Six months ago, Jacksonville professional Milan Velimirovic began thinking about buying a new home. Although he owned a home in the Southside area, the architect and Keiser University computer instructor frequently visited the neighborhoods of Riverside and Avondale. He enjoyed the historic community’s flavor and wanted an environment that would free him from many of the responsibilities of traditional home ownership. He found this, and more, at The John Gorrie a condominium.
“For 16 years, I spent every weekend working on my home, making improvements,” Velimirovic said. “Although I lived on the Southside, I frequented the area and I knew about The John Gorrie. I thought to myself, ‘Why not buy a condo? All I’ll need is a key.’”
Velimirovic recently purchased and moved into a two-bedroom, two-bath unit at The John Gorrie. His third floor condominium overlooks Myra Street. Velimirovic is just steps from one of his favorite spots, Bold Bean Coffee Roasters on Stockton Street. He appreciates the vibrant fabric of the community and plans to live at The John Gorrie for a long time.
“It is absolutely wonderful living here,” Velimirovic said. There are artists, architects and so many interesting people who reside here. My previous neighborhood never provided the same level of interaction with others that I enjoy here at The John Gorrie. The environment is very fulfilling, motivating and inspirational.”
The former homeowner was thrilled to purchase a residence with new appliances, CaesarStone countertops and hardwood floors. Some of the condominium’s features that attracted him to his home were original wood beams on the 12-foot ceilings, concrete walls and expansive windows.
His professional design understanding and experiences heightens his appreciation of the extensive renovation and restoration of the former junior high school that was undertaken by Delores Barr Weaver. Velimirovic also loves that his residence and the building’s common spaces have an urban feel and include elements from its former use as a school.
The John Gorrie offers studios, one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes. Residents have access to a custom fitness center, elevators, private gated parking, a resident reading room with Wi-Fi Internet access and a private courtyard.
In addition to being in walking distance of neighborhood shops, restaurants and offices, residents are also in close proximity to the St. Johns River and a variety of beautiful parks.
For more information about how you can be part of The John Gorrie community, call (904) 383-3688 or visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.
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The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) and its Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) have issued a Call for Entries for the annual Laurel Awards.
Now in its 20th year, the Laurel Awards are presented annually to builders, developers, architects, planners, interior designers, Realtors, sales and marketing professionals and others who have displayed sales, building and design excellence in the Northeast Florida home building industry.
A wide range of awards will be presented in the categories of marketing, design and individual excellence. Winners will be honored at the Laurel Awards celebration on Friday, March 14, at the Anastasia Club at Del Webb Ponte Vedra. The event will feature a Great Gatsby theme, networking and an awards program. Tickets to the Laurel Awards event are $50 per person.
The deadline to enter the Laurel Awards is Feb. 10. The fee per entry is $55 for sales production awards and $100 for marketing and design awards. The late deadline is Feb. 14, and the fee per entry increases to $70 for sales production awards and $125 for marketing and design awards.
Contact Palmer Kuder for entry forms, event tickets and more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Panelist Jerry Mallot, Alex Coley, Victor Hughes, Rich Isphording, J.R. Richardson, Bob Selton
NAIOP of Northeast Florida (NAIOP), the region’s commercial real estate authority and trade association, hosted a luncheon featuring Northeast Florida industry experts who provided a 2013 market update and 2014 forecast.
Cathy Chambers, Melissa Glasgow, Aaron Bowman
According to the panelists, who included Alex Coley, NAI Hallmark Partners; Victor Hughes, Parkway Properties; Rich Isphording, Steelcase; John “J.R.” Richardson, Newmark Grubb/Phoenix Realty Group ; and Bob Selton, Colliers International, Jacksonville is headed for a bright future. In 2013, Jacksonville announced 24 economic development projects that could potentially create more than 3,700 jobs and result in a capital investment of more than $467 million.
Ryan Sparrell, Tonya Hunt, Melissa May, Dan Davis
More information about NAIOP of Northeast Florida is available by calling (904) 730-8075 or going online at www.naiopnefl.com.
