? The outdated 52-inch big screen TV shoved into a corner? Nope. Those were easy decisions, and gave me a feeling of accomplishment. I gathered my three adult kids’ stuff I had saved from when they were little, put them into boxes, and handed them over to them, with the caveat that we’d hold onto one box each for them if they wanted us to do so. I spent 20 minutes every day decluttering. Long enough to make progress, but a short enough stint that I didn’t burn out.
It took a while, but it got done. And, I kept reminding myself that I was saving money by not paying the movers for things I’d never use anyway.
The Where: Who will take it
There are lots of options. I was lucky. One of our sons had a friend who wasn’t going to college but had a job, bought a house, and needed to furnish it. He came and hauled away our still-usable furniture and other items that wouldn’t be a good “fit” in our new house/warm climate. Friends with college kids who needed to furnish an off-campus apartment were a gold-mine. We put usable stuff at the bottom of our driveway on trash day; people would drive by and pick things up, like a Little Tikes basketball set (our kids were in their 20s when we moved). And, our trash company picked up big items on certain days with prior notification.
As their website states, “1-800-GOT-JUNK? will take anything non-hazardous that two strong, able-bodied crew members can lift.” My brother used them for a big basement declutter. They offer free estimates, and pricing is based on volume. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? claims they recycle and donate your stuff whenever possible. They do not operate in every zip code.
Free pick-ups are possible. Contact Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Amvets, St. Vincent de Paul (they picked up a lot of my donations), Vietnam Veterans of America, your local Humane Society, etc. Of course, you can always deliver your donations to them. And don’t forget local places that help others but don’t pick-up. We have a place in our county called Emmanuel’s Closet that is run by volunteers and gives donated clothing to those in need. Donation Town (www.donationtown.org) is a handy reference for charities in your area that will pick up donations.
Sell your stuff. Consider eBay, Amazon, Bonanza, or Next Door (a neighborhood network). And, there are always consignment shops or yard sales. Just be cautious about people you don’t know coming to your home.
Have you seen those “Donation Boxes” by the side of the road? They are frequently for-profit textile recycling collection bins; the donated clothing is sold to recyclers that turn them into products like insulation or padding for carpets. A small percentage of their profits may be donated to a charity. If it’s a convenient way to dispose of clothing (I am guilty), I assuage my guilt with the idea I’m keeping my clothes out of a landfill; it’s estimated the average American throws away about 80 pounds of used clothing a year.
Let’s “cut the clutter.” And, keep Frozen’s Queen Elsa’s song in our head as we approach this difficult but rewarding task: “Let it Go.”
Jan Cullinane is an award-winning retirement author, speaker, and consultant. Her current book is The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement (AARP/Wiley).
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The Early Days – Courtesy of Viera
Building a Legacy: Three Developers’ Stories
Founding and growing a successful business is not for the faint of heart. It requires unparalleled focus,unswerving attention to detail, and a clear-eyed sense of one’s goals—as well as the commitment to see them through. Often, getting such a business off the ground—not to mention keeping it running strong—means spending time away from family. In the case of these three incredible developers, however, running their own business is just the contrary. The Viera Company, Logan Homes, and On Top of the World are all family affairs—and they’re much the better for it. All three companies have created business models with room to incorporate family members at every level of involvement—from board members to sales directors, managers to CEOs. When it comes to building a legacy to remember, for these three developers, it’s all in the family.
The Viera Company: A Family Affair
In 1926, Slovak immigrant Andrew Duda and his sons produced their first cash crop of celery—an event that laid the foundation for the establishment of the Duda family legacy. Two decades later, those sons—the “three seniors”—
purchased a 43,000-acre tract of land in Brevard, FL, on what would become the Sunshine State’s Space Coast, with the intent of creating a major cattle operation. Today, that tract of land is Viera, the 15th top-selling master-planned community in the United States. With a deep-rooted commitment to environmental preservation, dedication to philanthropy, a wide range of education and worship opportunities, and stellar amenities, Viera has evolved a great deal over the years. But one thing hasn’t changed: It remains a family affair.
“There are currently 27 Duda family members working for the company,” says C. Scott Miller, VP of Sales and Community Management, who has been with the company for 25 years. “There are 19 fourth-generation family members in roles ranging from the CEO/President position to leadership roles across all major business units, and we have eight fifth-generation family members involved in various facets of the company, from western vegetable operations in California to homebuilding and land development here in Viera. We also have six family members serving on the board of directors, including a third-generation family member serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors.”
With all that The Viera Company has already achieved, company President Todd J. Pokrywa believes there is still a lot of room for innovation. “While today Viera currently has over 23,500 residents, 10,500 homes, three million square feet of commercial space, and 10,000 jobs across 350 businesses, at buildout the community is projected to be home to over 60,000 residents, up to 31,000 homes, over seven million square feet of commercial space, and over 25,000 jobs across 600 businesses,” says Pokrywa, who wrote his thesis on Viera while studying urban and regional planning at the University of Waterloo.
