The Preppy 10 Commandments

1. Thou shalt embrace cocktail hour—anytime.

2. Thou shalt invoke your middle name(s)/initial(s) whenever possible.

3. Thou can never be in too many clubs or wear too many layers.

4. Thou shalt honor Ralph Lauren, Slim Aarons, the creator of the Southside cocktail, and C.Z. Guest.

5. Thou shalt not cheat on the golf course or the tennis court.

6. Thou shalt say “it’s a pleasure to see you” the first time you meet someone rather than “it’s a pleasure to meet you,” because you might have actually met that time at the Chicken Box and you just don’t remember.

7. Thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s country club, nor his tennis backhand, nor his boarding school alumni network, nor his Ivy League MBA, nor his limited-edition Barbour jacket, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

8. Thou shalt not steal your opponent’s custom-made backgammon tournament board.

9. Thou shalt know the names of all of the bartenders and bouncers at Dorrian’s Red Hand in New York City.

10. Thou shalt have the latest issue of T&C on your coffee table at all times.

On The Court: 23 Signs You’re A Serious Tennis Player

You only live once, but you get to serve twice.

1. You have an entire section of your closet dedicated to your tennis clothes.

2. Nothing will ruin your day quite like a double fault.

3. You’re a member of the USTA.

4. After playing tennis outside, your tan lines are super awkward. There’s nothing pretty about a tennis sock and polo shirt tan.

5. You subscribe to the Tennis Channel and actually enjoy watching it.

6. If you’re in a rut on the court you ask yourself “What would Serena do?”, and conquer on.

7. There are loose tennis balls in your car, all over your home, and in your backyard.

8. Breaking a string is like a mini epiphany that you’re playing a strong game.

9. You actually have a preference on court surface. Personally, I’m on team #hardcourt.

10. The US Open is your version of the Oscars.

11. You know you’re not supposed to slam your raquet, but damn it feels good when you do.

12. You have a name for your strong go-to shot, mine is the “Mikiller cross court forehand”.

13. There’s no better smell in the world than a fresh can of new tennis balls.

14. Your hands are covered in callouses, and you actually think it’s kind of sexy.

15. Being in “the zone” on the court is the ultimate high.

16. You’d rather spend your Friday night playing “Queen of the Court” than going out.

17. There is nothing more annoying than playing against a “pusher” or “marshmallow hitter” AKA that opponent that gets EVERYTHING back.

18. You know the term “bagels” doesn’t refer to a breakfast item, but beating someone 6-0, 6-0.

19. You’re a brand loyalist when it comes to what kind of racket you use, and you’ll never change.

20. You have a mini anxiety attack just hearing the words tiebreaker.

21. There is no greater pressure than the feeling during match point.

22. You are superstitious when it comes to how many times you bounce the ball before you serve.

23. You know all the stats of the top 10 female and male players on the professional circuit.

10 Creative Marketing Ideas for January

Via ThriveHive

It’s a new year! Whether you’re making New Year’s resolutions or just need some motivation to amp up your marketing, January is a great time to get started with fresh marketing and blog ideas. Here are some ways to get the word out about your business.

1. Update Your Google Presence

If consumers near you perform a search for your products and services on Google, does your business show up? Your top priority for the new year is to make sure you have maximum visibility in local search. To do this, head to your Google My Business profile and make sure all of your contact information is accurate.

You’ll also want to make sure you populate the Reviews, Q&A, and Posts sections, as having a robust profile will also boost your rank in search results. Getting these sections completed are longer-term goals you can tackle throughout the month.

2. Create and Share New Year’s Resolutions

Start the New Year off right by making and posting your resolutions for 2020 – and ask your followers to post theirs! This is a great way to engage customers on social media. For example:

  • Fitness centers can have a weekly accountability post to create a support community
  • Restaurants and catering services can write blog or Facebook posts with healthy recipes
  • Daycares can blog about toy organization ideas for playrooms and toy areas

3. Write Holiday Roundup Posts

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean that they’re not ripe for being part of your marketing strategy! Customers and companies may have been busy or traveling over the holidays and not as active on social media.

  • Did your catering company work a holiday party? Post pictures or recipes!
  • Cleaning services can provide post-holiday cleaning or Christmas tree disposal tips.

