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Whether it's the increased scarcity of prime waterfront land in many areas of the U.S. Jimmie Foxx Red Sox Jersey , including the escalating price that goes with it, or the desire for a fully "amenitized" country club lifestyle, many buyers across the nation are looking inland for the home of their dreams.

According to Toll Brothers, the nation's leading builder of luxury homes, Florida presents clear examples of this. It is one of the 21 states where the developer currently operates 205 active selling communities.

Toll Brothers Vice President Joe Pease, who overseas construction and sales at Mizner Country Club just north of Boca Raton, says that the South Florida market is driven by a continuing influx of affluent individuals and families looking to make the area their full- or part-time home.

Toll Brothers Home"Furthermore, luxury living has turned into a year-round passion rather than a seasonal one Bobby Doerr Red Sox Jersey ," he said. "Plus, local buyers who want something new oftentimes look to 'move up' to a larger home, or one with an updated architectural design and more lavish interiors. He is referring to features such as higher andor decorative ceilings, floor-to-ceiling expanses of glass, arches, columns, more sumptuous baths and gourmet kitchens.

"The prestige of residing in one of the area's newest communities also comes into play for some," he commented.

Pease also pointed out that many people realize that single-family homes on the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway have become cost-prohibitive Mookie Betts Red Sox Jersey , and, if they happen to be on the market, they may be in need of major renovations, adding to the already high price.

"In addition, waterfront homes are usually self-contained and don't provide the 'sense of community' or resort-style amenities sought by many of today's discerning buyers," Pease noted. "That type of lifestyle isn't likely to be found in the coastal areas, except perhaps in an ultra- luxury condominium setting. The lifestyle of a gated, country club community is very appealing to a segment of the population that desires exclusivity along with a wide array of recreational and social amenities David Price Red Sox Jersey , and the privacy provided only with a single-family home."

Along with Mizner Country Club, Toll Brothers is developing Frenchman's Reserve in eastern Palm Beach Gardens (northern Palm Beach County). Both have Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Courses, elegant and spacious Grande Clubhouses (Frenchman's is scheduled to open in the latter part of 2004), and separate tennis, swim and fitness centers. There are activities day and night and countless opportunities to interact with other members.

"Even if you were to invite family, friends or business associates to your home for cocktails, there would be a restaurant at the club awaiting your arrival, if you chose not to cook for your guests Blake Swihart Red Sox Jersey ," Pease said.

Also worthy of mention is that country club communities such as those mentioned aren't a trek to major highways. "There is easy access to major roads and to all the support services needed for convenient living - shopping, professional services, restaurants, cultural facilities and more. And, driving to the beach isn't an all-day affair," Pease explained.

Before concluding, Pease said that many of the home sites found in non-coastal "club" communities are apt to overlook lakes incorporated into the design of the golf course, so that one won't be entirely "land locked."

"The popularity of these communities is proof positive that country club living can be the best of all worlds Jackie Bradley Jr Red Sox Jersey ," he said.

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UNITED NATIONS, March 25 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday highlighted the African diaspora's contributions to society, including culture, medicine, science and spirituality, as the global community gathered to honor the millions of Africans forcibly exploited by slavery.

"The dynamic culture and traditions of Africa continue to enrich life in the countries that were once involved in the transatlantic slave trade," the secretary-general said in a message for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Every year since 2007, the UN observes the International Day on March 25 as a tribute to the more than 15 million men Dustin Pedroia Red Sox Jersey , women, and children who suffered and died during the more than 400-year transatlantic slave trade, the largest forced migration in history.

The International Day also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

This year's theme is "Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots".

On Dec. 17, 2007, the UN General Assembly designated March 25 as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. It was first observed in 2008.

"Africa's influence and legacy are plain to see in the vibrant music, bold art, rich foods and inspiring literature that infuse modern culture," the UN chief said. "Less recognized Hanley Ramirez Red Sox Jersey , perhaps, are the contributions that the people of the African diaspora have made to medicine, science, government and general leadership in society."

Tested to the limits of their spirit and endurance, slaves from Africa left their descendants a wide range of invaluable assets, including fortitude, courage, strength Xander Bogaerts Red Sox Jersey , tolerance, patience and compassion, Ban said.

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