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ST.JOHNS March 2018

The Real Estate Issue


Kasia & Mark, TEAM KAPRELIAN Real Estate Brokers Talk New Construction

Cover Photo by Monika Colichio




The Real Estate Issue PUBLISHER Debbie Gaylord EDITOR

Featured Business Team Kaprelian Kasia & Mark, Creating Partnerships for the Future

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Shearwater's Next Neighborhood

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TEAM KAPRELIAN Mark Kaprelian, GRI & “Kasia” Kozlowska-Eidle, GRI BROKER ASSOCIATES, REALTORS® Mark 508-333-1342 | Kasia 617-365-2553 |

Featured listings by Kasia and Mark, Team Kaprelian

152 Stony Ford Dr., Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 (Nocatee) MLS903121 $484,900 Why wait to build? This like-new Nocatee Kingsley III home by Lennar features 5 beds, 4 baths, loft with extra tech room & a 3 car garage. Its inviting open floor plan with plenty of space for family & entertaining boasts 9' ceilings, ceramic tile floors in entry, kitchen, baths & laundry; crown molding throughout main living areas, study & dining room; gourmet kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, butler's pantry & a walk-in pantry; deluxe first floor master suite with double trey crown ceilings; master bath with soaking tub & a frameless shower; blinds throughout; paver driveway, covered screened paver lanai; sprinkler system; led lighting; home automation; epoxy floors in the garage; the list goes on! Lovely water view! Move-in ready!

67 Howell Ct., St Augustine, FL 32092 (Shearwater) MLS 918922 $299,916 Ready NOW! Lennar Homes, Spirit floor plan, 4 Bed, 2 Bath and two car garage. Everything's Included® features: Quartz kitchen counter tops, 42” cabinets, Frigidaire® stainless steel appliances (gas range, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator), washer & gas-dryer, ceramic wood tile, tankless water heater, pre-wired security system, Nexia™ Home Automation, crown molding throughout the main living areas and master suite, screened lanai, window blinds throughout, sprinkler system, and pavered driveway. 1 year builder warranty, dedicated customer service program and 24-hour emergency service.

95 Silver Creek Pl., St. Augustine, FL 32095 (Creekside at Twin Creeks) MLS918918 $298,970

517 Saddlestone Dr., St. Johns, FL 32259 (Durbin Crossing) MLS 915547 $432,500

Ready NOW! Lennar Homes, Baldwin floor plan, 3 Bed, 2.5 Bath with loft and 2 car garage. Everything's Included® features: Glass front entry door, Quartz kitchen counter tops, 42” Espresso cabinets, Gourmet Kitchen includes Frigidaire® stainless steel updated appliances (drop-in gas range, double ovens, dishwasher, microwave, and refrigerator), subway tile backsplash, crown molding in main areas and master, washer & gas dryer, ceramic wood tile, quartz counters on all bath counters, Pre-wired security system, Nexia™ Home Automation, pavered & screened lanai, window blinds throughout, sprinkler system, and pavered driveway. 1 year builder warranty, dedicated customer service program and 24-hour emergency service.

You will fall in love with this gorgeous, highly upgraded, water view home in desirable Durbin Crossing North! 2937SqFt, 4 bed, 4 bath, 3 car garage. Beautiful recently remodeled kitchen with Cambria Quartz counters & new high-end black stainless steel appliances. 1st floor office & Master Suite w/upgraded master bath. 2nd floor boasts 3 bedrooms w/2 remodeled baths & fantastic loft w/built-ins. New AC in 2015 w/10 year warranty on parts & labor. Pella double glass sliding doors lead to a screened & tiled lanai. Crown molding throughout; gas tankless water heater; water softener; tinted glass windows; full irrigation; front door w/extra hinged opening; painted w/Rhino Shield, so you never paint again! Over 150K in aftermarket upgrades! Unbelievable value!

18 Whistler Trace, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 (Nocatee) MLS919366 $339,000 LIKE NEW 4 bed 2.5 bath immaculate home in the desirable Nocatee neighborhood of Greenleaf Village. Move-in ready with fresh paint inside & out and brand new carpeting. Corner lot on a double cul-de-sac street. Built by Providence Homes this Baltzell model boasts an inviting open floor plan with large windows, island kitchen with granite counters, oversized spacious closets in every bedroom, side door in the garage, extra garage storage, maintenance free lava rock & beautiful upgraded landscaping (fridge, washer & dryer convey). Enjoy sunsets on the covered lanai in the privacy of your fully fenced backyard or venture out to explore all of Nocatee fantastic amenities. Walk, bike or ride a golf cart to the ''A'' rated Valley Ridge K-8 school.