You can also take advantage of #tbt (Throwback Thursday) on Twitter and Instagram and post pictures from just a couple of weeks ago to share with your followers. Show off the holiday party that you had or the New Year’s Eve festivities just last week.

4. Announce Upcoming Events

Market your business both online and offline by highlighting upcoming events for 2020. Some upcoming holidays include President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, and St. Patrick’s Day. If you have anything planned for these events, like upcoming Valentine’s Day deals at your spa or a special Valentine’s menu at your restaurant, let customers know!

5. Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 19th is a national holiday to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and commemorate his Nobel Peace Prize for his Civil Rights leadership. Many communities participate in a day of service to create a positive impact on the world.

Take part in a community day of service with your customers or employees. Create a buzz on social media and invite other small businesses to get involved. Banding together with others to better your local community is a great way to give back to your community while fostering a good business reputation.

6. Save Lives by Donating Blood

January is National Blood Donor Month. Donating blood, volunteering at a blood drive, or hosting one is a great way to get involved in charitable organizations in your community. Getting involved in community organization is an effective way to market your small business offline. So get out there and donate a pint or hand out cookies to those donating!

7. Compliment Day (January 24)

Take the time to say something nice on Compliment Day. What goes around comes around, especially in marketing! You may even want to show another small business some love on their social media or Yelp page. They may return the favor by writing some positive reviews for you as well.

8. Start a Customer Loyalty or Referral Program

Building customer loyalty is important to small business because loyal customers create return business and are more likely to refer other customers. Increase sales and attract more clients through referrals by starting a customer loyalty program.  How you do it is up to you but consider offering a free product or service discount for customers who come back a certain number of times. Offer current customers a discount on their next service if they refer a new customer. For more ideas on customer loyalty and retention programs, check out this blog post.

How do you set up a customer loyalty or referral program? Start by taking your list of hot leads and send the information to them via email. If you don’t have a list of hot leads, you can start with the list of people who you sent Holiday or New Year cards to or just send an email about the program out to your entire contact list.

Facebook is also a great way to advertise a loyal customer or referral program. Read about Facebook marketing here.

9. Snow Day Marketing

Much of the United States is covered in snow in January. Love it or hate it, you can’t stop it, so use it to your advantage! For example:

  • Daycares can by can provide safety tips for playing or dressing children in the snow.
  • Contractors, construction and snow removal companies can write about about winter hazards in the home – carbon monoxide detectors, salt versus sand for ice and snow, or how to winterize drafty windows.
  • Hair salons and spas can have a special deal when a big storm is predicted such as paying based on the inches fallen – $28 if it snows 28 inches is a great deal for both the customer and the quiet salon!

Keep your customers up to date on snow closings and delays on your social media pages!

10. Clean Out Your Inbox Week

Take advantage of Clean Out Your Inbox Week and go through old emails. Remember those emails you “starred” but likely never followed up on? If you’re like me, those are ideas that you sent to yourself while you were trying to fall asleep or names of people who you met and wanted to connect with at a later date.

Take the time to go through those emails – you could come across your next new customer or genius idea!

Most Expensive Golf Course Homes for Sale in California

Go big and go home: The most luxurious golf course homes for sale in California right now

There are hundreds of golf communities across the state of California, but not all are created equally. If your dream is to enjoy world class golf courses with a slew of other amenities in a wonderful setting, the field gets narrowed substantially, but there are still plenty of choices.

42 Pelican Point Dr Newport Coast, CA 92657

 

$12,900,000| 5 Beds| 5.5 Baths| 8,800 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Spyro Kemble  Surterre Properties Inc.

Priced to sell.  $3,000,000 price reduction.This European Baroque-inspired-masterpiece was created in just under four years to fit the means of impressing visitors and expressing triumphant. The architectural craftsmanship, fabrics and stones were imported and created by artisans throughout Europe to give it a true essence of exuberance and grandeur of the Baroque time period; all of this artistry produces drama, warmth and elegant sophistication. The entry immediately transports visitors to costal 16th Century Europe. The spectacular master features a spa that opens on to a spacious veranda with surrounding views of the beautiful landscape with a backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Modern amenities with meticulous European artfully designed mosaics, stone work, hand blown glass windows and trompe i oeil style paintings are found throughout the home and continue into the gourmet designed kitchen, plush theater, wine cellar and subterranean five-plus car garage. The sounds of waves crashing on the accessible beach nearby and the views of the 12th hole at the prestigious world renowned Pelican Hill Golf Course make this one of a kind estate exudes coastal luxury. Interiors and Furnishings by Michael Amini. Sold separately.

