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Innovative Green Design Coming to Beacon Riverside, a Luxury Condominium High-Rise

August 20th, 2014 · No Comments

A new era of contemporary condominium living on the St. Johns River is coming to historic Riverside. Beacon Riverside, a luxury waterfront condominium high-rise, will be one of Jacksonville’s most distinguished addresses, offering a new benchmark in stylish and sophisticated riverfront living that has been designed with a conscience.

“Green design has gained momentum as a construction standard that can help conserve the earth’s resources while reducing energy use requirements,” said Bryan Weber, Principal, Multifamily of Hallmark Partners, the developer of Beacon Riverside. “At Hallmark Partners, we focus on creating a better living environment in each of our developments that is designed to offer many advantages to the world around us. At Beacon Riverside, our residents and prospects clearly appreciate this feature.”

Beacon Riverside, a 15-story luxury condominium tower with 45 stylish residences overlooking the St. Johns River, will offer breathtaking views in every direction. The condominium’s sustainable and distinctive design is planned with quality features to stand the test of time. Residences will be enriched by incomparable upscale amenities and energy-saving and green design features including dual panel low E thermal windows, natural gas outlets, numerous energy-efficient, state-of-the-art appliances including luxury gourmet kitchen appliances and TOTO plumbing products.

All bathrooms at Beacon Riverside will be designed with TOTO plumbing fixtures with polished nickel faucets and trim. TOTO is the world’s largest manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and fittings. The global brand is manufactured in America and well known as the world standard for bathroom excellence.

The company designs beauty into its high-efficiency faucets, toilets and showers along with superior performance. Committed to environmental sustainability, its high-efficiency products reduce water usage beyond today’s compliance standards. TOTO’s high-efficiency faucets, toilets and showers can save 20 percent to more than 60 percent on water usage bills, making it possible to use less water and save money without compromising performance. TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer to receive the EPA’s Water Efficiency Leader Award.

A high-quality bathroom with TOTO products is an everyday luxury that people value and appreciate, according to Tim Deck and Stanley Kantor, owners of First Coast Supply, North Florida’s only full service source for appliances, kitchen and bath cabinetry, custom granite and quartz countertops and TOTO plumbing products and fixtures.

The Connelly Dual-Flush High-Efficiency Toilet, the Silas Widespread High-Efficiency Faucet and Transitional Collection Series A High-Efficiency Showerhead are three of the TOTO products planned for the Beacon Riverside. Toilets are the biggest source of water use in the home, representing almost a third of a household’s total indoor water consumption.

The Connelly Dual-Flush High-Efficiency Toilet delivers reliable, eco-friendly performance and reliability. TOTO’s high-efficiency products meet the EPA’s WaterSense standards for water efficiency. The TOTO Connelly Dual-Flush High-Efficiency Toilet (1.28 GPF for the full flush and 0.9 GPF for the light) saves approximately 35 percent more water per flush than a standard 1.6 GPF toilet, without sacrificing performance. The Silas Widespread High-Efficiency Faucet and Transitional Collection Series A High-Efficiency Showerhead also offer stylish, high performance and significant water savings.

“Beacon Riverside is designed to be the area’s premier condominium tower and unlike anything that has been built in Jacksonville,” Weber added. “TOTO is the perfect match for the Beacon, offering sustainable elegance, saving resources, without sacrificing quality and performance which is an important element of our design.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is the exclusive sales agent for Beacon Riverside. For more information, contact Director of Sales Nicole Dana at (904) 696-9200 or visit her at the Beacon Sales Gallery at 806 Riverside Ave., directly across from the Cummer Museum, or visit www.beaconriverside.com.

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Cedar Bay: A Unique Sense of Community

August 19th, 2014 · No Comments

The riverfront community of Cedar Bay is a desirable place, with a lush and inviting entrance, well-maintained lawns and landscapes and friendly waves from people on the street. Residents take great pride in their homes and in their neighborhood, as well as pride in the wider area around the community.

