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The Best Devices for Smart Condos

Technology has improved leaps and bounds over just the last decade, and now you can use technology to make your home work for you. With gadgets like automated light systems, thermostats that can cool off your condo before you get home, and intuitive control systems, your devices are now connected to the internet. This means that they can communicate with you, send you information, and take your commands. If you’re looking for tech that will turn your condo into a “smart home,” we’ve rounded up a few of the most useful and creative gadgets out on the market.


Amazon Echo

179.99 on Amazon

“Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).”


Click & Grow Indoor Smart Fresh Herb Garden Kit

59.95 on Amazon

“The Click & Grow Smart Garden takes the unpredictability out of indoor gardening, so you get more fresh herbs, fruits or flowers with zero effort. Using a Smart Garden is simple. Just insert the plant capsules, fill the water tank, and plug it in. Then, relax! Our specially developed Smart Soil and built-in sensors make sure plants get the optimal configuration of water, oxygen, and nutrients so your plants thrive with zero effort. This innovative technology will help your plants grow faster and more nutritious. No pesticides, plant hormones, or any other harmful substances.”


Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm

$114.30 on Amazon

“Nest Protect has been redesigned from the inside out. It has an industrial-grade smoke sensor, can be hushed from your phone, tests itself automatically, and lasts up to 10 years. And just like the original Nest Protect, it also tells you what’s wrong and can even alert your phone.”


Petnet SmartFeeder

$119.99 on Amazon

“We believe the best nutrition for your pet is personalized. Petnet will help you make intelligent decisions when it comes to your pet’s food — bringing you joy while keeping your pets healthy and happy. The SmartFeeder will help you manage feeding times, portion sizes, proper ingredients, and have your pet’s food delivered right to your doorstep.”


Neato Botvac 

$624.30 on Amazon

“Fully-featured, Botvac Connected is the smartest, most powerful, versatile solution for automatically clean floors, everyday. With dual cleaning modes and a wide cleaning path, Botvac Connected efficiently cleans room-to-room, recharges automatically and resumes cleaning until the entire floor is clean. Works on all floor types. Use the Neato app to clean your floors anytime, from anywhere. Great for homes with pets and allergies.

Also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant so you can voice control your robot.”


 

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Daytona Beach’s Summer Music Series

If you have lived in the Daytona Beach area for some time, you already know what a great place it is. You know that the weather is spectacular, the nights are warm and vibrant, the people are friendly, and there are lots of exciting things to see and do.

If you are new to the Daytona Beach region, you will soon find out what the locals have been talking about. As the summer heats up and things get going, you will find plenty of entertainment, including great concerts, amazing food festivals, and events only Daytona Beach can handle. Here are just some of the great events that will make this Daytona Beach summer the best one ever.

Country 500

Country 500 is one of the biggest and best music festivals in the entire country, and the fun gets underway on Memorial Day weekend. Country 500 takes place at the historic Daytona International Speedway, a place normally known for its fast cars and spectacular action.

This Memorial Day, Country 500 will return to Daytona Beach for its second consecutive year, with the best musicians and lots of fun. The 2017 Country Fest lineup includes country and rock superstars like Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Kid Rock, Hank Williams, Jr., Brooks and Dunn, Keith Urban and many, many more. Country 500 is always a highlight of summer in Daytona Beach, and this year’s event is not to be missed.

 

The Bandshell Concert Series

If you are looking for something a little different and a bit more low key, look no further than the famous Daytona Beach Bandshell Series. When you attend, you will enjoy plenty of family fun, lots of great music, spectacular food, and the warm weather and welcoming attitude for which Daytona Beach is so well known.

Versatility is the key that makes the Daytona Beach Bandshell Series such a special place to be. With so many different types of music and such a wide variety of bands, every member of the family and everyone in your party is sure to have a great time. You could go to the Bandshell Series every day of the week and never see the same thing twice; this is truly a movable feast, and a delight for the senses.

