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The Palm Beach Post – New Homes

May 13, 2011

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Moving Up at Old Palm Golf Club What attracts buyers to Old Palm Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens? The beauty of the community, and limited number of memberships. What has homeowners “moving up” from one home in one of the three neighborhoods within the community to an even larger home? The people. The golf. The luxury. Three couples, from three different regions of the country, found their original home in Old Palm Golf Club. They fell in love with the community, so when it came time to own a larger home, they chose to stay in this private enclave of only 330 members. Mark and Susan Auerbach are Pennsylvanians who spend their summers in New Jersey. When they first bought in Old Palm Golf Club five years ago, they weren’t sure how much time they would spend in South Florida. “When we first came to Florida, we went to Boca Raton, where we looked at a more established community. But our broker suggested we look at Old Palm Golf Club before making a final decision,” Mark said. “We liked the layout of the community a lot. And my wife Susan gelt that going into a new community would let us meet people before the social groupings had taken place, and she was right. Every new member is welcomed, and everyone participates in the activities to the extent they want to.” One the Auerbachs settled into their Custom Estate home, they realized they wanted to be in the home about eight months a year, so they expanded. “But then an opportunity became available to buy a larger home, so we went from roughly 6,000 square feet to 9,500 square feet,” Mark said. “We have grandchildren who visit, so this new house is perfect.” The Auerbachs rate the Raymon Floyd-designed golf course as “spectacular, with a caddie program that is second to none.” This is one aspect of Old Palm Golf Club that is enjoyed by both Tim and Nancy Haviland and by Sharon and Bill Wood Prince. The Havilands moved from the Golf Estates neighborhood to the Custom Estates after owning a condominium in nearby Jupiter as a winter home for many years. “We found that we were spending more and more time here,” Nancy Haviland noted. “We thought the community was beautiful, and we loved the location and the people. “The golf course is fantastic,” she added. “My husband was the one for golf, although we are both involved in golf. A major plus for us is that there is a low density of members, and there is a no-tee-time policy.” The surrounding area also appeals to the Havilands. “The location is very central, and I love to shop at The Gardens Mall, while Tim loves the minor-league baseball park at Roger Dean Staduym. We have three children. “One is a sophomore at Harvard, and our daughter is doing post-graduate work, while our oldest son is a Harvard graduate and is playing professional baseball in the minor league in Oakland. So Tim likes to go to the Grapefruit League games. He’s there almost every day.” For Sharon and Bill Wood Prince, it was an easy transition from a Golf Estates home to a Custom Estates home at Old Palm Golf Club. And the change occurred in less than a year. “When we first bought here last July, we bought in the Golf Estates. We spent the summer personalizing the home to make it ours,” Bill said. “We came back here around Christmas, and moved our furniture down from Chicago. We joined the club, which was easy, since we already knew some people from Old Palm. “Then, literally, a couple of months later, while I was at a meeting in Palm Beach, my wife was driving around Old Palm with some gal pals and fell in love with a Custom Estates residence. Every detail was what we wanted, and she begged me to go see it. “When I did, I loved the extensive moldings, the walnut wood flooring, which I’m a sucker for, the very large outside loggia off the family room, and the more expansive space. So we bought the house,” Bill explained. The couple had first learned about Old Palm Golf Club from some of their oldest and dearest friends. During the winter, Sharon would visit these friends, while, as Bill said, “I was digging out of snow drifts in Chicago.” When Bill retired, the couple knew they would live in Old Palm during the season, then do to their home in Newport, R.I., during the summer. “This is our first ‘season’ here,” Bill said. “But already we’ve met some people we think very highly of, and they are becoming dear friends.” Homeowners in Old Palm Golf Club enjoy the clubhouse, with its fitness center, spa, and its varied dining, with views overlooking the 18-hole golf course. There are three distinct neighborhoods in Old Palm Golf Club: Golf Estates, where homes are on quarter-acre sites; Grand Estates, with half-acre sites; and Custom Estates, on 1-acre estate sites. Homes are priced from $1.2 million to more than $15 million.

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