Sanctuary. Retreat. House. Home. However you choose to refer to it – owning your very own piece of the real estate pie is a quintessential part of the American dream.
From coast to coast, buyers are choosing to invest their money into a host of available real estate options and condominiums are quickly becoming the top choice amongst buyers ready to jump into the market. In recent months, economists have noted the struggling economy and suggested a tepid real estate market, however all factors continue to suggest the fact that it is now a buyer’s market and there’s never been a better time to invest.
“Buyers in today’s market are in search of a quality property that been well thought out and well executed in its construction and operation of the property.” remarks Marie L. Karl, Senior Vice President of Trammell Crow Company developer of The Gateway Grand in Ocean City, Maryland – one of our featured properties. Furthermore “Buyers will focus on all aspects of a development’s quality and the services provided. The value of high quality developments will continue to be recognized in the marketplace.”
The condominium properties of today are luxurious, refined and include a wealth of impressive amenities – ranging from top of the line residences, beautifully designed indoor and outdoor pools, state of the art health and fitness centers, personal concierge services, and carefully cultivated green spaces just to name a few! Condominium properties are especially great for first time buyers with their added values; baby boomers – as many of these condominium villages have developed into tightly woven communities and empty nesters – which may be looking to downsize their homes.
When it comes to real estate, it’s always been about location, location, location and when it comes to condominium living that’s no exception. We’ll take you on a tour across the nation on some of the best condominium properties that are currently available on the market. You’ll be amazed at the many options available to buyers today – all which are located along one of our favorite places – the coast.
Explore the O.C.
Coastal Living takes a peek inside some of the most spectacular condominium properties available in today’s real estate market and we’re starting off in Ocean City, Maryland at The Gateway Grand. Ocean City, known for its famous Boardwalk, beaches, shopping and more, is a popular family oriented beach resort town on the nation’s east coast. Explore this warm and charming seaside escape as you may remember it from childhood days - from a slightly different point of view when you choose The Gateway Grand.
Located on the ocean front with 250 feet of pristine beach, residents at The Gateway Grand can enjoy beautiful ocean views
that stretch for miles – from the earliest moment when the sun rises till late in the day during sunset.
Each Gateway Grand residence allows for a generously sized open floor plan – allowing you to decorate and design as you wish. Buyers will appreciate the fine details such as high ceilings with crown moldings in the dining areas and master bedroom. Savor the crisp and sweet smell of ocean air on the private balcony or patio or take in the soothing views of Ocean City through The Gateway Grand’s oversized windows with panoramic ocean and coastal views.
As for the kitchen – natural stone countertops are juxtaposed with architectural and modern stainless steel appliances. Custom lighting is installed to help create the perfect dining mood.
For the bath – The Gateway Grand spares no expense with its choice of marble flooring and double vanity with imported granite countertops. A soaking tub with marble surround and a separate glass-enclosed shower with multiple showerheads complete this luxurious bath retreat.
The Gateway Grand also boasts an impressive array of resort-style amenities including a spectacular lobby such as you would find in a four star hotel; an exclusive owner’s lounge that is perfect for entertaining family and friends; a private terrace; indoor and outdoor pools; a state of the art fitness center and even an on-site personal concierge service awaits residents of The Gateway Grand. The Gateway Grand currently offers full ownership opportunities only – owners that will not be occupying their residences on a year round basis have the option of renting their residences through an experienced rental organization. For more information and pricing on available residences, visit www.thegatewaygrand.com.
Discover your true colors
As we continue to travel down the eastern coast we find ourselves in New Bern, North Carolina, home to Carolina Colours. Inspired by vibrant, historic coastal towns with a genuine sense of community, Carolina Colours is home to simple, natural beauty and where your neighbors become good friends.
This contemporary, southern coastal planned community borders on the neighboring Croatan National Forest. With over 160,000 acres of diverse ecosystems bordered by tidal rivers and Bogue Sound, the Croatan's vast habitat is home to a multitude of local foliage and fauna. The Carolina Colour’s landscape heritage is a continuation of this important and diverse ecosystem.
