Mountaintop Ocean View Home Breaks Ground at Las Ventanas del Mar in Costa Rica

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) November 13, 2014

The sounds of the ocean and fragrant tropical forest in Guanacaste are like no where else on earth. Blue green water tickles the charcoal-colored beaches competing with blazing sunsets that seem to last forever. These every day experiences reach deep into ones soul living in Costa Rica. Playa Carrillo and resorts in Guanacaste Costa Rica feel secluded and yet are close to a relaxing beach town where barefoot beach bars, surfing schools and horseback riding on the beach are the staple. Its the perfect place to unplug, disconnect and live forever.

Small coastal beach towns can make it challenging to find high quality vacation and second homes in a close knit community. The good news is folks who desire luxury real estate Costa Rica away from the high-density touristy areas of Tamarindo and Flamingo Beach have an excellent choice at Las Ventanas del Mar in Guanacaste. If folks blinked their eyes when they’re there, they might think theyre in a southern California neighborhood perched high above the cliffs overlooking the thundering Pacific Ocean. Las Ventanas del Mar has all the makings of a chic California gated community but instead is built in a low density paradise where coffee plantations, waterfalls, volcanos and a bountiful sea are the neighbors.

Atlanta based real estate developers and custom home builders Gary and Matt Carter have done it again by creating another architectural masterpiece set along the sea. The new home now under construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015. The highly anticipated 3 bedroom/3 full and 2 half baths home has dramatic views and carefully thought out architectural designs. For example, each bedroom has a private terrace, the kind of terrace folks wont want to leave. Features include two stone ceilings, one with a leaf impression that will leave folks gazing at the ceiling speechless. High ceilings and tall glass windows that showcase the breathtaking 100-mile views. The 5,000 square mountaintop home is designed with an extremely private infinity pool and an outdoor kitchen located on the third level’s sun deck and outdoor living area. At night, its the place to see a billion stars and dream.

The communitys design is timeless and the construction team has spared no expense in making sure that all the luxury residences will stand the test of time. Las Ventanas del Mar is one of the finest resorts in Guanacaste Costa Rica. An intimate 22 home resort-style oceanview gated community with extensive amenities such as:

24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance

9,000 Square Foot Resort-style Infinity Edge Pool and Jacuzzi

Community Gardens Poolside

Two Acre Fresh Water Lake Stocked with Fish

Three Lake Ranchos Entertainment Pavilions with Gas Grills

Two Lighted Tennis Courts

Bocce Ball Court

Outdoor Gym

Within a five minute drive down the mountain is the picture perfect beachcombing beach of Playa Carrillo lined with skinny palm trees. The jagged shore is nick named Crocodile Rock because from the mountain top, the horseshoe cove beach looks like a crocodile protruding into the sea. When the tide rolls out, it exposes a huge wide sandy beach filled with exotic sea shells. Costa Rica is known for world class sportfishing and Playa Carrillo is a one of the best spots to set out to sea for the big catch. With all the natural beauty surrounding you in Guanacaste, its easy to understand why Costa Rica has earned the title as the “Happiest Country in the World”. Just 10 minutes further is Playa Samara, a charming small beach town where youll find fresh produce, meats, local artisans and homemade ice cream. Popular restaurants in town include El Lagarto, Cafe Carola, Gusto and more.

Folks who live or have visited the luxury real estate Costa Rica describe Las Ventanas del Mar as service and hospitality are unrivaled anywhere in the world. Yes, folks can stay there for a week and try out the lifestyle up close. Another said It was the most satisfying place we have stayed in Guanacaste and can honestly say, there was nothing we didnt like, and we have always stayed in extraordinary properties.

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Heres what one of the property owners has to say Las Ventanas del Mar is paradise. Its almost indescribable and one of those places that just has to be experienced. The views from the property are amazing and the sunsets spectacular. Theres so much to do, for all ages, and the amenities are first class. The people are very friendly, and make you feel like part of the family from the moment you arrive. Its the most beautiful, entertaining, peaceful, and relaxing place weve ever visited and were extremely blessed to be a part of it.

Folks searching for a luxury real estate Costa Rica or resorts in Guanacaste Costa Rica away from the touristy scene, make your way to Las Ventanas del Mar to see what all the fuss is about and meet custom home builders Gary and Matt Carter. Real Estate Scorecard is confident folks will thank us!

Call Las Ventanas del Mar direct at 678-908-7794.