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4880 Rancho Del Mar Trl San Diego, CA 92130

$13,559,000| 8 Beds| 12 Baths| 18,807 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Brian Guiltinan & Radley Raven  The Guiltinan Group
This world class resort estate is truly one-of-a-kind. The attention to detail throughout the entire 25,000 sf is equally stunning, elegant & delightful. This amazing estate has everything a family could ever dream of: including a 20 car subterranean garage, 8,000 bottle secret wine cellar, 128 ft resort pool, 5-star gym, indoor soccer room, 23-zone Crestron Smart System, Richard Marshall walnut flooring, walnut cabinetry, 1500 sf covered patio, sport court & incredible ocean, valley & golf course views.

7 Rim Rdg Newport Coast, CA 92657

 

$13,900,000| 7 Beds| 10 Baths| 9,982 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Jing Liu  Pacific Sterling Realty
This home is located in the one of the best locations of the prestigious Pelican Hill. It boosts vibrant panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Balboa Pier of Newport Bay, and Pelican Hills Golf Course. This estate was designed by famous local architect Brion Jeannette. One of his master pieces! The architecture features a highly functional floor plan for living and entertaining. Walking into the main entrance, you will be immediately captivated with stunning beautiful ocean blue. From any positions of the great room, chef’s kitchen and dining room, you will enjoy breathtaking ocean view. Dinning parties with your friends outside on patio or by pool side, you will be melted in the sunset. Two separate staircases connect you to upstairs. The master suite of upstairs has a private balcony and a resort bathroom which has stream shower and jetted spa tub. Another two bed rooms of upstairs have their own balconies as well. From your own balconies, you will enjoy the ocean view, sunset and city nights. Escaping to downstairs, you can find gym, media lounge, pool table, sauna, multi-purpose mirror room and two additional bedrooms. One glass elevator at the center of home will take you to three levels with everyday surprised ocean views. Setting at the top of elevated ridge, this expensive estate lot has pool, spa, basketball court and endless ocean views.

5 Pelican Vista Dr Newport Coast, CA 92657

 

$16,800,000| 4 Beds| 6 Baths| 7,942 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Rex McKown & Marcy Weinstein  Compass
Villa Saffron was inspired by the seaside villas in the south of France near St. Tropez. The estate is perched 604 feet above sea level on a front row lot. The villa has views of Pelican Hill Resort Golf Course as well as the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, city lights, including views stretching from of San Clemente and Catalina Islands to Palos Verdes. The 4 bedroom 6 bathroom approximately 7900 sqft residence offers everything one could desire. Two and a half story entry hall, grand entry gallery, 2 staircases, bar, downstairs guest suite or office, formal office, media/playroom, tented dining room in the round, salon, kitchen, nook family room, butler’s pantry, laundry room. The second floor has master suite facing the view with deck, sitting area, luxurious bathroom with his and hers spacious walk in closets. Second floor gallery has Romeo and Juliet balcony facing atrium and large terrace over the dining room area. Second en – suite bedroom with walk in closet and bath, balcony and ocean view. Formal office with two terraces one on each side. Third floor is full guest suite with bedroom, sitting area, private patio and French doors that open to the front courtyard.

9 Pelican Crest Dr Newport Coast, CA 92657

 

$17,885,000| 6 Beds| 6.5 Baths| 10,749 Sq. Ft.
Listed by James Gray & Scott Lopez  Arbor Real Estate

Regarded as the most sought after location in all of Pelican Crest, sits this newly built 3 level estate. Positioned on the front row of Pelican Crest Drive amongst Newport Coast finest properties which harvest the best views available in Newport Coast / Crystal Cove including panoramic ocean, harbor, Catalina, Pelican Hill Golf Course, coastline and city lights views. Bringing the outdoors in is the theme on this architectural en suite 6 bed 6.5 bath masterpiece designed by Spectrum Architecture and emphasized on volume, space and natural light throughout. The cathedral ceiling is beautifully crafted to be enjoyed by the main and third level with amenities that include dual staircases, elevator servicing all 3 levels, chefs kitchen off the great room, office, gym with sauna and full bath, 4 fireplaces and a gracious master retreat with views from every angle. The well planned and laid out lower level features a 12 seat movie theater, bar, wine cellar, full bed and bath, a spacious family seating game room area which is all easily accessible to the resort style backyard showcasing the pool, spa, fire pit, BBQ, pizza oven, and pool bath all designed to enjoy the beautifully landscaped backyard, as well as the unobstructed front row views. Pelican Crest is a 24 hour guard gated community with patrolled security and is conveniently located to world class shopping, dining, beaches and John Wayne airport.

