Many buyers find the perfect community and then wait patiently while their home is being built. In the beautiful community of Cedar Bay, buyers have the opportunity to choose among move-in ready homes. Due to popular demand, award-winning builder GreenPointe Homes has just completed The Clover, its newest move-in ready home available for purchase today.
The Clover features 2,362 square feet of comfortable open living space and is priced at $196,000. This floor plan showcases four bedrooms, all with walk-in closets, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a loft that can be used as a children’s playroom, study center or entertainment room, in addition to a two-car garage. The Clover also features a flexible room space that can be furnished as a formal dining room, living room or glass-front private office. The Clover’s open design allows for abundant family interaction and great entertaining with its free-flowing living area, dining room and kitchen spaces, which feature a large center island, designer cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.
“The Clover is the perfect example of the quality design and construction that GreenPointe Homes offers,” said Roger Postlethwaite, president of GreenPointe Homes. “The home highlights explicit detail in all indoor and outdoor features and embraces the beautiful scenery surrounding Cedar Bay.”
The homes in Cedar Bay have a number of distinctive features that are included in all GreenPointe homes. Unique exterior appointments include a stucco front elevation with designer landscaping with St. Augustine sod and irrigation and 30-year fungus resistant architectural roof shingles. Luxurious custom interiors include Colonial wood trim throughout, raised six panel Colonial doors, satin nickel finish hardware and lighting fixtures, ceiling fans pre-wired in all bedrooms, living room and library and tray ceilings in the owners’ suite. All homes feature both front and rear porches. The gourmet kitchen includes quality GE appliances, designer cabinets and a stainless steel sink with Moen One-Touch single-lever faucet.
GreenPointe Homes has developed an Intelligent Green building program to benefit both today’s homebuyers and the environment. The Intelligent Green program is reflective of how GreenPointe Homes finds it important to incorporate products that are ultimately better for the homeowner’s home, family, budget and the environment.
Cedar Bay is a vibrant, 153-home community in the fast-growing area of North Jacksonville, and it sits on the banks of the scenic Broward River, a tributary of the St. Johns River. The community is conveniently located near River City Marketplace, the largest shopping complex in the north Jacksonville market, which offers homeowners an opportunity to take advantage of numerous shopping and dining opportunities.
For more information about GreenPointe Homes and Cedar Bay, call (904) 619-1928 or visit www.cedarbayjax.com.
Tags: · Cedar Bay · GreenPointe Homes · homes in North Jacksonville · Move-In Ready Homes · Riverfront Living in Jacksonville
Dali Exhibit at Avondale Artworks
Northeast Florida offers plenty to do right here, but this weekend things-to-do also visit the area – adding to the possibilities.
For starters, a museum-quality collection of works of Salvador Dali has come to the Avondale Artworks art gallery on St. Johns Avenue, with opportunities to view them Friday, March 7, Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9.
The pieces are from Dali’s Suites, including Mythologie, Les Hippies, Goethe’s Fuast and Poemes Secrets d’Appollinaire. This collection is made available by the Argillet Estate.
The gallery is open Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Information is available at AvondaleArtworks.com .
Disney Junior Live at Times-Union Center
Also visiting town is Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure for three shows on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.
This never-before-seen-live show features Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Mickey and Minnie will take their seats, too. The performance is filled with music, amazing effects and thrilling action.
Tickets are selling out. Click here for more information.
Clydesdales at Budweiser Brewery, Busch Avenue
Yes, the hotels must be pretty full this weekend because the Budweiser Clydesdales are also in town for a visit to the Jacksonville brewery, where the public is invited to stop by and visit with them.
The Clydesdales will be in the brewery parking lot at 111 Busch Drive on Friday, March 7, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.; and Sunday, March 9, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The event is free. The tour center and gift shop will also be open. For more information, visit the Budweiser tour website.
Feeding Time at Catty Shack Ranch
Finally, for uniquely Jacksonville fare, consider stopping by The Catty Shack Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday, March 7 or Saturday, March 8, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to see the nighttime feedings of its beautiful residents.
