Since their time as students at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, Marisa and Rick McIntyre knew they wanted to reestablish a more permanent connection to the area. So the couple, who live in Sanford, Florida, with their daughters Lilia, 9, Madeline, 6, and Isabelle, 2, bought a vacation home at The Cliffs Valley in March 2022 to fulfill that desire and give their nature-loving family a place to relax and explore.
Cliffs Living: Tell us a little about your background.
Answer: Rick: We are both attorneys by trade; however, neither of us practice law today. My wife stopped working in 2017 to focus on raising our children. That same year, I took a job as CEO of a long- time client, GWS Tool Group. After having led the company through two rounds of private equity ownership, GWS was sold in December to Sandvik, a Fortune 500 company out of Stockholm. I serve as the president of GWS today as a subsidiary of Sandvik.
Cliffs Living: What do you enjoy most about your home at The Cliffs Valley?
Answer: Marisa: The home itself is beautiful and perfect for our family, but what we were most attracted to were its views. The house has an amazing back porch, which has an uninterrupted view of the mountains. You can sit out there at any time of day and enjoy the view, whether in the morning with a cup of coffee or later in the evening with a glass of wine. There’s also a small man-made creek in the front yard. The girls have loved exploring and playing there. They were thrilled to find it full of tadpoles the last time we were there and are anxious to see what they find next time.
Cliffs Living: What do you most look forward to doing at The Cliffs Valley?
Answer: Marisa: We are excited to participate in all the amenities the community has to offer — enjoying the pool, playing tennis and golf, walking the nature trails. Being from Florida, our girls all love to swim.
Cliffs Living: How often do you see yourselves coming to your new home?
Answer: Rick: We will spend most of our summers there and intend on being present for multiple long weekends during the fall and spring. We absolutely look forward to bringing multiple friend groups to The Cliffs and anticipate many will fall in love with it like we have. Who knows; there may be some future residents tucked into that guest list!
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