The Daytona Beach Bandshell Series is a family friendly event, with lots of fun activities for the kids, great music for the grownups and the youngsters, and an endless variety of entertainment. There are even special fireworks on select nights, so you and the family can celebrate in style.

This year the fun of the Daytona Beach Bandshell Series gets underway in late May and continues through the end of September, so you have plenty of time to get out and enjoy the warm summer nights and the hot musical numbers. From spectacular tributes to the likes of the Commodores, Earth Wind and Fire, and Bob Seeger to the best local and regional bands, you will find plenty of reasons to enjoy these special bandshell concerts.

Even better, the 2017 Daytona Beach Bandshell concerts are completely free, so you can grab the whole family and enjoy those hot summer nights. Whether you are new to the area or a lifelong resident, you will find plenty of great music right on the water.

Daytona Beach is always a great place to be, but the summer holds a special charm here. Whether you love great music, fine food or fast cars, you will find them all in abundance as the summer heats up and the fun gets going.

 

 

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10 Reasons to LOVE Daytona Beach

If you are looking for an exciting place to visit, or the perfect place to settle down, there are many reasons to make that place Daytona Beach. The region is blessed with warm water year-round, friendly people everywhere you turn, an abundant amount sunshine and clear skies, and a wealth of fun and exciting things to see and do. If you need further convincing, here are 10 reasons to love Daytona Beach. We think you will agree Daytona Beach is the perfect place to work, play, live, raise a family, and retire!

Weather

With an average January high temperature of nearly 70 degrees, it is clear that weather is a major selling point for Daytona Beach. The weather stays warm year round, and the blue skies and sunshine make Daytona Beach the perfect seaside playground.

Outdoor activities

If you love the outdoors, then Daytona Beach is your city! From surfing and sailing to hiking and golf, the Daytona Beach area offers something for everyone. With sunshine all year-round and plenty of outdoor activities, you may never be bored again.

Special Events

The Daytona Beach region is famous for its special events; from the world-famous Daytona 500 to the incomparable bike week, and the antics of college students enjoying spring break. No matter what you like to do, you are sure to find it here.

Shopping

If you love to shop, you will find all your favorite stores, and some you have never heard of before, in the Daytona Beach area. The region has been growing fast, and that means more shopping malls, more boutique shops, and plenty of ways to spend your leisure time and your disposable income. Daytona Beach is also home to some of the finest antique shops in the country, along with many wonderful surf shops, gift shops, and other specialty outlets.

Dining

If you love great food and great variety of it, you will find it in abundance throughout the Daytona Beach region. From fine dining and the best gourmet restaurants in the country to casual beachfront dining and a wide variety of locally-owned eateries, Daytona Beach is truly a foodie’s paradise.

Easy Day Trips

Daytona Beach is centrally located, and that is good news for day trippers. When you settle down in Daytona Beach, you are within easy driving distance of Orlando, something the kids are sure to appreciate. Daytona Beach is also an easy drive away from Cape Canaveral, Ponce Inlet, and New Smyrna Beach, so you can enjoy the entire region without the cost and hassle of an overnight stay.

International Airport

No matter where you are traveling from, Daytona Beach is easy to get to. There is an international airport here, offering flights to all corners of the globe. Whether you are coming or going, Daytona Beach is the perfect travel hub.

Cost of Living

Despite its many amenities and rapid growth, Daytona Beach remains an affordable place to settle down and raise a family. With a reasonable cost of living and ample employment opportunities, life in Daytona Beach will not break your budget.

Access to Amazing Healthcare Facilities

Whether you are retired or still in the prime of your working life, you will appreciate the world-class medical facilities that dot the Daytona Beach region. Daytona Beach is home to some of the best hospitals in the country, and many of the top doctors in their respective fields have made the region their home.

Growth

Daytona Beach is undergoing a period of rapid growth, and that is good news for current residents and newcomers alike. That rapid growth has brought new jobs, new opportunities, new housing complexes, new dining and shopping experience, new activities and plenty of new reasons to call Daytona Beach your home.

