There’s one thing about your home you’re not able to change with a little paint or a studs-out remodel–and that’s the location. While some prefer proximity to urban centers, easy access to highways or freeways, or a setting with few neighbors, if any, here’s one location that’s unlike any other: The golf course. Whether it’s a desire to be within walking distance of the clubhouse, or you love watching the game from the perfect perch of your patio, a golf course home is unlike any other.
Explore these Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) golf home listings below and read on to discover if life on the links is calling your name.
“Living in a golf course community is so attractive,” says RSIR global real estate advisor Sean Nielsen. “For one, being only a quick golf cart drive away from the 1st tee for an early tee time, driving range to practice and clubhouse for dinners is so convenient in a fast-paced life. Secondly, having so many like-minded friends around makes for a wonderful point of connection with community members.”
Nielsen also suggests exploring the added benefits each course may provide. Some private or public golf communities may have added benefits like security or a gated entrance, while others may have an active clubhouse with events to keep you busy off the course.
“It’s also a park, beautifully landscaped, that you’re not responsible for maintaining,” shares RSIR real estate advisor Laura Halliday, who specializes in homes in the Broadmoor community. “As an added plus, it’s almost like watching the golf at work, because a happy group of golfers meanders by every now and then, it’s quite entertaining! It’s a special place because neighbors have similar interests in the game, and that creates a lot of opportunities for social interaction.”
Setting the Scene
Once you’ve decided that you want to live near or on the golf course, you should settle on your course of choice. Certainly, you’ll be drawn to the course where you have a membership, a regular tee time, or a rotating group of regulars you meet up with at the driving range. But your location can also be aspirational, too.
Golf homes on the course can be limited because there are only a handful of courses in the area that offer homes along the links. “To boot, so few of those are luxury or newer homes, so it can be challenging for a buyer to find the right fit,” says Nielsen.
At Wing Point Golf Course’s Edge | Listed by Michele Schuler
If you’re looking for a golf home in Seattle, you’re likely turning to Broadmoor. With 300 homes in the community, Halliday estimates 18 to 22 will sell in a given year. For sellers thinking about getting on the market, she says, “There are plenty of buyers looking for homes with a golf course as an amenity, and none that offer the location in terms of community and access that Broadmoor does.”
For buyers, Halliday recommends connecting with a local expert familiar with the particular golf community they’re interested in. That broker’s connection to potential sellers as well as their detailed knowledge of the market’s price points and amenities can put you at advantage as soon as a home you’re interested in becomes available.
Where Golf & Waterfront Living Coalesce | Listed by Lori DeVore
Golf on Vacation, Golf in Retirement
If you’re looking outside of the Seattle metro for a second/vacation home or a quieter setting for retirement, there are plenty of options to explore. In addition to recently having built his own home along the 14th hole at Suncadia at Tumble Creek, Nielsen speaks to the advantages of a Suncadia address. “It’s only an hour from Seattle but it feels miles away tucked into the mountains and amongst amazing wildlife.” Nielsen and Ashley Flynn have also listed two additional land opportunities (here and here) and recently closed on another Tumble Creek home. His personal experience of golf course living is also a testament in itself, “I love walking out at happy hour while the sun sets to hit a few balls while I walk my dog along the golf course. It’s an amazing experience!”
Port Orchard Beyond the Fairway | Listed by Meg Burkett
For those seeking a place to settle in retirement, the advantages of living on the course are endless, particularly because many often offer one-level living. The active lifestyle that golfing provides ensures retirees have plenty to keep them busy, all in a park-like setting right outside their back door.
For those who favor the luxury lifestyle both on and off the golf course, there is the perfect home that appeals to the golfer in you, so let’s find it. From living in a golf course community to searching for a home in proximity to your favorite golf club, our local experts and global network of real estate professionals are unmatched in connecting the most discerning buyers and sellers of exceptional golf properties.