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Downtown Development Topic of Power Breakfast on Dec. 11

November 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Power Breakfast

Jacksonville Business Journal is hosting a Power Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.,  at the Omni Hotel with a theme of “Downtown Development–What will get done in 2016?” Hear from local developers, civic leaders and government officials on what needs to be done in the next year to keep momentum moving downtown.

Panelists will include: Michael Balanky, Principal, Chase Properties; Ben Davis, owner, Intuition Ale Works; Jaques Klempf, CEO, Dixie Egg Company, and Aundra Wallace, CEO, City of Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority.

For more information or to register, click here.

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FishHawk Ranch and ICI Homes Chosen for 2016 Tampa Bay Builders Association Showcase Home

November 25th, 2015 · No Comments

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ICI Homes’ Shenandoah model at FishHawk Ranch

Newland Communities and ICI Homes are honored to be selected to build the 2016 Tampa Bay Builders Association’s Parade of Homes Showcase Home. Representatives broke ground recently on an exclusively-designed model home in FishHawk Ranch, which will be the focal point of the annual event to be held March 5 – 13, 2016.

FishHawk Ranch is owned in a joint venture partnership between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. FishHawk Ranch is one of more than 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11 states across the United States.

Nestled among mature oak canopies, the showcase home will be one of just 41 homes available in ICI Homes’ new Lake Houses neighborhood in the award-winning  FishHawk Ranch community.

“Not only are we honored to welcome ICI Homes to FishHawk Ranch, but we couldn’t be more pleased that they have been selected to build the Showcase Home,” said Pam Parisi, Regional Marketing Director at Newland Communities “We believe their rustic, but modern Lake Houses will be a perfect complement to the FishHawk Ranch community.”

Boasting five bedrooms and 4.5 baths, the nearly 6,000 square-foot, two-story Shenandoah showcase home celebrates traditional and modern architectural styles with a decidedly “rustic-lodge” flair. Mother Nature is the inspiration for the house, which features tall glass windows, multi-tiered decks and a second story back porch overlooking a babbling brook.

Indoors, designer features include a casual, open family room with soaring ceilings, an expansive farmer’s kitchen and a fabulous owner’s suite with a European bath. In this home, even man’s best friend has a well-appointed living area, including a dog cottage under the staircase and a pet-friendly shower.

One of the most distinctive elements of the Shenandoah is the unique and cozy “tree-tops” studio, built over the detached garage. Ideal for occasional guests, a home office or for boomerang children, the studio is both connected and apart from the main living areas, providing privacy and a delightful second-story view.

“The Tampa Bay Builders Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors selected this home based on its exceptional value,” said Jennifer Doerfel, executive vice president of the Tampa Bay Builders Association. “This home represents the finest the building community has to offer to new home buyers.”

Each home in the Lake Houses development will be situated on unique wooded sites near FishHawk Ranch’s award-winning Lake House, and provide picturesque views of oak tree groves and the community lake. Homes will range from 2,400 square feet to more than 4,000 square feet and showcase outstanding indoor/outdoor living amenities.

“ICI Homes is proud to team with Newland Communities and be part of the FishHawk Ranch community,” said Kirk Malone, ICI Homes’ Tampa division manager.  “We invite everyone to visit ICI Homes at FishHawk Ranch and learn about ICI’s new design plans and see all of the enticing amenities that FishHawk Ranch offers.”

Daytona Beach-based ICI Homes is known throughout Florida for its eco-friendly, custom-design homes with “smart” and energy efficient features.

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New elacora Showhome Now Open in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach

November 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Plantation Arcadia Model exterior

The new Arcadia showhome by elacora is now open at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach. The Arcadia, furnished and decorated by Barbara Ondo Design Group, features a flexible floorplan that will adapt to suit individual desires.

“The Arcadia showcases the kind of living that epitomizes homes designed by elacora,” said Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida. “Our new homes are expertly crafted and innovatively designed with flexible spaces to meet the needs of today’s lifestyle. Homes by elacora are beautifully built with energy efficient and luxurious features included as standards, and they are certain to delight even the most discriminating home buyer.”

Plantation Arcadia Great Room

The stylish Arcadia showhome is located at 105 Hollyhock Lane. Barbara Ondo Design Group, led by President Barbara Morrison, professionally interior designed the Arcadia with an airy color palette mixing soft grays, blues and greens.

