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Discovery Tours

How to get the most out of your discovery package

By JG Walker

Nearly all residential developments and retirement communities now offer “Discovery Package” deals designed to encourage in-person visits. Generally speaking, for a fee starting at $100-$300, you’ll get a night or two of accommodations at an on-site property or nearby hotel, plus complimentary extras like meals, a round of golf, a spa visit, and the like. You’ll also be given a tour of the development.

If you’re serious about making a move and finding out what a given community has to offer, a Discovery Package can be a great way to jump-start that process. Here are some tips to get the most out of your visit:

  • If you’ve focused on a particular geographical area, consider scheduling more than one Discovery Package while you’re there. Comparing and contrasting what each community has to offer is a great way to enhance the quality of your decision-making process.
  • Prior to your visit, research local real estate values and trends. Also, think about the lifestyle you envision in the context of what amenities and social opportunities that the community offers.
  • Inquire about state and local taxes: Does the community’s state have an income tax (some don’t) and what are the rates? Does the state tax pensions and investments? What are the local property tax rates, as well as any state or local sales taxes?
  • Find out how the community is governed: Is it still controlled by the development company or has that authority been ceded to a homeowners association? Who owns the roads and common areas? Is there a reserve fund for that work and/or an annual assessment for their upkeep? What is the mechanism for determining when any special assessments are necessary?

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  • Ask about any architectural guidelines or other building restrictions in the community, particularly if you’re planning to build a new home or make any renovations/additions to the property. You can also request a copy of the community masterplan and a timetable for the establishment of new neighborhoods or the completion of promised amenities.
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to talk with current community residents. Many Discovery Packages include a meeting or shared meal with designated “Community Ambassadors.” These can be very enlightening. But don’t pass up the chance to introduce yourself to other residents you may encounter and ask about their experiences.
  • Set aside some time to go “outside the gates” and explore the area around the community. How far is it to the nearest medical facilities and what is the quality of services they provide? Where are the local grocery stores and other retail outlets that you’ll frequently visit? What cultural amenities and entertainment attractions are available in the region?

Whatever your goals are for your future, taking advantage of a Discovery Package deal can be a smart first step in achieving them. After all, getting the information you need—and having some fun while you’re doing it—can be a win-win proposition.

Request Discovery Information from These Communities

Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Brunswick Forest - A North Carolina Coastal Retirement Community

Leland, North Carolina

Brunswick Forest, the Coastal South's fastest growing community, is located on North Carolina's Cape Fear coast, just minutes from historic Wilmington. This 4,500-acre retreat features a wide array of neighborhoods and lifestyles, 18 holes of golf at Cape Fear National, a Clubhouse, River Club, Fitness & Wellness Center, parks and more than 100 miles of walking, biking and nature trails linking residences and amenities.
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WindRiver

WindRiver

Lenoir City, Tennessee

WindRiver on Tellico Lake in Lenoir City, Tennessee is a gated lakefront and golf course community with a private harbor and marina and featuring acre-plus waterfront properties, custom homes, and golf villas.
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Del Webb Stone Creek - Ocala Florida Active Adult 55+

Del Webb Stone Creek - Ocala Florida Active Adult 55+

Riverview, Florida

Del Webb Stone Creek, a gated 55+ Active-Adult community located in the horse capital of the world, Ocala, Florida. Love life to the fullest with newly renovated world class amenities, 18-hole championship golf course, and community events planned by our lifestyle director, providing an unparalleled lifestyle.
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Wycliffe Golf & Country Club - Florida Golf Community

Wycliffe Golf & Country Club - Florida Golf Community

Wellington, Florida

As a private equity community, home ownership is the key to living the fabulous Wycliffe lifestyle. Our gated residential community of 1,045 Mediterranean-style single-family homes, villas and condo residences is spread throughout 14 uniquely charming neighborhoods
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Lennar at the Beach

Lennar at the Beach

Millsboro, Delaware

The coastal resort regions of southeastern Delaware and Maryland's eastern shore are known for their natural beauty, spectacular parks, bays, rivers and renowned Atlantic beaches. And with its proximity to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC and tax friendly environment, the area make's it an appealing retirement choice.
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DE


Black Creek Chattanooga

Black Creek Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

At Black Creek, we are building a community that embraces all that has been forgotten about what defines a life well-lived. Imagine access to 1000s of acres of protected land just footsteps from your door while living just 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, where shopping, dining, entertainment as well as top hospitals are quickly within reach.
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Colleton River Club