7 Country Oak Ln Alamo, CA 94507

 

$28,500,000| 10 Beds| 22 Baths| 21,582 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Dana Green  Compass

This dramatic estate slowly reveals itself as you enter the property. It encompasses the creator’s love of the outdoors balanced with private multi-generational living and an elite level of entertaining opportunities for groups of all sizes. Boasting architectural sophistication and elegant craftsmanship, while exuding unparalleled warmth, this estate is a true labor of love. Curated in 2013 by a known tech visionary, no expense was spared from inception to completion. Designed to incorporate mind and body wellness, hiking, swimming, gardening, and biking can seamlessly be added to your daily routine. The potential to add equestrian facilities, a 9-hole golf course or putting course, and an indoor sports facility or tennis court exist.
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9901 Copley Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210

 

$38,500,000| 5 Beds| 9 Baths| 10,601 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Kurt Rappaport  Westside Estate Agency Inc.

The rarest of the rare…The Simon Estate, one of the largest estate properties on the LACC golf course located within the City of Beverly Hills 90210, situated on 2.5 acres of stunning park-like grounds. Located behind massive iron gates up a long driveway to a large motor court. Featuring rolling lawns, pool, tennis court & world class gardens set amidst spectacular landscaping. Famed architect Peter Choate designed the sprawling home in 1985. Enter into an atrium w/ soaring beamed ceilings, open floor plan and natural light, perfect for the California lifestyle, large living areas, paneled library & formal dining, perfect for large scale entertaining. Center island kitchen w/ an informal dining area, commercial appliances, a separate catering kitchen & pantry. Step into the large master suite w/ dual master baths that lead to dual spacious walk-in closets. The interior also features a large master study, 3 beds on main floor w/ en suite bath, maids & powder. Pre-qualified clients only.
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610 Los Trancos Rd Portolla Valley, CA 94028

 

$53,888,000| 5 Beds| 11 Baths| 12,657 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Samira Amid-Hozour  Compass

Silicon Valley Hilltop Estate. A Tech Titans Family-Inspired Domain A rare, secluded 13+ acre view property with rolling hills overlooking San Francisco Bay and the coastal mountains with expansive country club amenities in the heart of Silicon Valley. The unrivaled state-of-the-art athletic facilities include indoor basketball court and a ice hockey pavilion, a three hole golf course with two putting greens. This estate delivers the goal of creating an exceptional home designed for todays active, modern family in the Palo Alto school district. In desirable Portola Valley and ideally positioned next to Palo Alto only five minutes to Sand Hill Road, the financial epicenter of Silicon Valley, and less than an hour to San Francisco and San Jose.
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12300 Mulholland Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210

 

$56,000,000| 8 Beds| 14 Baths| — Sq. Ft.
Listed by Joshua Altman  Douglas Elliman

Lavish and luxurious, this magnificent Beverly Hills Tuscan compound is sited on over 10.5 acres, commanding panoramic, unobstructed canyon and mountain views. Double-gated entry, two swimming pools, reflecting/wading pool, pool house and cabana, tennis court/pavilion, bocce court, lavish gardens, private golf course, 40+ vehicle parking. Stunning sculptural and antique elements, gorgeous materials, refined finishes. Two master suites with private terrace plus three en-suite bedrooms with private entries. 600-bottle wine cellar, magnificent fireplaces, chandeliers. Huge island kitchen with disappearing corner window-wall, butler’s pantry. Handsome den/library, gym, theatre room. Tranquil, terraced grounds with gorgeous trees, sculptures, gardens, and numerous entertaining areas, plus citrus grove, a meandering paved cart path, and a remarkable golf course designed by Dean Reinmuth. This is surely one of California’s legacy estates, an achievement of exceptional quality and rare beauty.
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Most Luxurious Golf Course Homes in Texas

Everything is bigger and better in Texas and real estate is no exception. With lush landscapes, breath-taking views and acres of land, the possiblities are endless for property owners in the the Lone Star State.

