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“10 Best Things about Palm Beach”

1. The Beach…duh!
Phipps Ocean Park, located on Ocean Boulevard, stretches along the striking South Florida coast.  The beach is a hot spot for locals and tourists alike, and it is easy to see why. Phipps Ocean Park is more than the typical Florida beach. There are playgrounds, tikki huts, barbeque pits, picnic tables and more.  The shallow crystal blue shoreline makes for a beautiful Florida day for snorkeling, surf fishing and swimming.

2. Town of Palm Beach Golf Course
The Town of Palm Beach Par 3 Golf Course is one of the most uniquely designed and prominent courses in Palm Beach, is open to the public and is set right in the intersection of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean — so close that if you swing too hard you might send your ball sailing off into the ocean.  The rolling green hills set the stage for the 18-hole course with sand dunes, palm trees, lagoons, and even wildlife as its natural obstacles.  Each and every hole captures the majestic beauty of the Palm Beach landscape.

3. The Flagler Museum
Built in the Gilded Age, the Flagler Museum, enriched with American history, is one of the most extraordinary displays of unending prosperity.  The classic white mansion located along the beautiful shorelines can only be compared to a historic monument in the ancient Roman Empire, and Henry Flagler and his partners, such as J.D. Rockefeller, who revolutionized economic progress in America, were the gladiators of their time. The inside of the mansion features colossal columns holding up soaring arched walkways and a sunroof that lets in the warm light of the Florida sun.  Tour the museum or join afternoon tea in the café and participate in the tradition of America’s wealthy society.

4. Breakers Hotel
Just one night in Palm Beach’s legendary hotel, The Breakers, is all it takes to experience the unparalleled luxury.  The hotel features two 18-hole golf courses, an ocean view fitness center, ½ mile of private beach, five swimming pools, 10 tennis courts and eight luxury restaurants.  Make sure to also visit the 20,000 square foot spa and book the Ocean Breeze treatment, a massage on a peaceful outdoor terrace with the sound of the waves to send you off into ultimate relaxation.  Whether it’s a week long vacation or just a day or night out, the 140 acre oceanfront resort has enough services and amenities to make you never want to hear the words “check out.”

5. Taverna Opa
The Taverna Opa in Palm Beach is the epicenter of the distinctive and exciting city nightlife.  The trendy restaurant and bar is alive with Greek lifestyle featuring authentic music, food, drink and culture.  In one sitting you will experience belly dancers dancing on tables and napkins tossed up into the air. This place is a nonstop celebration.  It is so much fun that before you know it, it could be you who ends up dancing on the table.

6. The Garden’s Mall
The Garden’s Mall, located in Palm Beach Gardens, is a heavenly haven for any type of shopper.  The upscale mall features an extensive collection, 160 to be exact, of fine specialty shops with a wide range of name brand retailers such as Chanel, Gucci, Ralph Lauren and high-end department stores like Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s. This Palm Beach prize can keep you and your wallet busy all day long.
7. Palm Beach Cardinals
The Palm Beach Cardinals, a 1-A minor league affiliate for the St. Louis Cardinals, provide outdoor fun during those hot summer nights.  Whether entertaining clients or just spending a night out with the family, the Palm Beach baseball games are exciting and affordable.  Who wouldn’t love great seats, cheap beer and some thrilling competitive baseball?

8. Palm Beach Confections
They might still have a perfect beach body but Palm Beach residents do indulge, and when they do, they go to the Palm Beach Confections to satisfy that aching sweet tooth.  Their handmade chocolates are a delight, and they feature one-of-a-kind specialties like the “Escargot” which is made of chewy butter caramel and vanilla dipped in milk or dark chocolate.  Escargot has never sounded so good!

9. Lake Worth Lagoon
Lake Worth Lagoon stretches all the way from Boyton up to North Palm Beach and is the best fishing spot in the area.  This lagoon is stocked with saltwater fish like snook, redfish, tarpon, jack crevalle, snapper and sea trout just to name a few.  Not all areas are fishing hot spots though. You might need to squeeze the secret out of the local anglers, if they’ll tell you.

10. Real Estate
Palm Beach Real Estate is a hot commodity attracting home buyers from all over the country and the world.  Palm Beach features thousands of beautiful luxury homes for any type of home buyer.  If you are interested in checking out available homes in the area, visit www.fiteshavell.com to get in touch with a local realtor today.

About Fite Shavell & Associates
Fite Shavell & Associates is a locally owned boutique real estate broker in Palm Beach, with national experience and a global approach to buying and selling residential real estate. Their unique approach combines the flexibility and traditional values of local leadership with decades of experience in a range of neighborhoods, property types and deal structures in some of the country’s most sought-after luxury real estate markets. Through a commitment to personalized service, expert guidance and absolute integrity in our professional actions, Fite Shavell & Associates places the customer’s needs first and creates a clear advantage for buyers and sellers within the markets they serve.

