February Marketing and Blog Ideas

via ThriveHive

It’s the start of a new month and we’ve got some fresh marketing ideas for you to promote your business. There’s more to February than just hearts and candy! Here’s a list of 10 marketing and blog ideas for February.

1. Valentine’s Day Promotions

There are countless Valentine’s Day promotions that you can do this month:

  • Fitness centers: Host a special Valentine’s Day class for couples or a post-Valentine’s Day workout to burn off calories from candy and chocolate!
  • Massage Therapists and Spas: Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to run a special offer on massage services. Couples massages, a day at the spa, and a chocolate facial can all be used for Valentine’s Day promotions.
  • Restaurants: Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this month and is the perfect time for a couples cooking class! Come up with a special menu of aphrodisiacs foods to ignite some romance in your budding chefs!
  • Flower shops: This is your time to shine! Think outside of the bouquet and offer customers something other than overpriced, out of season roses.
  • Gift and retail stores: Come up with a Valentine’s Day gift guide – it’s the perfect time to promote some new merchandise. Post gift guides on your blog or in an email blast to give customers ideas for what to buy their sweetheart.

 

2. Valentine’s Day Graphics

February 14 is Valentine’s Day – show your social media and email marketing some love with Valentine’s Day themed graphics. Hearts, candy, and love are good things to use to catch attention from customers! Use holiday graphics to spruce up your Facebook marketing and Twitter profiles but they’re even more useful when combined with Valentine’s Day promotions.

3. Heart Disease Awareness Month

It makes sense that the month of Valentine’s Day is also Heart Disease Awareness Month. If your business is focused on health and wellness, this is a great marketing opportunity for you. Fitness centers and gyms can partner with a local health center for heart disease awareness or screenings.

Host special classes focusing on cardiovascular activity or write informative blog posts about heart health and risk factors. Use this time to market your business by educating your customers to help them lead healthy lives. Any business can sponsor a Valentine’s Day race – there are usually fun runs or 5Ks going on around the holiday and sponsoring one will get your business name out in the community.

4. Black History Month

February is Black History Month and the perfect opportunity to highlight prominent leaders in your industry. Black lawyers, politicians, scientists, artists, educators, and athletes have shaped American society. Take some time to reflect on those who have shaped your business industry.

5. Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health may sound like a boring topic but it can be a great month for marketing your small business. Dentists can certainly have a field day with this one, but other businesses can use this opportunity to teach parents and students about the importance of dental health. Daycares, fitness centers, and churches can host special classes with families about the importance of going to the dentist. Perhaps one of the parents is a dentist and would like to come to answer questions for kids.

This not only helps your business interact with the community, but it helps local dentists market themselves all while educating parents and children about dentistry. This is a word of mouthreferral marketing technique that will give you something to smile about!

6. Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

In the middle of Children’s Dental Health Month is Ice Cream for Breakfast day! Everyone loves ice cream! Use this quirky holiday to market your business. Held on the first Saturday of February, this Ice Cream for Breakfast Day can be a fun marketing promotion for your bakery, ice cream shop, or restaurant! Although it is supposed to be on a Saturday, you can do this any day of the week. Invite customers to come in to eat ice cream for breakfast – it’s a fun way to interact with families and do something new to promote your business.

7. Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are held in February. This is a great opportunity for engaging with your customers on social media. You’ve seen the video of a police officer singing Taylor Swift – get your employees together for your favorite Grammy nominated song and share it on social media!

8. Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is one of the most watched programs on television. Use your geographic location, recipes, or business colors to engage customers for the Super Bowl.

9. President’s Day

President’s Day is famous for sales so use it to your advantage. Most schools are off for President’s Day which makes it a great day to hold a family-friendly activity at your fitness center.

10. Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras marks the beginning of Lent but down in New Orleans it’s party time! Host a Fat Tuesday party or sale at your business. Get customers in on the fun by giving a discount to anyone who comes in wearing a mask or beads!

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.

1519 Riata Rd, Pebble Beach,CA

 

$11,495,000 | 5 Beds | 8 Baths | 8,877  Sq. Ft.
Listed by Tim Smith Coldwell Banker Res

Wow!!! Look at that view! That is what you will say to yourself when you walk through the front doors of this Mediterranean Estate located above The Lodge at Pebble Beach. There are large south facing windows bathing the interior with natural light and frame the scenic beauty of Carmel Bay and Point Lobos and the Pebble Beach Golf Course. The main level has high ceilings with exposed beams and is home to the beautiful master retreat, an open space for your living room, dining area, breakfast nook that is bookended by two marble fireplaces and of course the kitchen with a sizable butler's pantry. Take the elevator down to the lower level where there is a family room, an amazing home theater with murals of Pebble Beach painted on the wall, a workout room and a wine cellar with a wine bar and 3 more en suites and a large guest suite. Just about every other room in the home has ocean views! If you are looking for something very special in Pebble Beach, you must see this!

