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Golden Bear Realty near Kiawah and Seabrook islands is now called NV Realty Group. File/Jim Parker/Staff

A Charleston-area real estate company linked to a golf legend is changing its name after 15 years in business.

Florida-based Golden Bear Realty, founded in 2003 by Michael Nicklaus, son of golf icon Jack Nicklaus, and his brother-in-law Todd Vance, will now be called NV Realty Group, using the last initials of its two founders in the new company name.

"We have big plans to grow and envision a brand that goes well beyond real estate, one that will be viewed as a luxury lifestyle brand," Nicklaus said. "My father created the Golden Bear brand and it has allowed us to build a solid foundation for this business. But we are bigger than just one person, and we want our name and company to reflect that."

NV Realty Group can be found locally in downtown Charleston and near Kiawah and Seabrook islands.

New homes

Pulte Homes is now offering its newest neighborhood at The Arbors in St. Johns Woods, a community of 86 single-family homes surrounded by ponds and green space on Johns Island.

A professionally decorated model home at 1852 Halle Road is now open for tours. A community grand opening is planned for later this month.

The neighborhood features front porches with five home designs ranging in size from 1,802 square feet to 2,803 square feet. Prices start at $339,990. Community amenities include a swimming pool and cabana, as well as walking and jogging trails that wind through woods and protected wetlands.

“Each of our plans capitalize on space and design, with enough flexibility for families big and small,” said Ann Taylor, general sales manager.

Acquisition

A Charleston investment firm has teamed up with a California partner to buy an apartment complex in an Atlanta suburb.

Blaze Partners of Charleston and West Coast-based Bailard Inc. recently acquired a 239-unit, mid-rise multifamily community called 1760 Apartment Homes in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Terms of the all-cash transaction were not disclosed.

"We believe the northern suburbs of Atlanta will continue to experience significant growth in the foreseeable future with apartment communities continuing to provide a compelling housing option for those seeking a flexible, cost-effective lifestyle," said Chris Riley, co-founder and managing partner of Blaze.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 843-937-5524. Follow him on Twitter @warrenlancewise.