The Ideal Cabo Lifestyle
In English, the Spanish word ‘cabo’ means cape, as in a point of land jutting into the sea or some other large body of water. But, for many worldly travelers, the word Cabo simply refers to the most naturally stunning, perpetually enchanting, and sun-drenched resort destination in the world – all tucked at the tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico and wrapped by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Sea of Cortez on the east.
Cabo, or more correctly Los Cabos, is an area comprised of two colorful resort towns, Cabo San Lucas (Cape Saint Luke), located right at the tip, and San Jose del Cabo (Saint Joseph of the Cape), curled up the east coast and home to the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD).
Cabo San Lucas took modern root in the mid-1900s when the sleepy village was discovered as a paradise for sport fishermen chasing world-record marlin, dorado, and yellow fin tuna.
Today, the town has a unique and animated vibe, a kind of melding of bohemians, A-listers, expats, and locals, all dusted with a hint of Casablanca, Cristal, and Quervo. The town is nourished by some of the premier culinary establishments in the world, like Seared at the opulent One & Only Palmilla Resort, Romeo & Julieta’s chic Italian fare across from the Cabo San Lucas marina, and the sleek, oceanfront Manta at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel.
But, you can also throw on your flip flops and kick back at popular cantinas like Cabo Wabo or rocker Sammy Hagar’s place in town. Chow down on fish tacos and a margarita at the Squid Roe Bar & Grill & Clothesline, or visit The Office on the Beach (with tables right in the sand), or The Usual Suspects marina bar, where “Whatever Happened in Cabo Never Happened.”
San Jose del Cabo, on the other hand, evokes more of a traditional Mexican village feel, its centerpiece being the Parroquia San José, a Jesuit Mission that dates back to the 1730s. San Jose has a rustic-chic gallery district, where the art walk on Thursday nights (in-season) is a must for perusing the rich offerings of local artisans.
Just above San Jose in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains is the foodie magnet of Flora’s Field Kitchen, part of a 10-acre farm that celebrates everything to do with fresh and organically grown food.
In between the two towns is a bustling, 20-mile seaside stretch called the Corridor that is sprinkled with a vast assortment of luxury hotels, golf resorts, and vacation homes, some right on the sea and some cradled in the cliffs that rise up just beyond pristine beaches.
A generation ago you’d have to scratch out a round of golf at Los Cabos on a dusty nine-hole muni. But today the premier golf course architects in the world have brought forth over a dozen stunning golf expressions, with holes that track along the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez, and are perched on bluffs overlooking the water, or trace through massive inland dune ridges and desert canyons.
Several of the top courses are in private resort communities like the Dunes course at Diamante, ranked
#36 on GOLF Magazine’s prestigious 2018 Top World Rankings. Diamante is also home to the Tiger Woods-designed El Cardonal. As mentioned, they’re very private. But, there also are glorious and accessible courses like Palmilla, Cabo’s original championship course built in 1992, which offers 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus brilliance. Nicklaus also shines with the ocean course at Cabo del Sol and the jaw-dropping Quivira 18 overlooking the Pacific. Green fees roughly range from $100-$400, depending on the course and season.
In and On the Water
Los Cabos is renowned for its coral reefs and unimaginable diversity of aquatic life in the Sea of Cortez. Snorkeling and scuba diving are most popular at the sheltered Santa Maria Cove and the Chileno Reef – both just offshore of the Corridor – plus the Cabo Pulmo Marine Life Preserve, located 60 miles up the coast. In the winter, pods of grey whales can be seen breaching the surface of the Sea of Cortez, where they bear their young after migrating 6,000 miles from the frigid waters of Alaska.
You’ll have every imaginable watercraft available to rent from glass-bottom kayaks and jet skis to water taxis and ocean-going catamarans. Los Cabos is a legendary surfing destination. And, every October, Cabo San Lucas hosts the highest-paying marlin tournament in the world, called the “Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore.”
