Everything You Need to Know About SilverLeaf: A Q&A with Riverside Homes

May 9, 2022

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If you drive around St. Johns County, you will see new businesses and developments popping up on every corner. A jewel in the highly coveted area: SilverLeaf. SilverLeaf is a master-planned community that is family-friendly and features resort-style amenities with no CDD fees. SilverLeaf is zoned for 10,700 dwelling units, 2,650,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space, and more than 3,500 acres of beautiful conservation land. Once complete, SilverLeaf will be the largest community development in Northeast Florida. We recently sat down with Riverside Homes’ New Home Sales Consultant in SilverLeaf, Brian Thurston, to find out more about why so many homebuyers are choosing to call SilverLeaf home.

 

How would you describe SilverLeaf?

SilverLeaf is the premier “No CDD fee”, master-planned community in the heart of northern St. Johns County. A golf cart-friendly backdrop allows residents to take advantage of convenient access to amenities, retail, restaurants, and the all-inclusive outdoor lifestyle we enjoy year-round in Northeast Florida. Whether a quick commute to Jacksonville, a nice drive to historic St. Augustine, or a trip to the beach, SilverLeaf has you positioned in one of the most accessible communities in our area.

 

What types of neighborhoods are within SilverLeaf?

SilverLeaf is comprised of a wide variety of different neighborhoods. From multifamily luxury apartments and townhomes to single-family estate living, SilverLeaf has it all! We are also excited about the future equestrian properties that will be developed in the coming years.

 

Are there perks for SilverLeaf residents?

From resort-style amenities to an ideal location, SilverLeaf is a family-friendly, new home community where you can live, work, and play. Currently, residents enjoy the use of one main amenity center. A large clubhouse is surrounded by three pool structures, a splash park, an exciting playground, two dog parks, four tennis courts, and six pickleball courts. There are a total of six amenity centers planned for future construction, one of which is just getting started. 

 

One of the most important features to SilverLeaf residents is the fact the community is zoned in the #1-ranked K-12 public school district in Florida, St. Johns County.

 

The highly anticipated new retail space, SilverLeaf Commons will also be opening soon. With 39 individual units for shops and restaurants, it will greatly advance the community vibe and bring more business opportunities just steps away from Courtney Oaks and Silver Landing neighborhoods. Baptist Health will be building a 300,000 square foot Medical office complex to host as an anchor. Future commercial space includes a 165-acre town center, dedicated grocery retail plaza, along with many acres of additional retail, mixed-use, and parks.

 

Where is Riverside Homes building in SilverLeaf?

As of Spring 2022, Riverside Homes is sold out in SilverLeaf Village and wrapping up construction operations. Our residents here will be enjoying a completed neighborhood very soon! Riverside Homes is also actively selling and building in Silver Landing on larger 60 and 70-foot homesites. We are expecting to open two of our most popular and award-winning model homes, the Ortega and Hamilton plans, sometime in June 2022.

 

This month, we are excited to release Courtney Oaks, the up-and-coming exclusive gated section of SilverLeaf. Courtney Oaks will proudly offer our newest and most compelling floor plan lineup on 70 and 80-foot estate homesites. Located close to the northern entrance of the community, this neighborhood allows for easy access to the CR-210 shops and restaurants. We are anticipating opening the door to our incredible Stella II model in the Fall of 2022.

 

Can you describe the popular Riverside Homes floor plans and their features?

Riverside Homes has a brilliant architect who’s always on the cutting edge of what buyers want most. Our plans are known for their tall ceilings, smooth walls, oversized windows and doors, and capture of bright, natural light. All of our plans are designed with function and style in mind. Whether it’s dueling offices for those work-from-home gurus, in-law suites, flex rooms, lofts, bonus rooms (Florida basement), or recreation rooms, there is not much we can’t offer our buyers. Of course, open floor plans great for entertaining are cooked right into all of our captivating plans. If I had a dollar for every smile I’ve seen in our model homes, I’d be retired by now!

