Should you happen to be in Tampa driving south on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge towards Sarasota, skip the air conditioning and roll the windows all the way down. Enjoy the warm breeze, boundless blue skies and emerald-green Gulf water rippling into the distance.

The skyway links Tampa to the city of Bradenton, north of Sarasota. It’s here you’ll find Core Development’s Concession Residences, an elite golf community with homes to match that start at US$1.3-million (

Pass the undulating entranceway dotted with 200-year-old oak trees, and it feels like you’ve turned into a remote country estate. There’s not much signage, but a polite man at the gate is there to direct you through to where a landscaper quietly prunes blooms as large as grapefruit.

Eventually the cottages appear, hugging a sweeping crescent. People stay in these guest dwellings (for a fee) to test-drive all the Concession has to offer: its Jack Nicklaus golf course designed in association with Tony Jacklin, the sprawling clubhouse with its golf memorabilia and airy bistro, and, of course, to tour the model homes themselves (which are located at a distance from the cottages).

Inside, the cottage is kitted out in heavy wood and comfy furniture. Grab a drink on the patio to soak in an expansive forested view, where you might see a rabbit or deer scamper by.

This nature preserve atmosphere and wealth of outdoor space is precisely why people are drawn here, says Mark Bruce, the director of sales for the Concession. “Its exclusivity and privacy (is unheard of),” he points out, saying Canadians have taken notice, too.

“Florida in general just does not have too many communities that are low-density like Concession,” Bruce says. “Having only 236 homes inside the gates that encompasses 1,200 total

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