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Long Weekends Celebrating Fall Foliage – Seven Ideas in the Shenandoah Valley to Make Your Weekend Shine

Winchester, Virginia (PRWEB) September 26, 2014

For those that live in the Shenandoah Valley, one can begin to see that the kaleidoscope of colors making this area national known is about to begin. Driving through the mountains leading over to West Virginia from Lexington, sugar maples are beginning to show reds and golden yellows are slowing creeping into the picture. The Fall Foliage change is just around the corner. Here are seven ideas to make one’s weekend shine:

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE – Push ones limits with mountain biking. Watch jumper break records, as one zoom down a slope on a mountain bike or a zip line. Bryce Resorts new Mountain Bike Park offers adventure for all ages from the simple beginner slope to the expert Copperhead trail. A bike trip or zip line needs a minimum two hours to enjoy with tickets available for an all day experience. On October 11th, Bryce Resort celebrates OktoberFest with waltzes, polkas, cowbells, and some Alpen Horn entertainment.

FAMILY FUN Spend a full morning or afternoon at the new Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester, VA with four floors of fun and discovery for children. Walk the old town mall and drop by Red Fox Creamery. Then take a ride out to Wilsons Wild Animal Park for an afternoon of wild animal exploration. The Wingate is a great hotel to book the night. Once one has reserved the room, head out to The Family Drive In Theater for a retro-theater tail-gating experience.

HIKING THE WILDERNESS – Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to recreation and re-creation. Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollowstake a hike, a meander along Skyline Drive, or a picnic with the family. 200,000 acres of protected lands are haven to deer, songbirds, the night skyand oneself. A great place to camp, check out this website for open campground area and the back country camping options.

CASINO TRIP Give your luck a try at the Hollywood Casinos in West Virginia. A relaxing great culinary experience can be had at the Hillbrook Inn in Charleston, West Virginia. The view of the foliage changes from WV and Bolivar Heights sitting on Jeffersons Infamous Rock overlooking the Shenandoah River or climbing Maryland Heights will give some exercise and a great photography experience to an overall relaxing trip. The HIllbrook Inn offers a chauffeur four-hour tour of three northern Virginia wineries.

HISTORIC SIGHTS Add some education to one’s weekend with a tour of the 1750s headquarters of George Washington and 1860s headquarters of Stonewall Jackson in Winchester, Virginia. October 15th thru the 20th will see the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek in Middletown, Virginia. A great road trip is to follow one of the back roads of the valley. Route 55 will take one thru the Fort Valley region following the Shenandoah River. One can then get on the Skyline Drive or climb the infamous George Washington National Forest rangers Fire Tower in Woodstock, Virginia getting a glimpse of the seven bends of the Shenandoah River.

CULINARY TOURS – Distillery, craft breweries, and wineries are now abundant in the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. The best way to savor the culinary is to pick a destination for a two-day weekend and then check out the local farmer markets. Local resourcing is extremely popular in the valley. Harrisonburgs Downtown Renaissance offers one of the culinary tours of its restaurants. The word is also out there is a speakeasy bar, which involves a knock on the door for permission to enter. For an outside festival, savor local wines and Virginia craft beers along with mouth-watering barbeque at Shenandoah Autumn Fest on October 18.

MUSIC FESTIVALS music is an event every weekend whether one is in Virginia or West Virginia. Every Thursday one can find the FREE music jam sessions of dulcimer, banjo, guitar, fiddle, Celtic harp, flute, etc at OHurleys in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The valley is the home of country music legend Patsy Cline. Plan a trip thru Winchester where one can visit Cline’s childhood home and then head down the valley to the Massanutten Resorts Fall Festival. Again, the leaf foliage colors will surround the driver whether one is taking Interstate 81 or old Route 340 thru the Blue Ridge Mountains. But nowhere can one be more in the middle of the foliage change than at Massanutten Resort.


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Lintelus Latest Event Software Ignites Audiences with its Interactive Multi-Screen Platform

Mission Viejo, CA (PRWEB) September 25, 2014

Lintelus, Inc., a technology provider for meetings and events, announced it has released Lintelus Meeting Version 3.1, designed to increase audience engagement at large meetings and corporate events. This collaboration engages the participants smart phones, tablets and lap tops, every mobile device making it an integral part of the experience. The newest release includes features to simplify event set up, enhance presentation and document management capabilities and allow a more personalized event experience, for both speaker and participants.

Whether it’s in a classroom setting, a live event, symposium, conference or speaker panel, attendees have the freedom to share ideas, collaborate on projects and contribute to the presentation via instant chat messaging. They can even submit questions and respond to polls and surveys, allowing the presenter valuable insight to audience behavior.

