While millions in Pennsylvania celebrate a Super Bowl win for the Pittsburgh Steelers this month, some of the state's residents might have retirement or second homes on their minds. Data from PrivateCommunities.com, the Web's top research portal for finding homes in private, luxury and gated communities indicate Pennsylvanians favor an eclectic mix of destinations with interest concentrated in the Carolinas and Florida.
For many second home shoppers from Allentown and Bedford to Perkasie and York, Pa., places like Naples, Fla., Bluffton, S.C. and Hendersonville, N.C. were top of mind. Gated communities in North Carolina (28%), Florida (21%) and South Carolina (11%) were the most requested by Pennsylvanians in 2008. Combined, these states made up 60 percent of information requests from developers.
"What's striking is that interest among affluent Pennsylvanians was strong across North America," said Elisabeth Miller-Fox, co-founder of PrivateCommunities.com. "About 15 percent (15%) of all requests went to a wide variety of developers in 24 states from California to Maryland and resort spots outside the contiguous 48, many even requested developer information from private communities in Mexico and Puerto Rico."
More than 25 percent (25%) of vacation home and second home requests for information about gated communities were made to developers in Delaware (8%), Georgia (8%), Virginia (5%) and Tennessee (5%). The report is based on Pennsylvanians who made Web site information requests at PrivateCommunities.com from January through December 2008, and was tabulated as part of the portal's proprietary tracking process.
Established in 1996, PrivateCommunities.com is a comprehensive research and information site for affluent consumers seeking primary, retirement or second homes in Destination Amenity Communities. The listings include profiles of private, semi-private and resort golf clubs in more than 30 states and international destinations in Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean. Communities listed offer a variety of amenities like golf, boating, tennis, equestrian with properties from $100,000 to $10 million.