4th Lowest property taxes in the nation

4th Lowest property taxes in the nation

4th Lowest Taxes in the Nation

Chattanooga (pictured above) is a visionary place: on a clear day, parts of seven states can be seen from Lookout Mountain, and its NOOGANET offers free public wireless Internet access.

Tennessee Taxes Make the Rocky Top State Even Dreamier

From tax-friendly to every taxpayers best friend: No state income tax on wages (phasing out interest and dividend income taxes). Effective real property tax rate of 0.55%.

Tennessee earned its nickname
—”The Volunteer State”— when local militiamen volunteered for duty during the War of 1812 and were notably courageous in the Battle of New Orleans.

Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry is the longest continuously running live radio program in the world. It has broadcast every Friday and Saturday night since 1925.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, named for the smoke-like bluish haze that often envelops the hills and valleys, is the most visited national park in the U.S.

The Music Trail
From Memphis to Bristol, the Tennessee Music Highway offers groundbreaking music scenes with soul, rhythm and blues, and country music in large cities and small towns alike.

Elvis Presley’s Graceland home in Memphis is America’s second most visited house.

Centennial Park in Nashville was the site of the Tennessee International Exposition in 1897. Its full-scale replica of The Parthenon, with an enormous statue of the goddess Athena, remains today as the park’s centerpiece attraction.

Tennessee Mountains

Sequoyah, a Cherokee silversmith in Tennessee, is the only known person in history to single-handedly develop an alphabet. His syllabus for the Cherokee Nation resulted in the first written language for a Native American people.

The Ocoee River in southeastern Tennessee is rated among the top white water recreational rivers in the nation and was the site for the 1996 Olympic competitions.

Tennessee has more than 3,800 documented caves, and The Lost Sea near Sweetwater is America’s largest underground lake.

Vanderbilt University and its affiliated hospitals are the largest employers in Tennessee.

 

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Ace of Clubs | Long Cove Golfer Going Strong at 82

Ace of Clubs | Long Cove Golfer Going Strong at 82

Long Cove Club Course

Teed Up: Meet Kenny Walker

Kenny Walker is an SC golf icon whose pace challenges all golfers, no matter their age. 

The ancient Greek poet Hesiod is credited with first observing that “moderation is best in all things.” For one member of Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry, that sage advice rings true—about everything but golf.

Kenny Walker was born in Massachusetts in 1936 but spent much of his youth in the textile town of Anniston, AL.Kenny and Hila Walker Always a good student with an interest in the sciences, he earned a degree from Harvard. A new job in the growing plastics industry brought him to Greenville, SC, where he met a local girl who would become his wife.

“Hila and I got married in Greenville in 1960,” Walker says, “and after a stint in the military, we were living there when a neighbor’s boss very graciously let us use his new house in Sea Pines. Back then, you knew you were in the Lowcountry from about an hour out, driving on the narrow roads with the big, mossy oaks hanging over them. Even after you crossed over to the island on the old two-lane bridge, it was like that all the way to Coligny Circle on the south end. It was just beautiful.

Golf Wins

“So we started vacationing on Hilton Head almost every summer,” he continues. “We’d stay at the William Hilton Inn, which was a very classy oceanfront hotel where you had to dress for dinner—jacket and tie required. One year, probably in the early 1980s, the club pro at Harbour Town, John Farrell, told me that I should check out Pete Dye’s new private course at Long Cove Club. After a friend invited me to play it, I told myself, ‘that’s where I want to live one day.’”

 

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But, taking care of business came first, and Walker found that his growing passion for golf would play a significant role in both the journey and the ultimate destination of his life.

“I took up the game in my late 20s,” he says, “because I saw that it would be a big asset to take prospects out for a round of golf. In fact, with thousands of manufacturers in the plastics business, I made a decision early on to focus on the companies run by people who were also golfers. It worked out very well.

Do What You Love

“I started my own company in 1982,” he points out. “We were living up north, and when it reached the point that we could live anywhere we wanted to live, we first went to Atlanta. We also visited Aiken [South Carolina] frequently because our daughter lived there at the time and we liked it very much. But, we kept getting drawn back to Hilton Head Island.”

Kenny and Hila Walker moved into their new home in the Long Cove Club residential community in February 1991. Then, as now, the initial fee for club membership was built into the purchase price, so he was at the clubhouse and ready to play within days.