255 Vale Dr., St. Augustine, FL 3209 (Palencia) MLS 872958 $694,000 This spectacular 4453 sqft custom estate home in Palencia will take your breath away! Huge screened lanai with heated pool, spa and outdoor kitchen backs to a preserve lot. This rare concrete block Mediterranean palace with tile roof & a safe room is built to withstand even the most extreme Florida weather. Tiled main living area, spiral wood staircase, gourmet kitchen with 42'' upper cabinets, granite kitchen/island counters, wet bar w/wine cooler, 20'+ coffered ceilings in great room, stone double showers in master, granite bath counters, incredible ceiling fans, driveway/lanai pavers are just a few of the luxury upgrades. The upstairs loft even includes a pool table!


Top real estate professionals

Kasia and Mark, Team Kaprelian at Watson Realty, discuss new construction

Kasia and Mark in conversation with Area Sales Manager Gareth Seago and New Home Consultant Chris Gallo from Lennar Homes. Photo taken at a Lennar model home in Palencia.

Photos by Monika Colichio A little background on Team Kaprelian. Kasia and Mark (Team Kaprelian) are real estate professionals and Broker Associates at Watson Realty Corp. with 35 years of combined experience. They specialize in new construction and marketing existing homes in St Johns county. While helping buyers and sellers find their dream home is the main focus, Team Kaprelian also incorporates a dynamic background in land development and home flipping to complement their knowledge and best serve their customers. It's been a few years since our community has caught up with you. What has changed since then? Other than getting a few years older, not much. We have slowed down our home flips and land development, focusing almost exclusively now on selling existing homes. Do you have any new projects on the horizon? As real estate broker license holders and entrepreneurs, we are always looking for ways to grow and be creative with our business. We’ve always been attracted to the idea of opening up our own real estate office. Watson Realty has proven to be a quality real estate brokerage firm allowing us the ability to focus solely on our customers and not worrying about running an office at the same time. You can be sure that if we see a new real estate project that interests/ grabs us, but will not take up too much of our free time, we will not shy from taking it on, it’s in our blood.


As a small team you have a unique approach to helping people buy and sell homes - What are some of the ways you best serve your clients? We have been working successfully side by side for almost 2 decades

now and more importantly, we still enjoy it! Our skill sets and expertise have very little overlap. There are so many moving parts in real estate that we do not know how we would be able to properly serve our customers without the two of us. We often laugh with our customers that by hiring us they get 2 for the price of 1. Why are you passionate about Real Estate? We have asked ourselves why we are so passionate about real estate. We have touched almost every aspect of it, yet we still can’t get enough, from home flipping, to home and commercial investing, to being property landlords, to developing lots and of course to working with our customers buying and selling homes. We haven’t lost one bit of our passion. Just think about the ability to share in the emotion of a home buyer closing on their home for the first time, what do they say, “priceless.” You have developed a strong partnership with Lennar Homes. Can you tell us a little about this? We do have good relationships with many of the local home builders including DR Horton, Emerald Homes, Mattamy Homes, KB Home, David Weekley Homes, ICI Homes, Providence Homes, CalAtlantic Homes (now part of Lennar), Cottage Home Company, Arthur Rutenberg Homes, CornerStone Homes and Lennar. Each and every home builder brings something positive to the table. There will always be areas each builder could still improve on, the same could be said about all of us I guess. It is important to fully understand each and every home builder’s strengths and weaknesses. The best outcome in any real estate transaction is one that benefits all parties, so working closely with each builder and especially their site agents is critical.