Plantation Arcadia Kitchen

Walking into the home, the formality of the piano room meets tradition, but the cool granite countertops, gray washed cabinets and seven inch wide gray washed oak wood flooring encompass a coastal transitional style. The heart of the home is its gourmet kitchen, which opens to the living room and features a center island and cafe, walk-in oversized pantry, butler’s pantry, wine storage, stainless farmhouse sink, Bosch stainless dishwasher, Bosch gas cooktop, Bosch oven and microwave, and granite counters. The luxurious owner’s suite features a large walk-in closet that conveniently opens into the laundry room.

The showhome highlights many of the options that are available for the Arcadia plan including an extended lanai, dual master suites, an upstairs game room with full bath and walk-in closet and a Florida basement, offering extra storage options. The vibrant sunset color inspired game room upstairs is perfect for a family to watch TV, work on homework, or read in the bright and comfortable niche. Housing twin beds, the blue and green travel inspired bedroom upstairs is styled to accommodate pre-teens. This family home reflects comfort, an active lifestyle, and formal engaging spaces while meeting the needs of a lively household.

The Arcadia is among four plans offered by elacora in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach. In addition to the Arcadia, elacora has several homes available for move-in at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach, where elacora homes are priced starting at $549,900.

All homes by elacora feature gourmet kitchens with furniture-quality cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, luxurious designer bathrooms, spectacular outdoor living areas and three-car garages. All of elacora’s plans offer open and flexible spaces for living and entertaining along with abundant personalization options for adding bonus space for additional bedrooms, an office or a game or media room.

Plantation House golf

With its exclusive, family friendly ambiance, The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach is one of the most sought-after communities in Northeast Florida. The prestigious club community has been a top choice among homebuyers who are drawn to the private neighborhood’s manicured surroundings and amenity-rich, value-added lifestyle.

The amenities at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach include 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 with a junior Olympic-size swimming pool that is a 10-minute bike ride from the front gate. The club’s 25,000-square-foot clubhouse offers several dining options and includes a fully equipped and staffed world-class fitness center. elacora’s homes at The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach are being built adjacent to a new community park, featuring an open air pavilion, a large fenced-in playground, full-sized croquet court and open space for sports and activities. For more information, call (904) 484-9023 or visit www.elacora.com.

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Oakmont Builders Celebrate Groundbreaking of $6 Million Resident Club

November 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

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Oakmont builders and community representatives celebrate the ground breaking of its $6 million Resident Club

ICI Homes, the developer and principal builder of Gainesville’s newest master-planned community Oakmont, recently celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for its $6 million Resident Club in partnership with the five additional Oakmont home builders.


Scheduled for completion in spring 2016, the Oakmont Resident Club will be set amongst the community’s 556 acres and will house a 3,200 square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center and grand gathering room, as well as tennis courts, an amphitheater, a basketball court, resort-style swimming pool with five competition lap lanes and a multi-purpose field.

Guests of the celebration included Oakmont builders and representatives of Arthur Rutenberg Homes, Barry Bullard Homes, Jeffrey M. Wilde, Tommy Waters Custom Homes, Tommy Williams, and ICI Homes.  The Resident’s Club interior designer, Judith Sisler Johnston, of Jacksonville-based firm Sisler Johnston Interior Design, was also in attendance.

Plans at Oakmont range in size from 1,500 square feet to 10,000-square feet. Single-family homes start from the low $200s and custom estate homes start from the low $400s to more than $2 million. For more information, visit www.oakmontfl.com.

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Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida 2015 Report

November 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

The National Association of REALTORS Research Department has completed a 2015 report titled, “Profile of International Home Buyers in Florida.”

NAR Report

Florida is one of the major U.S. destinations of international residential real estate buyers. Approximately 25 percent of foreign home buyers purchasing U.S. property buy Florida properties. The 2015 survey shows that foreign sales remain an important segment of Florida’s residential market:

  • International unit sales totaled 44,000 properties, 12 percent of Florida’s residential market (15 percent a year ago), compared to four percent nationally.
  • The dollar volume of international sales totaled $23.7 billion, 24 percent of Florida’s residential dollar volume of sales (19 percent a year ago), compared to eight percent nationally.
  • 69 percent of Florida REALTORS® have international clients (52 percent a year ago), compared to the national average of 35 percent

For the Northeast Florida market, note page 19 of the 2015 report. Per the report, Jacksonville/St. Augustine received two (2) percent of international sales. Last year’s report indicated that the Jacksonville/St. Augustine market received three (3) percent of international sales.

To view the report, click here.

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Fidelity Investments Expanding in Jacksonville

November 21st, 2015 · No Comments


Mayor Lenny Curry, City Council President Greg Anderson and JAXUSA Partnership and Fidelity Investments® officials announced that the company plans to add 300 jobs over the coming three years as part of an expansion of its Customer Contact Center in Jacksonville, pending approval of state and local incentives.