Long Cove Clubhouse

Play it Fast 

“I couldn’t have been more warmly welcomed that first day,” Walker recalls, “and I got paired up with some guys who quickly became great friends. Since then, I’ve tried to be just as welcoming to new members. We form our own golf groups at Long Cove Club—my current group has about 40 people—and I’ve always thought it was important to include players of different ages and skill levels. The only thing I ask is ‘don’t be slow.’”

But Walker’s vigorous pace of play isn’t the reason for his status as a local golf icon; it’s his Iron Man durability: He’s the acknowledged (if unofficial) all-time record holder on Long Cove Club course with more than 6,000 rounds played and counting.

“Back in the ‘90s,” he says, “I played over 300 rounds a year—five or six, even seven days a week sometimes—and for most of those I’d walk the course and carry my own clubs. When you walk the entire 18 holes, it’s about five miles, plus the weight of the bag. Now that’s a good workout.”

Lead with a Club

Over the years, Walker also got involved with club leadership by serving on the golf committee, then being elected club president in 1996-97. He introduced player-friendly changes in course operation—allowing walking rounds any time of the day and carts on the fairways for the benefit of older members—and other improvements that have kept Long Cove Club among the nation’s top-rated private clubs. He also developed a friendship with Pete Dye (“he’s a treasure”) during the course architect’s annual visits to the club and supported investment in a complete restoration of the golf course that was completed in October 2018. “They did an excellent job,” according to Walker.

Golf Course at Long Cove Club

All the while, he’s continued to set course records: On December 5, 2016—at age 80— Walker shot his fourth hole-in-one on the Long Cove Club course, his seventh ace overall during a half-century of play. “I tell people these days that I don’t really play golf anymore, I play at it,” he muses. “But that was a pretty good shot.”

Now in his 82nd year, Walker has cut back his golf schedule to just two or three rounds a week, but enjoys the game and his playing companions just as much. Has that been his key to a healthy lifestyle?

Keys to the Good Life

“Well, I was blessed with great genes, and I watch what I eat. We have a lot of seafood and fresh vegetables,” he says. “And I do enjoy a cocktail, not every night, but I’ll have one when I want one.

“It’s no secret that I enjoy golf and being around people who make me laugh. I think that makes for a long and happy life,” Walker notes. “It’s important to do as much as you can to fill your life with the things you like to do and do them with people you enjoy. Being married to Hila is my greatest joy.” The Walkers recently celebrated their 58th anniversary and cherish time with their son and his family when they’re visiting from North Carolina, and their daughter and two grandchildren who now also live on Hilton Head Island.

That choice of location seems to have played a role in his happy longevity as well.

“Obviously, there’s been growth and a lot of changes since we moved here in 1991,” he says. “One new thing is that they’ve finally extended the runway at the Hilton Head Airport, so regional jets can fly in directly from Charlotte, and eventually Atlanta and other places. I think that will help to keep the island as a top retirement and vacation destination. But, one thing that hasn’t really changed that much is the natural character of the island. Hilton Head has done a magnificent job of maintaining the beauty of this place,” he concludes.
“And, the same is true of Long Cove Club—it looks great, the people have been so friendly, we have lots of good neighbors, and we share all these great amenities. We really have been blessed.”

Gracious and affable. Generous and polite. The folks at Long Cove Club will tell you that Kenny Walker is the kind of member who has made their community such a special place for so long. There was only one reason that he’d kindly point out that the hour allotted for this interview was up.

He doesn’t want to be late for his tee time.

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Welcome Neighbors

Welcome Neighbors

Brice’s Creek Harbour
New Bern, NC

Set along the waterfront on a tranquil protected cove, Brice’s Creek Harbour is a new residential community on the North Carolina coast that’s a paradise for kayakers, boaters, and fishermen. From their private slips, residents can glide directly into Brice’s Creek, the Neuse River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean and beyond. They return after a day on the water to enjoy a colorful sunset at their peaceful port-of-call.

Brice’s Creek Harbour offers the ultimate in luxury coastal living. Available homesites include a choice of high-elevation waterfront lots. The customizable floor plans range from 2,000 to more than 2,500 square feet and feature oversized screened-in porches for enjoying the morning breezes and entertaining in the evenings. With exteriors fortified against the elements, nine-foot ceilings inside, and hardwood floors throughout, these contemporary designs include top-of-the-line Kenmore appliances and super-efficient HVAC systems.
Richard Gaylord Homes is the developer of Brice’s Creek Harbour, adding to a 35-year track record of success in the Raleigh area and eastern North Carolina. Community builder Bill McClay focuses on spacious energy-saving designs from the foundation up, while the experienced agents at Team New Bern offer professional customer service.
Located just a five-minute drive from the excellent restaurants, boutique shops, and cultural delights of historic downtown New Bern, Brice’s Creek Harbour is a waterfront residential destination for homeowners seeking a quiet place just outside the mainstream.