Pokrywa has nurtured an interest in Viera since childhood, when his family traveled from Canada each year to vacation on Florida’s Space Coast. “I was intrigued about the community from the very beginning, given the long-term vision and commitment to stewardship that the family expressed when unveiling and pursuing the vision for Viera. From early on in the development, the community has enhanced the quality of life for its residents and provided an environment for businesses to be successful,” he says.
Given that he’s been with the company for a quarter of a century, C. Scott Miller has a unique perspective on Viera’s growth over the years.
“I suspect that the three seniors likely did not envision that their Cocoa Ranch would transform to the major master-planned community that is Viera today, but I am equally confident that they would be proud of the fact that the project has been successfully built with attention to detail and an overarching sense of ethical stewardship,” Miller says. “I find it humbling when I look back at the boldness that the third-generation family leadership took in electing to develop a master planned community over an enormous parcel of land. Viera means ‘faith’ in Slovak, the native tongue of Andrew Duda, and the success of Viera lies on the back of the same foundation of faith and hard-working perseverance that the three seniors and their father exhibited in starting the company in the early 1900s.”
Logan Homes: Like Father, Like Son
In 1986, Logan Homes built its first luxury home on the southeastern North Carolina coast. The seeds that gave rise to the company were planted three years before, though, when president and owner D. Logan, Sr. was still a teenager. “My dad kicked me out of the house when I was 16, which led to a career digging ditches,” says D. Logan, Sr. with typical humility. “I worked for a contractor for a while. Then I started Logan Homes when I was 19.” D. Logan was introduced to the world of custom home building by starting first as a carpenter’s helper where he assisted in building some of the finest homes along Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island, after which he turned his dream into a reality and began Logan Homes.
Many 19-year-olds wouldn’t have the savvy to start their own business—much less one that is still thriving 32 years later—but D. Logan, Sr. is the exception. Honesty and integrity along with determination and dedication to excellence have kept the company going. “We did custom building for about 15 years. Then, 15 or 20 years ago, we started developing our own land,” he says.
With a wide range of plans in their portfolio for personalized and move-in-ready homes in both North Carolina and the South Carolina lowcountry, including new master-planned communities in Bluffton, SC, Logan Homes has come a long way since those early days.
“The home you build is only as good as the people who build it,” says D. Logan, Sr. Always trying to improve the building process, he has fostered the same passionate attitude throughout Logan Homes’ nearly 80 employees over two divisions. He has assembled and empowered a team with attention to detail that embraces cutting edge technologies to create homes and communities at competitive prices. He is quick to share the accolades of his success with his team who helped propel Logan Homes to its success, including Vice President, PJ Kelly, who has worked for Logan for over 23 years, and CFO, Patrick Lennon, who arrived in 2010 with a wealth of construction accounting expertise.
The founder’s son, D. Logan, Jr., now the company’s sales and marketing director, also followed an entrepreneurial path, Logan, Sr. says, “My son was a salesman from early on. When he graduated from high school, he came to me and said, ‘I don’t want to go to college with my sister … I want to join Logan Homes.’” Remembering his own beginnings, he decided to give Logan, Jr. a try. “He’d started out at an early age—13 or 14—working on job sites during the summer. When he was 16 or 17, he started out as an assistant superintendent. I put him in sales three to four years ago, and now he’s the sales manager. He’s an incredible entrepreneur,” Logan, Sr. says.
Logan, Sr.’s daughter, Mary Catherine Santos, also works for Logan Homes in pre-construction operations. “She is incredibly efficient in ways that I never was, and very good with permitting. She is excellent with the nitty-gritty details and working with municipalities,” Logan, Sr. says.
“My dad is extremely driven and extremely passionate,” Logan, Jr. adds. “D. Logan is no slouch. Yes, he’s built a successful $100 million a year company, but he’s in the details daily. He knows every single in and out of every single warm body in this office. It’s very rare for the president of the company to still be that intimately involved. It’s not that he’s scared—it’s that he loves it. He’s itching to be in every single detail.”
Logan, Sr. agrees. “I love what I do.”
On Top of the World: The Colen Family’s Legacy
In 1947, the late entrepreneur Sidney Colen founded On Top of the World Communities, Florida’s oldest privately-owned land developer. “As a child of the Great Depression, he wanted to build a good, secure life for his family. Development and building also fulfilled his own very entrepreneurial drive. (It was) a perfect match-up,” says Colen’s son Kenneth, who has served as president of On Top of the World since 1981.
Sidney Colen’s vision was to create “a community of great scale that would not only support expansive amenities, but would also support an arts and education component. He understood that the arts are the highest and most noble expression of human creativity,” Kenneth Colen says.
Even the greatest visionaries need to start somewhere, and Kenneth’s father “literally built his first home and sold it (to the chagrin of his in-laws, who thought he should move into it with his new bride and start a family).”
