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Fourteen Davidson Realty Agents Receive Nocatee Certification

April 25th, 2015 · No Comments

Davidson Nocatee Agents

(From left, back row) Jennifer Todd, Jock Ochiltree, Leah Ochiltree, Liz Pappaceno, Erin Mount, Amy Anderson, Colleen Roark, Michelle Gonzalez. (From left, front row) Leslie Highsmith, Lynn Whitley, Christine Sullivan, Maxine Levy, Nocatee Builder/Realtor Relations Manager Geri Price. Not pictured: Rema Shaban, Don Gibson

Davidson Realty, a leading Northeast Florida real estate company, recently congratulated 14 agents who became Certified Nocatee Agents, including Jennifer Todd, Jock Ochiltree, Leah Ochiltree, Liz Pappaceno, Erin Mount, Amy Anderson, Colleen Roark, Michelle Gonzalez, Leslie Highsmith, Lynn Whitley, Christine Sullivan, Maxine Levy, Rema Shaban and Don Gibson.

The Nocatee community extends the distinction to qualified Realtors and allows them access to exclusive meetings with Nocatee developers and site agents to stay informed on new community developments.

Davidson agents Joanne Samuelson, Loreal Greathouse and Shelley Nemethy are also Nocatee Certified Agents.

For more information, contact Davidson Realty’s Nocatee Certified Agents at (904) 940-5000 or visit www.DavidsonRealtyInc.com.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Opens New Ponte Vedra Office in Sawgrass Village

April 24th, 2015 · No Comments

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has opened a new office in Sawgrass Village in Ponte Vedra Beach. The Northeast Florida real estate firm has expanded its Ponte Vedra Beach branch office and moved to a prominent storefront located at 333 Village Main St., Suite 670, in the Sawgrass Village shopping center in Ponte Vedra Beach.

“We are the market leaders in Ponte Vedra Beach and our new office provides an exceptional client experience,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Our Ponte Vedra Beach office is home to the area’s most experienced, productive and results-oriented agents, and our new space provides an open, collaborative setting for our outstanding team of Realtors.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has operated a full service real estate office in Ponte Vedra Beach for nearly 25 years. The new branch office is equipped with the latest technology and features a welcoming environment designed for client comfort.

“Our new highly visible office location in Sawgrass Village is a win-win for our clients and our Realtors,” said Kevin Waugaman, Managing Broker of the Ponte Vedra Beach branch office. “For buyers, it offers a comfortable and convenient meeting space for real estate consultation with our top-tier Realtors who access the latest technology. For sellers, it provides access to a larger pool of buyers who walk into our office looking to purchase real estate. And, for our Realtors, our new office provides a state-of-the-art setting for a superb client experience, which translates to more repeat and referral business. This is an exciting time as we expand upon our serious momentum across the First Coast.”

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Madeira at St. Augustine: Move-In Ready Homes and Residents Club Springing Up

April 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

elacora’s homes at Madeira at St. Augustine are attracting strong interest and the community’s Residents Club will open next month.

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Homes in Madeira at St. Augustine feature tile roof and solar panels to harness the sun’s energy.

“New home buyers are excited about Madeira,” said Victoria Robbins, exclusive agent for elacora Northeast Florida. “Our homes have three distinct elevation styles, all feature tile roofs and are priced from the mid $200s. We have several move-in ready homes available which range from 1,767 square feet to 2,962 square feet and offer Madeira’s unique floor plans, quality construction and energy efficiency features not typically found in new homes.

“We are proud to be the only homebuilder in Northeast Florida to include solar panels in all of our new homes at Madeira,” 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 Residents Club is the signature amenity in the master-planned community, located within the city limits of St. Augustine, and features a clubhouse with fitness center, a large pool, surrounding deck and adjacent party plaza. The Clubhouse’s design complements home styles and the barrel tile roof with windows in the rooftop cupola provides a steady stream of Florida sunlight. The interior social room and the nearby covered pavilion will invite many neighborhood gatherings.

Adjacent to the resort-style pool, the large covered patio offers seating for groups to encourage gatherings and a firepit will provide a focus for the community.