Now back to your question, why do we like working with Lennar, the short answer is it all starts at the top. The President: We not only show our customers Lennar homes, but we also make purchasing decisions for a property investment firm which has recently chosen Lennar as its preferred new construction builder. We took the time to meet Matt Devereaux, Division President for Lennar. First he readily accepted our invitation to meet with him. As you can imagine, someone who hand signs every thank you letter to his customers would be the type of person to openly meet and discuss Lennar products, strategy, and personal philosophy. We also fully realize that if you have a quality person with the proper level of knowledge and experience to lead, then it is likely the rest of the company will follow suit, which in our experience is the case with the Lennar team. The Products: Lennar is a value builder, but we want to be very careful how we state that. In some people’s eyes “value” can mean cheap. That is exactly opposite of what we think value is. To us value means you get a very well built, very well upgraded home at an affordable price. The new construction industry is infamous for advertising low pricing and then showing you model homes with a lot of upgrades, so you end up spending tens of thousands of dollars more than you originally intended to. Lennar has greatly minimized the bait and switch feel of new construction home buying with its Everything Included (EI) philosophy. Basically what that means is in communities like Palencia our customers do not pay extra for crown molding, quartz counters, 5 inch base boards, screened lanais, paved driveways, paved lanais, led lighting, high tech controls, appliances and the list goes on. We think it’s a better way of doing business. Plus Lennar also completes many homes before they are sold (known as spec homes), which lets our customers see exactly what they are buying. We do like working with other builders as well when it comes to spec homes: our customers know what they are purchasing upfront, no surprises. But we definitely have to go the extra mile with other builders when it comes to “to-be-built homes” to ensure our customers get what they think they are buying. This extra effort is especially important not only inside the house on a to-be-built home but it’s also critical with the lot. We never stop saying: you can always remodel a home but you can never change a lot. What Lennar is not is a custom builder, for that need we would have to bring our customer to another builder. Custom builders have their niche of course, we couldn’t really classify any custom builder as a value builder, but we do work with buyers who want everything to be exactly as they want it, personalized, that takes a custom builder and that does drive up the homes cost significantly. The Employees: Lennar’s philosophy embraces the team approach, customer care specialists, warranty staff, preferred lending personnel and title companies, site agents (sales people who are the customer’s first contact and remain so throughout the process), sales managers working in tandem with site agents and a director of sales and marketing like Matt Figlesthaler ( see photo) who we know we can count on if we need assistance in any way as he has gained our trust. Every time one of our customers signs on the dotted line

with a builder, we put our own reputation on the line, so we need to know we have support at the top of the organization should things not turn out perfectly. All builders will make some mistakes, the more homes you build the more likely something may go wrong, it is how it's fixed that really matters. Homes can be the biggest investment some people ever make, something that important has to be done right.

Thank you to our customers!

What are your goals for the upcoming year in Real Estate? We want to keep expanding our real estate businesses throughout St Johns county, focusing primarily on residential real estate as Broker Associates with Watson Realty Corp. at this time. We always like to ask our featured businesses this question: What is your favorite thing to do in St. Johns in your free time? We enjoy riding our bikes together and love dining out with the kids downtown in St Augustine. Kasia really enjoys outdoor trails and Mark loves to play golf (whenever Kasia lets him): Palencia, King & Bear and the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass are his favorite three. Having moved from Cape Cod to Florida 10 years ago now, we find St Augustine, where we live, to be uniquely different than the Cape yet remarkably the same, so it feels like we have never left our roots, it feels like home. Anything else you would like our readers to know about Team Kaprelian? We love reading St Johns Magazine!

Kasia and Mark with Matt Figlesthaler, Director of Sales and Marketing for Lennar. Photo taken at the Lennar Welcome Center in Palencia.




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Spotlight on The Falls: Shearwater’s Next Neighborhood

Since opening in 2015, Shearwater, the master-

“While planning for our newest neighborhood,

planned community off C.R. 210, has quickly made its mark

our research indicated that current residents and future

in the St. Johns County community by providing commu-

homebuyers continue to desire opportunities to build re-

nity engagement, a connection to nature, quality home-

lationships with neighbors and connect with nature,” said

builders and opportunities for healthy living.

Suzanne Maddalon, Vice President of Marketing for Free-

Shearwater’s success as one of the fastest grow-

hold Communities. “Shearwater continues to meet this

ing communities in St. Johns County is indicative of the

demand by introducing new amenities, such as the Falls’

entire region’s booming real estate market. According to

activity-focused park, two new dog parks and a commu-

the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors’ (NEFAR) an-

nity garden.”

nual housing report, last year was a record year for North-

east Florida’s housing industry with more houses sold than

Homes, as well as the extremely popular 40 ft. lot Coastal

ever before. And the industry is showing no signs of slow-

Cottage Homes from current builder partner, David Week-

ing down in 2018, especially with the addition of new retail

ley Homes. Falls Park will be centrally located in the heart

opportunities opening nearby.

of Shearwater and offer a variety of outdoor opportunities

As individuals and families continue to move into

including a lake overlook pavilion, shaded picnic pavilion,

St. Johns County for its high quality of life, low cost of living

ponds, a tot lot, an event lawn and multi-purpose paved

and award-winning public-school system, master-planned

pathways. All of Shearwater’s residents will have access to

communities must evolve to compete in a flourishing mar-

these new amenities in The Falls.

ket and meet the demands of today’s homebuyer.

