Welcome Back to Heartland Today!! This edition of TGIF is sure to give you a couple of conversation starters for this weekend. 

This first story comes from the National Geographic Blog: Intelligent Traveler.  Despite the earthquakes and tragedy that recently hit Chile, this country has caught the attention of curiosity seekers worldwide.  The San Alfonso del Mar Resort, has the world’s largest pool!! Well that’s if you want to call it that. The “pool” covers 20 acres, stretches over half a mile, is 115 feet deep, and holds 66 million gallons of Pacific Ocean water.  This pool is so large, that visitors can actually sail through the crystal clear waters.  

While we are on the topic of water, there is some recent buzz about the future of building homes….on water!!  That’s right you read it correctly, floating homes!!  Although it is not a current request for this style of home is in Pittsburgh, these floating fortresses are gaining some interest in the Netherlands.  Due to tough regulations and tight quarters, the Dutch have set afloat.  These floating water villas resemble your typical “land home”, but with one big difference: a stabilized floating foundation.  Other than being surrounded by blue waters, these neighborhoods are similar to those on land, complete with green gardens and a road.  Surprisingly, these are not cookie-cutter houses either.  Several home types are available including semi-detached houses, urban villas, and terraces.  Developers in the Netherlands are already working on floating apartment complexes and high-rise buildings for future developments.  If this is the future of home building, look for a Heartland Home on one of the Three Rivers in the future…

Rendering from http://blogs.discovery.com/future_experts/   

While still thinking about the future, let’s come back to reality a bit. Tomorrow, March, 27th at 8:30 PM, the 3rd Annual Earth Hour will start.  From 8:30 to 9:30 PM join the rest of the world and turn off your lights for just 60 minutes: 

Visit www.myearthhour.org to see how you can get involved!!

This concludes this week’s edition of TGIF leaving us only with the Final Thoughts of the week:  Malcolm X said “The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” So even though it was fun thinking about the future and imagining what our world might be like with luxuries the size of the ocean and futuristic living, let’s not forget about the present.  Think about the steps we need to take Today, to insure that we can enjoy the future. It doesn’t make any sense to build a house, and then draw the blueprint.

About Kevin Oakley

Kevin Oakley has been involved in real estate for over 10 years and is passionate about the important role it plays in people’s lives. He understands that a home is not just the most expensive purchase of someone’s life, but that it also is where life happens and memories are made. He also enjoys all aspects of design as well as photography. Kevin currently serves as Vice President for Heartland Homes.