Caroli­nas sweet to Cal­gar­i­ans

Cou­ple en­joy life at The Cliffs pro­ject near Blue Ridge Moun­tains in U.S.

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When Calgary res­i­dents seek a sunny, golf-cen­tric sec­ond home in the U.S., they turn to the desert states.

But for a lake cot­tage, they look else­where. Mike Mazar found the best of both worlds at a di­verse pro­ject that spans the states of South and North Carolina.

The Cliffs is a de­vel­op­ment con­sist­ing of seven res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties along three re­gions of the Caroli­nas. They are lo­cated be­tween Greenville, S.C., and Asheville, N.C.

Homes range in price from $500,000 to $4 mil­lion US.

Mazar and his wife, Leigh Kelln, en­joy tee­ing off at a scenic 18-hole golf course as much as the next per­son, but the Calgary cou­ple wanted more to do dur­ing their down time.

“We wanted year-round golf and the Caroli­nas cer­tainly have that,” says Mazar. “But we wanted other con­ve­nient­ly­lo­cated ac­tiv­i­ties — in par­tic­u­lar, where our place is out there, it’s right on a lake.”

The Cliffs’ re­gions are called the moun­tain com­mu­ni­ties, which in­clude sub­di­vi­sions sur­rounded by the fa­mous Blue Ridge Moun­tains; the Asheville com­mu­nity is a small town bor­dered by moun­tains and for­est; and the lake com­mu­ni­ties are near Lake Ke­owee. Lake com­mu­ni­ties sit along the 7,486-hectare Lake Ke­owee and also of­fer a view of the moun­tains.

The Calgary cou­ple bought their home about five years ago.

“We’ll play golf in the morn­ing and be on the boat 15 min­utes af­ter our round is over,” says Mazar, who works as an eq­uity re­search an­a­lyst for a bank.

The cou­ple lives only a few min­utes drive from one of seven golf cour­ses at the Cliffs — and if you’re a mem­ber of one, you have ac­cess to them all.

“I’ve played a lot of golf in my life and I am 41 now,” says Mazar. “I’ve been play­ing since I was 10 years old — and lit­er­ally, the cour­ses we have ac­cess to are world class.”

The cour­ses come in a va­ri­ety of skill lev­els, he says, de­scrib­ing their “world-class con­di­tions and a world-class de­sign.”

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C MVisit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Properties,’ for more pho­tos and sto­ries. the con­ve­nience of a dock. The cou­ple has a boat and uses it to go fish­ing, wa­ter-ski­ing and wake board­ing. “It’s con­ve­nient to fit a bunch of ac­tiv­i­ties into one day,” says Mazar.

Be­yond the fun and games, The Cliffs comes with a slate of ameni­ties, in­clud­ing mul­ti­ple restau­rants, fit­ness cen­tres, a mar­ket for gro­ceries, hik­ing trails and an eques­trian cen­tre.

“That’s ac­tu­ally pretty im­por­tant,” says Mazar, adding it’s oth­er­wise about a 15-minute drive to the near­est town — “so it’s nice to have it all self-con­tained like that.”

Each com­mu­nity also has a “tremen­dous amount of arts,” says Brett John­ston, CEO of The Cliffs Com­mu­ni­ties.

“The golf is kind of a hook, but it’s not the only rea­son peo­ple stay or even buy,” he says. “I would say 25 per cent of our peo­ple are buy­ing for golf only.”

Along with their home in The Cliffs, the Calgary cou­ple has a home in Arizona.

“The prob­lem with Phoenix is that no­body wants to be there in June, July and Au­gust be­cause it’s sim­ply too hot,” says Mazar.

“It’s a bit more of a mod­er­ate cli­mate in the Caroli­nas, which was ap­peal­ing to us as well. Look­ing out longer-term, and I’m not re­tir­ing any time soon, we wanted a place we could re­ally live year-round.”

The cou­ple heads to The Cliffs about seven times per year, he says.

“The way my job is, it takes me out east a fair amount any­ways,” says Mazar.

“I’ll of­ten pop down there if I am in New York or Toronto. I’m fairly lucky that I get to go down there quite a bit.”

The home the cou­ple bought is about 3,700 square feet on about a hectare of land. It has three bed­rooms and a pa­tio, with what Mazar calls a “cot­tage type of look.”

Most of the buy­ers in The Cliffs range from their late 30s to mid-60s. “We are get­ting a lot of peo­ple who are look­ing to build gen­er­a­tional mem­o­ries,” says John­ston. Mazar is a re­search an­a­lyst for a Cana­dian bank. His job of­ten takes him to eastern states and prov­inces. While he’s there, he vis­its the Caroli­nas, where he has a sec­ond home with his wife at a de­vel­op­ment called The Cliffs. He’s able to en­joy a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, with a cot­tage within walk­ing dis­tance from what he calls a “world-class” golf course and a dock on the lake. He and his wife like spend­ing af­ter­noons on the wa­ter, fish­ing and wake board­ing.

The Cliffs

One of the cus­tom homes in a col­lec­tion of com­mu­ni­ties called The Cliffs, which is lo­cated in North and South Carolina. The pro­ject of­fers year-round golf.

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