Divided into uniquely identifiable neighborhoods, there is something for everyone at Carolina Colours. Carolina Commons, a walk able New Urbanism TND Neighborhood, offers pre-built Mansion Flat condominiums with prices starting at just $ 200k. Reminiscent of stately southern plantation homes, Mansion Flats tastefully disguise four contemporary living condominiums. Classic colonial white columns and tall double entry plantation doors frame the mansion façade. Grand porches on the front and rear of each home open the interior living spaces to the great outdoors. The spacious master suite enjoys access to its own private rear porch.
The Carolina Colours community places heavy emphasis on the outdoors and on health / fitness – and offers its residents an array of sports and other activities to rejuvenate mind, body and soul.
Designed by Bill Love, past President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and Chairman of its Environmental Committee, the on premise golf course responsibly preserves the intimate relationship between course, land, waterways and wildlife habitats. Love believes "Every golf course has a spirit of its own driven by the beauty of the land, the camaraderie of playing and the playability of everyone who steps out on it to play."
The Carolina Colours Activity Campus includes swim, tennis and fitness facilities. A fitness room outfitted with Techno Gym strength training equipment as well as multiple treadmills, bike, elliptical and cardiovascular machines is available in the social pavilion. Swim, porch and deck facilities will encourage a day of relaxing swim workouts or perhaps simply lounging poolside with family and friends. The Tennis Centre will feature Har-Tru courts. For more information about the various properties available at Carolina Colours visit www.carolinacolours.com now.
Crossing the state line and landing in South Carolina – prospective buyers must check out Withers Preserve located in scenic Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Withers Preserve is an amazing 3,790-acre master planned community.
Built by Sterling Homes, one of South Carolina’s most sought after award-winning homebuilders; the Withers Preserve community balances style and function with environmental awareness and energy efficiency.
The condominium residences at Withers Preserve – aptly named The Village – is steps from The Market Common - a strategically located center offering various retail opportunities from fine dining to
retail therapy to weeknight groceries and is adjacent to the Grand Park - a beautiful park designed by Scott Parker with more
than 40 acres of shimmering lakes that welcome private picnics, public celebrations, walking, jogging or bicycle riding. The
condominium residences are also minutes from Myrtle Beach State Park - with 60 miles of golden beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway,
ancient rivers and beautiful marshlands.
One-, two- and three- bedroom flats as well as 2 story lofts are currently available with prices starting at $ 200k.
The residences feature volume ceilings; an interior trim package including crown molding; smooth finish ceilings; hardwood flooring, designer carpeting, ceramic floors and a dramatic stairway made from stained oak.
The Village’s community amenities include a center courtyard with barbecue areas; close proximity to the fully-equipped Crabtree Memorial Gym featuring racquetball courts, basketball courts and an aquatic center and is minutes away from the beach. For more information about available residences at Withers Preserve visit www.witherspreserve.com today.
Located in the Sunshine State, discover the Water’s Edge residences located in the picture perfect city of Clearwater. Located on premier property on the mainland, the Water’s Edge residences offer magnificent views of the downtown Clearwater area. While remaining close to beach and countless shopping, dining and entertainment venues, this brand new facility is poised to carry its residents through the city’s transformation from a small, historic town to a more vibrant and urban destination.
The Water’s Edge towers rise 25 stories over Clearwater Harbor and combines stunning panoramic water views. The 2- and 3-bedroom residences feature open living spaces and incorporates high-end finishes, stylish details, and modern innovations for easy living. With a fresh and contemporary architectural style, residents can also enjoy a heated pool and spa, an outdoor fireplace on private pool deck, a fully equipped, state of the art fitness center, social lounge, game room, resident business center, a 24-hour courtesy officer and gated covered parking for your vehicles.