Cedar Bay and its residents have been participating in the Adopt-A-Road program and are responsible for monthly litter control for a one-mile stretch of Cedar Bay Road, the main road fronting the entrance to Cedar Bay. Each month, residents meet to don gloves and safety vests, and tote orange garbage bags, as they walk the winding, rural avenue near their community.

Once they are finished, they are treated to a catered lunch at the Cedar Bay Community Park or GreenPointe Homes’ model home, depending on the weather.

“The Adopt-A-Road program has been very popular with our residents,” said Vicki Bratvold, president of GreenPointe Realty, which helps organize the clean-up. “It has fostered a wonderful spirit of cooperation and pride, not only for the Cedar Bay community, but also for the surrounding community. Residents enjoy giving back, as well as getting to know each other better.”

The Adopt-A-Road program was founded in 1986 by Keep Jacksonville Beautiful. Dedicated citizen volunteers, like those in Cedar Bay, sign an agreement to adopt their roadway – typically about a mile and with a mix of both residential and commercial properties ­­– and to commit to holding a cleanup once a month, in addition to disposing of the collected litter properly. Trash bags, reflective safety vests and disposable gloves are provided by Keep Jacksonville Beautiful.

The monthly get-together, with a larger purpose than simply a social function, has become very meaningful for residents in Cedar Bay.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Collects Record Number of Backpacks for Children

August 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Margaret Ceaser and Andrea Nichols

The real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty collected a record 571 backpacks filled with school supplies for children in Northeast Florida during its 15th Annual Backpack Challenge.

The Bridge of Northeast Florida

The backpacks and school supplies collected by the Northeast Florida real estate firm during the campaign were donated to students via Community Connections of Jacksonville, Operation New Hope, The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Inc., R.B. Hunt Elementary School, Hartley Elementary School, St. Augustine High School, Bryan Jennings Elementary School and Orange Park High School.

“Every child deserves to begin the school year with a new backpack and the supplies needed for school,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “A new backpack filled with school supplies is a wonderful gift providing the tools every student needs to begin a successful school year.”

During the campaign, backpacks and school supplies were collected at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices throughout Northeast Florida. The backpacks were purchased for students in kindergarten through grade 12 and filled with school supplies such as paper, pencils, pens, highlighters, erasers and spiral notebooks.

 Andrea Nichols and Rebecca Pasko

“For many children, having a new backpack and school supplies gives them a sense of pride and boosts their confidence and self-esteem,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate. “We truly appreciate the support and donations we received from our team and the community during the Backpack Challenge. Our team members have the biggest hearts.”

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Palencia’s Unique Live/Shop Village Center Thriving With Additions of Five New Retailers

August 15th, 2014 · No Comments

A unique residential/retail Village Center at Palencia in St. Johns County has added five retailers this summer and the community now has more than 30 commercial businesses operating in the hub or at other locations.

Retailers Wine Down on Market Street, Miko Salon, Market Street Boutique, Pure Balance Wellness & Yoga and Intermedia have opened in Palencia’s Village Center, joining other commercial businesses.

In all, more than 30 retailers, including Starbucks, BB&T Bank, Dunkin’ Donuts, a pet clinic, an exercise studio, and Donovan’s Irish Pub, operate in the Village Center or retail spaces at Palencia along U.S. Route 1 near the entrance.

Palencia’s walkable, European-style Village Center also features the newly renovated The Palencia Club and the Village Lofts at Palencia – 16 spacious residential units above the retail shops in the community’s center.

The vibrant mix — sparked by increased retail activity and rising homes sales – is creating an energy in the Village Center that developer Hines  had envisioned when it opened the 2,350-acre community in the early 2000s.

“It’s exciting to see our vision of Palencia become reality,” said Walt O’Shea, Hines’ managing director. “The growth of retail at our Village Center is something we have all been anticipating. It is working hand-in-hand with the increase in home sales and creating an energy in the heart of Palencia that is palpable.”

