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Residents of The John Gorrie a condominium Enjoy City Living in the Heart of Jacksonville

May 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

John Gorrie A Condominium

Residents of The John Gorrie enjoy its community courtyard

The ability to live within close proximity of shops, restaurants, theaters and Jacksonville entertainment venues is what has attracted many residents to The John Gorrie a condominium. Across the street from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, Tres Leches eatery, a bicycle shop and more, The John Gorrie is also within walking distance to grocery stores, which allows its residents the opportunity to enjoy its immediate neighborhood without getting into a car.

Now more than 65 percent sold, The John Gorrie a condominium is home to professionals of all ages, retirees, families and their pets.

The John Gorrie offers one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes priced from the mid-$100,000s. The community’s amenities include private gated parking, a private courtyard, custom fitness center, elevators, a resident reading room and Wi-Fi Internet access.

The John Gorrie’s owner, Delores Barr Weaver, completed an extensive renovation and restoration to transform the historic landmark school into 68 residences with luxurious contemporary amenities including 12-foot ceilings, expansive windows, stainless steel GE appliances, CaesarStone countertops and hardwood floors.

Designed by noted Jacksonville architects Roy A. Benjamin and Mellen C. Greeley, John Gorrie Junior High School was constructed in 1923, as reflected by its ornate Mediterranean Revival architecture characteristics popular during that time. The school was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

The John Gorrie a condominium has received its Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) approval, making it possible for qualified homebuyers to obtain low down payment, fixed-rate mortgages at competitive rates. Additionally, owners at The John Gorrie a condominium receive an ad valorem tax abatement toward their homeowner’s tax bill through 2021.

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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GreenPointe Communities Announces Plans for TrailMark, New Community in St. Johns County

May 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

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GreenPointe Communities, LLC, has announced plans for TrailMark, a new master-planned community in St. Johns County. TrailMark, which encompasses approximately 1,300 acres, will offer distinctive neighborhoods carefully nestled into the landscape of natural beauty, a recreation-rich lifestyle and single-family homes.

“TrailMark is one of the largest and most exciting projects to be approved in Northeast Florida in recent years,” said GreenPointe Communities Vice President of Land Development Chris Kuhn. “The community is secluded but close to everything today’s homebuyers want and need. The plans for this picturesque community include thoughtfully planned amenities, such as trails that connect residents with their natural surroundings, and a variety of single-family homes with innovative floor plans and designs. We look forward to welcoming many happy homeowners in the near future.”

Located in northern St. Johns County off of International Golf Parkway on TrailMark Drive, TrailMark has been approved for 2,278 homes. Development of the community is currently underway.

With impressive oak tree hammocks, winding nature trails and dotted with lakes, TrailMark’s architectural design will capture the old Florida style and celebrate its authentic North Florida location and history. The planned amenity center will be the community’s centerpiece and home to the Welcome Center. The first phase will include the beginning of the trail system, a recreational amenity that will bring residents closer to the natural landscape surrounding TrailMark. The community’s amenities will include a fitness center and a lagoon pool with a free-form design and zero entry. Plans also call for a Lakeside Pavilion. Designed as an iconic community structure, the Pavilion will offer residents an outdoor gathering place in the heart of the community. The first phase of the amenity center is scheduled to open Spring 2016. Future plans for the community also include a kayak launch along Six Mile Creek. TrailMark will be located within the top-rated St. Johns County School District and close to shopping, dining, recreation, business centers and more.

The community will feature a variety of custom and national builders with home designs ranging in size and style to meet the homebuyer’s lifestyle needs and interests. Homes will be priced from the mid $200,000s and up and are planned to be available for move-in Fall 2015.

For more information, visit www.TrailMarkLiving.com.


About GreenPointe Communities

GreenPointe Communities is the community development division of GreenPointe Holdings with extensive real estate market data and analytical systems to rapidly assess real estate values and challenges. Its mission is to acquire, create and transform residential and mixed-use communities into neighborhoods for today’s homebuyer while providing lasting, sustainable value.

GreenPointe Communities respects the land and works diligently to protect and enhance nature’s best assets. This thoughtful practice allows GreenPointe Communities to create and reenergize communities that provide for a sustainable lifestyle where people want to live, work and enjoy recreation.

GreenPointe Communities is currently acquiring, developing and transforming communities throughout the Southeast. More information is available at www.GreenPointeLLC.com or (904) 996-2485.