Come early to see Siberian tigers, lions, cougars, spotted and black leopards, bobcats, coatimundis and arctic foxes before workers begin to feed them at 7:30 p.m.. You will get to watch over 450 pounds of meat distributed throughout the sanctuary – see their “wild” side!
Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for children 3-11; and free for kids under 3. For more information, visit the sanctuary’s website.
Tags: · Avondale Artworks · Budweiser brewery · Budweiser Clydesdales · Catty Shack Ranch · Clydesdales · Dali exhibit · Disney · Disney Junior Live · Jacksonville Events · Jacksonville happenings · Salvador Dali · Times-Union Center
The Monique Burr Foundation for Children, Inc. (MBF) has updated its bullying, child abuse prevention education, and cyberbullying program, MBF Child Safety MattersTM, to adapt to today’s rapidly evolving world of technology. The program educates and empowers elementary school students and adults with easy-to-use informational tools and strategies to prevent bullying, cyberbullying, digital abuse and all forms of child abuse and exploitation. The research-based curriculum targets students first through fifth grades and is offered at no cost to Florida’s public elementary schools.
MBF Child Safety MattersTM, which is part of the Governor’s Five-Year Strategic Plan 2010-2015, is a research-based, primary prevention education curriculum reviewed and supported by respected education and prevention experts. The program meets the requirements of more than 90 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, the updated Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Anti Bullying Act and the Statute 39, the Child Abuse Prevention Training Act of 1985.
“MBF Child Safety MattersTM was created with input from schools to ensure the program is practical, fun for students, involves parents and other relevant adults and is research-based from experts,” said Lynn Layton, executive director of the Monique Burr Foundation for Children. “The Monique Burr Foundation for Children has provided safety and child abuse education to thousands of children with a goal to ultimately educate every child in Florida’s elementary schools.”
MBF Child Safety MattersTM is currently approved in 53 out of 67 counties in Florida, training more 1,200 school facilitators and will reach more than 425,000 students by the end of this school year. The Jacksonville-based nonprofit organization receives its financial support through special events, grants and individual charitable donations, including Wells Fargo Foundation and Compass Consulting Group.
For more information about this critical safety program, as well as bullying and child abuse prevention, visit www.moniqueburrfoundation.org.
Tags: · Child Abuse in Florida · child abuse prevention · Child Safety Matters · Diena Thompson · Ed Burr · Lynn Layton · Monique Burr Foundation for Children · Sexual Predators in Florida
JAXUSA Partnership, a division of the JAX Chamber, welcomed Steve Halverson, chairman of the Jacksonville Civic Council and Florida Council of 100, as its featured guest speaker to the JAXUSA quarterly luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.
Speaking before an audience of more than 400 business leaders and elected officials, Halverson discussed the role of civic associations in building great communities. Halverson is strongly rooted in the Jacksonville community and believes his leadership roles provide the opportunity to help shape strategies for the city and region’s future.
“Today’s luncheon provided a wonderful opportunity for members of our business community to get to know Steve Halverson and learn about his perspective on civic organizations and their benefit to the community,” said JAXUSA Partnership Chair Fredrik Eliasson. “Civic organizations, like the Civic Council, can play a central role in the economic growth and success of our region, both now and well into the future.”
Halverson is also president and CEO of The Haskell Company, one of the nation’s largest integrated design-build organizations. During Halverson’s 14-year tenure as CEO, Haskell has expanded significantly in the international market. The company is headquartered in Jacksonville and has operations throughout the United States and Latin America.
Flightstar was also honored during the luncheon as the recipient of the JAXUSA Partnership Industry Leader Award for its outstanding business performance and corporate citizenship. Founded in 2000 and headquartered at Cecil Airport, Flightstar is a leading provider of heavy maintenance and repair services to the commercial aviation industry.
In the past five years, Flightstar has grown its presence significantly. The company’s number of employees has increased from 350 to more than 1,100 and its hangar space has expanded to 360,000 square feet of space with more than 1 million square feet of ramp space. A new addition is expected to open later this year and add 135,000 square feet of covered hangar space. To support current demand, Flightstar has leased a hangar from KCI Aviation, which is being used to convert passenger planes into freight carriers. The company supports numerous charitable endeavors including the United Way and City Rescue Mission. Flightstar also sponsors events and scholarships for Florida State College at Jacksonville as part of its working partnership with the college.
