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Web.com Offers Free Seminar to Help Small Businesses Strengthen Their Online Presence

August 29th, 2014 · No Comments

Looking to grow your business? Web.com, a leading provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, will host a free Small Business Summit designed to help small business owners in Northeast Florida learn how to successfully increase their business’ visibility and better market themselves online.

The Web.com Small Business Summit will take place on Friday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse. The event, which is held in conjunction with the Web.com Tour Championship, is free and open to the public.

Through Web.com’s agreement with the PGA TOUR and as the umbrella sponsor of the Web.com Tour, Web.com developed the Small Business Summit as a benefit to small business owners in communities across the country. The summit will provide information and tools to help small business owners increase visibility and optimize marketing efforts online.

Topics and content at the Small Business Summit focus on ways small business owners can achieve a successful Internet presence, including the elements of a great website, how to determine if their website is working for them, increasing traffic to their website and business, mobile marketing and decoding how to efficiently market their business on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

Find out more at sbsjacksonville.eventbrite.com.

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Sisler Johnston Interior Design Completes Carrington Model at Southern Hills Plantation

August 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Jacksonville-based Sisler Johnston Interior Design recently completed the design of the interior and exterior living spaces of the Carrington model home by GreenPointe Homes at Southern Hills Plantation. This is the fourth model the award-winning firm has designed at the community.

“The Carrington design flows beautifully and includes a guest suite that is perfect for multigenerational living,” said Judith Sisler Johnston, president of Sisler Johnston Interior Design and allied member, ASID. “The home reflects the lifestyle at Southern Hills Plantation and the exceptional design quality of GreenPointe Homes.”

The two-story, four-bedroom home features a Folk Victorian exterior elevation and an expansive outdoor living area. Sisler Johnston designed the home in harmony with nature and the environment, selecting a color palette with soothing sugar sand, turquoise and espresso spa tones and furnishings with comfortable transitional style. For the gourmet kitchen, Sisler Johnston selected painted and distressed kitchen cabinetry with crown moulding and a preparation island in contrasting espresso.

Southern Hills Plantation is a master-planned community in Brooksville. An 18-hole Pete Dye golf course is the centerpiece of the community. Other community amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, tennis courts, aquatic center with a lap pool and heated spa, multi-purpose fields, walking trails and a picnic area. Click here for more information.

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GreenPointe Homes Welcomes Margaret Jennesse as President for East Florida Division

August 27th, 2014 · No Comments

GreenPointe Homes, one of Florida’s premier home builders, welcomes Margaret Jennesse as president of the company’s East Florida Division.

“We are thrilled to add Margaret to our talented and award-winning team,” said GreenPointe Homes President Roger Postlethwaite. “Margaret is an executive with a proven history of success, and her knowledge and experience are going to be invaluable as GreenPointe Homes expands its presence on Florida’s east coast.”

In her role as division president, Jennesse will oversee the strategic positioning and community growth plan for the company’s East Florida Division. She will manage the day-to-day operations of the division, overseeing the sale and construction of homes as well as significantly growing the company’s land base in the region.

Jennesse brings more than 25 years of real estate operations and finance experience to her position at GreenPointe Homes. Her expertise includes creating and successfully managing more than 25 large-scale, master-planned communities. During her career, Jennesse has worked for a number of leading firms including Crescent Communities, LandMar Group LLC, The St. Joe Co. and Arvida.

Active in the industry and the community, Jennesse is chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) North Florida District Council and also serves on ULI’s National Community Development Council and Women’s Leadership Initiative. She is a board member of the Winston Family YMCA and a former board member of the Northeast Florida Builders Association, Builders Care and the Builders Association of Wake County. Jennesse holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

In Northeast Florida, GreenPointe Homes is building at Cedar Bay in Jacksonville and Amelia Walk in Fernandina Beach and is coming soon to St. Johns County.

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Sisler Johnston Interior Design Celebrates 30 Years in Business with Team Luncheon

August 26th, 2014 · No Comments

 Judith Sisler Johnston, Darlene Linge, Pamela Lindeback

and Ines Martinez

The team at Sisler Johnston Interior Design recently commemorated the company’s 30th anniversary, marking the occasion with a team luncheon to celebrate the milestone as well as each team member’s birthday. The luncheon was held at Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails at the Markets at Town Center.

“Our festivities were especially meaningful this year because our team also celebrated the 30th year of our company,” said Judith Sisler Johnston, president of Sisler Johnston Interior Design and allied member, American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). “Our team is extremely proud of our past accomplishments and even more excited about what the future holds for our company.”

The team at Sisler Johnston Interior Design is defined by loyalty and longevity. Business Manager Darlene Linge has worked at the firm for nearly as long as it has been in existence. Office Accountant Ines Martinez joined the company more than 10 years ago. Pamela Lindeback is the team’s newest member and has worked with the firm since 2012.

“I am grateful to be surrounded by an engaged, focused and committed team,” Sisler Johnston said. “Long-term relationships with employees, clients and vendors have strengthened our business and significantly contributed to our success.”

