HOW COVID IS AFFECTING THE REAL ESTATE MARKET

October 21, 2020

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For nearly three decades, Mike and Felicia created memories and raised five children in their colonial home in Beverly, MA. With every passing winter and as it turned into spring, the Waldrons would begin to daydream about what life would be like living in the Sunshine State. As their two youngest children “flew the coup” as they say, and headed off to college, the Waldrons, looked around their 3,500 square foot home filled with years of memories and felt confident it was the right time to pack up, downsize and head south. “We wanted to move near my parents and my sister and her family who live in Bradenton,” shared Felicia Waldron, “We were ready to escape the hard winter weather of the northeast and the higher cost of living.”

 

The research began and the Waldrons landed on a move to Northeast Florida. Like most who relocate here, they appreciated the friendly and welcoming community, the weather which includes some cooler temperatures during the winter months, and of course, the close proximity to the beach. “As we were touring a home in World Golf Village, we happened to meet Mirtha Barzaga, a Davidson Realty Agent,” Felicia said, “We stayed in contact with Mirtha while we prepared our home in Beverly for market, then listed during COVID.”

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an interesting impact on the real estate market. While inventory is low and homes are selling quickly in most markets, the National Association of Realtors is reporting an influx of people moving to more rural areas from larger cities and moving south for a more moderate climate. These often cross-country moves are a result of a few reasons all COVID related: corporate offices have allowed employees to work from home as a measure to help stop the spread of the virus, homeowners living in congested areas are seeking rural life where COVID cases are typically significantly lower, and families have reprioritized and are looking for a slower pace of life.

 

While the Waldrons were searching St. Johns County for their new and perfect home, they were concerned about each passing day their home in Beverly sat on the market. “It took us more than four months to sell our Beverly house because COVID was ramping up and things were pretty closed down in MA,” Felicia explained, “Mirtha sent us uplifting notes and emails as we were becoming more dejected wondering if our dream of moving to Florida was ever going to come to fruition.”

 

During the early months of the pandemic, the Waldrons found themselves packing up and moving across the country. But more importantly what they found was a good friend in their Realtor, Mirtha. “Mirtha’s experience and expertise helped take some of the stress out of buying a property long-distance. She went above and beyond by recommending home and pest inspectors, title company, arranging for deep cleanings before we arrived, and being present at the walk-through when we were not able. All in all, Mirtha became a trusted friend.”

 

The Waldrons have happily traded in their boots for flip-flops and are enjoying the Florida lifestyle in their Marsh Creek Country Club home. Despite the challenges COVID continues to bring, they are enjoying welcoming neighbors, golfing, and social events. And are beginning to create new memories in their new and perfect Northeast Florida home.

FROM THE COUNTRY CLUB TO THE PEACEFUL COUNTRY, DAVIDSON REALTY HAS YOUR NEXT HOME.

September 16, 2020

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As a locally owned brokerage with two locations servicing all of Northeast Florida, Davidson Realty has a team of more than 40 real estate agents who understand the market, live in your communities, and have a passion for finding the right buyer for every home.

 

This week’s FEATURED LISTINGS include a journey through one of Northeast Florida’s most luxurious country club communities all the way down to the perfect Callahan country home with enough land to ensure peace and tranquility. Let’s begin our tour.

 

 

 

This is a love at first site experience.

 

 

105 Hickory Hill Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32095

 

With practically every upgrade your heart could possibly stand, 105 Hickory Hill Drive may be situated in St. Augustine but you’ll definitely feel like you’re living in a Mediterranean Villa somewhere beneath the Tuscan sun. With 6,182 square feet of air conditioned living space (8,900 sq ft total), Hickory Hill is a completely custom designed home offering 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. If space, luxury, and entertaining are what your heart desires – look no further. From the inside to the outdoor living space, this home in Palencia includes custom indoor and outdoor fireplaces, professionally designed wine & spirits cellar, an exceptionally large pool, heated spa, and stunning outdoor oasis ready for the most talked about gatherings. The exquisite gourmet kitchen will have anyone ready to spend the majority of their time in this heart of the home. It includes 48” cabinets, walk-in pantry and 11’ ceilings with custom features throughout. While touring this home you will definitely want to look up! Cathedral multi arch ceilings, gorgeous finishes, stunning light fixtures, and chandeliers will have your guests mesmerized when visiting your Mediterranean estate.

