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Do Your Part to Prove that Child Safety Matters!

December 19th, 2014 · No Comments

 

With the year end in sight, the Monique Burr Foundation for Children is hoping to enter the new year ready to bring MBF Child Safety Matters™ to four more Florida public elementary schools.

Its goal is $5,000 by Dec. 31. If child safety matters to you, sponsor a student ($2 each), a classroom ($50), a grade ($250) or a school ($1,250)! Visit  http://bit.ly/1A3lvCd to conveniently demonstrate that child safety matters.

 

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Luncheon to Highlight the Vision of “Healthy Town”

December 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Developer Peter Rummell will share the vision for “Healthy Town” at CREW Jacksonville and NAIOP’s first 2015 luncheon meeting. The event is Thursday, Jan. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at The River Club in Jacksonville.

Healthy Town is a proposed health-oriented housing and mixed-used project on almost 29 acres of the former JEA Southside Generating Station riverfront site. The “Healthy Town” concept includes condos, apartments, commercial space, boutique retail, public parks and open access to the St. Johns River. When finished, the development value is estimated at approximately $400 million with more than 1,000 construction jobs, more than 2,500 permanent, full-time jobs tied to the businesses and more than $8 million in City of Jacksonville property taxes.

The cost is $35 for members (CREW Jacksonville and/or NAIOP), $50 for non-members and $350 for a preferred table for eight. To register, click here.

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Call for Entries Opens for Laurel Awards

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) and its Sales and Marketing Council (SMC) have opened the Call for Entries for the 20th anniversary Laurel Awards.

The Laurel Awards are presented annually to builders, developers, architects, planners, interior designers, Realtors, sales and marketing professionals and others who have displayed sales, building and design excellence in the Northeast Florida home building industry.

All current SMC members are eligible to enter. The last day to enter is Friday, Feb. 13. To enter, go to www.nefbasmc.com.

Winners will be honored at the Laurel Awards celebration on Friday, March 13, at the Anastasia Club at Del Webb Ponte Vedra in Nocatee. Tickets are $75 per person.

Contact SMC Director Palmer Kuder for entry forms, sponsorship opportunities, event tickets and more information at palmer@nefba.com or call (904) 725-4355.

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The John Gorrie a condominium Patriots’ Outpost Booth Contest Winners Celebrate the Jaguars

December 16th, 2014 · No Comments

(left to right) Jessica Henderson, Erin Rose, Paulina Zachowicz, Valatou Tassopoulos, Maria Kelly and Delores Barr Weaver

With the holiday season and New Year almost upon us, it is time once again to take a look back at the highlights of the year.

For Lieutenant (junior grade) (LTJG) John Bellezza, a U.S. Navy flight officer stationed in Jacksonville, one of 2014’s highpoints was attending THE PLAYERS Championship, visiting the Patriots’ Outpost and winning the grand prize at The John Gorrie a condominium booth.

“I was so surprised,” Bellezza said. “I never expected to win.”

The top prize included six tickets to attend a 2014 Jaguars home game in the Weaver Suite at EverBank Field with J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, original owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars and owners of The John Gorrie a condominium. The prize also included a pre-game brunch at Black Sheep Restaurant in Riverside.

Bellezza, a sports fan, was thrilled to win but quickly realized he would be in Japan on deployment during the entire football season. He hated to see the tickets go to waste, and asked if his fiancé, Paulina Zachowicz, could attend in his place.

“The Weavers were so flexible and understanding,” Bellezza said. “Paulina had an awesome experience and I was happy she could attend in my place. I definitely want to attend a Jacksonville Jaguars game when I return home.”

The contest winner was invited to select from a choice of home games and Zachowicz selected the Jaguars contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bellezza and Zachowicz are both graduates of Penn State University.

“I was thrilled to go to a Jacksonville Jaguars game,” Zachowicz said. “The Weavers were so nice and welcoming. It was my first game and an experience I’ll never forget.”

