Master the plan

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As featured in Business Voice magazine.

Planned communities can simplify your next home purchase.

Purchasing a home is always an exciting venture. Whether for the first time, or the 15th time, everyone knows the number one rule is location, location, location. While you might remodel a home or change the layout, you can’t change the location. Home buyers today are looking to live in a community that not only feels like a home but has all of their desired amenities close at hand. For this reason, many are turning to master planned communities for a solution.

A master planned community is just that: a community with a plan. A plan which includes not only beautifully designed residential neighbourhoods, but also maps out the entire area with essentials such as shopping, entertainment and carefully planned infrastructure.

Master planned communities, such as Forest Lakes Country Club for example, currently under development in West Hants, Nova Scotia, provide a solution to those looking for affordable luxury in a sanctuary outside of the city, with the convenience of an urban blueprint. Living in a master planned community is more than just a lifestyle. It’s an experience.

Once completed, Forest Lakes will be much more than a place for your home — it will be a place to live. In addition to amenities like hiking trails, an Equestrian Centre and Atlantic Canada’s only Nicklaus Design golf course, Forest Lakes will feature its own Village Centre, with a farmers’ market, restaurants, cafes, banking and other necessities, ensuring that your day-to-day amenities are at your doorstep. As it won’t be gated, these and other features, like the luxury resort hotel and spa, will be open to everyone, providing accessibility for residents and guests, and giving an extra boost to the surrounding economy.

People aren’t the only factor considered in the master plan. If it could speak, the planet we call home would surely be grateful for the sustainability efforts typical of a master plan community. Terra Firma Development Corporation, the development team that is bringing Forest Lakes Country Club to life, reuses natural resources on-site wherever possible, such as the rock that is crushed into gravel, top soil that is reused to shape the golf course, and selected trees that are chipped for covering the community’s trails. On top of that, the efficient home designs are a key aspect of the master plan. Homes in one Forest Lakes’ newest neighbourhoods, The Woodlands, will harvest rainwater for a nearly self-sufficient water supply, and many designs will maximize heating efficiency with insulating concrete forms.

Nestled in the natural beauty of a rural area, with the kind of forward thinking needed in the 21st Century, Forest Lakes Country Club is a prime example of a master planned community we should all be so lucky to call home. For more information about Forest Lakes Country Club call (902) 482-1394 to book a tour of the development.