If you have been looking for a great place to settle down and enjoy a quieter way of life, Daytona Beach is the perfect place to be. With ample employment opportunities, plenty of great things to see and do and lots of affordable places to live, it is easy to see why so many people are choosing to call Daytona Beach their home.

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Top 5 Benefits of Living in a Condo Community

If you are looking for a great place to live, the type of home you choose is as important as the location. Choosing between housing arrangements and house types can be difficult, but there are many reasons to make your next home a condo. Once you explore the unique advantages of condo living, you may never consider another type of home again.

Security

Home security has never been more important, and when you move into a condo community, your security is built in from the ground up. You can enjoy the privacy, security, and safety of a gated community and the added protection of neighbors and staff who look out for you, and one another.

If you are at all concerned about your safety and the safety of your family, the advantages of a condo community is a big draw. From added protection for your belongings and enhanced safety for your loved ones, the benefits of condo living are clear.

Amenities

When you move into a condo community, you get much more than just a roof over your head. You are buying into an entire lifestyle, and a very luxurious one at that.

The Marina Grande on the Halifax has high-end amenities like a private clubhouse for condo members, two beautiful pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, boat slips for seaside adventures and even a movie theater. There are plenty of wonderful advantages to living in a condo community. It would be nearly impossible, and prohibitively expensive, to recreate these amenities in any other setting.

Neighbors

One of the biggest advantages of living in a condo is the sense of community and neighborliness it provides. You may have thought the days of neighbor helping neighbor and everyone knowing one another’s name were over, but that is not true in a condo community.

When you move into a condo community, you will be surrounded by neighbors, new friends, and associates who share your same interests and your dedication to a wonderful carefree lifestyle.

Upkeep Done for You

If you would rather spend time sailing your boat than mowing your lawn, condo living is the perfect choice. When you move into a condo community, all of the upkeep, from sweeping the sidewalks to mowing the lawn, is taken care of.

Instead of spending your summer cleaning the pool, you can spend your time swimming, boating, and enjoying all the wonderful activities the area has to offer. Condo living is perfect for those who value their leisure time.

 Lifestyles

It is hard to beat the lifestyle condo owners enjoy. Indeed, this is the lifestyle so many workers aspire to. When you move in, you will have more free time, since the exterior cleaning, mowing, and other upkeep is handled for you.

You will also enjoy a luxury lifestyle with a clubhouse, two pools, a boat slip and much more. No matter what you like to do, you are sure to enjoy your time in a condo community. There are a number of reasons so many retirees choose to sell their existing homes and move to a condo community. If you would like to join them, you will quickly see why condo living is such a popular choice.

When it comes time to purchasing a new home you have many choices, from which neighborhood is right for you to which type of home and how much space you need. If you value your free time and enjoy leisure time activities, we think you will agree that the condo life is hard to beat.

Contact Marina Grande on the Halifax today, and schedule a tour of one of our sky home’s in our luxurious condominium community.

 

 

 

 

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6 Top Water Activities in Daytona Beach

The Daytona Beach area is known for many things, and the beauty of its sparkling waters is certainly at the top of the list. Daytona Beach is an ideal location for outdoor activities, and residents have plenty of ways to indulge their love of nature and spend some time on the water. Here are 6 of the best water-based activities in and around the Daytona Beach area.

Boating

Boating is always a popular activity in Daytona Beach, and many long-time residents have their own watercrafts. Visitors can join in on the fun as well, renting boats, heading out on charter cruises and otherwise enjoying life on the water.

There are plenty of opportunities for boating in Daytona Beach. From inshore jaunts to offshore excursions, visitors and locals can choose their adventures. Whether they embark on a charter cruise on the intercoastal waterways or head out to the ocean, they can help sail, or simply sit back and relax. From scenic cruises to luxurious dinner cruises on the river, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Daytona Beach.

Scuba Diving

If you have always wanted to learn to scuba dive, Daytona Beach is the perfect place to do it. Scuba diving gets you up close and personal with life under the water, giving you a chance to see a variety of different animals and gain a new appreciation for the beauty of nature in all its forms.