This year, Shearwater is expanding to enhance

nity is committed to remaining true to its vision of foster-

its unique lifestyle program and diverse home offerings.

ing a healthy, friendly and active lifestyle amid a wealth of

Construction has already started on the Falls, Shearwa-

natural beauty. Come find out why individuals and families

ter’s newest neighborhood, which will feature several new

alike are favoring Shearwater over other local communi-

amenities, including a community garden and a dog park.

ties and you just might find yourself in Shearwater too.

The Falls also brings the addition of Dream Finders Homes to its builder team.


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Destination St. Johns…

Revisited by George L. Ballou, II Menton and Ballou Group Watson Realty Corp.

In 2015 I wrote an article for SJM about St. Johns County. Today we revisit the subject as well as the original article; I am often asked what is it about St Johns County that makes it so special. Why is it the most sought-after location in all of Northern FL. I have been in the real estate business for well over 30 years and no matter where I have lived there is one fact you can take to the bank…wherever you find a highly rated school system you will also find growth, strong property values with greater appreciation potential, people who value education, and a strong economic environment providing a solid tax base. Congratulations once again to St Johns Co. We have been recognized for having the #1 school system in the state of Florida for 2015. When I deal with buyers who are relocating to our area they show up fully aware of what they want to find and that is a home in the St Johns County school system. This simple fact is what drives everything else in our county. Developers are flocking to SJC with incredible plans to develop and expand places like Nocatee, Shearwater, Markland & Twin Creeks and the foundation for this commitment to our area is the school system! When my wife and I relocated to Florida just 6 years ago from VT along with my daughter and son-in-law they asked me to assist them in finding a home and business location. When I asked my daughter if she had a place in mind she was absolute in her knowledge that St. Johns County was the only option for them. To be honest I asked “where is that” and she quickly rattled off the statistics that every parent seems to know around here…it’s the #1 school system in the state! Prior to moving to Florida my first answer would have been that there is no state income tax in Florida. Leave it to parents to see past that issue to the real heartbeat of a community…schools! According to the Chief Economist for in 2015 home sales were up approximately 7% from 2014 driven by a 6% increase in resales and a 15% increase in new construc-


tion. Once residential growth re-established itself from the desperate times just a few years ago the retail and commercial development followed. These commitments create jobs and new communities and a positive and forward-looking expectation for all and this is especially true in St. Johns County. Everywhere you look roads are being improved, businesses are opening up and new residents are moving in. The outlook for the future is very positive in our county. Besides our schools we enjoy a unique location to the ocean, river and coastal waterways. In addition, convenient access to major highways for commuting, shopping and enjoying the amenities of our area makes our lifestyle opportunities one to be envied!

2017 UPDATE; In 2017 once again we were the #1 Rated School District in FL? “Rankings are based upon several key factors such as the strength of academics, health and safety, diversity and quality of teachers”! In real estate, St Johns County single family unit sales for existing homes was up 9.6% and new construction sales were up 18% county wide. This compares to National figures up 1.1% for existing homes and 4.7% for new home starts. St Johns County was recently honored for having 2 of the Top 20 Best Places to Live in FL…Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine! Unemployment for the county for 2017 year end was 2.8%...lowest in the entire state of FL. As you can see, not much has changed since my article back in 2015…we are still doing great! Oh…we do have one problem apparently…not enough housing inventory!

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Pre-listing Home Inspections The benefits are too great to ignore

