Hampton Lake Named "Best Community" in America by National Association of Homebuilders

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Private community near Hilton Head Island wins development "Oscar"

165-acre man made fully-stocked lake fronts Lakeside Village at Hampton Lake

The research we did to come up with the various components of Hampton Lake is all due to the invaluable insights we received from interviewing dozens of couples and more than 100 women who were already living or thinking about moving to the Southeast with regard to what they would like to have as an amenity facility if golf wasn't an option.

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Hampton Lake, a 900-acre private lakefront community, here, just west of Hilton Head Island, has been named by The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and Professional Builder Magazine the nation's "Best Community, 151 Homes and Over," at the 25th annual "Best in American Living Awards".

Considered the "Oscars" of the homebuilding industry, the Best in American Living Awards (BALAs) are the only national design awards program for homebuilding.

"Our judges look at a variety of criteria when selecting the best overall community," said Paul Deffenbaugh, Editorial Director of Professional Builder Magazine, "including the quality of the land development, consideration of the environment and success of the project in the marketplace. If it doesn't sell, it doesn't win!"

Gerrit Albert, President of the community which surrounds a 165-acre man-made lake, pointed out that since starting pre-sales in late 2006 there have been more than 400 properties sold including homesites and a variety of custom homes, attached homes and vacation homes. He said there are currently more than 100 homes completed or under construction in spite of the challenging real estate market.

"The majority of our buyers are baby boomers looking for a retirement or vacation home," said Albert, "but we appeal to people in their 30s and 40s as well, and have been seeing an increasing number of couples in this age bracket."

  • Distinctive Aspect -

The most distinctive aspect of Hampton Lake is that it was originally planned as a golf community but when research indicated a market saturation of golf communities in the Southeast -- a strategic management decision was made to move in a new direction.

That new direction was to change from planning a golf course and put in its place a 165-acre lake -- which would provide both recreation (fishing and boating) as well an abundance of water view opportunities for residents.

Perry Wood, President of Wood+Partners, the community's land planners agreed that the entire project was an exceptional feat.

"What we did was take a piece of land, that was previously a pine plantation with haul-roads and degraded wetlands, and implemented a plan that returned the 340 acres of wetlands to their natural state and removed 2.5 million cubic yards of dirt to dig and construct the lake," said Wood. "Today the site's wetland acres have been returned to that of a thriving natural eco-system."

In addition to a freshwater lake, which is stocked with large-mouth bass and hybrid striped bass, Hampton Lake includes a 340-acre nature preserve and cohesive amenity complex called Lakeside Village. Wood said Lakeside Village outdoes many destination resorts with its array of amenities, which include a full-service spa and fitness center, a themed restaurant, a sandy beach, resort-style pools, basketball and picnic area and a general store. There are also nine miles of nature trails, a world class dog park and tennis courts (scheduled to open Spring 2009).

  • Research Keys Success -

"In essence Lakeside Village and the body of water it serves is our golf course," said Gary Sandor, a partner with Reed Development, which conceived and developed the community. "The research we did to come up with the various components of Hampton Lake is all due to the invaluable insights we received from interviewing dozens of couples and more than 100 women who were already living or thinking about moving to the Southeast with regard to what they would like to have as an amenity facility if golf wasn't an option."

"The hundreds of women who gave their input to our research are the real heroes of Hampton Lake's success," said Sandor. "Without their candid comments about the needs of their families and the kinds of things they wanted to experience and enjoy with their grandkids, we wouldn't have achieved what is now in place."

Hampton Lake
Hampton Lake is a 900-acre, private lake community in Bluffton, S.C. 12 miles west of Hilton Head Island, and 16 miles north of Savannah, GA. The community is a Reed Development project and features 165-acres of freshwater lake and 340-acres of natural wetlands. Built around the ideals of connecting family and nature in a fun way, Hampton Lake offers open spaces, nature preserves, activity centers, pools, beaches, dining, and parks, all uniquely intertwined and interconnected. For more information, call 843.836.LAKE or visit http://www.hamptonlake.com.

Media Contact:
Tom Gardo
Denarius Group
843.785.3989 / Cell: 843.384.0672
tomg (at) denariusgroup.com

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