In acending order, here are the most pricey golf course homes on the market right now:

6 Fleury Way The Woodlands, TX 77382

$5,150,000| 6 Beds| 6.5 Baths| 9,585 Sq. Ft.

Listed by Mariela Knapp Keller Williams Realty

Stunning, modern and sophisticated house in Carlton Woods. This house was remodeled by the exclusive firm. Situated on two lots totaling more that 3 acres, the house backs to the 16th hole of Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. Functional kitchen with two islands, two dishwashers, double oven, wine and beer coolers, ice maker. Four fire places, fully equipped and furnished media room, two bedrooms and study are located on the first floor. Beautiful venetian plaster walls and ceilings. Mosquito mist system Is installed throughout the whole property and generator covers all the house electric needs. The Woodlands highlights amenities: parks and trails, golf courses, community pools and community events to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, also count with 124 parks with playground equipment, picnic pavilions, soccer fields, disc golf courses and even dog parks. The Woodlands also features nearly 200 miles of hike-and-bike trails, jogging tracks as well.

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1010 PR 5569 Prosper, TX 75078

$5,299,000| — Beds| — Baths| — Sq. Ft.

Listed by Anastasia Riley Ebby Halliday, REALTORS

This picturesque tree-lined acreage with gorgeous rolling terrain is nestled in the most affluent suburb in N TX & surrounded by upscale Prosper communities -Whispering Farms, Gentle Creek, Christie Farms & Whitley Place. Almost 500ft of road frontage right across Gentle Creek Golf Course Country Club – one of the most iconic and recognizable Prosper landmarks, gives the property fantastic visibility, easy access, superior demographic & multitude of use possibilities. The prime acreage at the front is proposed for a much needed assisted living facility, private school, daycare, event center, church, office park or retail. The secluded tree-lined acreage tucked in the back is perfect for a residential development.

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6015 Glen Cove St Houston, TX 77007

$5,390,000| 5 Beds| 5.5 Baths| 8,487 Sq. Ft.

Listed by Laura Bonck Nan & Company Properties

Enviably situated in the desirable area of Memorial Park, 6015 Glen Cove sits on half an acre of lush landscape and unobstructed views of the Hogg Bird Sanctuary and the notable River Oaks Golf Course. This masterpiece of rustic luxury boasts stunning cathedral beamed ceiling and natural stone accent walls in the formal living area. The gourmet kitchen, renovated in 2018, is outfitted with a full Viking stainless steel appliance package, separate Sub-Zero cabinet-front 3’ refrigerator and freezer, beamed ceilings, plenty of counter space/storage and views to the great room. Meticulous and extravagant details are thoughtfully placed throughout the 8,487 sq. ft. home such as a parlor with dual aquariums, unique theater room, oversized game room, and a fully equipped guest quarter. 5 full ensuite bedrooms feature tray ceilings, walk-in closets, and luxurious details.

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2300 Portofino Ridge Dr Austin, TX 78735

 

$5,500,000| 7 Beds | 9 Baths| 9,579 Sq. Ft.

Listed by Sally Daneshjou  Daneshjou Properties, Inc.

Exquisite Classical Mediterranean masterpiece, with panoramic views of the Barton Creek Resort and Fazio Foothills Golf Course. Privately nestled into a large cul-de-sac lot. Beautiful design features throughout, including art niches, domes, barrel vault, sculptured stair railings for 2 slab marble stairs and Mariner Chandeliers. Other luxuriously designed interior and exterior detailing. Patterned marble tile, tile and wood floors throughout. Private Courtyard and fountains. Sq.ft. larger than TCAD.

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2104 Willow Bend Dr Plano, TX 75093

$5,699,000| 7 Beds| 14 Baths| 14,702 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Cindy & Hollie O’Gorman Ebby Halliday, REALTOR
Exquisite 3 acre gated estate overlooking White Rock Creek AND Gleneagles Golf Course! Heavily treed backyard paradise with pool, spa, outdoor living, full sized tennis court, putting & chipping green with sand trap, walking trails, tree house and more! Whole house automation system! Gourmet kitchen has top notch finishes! Elegant master suite with fireplace, dual master baths, steam showers, coffee station and exercise room. An entertainers dream with media room, custom golf simulation room, large wet bars, and walls of windows throughout. Craft room, attached living quarters with private entrance, endless storage, 6 car garage- one with two car lifts. Extremely energy efficient home.

