The Vision of World Golf Village

Posted by: Sherry Davidson in News

Behind anything great, you find a great story. World Golf Village is no exception. In the 1980s, St. Johns County had less than 100,000 residents. It was inevitable that the area would blossom with the right vision and execution. Jim Davidson, President of Davidson Development, was the man for the job. 

Jim could see the pieces of the World Golf Village puzzle come together. “Not only could Jim see the Jacksonville market heading south and knew this was the perfect area between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, but he could see the pine trees becoming the development he envisioned,” shared Davidson Realty President and Jim’s wife, Sherry Davidson. “Jim saw beyond the golf courses, lakes, and homes and saw people walking their dogs and pushing their children in strollers on the sidewalks.” 

Jim was persistent in bringing World Golf Village to life. He met regularly with land planners, engineers, attorney’s and an environmental team to make sure the pieces came together as he planned. Although many along the way didn’t believe, Jim never doubted he could get the job done right. Once the World Golf Village developer financed a new interchange on Interstate 95, the development became extremely attractive to commuters, as World Golf Village was one of only a few options for buyers in St. Johns County who worked in Jacksonville. 

The pieces continued to come together after Jim brought the PGA TOUR and other golf organizations on board to build the World Golf Hall of Fame. From there, Jim assembled various partners for the golf courses, the hotel, and the retail stores to further bring attraction to the area. World Golf Village turned out to be exactly what people were looking for, including the Davidsons. Jim and Sherry Davidson were one of the first homeowners in World Golf Village and still live in World Golf Village to this day. 

While building World Golf Village, the Davidsons worked hard to protect the environment to ensure the community maintained its natural beauty. More than 2,775 acres, nearly half of the project site, was set aside for preservation. These efforts were recognized by the Florida Association of Realtors ®  when the Davidsons received the ENVY award in 2002. The ENVY award honor is given to developments that preserve Florida’s natural quality of life. 

The infrastructure added by World Golf Village paved the way for the development of other communities in the area like The Hutson Companies’ SilverLeaf, which will have 10,700 homesites, 2,650,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space, and more than 3,500 acres of conservation land. It is clear that World Golf Village blazed the trail. 

The master planned community has prospered over the last 23 years and is regarded as one of the most desired communities on the First Coast. With more than 6,000 homes and more than 15,000 residents, World Golf Village provides a place to live that is picture perfect. Whether you are a golf lover eager to take advantage of the award winning golf courses or a family wanting to give their children the opportunity to attend fantastic public schools or interested in enjoying an active adult community, you have a home in World Golf Village.

World Golf Village has a vibrant history to be proud of and a legacy to look forward to, as it continues to be a highly sought-after area. No one knows World Golf Village better than Davidson Realty. If you are interested in calling World Golf Village home, contact Davidson Realty at (904) 940-5000.

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Popcorn Personality

Posted by: Rick Pariani in Tips

If you have been following along with this Series, you know that in our last article, “Like an Athlete in Training – Picture This”, I shared ideas on how to personalize the show and sale of your home.

I suggested that you don’t have to “stage” your home for sale as if it is a model home. I recommended that you showcase your home’s personality and portray it as a “happy home” enjoyed by family and friends. I thought I had evidence of the wisdom of that approach when we got feedback from a buyer who said “we can see ourselves living here”.

Well – Life is about Learning and Learning is Life.

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People come from all over to enjoy the lifestyle that World Golf Village has to offer.

Once they arrive, the beautiful scenery, sense of community, and proximity to amenities and outdoor recreation is what makes them stay. Another great aspect of living in World Golf Village is the diversity of living options offered here. For buyers looking for that $300,000 dream home, here are just some of the options in World Golf Village for that price.

93 Scarlet Rose Lane – Ashley Oaks

This 5/4 is nestled on a beautifully landscaped half-acre lot. Built in 2012, the one-owner home has a large family room with arched doorways, recessed niche and home theatre pre-wire, living room/office with built-in bookshelf & aquarium, spacious kitchen with granite counters and double oven, and large master suite with tray ceiling. Listed at $299,000

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Lennar Homes is one of the nation’s leading home builders, catering to all generations. They are headquartered in Miami, FL and currently have a presence in 18 different states. Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson and I recently sat down with Lennar Homes’ Marketing Director Amber Williams to learn more about Lennar’s Jacksonville and St. Augustine division as well as what sets them apart from other home builders.

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For anyone looking to enjoy a relaxed, comfortable home environment with amazing golf course views, World Golf Village’s La Fontana is the new place to be. The 52-unit condominium community located at the Residences will offer the best in stylish comfort with a bevy of special amenities and features that allow residents to create a personalized environment.

Says Troy White of Developer World Golf Village Residential Ventures I, LLC, “They are large condos set up as individual residences, so people will have the ability to create a home. We’re giving them the freedom to choose from a host of options and make them their own.”

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This month we are taking a closer look at Davidson Realty agent Pauline Cake’s favorite World Golf Village community, Royal Pines. Pauline is one of the many Realtors that calls Royal Pines home. As she explains in the video, Royal Pines offers lavish custom homes, privacy and a serene, natural environment.

Pauline and I happen to be experts on Royal Pines. She has lived in the community for over 5 years and I have lived there for over 10 years. Royal Pines is a neighborhood that truly stands out in World Golf Village. As Pauline explains, driving into the community feels like driving onto an island because there’s water on both sides of the community. The 40-acre lake that engulfs the community is perfect for canoeing, fishing or bird watching.

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The World Golf Village has residents of all sorts, each with their own special view of the community.  We recently caught up with Ernie B. Davidson, a resident with a unique perspective on life here and a great personality to boot.  Here’s a look at 3-year-old Ernie and his life in World Golf Village.

First of all, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat.  How long have you lived here in World Golf Village?  “I was born and raised here.  I live in GroveWood in the King & Bear with my mom, an uncle, and a cat-brother Hubert.  They are very good servants except for Hubert, who is decidedly unaccommodating.  Mom keeps saying I have a new brother or sister coming soon, but I don’t know how to feel about that.”

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John Unkefer, President of Legacy Builders of North Florida, established his company in 1997 and has over 28 years of construction experience, specializing in crafting custom homes. Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson and I sat down with John to learn more about Legacy Builders and their custom building process.

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This month, we’re back with Doug Griesemer, President of Advantage Home Builders, to learn what sets their company apart from their national competition. Doug took us to visit some of their homes under construction in Las Calinas to show how every Advantage Home Builders’ home is unique and built specifically to the homeowner’s wants and needs. And, not only are their homes customized, Advantage Home Builders is also at the forefront of energy efficiency technology!

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Welcome Home to GroveWood

Posted by: Peyton Davidson in Neighborhoods, Videos

GroveWood has a sense of arrival that feels like a warm hug for residents of this King & Bear community in World Golf Village. Traveling the serene four miles from the King & Bear entrance to the “Welcome to GroveWood” sign is the perfect way to relax after a long day at work. As a GroveWood resident myself, I know first hand that as you take in the community’s natural beauty, you find yourself unwinding and feeling calm and centered.  Come along with me and Davidson Realty’s new construction expert, Jennifer Todd, as we explore the family-friendly streets and the buzz of new home construction in GroveWood.

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