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Grand Haven: Palm Coast, FL

Imagine yourself cruising down Interstate 95, headed to the Florida Keys for a weeklong vacation. The windows are down and Florida's Intracoastal Waterway breeze whisks in your driver's side Grand Coast community in Palm Coast, Floridawindow and out the passenger's side. With America's oldest city – St. Augustine – in the rearview mirror and ubiquitous billboards calling you to nearby Daytona Beach, you are suddenly engulfed in a warm, welcoming Palm Coast sensation, and tomorrow's Key Largo fishing trip seems, well, a little less crucial.

Palm Coast is a meticulously developed city of 75,000 people. The area is known for lush native trees, fresh and saltwater canals, and, the local favorite, Flagler Beach. Another part of Palm Coast is Grand Haven – one of Florida's premier communities.

Grand Haven's 1,350-acre grounds, which wind along the Intracoastal, offer a variety of waterfront properties with jaw-dropping views. Yet, despite the serene beauty of the Waterway, the focal attraction for many Grand Haven residents is its world-class golf course. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course is branded by its tranquil surroundings of natural wetlands and is listed by Links Magazine as a "top 100 course in North America." With manicured greens and open fairways, Nicklaus designed the course to be challenging enough for exceptional golfers but forgiving for club members and guests of every skill level.

In 1995, three years before the picturesque course was built, Cindy Tetreault moved to Grand Haven with her husband, Paul, and her two cats, Oliver and Max.

"Paul and I lived in the D.C./Maryland area on a sailboat but decided to relocate to Florida for a job," she explained. "Once we arrived in Florida, I found a yellow, beach-style cottage with a white picket fence. I knew our sailboat life would soon become history. I had found my home."

These days, Tetreault heads the No Stress Move Team at Prudential East Coast Real Estate and sells real estate in the same community she proudly calls home.

The epicenter for Grand Haven community activities would certainly be the Spanish-style Village Center Clubhouse. This social heart of Grand Haven pumps life into the community with daily activities including yoga, swimming, basketball, boccie, croquet, tennis – eight championship clay courts – a workout room and even a European-style coffee shop/library.

For the ambitious outdoor folk, Grand Haven offers miles of bike and walking paths; if the paths don't quench your thirst for exploration and adventure, a 4,000-acre nature preserve borders the Grand Haven community. It is home to all sorts of wildlife, from armadillos to bald eagles. And the nearby Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway give residents the opportunity to enjoy surfing, water skiing, boating and deep-sea fishing.

Centrally located, Palm Coast is convenient to several nearby cities. Among them are historic St. Augustine; Daytona Beach, for those who like the ocean or the International Speedway; and Orlando, home of Disney World.

Still, many Grand Haven residents prefer to stay in the immediate area, taking advantage of local jewels such as Flagler Beach, Cinnamon Beach, Painter's Hill and Hammock Dunes.

"Flagler Beach is the kind of beach we loved to visit as children. Mom and pop ice cream shops, surfboard rentals and great shrimp," Tetreault reminisced.

And after a relaxing day eating ice cream at Flagler Beach, what better way to meet new friends than Pub Trivia Night or poolside music at the clubhouse with fellow Grand Haven community members?

"You can become as involved as you want in Grand Haven, with all the activities. Many are just a walk or a bike ride away," said Tetreault.

Whether you're contemplating a peaceful place to retire, seeking a fun and safe atmosphere for your family or just looking to relocate and play some golf, the Grand Haven community provides living perfection.

For information about Grand Haven homes and villas for sale – ranging from $200,000 to $1 million – or home sites from $50,000 to $500,000, contact Cindy Tetreault at the No Stress Move Team.

Grand Haven Golf Club, Palm Coast, FL

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