5 Hidden Gem Neighborhoods in Northeast Florida Worth Visiting

May 17, 2021

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No matter where you explore in Northeast Florida you are bound to find beauty and interest. “Northeast Florida is richly diverse and provides residents a wide variety of activities, restaurants, and sites to enjoy and make wonderful memories. Each neighborhood has a unique culture that truly enriches the First Coast,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. We’re sharing some new, some old, and some neighborhoods you may have forgotten about in Northeast Florida you need to check out! 

 

San Marco

Take a stroll along tree-lined San Marco Square and you’ll see there is no shortage of incredible dining, boutiques, and art galleries. The Mediterranean-influenced neighborhood which is just a few minutes from Downtown Jacksonville is a perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring. A few of our favorite spots to visit in historic San Marco are Grape and Grain Exchange, Aardwolf Brewing Company, Stellers Gallery, and Heyday!

 

Springfield

As the oldest neighborhood in Jacksonville, Springfield offers residents a historic and eclectic experience. Established in 1869, Springfield, located just north of Downtown Jacksonville, was home to the city’s wealthiest residents. Today, the neighborhood is filled with restored mansions, hip restaurants, and locally-owned shops. Springfield also hosts popular festivals including Porchfest. Be sure to make a pit stop at Strings Sports Brewery while touring Springfield. 

 

Riverside/Avondale

Antique meets modern in charming, historic Riverside and Avondale! Home to the world-class Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, you won’t want to miss the charm and culture that Riverside and Avondale provide. Drive around the area and you’ll see gorgeous million dollar waterfront homes, locally-owned restaurants, and beautiful parks. Memorial Park, Pinegrove Market and Deli, and Kickback’s Gastropub are definitely places to visit in the area. Oh, and for dessert Whit’s Frozen Custard

 

Ponte Vedra Beach

If you have visited Ponte Vedra Beach before, you likely only skimmed the surface of what this stunning resort town has to offer. Prior to becoming a prominent luxury town with world-class golf courses, Ponte Vedra was a pristine wilderness home to valuable minerals giving it the nickname “Mineral City.” Discover Northeast Florida’s natural beauty with a hike at the GTM Reserve or play at TPC Sawgrass, one of the most famous golf courses in the world. Head to Ponte Vedra for date night and try LuLu’s Waterfront Grille or 3 Palms Grille.

 

Nocatee

Perhaps one of the newest go-to areas in Northeast Florida is Nocatee. Although this master-planned community hasn’t been around long, it’s definitely worth visiting! Enjoy lunch at Treylor Park (we suggest the Ahi Tuna Flatbread or the Treylor Park Nachos Grande!) or Timoti’s Seafood Shak before heading to Makk Fashions or Really Good Beer Stop. With new businesses popping up all around Nocatee, you’ll likely have more places to try each time you visit. 

 

Although all these neighborhoods have their own unique flair, one thing reigns true whether you call St. Augustine, Jacksonville, The Beaches, or anywhere in between home… Northeast Florida is the PERFECT place to live! 

DOING GOOD – WATSON CIVIL SUPPORTS DAVIDSON CARES CLAY DAY

March 29, 2021

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Davidson Cares Clay Day is not only an event that supports worthy causes, but unites people and organizations that believe that doing good makes a big difference. For the last four years, Watson Civil has generously supported Davidson Cares Clay Day as a sponsor and brought their enthusiasm to the event that helps so many. 

 

John Watson, President and CEO of Watson Civil, first met the Davidsons in 1996 when construction began on World Golf Village. “Whenever I was driving customers around the dirt roads to show off the development, John would always make sure I could get around the equipment and not get stuck. That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship!,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. 

 

Watson Civil is a horizontal contractor that specializes in large site infrastructure, underground, and road and bridgework. Equipped with experienced staff, Watson Civil ensures projects are safe, run on time, and remain on budget. Watson Civil’s clients range from state and local governments to private developers and national home builders. 

 

Watson Civil is currently working on several projects in Florida. Most notably, Watson Civil is constructing Northeast Florida’s first diverging diamond at the intersection of J. Turner Butler Boulevard and San Pablo Road in Jacksonville, Florida. The project, which is expected to be complete in the spring of 2022, will cost $12 million dollars and is predicted to cut the number of collisions in the area by half. 

 

“Watson Civil has a remarkable reputation. John Watson has a vibrant energy and tackles everything that comes his way head-on,” shares Sherry. “John Watson always supports us as a sponsor and purchases raffle tickets. This year, John was the winner of the Cooler and Cocktail raffle prize.”

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day is proud to have the support and sponsorship from Watson Civil as they continue to give back in Northeast Florida. To learn more about Watson Civil Construction visit their website at www.watsoncivil.com or call (904) 297-1800.

