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elacora at Madeira at St. Augustine Wins Laurel Awards

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments

elacora received Laurel Awards for Best Ad Campaign and Best Print Ad from the Northeast Florida Builders Association’s Sales and Marketing Council. The Laurel Awards honor the building industry’s best in design, sales and marketing in Northeast Florida. The Laurel Awards include:

  • The Best Ad Campaign for a Builder Laurel Award recognized the outstanding campaign designed for Madeira at St. Augustine.
  • The Best Print Ad for a Builder (Under ½ Page) for a Builder Laurel Award recognized the targeted ads designed for Madeira at St. Augustine.
  • The merchandiser for the Madeira at St. Augustine’s Capri model, Barbara Ondo Designs, also received a Laurel Award for Best Interior Merchandising ($300,001-$400,000).

Victoria Robbins, exclusive sales agent for elacora Northeast Florida and the first chairman of the Northeast Florida Builder Association’s Laurel Awards event

Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida, accepted the awards and introduced the awards ceremony. She served as the first chairman of the event.

“I am pleased that this event has grown over the past 20 years and that elacora received two prestigious awards at the 20th Anniversary Awards Banquet,” she said.  “The elacora team is proud of the recognition earned by our partner, Barbara Ondo, for the interior merchandising Laurel she received for her beautiful efforts in the Madeira community’s Capri model.”

elacora is building new homes in the Madeira at St. Augustine community, located on U.S. 1 in northern 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.  For more information, call (904) 484-9024 or visit www.elacora.com.

 

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Leadership Jacksonville to Honor M.C. “Ceree” Harden III, Connie S. Hodges and Cleve Edward Warren

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

Leadership Jacksonville, which was established in 1976 as a program to stimulate growth of leadership in Northeast Florida, will host Celebration 2015 and honor M.C. “Ceree” Harden, Connie S. Hodges and Cleve Edward Warren for their leadership roles throughout Northeast Florida.

The event will take place Thursday, April 9, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Tickets to attend Celebration 2015, benefitting Leadership Jacksonville, are $150 per person and are available through Wednesday, April 1.

“We look forward to recognizing these leaders of our community and honoring them for their work to make Jacksonville a great place to work and live,” said Jill Langford Dame, Executive Director or Leadership Jacksonville. “Each honoree is well-deserving of the acknowledgment and we look forward to another fantastic event.”

The honorees:

M.C. “Ceree” Harden

As CEO of Harden & Associates, M.C. “Ceree” Harden is also a General Partner and Developer of EverBank Plaza with Riverside Avenue Partners. A former director and officer of Baptist Health, Harden remains involved with the organization as Chairman of Baptist Health System Jacksonville and by serving on the Finance, Executive, and Investment committees; and as Director of Baptist Physician Partners. Harden is also part of the United Way Campaign Cabinet and board member at Riverside Presbyterian Day School.

Connie Hodges

Connie Hodges is a 1988 Leadership Jacksonville graduate, former President of United Way of Northeast Florida, and past president of Uptown Civitan and the Human Services Council.  Connie is a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network, Downtown Rotary, and serves on The Early Learning Coalition of Duval Board of Directors. She is also a former member of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission Board of Trustees and JAX Chamber and Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida boards of directors.

Cleve Warren

Cleve Warren currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for Florida State  College at Jacksonville and is a noted civic, business and community leader. Warren was a founding member of the Jacksonville Civic Council and serves on the board of directors of Valor Academy of Leadership Charter School for Boys; Virtue Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School for Girls; Tiger Academy Charter School; Baptist Health Foundation; The Eartha M.M. White Legacy Fund; First Coast Metropolitan YMCA; The Tournament Players Advisory Council; the Jacksonville Public Education Fund; the board of trustees for Florida A&M University; is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority; and is an alumnus of both Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida.

For information regarding tickets or sponsorship opportunities call Leadership Jacksonville at (904)-396-6263 and visit www.leadershipjax.org.