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CREW presents How Real Estate Can Connect on June 2

May 22nd, 2015 · No Comments


All are invited to join CREW Jacksonville for its June 2 lunch meeting at The River Club to hear Leigh Gunn, Group 4 Design (Recent Projects; Aphora at Marina San Pablo and Spyglass) and Jason Faulkner, Studio9 Architecture (Recent Projects: 220 Riverside and Unity Plaza) speak about Major Design Trends Shaping City and Suburban Life.

Under the umbrella topic of LIVE. WORK. PLAY, they will address how real estate can connect. For additional information and to register, visit CREW. Registration deadline is May 29 and session fees are $35 for members and $50 for non-members. Parking is free and attendees are who work downtown are encouraged to walk to the venue.

CREW Jacksonville exists to influence the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women.

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HabiJax to Host Home Dedication May 29

May 21st, 2015 · No Comments

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Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) has announced it will dedicate more than 20 homes to individuals and families in New Town on Friday, May 29, at Milne Auditorium on the campus of Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings Road in Jacksonville. The dedication will begin at 3 p.m. for homebuyers, volunteers, home build sponsors and the public.

During its 27 years of building communities with its partners, HabiJax has improved the city of Jacksonville with high-quality affordable homes and enhanced neighborhoods, providing a better quality of life for homeowners and their children in five areas of the Urban Core of Jacksonville.

“We invite everyone to celebrate the dedication of the homes with HabiJax and the many well-deserving and hardworking homeowners, volunteers and sponsors who assist in making HabiJax builds possible,” said Mary Kay O’Rourke, president and CEO of HabiJax. “This is an exciting time for our city and we are proud of the growth within New Town.”

To make a greater impact on the revitalization of Jacksonville neighborhoods, HabiJax has committed to the enhancement of the New Town community and is a partner in the New Town Success Zone. HabiJax committed to a $16 million capital campaign to complete more than 400 homeownership and rehabilitation projects and are on track to meet its goal.

For more information about HabiJax or to learn about its mission, volunteer opportunities and more, visit www.HabiJax.org.

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GrowFL seeking applications for ‘Florida Companies to Watch’

May 20th, 2015 · No Comments


GrowFL, Florida’s leading organization in support of second-stage growth companies, is accepting applications for its annual Florida Companies to Watch® awards program. The deadline to apply is May 29, 2015.

The program – now in its fifth year – honors 50 select second-stage companies throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout Florida.

For more information or to apply, visit GrowFL.com.

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Interchanges Wednesdays at TERRACE SUITE

May 19th, 2015 · No Comments

All are invited to join Interchanges group Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Terrace Suite at EverBank Field for the May Interchange Wednesday.

The state-of-the-art Terrace Suite will provide the backdrop for this month’s event. This exclusive reception area with its sweeping views of the field and video screens creates a unique VIP atmosphere you don’t want to miss. As always, Interchanges Events are no cost and can build relationships in this stunning upscale environment.



What is Interchanges Wednesdays?

  • Interchanges Wednesdays is the business performance community.
  • We all strive to improve ourselves.
  • We all enjoy helping others.
  • We see the importance in giving back to our community.
  • We like to have fun.

Who is Interchanges?

Interchanges is an enthusiastic team of ‘make-it-happen’ professionals who are dedicated to producing significant business results for their clients. Each specialized team member has an uncompromising passion for helping businesses push through barriers to reach new levels of growth and revenue.

Utilizing over twelve years of experience with hundreds of clients in many industries, Interchanges helps their clients by employing a dual track strategy of discovering hidden opportunities as well as identifying under-performing actions.

They become a business partner focused on helping you grow your revenues.

What We Do

Interchanges helps companies grow revenues. We focus on all the critical areas of growth within an organization to ensure optimal performance.

Our Mission

Interchanges mission is to help others achieve exceptional levels of success while having fun along the way.

Our Vision
Interchanges mission is to build long-term relationships with individuals and organizations to dramatically increase their bottom line revenues. We will accomplish this by gaining clarity of business objectives, developing a strategic approach, and deploying optimum solutions. In the process, we will improve their lives by reducing stress, enhancing their purpose, and encouraging new ways of thinking.

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Top 10 Wealthiest ZIP Codes in Northeast Florida

May 19th, 2015 · No Comments


The Jacksonville Business Journal’s List of this year’s wealthiest ZIP codes on the First Coast is out and shows that the big money is still found largely in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Check out the slide show on the Jacksonville Business Journal’s website, which shows a map of the zip code area, the average net worth and the average home value.

