A Resort-Style Community at 40:
Milestone birthdays are oftentimes greeted with dis- dain—who wants to celebrate (or even acknowledge)
reaching a new age bracket? But in the realm of “
destination” communities—those resort-style golf communities
that prospered (and suffered) over the last decade—getting
to a milestone birthday is something of an accomplishment.
One such community turns 40 years old in 2012—but instead of bemoaning aches and pains, they are celebrating
stability and growth.
The Landings on Savannah’s Skidaway Island saw over
200 properties sell in 2011—roughly DOUBLE the volume
of 2009. Their difference? In addition to a great location
(who wouldn’t want to live on an island in Savannah with
6 golf courses?), the 4,000-acre island community is fully
owned by its homeowners association—so there was no
profit-driven developer who could cease operations or marketing when times got tough.
The Landings was one of the first high-end destination
communities, having been created by a division of a pa-
per company in the 1970s. The community had tremen-
dous success early on—even winning the industry’s highest
honor in 1986—due to the high-end golf and amenities,
thousands of acres of wetlands and moss-draped oaks, and
a location minutes from historic Savannah, the Savannah-
Hilton Head airport, and Interstate 95.