Tags: · 2013 Northeast Florida Market Recap · 2014 Northeast Florida Market Update · Jerry Mallot · NAIOP of Northeast Florida
Jaguars Vs. Buffalo Bills, Dec. 15
Sure, there are a lot of holiday events in Northeast Florida in December, but for a change of pace check out these other events – albeit many with a holiday theme:
It’s the giving season, and our Jacksonville Jaguars have been handing out losses to opponents lately. So support the Cats as they continue a home stand with a 1 p.m. game Dec. 15 at EverBank Field against the Buffalo Bills.
Tickets start at about $40, and – who knows – maybe you’ll take home a “W.”
Yappy Hour at The Landing, Dec. 8
Doggone it – do pups know how to have a good time, or what? We think so, but find out for yourself this Sunday, Dec. 8 at the 5th Annual Yappy Hour Christmas Party, beginning at 2 p.m. at The Jacksonville Landing.
This B.Y.O.D. event will feature music by George Aspinall, free prizes, cash giveaways and drink specials. Have your pooch’s picture taken with Santa from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., or pose in front of the impressive 56-foot light holiday tree.
First Coast Nutcracker, T-U Center, Dec. 6-8
For more traditional holiday enjoyment, see the First Coast Nutcracker ballet at The Times-Union Center for Performing Arts on Dec. 6-8.
Enter the world of childlike imagination in a performance that showcases internationally renowned principal dancers, the area’s finest young dance corps and Tchaikovsky’s best-loved melodies played by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are $18 – $50 for shows that begin Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Big Ticket, Metro Park, Dec. 8
For a different kind of fun, go to Metropolitan Park on Sunday for a return of The Big Ticket – a rock-your-weekend, mega-concert feature Stone Temple Pilots, 30 Seconds To Mars, A Day To Remember, Dirty Heads and others.
The all-day concerts begin at 11 a.m., and last until – well, you know – they’re done.
For tickets, visit The Big Ticket website.
Tags: · First Coast Nutcracker · Jacksonville Jaguars · Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra · The Big Ticket · The Jacksonville Landing · Yappy Hour
All around the country, real estate sales are on the rise. This is coming from the back end of a recession from many people who haven’t had the money to spend the last few years. In the Jacksonville area, media prices for homes have risen to as high as 25 percent more than what they were worth a year ago, and sales have increased more than 27 percent during the same period.
Could this be a sign that the after-effects of the recession are receding?
Running Low on Inventory
Still, many Jacksonville-area Realtors have seen a decline in the inventory of homes available for sale. Available single-family homes have decreased by more than 10 percent over the past 12 months, and condos inventory has dipped by 7 percent. The rise in home prices, increase in sales and a decrease in inventory could be seen as a positive for long-term prospects of a healthy market.
It’s difficult to predict just how well the residential real estate market will recover from the events of the past. A rise in mortgage interest rates could be an end to any growth. Then again, the economy may continue to improve at a faster pace than many anticipate, and the housing market could grow regardless of interest rates.
In that case, the recent rise in home sales might just be the light at the end of the tunnel.
Written by Madoline Hatter, a freelance writer from ChangeOfAddressForm.com. Professionals interested in guest blogging can write to email@example.com.
Tags: · home sales · Home Sales in Jacksonville · Jacksonville home sales · residential real estate
Andy Scott, Jumar Solutions; David Brown, Web.com; Mike Breen, JAXUSA Partnership; and Mike Fleming, Deutsche Bank
JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development division of the JAX Chamber, presented its annual International Awards, sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank, during the JAXUSA Quarterly Luncheon today at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
Every year, JAXUSA Partnership presents the International awards to recognize the companies and individuals that are positively impacting the international growth in Northeast Florida. The winners this year are:
International Large Company of the Year – Large Company: VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., accepted by Jacksonville Plant Manager Tim Ryan.
International Small Company of the Year – Small to Medium-size Company: Oxford Products USA, accepted by General Manager Eric McFarlane
International Business Leader of the Year – Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping
“We congratulate our International Award winners for their leadership as global business partners,” said JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot. “Their success speaks directly to our region’s strategic eastern seaboard location, excellent workforce and business advantages. For these reasons, our region is rapidly becoming a significant international business center.”
