5 Family-Friendly Fall Activities in Northeast Florida

October 14, 2021

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It’s officially fall and although the temperatures might only be subtly changing in Northeast Florida, the season full of apples, pumpkins, and football is here! “Even though we are in Florida, there are still plenty of opportunities to embrace the fall season. The First Coast has a variety of options for fun in the fall to appeal to everyone,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. Check out some of the family-friendly fall fun in and around Jacksonville. 

 

 

Southside United Methodist Church

3120 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32207

Roam the patch for the perfect pumpkin at Southside United Methodist Church (SUMC) Pumpkin Patch. Throughout the month of October, SUMC will be hosting fall family events including a photo fun day, trunk or treat, and a movie in the patch. Visit their website to learn more. 

 

Shepherd of the Woods Pumpkin Patch

6595 Columbia Park Court, Jacksonville, Florida 32258 

Stop by the beautiful forty-acre wooded, lakeside Shepherd of the Woods Pumpkin Patch. With a wide selection of pumpkins, fall scenes, and picnic tables by the lake. Admission is free and all proceeds from pumpkin sales will support missions. For more hours and information, visit their Facebook Page.

 

The Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens – Spooktacular

370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32218

Dress up in your favorite family-friendly costume and explore the Jacksonville Zoo during the 34th Annual Spooktacular. From October 15-17 and 22-31 from 6-10 pm, enjoy activities for all ages including trick-or-treating and multiple scare zones. Tickets must be purchased online in advance, get your tickets today! 

 

Amazing Grace Family Farms

2899 Wisteria Farms Road, Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043

Amazing Grace Family Farms is the perfect place to get your fall fix! Open every Friday and Saturday in October, enjoy the pumpkin patch, corn maze, sunflowers, and a host of family fun activities. A highlight every year is the farm animal petting zoo, where children can get up close and personal with their favorite farm animals. For a complete list of attractions and hours of operation, visit their website

 

Sykes Family Farms

5995 Brough Road, Elkton, Florida 32033

For all-day fun for all ages, you MUST visit Sykes Family Farms. Known for their nine-acre, four-phase corn maze, visitors truly can do it all at Sykes Family Farms. In addition to the corn maze, visitors can also enjoy hayrides, playgrounds, cow milking stations, and farm animals! For a full list of fun and to purchase tickets, visit their website.

 

There is clearly no shortage of fall family fun in Northeast Florida. We hope you and your family enjoy the fall season at one of these exciting locations!

Three Businesses Coming Soon to Northeast Florida

October 5, 2021

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The First Coast is constantly welcoming new businesses of every variety. With a guarantee for a hot and interesting restaurant or business to experience in the area, Northeast Florida is a wonderful place to live. “Businesses that come to the First Coast are greeted with open arms by the thriving community. With so many heavy traffic commercial areas and a bustling calendar of events in the area, there is no shortage of opportunity for businesses to flourish,” shares Davidson Realty President, Sherry Davidson. We’re sharing a few new businesses to put on your radar as they gear up to call Northeast Florida home. 

 

Tru by Hilton

A new hotel is coming to South Jacksonville! Tru by Hilton will be coming to the Bowden area near Southpoint. The city issued a permit in early September 2021 to build the four-story, 45,000-square-foot hotel that will cost more than $6 million. This new location joins two other Tru by Hilton properties in the area. 

 

The Sugar Factory

Have you heard? The self-proclaimed sweetest place on Earth is getting ready to call Jacksonville home. Markets at Town Center will be welcoming a new occupant to the former Brio Tuscan Grille property: Las Vegas-based Sugar Factory American Brasserie. The Sugar Factory, which was founded in 2009, operates fifteen locations in the United States and four overseas. The location in the Town Center will be the chain’s fourth location in Florida. The Sugar Factory is known for over-the-top sundaes, cocktails, and milkshakes while also offering a variety of savory pasta, steak, and burger dishes. 

 

Dolly Llama Waffle Master 

Another sweet business is coming to Northeast Florida! The Dolly Llama Waffle Master will likely be coming to Ponte Vedra Beach in 2022. The shop’s handcrafted waffle cones are filled with ice cream and can be customized with a variety of tasty toppings. This will be the first Dolly Llama location in Florida. The concept debuted in 2017 in Los Angeles. Menu favorites include the Cinnalover signature shake, Dolly’s Dream signature waffle, and Snow Storm ice cream. 

 

With Northeast Florida being such an attractive area for businesses, there is no shortage of new shops to explore.

Upcoming World Golf Village Office Park is a Welcomed Solution for Much-Needed Office Space in St. Johns County

August 31, 2021

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Northeast Florida is a vivacious area with new developments popping up all over town. A new office park development, WGV Office Park, has sparked excitement in St. Johns County. Located at the entrance of the King & Bear, this five-building office park will total more than 44,000 square feet of much-needed office space in the area.

 

“The owners purchased the land at the beginning of July 2021 from Fletcher Davis. At that time they partnered with Matt Harkins of DL Harkins Construction out of Orlando on the project. Matt has a great deal of experience with developing office condos and has been involved in many successful projects,” shares Sam Davidson, Realtor® at Davidson Realty and Vice President of Special Operations for Davidson Development. “Right now, the project is in final review from the county and is expected to break ground in November 2021. Work on the first two buildings will begin approximately thirty days later with delivery scheduled for Spring of 2022.”

 

Occupants of the office park will have a space built to last as the buildings will have concrete block walls and Hollow Core System roofs. They will also be just across the street from Publix-anchored Shoppes at Murabella and a surrounding community that is growing fast both residentially and commercially.

