April 2013

Found 9 blog entries for April 2013.

Lexington Park New Home Community in Northside Jacksonville FL
Lexington Park New Home Community in Northside Jacksonville FL

Driving up I-95 past I-295, Dunn Avenue and Airport Road, you’ll see an area of Jacksonville that’s blossoming into one of the most family friendly lifestyle destinations in our metro area. Lexington Park by Lennar is situated in the quiet, rural surroundings just north of Jacksonville International Airport (JIA), and it’s the perfect setting for a community that feels remote, but really isn’t. Living in Lennar’s Lexington park offers a simple, easy commute via I-95 and I-295 to Downtown and points South. With the River City Marketplace just a 10 minute drive, it’s not far from all the creature comforts, but still serene enough to be thought of as true “country living.” Lexington Park by

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Bartram Preserve New Single Family Home Community Coming to Bartram Park - Under Construction
Bartram Preserve New Single Family Home Community Coming to Bartram Park - Under Construction

Mattamy Homes is underway building a brand new, single family home development in Bartram Park. Among the endless townhome and condo choices in Bartram Park, Bartram Preserve by Mattamy will be the first, single family home community, which is exactly what Bartram Park needs, now as it expands to an ever wider customer set. This rapid expansion in Bartram Park is due in large part to the flourishing activity, shopping, dining and convenience afforded by all the new businesses setting up shop off of St. Augustine Road in the Bartram Park area, just across I-95 from Baptist South Medical Center and several large corporate campuses like Web.com and Citigroup.

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Ambridge Cove New Home Community Northside Jacksonville FL
Ambridge Cove New Home Community Northside Jacksonville FL

Driving through this area of the Northside, in the New Berlin Road/Main Street corridor also known as Oceanway, you’ll see an area of town that’s booming with new home communities, and new shopping, dining and entertainment choices. Oceanway has a lot going for it, which is why it’s going through somewhat of a re-birth, taking off in just the last five years or so. First, it’s convenient to I-295, so if you work in Orange Park, the Westside or Downtown, it’s an easy commute. And the Oceanway neighborhood is becoming more of a destination for young families. The Oceanway Community Center is a popular gathering place for families, and Oceanway Elementary School is a short drive or walk.  The

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HGTV 2013 Smart Home Giveaway Sweepstakes Jacksonville Beach FL - Front of Home
HGTV 2013 Smart Home Giveaway Sweepstakes Jacksonville Beach FL - Front of Home

Enter the new Paradise Key community is South Jacksonville Beach, and you’ll find home styles that harken back to Old Key West, but a whole lot more high tech.  It’s a small community with just 62 home sites, a few blocks from the beach. Paradise Key South Beach has footpaths and wooden walking bridges to be pedestrian and bicycle friendly and minimize the carbon footprint that cars produce. And this is just the beginning of the “smart” part of HGTV Smart Homes Giveaway sweepstakes grand prize home.

HGTV 2013 Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach Giveaway Sweepstakes - Rear View
HGTV 2013 Smart Home in Jacksonville Beach Giveaway Sweepstakes - Rear View

Smart home technology and green living are central to the community’s success, with homes

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Contemporary Florida Styling in this 4/3, 2,600 feet home in Old Mill Branch
Contemporary Florida Styling in this 4/3, 2,600 feet home in Old Mill Branch.

This week we feature a stunning 4 bedroom 3 bath single family home at 10107 Crofton Court in the Southside/Tinseltown area. At 2,660 foot, this Florida/contemporary style home sits on a quiet, lakefront cul-de-sac, with a huge 3-car garage, built to specs that will accommodate large SUVs and trucks. There’s a bonus room that can serve any purpose you can imagine: guest bedroom, office, game or hobby room.
 

You can enjoy lakefront views right from the casual kitchen dining area.
You can enjoy lakefront views right from the casual kitchen dining area.

The Southside/Tinseltown is booming with newly built or nearly new single family homes and plenty of condos and townhomes as well. It’s so popular because it’s an all-inclusive lifestyle. You’re

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Lakeside at Nocatee
Lakeside at Nocatee by Lennar

If it seems as if neighborhoods in Nocatee are springing up like weeds, it because they are! Saturday, April 20, Lennar Homes will unveil its newest community, Lakeside at Nocatee Town Center. More after the break.

This is a public event, so come one, come all for refreshments, fun and be among the first to tour one of Lennar’s newest models. As with every new Lennar community, it’s “Everything’s Included®,” their trademark for all-inclusive, move-in ready homes, no muss, no fuss.  What exactly is meant by Everything? There’s granite kitchen countertops, 18-inch ceramic tile flooring, 42-inch upper kitchen cabinets, GE® Stainless Steel appliances and tankless water heaters -- the works. These are single-family homes with

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2013 Jacksonville Parade of Homes
2013 Jacksonville Parade of Homes

It’s the annual event that brings out home buyers, realtors, builder, and just about anybody that’s interested in new homes, and the best Jacksonville and Notheast Florida, have to offer. The deadline to enter a home in the 2013 Annual Parade of Homes was March 1, so all the contestants are in, and we’ll see what homes are showcased in the annual event from Saturday, April 27 to Sunday, May 5.   Official judging takes place the day before the event, on Friday, April 26, and the awards banquet, at which the outstanding entries will be announced is scheduled for Thursday, May 9 at the  Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra.    The Parade of Homes accept entries from all over Northeast Florida, including…
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Old San Jose on the River - Halstead Model Kitchen
Old San Jose on the River - Halstead Model Kitchen

Now available for your viewing pleasure, another example of why Old San Jose on the River is abuzz with activity, nearly selling out in little more than one year on the market. The custom-designer condo model is one of the homes at Old San Jose on the River located in a building configuration that is comprised of three very spacious units -- one condominium of the first floor, and two upper level residences.    

The three units range from 1,967 square feet to 2,075 square feet.  Each unit has its own private entry and two-car garage.  On the ground floor, there’s the Novella design, and on the upper floor, the Halstead model, with a private elevator.  These condos start at $349,900.

Old San Jose on the River - Halstead Great Room
Old San

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Home Prices Increasing
Home Prices Increasing

Home prices have shown the biggest rise in six years, and continue to accelerate in most local markets, including Jacksonville area. CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, says average home prices rose 8.3 percent in December compared with a year earlier, the biggest annual gain since May 2006. Prices rose last year in 46 of 50 states.   And because sales usually slow over the winter months, the fact that home prices also rose 0.4 percent in December from the previous month is an especially healthy sign. Steady increases in prices accomplish three objectives. 1) They encourage some people to sell homes, 2) they entice some would-be buyers to purchase homes before prices rise further, and 3) higher prices can also make…
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