Rich Froning to Replace Ben Smith at the Invitational

Ben Smith has withdrawn from the USA Team due to an injury. Rich Froning will step in and take his position alongside Dan Bailey, Margaux Alvarez and Chyna Cho.

Only six days remain before the start of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Invitational in Madrid, Spain. The fittest athletes from the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Pacific will compete on Sunday, December 6 from 4 – 6 p.m. CEST (7 – 9 a.m. PT) at the Caja Magica.

The entire 2-hour event will be streamed live to, and broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN later on. (.)

Tickets are still available. (Buy here.)

Where the living is easy

Introducing Marsh Walk, an Ocean Park

retreat with endless views

Designed to provide a simple, streamlined option to homebuyers who don’t want the complexity of designing and custom-building a home, Marsh Walk’s homes will sit on Kiawah Island’s eastern tip among trees bordering marsh, parkland, or both.

The new community’s location within Kiawah’s Ocean Park is a strong point. The strikingly designed homes will flank Marsh House, a gathering place for residents. A microclimate of marsh breezes and a pleasant solar pattern will encourage outdoor living for much of the year, while the homes themselves will blend seamlessly into the natural beauty of the setting.

“The homes will reinvent traditional architecture in a fresh, coastal way that’s connected to the natural environment,” says Mark Permar, an architect and land planning expert who has been involved in the careful development of Kiawah Island for nearly three decades.

Sized up to 3,200 heated square feet, the environmentally low-impact homes will keep living simple. Four distinctive designs by four carefully selected architecture firms—Thomas & Denzinger Architects, Christopher Rose Architects, Cumulus Architecture + Design, and Heather A. Wilson, Architect—will offer a choice between three or four bedrooms plus a swing space.

Described as “updated Southern coastal” in style, each home will feature an open, modern design that takes advantage of the layered views, from parkland to ocean.

Permar notes the designers were careful to strike the right balance between form and function, so that each home is aesthetically beautiful while functioning beautifully. “These homes won’t try to do too much. We won’t just shrink a big house,” says Permar. “Think of an iPod—it’s simple and different, but it performs the same function as a large, complex stereo system.”

Marsh Walk is slated for formal release in February 2016. For more information, contact your Kiawah Island Real Estate sales executive.