It should be noted that many of the waters off Los Cabos need to be viewed with caution as currents can be very strong and treacherous. Some beaches are designated non-swimming.
If you kept going up the east coast from Cabo Pulmo Marine Preserve, you would reach the capital of Baja California Sur at La Paz, a captivating colonial town founded by Hernan Cortez in 1535 and now regarded as a vital eco-tourism and research center.
Travel an hour up on the Pacific side and nestle in to the town of Todos Santos, an oasis in the desert.Literally an oasis with underground springs creating a lush environment and unique Hexagon Caves (a smaller version of the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland). Todos Santos has a sweeping coastline popular with surfers, an old town awash in galleries, colonial architecture, and even the alluring 11-room Hotel California that has absolutely nothing to do with the iconic song from The Eagles.
On your way back from Todos Santos, about 10 minutes before you reach Cabo, is a sensitively developed oceanfront residential community and resort called Rancho San Lucas. The 834-acre property offers a rich variety of villas and oceanfront estates set along a stunning 1.2-mile beach framing the Pacific. A Greg Norman golf course, with seven holes on the ocean, is due to open toward the end of 2019.
The resort at Rancho San Lucas is called The Grand Solmar and is a sister to the Grand Solmar Land’s End Resort and Spa, tucked literally at the tip of the peninsula and right next to the legendary Arco de Cabo San Lucas. El Arco is an arched rock formation set tight against the beach that has been eroded away by the churning currents where the Pacific and Sea of Cortez meet and tangle. Have your boat captain bring you as close as you dare for the selfie of a lifetime!
Los Cabos and the surrounding areas offer an abundance of festivals during the year with themes of jazz, art, food and wine, kite boarding and surfing, fishing, and even the festival of mangos at Todos Santos. The headliner is the Fiestas Tradicionales, celebrating the patron San Lucas in October, although Sammy Hagar’s Birthday Bash that month runs a close and raucous second place.
Check with www.visitloscabos.travel for all the naturally stunning, perpetually enchanting, and sun-drenched details.
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7 Facts & Bits of History That Keep Things Interesting in the Natural State
First, Arkansas is indeed “The Natural State” with six national and 50 state parks, 2.5 million acres of national forests, and 10 national or state scenic byways, plus 600,000 acres of lakes, more than 9,500 miles of streams and rivers, and America’s only active diamond mine.
Arkansas is the leading producer of rice in the United States, growing nearly 50% of the nation’s supply and contributing about $6 billion annually to the state’s economy.
The William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum is located in the state capital of Little Rock. Other famous native Arkansans include composer Scott Joplin, General Douglas McArthur, music legends Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell, author John Grisham, and baseball Hall-of-Famers Dizzy Dean, Brooks Robinson, and Lou Brock.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville offers an impressive collection of famous works by artists like Norman Rockwell and derives its name from the glass-enclosed bridges over ponds on the site.
Hot Springs Village is America’s largest gated community at 26,000 total acres, roughly 40 square miles.
Arkansas was included in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and became a state in 1836. Its name derives from the French translation of the Quapaw Indian word “acansa,” which means “downstream place.”
The first woman ever elected to the United States Senate was from Arkansas— Hattie Caraway in 1932.
Walmart, the retail super-chain with more than 11,000 stores in 27 countries, and Tyson Foods, the world’s largest chicken producer, were both founded and are still headquartered in Arkansas.
The state sales tax in Arkansas is 6.5%, but prescription drugs are exempt and grocery items are taxed at just 1.5%. The effective state property tax rate of 0.59% is the 9th lowest in the nation. Social Security, VA benefits, and military retirement income are not taxed. There are no state inheritance or estate taxes.