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635 Perugia Way, Los Angeles, CA 90077

 

$13,000,000 | 4 Beds | 7 Baths | 5,205 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Bachir Oueida Douglas Elliman

This traditional designed home is situated on a Cul-de-sac in prime lower Bel Air overlooking the Bel Air Country Club Golf Course and on a clear day you can see the ocean. There is a newer chef's kitchen, with center island, cozy dining room with fireplace, sun filled living room with fireplace, large family room with fireplace and paneled den/library with fireplace. The oversized master bedroom upstairs has marble his and hers baths and massive closet space. There are two additional bedrooms and baths upstairs and a maids and a bath downstairs. French doors open to a beautiful flat grassy yard and secret gardens with a sparkling sun filled pool and cabana with fireplace. There is a two story guest house near the cabana, each with a living room, bedroom and bath. A must see.

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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.

9 Pelican Crest Dr, Newport Coast, CA 92657

 

$15,985,000| 6 Beds | 6.5 Baths | 10,749 Sq. Ft.
Listed by James Gray 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.

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.

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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801 Tarcuto Way, Los Angeles, CA 90077

 

$29,995,000 | 7 Beds | 8 Baths | 7,473 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Kurt Rappaport  Westside Estate Agency Inc.

Located behind gates on a very prime cul-de-sac in the most prime section of Bel Air, one of the largest flat properties in Bel Air that directly adjoins the Bel Air Country Club Golf Course. A long private driveway leads to a huge circular motor court and a stunning Mediterranean villa, designed by Gerald Colcord. Situated on 2.5 acres of world class gardens, amazing lawns, resort-like pool, meandering paths, and gorgeous towering trees, all overlooking stunning golf course and city views. Beautiful living room with beamed ceilings, stone fireplace, large formal dining room, incredibly charming library with fireplace, gourmet kitchen with center island, separate breakfast room. Upstairs features an amazing master suite with soaring ceilings, and 2 separate guest suites, beautiful separate office/guest house, staff quarters, downstairs guest room, and much more. Shown to pre-qualified clients only.
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610 Los Trancos Rd, Portolla Valley, CA 94028

 

$11,495,000 | 5 Beds | 8 Baths | 8,877 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Tim Smith Coldwell Banker Res

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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7007 Country Club Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

 

$37,000,000 | 10 Beds | 11.5 Baths | 22,897  Sq. Ft.
Listed by Monterey Peninsula Home Team KW Coastal Estates
With the unparalleled 32 acres of prime La Jolla land, this iconic and renowned residence is far and away the largest residential property in Southern California's most picturesque seaside community. Crowning the Country Club neighborhood, Foxhill, an appx. 17k sf main residence offers panoramic ocean, golf course, village and sunset views sweeping southward to the dazzling San Diego City skyline, bay, and the mountains of Mexico. Neighborhoods: Country Club Equipment: Dryer, Pool/Spa/Equipment, Range/Oven, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL, GSL Guest House Est. SQFT: 1252

 

1820 Highway, 50 Glenbrook, NV 89413

$13,559,000 | 8 Beds | 12 Baths | 18,807 Sq. Ft.
 Listed by Brian Guiltinan The Guiltinan Group

The Pines has two parcels with 13.6 acres, a main residence at 13,686 square feet, beautiful 4 bedroom guest house, 3 bedroom caretaker’s house, shop and outbuildings surrounded by park-like grounds. The swimming pool and spa overlook 400′ of shore, shared pier and private buoys & boathouse. Play golf on a 3-hole course with practice green, each with tee boxes and room to add more. Gigantic granite outcroppings and panoramic lake views abound. Nevada tax advantages.

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7010 El Camino Del Norte Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

$19,991,852 | 8148  Sq. Ft.
7010 El Camino Del Norte is vacant land in Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091. Based on Redfin's Rancho Santa Fe data, we estimate the home's value is $19,991,852. Comparable nearby homes include 6845 Via Del Charro7015 Via Guadalupe, and 6311 El Montevideo. The closest coffee shop is Cielo Bistro. The closest restaurant is The Bridges At Rancho Santa Fe. This address can also be written as 7010 El Camino Del Norte, Rancho Santa Fe, California 92091.