When you breach the surface of the water with your scuba gear, you will see a different world; one filled with colorful tropical fish, playful manatees, and even a dolphin or two. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced diver, scuba diving is fun for the whole family.

Parasailing

Parasailing is an experience like no other, and a true adventure for thrill seekers everywhere. Parasailing also gives Daytona Beach residents and visitors a chance to see all kinds of wildlife and aquatic creatures, making it a perfect choice for nature lovers.

The local wildlife is not the only view you will see when you get out on the water. Parasailing also provides thrill seekers with breathtaking views of the area, including the famous lighthouse. If you have never seen Daytona Beach from the water, you are really missing out.

 

Kayaking

If you are looking for a more relaxing way to commune with nature, kayaking is always a great choice. When you head out on the waters of Daytona Beach in your Kayak, you will see nature in all its glory, including aquatic residents like manatees and dolphins.

You can also explore the beautiful marine marshland that surrounds Daytona Beach, along with the crystal blue waters that make it such a special place to be. Fun for the whole family and suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced boaters, kayaking is an exciting way to enjoy the waters of Daytona Beach.

Paddle Boarding/Surfing

Daytona Beach has long been a paradise for surfers and paddle boarders alike, and for good reason. Both surfing and paddle boarding are easily accessible, and suitable for both beginners and seasoned adventurers.

First-time surfers and paddle boarders can rent all the equipment they need, and lessons are widely available and easily accessible. Professional instructors provide their students with practical water safety tips, so they can enjoy their adventures without worry.

Jet Skiing

Learning to jet ski is another great way to get out and enjoy the waters of Daytona Beach and the surrounding area. Like parasailing, jet skiing is the perfect activity for thrill seekers, and many visitors come to Daytona Beach just for the jet skiing and other water-based activities.

There are jet ski rentals everywhere around Daytona Beach, so getting your hands on one should not be difficult. Once you are on the water, you can take lessons, get safety tips and make sure your first jet skiing experience is a positive one.

If you have been looking for something wonderful to do with the family, you will find plenty of exciting water-based activities throughout the Daytona Beach area. From relaxing cruise ship excursions to the thrill of a Jet Ski or parasailing adventure, you can find it all in beautiful Daytona Beach.

 

 

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Speedweeks in Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is home to many great things to see and do, but none has the excitement and pure adrenaline rush of Speedweeks. This special time of year marks the return of racing to the historical Daytona International Speedway, and it is one of the iconic events that makes this part of the country so special.

The annual Daytona Beach Speedweeks celebration marks the return of live racing to the area. When February rolls around, it is time for the race cars, and their drivers, to roll into Daytona Beach. This unique nine-day event features seven different races in four different series; so every race fan can get their fill and see their favorite professional drivers in action.

The History of Daytona Beach Speedweeks

The history of Speedweeks in Daytona Beach is a long and fascinating one. This celebration of racing culture has been going on, and going strong, since 1958, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

With nearly 60 seasons already in the record books and many more to come, it is clear that Speedweeks is as much a part of Daytona Beach as the pristine sands and warm ocean breezes.

The Perfect Location

The celebration known as Speedweeks boasts the perfect location for any race fan, namely the iconic Daytona International Speedway. Home to the Daytona 500, the crown jewel of the racing world, Daytona International has tested the best race drivers in the world, helping them hone their skills even as they thrill their most ardent fans.

The Daytona International Speedway has been recently remodeled, so it is a more improved home for Speedweeks than ever before. With a brand-new infield, an updated fan zone, and plenty of space to move around; Daytona is bigger and better than ever.

Special Events

Speedweeks in Daytona Beach means racing and lots of it. Racing fans can watch the best professional drivers in the world compete for the checkered flag and a spot in the record books at the Daytona 500, but that is only the start of the action.

Other Speedweeks races include the Lucas Oil 200 and the Clash at Daytona, the CanAm Duel, the NextEra Energy Resources 250, the PowerShares QQQ 200 and plenty of qualifying heats for the Daytona 500.