Native Americans discovered the 47 springs that flow from Hot Springs Mountain at a rate of one million gallons per day and an average temperature of 143 degrees F. In 1832, President Andrew Jackson designated the area as a “federal reservation,” effectively making it America’s first national park. From the 1880s through the 1930s, the wide-open town became a haven for gangsters like Al Capone and hosted spring training for baseball stars like Babe Ruth. Today, Hot Springs is a major tourist destination with attractions like the thermal baths, The Gangster Museum of America, Hot Springs Baseball Trail, and Oaklawn Racing & Gaming with the region’s premier horse track and casino.
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The main road that frames the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi and stretches west from downtown – first through college-town neighborhoods, then past modern suburbs, and ultimately into endless acres of pine forest – is called Hardy Street.
The street is named after Captain William Harris Hardy, a civil engineer who breathed life into a couple rutted dirt roads in 1882 by bringing the railroad through and making the region a hub for transportation and timbering. Only thing was, the burgeoning town needed a name. Turns out Capt. Hardy had a wife back in Meridian, who was as Southern and gentile as a magnolia blossom, and her name was Hattie. And a town was born.
Over the decades since, Hattiesburg has become an oasis in south Mississippi for students and their educators. Entrepreneurs have taken the Southern culinary scene by storm. This city is the heartbeat of health care, and a community of folks who won’t stop until anyone moving into their silver years is engaged, healthy, and has a myriad of learning opportunities.
Favorably situated just 90 minutes by interstate from New Orleans, and the pristine gulf coast beaches of Alabama, Hattiesburg is built on three community pillars: military, education, and a sprawling medical system that provides care to a 19-county region.
While the university itself offers broad continuing education programs, some of its faculty and graduate students also teach at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), part of a nationwide network of centers that offer intellectual and cultural experiences for people in their retirement years. Located on the Southern Miss campus, OLLI boasts 176 annual classes, from beginner arts and crafts to expansive learning field trips to Mackinaw Island, the Biltmore Estate, and even an architectural dig in Scotland.
Thanks to the earnest vision of a handful of local physicians more than 50 years ago, Forrest General Hospital and Hattiesburg Clinic are today a national-class network of four hospitals, eight regional clinics, a sparkling Orthopedics Institute, a new Hospice House, and 60 satellite locations. If the greater Hattiesburg statistical area correctly has a population of 150,000, then likely one of every 16 people in the region works in the health care industry. Suffice to say, you’re in very good hands in the Hub City.
Complementing those two pillars is a bundle of community leaders who throw challenge on their backs and mold it into progress. Among them are Rob and Craig Tatum, real estate entrepreneurs whose great-great-grandfather was a former mayor of Hattiesburg.
Recent projects of theirs include The Claiborne, a top-of-the-line independent-living and assisted living/memory care community offering every possible amenity to its residents. In downtown, the duo has transformed two century-old buildings into stylish residential lofts. And, in the burgeoning Midtown District, they just opened Hotel Indigo Hattiesburg, a luxury property that is part of the InterContinental Hotel Group.
Says Rob, “For generations, Hattiesburg has been very good to our family, so our goal now is to spare no expense in giving back to the community. If there is an extra dollar to be spent to ensure quality, we will spend it.”
Certainly the most visible of Hattiesburg’s community leaders is 36-year old Mayor Toby Barker, a former state legislator whose youthful exuberance is contagious. Mayor Barker recently established the first Director of Customer Service position, a unique role, indeed, for government.
The city’s culinary credibility is embodied largely in the native soul of Robert St. John, a nationally acclaimed restaurateur, author of 10 books, a Cooking Channel celebrity chef, and owner of five local restaurants, including Tabella, Crescent City Grill, and Purple Parrott (where the bread pudding is heavenly), all located in midtown near the Southern Miss campus.
And, there is much more to recommend Hattiesburg for a visit or longer. A certified retirement community, Hattiesburg was ranked one of the “8 Tax Friendliest Towns” in America. And, its 25-block downtown Historic Neighborhood District has one of the best collections of Victorian-era houses in Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Also on the National Register is the Saenger Theater, opened in 1929 and a rare example of a vintage Art Deco-style vaudeville and movie theater. Downtown is also said to be home of the first guitar riffs of rock and roll and boasts a live music scene that some say rivals Austin, TX.
