Welcome!

News Feed Item

What Retirees & Second-Home Buyers Are Looking For in a Community in 2018

Community of the Year Harbour Ridge, Stuart, FL, Has It All

VINEYARD HAVEN, MA--(Marketwired - January 31, 2018) - Buyer interest in master-planned golf and water view community homes made a comeback in 2017. Interest that was once mainly focused on the coast has now moved inland to include communities on lakes and other regions.

"A rising economy, healthy primary real estate markets and a booming stock market's wealth effect all contributed to a resurgence of interest," says David Lott, founder and publisher of the Golf Course Home Network and GolfCourseHome.com. The GCH Network features more than 100 country club communities.

"A large percentage of our visitors are people on the cusp of retiring, and this coveted demographic flocked to communities that cater to retirees while offering a variety of popular amenities," says Lott.

"The varied amenity menu is a key to the resurgence. It's not just about golf anymore."

Communities Adjust to Market Forces

The Great Recession and the slowdown of golf's growth in the past 15 years contributed to a downturn in interest in golf communities.

"But communities have adjusted to the market," says Lott. "Now you have nature centers, yoga and pilates classes. Passion-powered interests ranging from pottery, wine and education to hiking, kayaking, sailing and fishing have inspired communities to branch out and develop opportunities for passions to be followed.

"In some extreme instances, golf courses have been ripped out to make way for these interests. Family centered activities are big as well with the creation of village hubs and outdoor performance centers where families can gather, engage and be entertained. Family and generational interaction has become integral to community life and a key element for success."

Traffic and Inquiries Surge

The result of this renewed interest was a surge in visitor traffic and sales inquiries for Golf Course Home's Featured Communities.

Visitor traffic to GolfCourseHome.com jumped more than 20 percent in 2017 which sparked a significant surge in inquiries which were up 43 percent over 2016. That trend has continued in 2018.

Most Popular Amenities

Retirement communities were the most popular type of community. Amenities at the top of visitor must-have lists were marinas, 24-hour security and lake access, in that order.

Oceanfront and island communities were another important must-have.

Community of the Year

The 2017 Golf Course Home Community of the Year, Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club in Stuart, FL, fulfilled nearly all of these needs, earning it top honors as the most visited community on the GCH Network for the third year in a row.

Harbour Ridge features a marina on the St. Lucie River, giving boaters easy access to the Atlantic. The community also offers two championship golf courses, tennis, fitness, swimming, and a deluxe clubhouse, enabling it to hit nearly every checkbox for buyers looking for their ideal community.

GolfCourseHome.com and WaterViewHome.net are the core websites of the Golf Course Home® Network which features more than 100 master-planned golf and water view club communities in the U.S. and Mexico.

Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2018/1/13/11G149404/Images/harbour_ridge_featured_photo-77af8727be0fa4c2bff970d8250b5d41.jpg

To request information about advertising on the Golf Course Home® Network, contact:
David Lott
Founder and Publisher
203-270-9357 or by Email contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Big Data Federation to Exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO, November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Big Data Federation, Inc. develops and applies artificial intelligence to predict financial and economic events that matter. The company uncovers patterns and precise drivers of performance and outcomes with the aid of machine-learning algorithms, big data, and fundamental analysis. Their products are deployed...
ICC is a computer systems integrator and server manufacturing company focused on developing products and product appliances to meet a wide range of computational needs for many industries. Their solutions provide benefits across many environments, such as datacenter deployment, HPC, workstations, storage networks and standalone server installations. ICC has been in business for over 23 years and their phenomenal range of clients include multinational corporations, universities, and small busines...
This sixteen (16) hour course provides an introduction to DevOps, the cultural and professional movement that stresses communication, collaboration, integration and automation in order to improve the flow of work between software developers and IT operations professionals. Improved workflows will result in an improved ability to design, develop, deploy and operate software and services faster.
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or per...
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by ...
Authorization of web applications developed in the cloud is a fundamental problem for security, yet companies often build solutions from scratch, which is error prone and impedes time to market. This talk shows developers how they can (instead) build on-top of community-owned projects and frameworks for better security.Whether you build software for enterprises, mobile, or internal microservices, security is important. Standards like SAML, OIDC, and SPIFFE help you solve identity and authenticat...
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to ...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments t...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DevOpsSUMMIT and DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 12-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI and Machine Learning to one location.
Hackers took three days to identify and exploit a known vulnerability in Equifax’s web applications. I will share new data that reveals why three days (at most) is the new normal for DevSecOps teams to move new business /security requirements from design into production. This session aims to enlighten DevOps teams, security and development professionals by sharing results from the 4th annual State of the Software Supply Chain Report -- a blend of public and proprietary data with expert researc...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Nutanix has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of CloudEXPO | DevOpsSUMMIT | DXWorldEXPO New York, which will take place November 12-13, 2018 in New York City. Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform blends web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge server, storage, virtualization and networking into a resilient, softwar...
So the dumpster is on fire. Again. The site's down. Your boss's face is an ever-deepening purple. And you begin debating whether you should join the #incident channel or call an ambulance to deal with his impending stroke. Yes, we know this is a developer's fault. There's plenty of time for blame later. Postmortems have a macabre name because they were once intended to be Viking-like funerals for someone's job. But we're civilized now. Sort of. So we call them post-incident reviews. Fires are ne...
The digital transformation is real! To adapt, IT professionals need to transform their own skillset to become more multi-dimensional by gaining both depth and breadth of a wide variety of knowledge and competencies. Historically, while IT has been built on a foundation of specialty (or "I" shaped) silos, the DevOps principle of "shifting left" is opening up opportunities for developers, operational staff, security and others to grow their skills portfolio, advance their careers and become "T"-sh...
This session will provide an introduction to Cloud driven quality and transformation and highlight the key features that comprise it. A perspective on the cloud transformation lifecycle, transformation levers, and transformation framework will be shared. At Cognizant, we have developed a transformation strategy to enable the migration of business critical workloads to cloud environments. The strategy encompasses a set of transformation levers across the cloud transformation lifecycle to enhance ...