Lintelus Meeting 3.1 offers product advancements including real-time polling, surveys and document management, allowing event organizers the option to assign various attendees to specific sessions. The document-sharing feature enables attendees to download the presentation, including the speakers notes, along with digital watermarking and a confidentiality disclaimer for secure document management. The added functionality of creating live surveys on a per session basis gives presenters invaluable feedback to audience preferences and behavior. In addition, the advanced image quality is produced in a band-width-efficient platform for crisp sharp presentations.

We are thrilled to introduce the latest version of our presentation software Lintelus Meeting Version 3.1, commented Fathi Hakam, President and COO. Its cost-saving green meeting format eliminates paper waste, saves trees and offers a robust real-time Audience Response System (ARS), all while connecting audience and presenter in a collaborative, interactive multi-screen environment.

Users of the software are touting its capabilities by energizing presentations with an interactive multi-screen platform. It strengthens the impact of a presentation by transforming every mobile device into an interactive event tool. Lintelus engages participants and personalizes the event experience, encouraging presenters and attendees to connect and build relationships. Attendees can interact with the slides, download files, chat with other attendees, engage the speaker, tweet, ask questions and take notes, all while viewing the presentation.

For more information or a free demo on how to Go Green, engage your audience and add an insight-gaining real-time audience response system (ARS) presentations, please email or visit

About Lintelus Inc.

Lintelus a technology provider for meetings enhances how presentations are experienced with interactive features including mobile technology, slide sharing, note taking, live polling and social media, designed to energize slide presentations, engage participants and personalize the event in a collaborative multi-screen green meeting environment.

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Explore the Best Modern Homes in San Diego This Weekend

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) September 25, 2014

Modern Home Tours LLC returns to San Diego, California, this weekend as part of the 2014 Fall Tour, which includes stops in Texas, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Canada. During the 2014 San Diego Modern Home Tour, attendees will have the opportunity to explore nine modern homes in the San Diego area that exemplify modern architecture and living. Tourgoers can get the inside scoop from homeowners on what its like to live in a modern home, and talk to the architects to find out where they got their inspiration. This is every San Diego residents chance to see the inside of that unique, cool house you always drive by

The San Diego Architectural Foundation has been named the tours local non-profit beneficiary for this second tour in San Diego. They will help staff the event, in return for a small donation and the opportunity to use the tour as a fundraising vehicle to further their mission of educating and promoting the outstanding architecture, planning and urban design throughout the San Diego region.

Nine of the areas most amazing modern homes have been confirmed for the 2014 San Diego Modern Home Tour. Participating architects and featured locations include:

A home near Presidio Park, designed and built by Safdie Rabines Architects in 2004, and then updated in 2012. The three-story home features views of the San Diego Bay, a two-story living room, 35-foot long light-filled atrium, guest house, pool, rooftop deck (with fire-pit) and custom furnishings throughout.

The Shayan House, located in San Diegos architecturally diverse Mission Hills neighborhood, was built by Nakhshab Development and Design in 2012 to ensure efficiency and sustainability as well as the comfort of its occupants, who range from 2 to 64 years old. The home sits on a steeply sloped canyon lot and features 13-foot high floor-to-ceiling windows showcases stunning canyon and city views, and is also the first LEED Certified Gold single family home in the city of San Diego.

Local architect Heather Johnston AIA has offered her La Jolla residence for the tour. This amazing home was completed in just over 8 months, thanks to the streamlined production of all house parts modules and foundations concurrently in two different factory locations; it took just 48 hours for the pieces to be craned together, and then another 4 months for local craftsmen to apply the finishing touches by turning a collection of individual pieces into a personalized, energy-efficient home.

The newly completed Union 4 is a four unit development located in San Diego’s Bankers Hill that beautifully unifies a restored and updated historic home with the addition of three modern loft units. Designed by Nakhshab Development and Design in 2913, the home was built to be green, virtually non-reliant upon public energy sources, and respectful of an historic setting, while appealing to all three generations of the inhabiting family.

A very unique home in Del Mar, completed by Cheng Design, that derives inspiration from Airstream trailers and Quonset huts. The design pits hard-edged industrial materials (concrete block, galvanized siding, steel columns, stainless steel cable and welded I-beams) against softer residential elements (stained-wood siding and a grid of exposed wood framing that supports the roof) and custom interior details (polished concrete floors, stainless steel kitchen hood, custom made concrete countertops and walls).

A third home by Nakhshab Development & Design, just completed this year and located in historic Golden Hill, are the Sofia Lofts. The community within a community combines a Mid-Century Modern aesthetic and a generous helping of historic charm, while featuring many green, passive design elements such as high-density floors, floor-to-ceiling glass that floods units with natural light, windows placed for optimum natural ventilation, high-efficiency Energy Star appliances, low-usage lighting and low-flow water designs.