Colleton River Club

Bluffton, South Carolina

Lowcountry luxury lies at the base of Hilton Head's bridge at Colleton River. This peninsula community delivers on its promise of world-class golf, pristine natural surroundings, and an unparalleled water experience. With nature as the centerpiece, Colleton River's 1,500 acres epitomize Lowcountry serenity, with Spanish moss draped Live oaks and palmetto trees lining roadways. Trails wind through a blend of beautiful homes, natural terrain and 7 miles of expansive water and marsh views. The peninsula is also anchored by adjoining Victoria Bluff, an 1,100-acre nature preserve
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Currahee Club

Currahee Club

Toccoa, Georgia

With 1,200 breathtaking acres, Currahee Club offers some of the finest real estate in North Georgia. The master-planned community features golf course, lake, and mountain homes on unique lots shaped by their natural surroundings. Visit us today, and enjoy the lifestyle you deserve...
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GA


Salters Haven

Salters Haven

Hampstead, North Carolina

Nestled along the sparkling Intracoastal, in the growing coastal town of Hampstead, NC, Salters Haven will be the place for those who seek an active lifestyle on the water. Enjoy a celebration of family, community, recreation on the water and elegant coastal homes here at Salters Haven.
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Cresswind Peachtree City

Cresswind Peachtree City

Peachtree City, Georgia

At Cresswind Peachtree City, residents enjoy a long list of amenities specifically designed for those 55 and over. Located among 400 wooded acres with rolling hills and winding trails, Cresswind Peachtree City offers a haven for active living in an ideal location near Atlanta, Georgia. With a focus on fitness, nutrition and relationships, Cresswind Peachtree City is designed to help residents live better, longer. Cresswind Peachtree City features a brand-new 17,000-square-foot community clubhouse, offering a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, arts & crafts room, and more.
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GA


Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Amelia National Golf & Country Club - Florida Gated Golf Communities

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Tom Fazio golf and country club affords golfing, tennis, resort-style swimming pool, snack-bar, lounge and fine dining, gym, walking trails and 24-hour manned and gated guardhouse. Three miles from Amelia Island, close to beaches, historic-district and marina.
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Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Jasper Highlands - Tennessee Gated Communities

Kimball, Tennessee

Welcome to Jasper Highlands, a unique residential mountain community, nestled along the bluffs of Jasper Mountain in Tennessee. This remarkable piece of residential real estate is positioned above the clouds with majestic views of Lake Nickajack and the Tennessee River Valley, with property taxes starting at $162.10 a year!.
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Hampton Hall Club

Hampton Hall Club

Bluffton,

Imagine for a minute you're visiting the private club community of Hampton Hall in Bluffton, SC. You've gotten over the awe of the dramatic and picturesque Lowcountry landscape, and you're starting to take in your surroundings. For while everything here is beautiful to look at and expertly maintained and cared for, the key component is fun and enjoyment.
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Tellico Village - Tennessee Retirement Communities

Tellico Village - Tennessee Retirement Communities

Loudon, Tennessee

Tellico Village is a lakeshore community in east Tennessee that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, mild four-season climate, outstanding recreational facilities and close proximity to Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains.
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Villages of Citrus Hills - Florida Gated Communities

Villages of Citrus Hills - Florida Gated Communities

Hernando, Florida

Terra Vista is among Florida's most amenity rich country club lifestyles set in unique surroundings characterized by rolling hills and towering oaks.
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Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Cresswind at Lake Lanier

Gainesville, Georgia

Cresswind at Lake Lanier is the premier, gated, active-adult community located in Gainesville, Georgia. This historic city is bordered by the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and picturesque Lake Lanier, less than 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. With distinctive seasons and relatively moderate temperatures, this area has quickly become a haven for active adults.
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Shepherds Cove

Shepherds Cove

Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Shepherdstown, convenient to Metropolitan Washington, D.C. nestled in the Shenandoah-Potomac Valley Highlands, was chartered by Colonial Virginia's General Assembly in 1762. Today it still offers its quaint and unspoiled charm to the sophisticated adventurer with Boutique Shops, Refined Dining and Culture, and a diverse array of Activities and Entertainment.
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Solivita