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Amelia National Golf & Country Club Opens Newest Model Home

March 26th, 2015 · No Comments

The Egret II, Amelia National’s newest model home

Amelia National Golf & Country Club, a Fernandina Beach community built and developed by ICI Homes, has announced the opening of its newest model home, the Egret II.

“Amelia National is an exceptional community that offers its homeowners a true vacation-like atmosphere,” said Greg Brousse, Managing Director at Amelia National. “We invite everyone to tour the new model and see the Amelia National lifestyle firsthand.”

The Egret II is luxury at its best and is for those who want to bring the outside in. The one-story, 2,969 square-foot home has been decorated by Design South of Ponte Vedra and features a gourmet kitchen overlooking the spacious outdoor living area and an oversized breakfast area with enough space for a built-in desk. Its grand foyer is flanked by a large dining room and private study and the grand room features a coffered ceiling. Additionally, the well-appointed Egret II boasts four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-car garage. The owner’s wing includes a large suite, sitting room area, his and hers walk-in closets and a luxurious bath with both roman tub and roman shower area. The guest wing has two suites, each with its own bath. Pricing for the Egret II starts at $361,900.

“The Egret II is an exceptional home that is designed for those who love to host and entertain, as well as for those with growing families.” said Brousse. “From the serene setting and varied amenities, Amelia National provides something special for everyone.”

The Egret II features a spacious dining room with a coffered ceiling

Amelia National Golf & Country Club features 13 award-winning ICI Homes floor plans in a vacation-like community, embodying country club living at its best. Amelia National’s amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a full-service restaurant, a championship-quality tennis facility with a pro shop, and a resort-style swimming pool, all surrounded by a Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course.

Interested homebuyers can visit the sales center at Amelia National Golf & Country Club from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday to tour the Egret II model and all that Amelia National has to offer.

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Historic Elements, Location Attract Jacksonville Native to The John Gorrie a condominium

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Mark Pariani, homeowner at The John Gorrie a condominium

Jacksonville-area native Mark Pariani has proudly called The John Gorrie a condominium “home” since November 2014. Recently approved for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) financing, owners within The John Gorrie are a combination of young professionals like Pariani, as well as families and retirees seeking its convenient location and historic charm.

“I first heard about The John Gorrie through word of mouth and from seeing the building itself and signs throughout Riverside, but its historical significance and how well the exterior and some of the interior elements have been preserved is what attracted me,” said Pariani. “The artifacts in the hallways, such as chalkboards and auditorium seats, give a sense of what used to be, while making it a fun and entertaining space.”

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

“My home overlooks the courtyard and receives wonderful morning light and is well-insulated from the outside elements,” Pariani explained. “The windows are protected from an overhang, so even on a rainy day I can have all my windows open and listen to the rain while reading or working. Enough natural light comes through the windows during the day that I rarely need to turn on the lights until dusk.”

Designed by noted Jacksonville architects Roy A. Benjamin and Mellen C. Greeley, the school’s ornate design reflects Mediterranean Revival architecture popular in the early 1920s. The former John Gorrie Junior High School was built in 1923, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and later closed in 1997. After a dozen years of neglect and disrepair, Weaver began the meticulous restoration and renovation of the two buildings that housed the school, investing a substantial amount of her own time and money into the project.

 “One of my favorite things about life at The John Gorrie is the convenience of its location. On any given afternoon I can grab a cup of tea, stroll through Memorial Park, take in a matinee movie, eat Asian-inspired street fare and pick up some light reading at the book store – all without having to get in my car,” said Pariani.

The John Gorrie offers one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes. Amenities include a custom fitness center, a private courtyard, elevators, private gated parking and a resident reading room with Wi-Fi Internet access. Residents are also in close proximity to the St. Johns River and a variety of beautiful parks. Owners at The John Gorrie a condominium receive an ad valorem tax abatement toward their homeowner’s tax bill through 2021.