 

“It should be a huge benefit to both World Golf Village and the surrounding area. There is a real lack of office space in St. Johns County as a whole and especially in the World Golf Village area. This will allow local residents to work closer to home and serve their friends, family, and neighbors,” shares Davidson. “It will also help bring much-needed support services such as attorneys, doctors, and insurance agents to the community. This project has been designed with spaces starting at 1,120 square feet and going up to 12,000 square feet, which allows for the ability to accommodate companies of all sizes.”

 

If you are interested in owning an office condo in the new WGV Office Park, contact Sam Davidson at (904) 502-2397 or jsdavidson@davidsonrealtyinc.com or Tim Nemethy at (904) 553-6194 or tnemethy@davidsonrealtyinc.com

Davidson Cares Continues to Grow in Size and Impact

August 20, 2021

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Since 2012, Davidson Cares has tirelessly supported local youth-based programs in Northeast Florida. Through various fundraisers, events, raffles, and grants, Davidson Cares is committed to strengthening children. The efforts of Davidson Cares is overwhelmingly supported by the gracious and generous community in Northeast Florida. 

 

 

 

Davidson Cares is proud of the dedicated and talented members of its board. “Davidson Cares recently welcomed four new board members to form a team of twelve incredible members. Together, we look forward to continuing to support local programs that benefit both children and their families,” shares Sherry Davidson, President of Davidson Realty.

 

Steve Canty

Steve Canty is currently the principal (owner) of Shillburn Risk Advisors. Prior, for fourteen years Steve was the owner of The Canty Insurance Agency (Brightway) in Jacksonville. The agency was sold to VyStar Financial Corp in January of 2021. Steve is also a former Senior Vice President of Main Street America Group. Steve is married to Rita B. Canty, a father of three, and a grandfather to two. Steve and his wife reside on the beautiful St. Johns River in St. Augustine, Florida.

 

 

Jim Wheeler

Jim Wheeler is a Program Director for Investing in Kids (INK!), the foundation supporting public schools in St. Johns County.  After retiring from a twenty-six-year banking career in 2014, Jim has worked in education.  He has led the Take Stock in Children- St. Johns County scholarship and mentoring program since 2017.  He has previously served as co-founder of the Community Alliance Funding Education, as Chair of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, and as an eight-year member of the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency.

 

 

William Li

William Li has been a practicing attorney for more than twenty years in Northeast Florida. He started his career at a boutique law firm in Jacksonville, Florida specializing in real estate development and representing clients in raw land acquisition, due diligence, development, and disposition. After rising to shareholder, William pursued an opportunity with the General Counsel’s office for the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, handling all of the University’s legal matters in real estate, finance, and contracts. However, the lure of private practice brought William back to Jacksonville, where he now practices law again.

 

William is a member of the Florida Bar and is a member of numerous lawyer associations and charities. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (BS) 1996, University of Florida (Masters in Real Estate Finance) 2000, and University of Florida College of Law (JD) 2000. He is a husband and father to twin boys and enjoys spending time with his family, good food, and sports.

3 New Businesses in Northeast Florida You NEED to Visit

July 30, 2021

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The attraction to Northeast Florida is clear. From the beautiful beaches to the dynamic neighborhoods, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In such a fruitful area, new businesses are popping up all around town and we’re sharing a few that are a MUST to visit.

 

 

Jeremiah’s

A Northeast Florida favorite, Jeremiah’s recently opened a new location in Jacksonville Beach. The Orlando-based company has gained popularity across Florida and is the perfect addition to the array of businesses at the beaches. Located at 1500 Beach Boulevard, the new location is just 1.5 miles from the Jacksonville Beach Pier, making it the perfect cool-down hangout on hot summer days! Jeremiah’s iconic bold Italian Ice offers nearly limitless favor combinations for guests. Some fan-favorite pairings include Orange Smash and Vanilla Gelati and Cake Batter Gelati and Chocolate Ice Cream!

 

Buc-cee’s

Although this first of its kind in Florida establishment has been open since February, Buc-cee’s is still stirring up excitement! With more than 104 fueling stations and more then 52,000 square feet it is obvious this isn’t your average gas station. The Texas-based travel shop is located in St. Augustine on 200 World Commerce Parkway near World Golf Village. On February 22, 2021, the day of its grand opening, hundreds waited in line to be the first to experience the impressive display of food, drink, and merchandise. Buc-cee’s patrons can enjoy classic treats like homemade fudge, kolaches, and jerky and more adventurous snacks like pickled quail eggs. This new Northeast Florida landmark is worth a trip…you never know what you might find!

 

Estrella Cocina

And last, but certainly not least… Estrella Cocina – Downtown Jacksonville’s newest rooftop attraction! The Baja Coastal Mexican-style restaurant and bar is part of the new Vystar Credit Union corporate campus. Located on the seventh floor at 100 West Bay Street, Estrella Cocina provides stunning views of the Jacksonville skyline and the St. Johns River! This new downtown hot spot is owned and operated by local restaurateurs Jonathan Cobbs and Dwayne Beliakoff, founders of The Bread & Board. The menu offers unique and intriguing plates like Lobster Veracruzana Tacos and Birria de Res con Consome (a Tijuana- Style Beef Brisket), but don’t forget to sip on one of Estrella Cocina’s specialty cocktails like the Shoreline Smash or the Hibiscus Margarita!

 

Northeast Florida offers a wide variety of things to see, do, and enjoy. If you are interested in calling the First Coast home, don’t hesitate to contact the real estate experts at Davidson Realty. Not only do we love finding a new home for our clients to start their next chapter, we enjoy showing them all the best restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment options to take advantage of in their new neighborhood. Don’t be surprised if you stop by one of these exciting new additions to the area highlighted above!

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