Madeira Residents Club

Madeira’s new Residents Club, depicted in this rendering, will include a pool, clubhouse and expansive gathering area.

elacora, a national homebuilder, launched sales of single-family homes in the Madeira community in 2014. Several designer-decorated model homes are available for tours and Barbara Ondo recently won a Laurel Award from the Northeast Florida Builders Association’s (NEFBA) Sales and Marketing Council for Best Interior Design for her work at the Capri model at Madeira. The model is featured in the NEFBA Parade of Homes.

Lawn maintenance and security system monitoring are provided for 12 months after closing. Madeira is also offering a choice of buyer incentives: Seller paid closing costs, $8,000 prepayment of CDD fees or a $8,000 Design Center allowance. Homes in Madeira at St. Augustine feature multiple plans with flexible options such as second floors, bonus rooms and sunrooms.

The community is conveniently located on U.S. 1 in northern St. Augustine on more than 1,000 acres of green space in a lush natural environment. Visit the sales office, which 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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Clockwork Marketing Services Welcomes Sarah Rachfal as Account Executive

April 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

Sarah Rachfal

Clockwork Marketing Services announces Sarah Rachfal has joined the marketing and public relations firm as account executive.

In her role, Rachfal handles every aspect of the day-to-day and strategic management of her clients’ public relations and marketing needs including securing targeted media coverage. Her knowledge, excellent communications skills and understanding of a variety of industries make her a key player at Clockwork Marketing.

Prior to joining Clockwork Marketing, Sarah served as a spokesperson and public information specialist in Florida’s Escambia County. Her experience also includes working for a public relations and marketing agency in Michigan. Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism from Madonna University in Detroit.

“We are excited to welcome Sarah to our team,” said Clockwork Marketing President Maxine McBride. “Sarah is an experienced public relations professional who thrives on managing a multitude of projects and helping clients achieve their goals.”

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The John Gorrie a condominium: A Jacksonville Success Story

April 21st, 2015 · No Comments

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Now FHA and Fannie Mae-financing approved, The John Gorrie offers one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes priced from the mid-$100,000s to $300,000s.

Jacksonville community advocates J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver purchased the former John Gorrie Junior High School in Riverside with plans to renovate and restore the historic buildings, transforming them into what is now The John Gorrie a condominium.

Designed by noted Jacksonville architects Roy A. Benjamin and Mellen C. Greeley, John Gorrie Junior High School was constructed in 1923, as reflected by its ornate Mediterranean Revival architecture characteristics popular during that time. The school was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1987 before closing in 1997, and after Weaver’s meticulous renovation, it now consists of 68 residences with luxurious contemporary amenities including 12-foot ceilings, expansive windows, stainless steel GE appliances, CaesarStone countertops and hardwood floors.

The historic landmark condominium is more than 65 percent sold and has received its Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) approval, making it possible for qualified homebuyers to obtain low down payment, fixed-rate mortgages at competitive rates. Owners at The John Gorrie a condominium receive an ad valorem tax abatement toward their homeowner’s tax bill through 2021.

The John Gorrie is home to young professionals, retirees and families alike, in addition to being a pet-friendly condominium.

“Owners within The John Gorrie are proud of their homes and embrace the historical significance of the building, its unique charm, and the growth of the surrounding community,” said Delores Barr Weaver, owner of The John Gorrie a condominium. “They appreciate the number of conveniences accessible by foot, which is unique in a city as widespread as Jacksonville.”

The John Gorrie offers 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. Residents are also in close proximity to the St. Johns River and a variety of beautiful parks, restaurants, boutiques and the newly opened Fresh Market.

“Restoring the John Gorrie Junior High School and converting it into The John Gorrie a condominium has been an exciting and rewarding process and I am delighted with what it has become,” said Weaver.

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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Aphora at Marina San Pablo Sponsors NEFBA SMC Breakfast

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments

Aphora team at SMC

(from left) Marsh Landing Country Club Realty Realtors Tricia Bowers and Cici Anderson, Aphora at Marina San Pablo Sales Director Jennifer Beck White, Janna Thomas, First Vice Chair, Sales and Marketing Council, Northeast Florida Builders Association, and Gabe Bove, president, Bove LLC, the developer of Aphora

Jacksonville Jaguars President and CFO Mark Lamping discussed the future of the Jacksonville Shipyards property and its impact on Downtown Jacksonville during the Northeast Florida Builders Association’s (NEFBA) Sales and Marketing Council breakfast meeting.