by Darin Magee, FL Property Detectives There’s a transition underway in real estate. Now more than ever sellers are insisting on a pre-listing home inspection. The obvious reason for this is that the traditional home inspection system always costs sellers more money. The standard has always been that the buyer hires the home inspector after a sales contract has been agreed. This leads to a situation where buyers and sellers often must negotiate twice, once during the contract stage and again after the home inspection. It’s during this second negotiation that the seller has lost significant leverage. The house is now off the market and often the seller has a strict timeline to navigate as they also attempt to buy their next home. They often can’t afford to have the deal fall through so they agree to pay more than they should for repairs. Meanwhile, the agents are jumping through hoops trying to line up contractors for repairs with little time to spare before closing. This system always costs the seller money and creates headaches for their agents. Avoid the headaches of last minute surprises with a seller’s pre-listing inspection. Many of the most successful agents that we partner with require a pre-listing inspection to list a home. Why? Because they want to avoid the last minute surprises that often kill the deal, because they want to know the true condition of the home before they list it, and because they want to shift some of the disclosure liability to the inspection company. Decrease your liability with a pre-listing inspection . By having the home inspected and making the inspector’s report available to potential buyers the seller is putting all their cards on the table; the seller’s inspection is the ultimate form of disclosure. It shows an honest intent on the part of the seller and their agent to disclose the true condition of the home. And it reduces the liability of the seller and of the listing agent if undisclosed deficiencies are later discovered. The pre-listing inspection gives the seller time to fix deficiencies before there’s a buyer involved. It also allows the seller to make the repairs themselves if they’re competent to do so. At the very least the seller will have time to shop around for the best price prior to having repairs completed. After the contract and the buyer’s inspection all repairs must be completed by a licensed professional. This can increase the cost of the repairs considerably. But if the seller has done repairs ahead of time, prior to the listing, they have the opportunity to build the cost of the repairs into the asking price, potentially recouping the money spent. Sell your home faster and for more money. Houses that have a pre-listing home inspection are more marketable. Buyers feel nervous with the entire buying process. There is so much money involved and so many unknowns. The biggest of these is always the condition of the house. Typically the buyers have no idea about this until after their home inspection. This is an anxious time for everyone: buyers, sellers, and both agents. Who wouldn’t want to avoid that? If the house already had a seller’s inspection the buyers would know what they were getting before they offered a contract. And that makes the rest of the transaction so much smoother for everyone. Knowing this, the listing agent can use the inspection report to entice potential buyers. This means more showings, less time on the market and a higher sales price. A pre-listing home inspection reduces the sellers and their agent’s liability. It makes the home more marketable. It helps the home sell faster and for a higher price. It decreases the likelihood of the deal collapsing at the last moment. And it provides peace of mind to the buyer before they offer a contract. Pre-listing inspections are definitely the future of real estate, the benefits are too great to ignore.


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How to Spot Symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus in Your Pet, Treatment Options

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Does your pet show symptoms of diabetes? Not many people know that this endocrine disease affects dogs and cats as well, and usually occurs later in life. In people and pets with diabetes mellitus, blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are elevated because they are not producing enough insulin – or their body’s insulin is not working correctly. While diabetes mellitus is not curable, it can be successfully managed to improve your pet’s quality of life. Cats with diabetes can sometimes experience temporary- or long-term remission of their disease and no longer require insulin. Some symptoms you may notice include: • Increased thirst and frequency of urination • Strong odor to urine • Weight loss despite a normal appetite • Vision loss When advanced, pets may become sick and show signs of vomiting, diarrhea or a decrease in appetite – which will require an emergency call or visit to the veterinarian. Diabetes is diagnosed through bloodwork and a urinalysis. There are also times when your veterinarian will recommend

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With our modern society more transient than ever before, it's common for people to move away from family and friends in the pursuit of jobs, opportunities and, for our military personnel, in the service of our country. Moving can be one of the most stressful events of our lives, rivaled only by changing jobs, or the loss of a loved one. When our routines are disrupted, our stress increases. Choosing where we will put down roots is a big decision. In addition to finding a home, it's about finding community, security, and a sense of belonging. Our environment, and the people in it, affects the quality of our lives. More than just a financial investment, where we call home is also an investment in our health, our lifestyle, and our family. When our activities of daily living become overly complicated, our lives feel pressured, difficult, and unmanageable. Making space for relaxation and self-care is vital for our physical and emotional well-being; just as making choices that allow us to create a life in which we feel calm, supported, and accepted is an integral part of our overall wellness. Here in northern St. Johns, we find ourselves close to nature, recreation, and places of worship. We are surrounded by kind neighbors who become friends, schools, sports, and the businesses and services necessary to take care of life's needs. As new neighborhoods break ground throughout the area, countless new families will be joining this wonderful community. Although it's impossible to alleviate the stress of moving, we can certainly help our new neighbors feel more at ease by doing what it is we do best: welcoming them with the warmth and generosity of spirit that flows through this community. Moving is stressful enough. Making the decision to join us here in northern St. Johns doesn't have to be. Welcome to the neighborhood. We're glad you're here!




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Communities of Northern St. Johns Finding Your Perfect Neighborhood in a Sea of Awesome Established & Emerging Communities

210 Corridor Neighborhoods

Many families have chosen to live along the western corridor of CR210 in St. Johns and it is easy to understand why. Whether you live in one of a dozen planned communities or in a home that has been here for decades this corner of St. Johns County has much to offer. Within minutes of leaving home you can be on I-95 and on your way to Jacksonville to the north or Old St. Augustine to the south and both the beach and the St. Johns River are only a short drive away. Once you live here you may find that you don’t often leave. The area is served by St. Johns County’s A-Rated schools and along with the amenities that many communities offer their residents there are 3 golf courses, nearby ball fields, dance and martial arts studios, a gym, spa and preschool. Dining options include pizza, pubs and grills, Mexican, Japanese and Chinese restaurants and fast food. There are 2 grocers and 2 drug stores and health services include dentists, primary care physicians, optometrists, chiropractors, orthodontists and clinics. Also along this corridor you can get a haircut, consult with an attorney or insurance agent, do your banking, buy wine and spirits from a knowledgeable shopkeeper, ship packages, buy a bike or visit a garden center. It’s no wonder so many people call this area home! Communities include: Shearwater, Stonehurst, The Vinings, St. Johns Golf & Country Club, Cimarone Golf & Country Club, South Hampton, St. Johns Forest & Southlake. *Information provided courtesy of Davidson Realty.