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Today is the Day! Don’t Forget to Vote!

May 19th, 2015 · No Comments


Today is the day! Duval County citizens are heading to the polls to vote in the spring 2015 primary election for mayor, sheriff and city council races. Every election is an important one and every vote counts so make sure you get to your local polling station today and make your voice heard!

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Showhome in The Plantation At Ponte Vedra Beach Showcases Unique Design by elacora

May 18th, 2015 · No Comments

elacora’s new showhome in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach is completed, beautifully decorated and ready for tours. The showhome is located on Hollyhock Lane with interiors by Barbara Ondo Designs.

Showhome interior piano and window seat

Window seats lend a graceful accent to the elacora showhome at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach. The grand piano was placed in the home’s flex room which may also be used as a formal dining room, den or office. This furnished, decorated home is now open for tours.

A Mediterranean elevation was chosen for the Muirfield showhome. It is one of four custom-designed plans available for homebuyers of elacora homes at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach. Barbara Ondo Morrison and her staff worked closely with elacora to select features, colors and finishes to provide a spectacular example of the unique lifestyle awaiting homeowners at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach.

“We are pleased to open this home to interested homebuyers,” said Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida.

Several new elacora homes will be available for move-in this year. Plans have been designed specifically for this community, all with three-car garages and options for bonus spaces, gathering rooms, office space or media rooms. The new homes are priced from $624,900 and are suited for the Florida coastal lifestyle. The open floor plans range in size from 2,600 square feet to more than 3,800 square feet. Each will include beautiful finishes, the latest in home design and energy-efficient features.

Showhome interior kitchen space

The elacora homes at Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach were designed for this community. A Butler’s Pantry connects the flex space to the kitchen. Barbara Ondo Designs chose sophisticated white cabinetry and wood flooring for this elacora showhome.

elacora’s homes will be built adjacent to a new community park. The park, and many other additions and renovations, are part of a multi-million dollar enhancement plan underway at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach.

“We are thrilled to learn that Plantation’s owners have approved an ambitious facilities improvement plan,” said Robbins. “In addition to the park, the beach club will be renovated and the golf course will be revitalized. The park will feature an open air pavilion, a large fenced-in playground, full-sized croquet court and an open space for informal sports and activities.”

The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach is located in Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County. Located off of SR A1A, it boasts an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, a tennis center with seven Har-Tru® tennis courts, and a private beach club that is a 10-minute bike ride from the front gate. A junior Olympic-size swimming pool is featured at the beach club and the 25,000 square-foot Plantation House has several dining options and fitness center.

Plantation Golf Course

An 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay is strategically situated in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach community

The sales office is located in the Gatehouse at the A1A entrance at 101 Plantation Drive, Ponte Vedra Beach. For more information, call (904) 484-9023 or visit www.elacora.com.

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Camellia at Deerwood to Provide Rosetta Stone’s Language Learning And Brain Fitness Programs to Seniors

May 16th, 2015 · No Comments


Camellia at Deerwood announces its management company, Leisure Care, a One Eighty brand and one of the nation’s largest privately-held senior housing management companies, has announced a new relationship with Rosetta Stone. The partnership allows the company to provide its residents with access to both Rosetta Stone’s renowned language learning programs, as well as the company’s Fit Brains training program. Leisure Care is the first senior housing management company in the nation to make these programs available to its nearly 6,000 residents.

“We always strive to provide the most innovative programs for our residents, and Rosetta Stone is certainly in that category,” said Perry Brown, general manager of Camellia at Deerwood.

Fit Brains is a fun and engaging way to build cognitive stimulation in six major brain areas, including: Focus, Memory, Speed, Logic, Visual and Language. The games are individually personalized to increase the difficulty and complexity over time. With more than 13 million users worldwide, Rosetta Stone’s Fit Brains Trainer app has been ranked the #1 education app in more than 90 countries while simultaneously garnering high user ratings.

“We hear from people of all ages the common phrase ‘use it or lose it’ and we want to give our residents the most cutting-edge programming available,” said Clint Fowler, Director of Resident Services for Leisure Care. “Residents like the ability to tailor the Fit Brains program to their personal interests, and if they’re interested in learning a new language, Rosetta Stone is clearly a great choice since they are the leader in this category. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Rosetta Stone has long been recognized as the gold standard when it comes to language learning, and will offer courses in more than 24 languages to the residents of the Leisure Care communities. This interactive program is a complete digital solution, teaching people to speak, read, write and think in a new language.

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