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Hallmark Partners Hires Molly Bole as Sales Gallery Manager at Beacon Riverside

August 14th, 2014 · No Comments

The developers of Beacon Riverside, a luxury waterfront condominium high-rise in Riverside, announced the hiring of Molly Bole as Sales Gallery Manager for onsite sales coordination.

Bole, who will oversee administrative operations and sales and contract support activities for Beacon Riverside, brings more than eight years of experience in customer service and special events coordination upon her graduation from Florida State University.

Prior to joining Hallmark Partners, Inc., Bole was an event planner and administrative office coordinator for an international action sports lifestyle company located in California, in addition to managing her own private wedding planning company.

 “We are pleased that Molly is bringing her experience with event planning, customer service and administration – as well as her energy and enthusiasm – to assist with the Beacon Riverside sales effort,” said Bryan Weber, Principal, Multifamily of Hallmark Partners.

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Leadership Jacksonville Legacy Series Film on Robert Shircliff Wins Telly Award

August 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Leadership Jacksonville, in partnership with Lindsey Films, received a silver award at the 35th Annual Telly Awards for a documentary on philanthropist and executive Robert Shircliff that aired as part of the organization’s Jacksonville Legacy Series.

The awards honor outstanding local, regional and national cable TV commercials and programs as well as the finest video and film productions, online commercials, video and films. Organizers received more than 12,000 entries from 50 states and numerous countries and recognized the Shircliff film in the documentary category.

            “We are delighted to again receive this recognition for the Jacksonville Legacy Series, which allows local leaders to pass along their leadership legacy to future generations,” said Jill Langford Dame, executive director for Leadership Jacksonville. “While the content is most important, we want a quality production and this award confirms that we have succeeded.”

Last year, the Legacy Series’ episode on educator Fran Kinne won a bronze Telly Award for documentary excellence while the entire series was recognized with a bronze award in the educational programming category.

The Jacksonville Legacy Series, spearheaded by Leadership Jacksonville, showcases some of the region’s most prominent leaders of recent years. The winning entry was produced by Lindsey Films, owned by Kent and Pepper Lindsey, whose company also completed Legacy Series episodes on Frederick H. Schultz, Delores Barr Weaver and Alton Yates, with additional films in production. Episodes premiere on WJCT and are available on Leadership Jacksonville’s website.

To learn more about Leadership Jacksonville and its programs, visit www.leadershipjax.org or call (904) 396-6263.

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Monique Burr Foundation announces 2014 Board of Directors

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc., a Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization created in 1997, has announced its 2014 Board of Directors:

  • Edward E. Burr, GreenPointe Holdings, LLC – Chairman
  • Dennis Rosa, The Lighthouse Group at Morgan Stanley – Vice President
  • John C. Fletcher, Jr., Harbeson, Fletcher and Bateh, LLP, CPAs – Treasurer
  • Ellen I. Mills, Woody’s Bar-B-Q – Secretary
  • Daniel Davis, JAX Chamber
  • Maxine McBride, Clockwork Marketing Services
  • Donna Orender, Orender Unlimited
  • Dianne E.  Parker, U.S. Navy
  • Bert C. Simon, Gartner, Brock and Simon

The 2014 Monique Burr Foundation Board of Directors will work with donors and communities throughout the state to carry out the organization’s mission of providing MBF Child Safety Matters™, its bullying and child abuse prevention program, training and resources for parents and school personnel throughout the state of Florida.

About the Monique Burr Foundation for Children

 MBF Child Safety MattersTM is in the process of expanding statewide as a collaborative effort with the Florida Governor’s Office, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Department of Children & Families. For more information about the Monique Burr Foundation for Children, call (904) 642-0210 or visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.

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What’s Happening in Northeast Florida

August 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Time for one more weekend of family fun before the kids head back to school.