The Hattiesburg Zoo is regarded as the #1 tourism destination in the state and houses 100 animal species, plus interactive educational programs, a High Ropes Adventure Course, and train and carousel rides. The city has also reclaimed 44 miles of historic rail line and transformed them into the Longleaf Trace, a 10-foot-wide paved trail for biking, hiking, bird watching, and more.
You just might even run into gun-slinging Super Bowl champ and legendary Southern Miss quarterback Brett Favre at the hardware store. He’s the kind of hero you could name a town after. But, the gentile, magnolia blossom that is Miss Hattie has a much nicer ring to it.
The birthplace of former president, Bill Clinton, and retail giant, Walmart, Arkansas is surprisingly “under-the-radar” with a state full of residents who wouldn’t mind keeping it that way.
Arkansas is a dreamy natural wonderland that feels like a secret when you’re there. At some point, along thick green meandering draped with the whirring of distant waterfalls, you suddenly get it, and decide to keep it that way. Perfection isn’t prone to boasting.
Arkansas is nicknamed the Natural State, not for giant, sharp-edged mountains, or dramatic expanses of red rock deserts outlined by olympic-rated, rapid-filled rivers, but for its expansive forests, hidden caves, undulating mountains, sprawling lakes, hot springs and an extensive cache of wildlife.
Arkansas’s natural wonders are plentiful and in rare form. The Ozarks and Ouachita mountains wrote the book on hidden drama, and hikers, kayakers, and cyclists from around the world flock to the national parks, national forests, and river and lake laced state parks that consume most of the state. Buffalo National River and miles of mountain bike trails provide rough riding adventures while the area’s hot springs bring the finer side of nature’s provisions to the end of long excursions.
And, then, there’s the city. Little Rock is the champion of culinary nuances and James Beard mentions, the micro-brew capital, and the arts and culture hub of The Natural State. But, smaller towns and cities, like Bentonville, Fayetteville, Hot Springs, and Jonestown are coveted stops on the cultural and culinary trail. A member of the Americana Music Triangle, there are plenty of musician-dedicated attractions along the way. Thanks to the Waltons, the Walmart foundation made Bentonville the home of one of the most modern and well-funded art museums in the Midwest -Crystal Bridges American Museum of Art.
Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County.
Add Arkansas to the list of places to be discovered, but give yourself some time there. It’s road trip kind of place.
Places to See
1 – Whitaker Point
One of the most photographed locations in Arkansas, Whitaker Point was named one of the top ten places in the country to be kissed. The reasons for both will be clear when you get there.
2 – DeGray Lake State Park Resort
Bike through the park, play 18 holes, or cruise along the lake; then, finish the day in a more rustic campsite setting, at the resort-style lodge, or at glamping sites nearby for more glamorous camping.
3 – Lake Ouachita
The state’s largest lake, Lake Ouachita, surrounds 210 islands in the center of Ouachita National Forest. A water sport Mecca, crystal goldmine, and lake lovers dream, Ouachita is breathtaking, and close to Hot Springs, AR. Major bonus.
4 – Buffalo River Waterfall
In the Ponca Area, also the home of Whitaker Point, you’ll find Arkansas’s most breathtaking scenery, including Buffalo River Waterfall. If mountain biking is your mode of transportation expect to surprise a few Elk on your way.
5 – Pinnacle Mountain State Park
This day use only state park is an uber-popular single-track mountain biking and destination.
6 – Hot Springs
Both a city, and a state park (big surprise!) in the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs is known for the obvious, and has been a “natural spa” resort destination since the 19th century. Hiking, shopping, boating, and horseback riding are favorites among visitors.