“We are fortunate to have Flightstar contributing to the commercial aviation industry which means so much to our economy and quality of life,” said JAXUSA Partnership President Jerry Mallot. “Their success speaks directly to the business advantages, excellent workforce and opportunities that exist in the JAX Region.”
Tags: · FlightStar · Florida Council of 100 · Fredrik Eliasson · Haskell · Jacksonville Civic Council · JAX Chamber · JAXUSA Industry Leader Award · JAXUSA Partnership · Jerry Mallot · Steve Halverson
Donna Warpool, Tansy Moon, Jennifer Sexton, Don Cline, Holly Hayes, Lea Underwood, Deb Pettry, Nancy Massengill and Tina Webster of the company’s Beaches and Ponte Vedra Beach branch offices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty recently honored the company’s top producers during an exclusive party at the famed TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse. The evening featured dinner, fun photo ops and dancing to one of Northeast Florida’s top bands, The Honey Badgers.
“We are so proud of our incredible team and their outstanding achievements,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer. “Our sales associates have positioned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as the industry leader, and events like this give us the opportunity to recognize their success and let them know how much we appreciate their dedication and hard work.”
Judy Fields and Kat Wetmore of the company’s Fleming Island office
The celebration honored Berkshire Hathaway Home Services sales associates from eight different offices.
“It is the quality of the players that make a team great,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate. “We value our agents and, thanks to their contributions, Berkshire Hathaway’s success is unmatched in Northeast Florida.”
Ann King, Debby Craggs, Stefanie Bernstein, An Marshall and Shelley Trella of the company’s St. Augustine branch office
More information is available at www.BerkshireHathawayhsfnr.com.
Tags: · Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty · Christy Budnick · Jacksonville Realtor · Linda Sherrer · Northeast Florida Real Estate
Award-winning homebuilder Dostie Homes has completed construction of a new model home in the master-planned community of Palencia in northern St. Johns County. The two-story model, which showcases Dostie Homes’ stunning new floor plan, the Alexandra, is located in Palencia’s Reserve II neighborhood.
The Alexandra has been carefully situated on a wooded estate lot to preserve numerous beautiful oak trees. Palencia’s developer and builders have worked collaboratively over many years to preserve the unique environmental character of the community, a trademark that sets Palencia apart from any other area community.
“It is exciting for our company because we have created a new floor plan inspired by feedback from buyers in Palencia,” said Chris Dostie, president of Dostie Homes. “Our model home showcases several unique lifestyle features – a raised private home office situated on a landing in between the home’s first and second floors, a multi-faceted outdoor living area framed by oak trees and an ‘evolution space,’ which is an expanded laundry/bonus room that can be customized for each family.”
The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Alexandra features 3,939 square feet of living space, with an impressive two-story foyer. The master suite and a guest suite are both located on the first floor of the home, purposefully designed with the multi-generational family in mind. Upstairs, there are two additional bedrooms and a bonus room that opens onto a balcony.
The great-room style, first-floor layout has a formal dining room just off the grand entrance foyer, with an open gathering room leading to an outdoor extended lanai featuring a fireplace. An L-shaped island adds flexibility to the designer kitchen. The home also includes a three-car garage.
The Alexandra is priced from the high $400,000s. Homeowners in Palencia enjoy world-class amenities, including a championship golf course, the Palencia Golf Clubhouse and 40-acre Village Center with dining, shopping and banquet facilities.
To learn more about the community of Palencia or Dostie Homes’ residences in Palencia, visit www.vivapalencia.com or call (904) 810-0500.
Tags: · Chris Dostie · Dostie Homes · Jacksonville homes · Jacksonville residential real estate · Palencia · St. Augustine homes · St. Augustine residential real estate
The award-winning waterfront community of Old San Jose on the River has one riverfront, single-family custom home just released for sale. Designed to maximize expansive views of the St. Johns River, this exceptional one-of-a-kind riverfront home includes luxurious appointments, expansive outdoor living areas and a dock permit for a private dock.
