HOAs Save the Day
The second in a
two part series
What does a gated, residential community look like 20, 30 or 40 years after its inception? Established, planned, residential housing developments operated by Home (and property)
Owners Associations (HOAs), are thriving many years beyond
their developer driven beginnings, including communities like
Callawassie, Daniel and Dataw Islands in South Carolina, as
well as Landfall and Porters Neck Plantation in Wilmington,
NC. In Savannah, GA, is The Landings at Skidaway Island, a
successful, established HOA-operated community that the editors
at Ideal Living chose for our case study.
First developed in the 1970s (and winner of the Urban Land
Institute’s highest honor way back in 1986), The Landings is a
model of planned residential development success. They offer
fiscal stability at a time when some developments have faltered.
But deeper than the amenities, buildings and infrastructure you
would expect, there is a hometown sense of place—partly because the amenities are complete, but mainly because of the
people who make it their home.
Three Landings resident couples generously shared their
personal journies and experiences to find the perfect retirement
locale with Ideal Living. They are all-community “Ambassadors” and
participate in a unique, New Neighbors (NN) program designed
and run by residents to help island newcomers effortlessly assim-
ilate into the diverse culture and fabric of their new hometown.
Three years ago, Barry and Carol Kumins relocated to the
The Landings from Brookline, MA, after living in Washington,
DC, Houston, Prague, London and Spain. They also have a
home in Plymouth, MA, where they spend their summers.
Both are golfers and enjoy the private championship golf. “Six
golf courses and 34 tennis courts are hard to beat,” they said.
But golf is not why the Kumins chose The Landings. While
living on the south coast of Spain, the Kumins came to love
warmer winters and looked for that in their ideal retirement
destination. “We were looking for warm weather, where we
could play golf and tennis. It was also important that the com-
munity offer a wide range of activities and interests,” they said.
The Kumins are active in the International Club: a club for
people who have lived and worked or are from outside the U.S.
The Kumins love Greater Savannah for its cultural activities
including the Film Festival, Music Festival, Philharmonic
Orchestra, Telfair Museum and charming, excellent restaurants.
“From a fiscal perspective, Georgia is a great place to retire,”
One community’s HOA is keeping them afloat while others sink
by David Scott