The right place, the right time

The 13th hole at Forest Lakes Golf Club was seeded last season and wraps along Cochran Lake, providing stunning views for avid golfers of all skill levels. Contributed

As featured in the Chronicle Herald.

There has never been a better time than NOW to take advantage of the Forest Lakes lifestyle

The smell of spring is definitely in the air. It won’t be long now before we start to see the last signs of winter slip away and the welcoming crocuses and daffodils make their first appearance. Spring also means it’s time to gear up for another spectacular season of golfing, hiking, kayaking and enjoying the amazing landscape our beautiful province has to offer. There is no better place to embrace these activities than at Forest Lakes Country Club, especially since their custom, 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course will be ramping up this spring.

“This one-of-a-kind golf course is widely anticipated and is expected to be fully open by 2021,” says Joanne Cheevers, vice president, marketing for Forest Lakes, a unique, 1,700-acre resort-style residential community just a short drive from downtown Halifax.

The architects behind golf’s legendary ‘Golden Bear,’ Jack Nicklaus, specially designed what is undoubtedly a championship-worthy course to fit seamlessly within the growing community’s stunning natural surroundings. “This course is for avid golfers and newcomers to the sport alike. It offers challenging holes while affording an amazing golfing experience for players of all skill levels,” adds Cheevers. “We believe it will hands-down be one of the best golf experiences this region has ever had.”

Apart from a world-class golf course, residents and guests of Forest Lakes will be able to experience the luxury of the state-of-the-art clubhouse and an exceptional Youth Golf Academy. The best thing about this custom-designed golf course, is that it is literally steps away for Forest Lakes’ homeowners.

“This is such an amazing opportunity to get in on what is essentially the ground floor of a proven investment 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. “Because of this, once the course is completed, the purchase price for homes and lots will increase.”

Nova Scotia is currently ranked by Point2Homes as Canada’s fourth “hot spot” to live for millennials. Condé Nast ranks Halifax as one of the top 13 friendliest cities in the world, and in 2018, Trip Advisor ranked Nova Scotia among the top 10 “destinations on the rise.”

“Nova Scotia is also one of the most competitive and business-friendly environments in Canada,” Cheevers adds.

With more than 30,000 small and medium-sized enterprises that represent more than 92 per cent of all businesses in Nova Scotia, and with a target to create another 4,200 new start-ups annually, it is no wonder entrepreneurs from around the globe are finding success and opportunities in the province. In fact, according to KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives study, Halifax was ranked as the eighth best city to start a business out of 100 cities in North America.

Nova Scotia has 10 universities, 13 community college campuses and free education from pre-primary through to Grade 12. Add free healthcare to the growing list of benefits to living in Nova Scotia and it’s not surprising the population rate has been steadily rising over the past decade, also making the province a growing hub for cultural diversity.

“Statistically, immigrants coming to Nova Scotia not only earn more than in other parts of Canada, but the rate of employment for newcomers is higher here than the national average,” says Cheevers.

As the population grows in the province, the need for housing will rise. Last year, according to the Nova Scotia Association of REALTORS® (NSAR), home sales alone in the province totalled 11,095, up 4.6 per cent from 2017, making it the best year on record after 2007. “We are excited for 2019 and what the future holds as we have many exciting announcements to make this year, which will really help the growing population and the community of Forest Lakes.”

Homes at Forest Lakes come at a variety of price points, with turn-key homes starting in the $400,000s. Contributed
Homes at Forest Lakes come at a variety of price points, with turn-key homes starting in the $400,000s. Contributed

The Nova Scotia real estate market is already off to a great start. Residential sales for January 2019, according to NSAR, were above both the five- and 10-year averages for the month. “In addition, the fact the average price of homes sold in Nova Scotia in January was up 3.7 per cent from the same time last year, making the opportunities at Forest Lakes even more appealing,” says Cheevers.

The same data actually shows that new residential listings in the province were down 0.7 per cent in January 2019, on a year-over-year basis, which makes it the lowest level of new listings added to the market in this month since the early 2000s. “With homes currently at a premium in the province, Forest Lakes offers buyers an incredible opportunity to purchase a move-in-ready home or one of the many prime lots to build the home of their dreams,” says Cheevers. “All with a world-class golf course, three pristine lakes and year-round hiking trails in their backyard.”

Centrally located, Forest Lakes is a short drive to Halifax Stanfield International Airport, more than 18 award-winning wineries and vineyards and respected craft breweries and a lively arts scene, including world-renowned music and theatre and some of the best culinary experiences in Canada.

“Nova Scotia really is a fantastic place to live, work and play. We have it all and Forest Lakes is much more than a place to call home,” says Cheevers. “It’s an incredible and affordable lifestyle that is truly unique.”

For more information and updates on the many ongoing initiatives at Forest Lakes Country Club, visit them on Facebook or attend their next open house by clicking here.