Tags: · International Awards · Jacksonville Jaguars · JAX Chamber · JAXUSA Partnership · Jerry Mallot · Oxford Products USA · VISTAKON Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children will host its 17th Annual Jinglebells Pro Am Golf Tournament, presented by AT&T and the Jacksonville Area Lexus Dealers, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at The Palencia Club. The tournament offers corporations and individuals the opportunity to golf for a good cause and tee off with some of your favorite professional golfers. Honorary chairs for this year’s tournament include golf legends Mark McCumber, Fred Funk and Jim Furyk.
“A number of influential business leaders from our community are expected to participate in this event, as well as some of the greatest players in the game today,” said Lynn Layton, executive director of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. “All proceeds from this event will benefit the Monique Burr Foundation for Children and its mission to provide bullying and child abuse prevention education throughout Florida. I encourage those who are interested to visit our website and sign up.”
The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., followed by a cocktail reception and awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Throughout the day, several contests will take place including hole-in-one LEXUS car giveaways, a hole-in-one Rolex giveaway, lowest net, lowest gross, longest putt, longest drive and closest-to-the-pin competition.
Since the Jinglebells Pro-Am Golf Tournament began more than 16 years ago, it has raised more than $2.5 million for the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. Event sponsors include AT&T, The Jacksonville Area Lexus Dealers, Callaway, Hampton Golf, Montoya Benefits Group, Pepsi, PGA Tour, Town & Country Insurance, Underwood’s and Waste Management. Individuals can sign up for $1,750 and four-person teams can sign up for $7,000, which includes pairing with a celebrity golfer, a complimentary team practice round and a Pairing Party, to take place on Mon., Dec. 9, as well as a deluxe gift package for each player.
The Jinglebells Pro Am Golf Tournament will be held at The Palencia Club, located at 600 Palencia Club Drive in St. Augustine. More information about the tournament is available online at www.moniqueburrfoundation.org or by calling Callie Criser at (904) 562-1844.
Tags: · AT&T · child abuse prevention · Ed Burr · Fred Funk · Golf tournaments in St. Augustin · Jacksonville Area Lexus Dealers · Jim Furyk · Jinglebells Golf Tournament · Mark McCumber · The Monique Burr Foundation for Children · The Palencia Club
Like the balance that exists in nature, GreenPointe Homes is combining luxury and style with environmental sensitivity and energy efficiency in the new homes it is now offering at the Amelia Walk community in Fernandina Beach.
Amelia Walk is a master-planned, single-family community in Nassau County that also offers great amenities and convenient access to beaches, shopping, dining and recreation.
GreenPointe Homes, the homebuilding division of GreenPointe Holdings, has undertaken the building of a community that respects both prospective buyers’ need for comfort and elegance – and the environment. It’s often a challenging balancing act for builders, but GreenPointe Homes accomplishes it by utilizing its Intelligent Green Program.
Homes at Amelia Walk, which start in the low $200,000s, are each built to exceed the Florida Model Energy Code, with features such as Low-E windows, radiant barrier roof sheathing, advanced framing techniques and water-saving dishwashers, toilets and plumbing.
“As a builder in today’s world, it is our responsibility to give homebuyers a chance to live in an elegant home that is also energy-efficient and built in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Roger Postlethwaite, president of GreenPointe Homes. “Amelia Walk residents also have the added benefit of living in a beautiful, natural setting close to where they shop and play.”
The community, which is located along Amelia Concourse, off State Road A1A, features a beautiful entrance with a residents’ clubhouse, large pool and sundeck, a fitness center, tennis courts, children’s playground, large playfield and a lake and gazebo. There are several gathering places for get-togethers, family outings and celebrations.
Homes come in a variety of floor plans, from about 2,100 square feet to more than 3,200 square feet, and feature state-of-the-art kitchens, Colonial wood trim, crown and wainscoting moldings, raised six-panel Colonial doors and satin nickel hardware and lighting fixtures throughout. Designer landscaping includes St. Augustine sod and custom irrigation, and homes come with 30-year fungus-resistant architectural roof shingles.
