All posts by Alyssa Mammano

duPont REGISTRY A Buyers Gallery of Fine Homes May 2019 Uncovered

It’s amazing that spring is right around the corner. In fact, by the time you are reading this most of the country will be enjoying fantastic spring weather. It’s the time of year when people start venturing outside more – spending time doing a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, golfing and likely even doing more traveling. Keeping this in mind, it’s fitting that our two editorial features this issue are Golf Course Properties and Guest Houses and In-Law Suites.

— Thomas L. duPont, Publisher Emeritus
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Essential Accommodations for Luxury Guest Houses & Mother-In-Law Suites

Well-appointed guest accommodations will feel like a luxurious home away from home for house guests whether visiting for the weekend or an extended stay. Spending time away from home should be a pleasant and positive experience for both the guest and the host. Whether a guest suite or a separate guest house is offered, visiting relatives and friends will feel like part of the family with these particular niceties. Continue reading

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The Exclusive World of Platinum Country Clubs

By Alyssa Mammano

At the pinnacle of the world’s most exclusive country clubs are those awarded the elite designation: Platinum Clubs of the World. To achieve this honorable recognition, a club must excel in six categories voted on by Panel Members and approved by the Advisory Board. Only 100 clubs in the world are bestowed a Platinum title every two years and all 100 are ranked according to their combined totals in Universal Recognition, Excellence in Amenities and Facilities, Professional Service Levels and Overall Experience, Quality of Membership, Governance and Management, and Adapting to Changing Times. Qualifying clubs must be private golf, country and city clubs defined as having an array of amenities in addition to golf, including residential communities. Continue reading

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Rockledge by the Sea

Laguna Beach is known as an Art Colony. It achieved this reputation due to many well-known artists living and painting or coming here on extended stays to paint. The first artist to visit was Norman St. Clair in the mid-1890s. Not long after that, Gardner Symonds, a nationally known artist trained at the Chicago Art Institute, visited and bought property in 1903. At that time, most of Laguna was undeveloped and Symonds had his choice of many exceptional view properties. He purchased land and built a home at 2419 S. Coast Highway. We can assume he chose this locale because it had the most scenic stretch of coastline. Continue reading

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duPont REGISTRY A Buyers Gallery of Fine Homes April 2019 Uncovered

The luxury real estate market is exploding. Over the last two years, there has been an increase in luxury sales in many major markets and the expectation is that 2019 will be more of the same positive growth. Now is a perfect time to consider making a move – the luxury market is robust in so many areas.

One market that continues to see an increase in popularity is the West Coast of Florida. With its endless supply of warm weather, great beaches, waterfront properties and lack of state income taxes, it’s no wonder that this area is often top on the list for folks looking to purchase second or third homes as well as those looking for a change of lifestyle and, therefore, wanting to call this area home.

— Thomas L. duPont, Publisher Emeritus
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Ascend to Equestrian Heaven in Ocala

Only two hours by car from the Gulf coast, Marion County is the picturesque heart of Florida’s horse country and home to many champion riders, breeders, trainers and owners, as well as multi-generational families. The area is idyllic for raising a family and enjoying family-focused activities. Children, parents and grandparents alike will enjoy the hamlet of Ocala—a storybook village lined with oak trees and dangling trellises of Spanish moss. Continue reading

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Surround Yourself in Unbridled Beauty

By Linde Hyder

Nestled within the majestic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains lies an equestrian community unlike any other. It is a place that beckons one to slow down, smell the crisp mountain air and gaze upon blooming spring flowers or colorful fall leaves. Amid these natural surroundings, the soothing calm of the Elk River welcomes an unparalleled mountain lifestyle in Western North Carolina. Continue reading

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Equestrian Disciplines Explained

By Alyssa Mammano

The most exquisite custom equestrian properties boast specialized outbuildings and equipment intended to train elite riders and their horses in preparation for competition. With Dressage rings and Jumping obstacles at hand, equestrians of the upper echelon have the luxury of boarding and training with their horses from the comforts of their own properties. Top equestrians are able to oversee the diet, exercise, health and discipline of their champion horses around the clock. The convenience of having a property tailored to equestrian housing and training allows the athletes to focus on technique and perfecting their craft. Practicing consistently within structures designed specifically for each discipline gives these fortuitous teams a leg up on the competition. Continue reading

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Architectural Distinction on Sanibel Island

By Linde Hyder

Rare is the opportunity to own a piece of history. Rarer still is the chance to purchase property overlooking the sparkling aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Welcome to the Walker Guest House; a landmark of architectural significance offering 209 feet of frontage along the coveted beaches of Florida’s West Coast. Continue reading

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Serenity Found

By Linde Hyder

Just off the coast of Sarasota, FL, lies a peaceful wonderland of pristine beaches, swaying palms, cool white sand and warm salt air. Here, the sun casts a brilliant reflection on the calm sparkling waters of the Gulf while turning the sky into a Technicolor show at sunset. There are no traffic jams or high rises on this stretch of paradise; just a quiet two-lane road that beckons residents and visitors alike to slow down and enjoy life at a more leisurely pace. Continue reading

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