 

Call Mirtha Barzaga today at 904-940-5000 today for a tour.

 

 

Everything about this home feels CUSTOM and SPACIOUS

 

 

13822 Saxon Lake Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32225

 

When living in Queen’s Harbour Yacht and Country Club, you can expect quality in a pristine community. From the moment you step inside this gorgeous home on

 

Saxon Lake Drive, you experience why we use “custom” and “spacious” to describe it. Ideally situated overlooking an 11-acre lake in the heart of Queen’s Harbour Yacht and Country Club, this home is filled with natural light that pours in creating the most inviting and cheerful place to call, “home.” This floorplan was perfectly designed offering 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 3,510 square feet of living space. The open great room with soaring high ceilings flows perfectly into the kitchen with plenty of cabinets and countertops. And that view! With three sets of French doors that take you to your outdoor oasis, whether you’re inside or enjoying the screened lanai with gorgeous wood ceilings, the view of the lake will have you feeling those vacation vibes in your own home. Open the French doors and enjoy Florida living with gentle breezes and the peaceful sounds of living in Queen’s Harbour.

 

Call Jennifer Todd today at 904-940-500 for a tour.

 

 

If Joanna Gaines lived in Callahan…

 

 

45097 Petree Road, Callahan, FL 32011

 

20 acres. Need we say more? With enough property to truly enjoy the best that country living has to offer, this one story brick home is a must see. Three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, formal dining room, and spacious den all overlooking green grass and trees for as far as the eye can see. While life gets hectic, everything feels relaxing on Petree Road. Just imagine yourself in the patio area that includes an outdoor fireplace, in your rocking chair at night enjoying your favorite beverage. It’s a beautiful and peaceful place to call “home” with so much to offer including a place for horses, livestock, barns, and gardening. This home includes a covered breezeway to a separate garage which can hold four cars. Petree Road offers 1,916 square feet of living space and so much more as you enjoy and roam the 20 acres of land you’ll be living on. This home is perfect for a family ready to leave the stresses of city living, a retiree looking forward to relaxation and privacy, and anyone in between. Don’t miss this opportunity to be surrounded by the beauty of living in the south.

 

Call Mirtha Barzaga today at 904-940-5000 for a tour.

Getting to Know Silverleaf: St. Johns Newest Community Part 3

April 22, 2020

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I got to tour the Riverside Homes new model home under construction in Silverleaf Village. It is shaping up to be an awesome community.

 

 

Chris Wood explained that Riverside has 53 and 63 foot wide homesites with over 14 plan options. They have homes ranging from 1,800 to over 3,700 square feet. They have a wonderful selection of plans so you can find the perfect fit for your family. Home prices will start in the $300s.

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Getting to Know Silverleaf: St. Johns Newest Community Part 2

April 20, 2020

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The Silverleaf amenity center has something for everyone with pools, dog parks, tennis and pickleball courts, a splash park and much more.

 

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Getting to Know Silverleaf: St. Johns Newest Community Part 1

April 16, 2020

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I am so happy to introduce you to an exciting new community in Northern St. Johns County called Silverleaf. The location is ideal with easy access to I-95 and State Road 9B.

 

Silverleaf is situated on over 8,500 acres with over 3,500 acres of natural preserves. There will be single-family homes by Riverside Homes, Ashley Homes and Mastercraft Builder Group. Dream Finders Homes will be building single-family homes and townhomes.

 

I got to explore the community with Matt Roberts and Chris Wood of Riverside Homes. The entrance in the video is off of County Road 210 and is now open so you can come in and see the model homes being constructed in Silverleaf Village. The entrance off of State Road 16 is supposed to open late spring or early summer.

 

 

If you have an interest in being one of the first to live in Silverleaf, please contact a Davidson Realty agent for information.

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