The meeting, sponsored by Aphora at Marina San Pablo, was held at the University of North Florida.

In February, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan unveiled plans to redevelop the riverfront site into a mixed-use district with public park space, a river walk and other uses.

Aphora at Marina San Pablo is a new condominium waterfront tower unlike any other in Northeast Florida. Boutique in attitude and expansive in opportunities, Aphora offers 57 luxury homes with detailed appointments. The rooftop oasis, Hemingway Lounge and access to a spacious well-appointed clubhouse and a private marina highlight Aphora’s signature amenities. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway near J. Turner Butler Boulevard, Aphora is conveniently situated near Mayo Clinic, Downtown Jacksonville and the Beaches of Northeast Florida.

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ICI Homes Luxury Models Featured at the 2015 Parade of Homes

April 20th, 2015 · No Comments


ICI Homes announces its proud involvement with the 2015 Parade of Homes. The Parade, which runs through April 26, features five ICI Homes luxury model homes in the most prestigious communities in Northeast Florida.

“ICI Homes is honored to take part in this signature industry event,” said Don Wilford, Northeast Florida division president of ICI Homes. “The Parade of Homes provides the opportunity to introduce visitors to our first class home designs, our unique ability to customize plans and our superior energy-wise standards and features. I invite everyone to visit ICI Homes during the Parade of Homes and tour our beautiful, fully furnished model homes.”

The ICI Homes’ models featured in the Parade illustrate the latest features and design trends in luxury home building today. During the Parade of Homes, visitors can see and experience the exceptional quality and design style that have encouraged so many new home buyers to choose ICI Homes. The models include:

Siena at Town Center – Lucca – Designed with 2,877 square feet of living space and a Tuscan flair, the Lucca opens into a grand two-story foyer and flows into a spectacular two-story gathering room. The spacious gourmet kitchen has a large island with a seating area, staggered designer cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The dining room overlooks the covered lanai, which features an outdoor dining area and summer kitchen, and the study is designed for relaxation and serenity. The owner’s suite and luxurious master bath offer the homeowner a private retreat. The second floor features three bedrooms and a game room. The Lucca model also showcases an optional casita over the garage designed as a guest apartment. The Lucca is priced from $411,900. Located in the master-planned community of Nocatee, Siena at Town Center is within walking distance of the Nocatee Town Center retailers and Nocatee’s world-class recreational amenities including Splash Water Park, Fitness Club and Community Park.


Twenty Mile – Biltmore II – Elegant and versatile describe the Biltmore II, offering three bedrooms, three baths and 4,258 square feet of living space. The impressive double-door entry leads to a spacious foyer that flows into a formal dining area and great room that opens to a spectacular covered outdoor living area. The gourmet kitchen includes a center island and sunny casual breakfast nook. The secluded owners’ suite features spacious custom-designed closets, a lavish bath and an adjacent master fitness area. The second floor bonus space offers endless possibilities. Pricing for the Biltmore II starts at $682,900. The Biltmore II is located at Twenty Mile at Nocatee, a new neighborhood exuding Old Florida grace and charm with expansive oak trees, split rail fencing and other unique rustic style.

Tamaya – Marabella – A two-story home with four bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths and 3,211 square feet of living space, the Marabella reveals modern elegance at its finest. The courtyard entrance home highlights a dramatic floor plan where gorgeous and open kitchen, family and dining areas combine to create the heart of the home. The Marabella features a cozy study and a breathtaking owner’s suite with a luxurious private bath. In addition to the three secondary bedrooms and two baths, the second story has a spacious game room. Pricing for the Marabella begins at $493,900.


Location, luxury and lifestyle define Tamaya. The crown jewel of the community will be an $11 million grand clubhouse that will serve as a centerpiece for an array of recreational and social activities. The 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, pools, and outdoor recreation areas, including tennis and an event lawn, are planned to include nearly 4,500 square feet of fitness space inside of the clubhouse. Stunning amenities, beautiful parks and meandering walking paths will punctuate Tamaya’s special surroundings and luxurious Mediterranean-style homes. ICI Homes of Tamaya was recently honored by the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) with nine Laurel awards including the prestigious Grand Laurel recognizing building, design and sales excellence at Tamaya.