More information is available at www.sislerjohnston.com.

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Financial Advisor Purchases New Home at The John Gorrie a condominium

August 25th, 2014 · No Comments

John Hoffman

Jacksonville is one of the top cities in the nation where purchasing a home is often a more financially savvy decision than paying for rent. So it should come as no surprise that a Northeast Florida financial expert found the home of his dreams and the deal of a lifetime at The John Gorrie a condominium.

Financial advisor John Hoffman relocated to Jacksonville in 2010 as a result of a job transition. He initially rented upon moving to the area but soon discovered the cost to purchase a home in the Jacksonville real estate market is often less than what one pays to rent a home or apartment.

“The Jacksonville area is one of those places where owning a home is better financially than renting,” Hoffman said. “When I decided to purchase a home, I looked at everything – homes, condominiums – and The John Gorrie was one of the last places I visited. I knew immediately that I wanted to purchase a home there.”

Hoffman discovered that the homes offered at The John Gorrie are unmatched by the competition.

“After seeing everything else, at almost twice the cost, I selected a home at The John Gorrie that was ready to move into and did not require any work,” Hoffman said. “The detail of the community’s renovation separates it from everything else.”

The John Gorrie’s owners, J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, purchased the former John Gorrie Junior High School in 2009 and completed an extensive renovation and restoration to transform the historic landmark school into 68 historic residences with luxurious contemporary amenities.

“Mrs. Weaver had a vision for The John Gorrie and it was executed very well,” Hoffman said. “She has so much passion for the community and we all appreciate her efforts.”

Designed by renowned Jacksonville architects Benjamin and Greeley, the buildings’ ornate design 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. Many of the residences include elements from its former use as a school such as exposed brick walls. Hoffman selected a home on the third floor because it provides abundant natural light.

“It’s a different experience walking into a home at The John Gorrie,” Hoffman said. “When I enter my home, it’s like being in a tree house with its open floor plan overlooking the beautiful oak trees.”

The community’s convenient, walkable location and friendly atmosphere also offer great appeal.

“I live within walking distance to numerous local restaurants, 5 Points and the movie theater,” Hoffman said. “My neighbors and I have enjoyed several get-togethers in the courtyard.”

The John Gorrie offers studios, one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes priced from the low $100,000s. For more information about The John Gorrie community, call (904) 383-3688 or visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.

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St. Johns County Parade of Homes Opens on Saturday, Aug. 30

August 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

The Monroe Showcase Home

The St. Johns Builders Council announces the St. Johns County Parade of Homes will open on Saturday, Aug. 30, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 14. The event showcases the finest new homes in St. Johns County.

Featuring builder model homes in St. Johns County, the event offers visitors a free, self-guided tour of new construction homes. The Parade’s winning entries and Judges’ Choice Awards will be announced at the Awards Banquet on Aug. 28, at Marsh Creek Country Club.

This year’s showcase home is sponsored by Providence Homes. The company’s Monroe model is located at 124 Cross Ridge Drive in Greenleaf Village at Nocatee.

The 2014 St. Johns County Parade of Homes magazine will be included in the Florida Times-Union and St. Augustine Record on Saturday, Aug. 30. It will also be available for viewing on the St. Johns Builders Council website. More information is available at www.stjohnsbuilderscouncil.com.

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New Models Now Open In Madeira, St. Augustine

August 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Madeira, a master-planned community within the city limits of St. Augustine, has announced that two new model homes are now open, available for tours and move-in ready.  The neighborhood, conveniently located on U.S. 1 in northern St. Augustine, offers well-appointed homes sited on more than 1,000 acres of green space and preserved natural areas.

Madeira’s homes are available from the mid $200s and will include access to the new Residents’ Club, featuring a clubhouse, pool, fitness center and expansive outdoor gathering area. In addition to the two models, 10 additional homes are currently under construction and will be available this year.

“Our homes in Madeira are innovative and designed for the Florida lifestyle. A good example is the fact that solar panels and concrete tile roofs are included features in all of our homes,” said Victoria  Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida. “In addition, many elacora homes in Madeira will include lawn maintenance and monitored security systems. We expect record sales for these homes offering a low-maintenance lifestyle in historic St. Augustine.”

These features are signature items in the homes built by elacora, a recently launched home building company.  The homes range from 1,767 to 2,484 square feet and feature three distinct elevation styles: Mediterranean, Tuscan and Spanish.

Barbara Ondo Designs is overseeing the interiors of the two models and has selected design elements and features to highlight the homes’ beauty and functionality. Opportunities for new and innovative homes in this price range and location are limited.  Madeira is located one mile south of the Northeast Florida Regional Airport off U.S. 1/Ponce de Leon Blvd. in St. Augustine. The sales office is open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.  To schedule an appointment to tour the community’s models or for additional information, call (904) 484-9024 or visit www.elacora.com.  



The new Residents’ Club at Madeira at St. Augustine will feature a pool, fitness center and expansive outdoor gathering area.


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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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