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day

 

The 5th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day was held on October 29, 2020, at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Davidson Cares Clay Day included two-sport shooting events, beginner skeet, and sporting clay. Individuals and teams from beginner to expert levels were invited to participate and enjoy a safe shooting experience with no group gatherings. 

 

In association with the event, there was also a raffle contest. Prizes included a 65-quart YETI cooler with 13 full-size liquors.

 

The $40,500 raised from the event and raffles went directly to Builders Care, St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), and Investing in Kids (INK!) in equal sums.

 

Visit DavidsonCares.com to learn more about these organizations and donate to support their causes.

Building A Better Tomorrow – Vallencourt Construction Company Supports Davidson Cares Clay Day

February 25, 2021

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From the inception of Davidson Cares Clay Day, Vallencourt Construction Company has been a major sponsor. The relationship between Vallencourt Construction and Davidson Realty dates back to the 1980s when Davidson Development President Jim Davidson was with Arvida Corporation and working at Sawgrass. Through the years, the Davidsons have had the pleasure of working with three generations of the Vallencourt Family. Vallencourt Construction Company and the Davidsons worked together as Vallencourt Construction helped bring the World Golf Village vision to life. 

 

Vallencourt Construction was established in 1945. With more than seventy years of experience, family-owned Vallencourt Construction provides clients an unbeatable value with their experience, strong workforce, and top-of-the-line machinery. The team at Vallencourt Construction continually seeks out new markets and projects. They believe this forward-thinking is critical to providing the best value to customers, opportunities for employees, and growth as an organization. Vallencourt has had a hand in countless projects over the years including RiverTown, Bannon Lakes, Beachwalk, and the Town Center Promenade.

 

“Vallencourt Construction has a strong reputation for their integrity and incredible craftsmanship. I admire the heart they have for their employees. I have witnessed them go above and beyond to help their team or take the time to train people who they see potential in. Vallencourt Construction is constantly giving back to the community and extremely generous,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. 

 

In addition to the excellent work they provide their customers, Vallencourt Construction continues to give back to the community. In 2006, the Vallencourt family established the Vallencourt Scholarship at Bishop Snyder. Each year, one young man and woman are selected to receive the scholarship for their exemplary work ethic. Vallencourt Construction Company are also strong supporters of St. Vincent’s Hospital and L’Arche Jacksonville as well as other organizations through sponsorships. 

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day is proud to have the support and sponsorship from Vallencourt Construction Company as they continue to give back in Northeast Florida. To learn more about Vallencourt Construction Company visit their website at www.vallencourt.com or call (904) 291-9330. 

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day

 

The 5th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day was held on October 29, 2020, at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Davidson Cares Clay Day included two-sport shooting events, beginner skeet, and sporting clay. Individuals and teams from beginner to expert levels were invited to participate and enjoy a safe shooting experience with no group gatherings. 

 

In association with the event, there was also a raffle contest. Prizes included a 65-quart YETI cooler with 13 full-size liquors.

 

The $40,500 raised from the event and raffles went directly to Builders Care, St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), and Investing in Kids (INK!) in equal sums.

 

Visit DavidsonCares.com to learn more about these organizations and donate to support their causes.

The Winning Team – Davidson Realty 2020 Awards

February 19, 2021

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2020. The year of adapting to the unknown. A global pandemic, millions of jobs lost, and a volatile economy, did not stop the real estate market from being swarmed by millions of Americans hoping to take advantage of the positive market trends and record-setting numbers.

 

The Davidson Realty Team powered through the uncertainty, the “social distancing”, and changing market trends to deliver quality real estate services to their clients. “Our team at Davidson Realty continued to stay connected to our customers during the crazy Covid year we had”, shared Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. Agents gracefully navigated 2020 as they were presented with multiple offer situations due to the competitive nature of the market. Along with the excellent real estate service the Davidson Realty Team was providing, they continued to serve the Northeast Florida community, when they perhaps needed it the most. “Our team organized and participated in food and toy drives, Davidson Cares Clay Day, and Deck The Chairs. The passion our team has for serving others is inspiring. With all that our team faced in 2020, I am proud that the Davidson Realty team has matched the 2019 closing volume of $100,000,000 and exceeded 2019 sales volume by 16%,” continues Sherry. With such an exceptional year for the Davidson Realty team, it is only right that their best and brightest are recognized for their accomplishments in service and performance. The success of this team is made in part by the incredible leadership team at Davidson Realty, notably Sherry Davidson and Davidson Realty Sales and Training Manager, Andrea Gallagher.

 

Last month, Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson was named the 2020 Northeast Florida Association of Realtors (NEFAR) Circle of Honor award winner for her exceptional service and contributions to the real estate community both locally and statewide. Sherry has served NEFAR in various capacities including on its Board of Directors. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Builders Care, a charitable arm of the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA). Throughout her 30-year career in real estate, Sherry has supported real estate agent education and promoted the importance of the real estate industry’s involvement in the community. Sherry truly has led by example as she has supported various causes in Northeast Florida including NEFAR Fights Hunger and Davidson Cares Clay Day. Known throughout the First Coast as an industry leader and an authority in residential real estate, the Davidson Realty Team continues to flourish under her mentorship.