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Buffington’s Guide to Living & Buying in Austin

Join local Austin homebuilder, Buffington Signature Homes, for a tour of the ins and outs of buying a new home in the capital city! Where to buy, what to look for, where it’s hot and where it’s cool!

There are lots of great places to live in Austin. Use these tips to find the perfect neighborhood and home for your lifestyle!

1. North, South, East & West—head any direction from downtown Austin and you’ll discover four distinctive areas of town, each with their own character and atmosphere.

  • North: North Austin and Round Rock are home to many of the region’s biggest employers, with great shopping, accessibility and family-friendly living.
  • South: The original home of “Keep Austin Weird”! South Austin offers a unique experience of the culture and style that made the city famous.
  • East: Enjoying a resurgence in economic development and investment, East Austin is home to great historical neighborhoods, arts and eateries.
  • West: As you head west, the city gives way to the Texas Hill Country. With grand hillside homes and nearby access to Lake Travis, life is good in the west.

2. Major Roads & Highways. Several major roads make getting around town a lot easier… unless you catch them at the wrong time.

  • I-35: The main North/South thoroughfare, I-35 bisects the city just east of Downtown. Connected to just about everything, but beware of rush hour traffic and backups.
  • Mopac / Loop 1: Also running North/South, Mopac loops west of downtown and can be faster and less congested than I-35.
  • 183/183-A: Running southeast to northwest, 183 takes you from the airport, north of Downtown into North Austin. From there, the 183-A toll road offers easy access from Cedar Park and Leander.
  • 290 / 71 / Ben White Blvd: Running East-West from the airport into the Hill Country, Ben White connect South Austin to I-35 and Mopac.

3. Schools. Austin area schools are consistently ranked among the best in the state and even the country. For the top rated public schools in the area, check out the Eanes School District in West Austin, and the Round Rock and Leander ISDs. There are also several highly-rated independent and church-affiliated private schools throughout the city.

4. Colleges & Universities. Austin is perhaps best known as the home of the University of Texas. UT sits right in the middle of the city, just north of the Capital, with nationally ranked undergraduate, graduate and adult education programs. Just south of the river, St. Edwards University is a private, Roman Catholic university known for quality liberal arts programs. Several Austin Community Collage campuses can be found throughout the city, offering quality undergraduate and adult programs, as well as Early College Start programs for high school students.

5. Live Music & Events. “The Live Music Capital of the World” is home to more than 200 live music venues and over 1,900 local musicians! On any given night, you can find incredible live music on the world-famous 6th Street or nearby in the Warehouse District, another growing entertainment area. Local favorites for live performances include Stubb’s BBQ, Auditorium Shores and the newly completed Austin Music Hall. You can also check out hundreds of local and national acts every spring at South by Southwest (SXSW) and at Austin City Limits Music Festival in late summer.

6. Parks & Lakes. The city’s parks, greenbelts and lakes offer endless possibilities for outdoor fun. Barton Springs is a popular attraction, at an average temperature of 68° year round! Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis offer great places for boating and skiing, and miles of hike & bike trails throughout the city are perfect for exercise and leisure. The most popular outdoor destination is Zilker Park, located along the south shore of Lady Bird Lake. Zilker Park is home to a popular dog park, the famous Barton Springs Pool as well as one of the largest trailheads leading into the Barton Creek greenbelt.

7. Sports. Great sports action is never far away, with UT athletics throughout the school year, as well as the Austin Aztex USL soccer team and the Round Rock Express baseball team, affiliate of the Houston Astros! Coming in 2009 or 2010, the Texas Stars AHL hockey team will hit the ice in Cedar Park as the top affiliate of the Dallas Stars NHL franchise.

8. Temperature & Climate. Bring your sunscreen! Austin averages 300 days of sunshine per year, with hot summers and mild winters. The coldest month in Austin is typically January, with overnight lows averaging 40°. In the summers, late July and August are typically the hottest, with average daytime temperatures in the mid to upper 90s.

9. Shopping. Key shopping centers for the area include Southpark Meadows and Barton Creek Mall in South Austin, La Frontera and the Round Rock Premium Outlets in Round Rock, as well as Lakeline Mall and the new 1890 Ranch in Cedar Park. For great local boutiques and arts, check out the great clothing and vintage stores on South Congress, as well as “The Drag” on Guadalupe near the UT campus.

10. Dining. Whatever kind of food or atmosphere you’re in the mood for, there are great places to eat all over the city. Find your own favorite neighborhood eatery or look for local favorites scattered across town, like Chuy’s Tex-Mex, Gumbo’s Louisiana Style Cafe, Austin Java, Amy’s Ice Cream and Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ.

