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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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We are all very happy to see that the World Golf Village area is growing again! You’ve probably noticed all the construction going on in the King & Bear, the Cascades, the Residences and the communities surrounding us. I analyze the Northeast Florida market statistics every month to see how our area is improving over time and I wanted to share the positive information I found. We have some really great things happening in and around WGV in 2014!

First, let’s look at what’s going on around our community and then we will look at what’s happening in WGV.

If you’ve been by the World Commerce Center recently, you’ve probably noticed all the construction going on. Mattamy Homes is building a community called Segovia, which will be a new townhome project of 220 homes.

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Whether through work, community service, or just being a great neighbor, each of World Golf Village’s treasured residents give back to their community in their own ways.  Royal Pines resident Fred Odom is extraordinary because his efforts have benefited the area in each of these ways.

He serves on the Boards of Royal Pines Homeowners Association and Gateway Community Center in Jacksonville, in addition to dedicating time to several professional associations.  We recently caught up with Fred to get to know a little more about him and his background.

Q: From where do you hail and what brought you to St. Augustine? I am originally from Waycross, Georgia, but I have travelled around the world 65 times, so you say I am resident of the world.   I came to St. Augustine because of World Golf Village.

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The Meadows is a quaint, family-friendly community located less than two miles from the neighborhood shopping center, Murabella Plaza, in World Golf Village. It was designed and developed with affordability in mind, plus all the relationship benefits of living in World Golf Village. Come along with Davidson Realty agent Lynn Whitley and I as we explore The Meadows!

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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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We recently stopped by Advantage Home Builders’ exquisite new model in Las Calinas to hear about their flourishing business and what sets them apart from their competition. After meeting President of Advantage Home Builders, Doug Griesemer, it was obvious why they have been so successful in Northeast Florida. They stay true to their core values and believe it is the reason for their rapid success. From one community and 20 homes closed in their first year of business, to an expansion to 11 communities, 106 homes closed and seven furnished models in 2012, they are growing and prospering!

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A month after our meeting in New York we met with the investors in Memphis to present our findings and recommendations. Since our previous meeting, we had completed an extensive review of the following project files:

  1. Land ownership maps for the approved project acreage not previously contracted for or purchased by the investors. Included correspondence files covering previously held discussions between the investors and the land owners.
  2. Application for Development Approval (ADA)
  3. Final Development Order for the Development of Regional Impact (DRI)
  4. Interchange Justification Report
  5. Environmental Impact Report prepared by the project environmental consultants

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The newly enhanced www.WorldGolfRealEstate.com website features many upgrades, including better navigation and an updated look-and-feel to promote our award-winning master planned golf community. The site boasts an advanced property search and up-to-date listing of featured homes, as well as easy-to-find information about community businesses, local amenities and services, schools, and events via an online blog and community calendar.

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waterbury by the links signWelcome to Waterbury by the Links! In the video above, Davidson Realty Agent and resident golf course expert, Jock Ochiltree takes us on a tour through Waterbury by the Links East and West to learn more about this custom home community and the homes currently on the market. As Jock explains in the video, Waterbury is a neighborhood made up of 127 custom home sites framing holes two through eight of the world renowned King & Bear golf course, the only course collaboration by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

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epic landscapeMulch is a wonderful addition to any landscape.  A mulch layer around trees and shrubs provides many benefits.

♦ Helps maintain soil moisture.   Mulch slows evaporation and reduces the amount of water that is needed by the plants.
♦ Inhibits weeds.  It is almost impossible to keep weeds out of bedding areas without some type of mulch covering.
♦ Helps maintain soil temperature.  Mulch keeps the plants’ roots warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
♦ Adds Beauty.  Mulch gives planting beds a neat and uniform appearance.  Its color and textures compliments the plants and the house.
♦ Reduces soil erosion.  Water running off the house or from adjacent areas can create a lot of soil erosion.  Mulch will decrease the amount of soil lost.
♦ Improves the soil.  Any organic mulch will decompose over time.  This will increase the soil’s fertility and improve the soil’s texture and drainage.
♦ Provides protection.  Having a layer of mulch around plants and trees will protect them from lawnmowers and string trimmers.

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