Following the game, Delores Barr Weaver sent a Jaguars cap and banner to John as a remembrance from the game and a small token of thanks for his service to our country. The Weavers are well known for numerous philanthropic efforts throughout the First Coast, and have great admiration for the men and women that represent the United States Armed Forces.

“While we missed having John join us, we enjoyed meeting Paulina and her friends,” Delores Weaver said. “We sincerely appreciate the contributions and sacrifices that John and all the members of the military make on our behalf. We are very fortunate to live in a country with a great military that protects its citizens around the world, 24/7.”

Weaver is also passionate about preserving Jacksonville’s history including the continued revitalization of the Riverside-Avondale neighborhood and sustaining the rich architectural heritage of the area.

In 2009, she and her husband purchased an abandoned school that had once been an architectural gem in the historic neighborhood of Riverside/Avondale. Designed by architects, Roy A. Benjamin and Mellen C. Greeley, the school’s ornate design reflects Mediterranean Revival architecture popular in the early 1920s. The John Gorrie Junior High School was built in 1923, listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 and officially closed in 1997. After 12 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.

She completed the extensive renovation and restoration in 2011, transforming 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. Many of the residences include elements from its former use as a school.

The John Gorrie offers studios, one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes priced from the mid-$100,000s. Amenities include a custom fitness center, a private courtyard, elevators, private gated parking and a resident reading room with Wi-Fi Internet access. Owners at The John Gorrie a condominium receive an ad valorem tax abatement toward their homeowner’s tax bill through 2021.

For more information about The John Gorrie community, call (904) 383-3688 or visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.

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Cedar Bay Residents Embrace Multi-Generational Community

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments

According to experts, one of the best factors in staying mentally alert and healthy is to spend time around people of all ages. At the North Jacksonville community of Cedar Bay, residents have ample opportunities to do just that. The neighborhood of Cedar Bay is beautifully diverse, with homeowners ranging from young families to established professionals to retirees.

“Cedar Bay is one of those unique communities that appeals to just about everyone,” said Margaret Jennesse, president of GreenPointe Homes’ East Florida Division. “The friendly nature of the neighborhood, combined with the fact that we have some of the most affordable riverfront living in the area, has made Cedar Bay desirable for residents from young to old.”

Cedar Bay sits on the scenic Broward River, with a popular community park and shaded areas overlooking the peaceful waterfront. GreenPointe Homes has recently released some of the community’s choicest river-view property, and there are currently three inventory homes available, as well as homesites on which homeowners can select and build from a number of floorplans.

“One of the main comments that I hear from buyers who tour Cedar Bay is the fantastic first impression that the community gives,” said Vicki Bratvold, president of GreenPointe Realty. “Not only is the community visually appealing, but our residents are active, involved, friendly and come from all walks of life. When we have community service projects or neighborhood gatherings, we have children and their parents mixing with empty nesters and retirees. The energy is great.”

GreenPointe Homes has just completed three inventory homes on the bank of the Broward River. They represent the company’s most popular floorplans – the Clover, the Emerald and the Forest. Based on price per square footage, these homes are some of the best deals on riverfront property anywhere in the Jacksonville area. Homes begin in the low $200,000s.

The residences range from just over 2,100 square feet to more than 2,700 square feet. The Clover has four bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, plus a private office with French doors and a flexible loft space. The Emerald has four bedrooms, and three-and-a-half bathrooms with a loft and office. The Forest has three bedrooms and two-and-a half bathrooms with a flexible loft. All homes have a spacious covered lanai measuring 12 by 24 feet that takes advantage of stunning water views, and include a two-car garage.

Cedar Bay is one of the best communities in the North Jacksonville area, with convenient access to the River City Marketplace, the Jacksonville International Airport and nearby military bases. It is a short drive to many shopping and dining opportunities, as well as downtown Jacksonville and the area’s many entertainment venues.

For more information about GreenPointe Homes and Cedar Bay, call (904) 619-1928 or visit www.cedarbayjax.com.