23 Grand Regency Cir The Woodlands, TX 77382

$5,950,942| 7 Beds| 11 Baths| 15,000 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Gary Tyner Keller Williams Realty-FM
This chic Woodlands estate nestled in the gated community of Carlton Woods will accommodate a luxurious lifestyle for everyday living, entertaining with all the amenities you could ever dream of. The home is situated on almost two acres and overlooks your own private golf course. The first floor encompasses an open living space that flows into the breakfast area and kitchen that is extensively equipped to service household gatherings or entertainment of any size. The second story beginning on the left wing features the master suite leading into a lavish closet equipped with two islands, custom cabinetry and even a small kitchen. The right wing has a two bedroom apartment perfect for staff or a guest quarters.

27 Grand Regency Cir The Woodlands, TX 77382

$6,075,000| 6 Beds| 10 Baths| 14,811 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Diane Kink  Keller Williams Realty
Elegant style and detailing shows off over 15,000 square feet of luxury! Resting on the 8th hole of Carlton Wood’s Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, taking in views of Bear Branch Lake, this incredible estate is superbly designed offering unsurpassed craftsmanship. Inside highlights Crestron Home Automation; Enkeboll carved wood mouldings; beautiful lighting by Kalco and Fine Art Lamps; Cantera doors and garage doors; fully functional Elevator; 100KW Generator; Whole house vacuum system; commercial grade temperature controlled 600 bottle wine room and full entertaining bar; Walnut & Alder Hardwoods & Travertine flooring throughout; kitchen is designed and equipped to satisfy the needs of any professional or those who just love to cook! Master Suite affords 2000+ SF with private courtyard; 1st & 2nd floor utilities. Welcoming guest, children and secondary suites. Restful views and incredible grounds include pool, spa, 2500+SF of outdoor living/entertaining. Endless comforts & amenities!

11408 Musket Rim St Austin, TX 78738

$9,250,000| 7 Beds| 9 Baths| 11,957 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Gary Dolch  Compass RE Texas, LLC
Sprawling French Country Estate on 10+ Acres with Barton Creek Frontage in the Golf Course Community of Spanish Oaks. Lush, flat land with meticulous landscaping, & thoughtful hardscape commanding views of the hill country & creek, making it the ideal location for this one-of-a-kind estate. Incredibly designed home with office, media & game rooms, elevator & more. Morton barn w/4 stalls, tack room, corrals/riding pens, sport court & pool overlooking the views. 2 bed Guest House (kitchen, living & office).

8106 Chalk Knoll Dr Austin, TX 78735

$9,450,000| 7 Beds| 11 Baths| 13,686 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Julie Mack  Kuper Sotheby’s Itl Rlty
Built with a fabulous sense of style, & space, this estate is a pinnacle of Barton Creek living. The 3.9-acre property overlooks the Fazio Foothills golf course. The backyard was completely renovated in 2016 and includes a resort-style pool. boules court, dog run, room for a tennis court, fireplace & grill. The kitchen was completely transformed & features Miele appliances, multiple refrigerators, 2 DW, white custom cabinetry, & a full huge bar with booth seating. Check out the 3D tour for an inside look!

800 Wilpitz Rd Brookshire, TX 77423

 

$13,380,000| 2 Beds| 2 Baths| 2,753 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Dana Speer  CENTURY 21 Western Realty
Unparalleled 297 UNRESTRICTED Acres 1/2 mile off I-10. Only 22 miles west of the Energy Corridor. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. Private owner or DEVELOPERS. YOU CAN’T BEAT THIS LOCATION! Perfect for a Golf Course Community, Sports, Events, Income producing. Once in a lifetime Equestrian Masterpiece! 4 immaculate Polo fields, 63,000 SF Covered Arena, home to Texas A & M Polo Team. That’s just for starters! Every aspect of this property was impeccably brought to life. Fun activities abound. New lighted Tennis court, Cabana, Lakeside beach & Dock, Zip line tower, Motocross park, and Skate park. Equestrians will love the gorgeous Spanish style 14 stall stable, 40 stalls attached to the Covered Arena, & 32 stall stable each has tack & feed rooms. Relax or entertain in the Texas Hill Country limestone Club House surrounded by graceful pecan orchards. Gourmet state of the art kitchen, open concept dining-living space overlooks the sparkling pool. 2nd house for Ranch Manager.

