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3 MORE Questions to Ask Before You Buy Land

Last time we discussed 3 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Buy Land questions you need to answer before you purchase land. Today, we have three more questions for you to help you make sure you’re getting what you want—and what you expect:

3 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Buy Land

When you buy property, you’re selecting a blank canvas where you can design and build your dream home. Finding just the right piece of property isn’t easy. A lot depends on what you want to do with the land and its surroundings.

Finally… 4 MORE Things to Do Before You Buy a Home

In the past few days we have discussed several points you should address when you’re considering the purchase of a new home. Today, we’ll finish up with four more of what might be the most important things you should think about:

1.Consider the view. The house and the property are obviously important—sometimes so important that buyers neglect to look out all of the windows and consider: This is what I’ll be looking at, day after day, for years. Even if your home is beautiful and sound, if you can’t stand any of the views, you may end up hating living there.

4 MORE Things to Do Before You Buy a Home

5 Things to Do Before You Buy a Home

Happy Thanksgiving From Southstar Communities!

It is that time of year again, and it always seems to come faster than we anticipated. As we prepare warm meals for family and enjoy the company of those we don’t see often, we can’t help but reflect on the things we are thankful for all year long.

When times are tough, we are thankful for the kind thoughts and actions of our close family and friends. Without them, life sure wouldn’t be as enjoyable! We are also very thankful for our freedom. As Americans, we sometimes take advantage of the basic freedoms we are afforded because of soldiers and their families who have sacrificed so much.

Enjoying the Holidays in the Texas Hill Country

Looking for some holiday cheer in the Texas Hill Country? It never seems to be too early to start celebrating the holidays, and we've discovered tons of fun Texas Hill Country events for the whole family to enjoy. As home to two of our master-planned communities, Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard and Havenwood at Hunters Crossing, area residents already know that celebrating the holidays in the Hill Country is sure to get you in a festive mood! Here are just some of the community events going on in the area:

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Join Operation FINALLY HOME and Southstar Communities on Facebook!

Southstar Communities is proud to participate in Operation FINALLY HOME to provide land and homes to wounded and disabled veterans and their families. Please “like” our Southstar Communities- Operation Finally Home page to learn more about this program and upcoming events to support these wonderful, deserving recipients!

Bluegreen Land in Virginia

Virginia was named after Queen Elizabeth, the famous “Virgin Queen” of England, and its capital is Richmond. Virginia was the birthplace of many famous historical figures, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Woodrow Wilson, and Robert E. Lee—to name just a few—hence the nickname “Mother of Presidents.” The state flower and the state tree are both the same, Dogwood. Currently, nearly eight million people call Virginia home.

Brickshire, a Bluegreen Community in Kent County, Virginia, is a well-manicured rolling landscape designed to support an active and social lifestyle. Brickshire is centered around golf, featuring a Curtis Strange-designed course with magnificent fairways and resort styling. Curtis structured four of the holes at the course after his four favorite tour holes, incorporating elements of Augusta, St. Andrews, The Riviera, and Pinehurst. Even so, the course is described as “player friendly.” Almost 7,300 yards long, the Traditional Golf Property course has a rating over 75. Special offers are available both for visitors trying out the course and for residents interested in seasonal packages.

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Bluegreen Land in Tennessee

Southstar Communities planned a beautiful community for you in Rockwood, Tennessee, a state offering abundant Southern hospitality and delightful variety in seasonal changes. With a population of nearly six million people, Tennessee, the Volunteer State, has established industries in mining, electrical power, music, automobile manufacturing, and farming (primarily tobacco, cattle, soybeans and cotton). Tennessee’s capital, Nashville, is famously known as the music capital of the universe.

Bluegreen Land in North Carolina

Besides its many other offerings, Southstar Communities has spectacular locations available right now in North Carolina: Catawba Falls Preserve in Black Mountain, and Chapel Ridge in Pittsboro. Pittsboro is just 42 miles away from Raleigh, the capital. (Black Mountain is 236 miles from Raleigh.) North Carolina’s population is just over 8 million people. North Carolina is known for its beaches, especially Outer Banks, popular with tourists because of its moderate climate and vast expanse of open beachfront. And of course, the Wright Brothers made their first successful manned flight right here, from Kill Devil Hill in Kitty Hawk.

Bluegreen Land in Georgia

Southstar Communities offers two unique properties in Georgia. Both are located in southern Georgia: Sanctuary Cove at St. Andrews Sound in Waverly, and Little Satilla Island at Sanctuary Cove, located near Saint Simmons Island, in the Golden Isles.

Bluegreen Land in Texas

Because of all the beautiful land and unique features Texas has to offer, Southstar Communities offers several planned community options there. In Gunter, Texas is Bluegreen’s unique The Bridges at Preston Crossings, a community built around golfing and horses. The Bridges at Preston Crossings even features its very own Fred Couples Signature Golf Course. Gunter represents the best of the pristine North Texas countryside, perfect for new couples, young families or even retirees.

How Do I Pick the Right Contractor?

You’ve selected just the right property, purchased it, decided on your plan, and now you’re ready to start building. Where do you begin? Picking a contractor can be a time consuming and confusing process. You’re really just beginning to ask all the questions you’ll need to answer and the decisions you’ll need to make. How big is your project going to be? Do you want to hire just one contractor who will complete the entire process? Or do you want to hire several subcontractors who will specialize in the different aspects of your build? Here are just a few tips to help you start navigating the process:

We Support Our American Heroes this Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, we at Southstar Communities are especially proud of our military personnel who fight for our freedom and sacrifice so much for our country.We are also excited to continue our partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME, which honors wounded and disabled veterans and widows of fallen soldiers with new homes.In fact, Dan Wallrath, founder of Operation FINALLY HOME is being honored as one of CNN’s Heroes of 2010 for the work he has done fulfilling the dreams of so many veterans at several Bluegreen properties like Vintage Oaks at the Vineyard and The Bridges at Preston Crossings.

Southstar Communities is also proud to continue our land benefits program for Texas veterans through three special housing programs that help veterans finance land at our Bluegreen properties. For more information and eligibility requirements, click here.

Equestrian Communities

Southstar Communities recognizes that every family and homeowner has different desires for the lifestyles they choose to pursue. And this is precisely why we go to great lengths to offer so many unique and varied locations. If horseback riding is an interest of yours, discover what Southstar Communities can offer you.

Your Own Private Island Paradise

Southstar Communities offers an exclusive island paradise, nestled among the Golden Isles in Georgia. Your own private getaway, Little Satilla Island at Sanctuary Cove is gated and surrounded by 14 miles of waterfront. This unique island is a rare gem, a peninsula bordered by picturesque salt marshes and waterfront, and blanketed with palms and extraordinary moss-covered oak trees. Regardless of its exclusivity, you’ll find each site reasonably priced, with homesite options beginning at just $299,000.

Waterfront Southstar Communities

There’s no lifestyle we know of that’s quite as fulfilling as living on waterfront property. And that’s exactly why Southstar Communities offers so many planned communities that revolve around the water.

Asking the Right Questions When Planning Your Dream Home