Luxury you can afford, lifestyle you deserve

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Nature and luxury were taken into consideration at every planning stage of Forest Lakes Country Club, a premium resort-style community presently under construction in the heart of Nova Scotia. Offering spectacular lakes, golf greens, nature at its finest and beautiful homes, the community is designed to appeal to residents and guests of all ages. “We pride ourselves on being unique,” says VP sales and marketing, Kristi Wenaus. “Forest Lakes is unlike anything else in Atlantic Canada. When you live here you’re going to be living in a community that is environmentally sound, at one with nature and has amazing amenities and activities. We know there are a lot of housing options out there, but we want people to know Forest Lakes is offering something truly special and has something for everyone.”

Located half an hour from Halifax in West Hants on 1,700 acres of land, the community will feature year-round activities for residents and guests, including the only Nicklaus Design golf course east of Ontario. The golf course is scheduled to open for limited play in 2018. “The Nicklaus brand itself exudes luxury,” adds Wenaus. Residents and guests will also be able to enjoy cross-country skiing, skating, horseback riding, fishing, boating and swimming. There is boathouse with a bon fire area and many kilometres of walking trails for people to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. A village centre — which will be open to both residents and visitors — is also planned for the community. “It will be similar to what you would find at Whistler or Mont Tremblant, with the same look and feel. It will have boutique shops, a hotel and spa, restaurants, a farmers’ market and a family entertainment centre.”

Each house, condo and townhouse at Forest Lakes Country Club will embraceNova Scotia’s spectacular natural beauty.Custom options such as beams, floor to-ceiling windows and open concept designs will be common features available to homebuyers. Every home is designed with a well-planned use of space and welcoming qualities, such as covered terraces, fireplaces and openplan kitchens. “We have 18 homes in our Country Collection and each is very different, unique and luxurious in its own right,” says Wenaus, who notes buyers are also welcome to use their own builder, within Forest Lakes’ specific covenants. Wenaus says guests of their events and open houses often comment on the quality of the workmanship in a Forest Lakes home. “We pride ourselves on being the best and using the best local and international suppliers. Our high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail gives every residence a refined and
elegant finish.” Three show homes are currently on display and there are numerous other builds happening around the development, including a 12-unit
condominium complex, The Edgewater. The Edgewater building is unlike anything else in the region, designed by DTJ Design, an international award winning architectural firm, the building will look like a building at the bottom of a Colorado ski hill. “We have had tremendous interest in this building,” notes Wenaus. “It’s 70 per cent sold and we just recently started building.”

Wenaus says in addition to golfers, the community appeals to a wide range of homebuyers. “Forest Lakes Country Club is perfect for people who are downsizing, moving here internationally or from Ontario or out west. We have first and second homebuyers; full and part time residents, locals and internationals. We have people who live in the valley or the Windsor area and want to move closer to the city, and we have people in the city who want to get closer to nature. We have young families and couples just starting their careers and retirees leaving the workforce. We don’t have one specific demographic but we have something for everyone and it’s certainly affordable.”

Green building practices are incorporated into the construction of every home and throughout the entire community. As members of the Canada Green Building Council, Forest Lakes’ homes will exceed minimum energy performance levels, providing owners with lower operating costs and enhancing the home’s property value. Homes in The Woodlands, for example, are designed to reduce energy and water consumption through the developer’s sustainable building practices and rainwater harvesting, careful product selection and intelligent design.

Forest Lakes Country Club is currently in discussions with the province to build a highway interchange for the community, which will be for residents and the surrounding community to use. “We’re working very hard to make that happen in the next few years,” says Wenaus. Forest Lakes Country Club is located 10 minutes from Windsor — close to wine country; a 40-minute drive from the airport; and 35 minutes from downtown Halifax.