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! 

Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agent Bonnie Weinstein

March 8, 2021

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Bonnie Weinstein knows all about making dreams come true. Growing up in Northeast Pennsylvania, Bonnie always dreamed of moving to Florida. Six years ago, she made her dream a reality by making Northeast Florida her new home. Now, Bonnie has joined the Davidson Realty team and is ready to help her clients’ dreams come true, too! 

 

Bonnie comes to Davidson Realty with an extensive background in both business and real estate. Her knowledge of the market, perseverance, and customer service skills make her a true joy to work with. “I believe my clients appreciate my flexibility, low-pressure sales, patience, and ability to hear what they want,” shares Bonnie. 

 

“Davidson Realty is very excited to have Bonnie on our team. Bonnie is a knowledgeable resource to her customers and truly takes the time to understand their needs. Bonnie is professional and we are proud to have her represent the Davidson Realty brand,” shares Andrea Gallagher, Davidson Realty Sales and Training Manager.

 

“Choosing Davidson Realty was easy. They have the same values and work ethic that I follow. Davidson Realty always puts people and relationships first. The support they provide is unparalleled which allows agents to fully focus on our clients and their needs. I’m so grateful to be part of a team that has a caring heart,” shares Bonnie. Bonnie is a Nocatee Certified Agent and looks forward to helping clients “love where they live” with Davidson Realty. 

 

When Bonnie isn’t helping her clients find their dream home, you can find her enjoying the beautiful beaches in Northeast Florida.  Bonnie, who recently celebrated her 25th wedding anniversary, loves spending time with her family, especially her two daughters and Shih Tzu named Hamilton. 

 

If you are ready to make your real estate dreams a reality, call Bonnie Weinstein at (570) 690-4432 or email her at bweinstein@davidsonrealtyinc.com.

Davidson Cares Clay Day: Giving Back to Northeast Florida

December 11, 2020

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It is no secret that 2020 has been a year of ups and downs. Despite the overwhelming obstacles, Davidson Cares Clay Day 2020 raised more than $40,500 for outstanding organizations to continue their vital work for our community thanks to the generosity of sponsors, volunteers, and participants.  

 

“We considered canceling the 5th Annual Davidson Cares Clay Day, but knew the need from the charities that benefit from the event was too great. We thought even if we raised less money than normal, it was still funds the charities needed. Our team got creative and staggered the times for check-in and shooting, and did not gather for lunch or awards. We offered lots of snacks and drinks and handled the awards virtually the following day. We missed some of the interaction but the day was a huge success,” shared Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson. 

 

Congratulations to this year’s winners which included: ECS (1st Place – North Course), Providence Homes (2nd Place – North Course), Steve Merill’s Team (1st Place – South Course), and MasterCraft Builder Group (2nd Place – South Course).

 

Over the past five years, Davidson Cares Clay Day has raised more than $202,500 for organizations dedicated to supporting and uplifting Northeast Florida residence. This year Davidson Cares donated $13,500 to St. Augustine Youth Services, Investing in Kids!, and Builders Care. 

 

St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) has been serving Florida’s at-risk youth since 1989. SAYS provides coaching, counseling, and care centered around family-style therapeutic group homes and outpatient community services. Over the past thirty years, SAYS has provided treatment for thousands of children who have suffered abuse or neglect. Their programs bring crucial mental health services to hundreds of young people in St. Johns, Flagler, Volusia, and Putnam county. 

 

Investing in Kids! (INK!) help fund innovative programs and classroom resources for St. Johns County public school students. Established in 1994, INK! has inspired the greater community to invest in education. The funds raised from Davidson Cares Clay Day will support their Five Learning Years (FLY) and Take Stock in Children programs. FLY was developed to ensure children are prepared for success when starting kindergarten by providing educational intervention. Take Stock in Children is a statewide program that offers students college scholarships, mentoring, and hope for a better future. INK! is the exclusive umbrella agency for this program in St. Johns County. 

