Grove Country Club Estates

Have you seen too many tropical sims with beaches, palms and tiki houses? If you have, Grove Country Club Estates, owned by Umberto Giano, may have something new for you. The estate has Mediterranean theme, which is dominated by beautiful villas, cypress tree, high stone fences and ponds. The heart of the place is the Country Club, with different events.

Casablanca Bay

Grove sims form a continuous landmass, which has its own infrastructure of roads and waterways. Especially the roads seem to be very convenient way of getting around and many of the residents seem to have sports car in front of their houses. They also officially encourage sailing and Casablanca Bay is an impressive dock for sailboats. One of the sims is 100% water, that helps sailing, but most of the waterways are narrow, clearly more like features of landscaping than channels for boats. Still, my impression is, that the estate is quite young still and it will be seen, how their landmass will develop. Their waters seem to be open for residents only, even if you can find some parcels, where public rezzing is either intentionally or unintentionally switched on, that allow you to try boating.

Mediterranean villa

There are several special spots in the estate. Casablanca Bay is a beautiful dock for boats and a great place to look around. If you own a boat, you can rent a slip for it in the bay. Next to it is The Grove Country Club with a ballroom and Club Nine, which is a gay nightclub. In the sky over the club houses, there is a stadium and athletic center, where football is been played.

Grove Country Club Estates has two standards for parcels: 8,192 m² with 1875 prims and 16,384 m² with 3750 prims. All the parcels are interconnected by the road network, but have shoreline too. The covenant has almost 6,000 words regulating all the aspects of life and behavior in the estate, that is probably essential, to keep to the look and feel of the place in harmony with the vision of the creators. Medieval castles, forts, ruins, tree houses are explicitly not allowed. Maximum height of houses is 45 meters, but with an approval, you may be able to build higher. Skyboxes are allowed above 1,000 meters, that those of us favoring long drawing distances should appreciate.

Luxury is clearly a word, which describes Grove Country Club Estates well. Their builds and landscaping are of really high quality. Some may count it as downside, as new landowners must be approved, minimum standard parcel size is 1/8 of sim and waterways are open to the residents only. On the other hand, land prices are not too high at all. Grove has a special charm and is a unique gem among other estates dominated by lonely tropical islands. If you love Mediterranean style and have no problems on living in the neighborhood of a gay nightclub, this could be a good home for you.

Name: Grove Country Club Estates (slurl)
Theme: Mediterranean
Building code: strict
Common areas: roads, waterways, harbor, shopping district
Attractions: Casablanca Bay, Grove Country Club, Club Nine (for gays), Cheval de Mer, Stadium & athletic center, shopping district
Landmass: 10 isolated private regions connected to 5 commercial ones
Parcel ownership: residents
Tiers: about L$8.0/prim/month, payments in L$

Park Drive

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One thought on “Grove Country Club Estates

  1. Hi Timo, thanks again for reviewing my estate. I appreciate all your kind words and hope you enjoyed your stay with us.

    I had two goals in mind when I opened The Grove Country Club Estates. I wanted to create a beautiful custom-built community with a sense of realism that is sometimes lacking in Second Life. We place a lot of attention and detail into our public structures and sims, and many of our residents have their homes built custom by some of Second Life’s best builders (but this is not a requirement). I also wanted my estate to foster a real sense of community, and in this regard we are successful, from a network of roads and driveways which connect all our residents together to our regular events like Open Mic Night at Common Grounds Coffee House (all our official events are open to the public). Our residents also have their own informal events like game nights, where they host poker and greedy games in their homes.

    As you mentioned in your review, we are still relatively young and small, but do have plans to expand a bit more, and those plans definitely include more open water space for sailing for the general public – not just for residents. We also intend to open at least two more nightclubs. Club Nine (the gay club) is merely the first of three. Each nightclub concept features a radically different theme for different groups (gay, straight, etc.), and each club will only be open for one night a week for 2 hours so they don’t become a nuisance to our residents.

    Thank you again for visiting us and blogging about The Grove. You’re welcome to come back anytime and enjoy our community.

    Warm regards,

    Umberto Giano

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