Fidelity, one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, established its Customer Contact Center in Jacksonville in 2006. Over the past nine years, the operation has grown to employ approximately 800 associates. Fidelity, which is currently at capacity at its regional offices located at Deerwood North, plans to lease additional office space near its current operation to accommodate the expansion. The new positions will require broker and securities industry licensing. Positions in Fidelity’s Customer Contact Centers are extremely important to Fidelity and its focus on delivering the best customer service in the industry.

Fidelity’s goal is to make financial expertise broadly accessible and effective in helping people live the lives they want. Privately held for nearly 70 years, Fidelity Investments employs 42,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of its customers.

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Tickets on Sale for 39th Annual Art & Antiques Show, Presented by The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital

November 20th, 2015 · No Comments

2015 Art & Antiques Show Logo

The Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital has announced tickets are available for purchase for its 39th Annual Art & Antiques Show. Benefiting Wolfson Children’s Hospital, the annual event will take place Dec. 3–6, at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water Street.

“We invite everyone to the Art & Antiques Show to hear engaging speakers and view art and antiques from national and international dealers while contributing to a cause that is vital to Jacksonville’s children,” said Show Chair Christy Martin. Added Co-Chair Sheila Collier, “Tickets go quickly, so we urge everyone to purchase tickets in advance.”

Ticket information:
Friday, December 4 — Opening Night Party
– $250 to $1,200 per person according to ticket level purchased. Includes admission to the Opening Night Party, unlimited Show admission throughout the weekend and lecture tickets that vary according to ticket level. Young Collector (under 35) tickets are available at $100 per person.

Lecture Tickets – $30 each
– Alexa Von Tobel, Guest Speaker, Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:45 p.m.
A Jacksonville native, highly successful financial celebrity and New York Times bestselling author.

– Alexa Hampton, Friday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.
Internationally acclaimed and perennially recognized interior designer and daughter of the late Mark Hampton.

– Richard Keith Langham, Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.
World renowned designer whose client list varies from the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Hillary Swank.

– Barbara Westbrook, Saturday, Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m.
Atlanta designer known for her timeless and inviting designs.

– Dr. J. Michael Francis, Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m.
The preeminent international expert on colonial Latin America, Early Florida, Spanish Borderlands, Pre-Columbian Americas and Spanish Paleography, who will share his love and insight of Spanish Florida.

Sunday, Dec 6 — Children’s Fashion Show
– The heart of the weekend features 30 current and former patients of Wolfson and special entertainment by X Factor finalist and Nashville recording artist and Wolfson patient, Rion Paige.
– Adult – $10 each
– Child – $5 each

Show Admission Tickets – $15 each
– Includes unlimited Show admission December 4-6, special events not included.

Show hours are: Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.artandantiquesshow.com, by calling (904) 202-2886 or by email at womensboardwch@bmcjax.com. Corporate sponsorships with high level commensurate benefits are available.

All funds raised go toward The Pediatric Surgery Center of Distinction and other vital equipment and programs at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

For further details and a complete Show schedule, visit the Art & Antiques Show website at www.artandantiquesshow.com.

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Leadership Jacksonville Co-Hosts Lunch with Leaders

November 19th, 2015 · No Comments

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From left, Michael Ward, Wayne Weaver and Preston Haskell participated in a panel at Leadership Jacksonville’s Lunch with Leaders program

Leadership Jacksonville, an organization that educates, connects and inspires youth and adult leaders in Northeast Florida, recently co-hosted Lunch with Leaders with the Harvard Business School Club of Jacksonville.

Espie Patrinely, Courtenay Wilson

From left, Leadership Jacksonville past presidents, Espie Patrinely and Courtenay Wilson

The luncheon included Leadership Jacksonville adult program graduates, members of the Harvard Business School Club of Jacksonville and guests. The event, a first-time collaboration of the two groups, was held at the River Club.

The program’s keynote presentation featured a panel with Jacksonville business leaders discussing the importance of community investment to make a difference in people’s lives. The panelists included Gary Chartrand, executive chairman of Acosta; Preston Haskell, chairman of The Haskell Co.; Michael Ward, CEO of CSX Corp.; and Wayne Weaver, the former majority owner of Jacksonville Jaguars. Moderated by Karen Feagins of WJCT, the panelists discussed their philanthropic interests, their motivations for giving and the role of corporate philanthropy in each of their organizations.