Start by checking out the Lavilla Art & Music Project Festival on Saturday, Aug. 9 in Hemming Plaza, where from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. there will be free back-to-school supplies, free food, free health screenings – and live performances by Jacksonville’s top local music, dance and poetry performers.

The admission price is right, too. It’s free!

For complete details, including a schedule of events, visit the festival website online.

Like birthdays? Then head out on Saturday, Aug. 9 to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for JaZoo’s Birthday and Back to School Bash.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the bash – which also celebrates World Lion Day – will consist of birthday treats, birthday games, music, prize drawings and a special scavenger hunt hosted by Outback Steakhouse.

Admission is free for children 2 and under; $10.95 for children 3-12; and $15.95 for adults, but the zoo is offering a $2 off coupon. For more information, visit the zoo’s event page online.

Or you might try something more relaxing, like strolling through the Fernandina Beach Arts Market on Saturday, Aug. 9 (and every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month) in historic downtown Fernandina.

There’s a farmer’s market, arts – and, of course, where there’s arts, there’s crafts. You can also enjoy local musicians and artists – all for no cost..

See a list of exhibitors on the arts market’s website.

Finally, been cooped up with the kids too long? Attend the Water Balloon Fight benefitting the Florida Pancreatic Cancer Coalition. Work out a little frustration, and contribute to a good cause all at once.

The event takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 960 Girvin Road in Jacksonville. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

In addition to water balloon fights, festivities include a bouncy house, music, raffles, food trucks, and a rock climbing wall.

The goal of FLPCC is to invest in local yet world-class pancreatic cancer research. Click here to see an event flier.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tamaya Home Sales Over First Four Months Meet Goals for All of 2014; Next Phase to Begin

August 7th, 2014 · No Comments

ICI Homes of Tamaya, developers of a master-planned community between Downtown and the Beaches, announced that sales for its first neighborhood, Bella Nina, have reached 40 homes – meeting its goal for all of 2014 in the first four months of sales.

Because of the initial response to sales, developers have begun design work and permitting for the next neighborhood at Tamaya, and announced several other milestones for the community off Beach Boulevard between Kernan and Hodges boulevards:

  • As contractors finish construction of electric, water and sewer utilities for the first, 169-home neighborhood of Bella Nina, ICI Homes of Tamaya is beginning design and permitting of a second 146-home phase.
  • To respond to the rapid sales pace, the developer is seeking permits and will construct six move-in-ready homes in Bella Nina this year.
  • Construction is beginning this fall on an amenity center, now planned for nearly 11,000 square feet. It will feature a competition-sized pool, cabana and clubhouse, with 4,470 square feet devoted to a fitness center.
  • Crews will soon begin erecting a grand, 30-foot-high entrance to Tamaya fronting Beach Boulevard that will include a cascading “faux aqueduct” water feature.
  • Construction will concurrently begin on entry roads leading to a two-story gatehouse that visitors will pass through to enter the neighborhoods.

About half of Tamaya’s 40 home sales have been cooperative sales by off-site Realtors who have shown a high level of enthusiasm for selling the 1,900- to 4,000-square-foot homes ranging from the $300,000 to $600,000s.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had a new community of the size and quality and with the rich amenities of Tamaya in Duval County. Its unique location midway between Downtown and the beaches provide a great opportunity for selling,” said Paul Mitchell, a Realtor with Watson Realty Corp. in Jacksonville. “I have great respect for the vision and craftsmanship of the homes, and I know it will continue to translate into sales.”

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Joins Hallmark Partners to Sell Beacon Riverside

August 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Two area real estate heavyweights are combining their expertise and skill to bring to fruition Northeast Florida’s first high-rise condominium tower set to begin construction in nearly a decade.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has teamed with HP 500, LLC, an affiliate of Hallmark Partners, as the exclusive sales agent for Beacon Riverside, a 15-story luxury residential tower on the St. Johns River in historic Riverside. The high-rise is being built near the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and adjacent to downtown, where Hallmark is also developing the 220 Riverside apartment/retail project and partnering on the Unity Plaza public park area.