 

9 PELICAN CREST Dr, Newport Coast, CA 92657

 

 

$16,581,491 | 6 Beds | 6.5 Baths | 10,749 Sq. Ft.
Our gears are turning, but we don't have enough information to generate an accurate estimate at this time.

 

4880 Rancho Del Mar Trl, San Diego, CA 92130

$13,559,000 | 8 Beds | 12 Baths | 18,807 Sq. Ft.
 Listed by Brian Guiltinan  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. Neighborhoods: Rancho Pacifica Complex Features: , , Equipment: Dryer, Pool/Spa/Equipment, Range/Oven, Washer Other Fees: 0 Sewer: Sewer Connected Topography: LL

635 Perugia Way, Los Angeles, CA 90077

 

$13,000,000 | 4 Beds | 7 Baths | 5,205 Sq. Ft.
 Listed by Bachir Oueida  Douglas Elliman
This traditional designed home is situated on a Cul-de-sac in prime lower Bel Air overlooking the Bel Air Country Club Golf Course. Sophisticated and elegantly proportioned formal living and dining rooms both have a fireplace, and the all-white, chef-accommodating eat-in kitchen is arranged around a huge island topped by a thick and lustrous slab of wood. There's also a paneled library and a family room, both also with fireplaces. In addition to a staff bedroom and bathroom on the main floor, the main house's second floor has two en suite guest bedrooms and an expansive master suite replete with yet another fireplace plus two marble bathrooms and a fitted dressing hall lined with glitzy, mirrored wardrobes. A two-story guesthouse adds a living room, bedroom and bath. Outside, a trellised dining terrace with TV-surmounted brick fireplace looks out over the city beyond a grassy yard and swimming pool. And, below the backyard, the lushly landscaped hillside with pathway to garden.

 

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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5471 Country Club Pkwy, SAN JOSE, CA 95138

 

$12,500,000| 5 Beds | 4.5 Baths |6,081 Sq. Ft.
Listed by Frank Liu RE/MAX Gold
The Creme de la Creme-Built for the Fine Art Connoisseur Located in the prestigious Silicon Valley, this Stunning Mediterranean Renaissance estate is inspired by historic Milan/Florence accents. Situated in the exclusive gated golf course community of Silver Creek Valley Country Club. Remodel completed in 2019, includes 24′ high ceiling Foyer & 18′ Fresco mural inspired by Botticelli's “The Birth of Venus”, Vintage glamour kitchen with La Cornue range, stunning white custom hood & cabinetry, quartz backsplash/countertop. Five spacious ensuites, elegant study with domed ceiling & expansive home theater/Media Room totally sound proofed, separate, but attached guesthouse in contemporary hotel style with private access. Home embodies a marvelous composition of marble, Onyx, Mother of Pearl, Calcutta Gold marble, & Italian hand carved marble throughout including 22′ Mantel. Privately gated grounds. A gorgeous pool and outside veranda completes this remarkable luxurious estate. A MUST SEE!

 

222 E Shiloh Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95492

 

$12,300,000| 4 Beds | 6 Baths |6,772 Sq. Ft.
Listed by  Jeffrey Bounsall  Compass
Gated 68 acre+/- Premier Secluded Wine Country Estate, 6772 +/- square foot 4 bdr, 4 bth contemporary res. w/ office & den. Very private setting with open floor plan and elegant architectural details throughout. Fabulous sunrise and sunset views. Swimming pool & landscaped yard for entertaining, rose gardens, olive grove, lawns. Paved roads throughout. 54.54 +/- acres premium vineyards located within Chalk Hill, RRV and Sonoma Coast AVA's. Oak laden meandering creek runs through property. Plenty of water. Potential for Subdivision into three parcels and winery sites. Minutes to airport, restaurants, shopping and Golf Course

 

6 Fair Hbr, Newport Coast, CA 92657

$11,495,000 | 5 Beds | 8 Baths | 8,877  Sq. Ft.
Listed by Tim Smith Coldwell Banker Res

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.