A second Safdie Rabines Architects home, located in La Jolla, and nicknamed Casa Diagonal. This custom home is perched on a steep hillside, and incorporates diagonally constructed structures to create indoor/outdoor terraces on each level with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

A sprawling 3,000 square foot home in Encinitas is Nakhshab Development and Designs fourth and final home on this years tour. The home is LEED Gold Certified and loaded with green elements; it also features twenty feet of retractable glass doors that connect indoor entertaining spaces with notable outdoor features like a kitchen and bar, and a spacious swimming pool surrounded by a seductively comfortable lounge area.

A ninth home added to the tour at the last-minute, located in Mission Hills, that was originally built in 1991 and completely remodeled last year by the current owner, features an open floor plan, a chefs dream kitchen, an elevated living room, and gorgeous views of the Mission Hills canyons. It is currently for sale.

Participating homes in the 2014 San Diego Modern Home Tour will open their doors for viewing from 11AM 5PM on Saturday, September 27th, in the San Diego, California, area. All are invited to attend. Tickets for the tour are $ 30 in advance online; $ 40 on the day of the tour. Kids under 12 are FREE when accompanying their parents.

For more details, to see a current roster of homes with details and photos, and to buy tickets for the San Diego Modern Home Tour, visit:

About Modern Home Tours, LLC: Based in Austin, Texas, Modern Home Tours, LLC was founded by partners Matt Swinney & James Leasure in 2010 to introduce modern architecture and living to people across the nation. Through fun and informative tours in dozens of cities across the USA and Canada, the group invites people into some of the most exciting examples of modern architecture and design in the nation. With carefully selected architects, neighborhoods and architecture, the Modern Home Tours are unlike anything youve ever seen. Not only will you learn about the cutting edge of home design while on our tours, but you might even get an idea or two for your next home project!

Decorated Veterans, Who Experienced Hearing Loss While Serving, Advocate Hearing Protection in “Hear Our Heroes” PSA

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 11, 2014

Hearing loss is the number one military injury to veterans since 9/11. It affects 360 million people worldwide. According to data from The Department of Veterans Affairs, they spend more than $ 2 billion annually on hearing related disability payments. A 2012 report by the Washington Post News Service stated that more than 400,000 veterans of the war of Iraq and Afghanistan suffer diminished hearing, tinnitus (ringing in their ears), or often both as a result of roadside bombs, gunfire and loud engines. As a way to honor some of our heroes this Veterans Day and increase awareness about noise-induced hearing loss, Listen Carefully, a program from Starkey Hearing Foundation, gathered several decorated veterans to share their stories and advocate hearing protection.

The Listen Carefully “Hear Our Heroes” campaign features a PSA (public service announcement) and brings together distinguished veterans from several branches of the military who shared personal service stories in five additional videos. First Lt. Robert M. Hoover (Ret.) a former United States Air Force test pilot, purple heart recipient and National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee talked about the injuries he sustained after he ejected from a plane at 500 miles per hour, while Chief Warrant Officer Carl Burhanan, a founding member of the United States Army Black Aviator Association and a pilot for Presidents Johnson, Nixon and Ford, discussed the hardships of fighting in Korea during a harsh winter. Rear Admiral William Narva, MC, USN (Ret.), who cared for over five U.S. presidents, retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and “Steel Will” author Shilo Harris and Major Harry Waterstone, who served 34 years combined in the Marines and Army Reserve.

Listen Carefully is a domestic program of Starkey Hearing Foundation, an international nonprofit that gives the gift of hearing to people in need around the world. Last year they provided more than 175,000 free hearing aids to people struggling with hearing loss. The Listen Carefully initiative aims to raise awareness about noise-induced hearing loss, which has increased by 30 percent over the last decade, and ultimately, help prevent a hearing loss epidemic. Currently, 1 in 6 American teens has permanent hearing loss due to high-volume sounds. Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent, but preventable.

“Our brave men and women in uniform have sacrificed so much for protect this country, including their hearing. Our troops do not always have the ability to protect their hearing in combat, but as civilians, we can protect ours,” said Tani Austin, Co-Founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “We are excited to honor our service members and help raise awareness about hearing protection by sharing the stories of these distinguished veterans who know what it’s like to lose their hearing.”

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About Listen Carefully:

Listen Carefully is Starkey Hearing Foundation’s domestic initiative to raise awareness about noise-induced hearing loss and help prevent a hearing loss epidemic. Today, 1 in 6 American teens has permanent hearing loss due to high-volume sounds. Football games, concerts, music players, and hairdryers can damage kids hearing in a matter of seconds. Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent, but preventable.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation:

Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and change lives around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually, and as a member of President Clintons Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully campaign and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit

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