By: Julie Sagoskin
According to Florida economists, more than 906 people a day are moving to Florida. That means our population is increasing by 330,605 new residents a year. It’s no wonder why. Ponte Vedra Beach offers an ideal waterfront resort lifestyle for everyone, from retirees to young families to second-home owners, with golfing, boating, and outdoor activities at your doorstep. And it’s becoming discovered by folks fleeing tax heavy states. Florida has no state income tax, and on average only a 7% sales tax. People are discovering they don’t have to commute an hour to work anymore. All it takes is a cell phone, a fast, secure internet connection, and their office can be almost anywhere.
If the idea of living in the sunshine is appealing to you, then you should consider Ponte Vedra Beach and the Jacksonville Beaches. Finding your dream home is easy if you enlist the aid of Kim Martin- Fisher and Jennifer Martin Faulkner. They the number one rated Realtors in Northeast Florida. “This is a primary residence area,” said Jennifer of the beach communities along the Northeast Florida Coast. “If you had asked me that ten years ago, I would have had a different answer for you. We have a lot of residents who enjoy the 24/7 vacationing lifestyle here, but many of them came to stay the weekend and decided this is home. Besides the beach resorts, most of which are private clubs where you have to be a member, it’s about boating, golfing, tennis, and exclusivity.” According to Kim, “many visitors wind up getting a little sand in their shoes, and never go home.”
According to state statistics, more families are moving to the area than ever before. Many, if not most of them are from the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) as well as Chicago and California. “The inventory of luxury properties in and around Ponte Vedra is dwindling every day,” says Kim Martin-Fisher. “It’s no wonder. The word is out. Our economy is strong, the public school system is the best
in the state. Our luxury properties are more than reasonable when compared to prices in the Northeast and Midwest.” The average luxury home price begins at a million and goes from there. Jennifer points out, “we are an affluent community. A lot of New Yorkers discovered us years ago. In fact, prior to the Corona Virus many of those who have an office in the City, hopped on an airplane and came home to sunshine and blue skies every weekend.” Kim points out that Ponte Vedra is paradise nearly 365 days a year. We do have a few cold days that drop down to the fifties, but that gives us enough of the taste of winter to be grateful we live in Florida. It’s easy to get to work, “The daily commute to the office could be just as simple as walking across the house to your home office”, according to Kim and “snowstorms are something we watch on television, and our closets are heavy on flip flops, shorts, and bathing suits.We are becoming a metropolitan area with a home town feel.”
MORE ABOUT THE AREA
The Ponte Vedra area is a destination for golf enthusiasts. That should come as no surprise. The PGA’s world headquarters is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, and we count several top ranked professional golfers as our neighbors. For those of us
who are not quite up to the championship level, there are dozens of top-rated courses, including the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, and Sawgrass Country Club.
Tennis is taken seriously here as well. The Association of Tennis Professionals calls Ponte Vedra home. Its U.S. headquarters are here. The ATP is an integral part of the community. “We have dozens of tennis courts available throughout the area,” and there is a healthy rivalry between clubs in nearby Jacksonville, the Beaches and Ponte Vedra,” says Kim.
Jennifer is quick to point out the Jacksonville Jaguars are just 20 minutes away, and you can get to the stadium by car or boat. “As you might expect, boating is a big part of the lifestyle. We have the Intracoastal Waterway that runs from Key West to Maine, the ocean, as well as the St. Johns River. If a nautical lifestyle is what you want… it’s here.”
Jacksonville, it’s beaches, and Ponte Vedra is where history began in America. Ponce De Leon landed near St. Augustine, which is just a few miles down the road. St. Augustine, in addition to being a top tourist destination, features trendy upscale dining, boutique shopping and is also home to a number of best selling authors.
Health care is a significant attraction. The Mayo Clinic has one of it’s three medical campuses in Jacksonville. People travel from throughout the world to be seen and treated by Mayo’s top physicians.
Kim and Jennifer have built an enviable reputation. They are recognized for their knowledge, “get it done” attitude, and, most of all, for their negotiating skills. Jennifer is a licensed relocation specialist, which is a real advantage if you are moving to the area from a different part of the country. Kim’s reputation as a top Realtor is well deserved. She has the vision, the experience, and the enthusiasm to help you open your new world of luxury, lifestyle, and exclusivity. She has a love and a healthy respect for the Northeast. “My husband and I love New York; we used to travel there several times a year toshop and dine and look forward to returning soon. We even like a little cold weather, but in the end, we can’t wait to come home to paradise, says Kim.
You can still find your place in the sun. Call Kim Martin-fisher (904) 699-9993 or Jennifer Martin Faulkner (904) 524-6000. They will be happy to tell you about their town.