(Source: National Post)

From swimming to teeing up, these clubhouses will have you happily sweating into retirement – Freed Developments, The Kaitlin Group and Sierra Building group are capitalizing on the trend – last month marked the official opening of Muskoka Bay’s 17,000-sq.-ft., Richard Wengle-designed Clifftop Clubhouse

Over at Port of Newcastle near Bowmanville, a 15,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse bustles with young families and empty nesters enjoying the indoor pool, fitness area, games rooms and beach volleyball league. Movie nights draw crowds, while the summer Wooden Boat Festival draws the entire community together for free boat rides, a barbecue and a jazz band (the 15th annual celebration took place in July). Membership is included in the price of a Kaitlin Group waterfront condo, condo suites, detached bungalow or two-storey home (they are halfway through construction of 1,500 total units) and is transferable to a new owner upon resale. Annual maintenance fee is $300 per family.

“It’s such a draw that if homeowners invite friends over, they try out the swimming lessons and the gym and then want to sell [their current home] and move in here because of the convenience of having it all in their backyard,” says Gary Daniell, vice-president of Kaitlin Group. “That happens a lot.”

Read the full article by Suzanne WintropGone Clubbing” in the National Post (August 14, 2009).

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