Their home: A 4-bedroom, 2.5 bath 2-story home with an always-awesome view of the 11th hole at Binks Forest Golf Club.
What they paid: $200,500
When they moved in: September, 1997
Current value: (from Zillow.com): $331,000. (Note: Zillow estimates do not always reflect true market value.)
Why they love it: Some people like tennis and some people like jogging and Rocky and Connie Okin love golf. “That’s pretty much why we bought this place,” says Rocky Okin, president of the Brindlewood at Binks Forest Homeowner’s Association.
But through the years, after the couple moved from Atlanta to Wellington in 1997, they’ve fallen in love with other parts of this tidy community.
First off, it’s family friendly — and these two (semi-) retirees like that. Indeed, when their daughter brought the grandchildren and lived with them for a while, the kids were able to walk to school at Binks Forest Elementary School, right across the street. “I know of two families this summer that moved in here to get their kids into that kindergarten,” says Connie Okin.
Then there’s the design of both their home and the development — which is just one street. Their open-concept house has plenty of space and the Okins liked the feel of this traditional suburban development. “A house is what we were used to,” he says.
But perhaps the very best thing about this Wellington jewel they stumbled upon 16 years ago is the view out the back yard. They’re right on the 11th hole, and it’s so picturesque that Connie Okin commissioned a painting to surprise her husband a few birthdays back.
Since golf memberships aren’t mandatory at this Binks Forest neighborhood, the Okins belong to another club now. (Binks Forest Golf Club went under a few years back and then re-opened, but the Okins never re-joined.)
But they still love looking at No. 11, right out their back door.
“It’s a beautiful hole,” he says. Especially if you love golf.