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Put Some Spring in Your Step

Prior to invention of the office, automobile, and Lazy Boy recliner, walking was the most basic form of human exercise. It is not surprising that study after peer reviewed study has shown that our modern lack of locomotion has a negative effect on muscles, joints, and synapses, shrinking our blood vessels and

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Aiken, South Carolina – A Different Kind of Southern

Aiken is a smallish town with a big personality and is a year round equine and golf destination. Its humid subtropical climate boasts temperatures ideal for those trying to escape harsh winters, but still desire seasonal variance. It’s famous for an average of 210 days of sunshine, and the native Sabal Palmetto Palms that line roads and highways, and pop up along the outskirts of shady forests. Over the years, southern charm and the area’s northeastern roots have blended to create traditions and a culture that have made Aiken a bit of a South Carolina standout.

Life on the Ranch | Sarasota, FL

Lakewood Ranch, the second best-selling planned community in the nation, turns 25 this year. How did they get here and where are they headed? Travis Allen Hall, born and raised at Lakewood Ranch (LWR) in Sarasota, FL, experiences most palm-tree-lined, 78-degree days as though he’s looking through a colorful

Venture Out Interviews

In the Ideal Living Spring 2019 issue, we included postcards from homeowners in the Travel Guide from various locations so you can get an idea of what it is like to live there. Below you can link to the full stories from the homeowners who shared their lives and experiences with our readers. We hope you will enjoy their tales of

GLASSY GOLF The Pinnacle of Mountain Play

The Cliffs at Glassy is a private residential community in upstate South Carolina with a truly spectacular centerpiece golf course. Set atop Glassy Mountain at elevations up to 3,200 feet, the panoramic views of Blue Ridge peaks and lush highland valleys are simply stunning. A little warmer in the winter sunshine and definitely even milder in summer than the surrounding protected woodlands, the red-and-gold autumn scenery up there is as cool as the crisp mountain air.

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Welcome Neighbors

New Communities to Follow in 2019 Ideal-LIVING welcomes the following communities to the scene. These are the new communities to follow in 2019. Please take the time to visit their websites. When you request more information, please be sure to tell them you discovered...

Blue Ridge Bound

Crisp summer nights under an endless shimmering sky and dips by day beneath cascading waterfalls after long treks are, as with most mountain trips, Blue Ridge vacation essentials. But, wait. This is western North Carolina – home of Hendersonville, Asheville, The Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock, Triple Falls, world-famous state parks, apple orchards, wineries, and breweries. And, as of 2018, it’s home to four…

Venture Out Interviews

In the Ideal Living Spring 2019 issue, we included postcards from homeowners in the Travel Guide from various locations so you can get an idea of what it is like to live there. Below you can link to the full stories from the homeowners who shared their lives and experiences with our readers. We hope you will enjoy their tales of