Even before Hurricane Maria pummeled the Caribbean, Florida was experiencing a population surge. Recognized as the fifth-fastest growing state in the country, people flock to Florida for its warm temperatures, beautiful beaches and diverse cultures. Over the last seven years, St. Johns County has grown by nearly 24 percent, and Duval County saw its population rate increase for the third straight year. With more people comes the need for more housing, so it’s not surprising that more developers are setting their sights on our area. In fact, new master-planned communities seem to be popping up every month. These communities, however, are so much more than just a new housing development. They are truly unique neighborhoods that offer residents the best of everything; from well-appointed homes and social hubs, to natural preserves with breathtaking views, these master-planned communities are so spectacular that you may never want to leave. Read more ›
Jacksonville, Florida has a lot to offer prospective home buyers. From our sandy, white beaches to our professional sports teams, there’s something for just about everyone. One definite benefit to living on the First Coast is the variety of country club communities. Whether you’re interested in living on the southside close to shopping and entertainment, or closer to the Intracoastal Waterway and beaches, you’ll find a country club to fit your lifestyle. Here are just a few of the wonderful Jacksonville country club communities you could call home. Read more ›
Neptune Beach is a small, beachfront community just east of Jacksonville, Florida. Its name originated in 1922, when resident Dan G Wheeler built his own train station, aptly named “Neptune,” so the Florida East Coast Railway would have to drop him off closer to home each night. It officially became a municipality in 1931 when it seceded from Jacksonville Beach after a tax revolt. Today, less than 25 percent of the households in Neptune Beach have children under the age of 18, which makes this community very attractive for singles, couples or those seeking a retirement home.
Nestled between Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach has a casual, laid-back vibe that many people look for in a coastal community. It’s perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy cycling, running, surfing or just soaking up the sun. The pedestrian-friendly area is also home to many local boutiques, restaurants and places to take in the spectacular ocean views.
If you’ve been dreaming of a new home, consider Neptune Beach. I invite you to review a few of my favorite picks below or search for your perfect coastal home using my free property search tool. Read more ›
Are you addicted to watching Fixer Upper and other home remodeling shows? If so, you are not alone. Last year, HGTV was the third most-watched cable network and its ratings for renovation programs were up double digits. Homeowners also spent a record $361 billion on home improvements and that number is expected to rise again in 2017. If you expect to be among those who will shell out an anticipated $6,148 per project, do your homework. Not all renovation projects are equal when it comes to adding value to your home.
For those living in the Jacksonville, Florida area, I have put together a quick list of the top remodeling projects worth the investment, as compiled in the Remodeling 2017 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalua.com). Read more ›
Atlantic Beach is rumored to have been one of the first permanent, year-round Native American settlements in North America. If you’ve visited the area, you’ll understand why. With the average winter temperature hovering around 72 degrees, and summer highs near 90 degrees, it’s pretty much perfect here. Home to nearly 14,000 residents, this seaside community is teeming with things to do and see; from delicious delicacies to outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone. Atlantic Beach is also home to numerous special events and includes 65 acres of parks. Some of the best golfing in the U.S. is just a short drive down the coastline in Ponte Vedra Beach. When it comes to breathtaking sunrises, it doesn’t get any better than those viewed from Atlantic Beach.
If you’re interested in making this coastal town your new home, check out some of the hidden gems available for purchase right now. Read more ›
Ponte Vedra Beach has long been considered one of the most luxurious communities in Florida. From its emerald green golf courses to its coquina beaches, and the acres of natural preserves in between, it not only draws scores of visitors each year, but also attracts home owners who are searching for the perfect place to raise a family or enjoy their retirement.
Residents have access to some of the best schools and medical facilities in North Florida, including the world renown Mayo Clinic. Dining options range from a taste of the Caribbean (Pusser’s) to local seafood culinary delights (Palm Valley Fish Camp), and those in search of retail therapy will find exactly what they need. Read more ›
There’s no shortage of renovation and home design shows on television these days. From HGTV’s Fixer Upper to the DIY Network’s lineup of shows, you can find inspiration pretty much any hour of any day. A new bathroom or kitchen, if it’s done right, can not only make your home look more appealing, but also increase its value. Although some remodeling projects may be simple, such as updating wall color or putting up a few shelves, most take more time and more talent. That’s when it’s time to call a professional. But, before you do, consider these five renovation mistakes to avoid. Read more ›