 

What is the process to build a Riverside Home in SilverLeaf?

We take great pride in walking our buyers through each step of the building process. First, we begin with a deeper conversation and consultation to understand exactly what floor plan will work best to accommodate a family’s lifestyle. There are of course a variety of different factors that play into this, but we always help the buyer with insight from our experience so they can make wise design and financial choices. Then we counsel them through the structural design process, to dial in just that right fit. Now it gets exciting for buyers, as we are ready to finalize the purchase and get the property off the market!

 

Once we have the property under agreement, the sales counselor will begin working with the office staff, architect, and engineers to plan and permit the buyer’s new home. We take a lot of pleasure in being the builder that keeps their buyers up to date with weekly communication all the way through the planning and building phases of their new home project.

 

During planning, our buyers will have their interior design meeting with a dedicated designer to help them through selecting cabinets, counters, flooring, faucets, lighting, tile work, and more. Our outstanding interior design team stays at the forefront of the latest trends and most timeless design elements. During each design appointment, our designers help homebuyers navigate interior and exterior selections to ensure we design a home that perfectly suits their family’s needs, matches their vision, and turns their house into a home.

 

Once we have permits, we can schedule an orientation with our buyer and their project manager and begin construction. We know this is an exciting time for buyers to see their dream come alive, so we keep them engaged with weekly updates and meetings at critical stages in construction. This allows our buyers to know all of the things we know each week and can keep tabs on their home’s progress.

 

When our buyer’s home is completed, we go through three extensive punch list phases to fine-tune all elements of fit and finish. When we feel as though we have given the new home all of our love, we are ready for the buyer’s new home orientation walk-through so they can learn all about their home. This is also a time for us to further fine-tune fit and finish, but generally, this is a very short list since we have already completed all the heavy lifting.

 

A week later, it’s time for the final walk-through, closing, handing over title and deed, along with keys. New Home Day has arrived!

 

What makes SilverLeaf the ideal place to live?

Premium commutability, resort-style amenities, on-site retail & dining, and no CDD fees are what make St. Augustine’s SilverLeaf community the ideal place to live in Northeast Florida.

 

Can you give us a sneak peek at what’s to come for SilverLeaf? 

Check out the overall site plan below and you can get a sneak peek at what’s to come in SilverLeaf. To follow along with the progress on the Courtney Oaks neighborhood and to be the first to reserve a lot, please click here (link click here to https://myriversidehome.com/communities/courtney-oaks-at-silverleaf/). To stay updated on SilverLeaf Commons and view renderings, please click here (link click here to https://www.colliers.com/en/properties/silverleaf-commons/usa-218-silver-forest-drive-st-augustine-fl-32092/usa1093567).

 

To learn more about building with Riverside Homes in SilverLeaf please visit MyRiversideHome.com or call (904) 530-4720. If you are ready to call SilverLeaf home contact the real estate experts at Davidson Realty today at (904) 940-5000. 

 

Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agents Stacy Ann Cornell and Jennie Bermudez to Team of Experts

April 19, 2022

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Davidson Realty is proud to welcome new faces to its team of real estate experts. “At Davidson Realty we are focused on giving our agents the tools they need to put their clients first. By putting people first, our clients get a personalized real estate experience from our Northeast Florida real estate experts,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. Davidson Realty is delighted to introduce two new members to the family!

 

 

Stacy Ann Cornell

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Stacy spent most of her childhood on the island of Jamaica where the majority of her family was born and raised. She earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Windsor and a diploma in Early Childhood Education from St. Clair College and went on to become a Preschool Teacher, in Canada. Without hesitation, Stacy seized an opportunity to teach overseas. She spent 11 years teaching English, developing and implementing English Curriculum for schools in South Korea and Japan. While living abroad, Stacy loved going on travel adventures, and backpacking in various countries, such as Thailand, The Philippines, Fiji, and Vietnam. 