Buffington Signature Homes is locally owned and operated in Austin, proudly building new homes in the most sought-after communities in South Austin, Round Rock and Cedar Park. Dedicated to building homes that will last a lifetime, Buffington combines innovative floor plans, skilled craftsmanship and an exceptional buying experience to deliver homes that each and every customer is proud to live in.

http://www.buffingtonsignaturehomes.com

Playing Golf in Friendly Confines

New trend in golf course design appealing to mother nature

When you think of golf courses, what first comes to mind?

The grass? The golf carts? The numbers?

What about the birds? Do you think about how many kinds of flowers line the 18th hole? Do you notice the wildlife that quietly nibbles the rough?

Probably not. But a new trend in golf course design is starting to change peoples’ minds when they are looking for a golf club to call their own.

I’m talking about an environmentally friendly golf course. Sound far-fetched? You’d be surprised at how many courses are currently involved with creating a green community. According to the Audubon International, there are 27 countries, including the United States, that are protecting and improving their courses. That’s more than 2,110 golf courses.

It’s more than a fad. It’s becoming a standard practice and statistics have shown that today’s consumer is looking for an environmentally friendly golf community to build their dream home.

What is Audubon Certification?

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses provides guidelines that help courses work to protect precious natural resources, habitats and the game of golf. Achieving and maintaining certification demonstrates a deep commitment to environmental management and protection. A course can achieve certification by implementing environmental practices and documenting the results. This demonstrates leadership as a steward of the environment and publicly recognizes and rewards environmental achievements.

Let’s take a look at two golf communities that are Audubon Certified.

The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek

South Carolina Real Estate is Known for its MarshesThe Lowcountry of South Carolina is known for its pristine wetlands, beautiful trees and abundance of wildlife. When the developers of Briar’s Creek were in the beginning stages of designing the award-winning golf course, they knew that they had something special and felt a need to protect the area around the proposed golf course community.

“Briar’s Creek has a coveted number of large oaks; some are spectacular specimens,” said Steve Koenig, founder and developer of the South Carolina golf community. “So we didn’t want to disturb our canopy of trees.”

They contacted the Audubon International and entered the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP). By working closely with the group, Briar’s Creek became South Carolina’s first Certified Silver Audubon Signature Sanctuary and continues to this day to make sure that they meet the principles put in place by the society.

In Kiawah Island, real estate is in high demand and because of the high standards placed on the luxury homes in the area, buyers have become very discriminating in where they live. Creating an environmentally friendly golf community was a good way to give these buyers a reason to want to build at Briar’s Creek. Not only are the homes extraordinary, but they are surrounded by carefully protected South Carolina foliage and wildlife.

“We have an opportunity here at Briar’s Creek to kind of set a standard for development in the entire region,” Koenig said.

Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort

Cranes are a common site at Gull Lake ViewAnother golf course that became a Certified Silver Audubon Signature Sanctuary is Gull Lake View in Augusta, Michigan. When Darl Scott purchased 120 acres in the late 1950s, little did he know what his impact would be on Southwest Michigan real estate. In 1995, all five golf courses gained Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary status and they couldn’t be happier. The Scott Family views their courses not only as wonderful places for people to enjoy the game of golf, but also as great habitats for all types of wildlife.

And a happy golf course means happy Michigan real estate. Cranes Pond, a neighborhood next to Gull Lake View, adopted the natural outlook and stresses the importance of protecting the environment. There is a great deal of attention being placed on preserving natural resources and the habitat on the encompassing land. Considerable care and planning was done prior to design in order to assure that the very qualities that make Crane’s such a magnificent place to live, were not destroyed by the construction of roads and houses. A habitat and biological survey of the entire property was done for an entire year as part of the overall design process.

If more communities in the area take the torch and improve their neighborhoods to meet the Audubon standards, then Southwest Michigan will become one of the most stunning areas in the country and highly-sought after real estate.

What Can You Do?

If you are a member of a golf course and this program interests you, talk to your general manager, ask if they are Audubon Certified and, if not, when or if they are looking into becoming certified. Talk to your fellow club members and see if they are aware of the benefits of this certification. Urge them to talk to the general manager. Odds are that your golf club is aware of the program, but it is possible that they have never heard of it and might be very interested in becoming certified.

Imagine being able to raise your children in a place where they can learn to not only appreciate nature, but also to understand how the eco-system works as a whole and to better appreciate the game of golf.

You win and mother nature wins.

About the Author

This article was written by Kimberly Carrillo, who works with The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek and Gull Lake View Golf Club & Resort.

If you are interested in finding out more about South Carolina golf, consider contacting the good folks at Briar’s Creek. They are an exclusive, private golf club located in Charleston, SC with a limit of 300 members.

If you like Illinois golf or are looking for a Michigan golf course, contact Gull Lake View, an established, Michigan golf course. Gull lake View has five golf courses and a resort that make a great vacation destination and also a wonderful place to live.

Be sure to also check out the information about the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.