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CR210 Leo Maguire St. Johns Golf & Country Club may be only minutes from the conveniences of modern-day living but residents feel a world away. The community of singlefamily homes built around an 18-hole golf course boasts a resort-like pool, fitness center, tennis courts, restaurant, pro shop and banquet space. There are activities to delight residents of all ages which is particularly important since the community consists of a mix of families with and without children at home and spanning many de-

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cades. St. Johns Golf & Country Club is one of only a few communities in northwest St. Johns County where golf carts are permitted on the roads within the neighborhood and where natural gas is available in the community. What might you find residents doing within the community on any given day? Taking a painting class, playing tennis or golf, competing on the swim team, attending a Scout meeting, enjoying Happy Hour, going to summer camp, meeting friends at the clubhouse for a card game, taking a yoga class or boot camp or enjoying lunch or a special dinner at The Grille Room. With so much to do and friendly neighbors it’s easy to see why people love living in SJG&CC. *Information provided courtesy of Julie Bentley, Realtor® Watson Realty Corp

South Hampton

CR 210 past Publix South Hampton is one of St. Johns county's premier golf course communities. A beautiful development that is attractive to multi-generational buyers. Homes range from approximately 1600 square feet to over 4500 square feet with resort style amenities that appeal to all ages. South Hampton is conveniently located on the 210 corridor with an abundance of restaurants and family services.

South Hampton Golf & Country Club

CR210 Across from Cimmarone Clubhouse has a great selection in the Pro shop as well as The Grille at South Hampton serving members and the general public daily. The community has a newly renovated amenities center featuring a state of the art fitness center, an olympic size pool and a water park for the young at heart. On site is a RV and boat parking area for residence and 22 beautiful lakes throughout the community. This is a community that that has it all and no CDD fees. Myrna Strain

St. Johns Forest

CR 210 1 minute west of I-95 St Johns Forest is a gated residential community conveniently located near the corner of CR 210 and I-95. Built on 435 acres and holding more than 500 single family homes, this built-out community offers exquisite value for a neighborhood located in St Johns. Besides the beautiful gated entrance to the community, it boasts award winning amenities including a stunning 5200 square foot resident Clubhouse, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts, Basket Courts, a Roller Rink and Sports Fields. The community boasts Florida’s best rated public school system. Most home prices range between $300k and 500k. St Johns Golf and County Club is located right across the street, while the World Golf Village, Ponte Vedra shores, St Augustine, the Town Center and Jacksonville are approximately all within a 30-minute drive. When looking for a home to buy in St Johns county, this would be one of the first communities we would recommend for convenience, beauty, and affordability. Mark and Kasia Kaprelian. Watson Realty Corp www. ​


CR210 Near Publix Stonehurst is located in the heart of the CR210 corridor with easy access to I-95 and shopping, and is conveniently located about one minute from Publix. It is a family-oriented community with excellent amenities including a pool and play area that is walking distance from anywhere in the neighborhood. There are also a number of smaller parks large enough to play pick up football. On any given day there are kids of every age group outside playing which makes its nice. One of the most friendly communities in Northern St. Johns. There are no CDD fees and the HOA is low.

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CR210 Near Timberlin Creek Elementary What really sets Shearwater apart is its picturesque landscape. You can’t help but marvel at the surrounding beauty, which consists of parks, trails and 600 acres of green space and preserved wetlands, not to mention scenic Trout Creek. It’s Florida living at its finest,” said Katya Schwallie, Jacksonville Division President of Richmond American Homes. “Shearwater is more than just a community. It’s a lifestyle. A place where active families can live and play, taking advantage of abundant recreational opportunities and Florida’s temperate climate—all while owning their dream home.” Situated along Trout Creek with direct access to the St. Johns River, the 1,500-acre Shearwater property seamlessly integrates preserved natural habitat with homes, pocket parks, and 13 miles of paved, natural and boardwalk trails. The epicenter of Shearwater life is the Kayak Club, an amenities center with a variety of recreational activities, event venues and gathering spaces, with a 6,800 sq. ft. multidimensional clubhouse as the centerpiece. The Kayak Club also includes a 7,200 sq. ft. Fitness Lodge, a lap and swimming pool, lazy river, slide tower, playground, sports fields, and four illuminated Har-Tru clay tennis courts. A full-time, on-site Lifestyle Director will create entertainment and activity programs shaped around residents’ desires. Visit www. for more.