 

Stacy is no stranger to constant relocation, planned and unplanned. Her family has relocated multiple times overseas and within the United States for her teaching career and for her husband who served in the United States Air Force. She understands the process and the importance of finding a home that will accommodate and support the needs of the military family lifestyle. Upon the retirement of her husband’s service from the military, Stacy and her family found permanent residency in the RIVERTOWN Community of Saint Johns County.

 

Stacy owns and operates a mobile childcare service, volunteers as a Chairperson on the PTO, is a Team Parent for the Julington Creek T-Ball league, and is an active member in her community, hosting various activities and family events with her nonprofit organization, The Belles & Beaus of the River Society. Stacy’s long time passion for real estate, combined experience, knowledge, and education as a Preschool Teacher and business owner, provide her with valuable skills to ensure her clients receive exceptional service for their real estate needs while establishing a lifelong relationship, not only as their agent but as a friend.

 

Jennie Bermudez

Jennie Bermudez is a native Floridian, born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Growing up, Jennie’s father was a home building contractor and enjoyed being raised in the business. Due to her husband’s career, Jennie has been able to travel and live across the country. Life experiences along with extensive relocations made Jennie realize how important it is to have a compassionate and trustworthy Realtor. “Guiding someone through the process of buying and or selling your home is an emotional and complicated process. It is my responsibility to make your experiences as smooth and simple as possible. It will always be my pleasure and honor to accompany and help you on your journey,” shares Jennie. 

 

Jennie is a proud mother to two daughters, a fabulous son(in-law), three granddogs, and a rescue dog of her own. In her free time, Jennie loves to cook, thrift shop, and spend time with the people that mean the most to her. 

 

If you are interested in a career in real estate with Davidson Realty, call us today at (904) 940-5000.

Focused on Giving – The Landmark Foundation Supports Davidson Cares Clay Day

March 8, 2022

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Since 2016, the Landmark family has graciously been a major sponsor for Davidson Cares Clay Day at the highest level. Landmark Title, through their nonprofit division, called The Landmark Foundation, proudly supports Davidson Cares. “We are honored to be a part of their annual charity shoot. We appreciate all the Davidson Companies do on a continuous basis to give back to the community they serve,” share David Heekin, President and Founder of Landmark Title. “Ten dollars from each of our closings go to The Landmark Foundation which allows us to donate to worthy causes such as Davidson Cares.”

 

The relationship between the Davidson Companies and Landmark began in 2009 during the recession when David Heekin provided invaluable knowledge in short real estate sales to Davidson Realty and their clients. During that time, Heekin provided training and served on panels to help educate others in the real estate industry about short sale transactions. This partnership only continued to grow from there. In 2013, when William Li joined the Landmark Title team as Vice President, Landmark Title rented executive suites in the Davidson Realty office because their business was expanding so rapidly. Li frequently joined the Davidson Realty team for sales meetings, training sessions, and always made himself available as a resource to Davidson Realty agents. 

 

“Landmark has evolved so beautifully over the years and has grown into a large and successful title company. Through The Landmark Foundation, their team has continued their generosity to the community by supporting various worthy causes,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. 

 

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 6th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day was held on October 21, 2021, 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 participated.  

 

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

 

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

 

Please help us support these organizations that are so important to our community by visiting DavidsonCares.com.

 

Intentional Givers – Matthews Design Group Supports Davidson Cares Clay Day

February 11, 2022

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Matthews Design Group has been a sponsor of our Clay Day every year. This year they participated in the Double Down Challenge with a top sponsorship for the shoot and had a team in the Women’s Match Play Championship which benefitted Investing In Kids (INK!). “Matthews Design Group is an organization that is truly intentional. They are incredibly generous and support so many great causes in our local community,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty.

 

Established in 2005, Matthews Design Group has become the largest civil engineering firm based in St. Johns County and offers full-service civil and land development engineering throughout Florida. Matthews Design Group corporately and individually embraces the responsibility to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live, work, and play, and desire to support the community by giving back their time and resources. Their team prioritizes staying involved and supporting the community through charitable and professional organizations.