Cheryl Gonzalez, Clark Robertson

From left, Cheryl Gonzalez and Clark Robertson are Leadership Jacksonville graduates of the Class of 2012

“We were very pleased to join the Harvard Business School Club of Jacksonville to present this program on the importance of philanthropic giving,” said Jill Langford Dame, chief executive officer of Leadership Jacksonville. “The luncheon provided a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity with a fascinating and educational program that will inspire leaders to build and strengthen their communities.”

Dan Foley, Darryl Willie

From left, Dan Foley and Darryl Willie are members of the current class, Leadership Jacksonville 2016

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

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HabiJax Hosts Home Dedication Ceremony Nov. 20

November 18th, 2015 · No Comments

1852 W 4th St.JPGHabiJax’s home dedication ceremony will take place in New Town at 1852 W. 4th St.

Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) has announced it will host a home dedication ceremony for eight HabiJax homebuyers on Friday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. The dedication ceremony will take place in New Town at 1852 W. 4th St. Homebuyers and their families, volunteers, home build sponsors and the public are invited to attend. Project Storybook will provide gifts of books for the children of the new HabiJax homeowners.

“A home dedication ceremony is a special time for HabiJax to recognize each new homeowner who has worked hard to accomplish their goal of homeownership,” said Mary Kay O’Rourke, president and CEO of HabiJax. “We invite all to attend to celebrate our newest homeowners and the many dedicated volunteers and sponsors who assist in making our builds possible.”

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.

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 is 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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TrailMark Community Attracting Homebuyers, Located in One of the Most Popular Places to Live

November 17th, 2015 · No Comments

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The popularity of St. Johns County continues to grow. Not only is the county one of the fastest growing areas in Northeast Florida, it is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. Homebuyers are drawn to the quintessential Florida surroundings, the excellent schools, numerous year-round events, and its continuous ranking as the No. 1 healthiest county in Florida, according to the 2015 rankings by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

TrailMark, one of the most admired new communities in northern St. Johns County, is doing its part to insure that the county remains at the top by offering plenty of opportunities for homeowners to take advantage of the great outdoors.

Located near World Golf Village, TrailMark blends natural beauty with everyday living. With impressive oak tree hammocks, miles of biking and walking trails, waterways and lakes, the community incorporates nature-inspired amenities that complement the beauty of the natural environment.

“TrailMark presents the very best that Northeast Florida has to offer,” said GreenPointe Communities Vice President of Land Development Chris Kuhn. “Our community’s residents will enjoy a spectacular location, world-class amenities and exceptional quality homes. Combined with proximity to outstanding schools, employment centers, shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation destinations, TrailMark’s location simply cannot be beat. You’re off the beaten path, but in the center of it all.”

Home sales in St. Johns County are skyrocketing. The area’s admiration and growth is fueled by the St. Johns County School District, which has grown about 45 percent in the past 10 years. The St. Johns County School District ranks among the nation’s best, as cited by Forbes magazine and GreatSchools.org. According to the Florida Department of Education, St. Johns County School District is home to many of the state’s highest rated schools, most of which have been built since 2005. The district also has enjoyed low teacher turnover and top performing student rankings.

Which comes as no surprise that TrailMark is abuzz with interest and activity. Groundbreaking is set to begin this month on the amenities and Welcome Center. Both are anticipated to open in Summer 2016. The amenity center will feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, a free-form resort-style pool with beach entry and a variety of sports courts and playfields. The improvements will include the first phase of an expansive trail system, a recreational amenity that will connect residents to their community and the surrounding natural environment. Plans also call for the Camp House, a lakeside pavilion alongside a large central lake, providing residents an outdoor gathering place in the heart of the community.

“We are experiencing tremendous interest in TrailMark,” said GreenPointe Communities Marketing Director Gaynelle James. “Our amenities will be destinations within the community, great places for socializing with neighbors and gateways to lasting friendships.”

TrailMark will feature local and national builders with home designs ranging in size and style to meet the homebuyer’s lifestyle needs and interests. Homes are priced from the mid-$200,000s and up.

DR Horton Destin II Model

D.R. Horton recently opened the community’s first decorated model home, the Destin II. The model features an open, spacious floor plan with four bedrooms, four baths and an upstairs bonus room designed as a family hangout area. Additionally, D.R. Horton has several Quick Move-in homes under construction at TrailMark.

Landon Homes also is building at TrailMark. The company’s single-family, one- and two-story homes, ranging in size from 1,700 square feet to 3,791 square feet, will feature both traditional neighborhood and conservation area settings.

For more information, visit www.TrailMarkLiving.com.

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