“One of the most unique things about The John Gorrie is it is a historical preservation project,” said Pariani. “I believe the landscape in Jacksonville is ripe for these type of projects and I feel honored to be living in one.”

For more information about how you can be part of The John Gorrie community, call (904) 383-3688 or visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.

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HabiJax Homebuyer Information Session – Tonight!

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments

 

HabiJax to host free Homebuyer Information Session, 6 p.m. tonight

Habitat for Humanity Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) will host a Homebuyer Information Session tonight, Tuesday, March 24, at 6 p.m., at the HabiJax Main Office located at 2404 Hubbard Street. This free and informative session is open to all interested in homeownership.

Attendees will learn about the HabiJax criteria for homeownership, the stages of the approval, the homebuyer processes, and more.

HabiJax, founded in 1988, has become the largest non-profit affordable housing provider in Duval County, helping improve urban core neighborhoods in Jacksonville, including New Town. HabiJax is one of the most successful Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States, having provided homeownership opportunities and other housing services for more than 2,000 families.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, visit www.habijax.org or www.facebook.com/habijaxfans.

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Serena Collection at Madeira at St. Augustine Provides Florida Lifestyle and Energy Efficiency Features

March 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

elacora is launching the Serena Collection of homes in its Madeira at St. Augustine community. This Collection features larger homes on wider home sites and continues to offer Madeira’s unique floor plans, quality construction and energy efficiency features not typically found in new homes. Homeowners will also have access to the new Residents Club, set to open in May. The spacious amenity center will feature a clubhouse, fitness center, pool with lap lanes spacious shade pavilion and adjacent party plaza.

The Madeira at St. Augustine community includes homes from distinct collections and all homes include solar panels to harness energy from the Florida sun.

“We are thrilled with the strong interest we’ve received for both the current Portada collection and the new Serena collection,” said Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida. “There are several move-in ready homes available and we are offering a choice of buyer incentives: Seller paid closing costs, $8,000 prepayment of CDD fees or a $8,000 Design Center allowance. These homes have three distinct elevation styles, all feature tile roofs and are priced from the mid $200s.”

The Serena Collection is in response to market demand. These homes will include three-car garages and will range from 2,280 square feet to 2,808 square feet. These homes, priced from $299,900, will contain flex options and standard solar panels.

“We are proud to be the only homebuilder in Northeast Florida to include solar panels in our new homes,” said Robbins. “The panels harness Florida’s abundant sunshine to reduce electric bills. In addition, homeowners are eligible for a federal tax credit in the year of purchase.”

The Capri model’s open plan allows for warm gatherings and the model’s optional sunroom grants additional living space and views of the adjacent lake.

The Serena Collection homes currently under construction and will include several move in-ready homes and a designer-decorated model home. For more information about the current homes that are available for move in and the newly launched homes in the Serena Collection, visit or call the sales office. The community is conveniently located on U.S. 1 in northern 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, call (904) 484-9024 or visit www.elacora.com.

The interiors of the new homes at Madeira at St. Augustine are tastefully designed.

 

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Sisler Johnston Interior Design Wins Laurel Awards for Interior Design Excellence

March 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Sisler Johnston Interior Design received Laurel Award honors for interior design excellence from the Northeast Florida Builders Association’s Sales and Marketing Council. The firm’s Laurel Awards include:

  • Best Interior Merchandising in the under $100,000 category for the New Town model home by Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville (HabiJax)
  • Best Interior Merchandising in the $600,001-$750,000 category for the Madeline model by ICI Homes at Tamaya
  • Best Sales Office for the Anastasia Club at Del Webb Ponte Vedra

The three Laurel Awards are among 68 Laurel Awards the company has received in the event’s 20 year history. Sisler Johnston Interior Design has more than 30 years designing successful interiors for residential and commercial clients.

“I am honored to receive the Laurel Awards and appreciate the recognition from my industry peers,” said Judith Sisler Johnston, president of Sisler Johnston Interior Design and allied member, ASID. “These awards also acknowledge the outstanding product by the teams at HabiJax, ICI Homes and Del Webb/Pulte Homes. It is a privilege to contribute to the success of our clients.”