Neighborhoods East of 95 Palencia

Off Rt 1 toward St. Augustine This gated 1400-acre community captures every element of a successful development: it offers world class tennis, a beautiful fitness center, a first class golf course and country club, a neighborhood elementary school, a scenic natural setting, incredible landscape with bike paths, nature trails and boardwalks. It also offers a village center with tile roofs and a whole lot of class. The homes range from starter to condos and townhomes, to the very high-end multi-million dollar homes built by Arthur Rutenberg. Since we used to develop lots, we can really appreciate a community like Palencia.


Off CR210 East heading Ponte Vedra Located on nearly 15,000 acres of which over 9,000 acres has been reserved for permanent preserve, community parks, dog parks and protected areas. Truly resort-style living, with a world class amenities center, including Nocatee Splashwater park. It also boasts both

a k-8 (Valley Ridge) and a high school (Ponte Vedra HS) in the community. New home options in Nocatee range in price from $200,000 to over $1,000,000. Nocatee is 10+ minutes to the ocean and Ponte Vedra Beach restaurants, clubs and shopping while also having easy access to I-95 for those heading to Jacksonville or further South. The Nocatee Lifestyle is waiting for you! *Information provided courtesy George L. Ballou II, Broker Associate Realtor® Watson Realty Corp

Long Leaf Pine Area Neighborhoods Aberdeen

Off Long Leaf Pine near Greenbrier & Roberts Road Aberdeen is a newer master planned community nestled around a large wetland conservation area in Northwest St. Johns county adjacent to Julington Creek Plantation and West of Durbin Crossing. The community spans over 1,300 acres with more than 500 acres of wetland conservation and more than 65 acres of lakes. Aberdeen is located within minutes to Interstates 95 and 295 and conveniently located close to shopping, schools, restaurants and a short drive to historic St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra beach. Home sites include over 1,600 single-family lots and 168 multifamily homes including town homes and condominiums. Homes vary from all different types of floor plans, sizes and styles for all age groups. Resort style community amenities include a Resident Center featuring a clubhouse, exercise fitness center, pools, water slide, tennis and basketball courts, child’s playground, sports fields, scenic walking trails, and a community picnic park. *Information provided as a courtesy from: Bill and Nina Bay, Realtors® Watson Realty Corp.

Durbin Crossing

Off Long leaf Pine near St. Johns Parkway Durbin Crossing is a beautifully landscaped 2,000-acre master-planned community, located in Northwest St Johns County. When arriving at Durbin Crossing you have a feeling of serenity and peace while taking in all of the natural surroundings. This community boasts over 39 lakes, 1,000 acres of conservation area and acres of parks and preserves. It makes for the prefect community lifestyle. More than half of the 2,000 acres are left for the residents’ enjoyment of nature, biking, hiking, family activities and neighborhood games. With many of the home sites backing up to conservation areas or lakes, you get privacy. You will frequently see its residents out walking, jogging or biking on the over

19 miles of connecting sidewalks. Drive by and see multiple families gathering around a yard to chat and visit or host an impromptu party. Children will be out playing football and gathering for social events. Durbin Crossing hosts two luxurious fully appointed amenity centers on almost 11 acres. Every family can enjoy these well placed amenity centers, one being in North Durbin and another in South Durbin. Cool off in one of the two pools with junior Olympic length swimming lanes and waterslide or head over to the north pool with the younger ones to splash in the children’s splash park. Each center has a clubhouse and play area. Residents can also get fit at the state-of-theart fitness center, multiple lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, and volleyball court. Durbin also hosts an array of other activities including Food Truck Fridays, tennis clinics, Zumba classes, swim team, swim lessons, soccer leagues, yoga classes and multiple family parties including Memorial day events, Labor day events and Fourth of July festivities geared for fun for the entire family. ♦Heather Strazinsky, Realtor RE/MAX Specialists, 904598-4656 | 12646 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223 | ,


Rt 13 near Swiss Point Few communities offer the authentic Florida experience like RiverTown. RiverTown’s access to the St. Johns River and surrounding conservation areas is unique to the area and provides the perfect setting to reconnect with family and each other. RiverTown fosters clean, healthy living with miles of hiking trails, running and cycling events and a world-class clubhouse amenity. The re-birth of RiverTown has begun and with new ownership comes an exciting new vision of the future. More river amenities, new communities and commercial and retail opportunities are planned. Rivertown has expanded during the past few years and now has a new second entrance across from Bartram Trail High School.

