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At The Nest at Brannon Ridge Reserve, Paige Thornton and Kim Bucciero envisioned a tucked-away respite with design and home efficiency on par with almost anything in Atlanta.
It’s Labor Day weekend, and Atlantans are hitting the lake. Looking to get in on the action? Here’s what you need to know to get a lake retreat of your own—or even to live there full time (yes, it's possible).
These oceanfront residences may just be Sea Island’s sweetest deal. Not only do they offer the convenience and (relative) affordability of shared ownership, but they also include year-round membership in the Sea Island Club for only a quarter of the annual dues—and no initiation fee.
At Alys Beach, every design decision begins with the view. Both floorplans and furniture selections aim to maximize the vista beyond the windows. Whitewashed architecture, understated landscaping, and a turquoise ocean have become the hallmarks of this upscale Florida Panhandle community.
The club has a lake, so it offers boating and fishing, as well as hiking and a top-ranked golf course. Most unique is the Arts Loft, a staffed studio that serves both professionals and novices—offering classes, shows, dinners, and wine events.
For Steve Marcinko and his wife, Karen, their Breckenridge penthouse condo has been all about easy. Their two-story unit at Beaver Run has six bedrooms and sleeps 20—a mere 50 feet from one of the main chair lifts.
Davind and Rookmin Maharaj both grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, so they never especially craved a second home along the coast. This past spring they settled on a cabin outside Blue Ridge, less than a two-hour drive from their home in Cumming and, just as importantly, a 10-minute walk from the Toccoa River.
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