Resorts/Second Homes

Creating Attainable Housing for the Workforce in Resort Communities

Resort communities are appealing places to live year round, with stunning natural beauty and recreational opportunities in abundance. However, the same factors that make these places attractive can make them difficult for locals.

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Confident Consumers Drive Record Vacation-Home Sales

Newly confident and deep-pocketed consumers are driving vacation-home sales to levels that have not been seen in a decade, said panelists at the ULI Fall Meeting. But prices have not yet reached previous peaks, and buyers are increasingly cautious and cost-conscious.

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Reimagining Luxury at Modern Resorts: Cycling Is the New Golf

In a competitive global market, resort designers are racing to define the “new luxury.” The modern concept of luxury is “really about elegance and simplicity,” said Richard Centolella, a principal in design firm EDSA, during a panel discussion at the ULI Fall Meeting.

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Ten Principles for Responsible Tourism

Tourism is a critical factor in the U.S. and world economies. “The impacts of tourism on a community can be beneficial if planned and managed, or extremely damaging if left without controls,” says Michael Kelly, former chairman of the APA’s tourism planning division.

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Recent Articles

  • Next Wave of Resorts Are More Connected, More Urban

    October 30, 2014

    Resorts and vacation homes—always the last real estate sector to recover from an economic downturn—are seeing increased activity, but developers are looking toward the future.

  • Building for the Generations

    July 28, 2014

    In many–and sometimes surprising–ways, 55-and-older consumers are seeking the same housing amenities and lifestyles as their youngers.

  • Resorts Incorporating Newer Concepts

    April 18, 2014

    At a 2014 ULI Spring Meeting panel in Vancouver, three successful resort developers discussed how they are achieving success by focusing on health, wellness, and activities that bring together family members across all generations—even ex-spouses.

  • Destination Resorts: Vacation Clouds Are Clearing

    December 13, 2013

    Three years into the recovery of the destination resort sector, the wayside remains littered with casualties from the previous boom-and-bust cycle. The primary culprit: crushing debt.

  • Reinventing Hilton Head for a New Generation

    June 25, 2013

    The 21st-century challenge facing Hilton Head, a resort town steeped in 20th-century tradition: how to reach beyond the affluent retirees drawn to its famed golf resorts to a broader market that includes baby boomers and members of generations X and Y who enjoy its pristine beaches, but who have many other recreational and cultural interests as well.

  • Charles Fraser’s Legacy to ULI

    With an inclination for hiring the young and entrusting them with much responsibility, Charles Fraser employed many budding real estate professionals who eventually became accomplished leaders in both the industry and ULI, including four who became ULI chairmen.

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