Julington Creek Plantation

Along Racetrack Road Corridor The original master planned neighborhood of the area, Julington is perfectly situated in the northwestern corner of the county with tree-lines streets and bike paths connecting its many developments. What makes it special it has its own elementary and middle school school, small businesses and its close proximity to Mandarin for other shopping needs. It is also close to the beautiful St. Johns River and local parks allow for activities for nature lovers as well as sports enthusiasts ​


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Nikki and Rosanne exceeded my expectations with their hustle! I went to them with my needs and they did not waste any time in helping me find exactly what I needed. My goal was to make sure my son was able to go to a St. Johns county school. Even though we faced many challenges with the lender side of things, they never gave up hope that this would still happen. Blessed to be able to work with these two women who really care about their clients and their needs. I will recommend this perfect duo to anyone looking to buy or sell in the future!! Amber Lea Wright

Nikki helped me find the perfect pool home in St John’s County for my family. My kids are loving the schools and the neighborhood and of course their favorite is the pool in the back yard. Once we found our new home we chose Nikki to help us sell our old home in North Jax. She helped us find a buyer quickly and the process was fast and painless and she got us a great price! Can’t thank her and her team enough for a great experience! DeArcy & Alyn Vaughan “I can’t thank Nikki and Rosanne enough for helping make a life long dream for me and my family come true. For 30 years I knew one day St. Augustine would be my home. Nikki and Rosanne definitely helped us find a home that was perfect for our family. We transitioned from WV to FL and we had absolutely no idea how to do the transition. They asked questions about our specific needs, and made it a priority to find that perfect home for us. Not to mention their guidance in selling our West Virginia home. Everything I asked for help with, they were eager to help assist. Now we have the right home, and they helped make it an easy transition for us. Thank you for meeting the needs of our family and putting people and families first. We will always appreciate your help and support. Our move would not have happened without them both!!! A dream come true thank you so much.”

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Navigating The New Home Communities: Truths, Lies, And an Interactive Map

If you are new to this area, or working on relocating here, you may have heard about our number one feature: The Great School System! With the A-rated schools, new construction, and businesses starting to plant and bloom all over St. John’s county, we are growing quickly. If you are a local, looking to move into a brand new home community, it can be overwhelming too. But where do we go? Which community is best for my needs? The truth is, there are so many options, with more and more new developments popping up all the time. May I suggest working with an agent to represent YOU, the buyer, to ease the building process from start to finish. There are 3 Real Estate myths I would like to debunk about working with or without an agent: Myth 1: “We don’t need an agent, they have nice people at the model homes to help us” Truth? They ARE lovely site agents who represent the builder! The builders agent will always have the builders best interest in mind. When you choose an agent or team to represent you, it shouldn't cost YOU anything. What you get with that is some one (or a team) to assist, recommend, look for things during inspections, negotiate, and so. Much. More! Myth 2: “BUT...I heard if I don’t use an agent we can get a better deal.” Not true. The builders have the same bottoms lines for you with or without an agent. I’d be willing to bet your agent (a GOOD one) can actually help you save more money than going it alone. The builders want to partner up with the Realtor community and leverage the 8,000 of us in North Florida so that they can broaden their reach. They actually track that metric and want to make sure that they are acting as good Realtor partners with us. This is why they work with well us, and in turn, allow us to get you the best deals imaginable. They consider the long term. By having a Realtor with you that builder no longer views you as "on an island" but having the leverage of an entire brokerage and hundreds of clients, and millions of dollars backing you up. Myth 3: “I would be great at this myself. I have Zillow!” Okay, so you can find homes. Wonderful! But while you may be multitasking in the parent or corporate world, your agent can wear many hats for you: Your trusted market advisor, consultant, expert, analyst, therapist, and friend. A great agent should be honest, available, and able to advise you what is worth it, and what things you can let go and do or deal with later.

We have made a digital magazine that goes into more depth that you can find here: new- construction-realtor.php or if you're a techy scan this QRCode Now, as an expert buyers agent in St. John’s county, there are a ton of options. I would advise chatting with “Your Premier Agents” Or your trusted realtor about the must haves, nice to haves, budgets, and fees associated with each area. Here is the link to some of the hottest communities in St. Johns County: construction-new-communities. php or again, if you're techy scan this QR code (even your Iphone camera will do it - Try it)

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