Living the villa lifestyle at Forest Lakes

These golf front homes at Forest Lakes offer luxury living inside and out - Contributed
These golf front homes at Forest Lakes offer luxury living inside and out – Contributed

Spectacular views, solar heating and world-class golfing

When it comes to buying a new home, there are a number of great options in Nova Scotia. For some, the traditional single-family detached home is the best option. Others prefer apartment living. But for a growing number of homebuyers, including professional couples, young families and even retirees, a townhome or villa is a more attractive and practical alternative. When you factor in a one-of-a-kind, exclusive opportunity to own a villa on a custom, 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, the choice is a simple one, which is why the unique villas at Forest Lakes Country Club are so appealing.

Forest Lakes is a centrally located resort-style, residential community just 35 minutes from downtown Halifax, the beautiful Annapolis Valley and wine country and 40 minutes to Halifax Stanfield International Airport. But what truly sets this 1,700-acre wooded development apart from other residential developments in the province is the much-anticipated world-class golf course, the first ever in Atlantic Canada.

“Owning a home in our three- or four-unit villa means you are literally steps away from a spectacular golfing experience every time you open your door,” says Joanne Cheevers, vice president of marketing at Forest Lakes.

Access to what is slated to be one of the best golf courses in the country is not the only benefit to buying a villa at Forest Lakes. The growing and highly respected community offers year-round, multi-use hiking trails, three pristine lakes and a community boathouse, all within walking distance of your home.

“Townhomes or villas have been growing in popularity in every market,” says Larry Allen, realtor with KW Select Realty. “Single, detached homes typically come with a bigger price tag and for young families, people looking to retire or downsize or for people just starting out, these multi-level homes offer the same perks as a detached home at a lower cost,” adds Allen. “In fact, there are a number of benefits to choosing a villa over a single, detached home.”

An artists rendering of the 4-unit villa at The Edgewater at Forest Lakes. Pre-construction starts at $429,900. - Contributed
An artists rendering of the 4-unit villa at The Edgewater at Forest Lakes. Pre-construction starts at $429,900. – Contributed


“One of the more obvious benefits of purchasing a villa is the lower cost, compared to a single, detached home,” says Allen. “A major cost of owning a detached home is the land. Every villa at Forest Lakes has three outdoor living spaces with stunning views of the golf course and surrounding nature. A common yard space will complete the Edgewater neighbourhood, shared with a 12-unit condo next door, which allows for more green space and a sense of community.”

Utility costs tend to be lower in a villa or townhome as well for the simple reason there are shared walls between the units, which means less heat loss.

“When you purchase a newly built, turn-key villa at Forest Lakes, you avoid costly renovations that often come with buying an older, detached home,” says Allen. “You know there will be no plumbing or electrical issues and everything is up-to-code and energy efficient, which means your overall monthly costs will be much less compared to an older home.”

Purchasing a new villa at Forest Lakes right now also affords potential homeowners a unique opportunity. “Homes in Nicklaus developments achieve both a 32 per cent price premium and a 15 per cent faster sales velocity than the averages achieved by the other top golf course architects in the world,” explains Cheevers. “The Nicklaus name is associated with quality and prestige and when the 18-hole course is completed, the purchase price for all of the homes in the Forest Lakes Community will increase, she adds. “Buyers that get in on what is essentially a ground-floor opportunity can take advantage of introductory, limited-time pre-construction pricing starting at just $429,900.”


All of the villas in Forest Lakes include Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology, which effectively converts sunlight (solar radiation) into direct-current electricity. “Not only is solar power a clean source of energy, but it’s far less expensive and homeowners will reap the benefit of lower monthly utility bills,” says Allen. “In addition to cutting down your monthly expenses, buyers of these villas will also be eligible for a rebate through Nova Scotia Power, which will provide cash in hand.”

Detached-home feel

Villas at Forest Lakes afford homeowners the many benefits of a single, detached home for much less. “We have several options for buyers including two bedroom plus den to three bedroom units, ranging from 1,100 to almost 1,500 square feet,” says Cheevers.

All of the villas have an attached garage, beautiful open-concept spaces and three outdoor living spaces. The villas include additional living space with an unfinished walk-out basement where homeowners are encouraged to transform the space as they see fit — additional bedrooms, a recreation room or workout space are among some popular options.

Sense of community

Residents of the villas at the Edgewater will reap the many benefits of living at Forest Lakes. With a variety of amenities such as the Boathouse area, Welcome Lodge and hiking trails, there is no doubt you will run into your neighbours. There are a variety of events planned each month, ranging from yoga classes, guided hikes, movies under the stars, artisan markets and food truck parties. There is always something happening at Forest Lakes that will provide fun and an opportunity to make new friends.

Maintenance-free living

Single detached homes by their very nature typically require more upkeep, which means more time cleaning or shovelling than enjoying the great outdoors and time with loved ones. For some people, this may be fine, however, residents of Forest Lakes’ can take advantage of truly living maintenance-free.

“For added comfort, any homeowner at Forest Lakes can purchase our worry-free maintenance packages. Our team will take care of everything, from weeding and cleaning to home-check services when you’re away from home,” says Cheevers. “The list of maintenance we can do for our homeowners is endless.”


Whether you choose to purchase a detached home or a villa in the Forest Lakes community, every home is built with state-of-the-art technology, superior finishings and the greatest attention to detail.

“Forest Lakes is more than a place to live. It’s a complete lifestyle and we pride ourselves on being able to offer homeowners every conceivable luxury,” says Cheevers.

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