 

Builders Care is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides little to no cost contracting services to those in need of critical home repairs. Their mission is to provide quality home reconstruction to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Since 2001, Builders Care has assisted more than six hundred families totaling more than $6.5 million worth of construction to Jacksonville’s neediest families. Builders Care enlists volunteers and construction professionals to make homes handicapped-accessible, repair roofs, siding and leaks, and any other necessary repairs. 

 

It is clear that these organizations are making a huge difference in our community. Davidson Cares Clay Day is proud to have raised more than $40,000 for these worthy causes and Davidson Cares is grateful for the continued support from their network of trade partners and friends who have helped make an impact when our community needs it the most! If you are interested in donating to these organizations, please visit www.davidsoncares.com.

Real Estate Market Update

November 30, 2020

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“It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.” David Steindl-Rast

 

I am very grateful to everyone that supported the 2020 Davidson Cares Clay Day! Thanks to your generosity we raised over $40,000 to be split evenly between Builders Care, St. Augustine Youth Services and Investing in Kids.

 

The Northeast Florida Multiple Listing Service shows continued buyer demand and low supply. There were 3,192 closed sales in October which is 24.5% more than the 2,564 last October. The spring buying season got delayed, but we are up 5.6% for year-to-date closings over last year.

 

Pending sales of 3,153 are 18.4% more than the 2,663 pending sales last October. We are up 10.2% year-to-date.

 

There are 6,109 active listings which is down 34.5% from the 9,332 last October.

 

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2020 Buyer/Seller Survey has some interesting findings. “The coronavirus, without a doubt, led homebuyers to reassess their housing situations and even reconsider home sizes and destinations,” says Jessica Lautz, vice president of demographics and behavioral insights for NAR. “Buyers sought housing with more rooms, more square footage and more yard space, and they may have desired a home office or home gym. They also shopped for larger homes because extra space would allow households to better accommodate older adult relatives or young adults that are now living within the residence.”

 

The 7 Buyer pandemic-related trends:

  1. Multigenerational homes grow in popularity
  2. Homes are pricier
  3. Shorter house tenures expected
  4. More renters become owners
  5. Buyers love suburbia
  6. Searches speed up
  7. Certain buying segments grow

The 7 Seller pandemic-related trends:

  1. Looking to upsize
  2. Feeling urgency
  3. Technology’s importance grows
  4. Incentives haven’t disappeared
  5. Equity gains
  6. Long-timers appear more motivated to move
  7. Desire to live close to family remains strong

It will be interesting to see future housing trends. For now, we are seeing multiple offers on listings and many potential sellers are on the sidelines.

Davidson Realty Welcomes New Agent Kim Baum

November 19, 2020

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What qualities do you expect from your realtor? Experience? Commitment to understand your needs? A willingness to provide you with a level of service that ensures you will refer them to your friends and family? An understanding of your community and what makes your home valuable? Our new Davidson Realty Agent, Kim Baum, checks all of those boxes.

 

Kim comes to Davidson Realty after an extensive career in education, most recently in the St. Johns County School District, and as a previous owner of several rental properties.

 

“After my first meeting with Kim I knew she would make an excellent addition to our team and was hoping she would choose Davidson Realty,” shares Andrea Gallagher, Davidson Realty Sales and Training Manager. “With her level of commitment and past years’ experiences working in our local school and community she embodies what we deem essential in being a great real estate advisor which is putting people first.”

 

The feeling was mutual as Kim felt right at home at Davidson Realty and truly respected the brokerage’s outstanding reputation. “I chose Davidson Realty because of their extensive training and mentor programs. They have a wonderful team of supportive agents and foster a family atmosphere which I really loved,” shares Kim. “I feel so grateful to be a part of the Davidson Realty team.”

 

After moving to the World Golf Village area of St. Augustine in 2004, Kim fell in love with Northeast Florida. “I truly enjoy living in Northeast Florida as it provides the perfect climate and an attractive pace of life. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of the area with my clients and welcoming newcomers to Northeast Florida!”

 

In her free time, Kim and her husband enjoy traveling the world and playing golf together as much as possible. Kim also has a huge heart for animals and has rescued many dogs, cats, and horses over the years.

 

Kim works out of the Davidson Realty World Golf Village Office. If you are interested in buying or selling your home, give Kim a call today!

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