“We decided to save this exquisite riverfront lot until we had sold all of our other single-family homes. We’ve spent several months in design and will be breaking ground on the home in the next few weeks,” said Victoria “Vikki” Robbins of Victoria Robbins Realty, Inc., the real estate company responsible for sales at Old San Jose on the River. “This spectacular home will offer gorgeous views of the St. Johns River from nearly every room in the house. This is an exceptional opportunity to purchase a luxurious new custom home on the river priced at $1,498,000.”
Designed by BSB Design – Jacksonville, the home has a French Country exterior elevation and more than 4,200 square feet of living space including four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a den adjacent to the owner’s suite and a three-car garage with paver driveway. The great room plan features a spacious, open design overlooking the river, connecting the kitchen, living and dining spaces together for family living and entertaining. The gourmet kitchen has a large island, a walk-in pantry and a spacious café while a butler’s pantry connects the kitchen to the formal dining room. The first-floor owner’s suite has two walk-in closets and a luxurious private bath. There is a guest suite with private bath on the first floor and two bedrooms upstairs including one with a balcony that could serve as a game room or media room. The home offers magnificent views of the St. Johns River from nearly every room and outdoor living at its finest with a covered lanai downstairs, a covered balcony upstairs and a covered front entry. In addition to a dock permit, the home includes terrace backyard landscaping to the river.
Old San Jose on the River also has low maintenance condominium homes available. Housed in low-rise buildings, the single-level condos range in size from 1,967 square feet to 2,075 square feet and range in price from $380,000 to $495,000.
Residents of the riverfront community on San Jose Boulevard near Jacksonville’s historic San Marco neighborhood enjoy the ultimate in understated luxury amenities including private, convenient access to the St. Johns River and a boating day dock exclusively for the community’s use. The community’s Mediterranean-style amenity center overlooks the river and includes a swimming pool and spectacular outdoor living area with summer kitchen and fire pit.
The sales office is open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Call (904) 733-6399 or visit www.oldsanjose.com.
Tags: · condominium communities in Jacksonville · Old San Jose · Old San Jose on the River · Riverfront communities in Jacksonville · Victoria Robbins Realty · Vikki Robbins
For more than 20 years, Elaine Foster has lived in Jacksonville’s Avondale neighborhood. With its distinctive mix of history, culture, character and community, she has loved living in her home and being a member of a community that exemplifies gracious urban living.
Last year, Foster decided the time had arrived to downsize from her home. She wanted a place where she would be relieved of many of the responsibilities that come with home ownership. She also wanted to remain in her beloved Riverside Avondale neighborhood. She found what she wanted, and more, at The John Gorrie a condominium.
“When I began my search to find a place to live, not much appealed to me until I discovered The John Gorrie,” Foster said. “I was thrilled and I loved the condominium immediately. The building showcases its historical elements, which I love so much, yet it has all of the modern conveniences.”
Designed by distinguished Jacksonville architects Benjamin and Greeley, The John Gorrie a condominium reflects Mediterranean Revival architecture popular in the early 1920s. Inside, the residences feature 12-foot ceilings and expansive windows and are equipped with new appliances, CaesarStone countertops and hardwood floors.
Foster and her dog, Sparky, a Welsh Corgi, moved into The John Gorrie last October. She purchased a two-bedroom residence and has designed the second bedroom as a den. Many of the residences include elements from its former use as a school, such as the exposed brick wall in Foster’s home.
Foster is equally enthusiastic about the condominium’s community amenities including the onsite fitness facility and beautiful courtyard area. She is an active member of the Riverside Avondale neighborhood and enjoys spending time at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, attending performances at the Church of the Good Shepard, meeting friends for coffee at Bold Bean Coffee Roasters and dining out at one of the many great restaurants in the area.
“This neighborhood has so much to do – that’s why I did not want to move away from it,” Foster said.