After years of quality homebuilding and development, in late 1975 Sidney Colen purchased 12,500 acres of land in Ocala, FL, based on a handshake deal, with the details written on the back of an envelope—and the company’s flagship retirement community was born. Today, On Top of the World’s Ocala community offers a stellar range of amenities, continues to fulfill its mission to protect the environment through conservation easements as well as partnerships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and builds eco-conscious “Water Wise” homes and yards. The community also features Circle Square Cultural Center, The Ranch Fitness Center and Spa, a farmer’s market, and a range of retail outlets.
On Top of the World operates a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational foundation, Master The Possibilities, which “offers residents (and non-residents) the opportunity to continue to expand their educational discovery horizons, to develop skills in a range of arts, by active participation. It’s one thing to be passively entertained, and entirely another to be actively engaged as a creator,” company president Kenneth Colen says, echoing his father’s passion for arts and education. “There is a great give and take, a sharing of ideas and dialogue that can be very engaging. Participants take an active role in determining class offerings. If there is interest in a topic, MTP will make it happen.”
This resident-driven approach is also visible in On Top of the World’s “maker space,” home to a woodworking and metals shop, as well as their R/C Flying Field, another resident-led initiative. “We have the land, they have the interest, and it’s a beautiful marriage of the two. With over 140 R/C club members, the original concept of an airfield continues to evolve, and now includes a drone obstacle course as well as a radio-controlled car track,” says Colen, whose sister Leslee plays an active role in community management at the company’s Clearwater, FL, location. The siblings’ cousin, Robert Colen, serves as On Top of the World’s Director of Warranty Services in Ocala.
Under the next generation’s leadership, On Top of the World continues to offer thoughtfully-designed, energy-efficient homes in welcoming, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. Starting in late 2019, the company plans to return to its roots, with a new single-family housing development featuring green space and an extensive trail system.
“Home building and development are noble professions,” Kenneth Colen says of carrying forward his father’s legacy. “When done right, they have tremendous power to influence people’s lives for good and for many years.”
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7 Facts & Bits of History That Keep Things Interesting in the Natural State
First, Arkansas is indeed “The Natural State” with six national and 50 state parks, 2.5 million acres of national forests, and 10 national or state scenic byways, plus 600,000 acres of lakes, more than 9,500 miles of streams and rivers, and America’s only active diamond mine.
Arkansas is the leading producer of rice in the United States, growing nearly 50% of the nation’s supply and contributing about $6 billion annually to the state’s economy.
The William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum is located in the state capital of Little Rock. Other famous native Arkansans include composer Scott Joplin, General Douglas McArthur, music legends Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell, author John Grisham, and baseball Hall-of-Famers Dizzy Dean, Brooks Robinson, and Lou Brock.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville offers an impressive collection of famous works by artists like Norman Rockwell and derives its name from the glass-enclosed bridges over ponds on the site.
Hot Springs Village is America’s largest gated community at 26,000 total acres, roughly 40 square miles.
Arkansas was included in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and became a state in 1836. Its name derives from the French translation of the Quapaw Indian word “acansa,” which means “downstream place.”
The first woman ever elected to the United States Senate was from Arkansas— Hattie Caraway in 1932.
Walmart, the retail super-chain with more than 11,000 stores in 27 countries, and Tyson Foods, the world’s largest chicken producer, were both founded and are still headquartered in Arkansas.
The state sales tax in Arkansas is 6.5%, but prescription drugs are exempt and grocery items are taxed at just 1.5%. The effective state property tax rate of 0.59% is the 9th lowest in the nation. Social Security, VA benefits, and military retirement income are not taxed. There are no state inheritance or estate taxes.
Native Americans discovered the 47 springs that flow from Hot Springs Mountain at a rate of one million gallons per day and an average temperature of 143 degrees F. In 1832, President Andrew Jackson designated the area as a “federal reservation,” effectively making it America’s first national park. From the 1880s through the 1930s, the wide-open town became a haven for gangsters like Al Capone and hosted spring training for baseball stars like Babe Ruth. Today, Hot Springs is a major tourist destination with attractions like the thermal baths, The Gangster Museum of America, Hot Springs Baseball Trail, and Oaklawn Racing & Gaming with the region’s premier horse track and casino.
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Where is Latitude Margaritaville?
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 Daytona 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 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.
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.
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’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 level 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.
The 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 become 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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7th Golf Course Opens | Desert Mountain | Scottsdale, AZ
Opening in Spring 2019, Seven Desert Mountain (wrapped around Desert Mountain’s 7th golf course) is an exclusive, new luxury residential golf community that will cause you to re-imagine the way you think of golf community living. Up to 190 modern, luxury homes, most right on the course, feature picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Par 54 course, aptly named “No. 7 at Desert Mountain,” is designed to challenge and entertain both experts and beginners alike.
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