7 – Blanchard Springs Caverns
A trip to the Ozarks isn’t complete with out a Blanchard Springs Wild Cave Tour.
8 – Little Rock
Take the River-Rail Electric Streetcar through town to the Clinton Presidential Center, the Rocktown Distillery, the Museum of Discovery, and to some of the quaint boutique shops and local restaurants. Be sure to hit The Big Dam Bridge – the longest walking and biking bridge in the country – that connects Little Rock to North Little Rock.
9 – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Modern Art
The Walmart-backed Bentonville museum is, architecturally-speaking, as much a work of art as is the pieces curated there. It’s a sight to see, and an experience not to be missed.
10 – The Hive
Five-time James Beard Semi-finalist Matthew McC.ure continues to wow guests with unparalleled “fine-country” cuisine.
Arkansas State Recreation Area near Decatur, Arkansas
Where to Live
Hot Springs Village
Sprawled out over 26,000 acres near the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs Village is the country’s largest gated community with homes ranging from the $100,000’s to $1 million. It’s an active adult haven with nine golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, 30 miles of hiking trails, endless boating and water sports opportunities on the village’s 11 lakes, and proximity to Hot Springs and Little Rock.
Where is Latitude Margaritaville?
Latitude Margaritaville is a unique state of mind. It’s a place where happiness and friendship reside. It’s a community where those who are growing older, but not up, come together to enjoy life to the fullest.
Inspired by the no-worries island lifestyle of fun, food, and music portrayed by legendary singer, songwriter, and author Jimmy Buffett, Latitude Margaritaville communities are designed to put the exclamation point on fun! This all-new portfolio of active adult communities is being developed by partners global lifestyle brand Margaritaville Holdings and master developer and builder Minto Communities.
Latitude Margaritaville came onto the active adult residential living scene less than two years ago. In a remarkably short time, it has become one of the nation’s most talked about new lifestyle models for those 55 and better. Latitude Margaritaville has been in the headlines across the country and featured on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Live with Kelly & Ryan, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and more.
The first, Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach, opened for sales in November 2017 and was named the number one most popular active adult community of 2018 by 55places.com, a leading resource for those searching for information on active adult communities in the U.S.
The second, Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head, located in Hardeeville, SC, opened for sales in March 2018. A third, Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, located in the Florida Panhandle, is in the planning stages and slated to open early 2020.
The public response to Latitude Margaritaville has been phenomenal. At the Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach sales launch in November 2017, more than 300 people camped out all night under a giant tent to be among the first to secure their home sites. The event quickly turned into the community’s first “block party” with those in line getting to know one another while enjoying a steel drum band, complimentary food and drinks, games, and more. Some even changed from the home site they originally selected so that they could be neighbors with those next to them in line. Interest has grown exponentially, and more than 2,600 attended the grand opening of the model homes last February.
Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head received an equally enthusiastic welcome. The February 2018 sales center preview was attended by 850 prospective home buyers over a three-day weekend, and more than 2,500 attended the June grand opening of the model homes.
What is so special about the Latitude Margaritaville way of life?
Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach is proof in motion that Latitude Margaritaville is much more than an all-new, one-of-a-kind concept in active adult living. New residents began moving in last March and are celebrating the Margaritaville lifestyle first-hand while enjoying their many new friendships with neighbors throughout the community. New residents began moving into their new homes at Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head in November.
An impressive range of resort-level Margaritaville-branded amenities open this spring at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach. The first phase will include the Latitude Town Square and bandshell for live music and dancing; Latitude Bar & Chill Restaurant; Changes in Attitude poolside bar; Fins-Up! Fitness Center with aerobics studio, indoor lap pool, spa, fitness classes, and wellness programs; pickleball and tennis courts; multi-use sport court, Paradise Pool with beach entry, cabanas and tiki huts; and Barkaritaville Dog Park. In addition to the many in-community amenities, a golf cart-accessible, Margaritaville-themed, 200,000-square-foot retail center anchored by Publix is located at the community entrance.