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Medley at Southshore
Bay
Wimauma, Fl

Medley at Southshore Bay is a new active-adult lifestyle destination by Lennar, one of America’s leading homebuilders founded on core principles of quality, value, and integrity. Since 1954, Lennar has constructed new homes for more than one million families across the country.

Four distinctive neighborhoods give Medley at Southshore Bay home buyers real choices that fit their personal styles. The Villas feature three floor plans from 1,396 to 1,731 square feet in size. These low-maintenance residences have two spacious bedrooms, ceramic tile floors, and energy-efficient GE appliances in the kitchen. The Manors neighborhood offers single-family homes with three bedrooms in floor plans up to 2,366 square feet. The Estates homes range up to 2,775 square feet with three-car garages and designer kitchens that have double ovens, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. Coming soon will be even more spacious residences in The Grand Estates.

All homes in the Medley at Southshore Bay come with the exclusive ULTRAFI technology for the fastest Internet and Wi-Fi speeds available anywhere. Additional amenities include a crystal-clear central lagoon for kayaking and swimming, a community clubhouse with tiki bar and pool, and tennis/volleyball courts.

Medley at Southshore Bay’s location, just south of the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, means that all of the region’s cultural attractions, sports venues, shopping centers, and restaurants are just a short drive away. And, there are more than a dozen medical specialty practices located within two miles of the Medley at Southshore Bay entrance.

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Cordera Ranch
Henderson, NV

Cordera Ranch is an exciting new active-adult neighborhood in Nevada brought to life by Freedom Homes, a D.R. Horton company. The low-stress, low-maintenance lifestyle for residents 55 years of age and older is the signature concept of Freedom Homes communities, while the D.R. Horton brand is among the most respected in the nation.

All of the Cordera Ranch floor plans feature single-story designs that range in size from 1,670 up to 1,970 square feet. Each offers a two-car garage, and there are two bedroom/two bath and three bedroom/three bath designs from which to choose. Several quick move-in models with dual-sink bathrooms and spacious kitchen-great room combinations are currently available.
Cordera Ranch community amenities include a centrally located clubhouse with the latest workout equipment in the fitness center and two pools. With an open lawn area for outdoor events, a dog park, and a vegetable garden, Cordera Ranch has been created for homeowners who look forward to becoming neighbors.

Located near the welcoming town of Henderson and just a short drive south of the bright-light attractions of Las Vegas, Cordera Ranch is a new place to call home in an area that offers convenient access to a complete range of nearby medical and professional services. The Grand Opening event on July 14 was a big success and attracted plenty of attention, but ground floor opportunities and choice financing options are still available at Cordera Ranch.

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D.R. Horton Cordera Ranch Welcome Neighbors

Cliffs at Glassy
Landrum, SC

Cliffs at Glassy is a premier residential community in a spectacular highland setting. From elevations over 3,000 feet atop Glassy Mountain, Cliffs residents have panoramic views of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and more than 12,000 acres of protected wilderness. And, the temperate upstate climate is perfect for the naturally active lifestyle.

Home to one of America’s most scenic golf courses (See “Glassy Golf” on page 58), Cliffs at Glassy community amenities also include a fully equipped wellness center with dedicated fitness instructors and an outdoor pool near the unique Children’s Village playground. There are three community walking trails, easy access to longer hikes in the adjacent nature preserve, and excellent fly-fishing streams throughout the area. Social activities include numerous interest clubs, Friday night mixers with live music, and weekly gatherings at the Sunset Pavilion.

The Cliffs at Glassy features stylish custom-designed homes with all of the modern conveniences and homesites with stunning 50-mile views. While Glassy’s private location offers the ultimate in natural serenity, the thriving regional hub of Greenville is just a 30-minute drive south, featuring outstanding restaurants, shopping, and medical facilities, plus the acclaimed Peace Center for the Performing Arts. New Discovery Tour packages that include lodgings, golf, and dinner are now available for those seeking a truly extraordinary “place to call home.”

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