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NEFBA’s Sales and Marketing Council holds Annual Holiday Breakfast

December 12th, 2014 · No Comments

 

The Northeast Florida Builders Association’s (NEFBA) Sales and Marketing Council held its annual Holiday Auction today at its monthly meeting.  Members celebrated the season by making a difference in the lives of children by donating presents for the kids at Daniel Foundation, presenting a pack of teddy bears to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and gifting holiday candy jars to our law enforcement officers! To top off the event, a grand auction of wonderful items was held to raise needed funds for Daniel’s Kids.

Judy Hicks, left, coordinates the gift collection by the Sales and Marketing Council members for the residents at Daniel Foundation.  

 

  

Festive Teddy Bears join deorated candy jars at the NEFBA Sales and Marketing Council’s Annual Holiday Breakfast.

 

SMC is the place where Builders, Realtors® and other real estate industry-related professionals come together for business development, networking and educational opportunities. Over 200 professionals aligned to create programs, events and activities that bring members and guests together throughout the year.

NEFBA’s Sales & Marketing Council is the largest builder association SMC in Florida and one of the biggest in the nation. The SMC has received the “Best SMC In The Nation” award from the National Association of Home Builders multiple times for its premier programs:

• Monthly Networking Breakfast Meetings

• Annual Laurel Awards for Sales & Marketing Excellence

• Monthly Top Sales Awards Recognition

• Educational & Development Opportunities

• SAM Tram New Model Home Realtor® Bus Tours

• Networking & Afterhours Socializing Events

• Annual Builder – Realtor® Tradeshow

• Annual NEFBA Parade of Homes Promotion

• Charitable Activities & SMC Cares

Membership is open to all NEFBA member companies and their employees. Open the door to new business, career enhancement, relationship development and great fun with an SMC membership. It’s the best way to meet and network with the top real estate industry professionals in Northeast Florida. The SMC is also your source for staying connected online. Read the SMC Blog for news and information about members and the housing industry trends. Connect and socialize at the SMC Facebook Page.

Explore the website to learn more about the many benefits of membership.

 

 

 

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Urban Land Institute North Florida announces Inaugural Women’s Leadership Institute

December 11th, 2014 · No Comments

 

Applications for the the inaugural class of the ULI North Florida Women’s Leadership Institute are now available and due by Jan. 9. The Institute is seeking women who want to make their mark in the real estate industry. Over the course of eight modules in five months, attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues from different disciplines in real estate in a collaborative learning environment while interacting with local business leaders (male and female), public officials, and national experts.

The Women’s Leadership Development Institute module topics include: Leadership, Management, Team Building, Practical Leadership & Time Management, Effective Communication, Networking & Work/Life Balance, Negotiations, Assertiveness & Conflict Resolution and Building Healthy Places in Real Estate.

For Institute criteria and guidelines, download the application here.   The sessions will be held on Thursdays in The Riverfront Conference Room located at 245 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville on: Feb. 12, March 5, March 26, April 16, May 7, May 21, June 11 and June 18. The cost is $1,500 for ULI members and $1,700 for non-ULI members. Class size is limited. For more information, contact Carolyn Clark at (904) 486-8256 or Carolyn.Clark@ULI.org.

ULI today has more than 35,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of the land use and development disciplines in private enterprise and public service–leading property owners, investors, developers, service firms, planners, public officials, and academics.

The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Visit its website for more information.

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ImpactJax Holiday Party Dec. 11 to benefit Jacksonville Public Education Fund Presented by Friday Musicale

December 10th, 2014 · No Comments

 

 

‘Tis the season! Join the merriment in Riverside for the ImpactJax annual holiday party at Friday Musicale (645 Oak Street) Dec. 11! This year’s Holiday Party will benefit Jacksonville Public Education Fund. Please bring school supplies to donate to help local students.

Enjoy one complimentary drink and complimentary appetizers. A cash bar will be available. Enter to win door prizes and don’t forget to dress to impress! Last year tickets were sold out well in advance. Be sure to get your tickets ($10) today so you won’t be left out of the fun!