“The Beacon Riverside will be the area’s preeminent address for homeowners who want to enjoy the beauty of the St. Johns River in an urban setting that is close to the city’s central business district as well as within walking distance to numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer. “We are delighted to be affiliated with this exceptional property.”

Interest in the community has been strong since HP 500 LLC announced plans to build the 45 upscale riverfront residences of Beacon Riverside, which will be located between Lomax Street and Bishopgate Lane in the historic Riverside area directly on the St. Johns River. The partnership with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has enhanced interest in the community and resulted in immediate sales success. The community is well on its way to achieving its goal to begin construction before the end of this year.

“The best way to sell a remarkable property is with the assistance of the dynamic sales team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Bryan Weber, Principal, Multifamily of Hallmark Partners. “We selected Berkshire Hathaway because of its expertise in luxury and waterfront properties. The company is known for its strength, stability, quality and innovation in the Northeast Florida real estate market and we are already seeing tremendous results from their efforts.”

Nicole Dana

Beacon Riverside recently announced the appointment of Nicole Dana as Director of Sales for the 15-story tower in conjunction with its newly formed partnership with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Dana has specialized in the on-site sales of luxury waterfront condominiums since 2001. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has achieved excellent results selling properties of this type and is the real estate leader of luxury properties in Northeast Florida.

Beacon Riverside will be one of Jacksonville’s most distinguished addresses, offering a new benchmark in elegant and sophisticated riverfront living. The 15-story luxury condominium tower with 45 stylish residences overlooking the St. Johns River will offer breathtaking views in every direction.

The condominiums on the first 11 floors will range in size from 2,400 square feet, with two bedrooms, three bathrooms and a den, to 4,300 square feet, with three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and a den. Penthouse residences on the top three floors will grow to more than 5,000 square feet of indoor living space. The building is designed to include luxurious condominium residences with a minimum of 10-foot ceiling heights, expansive window walls, upgraded owner design selections and private residential corridors. Beacon Riverside’s exclusive residences start in the upper $700,000s with an average price of more than $1 million.

Residents will enjoy high-end amenities at Beacon Riverside including a large riverfront fitness center, a 1,600-square-foot owners’ clubroom with lounge and a full catering kitchen, and an efficiency guest suite for private overnight visitor stays. A riverfront pool and clubroom patio and terrace take full advantage of the riverfront location. Each condominium home enjoys expansive views of the St. Johns River, the downtown Jacksonville skyline and views of the tree-lined streets of Riverside from their front-to-back floor plans. Privacy gates, and enclosed, under-building garage parking add to the intimacy of the tower. Outside, a pool, owners’ pavilion and river dock provide riverfront enjoyment for owners and their guests. Owners will enjoy the benefits of dedicated on-site concierge, property management and maintenance personnel to add to the carefree lifestyle of the community that has proved popular with early buyers.

Located between The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and Memorial Park not far from downtown, Beacon Riverside will offer residents an eclectic, walkable neighborhood living experience that is unparalleled in Northeast Florida. Residents of Beacon Riverside will be able to enjoy cultural offerings at the museum or nearby symphony; dine in the area’s historic Five Points, Avondale and Riverside neighborhoods; and stroll through many nearby parks or the Riverside Arts Market. Popular grocery stores and retail shops add to the neighborhood’s charm and convenience.

“It is an honor to be asked to represent an incredible property such as the Beacon Riverside,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate. “Our sales team is experienced in selling luxury homes and is intimately familiar with the market. We encourage interested buyers to visit the Beacon Riverside Sales Gallery and learn more about its exclusive riverfront lifestyle and offerings.”

For more information, contact Director of Sales Nicole Dana at (904) 696-9200 or visit the Beacon Sales Gallery at 806 Riverside Ave., directly across from the Cummer Museum. Also visit www.beaconriverside.com.

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