5/12/11

Going Green: Buying a Golf Home

For many American golf enthusiasts, the idea of waking up and looking out onto a lush, verdant fairway would be a dream come true. And for an increasing number of people, that dream is very much a reality as golf course and country club communities offer excellent opportunities for residential or vacation home ownership. The range of properties to be found within these highly desirable communities varies enormously, and one can find everything from convenient and affordable condos to multi-million dollar private estates. 

But what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a golf course home? Well, the attractions are obvious; access to the greens, a peaceful and family-safe environment, and free golf balls that may make their way onto your lawn! The majority of golf course developments are gated, and as such traffic flow is at a minimum. This not only means that there is less noise and pollution, but also that children can play safely in the street. Gated neighborhoods also provide an increased level of safety and a significant reduction in unwanted intrusion. 

Of course, the allure of being able to stroll out of the door to play a couple of holes after work, or before the weekend crowds arrive, is the main appeal of buying a golf course home. You will also be among like-minded neighbors, and be part of a community who enjoy a common pursuit. 

But before you make the plunge, it's worth considering the potential downsides to owning a property on a popular golf course. Those lush, perfect greens don't maintain themselves, and early morning grass cutting and leaf-blowing can be an irritating and noisy affair. And, not all golfers enjoy a sedate and leisurely round; some people feel the need to bellow at one another constantly, and overheard conversations can be a permanent soundtrack for those living in golf communities. Errant balls are something worth considering, too - it's no fun to be on the receiving end of a beginner's ball as it sails wildly through your kitchen window... or punches a hole in your screen porch. 

But these minor irritants are nothing compared to the sheer joy that enthusiastic golfers will derive from living in close proximity to a great course. And when you're not practicing your swing or digging your way out of a particularly nasty bunker, you can relax in the lovely surroundings of a beautifully manicured landscape, listening to birdsong and the croaking of frogs from the course ponds! 

As with any home purchase, be it for permanent residence or seasonal vacations, various other elements need to be taken into account before signing on the dotted line. Think about convenient access to local amenities, shopping, dining, schools and transit, and proximity to main highways for essential commutes. Make sure that you seek the advice and assistance of a real estate professional who will be able to find not only the perfect home, but also the ideal location to suit your specific requirements. 

So, whether you are looking for a quiet retreat with great golfing facilities on your doorstep, or a spacious home in a highly sought after waterfront golf course community, complete with boating and entertainment opportunities, be sure to research all the possibilities within your budget. Don't forget to enlist a local real estate expert, and before long you'll be teeing off within a few yards of your backyard!
by: David Abernathy

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