ICI Egret II _kitchen and dining area

Amelia National – Egret II – The one-story, 2,969 square-foot home 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. The well-appointed Egret II boasts three bedrooms and three bathrooms. 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. Located in Fernandina Beach, residents of the amenity-filled Amelia National Golf & Country Club community experience vacation-style living every day. All located within Amelia National’s guard-gated access, residents will enjoy amenities including a Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course, championship-quality tennis courts, luxurious fitness and clubhouse facilities, a resort-style swimming pool, superb dining and nature walks through rich forests.


Magnolia Preserve – Vanderbilt – With 5,043 square feet of living space, the Vanderbilt has five bedrooms, five baths and a three-car garage. The Mediterranean inspired home opens into a welcoming foyer that leads to an elegant grand room that looks out to a covered porch. A cozy study flanks the foyer and the gourmet kitchen features a large center island that overlooks the great room and casual café area. The first floor owner’s suite is a luxurious retreat. The second story features an open game room, library, two large bedrooms and two baths. Pricing for the Vanderbilt begins at $647,900. ICI Homes offers wide, private estate-size home sites with either lake or wooded preserve views at Magnolia Preserve in Julington Creek Plantation, one of the most sought-after communities.

Earlier this year, NEFBA named ICI Homes the 2014 Builder of the Year. ICI Homes is consistently ranked in the nation’s Top 100 Builders by Builder magazine. The company’s presence extends beyond Northeast Florida with several new communities including Oakmont in Gainesville and FishHawk Ranch in Tampa. For more information, visit www.ICIhomes.com.

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Jacksonville Ranked Top Southern City for Jobs

April 19th, 2015 · No Comments


A recent article by Kylie Anderson for ZipRecruiter.com named Jacksonville No. 5 on its list of top cities in the Southern U.S. for jobs.

View the article in its entirety here.


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Downtown Vision Inc. Names New Executive Director

April 18th, 2015 · No Comments


Following a national search and interviews with seven candidates, Jacob A. Gordon, currently with Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and the Camden Special Services District in Camden, New Jersey, has been named as the organization’s second Executive Director succeeding Terry Lorince who is retiring after 14 years in the position. Terry has led Downtown Vision, Inc. (DVI) since it was created by an act of City Council in 2000.

DVI manages downtown Jacksonville’s Business Improvement District. The organization oversees enhancement activities in the 90-block core of Downtown and is best recognized by the orange shirted Downtown Ambassadors and its signature event, the First Wednesday Art Walk. DVI provides services and manages activities that enhance the Downtown experience and are beyond the scope and capability of city government departments.

The selection process was supported by the local HR consulting firm Peoplr and was highly competitive. The process resulted in hundreds of interested applicants from which seven were invited to interview with the selection committee. As part of this process, Gordon came to Jacksonville for in-depth interviews before six and eight member panels on two separate occasions over the past three weeks. The selection committee in commenting on Mr. Gordon noted his successful management experience in one of the country’s toughest urban environments, his can-do attitude, creativity, unassuming and friendly demeanor, proven record of securing more than $30 million in foundation and government grants, and his passion and track record for urban placemaking.

Gordon, a former litigation attorney, has spent the last eight years as a non-profit senior executive in the Philadelphia area. He has had numerous responsibilities including serving as the Board President and Executive Director of Camden’s Business Improvement District.

Gordon holds a BA in Communications from the University of California, San Diego; and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He is active in the Urban Land Institute and the International Downtown Association (IDA). In 2014 his Camden Night Gardens project won IDA’s Pinnacle Award, and in 2012 his team won IDA’s Public Space Award for Roosevelt Plaza Park. He has personally served in many public service roles including his town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

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Community Action Project April 18

April 17th, 2015 · No Comments

The Community Action Project, a one day city-wide service outreach throughout Jacksonville, will take place this Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This event is held in partnership with The Greater Jacksonville Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

More than 20 area agencies will participate including City Rescue Mission, Duval County School District and Florida Baptist Disaster Relief.

The Community Action Project is one of the many events leading up to the Festival of Hope with Franklin Graham at the Veterans Memorial Arena May 29 – 31, 2015.
For more information visit jacksonvillefestival.org.

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