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Life in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

August 22, 2019

When it comes to natural splendor, few regions can compare to Virginia’s breathtaking Shenandoah Valley. Nicknamed “The Big Valley,” the 200-mile basin stretches across the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains, offering an impressive array of natural wonders, historic sites and charming towns brimming with shopping, dining and cultural attractions. Those fortunate enough to call Shenandoah Valley home enjoy easy access to the following: Shenandoah National Park. Boasting 200,000 impressive acres of protected lands, including serene woods, flowing waterfalls and over 500 miles of trails, this…

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Day in the Life: Longmont, CO

April 10, 2018
View of Longs Peak from McIntosh Lake in Longmont, CO

Longmont—Boulder’s countryside cousin to the northeast—has officially come into its own. Remaining true to its agricultural roots, yet brimming with hip eateries and breweries, beautiful parks and open spaces, a revitalized outdoor mall and a surging Main Street (besting Boulder’s Pearl Street in sales tax revenue last year), Longmont has developed into one of Boulder County’s most popular hangouts and places to live. Here’s a look at what a day in the life might look like for you as a resident. 8:00 A.M. WALK AROUND…

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Relocating to Surprise, AZ

February 27, 2018
Deacon floor plan in Arizona

Located just 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Surprise, AZ, offers homebuyers a charming mix of shopping, dining, arts and culture—not to mention abundant recreational opportunities. Those relocating to the area will quickly discover why so many families are choosing to call Arizona’s 10th largest city home. Surrounded by a regional lake, majestic mountains and, of course, the dramatic Sonoran desert, Surprise is a wonderful place to live, work and play—offering those fortunate enough to reside there the ultimate Arizona lifestyle. From city-sponsored concerts at “Second…

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Buyers Find Lifestyle and Sustainability in Harmony, Florida

January 30, 2018

Central Florida homebuyers who value community amenities may want to consider the popular Harmony masterplan near St. Cloud.   From the beginning, this enclave of new homes was created with the idea that residents would live “in harmony with nature.” Harmony developed a cooperative relationship with the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the early 2000s and sustainability has always been a priority.   Now, in 2018, this unique community of new homes is well on its way to realizing its…

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Four Communities Less than Two Hours from Colorado Ski Country

November 8, 2017
Skiing in Colorado

Colorado is renowned for its world-class ski and snowboard slopes. Every year, tens of thousands flock to the Colorado high country in order to get a taste of fresh Rocky Mountain powder and spend time in famous ski towns like Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail and Keystone. Living within driving distance of Colorado skiing is one thing, but when you can pull out of your garage in the morning and arrive in time to catch the first lift up the mountain, you know you’re living the good…

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