 

Matthews Design Group is proud to continuously be a sponsor and attendee of Davidson Cares Clay Day and help support the incredible charities they donate to. “The Davidson Cares shoot is one of my favorite events that I look forward to attending every year! Sherry and her entire team put on an amazing event, and they support fantastic organizations,” expresses Rob Matthews, Matthews Design Group President.

 

Over the past six years, Davidson Cares Clay Day has raised more than $340,000 to support charities in need because of generous sponsors like Matthews Design Group. To learn more about Matthews Design Group visit their website at www.mdginc.com or call (904) 826-1334.

 

Davidson Cares Clay Day

 

The 6th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day was held on October 21, 2021, 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 participated.  

 

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

 

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

 

Please help us support these organizations that are so important to our community by visiting DavidsonCares.com.

 

Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agents Jennifer Collazos, Michele Wiedenhaefer, and Julia Dean to Team of Experts

February 4, 2022

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Davidson Realty is constantly growing as we help individuals and families achieve their real estate dreams. “Davidson Realty is proud to be one of the top real estate brokerages in Northeast Florida. Our focus on people first above all else sets us apart,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty. The team at Davidson Realty is proud to introduce three new members to our family! 

 

Jennifer Collazos

Jennifer Collazos was born in Colombia and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Jennifer understands the importance of speaking both languages and has instilled that value in her daughters. Jennifer currently lives in Fleming Island with her husband and two young daughters. Together they enjoy bicycle rides and visiting the vast array of restaurants that Fleming Island has to offer.

 

Before moving to the sunshine state, Jennifer lived in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. She fell in love with real estate a few years ago when she helped her parents purchase a home after going through a financial crisis. The joy her parents felt of finally owning a home and getting back on track was priceless for Jennifer.

 

Jennifer is committed to supporting her clients, making sure they are well represented and is focused on a successful outcome in every transaction.

 

Jennifer holds a Marketing degree and utilizes her education to help her clients. With her knowledge in advertising coupled with her passion for helping others and attention to detail, Jennifer is a tremendous resource for those interested in buying or selling a home. 

 

Michele Wiedenhaefer 

As an agent, Michele Wiedenhaefer brings a strategic yet personable approach to the home buying and home selling process. Michele attributes her success to not only her passion for real estate but also to her intuition regarding the psychology of buying and selling properties.

 

One of Michele’s unique skillsets helps clients transform their current home into a “market ready” property that will entice buyers across the board. Years of staging and recreating spaces throughout her own projects have helped her develop a knack for achieving the right look and feel for any home within a desired saleable market.

 

Michele has spent the last ten years working in all facets of the real estate industry. Prior to becoming a real estate agent, she enjoyed many years in the home renovation industry. She worked with property investors and was involved in the complete process of buying and selling more than 100 homes. Michele’s specialty was finding outdated properties and overseeing the renovation and transformation process of the properties to create warm, inviting spaces ready for eager buyers.

 

Michele has the distinct ability to guide sellers through a smooth, stress-free sale of their current home and to obtain the very best value for that home. Furthermore, she helps assist buyers in the procurement of their next dream home by using her acquired home-buying skills to purchase the absolute best property for the least possible outlay.

 

Julia Dean

Julia Dean was born and raised in Jacksonville (Mandarin), Florida, and has lived in St. Johns County for eighteen years. Julia has spent most of her career in corporate sales management but has always had a passion for real estate. Julia and her husband have purchased several homes, investment properties, and vacant land over the years which lead her to make the move to become a full-time real estate agent. Julia believes in providing excellent customer service and building strong relationships. She will guide you through the process from start to finish whether it is buying your first home, selling your current home, buying your dream house, or finding an investment property. She will go above and beyond in every transaction and is looking forward to working with you.

 

Julia and her husband Kevin love the outdoors, football, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. On the weekends you will typically find her somewhere on the water, either fishing or boating with her husband and their two Labrador retrievers, Kady and Kinley.

 

If you are interested in a career in real estate with Davidson Realty, call us today at (904) 940-5000.

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