Additional amenities are planned for Phase 2. These include the Last Mango Theater, Workin’ N’ Playin’ Center, Barkaritaville Pet Spa, and private Latitude Margaritaville Beach Club on a spectacular stretch of sparkling white beach on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. A continuous shuttle service will provide transportation to the Beach Club.
Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head amenities include the now open Lake Latitude Club that features a resort-style pool, beach area, fitness center, and party room. Additional Phase 1 amenities are under construction and slated to open fall 2019. They will include the same Phase 1 amenities that are nearing completion at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach.
Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head residents, like Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach residents, will enjoy walkable neighborhoods, golf-cart friendly streets, and a lively Town Center. Music will play an important part in all Latitude Margaritaville communities, and residents will enjoy live entertainment under the bandshell and dancing in the Latitude Town Square. Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head will also have an adjoining 290,000-square-foot golf cart-accessible neighborhood retail center that is being developed in partnership with Sutton Properties, Inc.
While eagerly anticipating the new amenities, residents find many ways to gather and celebrate their new community. There are walking, running, softball and pickleball groups, block parties and home parties, game nights, Tiki Bar Thursdays, and more. Group outings organized by the community lifestyle directors include fun get-togethers like Java Monday, Welcome Wednesday, Fintastically Fun Friday, Pickleball, Pins & Fins Bowling, Brunch Run Club, Chill & Fill dining outings, Pets in Paradise, and the list of creative Margaritaville fun goes on.
Who is moving to Latitude Margaritaville?
Residents Norm and Karen Goodwin wanted a vacation lifestyle and a home where they could entertain. They found both at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach. “The people here are unbelievable,” says Karen. “When we moved in, we sent out a few ‘party at our house’ announcements, and by 6 p.m. that same day, we had 45 people!” Karen and her new friends at Latitude Margaritaville love to dance. At a recent party at the Goodwin home, the beautiful new furniture was moved to the walls and the music started. In moments, guests were showing their moves from the “Cha Cha Slide” to “YMCA” and rocking the moves to Jimmy Buffett’s song “Fins” while showing their interpretations of “Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right.”
Lisa and Ed Hickox selected a villa home at Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach and bought the adjoining villa for Lisa’s mother Judy Osmer. Ed is a major league baseball umpire, and Lisa is a 5.0 skill level pickleball player. Both enjoy the active lifestyle and friendly neighbors at Latitude Margaritaville. Lisa says they selected their new community because they wanted a place where they could relax, not worry about home and yard maintenance, have an active lifestyle, and—most importantly—have fun.
Among the first to move into their new home at Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head, Terrance and Cathy Lyon selected the Parrot model for its overall openness and large great room that flows to the lanai and pool area to create one big party room. “We have always loved the Savannah, Charleston, and Hilton Head area,” says Cathy. “Driving by Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head for the first time, it really caught our eye. The whole thing was so different … unique. We looked at other communities and knew this would be the right fit for us. It gives off that whole feeling of fun. It’s not just another over-55 retirement community.”
Margaritaville and Minto — A recipe for success
“Minto’s partnership with Margaritaville already has proven to be a recipe for success,” says Minto’s Latitude Margaritaville Division President William Bullock. What is that recipe? “Margaritaville is synonymous with fun living which is a perfect match for Minto’s 60-plus year commitment to creating unique master-planned communities that take resort-style living to a new level,“ notes Bullock.
“There is nothing else like Latitude Margaritaville. The lifestyle offered is truly redefining active adult living. Interest has been phenomenal with more than 155,000 prospective home buyers joining the online Latitude Margaritaville Paradise Club to receive regular updates. “That number just keeps growing as we expand the Latitude Margaritaville concept into new areas. Currently, we are evaluating additional locations throughout the U.S.,” he adds.
