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Real Estate Showcase - Vacation Properties

Maya Marvel

Eternal sunshine and beachfront hedonism await you at Nizuc, a supremely tasteful 28-acre resort rising on the Maya Riviera, and only 15 minutes from the Cancun airport. Conceived by the famed hotelier Adrian Zecha, and blending the warmth of Mexico and the serenity of Asia, Nizuc comprises 160 private residences with 16 PHs and a residents’ clubhouse. The 1-3BR residences, each with a wall of immense windows and soaring ceilings, are divinely infused with nature; each comes with a private terrace pool, hidden in a veil of mangrove and echoing the sea below. Dine on-property at a fine Peruvian restaurant or a Mexican bistro. Two Jack Nicklaus golf courses lie just across the water by boat. A daily highlight: the fiery sunset over Nizuc. From $1.35 million to $4.5 million. OCCUPANCY FALL 2009.


Low Country Luxury

This spring or summer, gather friends or family and stake out a grand 6BR Charleston-style manse on Kiawah Island, only 30 minutes from the stately city, deep down in the unrivaled South Carolina low country. The wraparound porches and observation deck afford views of the ocean, lagoons, marsh, and fairway. This white-pillared beauty sprawls with 5,702-SF, walk-in closets, eat-in kitchen, and ceilings that reach over nine feet. Golfers will find themselves close to two of Kiawah’s four sainted courses, Osprey and Ocean (within view of the verandah, and home of the 2007 PGA Championships). Take a low country drive under moss-draped oaks or walk the lovely, flat Atlantic beach. Go biking, fishing, crabbing, or hit one of Kiawah’s two award-winning tennis compounds. And save time for Charleston. Rental rates—spring/fall: $9,000/week, $1,800/night; summer: $11,000/week, $2,200/night. OCCUPANCY IMMEDIATE.


Wise by Design

Mystic Pines, a fashionable blend of 76 townhouses in the Pocono Mountains, is a seamless, effortless getaway—and a painless 90 minutes from New York. Built on the former Pinecrest Lake Golf & Country Club, it can grant you access to endless recreation—such as a large heated pool, tennis center, a 77-acre lake with beaches and boating, and the Wild Pines private golf course. Ski slopes, concerts, and casinos are nearby as well. The fashionable mix of 2-3BR townhouses, fetchingly priced from $209,900, features such design elements as 2½ baths, volume ceilings, two-story foyers in some models, loft spaces, nine-foot ceilings on the first floor, and single-car garages. There is also a one-level floor plan with master suite, for those who prefer one-story living. Buyers are also drawn by modest property taxes and light traffic load from the city. OCCUPANCY SPRING 2008.


Where Eagles Soar

Watch the wild turkeys skitter and the eagles soar from this exquisite, new Adirondack-style, 5BR, 3½BA house, located only 90 miles from the city. Built on nearly eight woodland acres of The Chapin Estate, a rustic gated community in Sullivan County, this $1,299,900 house is a masterpiece of woodwork and design. Constructed of Southern yellow pine in the traditional post and beam style that dates back to Colonial times, it sports a living room with a stone fireplace, a family room with the same, and a master suite that includes a shower for two, Jacuzzi tub, and TV hook-up. Other enticements: a wine cellar, impressive decking, and a covered porch. The Lake Club in this upscale community offers dock, slip, clubhouse, and pool. The Chapin Estate is located within Bethel and is only ten minutes from waterfront dining and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. OCCUPANCY WITHIN 30 DAYS.