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23517 Malibu Colony, Rd Malibu, CA 90265

$10,995,000| 3 Beds | 4 Baths | – Sq. Ft.
Listed by Christopher Cortazzo  Compass
In the heart of Malibu, this gate-guarded residence, with coveted beach key access, provides an inviting ambiance for easy living and seamless indoor-outdoor entertaining. Gated entry opens onto a pool courtyard and access to main house and second house. Main house has herringbone wood floors, high wood ceilings, spacious great room with living, dining, chef's kitchen, and foldaway doors to front and backyards. A tranquil owner's suite with sitting area, custom closet, luxurious bath, and deck. Second en-suite bedroom opens onto pool courtyard. Second house has main-floor living room, kitchenette, powder room, upstairs en-suite bedroom with view deck, plus steps up to a third level deck with peek-a-boo ocean views, and sweeping mountain, city, and golf course vistas. Perfect for sunbathing or cocktails under the stars. Very private backyard has a huge wraparound deck, soaking tub, slate patio, barbecue center, enormous fireplace, and ample lawn. Two-car garage and guest parking
The No. 1 Architecture Design Award winning residence in Newport Coast just got better due to a recently completed six-month hard & softscape renovation during which the back & front yards were completely refreshed along with the family room, kitchen, & master bedroom! This magnificent estate which boasts panoramic, mountain & partial Ocean views is located in the prestigious guard-gated community of Pelican Crest in Newport Coast close to the Pelican Hill Resort & Golf Course. This gorgeous 9,547 sq. ft estate rests on an approx. 30,000 sq. ft lot on a cul-de-sac boasts 5 elegant bedroom suites, a home office, a media room, 7 bathrooms, & a 4-car garage. The architecturally significant entry to the formal living room features unmatched neoclassical design with marble flooring, soaring ceilings, bar, fireplace, & extra-large spans of glass windows rarely seen in Newport Coast. An over-sized elegant master retreat features a fireplace, wet bar, & two walk-in closets offering beautiful panoramic & partial ocean views. Cozy master bathroom with Jacuzzi spa & marble flooring throughout. The gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances & granite countertops opens up to a large family room with a fireplace featuring gorgeous views. A professionally landscaped backyard with spectacular pool, spa, gazebo, & BBQ surrounded by beautiful roses provides wonderful panoramic views great for entertaining & enjoying luxury Southern California Living.

 

15 Skycrest, Newport Coast, CA 92657

 

 

$10,988,000 | 5 Beds | 7 Baths | 9,547  Sq. Ft.
Listed by  Clara Chen  Pacific Sotheby's Int'l Realty
The No. 1 Architecture Design Award winning residence in Newport Coast just got better due to a recently completed six-month hard & softscape renovation during which the back & front yards were completely refreshed along with the family room, kitchen, & master bedroom! This magnificent estate which boasts panoramic, mountain & partial Ocean views is located in the prestigious guard-gated community of Pelican Crest in Newport Coast close to the Pelican Hill Resort & Golf Course. This gorgeous 9,547 sq. ft estate rests on an approx. 30,000 sq. ft lot on a cul-de-sac boasts 5 elegant bedroom suites, a home office, a media room, 7 bathrooms, & a 4-car garage. The architecturally significant entry to the formal living room features unmatched neoclassical design with marble flooring, soaring ceilings, bar, fireplace, & extra-large spans of glass windows rarely seen in Newport Coast. An over-sized elegant master retreat features a fireplace, wet bar, & two walk-in closets offering beautiful panoramic & partial ocean views. Cozy master bathroom with Jacuzzi spa & marble flooring throughout. The gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances & granite countertops opens up to a large family room with a fireplace featuring gorgeous views. A professionally landscaped backyard with spectacular pool, spa, gazebo, & BBQ surrounded by beautiful roses provides wonderful panoramic views great for entertaining & enjoying luxury Southern California Living.

 

2450 Calzada, Ave Santa Ynez, CA 93460

$10,900,000 | 5 Beds | 4 Baths | 10,000  Sq. Ft.
Listed by Carey Kendall  Village Properties
Set on 65+/- acres, Great Oak Ranch is a truly remarkably appointed compound, with main residence, multiple guest structures, an award winning vineyard, a 5 hole golf course, pool, tennis court and a full complement of professional horse facilities. Let your daydream become a reality and experience an enviable lifestyle filled with space and ease. With stunning landscapes and room to roam, Great Oaks offers a myriad of opportunities; an excellent choice for anyone looking for a full time residence, vacation property, multi-generational living, world-class vineyard, or incomparable equestrian facilities. Regardless of your dreams, Great Oaks Ranch offers a number of amenities not easily replicated in Santa Barbara County.

 

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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