Margaritaville’s unmistakable brand of no-worries island-style fun and entertainment is reflected at every level throughout the community. Jimmy Buffett music plays in the background at the sales center and model court, and transportation is provided via the “This way to Paradise” shuttle bus or limited edition Latitude Margaritaville golf carts complete with shark fins on top.
Charming and colorful coastal-style single-family and villa home designs have bright, cheerful interiors that create a happy beachside atmosphere. You often spot residents cruising down Island Breeze Drive, Coral Reef Way, Margaritaville Avenue, and Latitude Drive aboard their limited-edition Margaritaville golf carts. As a housewarming gift, each new resident receives a Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker, complete with Margarita Mix to get the party started. In addition, each Latitude Margaritaville community has a dedicated lifestyle director to make sure the fun never stops.
The nine model homes at each Latitude Margaritaville community capture the “no worries” tropical vibe of the community with three distinct villa and single-family home collections—the Caribbean, Beach, and Island. These include four villa home models—the Antigua, Barbuda, Jamaica, and Nevis—ranging from 1,503 to 1,862 square feet under air. All include two bedrooms, den or hobby room, two baths, covered lanai, and two-car garage. Villa pricing starts in the $200s.
Five single-family home models include the Coconut, Parrot, Breeze, Aruba, and Trinidad. Single-family homes range from 1,684 to 2,564 square feet under air and feature two to three bedrooms plus den, two to three-car garages, two to three-and-a-half baths, and a covered lanai. Pricing for single-family homes starts in the high $200s. A wide selection of additional floor plans are available.
Residents Bill and Kelley Serantis were counting forward to age 55 with anticipation so that they could become Latitude Margaritaville residents. “We moved in when we turned 55,” says Kelley. “Bill is retired and I still work as a realtor because I love what I do and love selling in this community. We were looking for a nice new community with top-notch amenities, and Latitude Margaritaville certainly delivers. What we did not expect was the sense of community and camaraderie. It has blown us away and is something very special. To quote a Jimmy Buffett song, ‘I have found me a home.’”
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Southern Charm with a Modern Edge at Savannah Quarters
Having relocated many times throughout their busy working lives, Jim and Celeste Whirt were ready to find their ideal home, in their ideal location. They toured a few places in Florida, but it was the master-planned community of Savannah Quarters in Georgia that eventually won their hearts.
“Family is very important to us so we knew we wanted to be close to at least one of our three children,” explains Celeste. They also knew that they wanted a warm climate and to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, while still having easy access to shops, restaurants, and a vibrant cultural scene.
“When my daughter in-law suggested that we take a look at Savannah Quarters, a beautiful community that was close to them and not far from Downtown Savannah, we set up a viewing right away,” says Celeste. They were shown around by a Savannah Quarters representative and instantly fell in love with the friendly atmosphere, modern amenities, and peaceful natural setting.
Savannah Quarters checked lots of boxes. It has a Greg Norman signature golf course, an award-winning fitness center with a dynamic range of activities, and it enjoys a year round sunny climate. “Everything is so easy at Savannah Quarters,” smiles Celeste, “Most people have a golf cart to get around, so there’s very little traffic, and I love the peace and quiet.”
Looking to retire within the next five years, both Jim and Celeste wanted a home where they could age in place, but they weren’t interested in the 55+ set up. “Considering our age, it was high on our priority list to be close to first-class medical facilities, but we didn’t want to be in a retirement community. I love the fact that kids are playing in the neighborhood and that there are people of all ages living around us. It keeps me young!” says Celeste.
The Great Escape
The Whirts chose to custom build their ideal home in a part of the community called The Reserve that prides itself on acres of stately hardwood trees and shaded ponds. Having relocated from just outside of Atlanta, Jim and Celeste were excited to soak up the tranquility of a more natural setting.
“It’s so beautiful here, and I like the more relaxed pace. Especially as I am still so close to great shopping and all the night life of Savannah,” says Celeste.
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