“The quality of the finishes from the marble floors chosen, the granite countertops, first class cabinetry, insulated windows, and measures taken for hurricane protection all meet or exceed market standards for coastal properties.” remarks Tony Martin, Vice President of Residential Development for Opus South Development, developer of Water’s Edge. With sustainable site planning, a pledge to safeguard our water, working to increase energy efficiency, working with renewable energy, coupled with an ongoing effort to conserve materials and resources, the developers of Water’s Edge possess the environmental conscious and sensitivities that will help carry this property well into the future. For more information about available residences at Water’s Edge visit www.yourwatersedge.com.
Lovely putting greens
The West Bay Beach & Golf Club– minutes from Naples and Fort Myers Southwest International Airport in Florida offers buyers everything they love about living and playing in the Sunshine State and much more. Located on 868 lush green acres with 509 designated as a permanent nature preserve on the Estero Bay, The West Bay Beach & Golf Club will appeal to the sports minded individual with its 18 hole Pete & PB Dye Championship Golf Course – an Audubon Signature Course and its upcoming tennis facility – which is currently in production. Residents can also choose to relax and take a swim in the stunning infinity-edge pool.
With pricing beginning from $300k to just over $1.5 mil the luxury high rise residences are delivered with crown molding, granite countertops, Turkish travertine marble floors, Italian made cabinetry and are fully painted. Residents will also have a private elevator lobby, two designated parking spaces and an individual assigned storage area. Additional amenities include access to the club’s tennis program, beach club, bay house dining privileges, fitness center and more.
With a recent multi million dollar investment dedicated to improving the West Bay Beach & Golf Club facilities coupled with an intense examination of the property – the West Bay Beach & Golf Club has successfully created an intimate community that has proven to be desirable and a formidable player in the Florida real estate market. For more information about the West Bay Beach & Golf Club and its residences, visit www.westbayclub.com
Living it up in the Lone Star State
Travel along the southern coast and you’ll find yourself at our next highlighted property - Cinnamon Shore located on Mustang Island, Texas. Located along the Texas coast, Cinnamon Shore is another outstanding opportunity for buyers interested in investing in today’s real estate market. The first of its kind, this traditional seaside village on the Texas Coastal Bend is a pioneer in developing this region of the state.
Located centrally with a short commute to most major cities including San Antonio, Houston and Austin - this beachfront property with its spice colored sands and warm Gulf waters embraces the ideas and notions of community living and lifestyle in conjunction with its luxury residences and amenities. “We are seeing consumers interested in lifestyle, community, the new urbanist plan. Cinnamon Shore is not just beach cottages but there’s a town center, opportunity for activity and communication with your neighbors” remarks Jennifer Green, Marketing Director for Cinnamon Shore. Additionally “The Texas coast itself is a huge value with beach front property valued at $ 700k where as in other locations around the nation – the cost easily surpasses the million dollar mark. There isn’t a large run up in real estate value in Texas yet so properties continue to remain affordable for prospective buyers. The region is what the Florida Panhandle was twenty years ago and the timing is perfect for investment on this property.”
Residents can choose from a wealth of activities at Cinnamon Shore: enjoy a casual lunch in the town center, go fishing in
the natural lakes on the property, enjoy a mind-clearing jog along the many parks that are a part of the island’s natural beauty, discover locally grown food and produce at the farmers market, and much more. Residents will also soon be
able to enjoy the Keira pool, inspired by elegant resorts worldwide with its modern lines and infinity edge.
For more information about life at Cinnamon Shore, visit www.cinnamonshore.com
Once you set foot on the lovely Diamond Beach Resort & Spa in Galveston, Texas you’ll quick discover why their motto is romance, relaxation and recreation. Inspired by luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, Diamond Beach Resort & Spa is a nod to an era of classic beauty and romance.