Solivita

Kissimmee, Florida

Orlando Realty Solutions wants to welcome you to award winning Solivita, which we believe is the premier 55 and up Active Adult community in Central Florida. Solivita is located on 4300 acres with most homes built on conservation, pond or golf course lots.
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Graystone Realty at Fox Acres Country Club

Graystone Realty at Fox Acres Country Club

Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Just an hour away from Fort Collins, enjoy all the breathtaking amenities Colorado has to offer. Enjoy this beautiful resort mountain community.
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Balsam Mountain Preserve

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Sylva, North Carolina

Balsam Mountain Preserve is a conservation-orientated private residential community set on 4,400 acres in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville. Refined amenities of the community include an Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course, Palmer Practice Park, Equestrian Center, Ruby Valley Fitness & Wellness Pavilion, junior Olympic heated pool, Nature Center, tennis courts, guided hiking, fishing and camping opportunities, the Boarding House and Outpost for gathering and food & beverage offerings.
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Vista at Blacksmith Run

Vista at Blacksmith Run

Hendersonville, North Carolina

Nestled between Historic Hendersonville and Lake Lure's picturesque coves is Vista at Blacksmith Run-an exclusive Western North Carolina mountain property designed for residential development. Blacksmith Run's secluded mountain lifestyle and four season climate turns an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience. With convenient access to all of Western North Carolina's treasures, this quiet mountain gated community was developed for those who appreciate the best that life has to offer.
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Southern Springs by Del Webb

Southern Springs by Del Webb

Spring Hill, Tennessee

55+ Community Near Nashville TN is Southern Springs by Del Webb this Active Adult just South of Nashville is full of amenities and outdoor and indoor fun!
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Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade & Fairfield North - Tennessee Resort Communities

Fairfield Glade, Tennessee

If you are looking for spectacular mountain beauty...look no further than Fairfield Glade. This well appointed community is located high atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau at 2,000 feet elevation, which accounts for the near perfect seasonal changes with very comfortable summers and mild winters.
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Hot Springs Village - Arkansas Communities

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Experience the natural beauty of Arkansas in Hot Springs Village, spread across 26,000 acres of the Ouachita Mountains with breathtaking vistas, sparkling lakes and lush forest.
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Grande Dunes

Grande Dunes

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

This is Grande Dunes, a unique and elegant community of luxurious natural beauty featuring an ideal club lifestyle including golf, tennis, fitness, a private marina, superb dining and private beach access, with breathtaking homes designed for just such a place, all located within the heart of Myrtle Beach.
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TAO Mexico

TAO Mexico

Akumal, Q.R., Mexico

TAO Mexico is one of the premier developers of real estate in the Riviera Maya, with more than 15 residential communities located in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Akumal, and more. TAO embodies a philosophy of love and care in every community.
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Cresswind Charleston

Cresswind Charleston

Summerville, South Carolina

Cresswind Charleston brings the award-winning Cresswind active adult lifestyle to the Charleston area. This gated community is integrated within the thriving community of The Ponds while maintaining its own privacy. Cresswind features a full list of resort-style amenities, all located within a natural, Lowcountry setting. Residents can take a short walk to the 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, enjoy pickleball and tennis or participate in activities at the event lawn and amphitheater.
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Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Waterways - Best Places to Live in Georgia

Richmond Hill, Georgia

Waterways is a 2,300-acre master-planned community located just 30 minutes from historic Savannah, Georgia, in charming Richmond Hill. Surrounded by a 1,600 acre nature preserve, this is a place where six-and-a-half miles of marsh frontage, over four miles of winding lagoons, and more than a thousand acres of ancient oak hammocks embrace our new homes and homesites.
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Vista at Bill's Mountain - North Carolina Gated Community

Vista at Bill's Mountain - North Carolina Gated Community

Lake Lure, North Carolina

Perfectly shaped since the beginning of time, Bill's Mountain is your chance to experience the picturesque town of Lake Lure. Every contour...every pristine ridge of this Lake Lure property offers incomparable views Western North Carolina. Set just five minutes from Lake Lure's crystal blue waters in Rutherford County, Bill's Mountain's 800 spectacular acres invites you to reconnect with family and friends, nature and the spirit within you.
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Savannah Quarters  - Modern Savannah Living.

Savannah Quarters - Modern Savannah Living.

Pooler, Georgia

Developed by Freehold Communities, Savannah Quarters, Savannah Quarters is a master planned community ideally located less than 15 minutes from the center of historic Savannah, GA.
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GA


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