ImpactJAX is the young professionals organization of the JAX Chamber and the premier venue for Jacksonville’s next generation of leaders to connect with each other and the community. Its mission is to champion the vision of the JAX Chamber by empowering the next generation of leaders to create and sustain a vibrant young professional community. With more than 600 members, ImpactJAX serves as a network of professional contacts for 21 to 40 year olds who live, work and play in the Jacksonville region.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HabiJax Partners with Owens Corning on Home Renovation Project in New Town

December 9th, 2014 · No Comments

Left to right, (front row) Christine Zalewski, Homeowner Karen Lyons and Tracey Stansell, (back row) Halcon Brown, Jeff Rogers, Tim Gaddis, Ken McNicholas, and Chris Preslock

Through the partnership that Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) has developed with Owens Corning, the organization has been able to continue its efforts of revitalizing New Town.

Owens Corning recently presented HabiJax with a $15,000 donation to renovate a home for a Jacksonville family in the New Town neighborhood. Volunteers from the local Owens Corning plant also have contributed numerous community service hours including a work day at the home.

“We appreciate the continued support that the employees of Owens Corning have demonstrated to us over the years,” said HabiJax President and CEO Mary Kay O’Rourke. “Our work in New Town has been extremely rewarding and we are thrilled that many local businesses and residents join us in supporting the revitalization efforts underway in New Town.”

Partnerships like the one with Owens Corning have made it possible for HabiJax to provide homeownership to more than 2,000 families since 1988. The nonprofit organization also offers other homeowner services including Critical Home Repair, A Brush with Kindness, Weatherization, Rehabilitation and Housing Counseling. Visit www.habijax.org for more information.

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New Madeira Model Home Showcases Florida Coastal Design

December 8th, 2014 · No Comments

 

 The newly opened Capri model home at Madeira at St. Augustine has been furnished and decorated by Barbara Ondo Designs with the Florida homebuyer in mind. It includes the optional sun room, 2nd floor game room and Florida basement.

 

elacora has opened a new furnished model—the Capri—in Madeira, a master-planned community within the city limits of St. Augustine. The model is a three-bedroom home featuring views of outdoor living from its bonus sun room. All homes built by elacora offer flex options and this Capri model showcases an optional upstairs game room and a Florida basement (think Storage!).

“This model joins our other designer-decorated model home at Madeira and both are open and available for tours,” said Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida.  The interior, designed by Barbara Ondo Designs, showcases soft splashes of colors. The optional game room features vibrant color and fun, while the adjacent full bath is accented in citrus tones.

The Capri open plan allows for warm gatherings. The optional sunroom, included in this model home, grants additional living space and views of the adjacent lake.

Ten homes will be available for move-in this year. Three distinct elevation styles, all featuring tile roofs, are priced from the mid $200s. “We are experiencing high demand for these homes,” said Robbins. “And to kick off our sales effort at Madeira, we are offering a choice of buyer incentives: Seller paid closing costs, $5,000 prepayment of CDD fees or a $5,000 Design Center allowance.”

Madeira residents will have access to the Residents’ Club, a spacious amenity center. Set to open in Spring 2015, it will feature a clubhouse with fitness center, a large pool, surrounding deck and adjacent party plaza. The Madeira community is sited on more than 1,000 acres of green space and Madeira’s lush natural environment provides the perfect backdrop for its timeless Mediterranean architectural characteristics notable in the arched windows, walkways and Tuscan hues.

“This model joins our other designer-decorated model home at Madeira and both are open and available for tours,” said Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida.  The interior, designed by Barbara Ondo Designs, showcases soft splashes of colors. The optional game room features vibrant color and fun, while the adjacent full bath is accented in citrus tones.

 

 A rendering of the new Residents’ Club at Madeira at St. Augustine depicts the pool, fitness center and expansive outdoor gathering area.

 

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 from 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.

 

 

 

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