Located on the west end of the Seawall, in the heart of Texas’ Gulf Coast, you’ll quick recognize Diamond Beach Resort & Spa’s soothing pink façade amongst the town’s beautiful 19th century architecture. With a short travel time – less than one hour from Houston – discover Galveston’s small southern town charm, the historic Strand District in downtown and its 32 miles of sun-kissed white sand beaches.
Each of the residences at Diamond Beach Resort & Spa is named after a tropical paradise located somewhere around the world and all include balcony access – choose from Acapulco, a 2 bedroom 2 bath property or Capri, a 3 bedroom and 2.5 bath property or the Diamond Beach Penthouse, a spacious 3 bedroom 2 bath property and more. In addition to securing ocean front residences with top of the line amenities such as your choice of Italian custom cabinetry and stone floors, four panel rain head showers, oversized air jet tubs, a top of the line Miele appliance package, access to Diamond Spa – the on site full service day spa, relaxing indoor and outdoor pools, a private theatre, a wine room and a state of the art health and fitness center - Families with children will enjoy lounging in the on-site lazy river or sliding down one of the many kids slides located on the resort grounds. Owners will also be able to take part in a private on-site rental program which offers the utmost in convenience for owners who want to offset the cost of ownership at Diamond Beach when they are not there.
For more information about available properties at Diamond Beach Resort & Spa and all that Galveston Texas has to offer, visit www.diamondbeachgalveston.com today.
A tropical paradise
For eco-minded buyers how about heading down to the warm, tropical waters of the Caribbean? Discover Roco Ki, a 2,500-acre luxury resort community located in the Punta Cana region of the Dominican Republic. With a commitment to celebrating and preserving the natural habitats through finely tuned environmental conservation protocols, Roco Ki is the nature lover’s domain – and includes a bonus for golf aficionados – the Nick Faldo Legacy course.
Roco Ki translated means ‘honoring the land’ in the language of the Taino Indians, the original inhabitants of the island. The resort pays homage to the islands roots and history by adapting the Taino influences and art to create unique and inspiring landscapes and architecture.
Choose between Roco Ki’s EcoDream® Villas where the main living areas are at the treetops – these four floor residences overlooking the beach and ocean feature over 6,200 square feet of total living space. With entire floors dedicated to the kitchen, living and dining rooms areas these residences feature wrap-around terraces on the second and third floors, a roof top deck and spa, and private elevators in each residence.
Or opt for Roco Ki’s beachfront residences, which are dominated by soaring hand-tied palm roofs. These three- and four-bedroom luxury residences crown the dunes overlooking powdery soft sands, the rolling surf and the crystal blue sea. Each beachfront residence features a custom-landscaped entry court, grass-tile driveways and water features accented by stately gumbo-limbo and royal palm trees. On the inside you’ll find dramatic vaulted ceilings, rich hardwoods, European cabinetry and gourmet state of the art kitchens. Residents can also enjoy a relaxing swim in the infinity pool that is located on each private terrace.
Golfers are sure to enjoy the spectacular course located on the property. The first tee presents a panorama of the course, the headlands, the ocean and the mountains beyond. On the 3rd hole, a par three, golfers descend into a tropical sanctuary where centuries-old mangroves line the fairways. As you ascend to the 15th hole, you return to the sea. For the avid golfer, the incredible 17th hole, named El Caiman, offers obvious inferences to Pebble Beach. The only difference is that the 17th, crafted by Nick Faldo, is followed by an equally spectacular 18th hole - Called Los Dos Rezos, the Two Prayers, one plays over not one but two ocean inlets, making 17th and 18th two of the most dramatic golf holes in the Caribbean.
With the area experiencing remarkable growth in the last five years, mainly in the tourism areas of Punta Cana-Macao, Roco Ki properties have consistently appreciated in value – 15% annually with estimates projecting the trend to continue for the next 15 years. With an international and diverse audience, Roco Ki provides prospective buyers with high levels of quality, service and is a proven investment. To explore available ownership opportunities at Roco Ki visit www.rocoki.com today.