The 17 best resorts in the world, according to travelers

In the survey, 600,000 voters provided their thoughts on nearly 10,000 hotels, resorts, and global experiences. The resorts that ultimately made the final cut all share an air of luxury, but they span different price points and destinations.

Here are the top 17 resorts in the world. Safari-inspired travel seemed to be popular this year, with seven out of 17 resorts being African bush resorts. A couple of private islands in the Maldives made the cut, as did a handful of Irish castles. Only one US resort topped the list.

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Expanding Yoga Programs in Clubs and Resorts

Yoga programs in many forms are taking hold in all types of club and resort properties—and proving to be one of the most flexible ways to attract, and retain, a wide range of devoted participants.

Yoga is more than another wellness trend. For many who have taken up the discipline, it’s proving to be an essential part of a balanced lifestyle that is not just a form of exercise, but also a key component of emotional health.

For club and resort properties, yoga holds out the potential for being much more than just another activity to offer to members and guests. Those that have embraced it have not only been able to expand their offerings to existing members and guests, but also enhance the appeal of their properties to potential new patrons from desired demographics, including women and Millennials. And strong yoga programs are proving to be one of the best ways to get those who practice it to come, and stay, at a property on a regular and extended basis.

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Desert Mountain Club Members Enjoy ‘Happy Trails’

Desert Mountain Club introduced an Iteractive Trail Guide that caters to both serious and novice hikers alike

The Desert Mountain Club, a private golf and recreational community situated just north of Scottsdale, Ariz., boasts six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses. But it’s something off the fairways that’s attracting not only the attention of Desert Mountain members these days, but also other club managers looking for new ways to engage their own memberships and fully utilize their properties.

The property has installed a new Interactive Trail Guide that caters to both serious and novice hikers alike. Positioned at the trailhead of the property’s 15-mile private trail system, which encompasses seven separate trail segments, the guide allows hikers to select a route by distance, degree of difficulty, or even based on where they’ll come across the best sunset views.

Once the hike is selected, a customized map is created and can be scanned onto the hiker’s mobile device. Twenty of the most common routes, and accompanying GPS data, are pre-loaded into the system, to assist in selecting each person’s ideal hike.

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New Private Clubs Embrace Young Creative Class

Facilities such as Soho Beach House in Miami and Common House in Charlottesville, Va., offer co-working spaces, screening rooms, rooftop pools, networking opportunities, and other private amenities in cities in which space is a premium.

“We’ve see a huge jump in the number of the new types of club coming online, as compared to the traditional model,” said Zack Bates of Private Club Marketing, a firm that promotes members’ clubs. “In Los Angeles, you can’t get into Soho House. So others are being built, the Hospital Club, Griffin House and Norwood, to keep up with the appetite for these spaces.”

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Private Members’ Clubs Give Up Armchairs for Workspaces

Ambience of unalloyed comfort gives way to challenge shared office market

Soon after the launch of London’s lavish private members’ club 12 Hay Hill, its boss Stephanos Issaias had to throw out all the sofas and chairs on one of the floors and replace them with less comfortable seating.

Unlike many traditional private clubs, 12 Hay Hill allows members to mix business and pleasure: laptops and smartphones are permitted in its lounges, luxury serviced offices are available to rent. But some of its members, who today pay £3,800 a year for the privilege, had complained that the comfy sofas that were perfect for reclining with a drink or a book, were not appropriate “for holding meetings”, according to Mr Issaias.

Such are the dilemmas faced by a new type of club that is springing up in the UK capital. Dubbed “club-working” spaces, these offer the exclusivity and social networking of the City clubs of old, combined with the work-friendly environment of WeWork, the $20bn shared office provider. The rising popularity of working in places other than traditional offices has been driven by IT that has made it ever easier, and the growing cost of space in London.

The trend is also catching on outside the UK. In the US, city clubs such as Jonathan Club in Los Angeles and New York’s The Union League Club “have been adding co-working areas into their interiors and updating their look to make it more modern” in a bid to attract millennial professionals, according to Zack Bates, chief executive of Private Club Marketing, which promotes clubs and hotels.

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