Greensboro, GA

Reynolds Lake Oconee

Reimagining Resort-Style Living

status

Ongoing

client

Oconee Land Development Company

expertise

Master Planned Communities

services

Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Land Planning

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A Community Centered Around Open Space

From golf destination to recreation haven, the next phase at Reynolds Lake Oconee sets the stage for a community prioritizing resident wellness.

Reynolds Lake Oconee has long been known as a regional golf retreat and retirement destination for those looking to escape the urban bustle of Atlanta. With many parcels built out, the next phase for Reynolds presented an opportunity to differentiate itself from the golf courses and luxury homes it’s traditionally known for. LandDesign was engaged to craft a vision and master plan for a +/- 600-acre parcel with the goal of capitalizing on the natural beauty of the site and creating an unparalleled recreational experience that would attract and retain residents.

A park thread uninterrupted from one end of the site to the other sets the tone for the entry procession, welcoming residents and visitors to explore the community by car, bike, or foot. Several trails and amenities weave through the neighborhood, connecting residents to the nearby waterfront and drawing them towards the village center. The mixed use village has two primary nodes of activity, the commercial hub and wellness center, which work together to create a unique destination along the water’s edge. The commercial hub includes a high-end restaurant, marina, coffee shop, and private dock allowing residents to enjoy the waterfront in a new way. A luxury spa and fitness center emphasize the importance of health and wellness within the community, providing opportunities for recreation, relaxation, and recuperation.

A Partner From Concept to Construction

LandDesign will serve as keepers of the master plan vision, meeting with new developers to guide all future construction plans so that they align with the long-term goals for the site.

Our Vision

Trading 18 Holes for a Comprehensive Park System

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For a long time, Reynolds Lake Oconee has relied on golf courses and waterfront views as its primary attractors, which has been a success to date, but LandDesign saw the untapped potential of the land to better contribute to the health and wellness goals of the community. Rather than situating the parcel for another 18-hole course, we imagined a three-pronged approach to wellness focusing on the residents’ physical wellbeing, planned moments for social engagement<strong><em>,</em></strong> and opportunities for self-discovery. This unique approach delivered a comprehensive open space network great for recreation, gathering, and exploration beyond the golf course.

Multi-Modal Connectivity

A continuous park acts as a green spine, with a series of ‘fingers’ that extend into the neighborhood. These ‘fingers’ are made up of multi-modal trails and programmed open spaces that allow residents to interact with nature daily. The interconnected trail network leads to the water’s edge, allowing residents to explore the community by kayak, paddle board, and canoe.

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The Challenge

Redefining Luxury Living Along the Waterfront

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Traditionally developed as a high-end, luxury community, Reynolds has attracted wealthy retirees, golf connoisseurs or even those in the 2nd home market. Over time, the target demographic began to shift as long-term residents considered downsizing to accommodate their needs in later stages of life. Reynolds was also becoming a desirable location for first-time homebuyers who wanted to take advantage of the community benefits and natural setting. LandDesign faced the challenge of conveying these trends to the client and persuading them of the benefits they would reap by deviating from the golf-expansion model and leaning into a diversified range of products suitable for a growing audience of prospective residents. LandDesign identified residential nodes that incorporate a variety of housing product–prime real estate along the southern and eastern lake frontages that take advantage of waterfront views, conducive to larger luxury lots, as well as tighter clusters of various-sized lots oriented around the village core and along the green spine, replete with trails and open spaces.

Our Approach

Trading the Golf Course For a New Kind of Luxury

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Physical

Orient the village core toward the water’s edge, activating the waterfront for more than private residences

Functional

Integrate a variety of housing products, including small-lot cottages as well as luxury-style homes to accommodate growing demand

Social

Connect the village core with the waterfront using trails and open spaces for recreation and exploration

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Physical

Orient the village core toward the water’s edge, activating the waterfront for more than private residences

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Functional

Integrate a variety of housing products, including small-lot cottages as well as luxury-style homes to accommodate growing demand

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Social

Connect the village core with the waterfront using trails and open spaces for recreation and exploration