The races may take center stage as Speedweeks heats up, but there are plenty of events off the track as well. From meet and greets with the drivers, to special food events and guided tours of the region, Speedweeks offers plenty of great activities for the whole family.

Impact on the Region

The activities of Speedweeks have an enormous impact on the entire Daytona Beach region, bringing tourist dollars, an increase in jobs offered, and other benefits to locals and visitors alike. Thousands of Daytona Beach residents are directly employed in the racing industry, and many more thousands are employed in related fields.

Speedweeks also brings an economic boom for hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other local businesses. All those racing fans need a place to stay, good food to eat, and great places to buy stuff for the folks back home. That is good news for those in the hospitality industry, and great news for the Daytona Beach region as a whole.

With a long history of success and many existing fans, the annual Speedweeks celebration shows no signs of slowing down. From the majesty and drama of the Daytona 500, to the many great family-friendly activities, Speedweeks offers something for everyone.

 

 

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Perks Of Living In Florida

One way to determine what people would consider “paradise” is to look at where people take vacations. Hawaii, the Bahamas and Tahiti are some popular vacation spots. However, none of them can compete with Florida. Millions of people flock to the state each year for a bit of fun and relaxation. However, Florida is also an amazing place to live. The perks of living in Florida include the reasons why so many folks vacation here, but it goes far beyond that. Here are some of the reasons that Florida is an amazing place to call home.

Weather

This one is pretty obvious, but Florida has some of the best weather in the world. You will never have to worry about dealing with a blizzard or adding snow tires when you live in Florida. For the majority of the year, Florida is warm and very rarely gets cold. If you can deal with some heat and the occasional thunderstorm, Florida is a great place for you.

Activities

There is always something to do in Florida. No matter where in the state you reside, you’re driving distance from an amazing beach or wonderful lakes and rivers. Water is a part of every Floridian’s DNA. If you enjoy surfing, boating, water skiing or even just laying on the beach with a drink in your hand, you will be in heaven. The beautiful climate we referenced earlier makes almost every day the perfect day for these activities. We also have the unbelievable theme parks that draw so many visitors to the area.

Culture

Florida is home to an extremely diverse culture with a wide range of nationalities calling it home. What this provides are eclectic communities, restaurants, art and a welcoming feeling for all who live here. Florida is a true melting pot and possibly the truest sample of the makeup of America that you will find.

These are just a few of the perks of living in Florida. If you’re considering moving to “paradise”, Florida might be your best option.

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Upgrades That Add Value To Your Condo

Condos, by nature, are luxurious residences. Even the word condominium has an air of sophistication. Living in a condo allows you many benefits, including being a part of an exclusive community. However, it can be difficult to make your condo stand out from the crowd. Whether you’re looking to sell or just want your space to be the nicest in the building, it can be a challenge. We are here to tell you about some upgrades that add value to your condo. This value can be in the actual value of your condo or simply in your personal satisfaction with the space.

Additional Storage

If you live in a condo, you already know that finding enough storage can really be a challenge. Condos generally have much less square footage than a home. Also, in a condo, you don’t have the ability to add a shed or outside storage, so every bit of space counts. Any way you can add storage to your condo, the easier life will be and the more attractive your condo will be to buyers. If you can expand a closet or even add an additional one, this is going to raise your quality of life. Another option would be to add built-in seating, such as in a breakfast nook, that has storage beneath the seats. As we said, every bit counts.

Remodeling The Kitchen Or Bathroom

Being that condos have some space limitations, making sure that every bit of your home is taken to the next level is important. The easiest way to d0 this is by remodeling your kitchen and/or bathroom. This could be as simple as painting the cabinets, upgrading the faucet or adding a backsplash. Even if you don’t have a lot to spend, you can up the value of your space.

These are just a few of the upgrades that add value to your condo. Use your imagination and the sky is the limit.

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Tips For First Time Condo Buyers

If you’re looking for a new residence, a condo can be a great investment. If you’ve been living in a home, it’s important to know that condo living is going to have its differences. We will lay out these differences as well as some other factors to consider, as you continue reading. These tips for first time condo buyers will help you know what to expect as you go through the process.

