Savannah Lakes Village Takes Top Award

By Liz Mitchell

Savannah Lakes Village, a 4,000-acre gated retirement development in McCormick, SC, has been named the Best Overall Active Adult/Retirement Community by the National Active Retirement Association (NARA). The community, surrounded by the 70,000-acre Lake Thurmond, features two private golf courses, an activity center and beautiful homes, priced at $200,000-$1.5 million.

Community officials received the award at the 7th Annual NARA
conference on Hilton Head Island, SC, on Thursday, November 9, 2006.

“The judges felt that Savannah Lakes Village does an outstanding job
of attracting retirees from a variety of walks of life to a pristine, if
not remote, location,” said NARA Director Dan Owens. “People from
across the United States are moving to tiny McCormick, SC, to enjoy the
great golf and lake lifestyle it offers.

“Retirement relocation is truly a growth industry not only in the
Carolinas, but across the southern United States,” Owens continued.
“As millions of Baby Boomers turn 60 each year for the next 20 years, many
are seeking a warmer climate, as well as the recreational, cultural and
lifestyle opportunities found in the South.”

NARA is an eight-year-old national networking and educational
organization dedicated to those who build for, serve and market to the
burgeoning 50+ market.

Also winning awards were:

Best Large Active Adult/Retirement Community:
Sun City Carolina Lakes, Lancaster, SC

Best Small Active Adult/Retirement Community: Tidepointe: A Classic
Residence by Hyatt, Hilton Head, SC

Best Clubhouse/Community Center:
The Kiawah Island Cassique Clubhouse, Kiawah Island, SC

Best Proposed Active Adult/Retirement Community: Carolina Preserve By Del Webb,
Cary, NC

Best Active Adult Retirement Sales and Marketing Professional:
Phyllis Pollard, Grace Ridge, Morganton, NC

Best Active Adult/Retirement Property Print Advertisement:

GOLD:
JWT Mature Market Group, New Orleans, LA - Wellstone at Craig Ranch

SILVER:
JWT Mature Market Group, New Orleans, LA - Williamsburg Landing

BRONZE:
Kiawah Development Partners,
Kiawah Island, SC

Best Active Adult/Retirement Property Video Advertisement:
SB&A Think Creative,
Village at Brookwood