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.

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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.


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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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