“Beyond Golf Communities”


I thought I would share a recent article from one of my trade journals, http://realtor.org , REALTOR Magazine’s December 2007 issue, that talks about the boom in “specialty” neighborhoods, I just so happen to have a GREAT listing in just such a neighborhood, listed below the neighborhood average price and ready for move in!  Check out both the article and my listing!  http://www.EscobaBay.org is the home of this great residence, close to the water, tennis, horse and boat facilities and very close to the back gate of Camp Lejeune for a snap of a commute to work if you are military or a contractor.

“Remember the ad: “it’s not your father’s Olds anymore”?  Well, it’s not your father’s housing community, either.

Move over, golf communities:  There are new kids on the block.  There’s Pla d’Adet, a Greenville, S.C., http://www.pladadet.com development backed by professional cyclist George Hincapie that features a training center and outdoor biking trails in the blue ridge mountains.  Add Rocinante to the list http://www.thefarm.org .  It’s a tiny Summertown, Tenn., community-named after Don Quixote’s horse-where aging hippies can build a cabin for themselves on shared property.

Speaking of horses, Equestrian Services LLC http://www.eqsv.com in Charlottesville, VA., is currently designing 10 equestrian-themed communities and has another 10 in the pipeline.  The number of such communities in the United States has doubled over the past three years to at least 200, says Jennifer Donovan, a principle with the company.  “Golf was about Dad ditching the family all day.  In an equestrian community, the whole family can ride together, or mom and dad can drop the kids at a barn for a riding program,” she says. 

“Developers are anticipating that baby boomers aren’t going to all want the housing models that their parents wanted, so they’re really trying to figure out what baby boomers do want,” says Maria Dwight, cheif executive of Gerontological Services, a Santa Monica, Calif., company that does housing feasibility studies for the 55 and older demographic.

Dwight is seeing an increase in gay- and lesbian-oriented developments, as well as communities where residents can focus on intellectual pursuits through local colleges.  For instance, Sonoma State University in California’s wine country is supporting the development of a range of housing on or near campus and offering residents the ability to audit courses and attend campus educational and cultural events.

Expect to see even moreunique developments.  Dwight says she’s hearing early discussions about how to set up communities with disabled adults, who are living longer as a result of medical advances, and for elderly imigrants, particularly in the Asian and Indian communities.” REALTOR Magazine, December 2007.

About McKenzie Johnson

I am a Real Estate Broker with over 13 years experience in the industry. A fan of anything the color orange, long walks on the beach eating dried cuttlefish, four legged friends, new adventures in cooking or travel. A REALTOR and real estate consultant living and working in North Carolina with information to share. I would love to demystify the process for you. . .I think real estate is a tremendous investment for just about everyone. . .not just for the financial aspect, but also the idea of owning a piece of the American Dream, a chunk of earth, literally, with your name on it. I love what I do and who I get to meet through my job, the most rewarding part is handing a family their very first set of house keys! I hope you will find helpful information here, and it is just that, information, please don't take it as gospel, just my take on real estate and the world around me. For additional information and how to contact me, visit my website www.910Homes.net. I serve the Onslow County area which includes the military bases: Camp Lejeune, New River MCAS, Camp Johnson, Camp Gieger and more.

2 responses »

  1. It’s very interesting that you mention the company from my hometown of Charlottesville. That they develop from here buy don’t have any projects here fascinates me.

    These types of “unique” communities are one thing – but isn’t creating such a segregated community, such as for a specific ethnicity somehow a “bad” thing?

  2. I agree, I like the idea of sports, or activity to create a sense of “neighborhood” rather than nationality, age or familiar orientation. . .but then, if there is a large enough market for it, I suppose in real estate, often at the end of the day, money talks. . .and if the audience is large enough. . .of course with Fair Housing laws, there is a whole pandora’s box of issues some of these developments would encounter. . .only time will tell but I’d rather stick to communities that celebrate lifestyles like golf, horse back riding, or flying (which seem to be popular developments father south of us). . .


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