Other attractive elements of these uniquely built homes include:
- Selection among unique architectural styles. Available styles of home include the Victorian, Georgian, Colonial Revival and Craftsman.
- Two-car garages. Builders also provide an option for three-car garages.
- Well-appointed owner and guest baths. Deluxe showers in owner’s suites are equipped with three showerheads, including a rain head and hand-held.
- Classic kitchens. Each kitchen contains granite countertops, GE appliances, Moet faucets and designer wood Aristokraft cabinets.
There are one- and two-story design styles of GreenPointe Homes’ residences in Amelia Walk, with options for three- to six-bedroom floor plans.
The community is open for home sales and GreenPointe Homes builders are constructing a beautiful model that will be open in January.
For more information, call 904.310.9727. The sales center located at 85287 Majestic Walk Boulevard, Fernandina Beach is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. You may also visit the GreenPointe homes website at http://www.greenpointehomes.com/our-neighborhoods/amelia-walk.aspx
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Jacksonville Light Boat Parade
In the holiday spirit yet? Great, because some of our favorite events take place this week, including Saturday night’s Jacksonville Light Boat Parade and Fireworks Spectacular in Downtown Jacksonville.
The boat parade – a one-of-a-kind tradition – features hundreds of boats decked out for the holidays as they pass The Jacksonville Landing on Nov. 30, beginning at 7 p.m. It all ends with the largest fireworks show of the year.
Stevie Fingers and Sho Nuf will perform live at the Landing from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. This terrific night is topped off by a fireworks display like no other that culminates with the signature bridge “waterfalls.”
The Jacksonville Landing Tree Lighting
The previous evening, on Friday, the Landing celebrates the 27th annual lighting on the holiday tree at a televised event in The Landing’s courtyard.
A 56-foot tall energy-efficient, artificial tree is decorated with more than 78,000 L.E.D. lights and more than 240 ornaments. Officials will flip the switch between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The evening will conclude, of course, with fireworks.
Chanukah at The Landing
On Sunday, Dec. 1, the Landing will also be the place for a community celebration of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. This event being held amid the 8-day holiday will include live music, food, games and the lighting of the menorah. The celebration will take place on Hogan Street near the gazebo along the St. Johns River. Shalom!
Bonnie Raitt at The Florida Theatre
Finally, if you’re looking for a respite from the holidays, why not check out Bonnie Raitt at The Florida Theatre on Friday, Nov. 29? Her show begins at 8 p.m.
Blues singer, songwriter and slide guitar player Raitt has won 10 Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for recordings such as “Runaway,” Thing Called Love,” and “Nick of Time.”
Depending on how your holiday planning is going, her show in Jacksonville might just come in the nick of time – to give you a needed break.
For tickets, visit The Florida Theatre website
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Camellia at Deerwood residents recently took a trip back in time and celebrated in colorful style during two of the dozens of special events offered at Jacksonville’s premier senior lifestyle community.
“Camellia at Deerwood residents enjoy an exciting retirement lifestyle defined by our signature brand of five-star services that includes a thriving resort-style environment and a full calendar of social, fun and meaningful programs and activities,” said Camellia at Deerwood General Manager Perry Brown. “Our residents adore our numerous onsite amenities including restaurant-style dining, a PrimeFitSM fitness center, transportation and more. This is the best retirement living has to offer.”
Residents recently toured the Beaches Museum and History Center in Jacksonville Beach. The museum features exhibits and displays that bring the rich history of the Beaches communities to life. The tour included a stop at Pablo Station on the museum’s grounds where Engine No. 7, a 25-ton 1911 steam locomotive is stored. Following the tour, the group from Camellia at Deerwood enjoyed a warm welcome and lunch at Beachside Market in Jacksonville Beach.
Camellia at Deerwood residents celebrated Wear Something Gaudy Day, an obscure national holiday that dates back to the hit 1970s television comedy show, “Three’s Company.” The residents at Camellia at Deerwood ignored fashion and style as they dressed in their wildest and wacky attire.
“Our residents are welcome to take part in as many activities and outings as they wish,” Brown said. “Every day brings a new adventure and there is no shortage of fun and laughter at Camellia at Deerwood.”
For more information on Camellia at Deerwood, click here.
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