 

 

Terri Apodaca

Davidson Property Management – 2020 Most Rentals

Davidson Property Management – 2020 Most Properties Referred

5 Years of Service 

3 Million Dollars Closed

3 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

Reba Barkley

Davidson Property Management – 2020 Rookie of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie Cherhoniak 

5 Years Service

 

 

 

 

 

Lori Burton

5 Years Service

 

 

 

Pam Lareau

5 Years Service

 

 

 

 

Kirsten Lightfoot

5 Years Service

 

 

 

 

Matt Davidson

20 Years Service

 

 

 

 

 

Delilah Salameh

2020 Sales Rookie of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

Candy Gil

3 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

 

 

Liz Pappaceno

3 Million Dollars Closed

3.5 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Todd

3 Million Dollars Closed

3.5 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

 

Caitlyn Hawkins

3 Million Dollars Closed

3 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

 

Margherite Myers

3 Million Dollars Closed

3.5 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

Lynn Whitley

4 Million Dollars Closed

4 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

 

Ron Savarese

4 Million Dollars Closed

4 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

 

Steve Rodriguez

4 Million Dollars Closed

3.5 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

Tammy Peacock

4 Million Dollars Closed

4 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

The Braddock Group – Michael Braddock & Sarah Poehler

3.5 Million Dollars Closed

4 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

 

Suzy Evans

11 Million Dollars Closed

11 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

Shelley & Tim Nemethy

16 Million Dollars Closed

18 Million Dollars Sold

 

 

 

 

Mirtha Barzaga

17 Million Dollars Closed

17 Million Dollars Sold

2020 Closing Agent of the Year

2020 Sales Agent of the Year

2020 Listing Agent of the Year

 

 

Sam Davidson

2020 President’s Award

 

 

 

The Davidson Realty Team is proud of all the hard work and dedication displayed in 2020 and strives to have an even more successful 2021. These achievements would not be possible without the trust and loyalty of the Davidson Realty clients. Thank you for trusting us as your real estate experts. If you are interested in experiencing the Davidson Realty difference, contact us at (904) 940-5000.

QUALITY SUPPORT – LANDMARK TITLE SUPPORTS DAVIDSON CARES CLAY DAY

February 1, 2021

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Since 2016, Landmark Title has been a gracious and generous sponsor of Davidson Cares Clay Day at the highest level. The relationship between Landmark Title and Davidson Realty dates back to the recession in 2009 when David Heekin, President and Founder of Landmark Title, was a vital resource in real estate short sales for Davidson Realty clients. During that time, David Heekin served on panels and provided training to help educate others in the real estate industry on short sale transactions. This partnership only continued to grow. In 2013, when William Li joined Landmark Title as a Vice President, Landmark Title rented executive suites in the Davidson Realty office due to their expanding business. William would often join Davidson Realty sales meetings, conduct contract training sessions, and serve as a valuable resource to Davidson Realty agents. 

 

“I admire the way Landmark Title has evolved over the years and has grown into a very large and successful Title Company. We are fortunate that Landmark Title has closed many Davidson Realty transactions over the years,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty. “David Heekin, William Li, and their team are a lot of fun and work extremely hard. They provide many educational opportunities for Realtors © and generously give back to the real estate industry and community.”

 

In addition to the quality service they provide their clients, Landmark Title is dedicated to providing affordable and quality housing to those in need of a low-cost mortgage through The Landmark Foundation. The Landmark Foundation’s Home Initiative project rehabilitates homes in Northeast Florida and gives financing options to qualified buyers as well as provide education and support for these buyers as they navigate homeownership. With the help of local industry professionals and volunteers, The Landmark Foundation hopes to restore four to six homes to like-new condition in 2021. 

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day is proud to have the support and sponsorship from Landmark Title as they continue to support local charities. To learn more about Landmark Title, visit their website at www.landmarktitle.com or call (904) 998-9733.

 

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day

 

The 5th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day was held on October 29, 2020 at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Davidson Cares Clay Day included two sport shooting events, beginner skeet and sporting clay. Individuals and teams from beginner to expert levels were invited to participate and enjoy a safe shooting experience with no group gatherings. 

 

In association with the event, there was also a raffle contest. Prizes included a 65-quart YETI cooler with 13 full-size liquors.

 

The $40,500 raised from the event and raffles went directly to Builders Care, St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), and Investing in Kids (INK!) in equal sums.

 

Visit DavidsonCares.com to learn more about these organizations and donate to support their causes.

 

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