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Tamaya Honored with Nine Laurel Awards Including Grand Laurel

March 19th, 2015 · No Comments

ICI Homes of Tamaya swept the annual Laurel Awards competition, receiving nine awards including the Grand Laurel. The annual Laurel Awards are hosted by the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) and presented to those in the industry who have demonstrated sales, building and design excellence.

“We are genuinely honored to be recognized by the Laurel Awards judges and our peers in the building industry for our success at Tamaya,” said Don Wilford, president of ICI Homes’ North Florida Division. “The Laurel Awards are a testament to the dedication demonstrated by our team at Tamaya, where we aim to provide the highest quality of design and construction with an exceptional lifestyle. I hope this recognition will encourage everyone to visit our community and learn more about Tamaya.”

Tamaya received Laurel Awards in several categories including:

  • Best Architectural Design ($401,000-$500,000 – Detached) – Marabella at Tamaya
  • Best Architectural Design ($401,000-$500,000 – Attached) – Madeline at Tamaya
  • Best Architectural Design – ($201,000-$300,000 – Detached) – Juliet at Tamaya
  • Best Sales Office over 800 square feet – Tamaya Vision Center
  • Best Logo – Tamaya
  • Best Radio Commercial – Tamaya Grand Opening
  • Best TV Commercial – Tamaya Grand Opening
  • Site Agent of the Year – Emily Thompson, ICI Homes of Tamaya

Earlier this year, ICI Homes was recognized by NEFBA as the 2014 Builder of the Year.

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College Students Join HabiJax for Collegiate Challenge

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments

HabiJax recently hosted 50 college students who contributed volunteer hours with the organization building homes in Jacksonville.

Habitat for Humanity Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) recently hosted 50 students from various national colleges and universities as part of the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge.

During the first two weeks of March, HabiJax hosted students from Community College of Philadelphia; Simpson College; University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; University of Notre Dame; and Vanderbilt University. Each student made a small financial donation and contributed volunteer hours building homes on the construction site. In partnership with Riverside Presbyterian Church, HabiJax provided housing, meals, refreshments, construction skills training and a safe, fun experience throughout the Collegiate Challenge.

“HabiJax is always grateful for our generous and dedicated volunteers who strive to better the communities in which we live,” said HabiJax President and CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke. “We enjoyed working with the students as part of the Collegiate Challenge and we look forward to continuing to do so through this great program in the future.”

Now it its 25th year, Collegiate Challenge serves as an alternative spring break trip for energetic volunteers helping to further Habitat for Humanity’s mission of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Since Collegiate Challenge began, more than 208,000 students have spent their spring break volunteering across the country donating more than $20 million to Habitat affiliates nationwide.

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Clockwork Marketing Services Wins Laurel Award for Best Ad Campaign

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments

Clockwork Marketing Services President Maxine McBride accepted the award for Best Ad Campaign March 13

Clockwork Marketing Services recently received top honors at the Laurel Awards, winning Best Ad Campaign for its original concept advertisements on behalf of The John Gorrie a condominium.

Presented by the Northeast Florida Builders Association Sales and Marketing Council, the Laurel Awards recognize excellence in marketing, sales and design in the home building industry in Northeast Florida.

“Clockwork is proud to receive this award in recognition of our work on this historic condominium. We are pleased to be part of its success,” said Maxine McBride, president, Clockwork Marketing Services.

Clockwork Marketing Services’ “My Buyer” and “My Home” advertising campaign for The John Gorrie a condominium is a monthly series of print advertisements for Realtors and homebuyers that has been consistently published for more than one year and has established a readership following of its own.

Clockwork Marketing Services has received numerous other awards and accolades for its work on behalf of clients. For additional information on Clockwork Marketing Services, visit www.clockworkmarketing.com or call (904) 280-7960.

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