The Water Club

By Linde Hyder

Breathtaking sunsets, twinkling city lights and a resort atmosphere provide a captivating backdrop for four condominium residences situated within Longboat Key’s Water Club. Stretching 12 miles along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Longboat Key boasts soft white sand beaches, championship golf, fine dining and an array of cultural activities. Complementing these enviable surroundings, the Water Club offers elevators leading to private entry foyers, soaring walls of glass in each residence, tennis, swimming, fitness center, a grand clubhouse and concierge services along with private beach access resulting in the finest Florida lifestyle imaginable. (more…)

Beyond the gated entry, mature lush landscaping imparts a sense of tropical solitude within this beachfront setting. One hundred and sixty-six feet of Gulf frontage afford a level of privacy that is seldom found. This is a true world-class estate home on South Gordon Drive fringed by a white sandy beach and offering 6 bedrooms, 6.2 baths and over 7,000 square feet of luxurious living space. The significant beachfront residence was designed by architect Andrea Clark Brown and built and finished to the most exacting standards by A. Vernon Allen Builders with an elegant and refined quality all its own. (more…)

By Linde Hyder

Heralded as the largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island is a magical place located along the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. The area is punctuated by sun-drenched white sand beaches, sparkling aquamarine waters and quiet streets dotted with coconut palms and tropical foliage. Marco Island residents enjoy a relaxed pace amid a resort-style atmosphere with fine dining, world-class fishing and golf, unspoiled parks and a host of water activities within easy reach. (more…)

Acres of lush rolling hills, a pleasant year-round climate and a vibrant equestrian community create the perfect setting for horse and nature enthusiasts alike in the Central Florida city of Ocala. Located halfway between Gainesville and Orlando, Ocala boasts Southern hospitality and small-town charm amid a landscape punctuated by stately Grandfather oaks draped in Spanish moss and green pastures filled with grazing horses. According to real estate broker Joan Pletcher, “it’s very magical here.” (more…)

“Hammock Dunes and Hammock Beach” says top-ranked realtor Molly Carey of RE/MAX Select Professionals. This Florida native knew what she wanted when she and her family relocated from Washington, DC and settled here. (more…)

By Linde Hyder

Sun-kissed white sand beaches. Dolphins frolicking in the sparkling warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Quiet streets punctuated with coconut palms and tropical foliage. This is the magic of Marco Island. People lucky enough to visit or live here enjoy the finest lifestyle Florida has to offer at a pace that is easy going and relaxed. If you’re looking to buy, sell or invest in this mystical place, look no further than Cathy Rogers. (more…)

Luxuriously minimalist in design, the stunning five-bedroom, six-full-bath and one-half-bath modern seaside retreat with 5,198 square feet located at 38 Ocean Course Drive was designed by architect James Choate of Surber Barber Choate + Hertlein of Atlanta and beautifully constructed by master builder Russ Cooper & Associates. (more…)

By Alyssa Mammano

The highest mountaintop in 90210 has a parcel of land at its peak worth $1,000,000,000. The plat of land is 157 acres total, with a continuous 32 acres of flatland perfect for building the most magnificent home capturing 360-degree views of downtown Los Angeles and Malibu on one side, and glimpses of the San Gabriel Mountains at the opposite end. The buyer of this undeveloped land will not only own the most expensive listing in Los Angeles history, but will also own the Mountain of Beverly Hills. This record-setting property, with unobstructed sweeping views of downtown LA and the Pacific Ocean all the way to Catalina Island, is truly without compare. (more…)

I recently read an article that focused on luxury real estate and it noted that the meaning of luxury has changed. It’s no longer about just price point – it has now taken on a more personal definition. It may mean convenience, amenities, features and anything else that helps offer a lifestyle that promotes “happier living.”

In looking at the mix of properties being presented by our real estate partners, I realized the truth in these words. Of course, living happier lives may come with a price tag but it also comes with the opportunity for a uniqueness that is defined by the individual doing the looking.

— Thomas L. duPont, Publisher Emeritus
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By Alyssa Mammano

With the summer season nearing a close, you may be feeling nostalgic about long summer days and balmy evenings coming to an end. But, there is a way to incorporate the outdoors in the design of your home’s interior so summer can stay with you all year long. This modern design trend is known as biophilic design, which incorporates nature into our living spaces. The philosophy behind biophilic design is based on sustainability and decreased environmental impact through architecture. Even if you’re not planning to build a new home from the ground up following this new design trend, there are still ways to bring the outdoors into your current home. (more…)

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