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Old 02-06-2018, 11:18 AM
 
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We are looking for neighborhood recommendations for a mid-50's couple with the following profile:

Active, like the beach, fishing, and boating. one child attending U of F who comes home often; do not golf; like nice retail shopping to be proximate (St Johns Town Center?); want to minimize flood threat; used to living in planned communities with CCRs; not interested in 55 and older developments. Probably willing to spend in the $350-550k range. We may have an elderly relative that could live with us in the future.

We have read some good things about PVB and Nocatee. It seems like some homes are wood frame construction, while others are block...?

We would really appreciate the name of some specific neighborhoods in those areas, or others we may not know about....and any general comments o the area. thanks
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Old 02-06-2018, 11:33 AM
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Old 02-07-2018, 05:31 AM
 
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Nocatee is only about 5 miles to the beach (Ponte Vedra) which is also great for shopping and dining. Specific communities that are also walking distance to nocatee shopping are The Enclave, Lakeside, Addison Park, Sienna, Daniel Park. 350-550 will basically get you anything you want. These places are mostly completed except for Daniel Park.
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Old 02-18-2018, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra
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House or Condo? I agree with all of the recommendations above but Nocatee has CDDs in addition to the HOAs of whichever community you live in, which are fine if you will use the amenities - if you are not big on community pools and activities, I'm not sure I would want to tack on additional mandatory fees that are ongoing (the bond can be aid off, but the opps and maintenance fees are permanent). That said, condo fees can be high as well ($150-$450 depending on where you go.)

In the smaller single family homes in PVB there are no CDDs and HOAs are low. Also, the beach towns tend to have better resale value (based on location of course - PVB has high resale bc of schools but Jax Beach has high resale based on proximity to the beach). Your budget is good for Jax Beach or PVB as long as you don't need a huge house (over 2800 sf).

And Nocatee is only 7 miles to the beach, but it's Micklers public beach which is now very crowded. Many people drive an extra 4 miles to Guana, which right now is only a parking fee of $3-4 and Guana is USUALLY (not always) less crowded. Also, a lot of people on the beach side opt to join Sawgrass Beach Club or Serenata Beach Club. Although a private beach club is a cost, if you find you aren't using it, you don't have to renew the membership, so it's a cost that you can always get rid of. Also the private beach clubs are nice because they not only offer a quieter section of the beach with services like chairs and towels, but they have dining and activities which is great for meeting new people.

The Nocatee Town Center is also quite limited on shopping and dining - no table service restaurants and very few retail stores - there's Artsy Abode, a bike shop, a yoga place, and other outlets, but its nail salons, a few gyms, a golf cart store, UPS store, lots of medical and dental, two hair cut chains, etc. but for the most part it is not "shopping".

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Old 02-18-2018, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra
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to address the construction, the block homes are concrete on the first level and frame on the second. The others are all frame - even at the beach, most are frame unless you are on the direct ocean access. The most important thing to look at is the elevation certificate (all homes over the bridge are required to have flood insurance, but it's cheap now that FEMA regulates it -we pay $500 a year for 4800 sf. surrounded by marsh and tidal surge risk). The elevation certificate will tell you the likelihood of your home actually taking in rising water (which is what destroys homes) based on the lot and the height of the foundation. The other important thing at the beach is going to be your roof - they changed codes after 2008, so you definitely want to find a home with a new roof that will pass wind mitigation tests because in a hurricane, wind does the most damage!)

I personally am not biased toward frame or block (again, unless you live ON THE OCEAN) it is the overall foundation and elevation that you need to understand. Of course quality construction is the most important thing and most beach-side homes were well built. (By beach-side I mean "over the bridges" not on the ocean.)

Hope this helps.
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Old 02-19-2018, 11:30 AM
 
Location: NNJ --> NE FL 2015
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Also, a lot of people on the beach side opt to join Sawgrass Beach Club or Serenata Beach Club. Although a private beach club is a cost, if you find you aren't using it, you don't have to renew the membership, so it's a cost that you can always get rid of.
Just an fyi: I don’t know about Serenata but as for Sawgrass CC, if you decide to become a full country club member, you’ll need to pay the initiation in full ($30k) or on a 3 year installment plan ($33.5k total). Once you pay, it’s nonrefundable unless you move at least 100 miles away and you’re within the first 3 years of membership and even then you’ll only get 50% of your initiation fee back.

There is a 1 year preview membership where you pay $1500 upfront plus monthly dues ranging from $500 (tennis plan) - $825 per month (family golf plan). After 1 year you’ll have to decide whether you want to stay or leave. If you stay, the $1500 can be put towards the initiation fee. If you leave, you get nothing back.

There’s also an associate membership with a $15k nonrefundable initiation fee where you’ll have access to the beach club, fitness center and tennis. Monthly dues range from $400 to $500+. No golf access under this membership.
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