The John Gorrie offers studios, one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes. All residences offer contemporary amenities such as stainless steel GE appliances, gourmet kitchens and pedestal bathroom sinks. In addition to a custom fitness center and a private courtyard, residents have access to elevators, private gated parking and a resident reading room with Wi-Fi Internet access.
Along with being within 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.
Tags: · condominiums in Riverside Avondale · Delores Barr Weaver · Elaine Foster · The John Gorrie · The John Gorrie a condominium
Funk-N-Run in Nocatee, March 1
With the weather warming up, why not get outside this weekend? Consider participating in the Funk-N-Run, an event Saturday, March 1 in Nocatee that offers a choice of an untimed, family 5K color run, a kids obstacle course or an adult obstacle course, beginning at 9 a.m.
If you choose to participate in the 5K color run, make sure to wear white because part of the fun is being doused by a safe and colorful dye. The obstacle courses are not for the faint of heart. So come prepared to compete.
The cost ranges from $10. See other information, including the location, and sign up here.
Ortega River Run, March 1
If you live in Jacksonville, you might want to think about the Daily’s Ortega River Run, a 5-mile run closer to home that serves as good training for the upcoming Gate River Run.
The Ortega River Run is one of the largest and oldest running. The event includes a 1-mile fun run that begins 30 minutes before the 5-mile run at 8:30 a.m.. Both events begin and end at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School in Ortega.
A family-friendly street fair offers give-aways, food and activites all morning.
Online registration is closed, but you may sign up at the school on race morning beginning at 7 a.m.
Harlem Globetrotters, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
More of a sports observer? Well, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters visit Jacksonville Friday, Feb. 28 for a game at 7 p.m. at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets start at $24 and are available online.
The Globetrotters were the first organization in sports and entertainment to let fans vote on rules when the team introduced the concept last year. Online vote is now open at harlemglobetrotters.com/rule .
If you go to the game, be prepared, though. The team sometimes flouts the rules, and the referees often don’t seem to notice.
WWE Live, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
And while we’re blurring the line between sports and entertainment, let us also suggest checking out WWE Live – Road to WrestleMania, on Saturday, March 1 at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:30 p.m.
All your favorite WWE superstars will be in action, including John Cena, who defends his WWE World Heavyweight Championship title against Randy Orton. Also, tag team champions, The Rhodes Brothers, defend their WWE Tag Team Championship against The Real Americans.
More information about this exciting event is available at JaxEvents.com.
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Even if electric cars weren’t branded as ‘eco-friendly,’ people would still line up to buy them. Electric cars offer many advantages that are very competitive with fuel-operated vehicles. Clydesdale Bank can help provide funds when it’s time for your next vehicle purchase.
- Save money on fuel – The biggest advantage an electric car has over fuel-powered vehicles is the cost of fuel. At an average price of about $3.35 a gallon in Jacksonville in February 2014, it can pay to invest in an electric vehicle. Electric cars are cheaper to operate.
- Special tax benefit – You can get an even better deal by making use of the IRS’ Plug-in Electric Drive Vehicle Credit. For cars acquired after 2009, it gives taxpayers a credit of at least $2,500 for vehicles drawing from a battery of at least 5 kilowatt hours capacity.
- More efficient than fuel engines – Electric fuel engines are 400 to 600 percent more efficient than regular fuel combustion engines. There are no pistons to fire and the entire motor can fit in a 5-gallon water bottle. Despite the size, the engine can produce the same speeds that you would expect with a regular combustion engine.
- Less maintenance – Without messy fuel issues, you have less maintenance on an electric vehicle. There are fewer moving parts, which also contributes to the ease of maintenance. There are no oil changes or tune-ups required with an electric vehicle.
- Smooth and quiet – Electric motors are very quiet. It can be hard to tell when they’re running. Your kids will never know when you’re parking in the driveway, leaving you with the element of surprise.
Victoria Moretti is with Zesty Marketing and a guest blogger for WhatsUpJacksonville.com. Professionals interested in guest blogging can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tags: · Electric cars · Jacksonville gas prices