Tips For First Time Condo Buyers

Moving from a home to a condo will require you to consider a few things you may not have had to worry about in a home. When living in a condo, you will have neighbors who are separated from you by just a wall. You may have neighbors above, below and beside you, so you’ll have to take them into consideration. You’ll need to be cautious of making too much noise, for the sake of your neighbors. Unfortunately, you may not always be rewarded with the same consideration. Another difference between a home and a condo is the lack of a yard. If you’re a gardener or like to do activities in the yard, you won’t have that option with a condo.

You will want to inquire about two things which can be a challenge for condo owners: storage and parking. Storage is limited in a condo, as you won’t have as much space as you would in a home. Many condos will come with additional storage but others will not. Parking is another important factor to consider. Does your condo come with a parking or garage space? Will the parking space leave your car exposed to the elements?

Owning a condo has many benefits and as long as you consider all of the details, you will love living in one. We hope these tips for first time condo buyers will help make your decision easier.

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Relax Your Life With Luxury: Move to the Marina Grande

Take one step into our customized tropical oasis and breathe in the views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. The Marina Grande’s amenity-filled condominium community surrounds you with the resort life 24/7. Cool off in one of our two pristine pools, warm up in the Jacuzzi, or take a personal day relaxing in fitness facilities or spas. Casually cruise any size boat (up to a motor yacht) right into our convenient on-property water slips and watch the sun dip beyond the horizon. You will feel like a gourmet chef preparing meals on the beautiful marble countertops, or grabbing a wine glass from your Italian cabinets. Floor to ceiling windows and ample balconies overlook breathtaking sunsets and paint the perfect picture for any event during any season. Driving to work or dining at one of the many trendy surrounding restaurants will be a breeze when you follow the main road right up the river side to Ormond or New Smyrna or take the back roads to the Daytona Beach International Airport and scoot off to wherever you need to be next.  Whether escaping the cold weather up north or just looking to plug into a coastal lifestyle, Marina Grande is poised to relax you in the lap of luxury.

Revamp Your Lifestyle

When you live at Marina Grande, you find yourself the center of all the action. Conveniently located near downtown Daytona Beach, FL, the Marina Grande puts you at the center of all your professional and social appearances. Enjoy paddle boarding, surfing, or relaxing along the many miles of white beaches during any month of the year. Play a round a of golf on a championship course, or attend concerts at several unique area venues. Gift shops, antique stores, and vintage boutiques are on every corner making you the new trendy gift-giver. If you want a hearty sandwich, salad, or soup you have the chance at dining casually in award winning diners and restaurants. Impress your clients at a multitude of four and five-star cuisine establishments, all right in your own backyard. Surrounding cities like, Orlando, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine are all less than an hour away and are home to top-notch department stores, outlet malls, steak houses, and amusement parks. Hire a driver or zip over on Interstate-95, conveniently located ten minutes from your home.

Simple Pleasures

If you’re a homebody and love kicking back without going out Marina Grande is the place to reside. You can live an all-inclusive lifestyle without ever leaving your property. Invite friends over to watch a movie in the 18-person movie theatre, or spend a day clearing your mind and pores in your own private sauna. Go for a run on the outskirts of the five-acre premises or create a daily workout regime in our top of the line fitness room and yoga studio. Utilize our banquet space, which can be reserved for private functions, for any holiday, birthday, or personal party. You will always feel welcomed at the Marina Grande, and more importantly you will feel safe with our around the clock gate guards taking note of everyone who enters the building lot. Retire from your chaotic course and enjoy living easy along the east coast.

One step through the door and you will be able to relax, unwind, and truly enjoy the beauty of urban coastal living. Close to everything, yet still isolated and private. Everything is upgraded, the only thing missing is you. Your fast paced lifestyle deserves a sanctuary of relaxation and ease. Come tour the grounds and see the luxury we have to offer. We want to change your life by treating you to the ultimate in lifestyle.

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