MOLLY  THOMPSON IS CONNECTED:  SERVING THE BEST OF THE FIRST COAST FOR OVER 30 YEARS

When considering a move to the First Coast of Florida, you will want to investigate the beaches areas as well as St. Johns County’s favorite neighborhoods, which offer the states finest schools. Please find below snapshots of these areas with links to assist you with your search.

The Beaches: One drive down A1A, or Third Street, and you will be hooked on the beach lifestyle of the First Coast. There is a feeling that fills your soul. Cool fall breezes, surfing, fishing, shopping and family fun await you in all the beach communities.

Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach

Often compared to a cozy New England beach town, Atlantic and Neptune Beach offers tree lined streets, shingled cottages intermingled with grand oceanfront estates.  Numerous community parks, playgrounds,  tennis courts, and of course miles of beach are favored recreational venues. . The last decade has seen the establishment of the  “Town Center” at the foot of Atlantic Boulevard and Third Street. It’s an entertainment and restaurant complex that attracts people of all ages. This charming shopping and entertainment district is "New Florida" at its best. Brick pavers on the streets, attractive landscaping and seaside architecture give the area a dash of old world cool mixed with modern day pizzazz you can't find anywhere else on the First Coast.

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Jacksonville Beach

Millions of dollars in both public and private investments have flowed through the beaches communities in recent years as a wave of oceanfront re-development has taken place. A number of hotels have been demolished altogether as developers make way for new, rather tall, trendy upscale condominium developments. City fathers in Jacksonville Beach, along with the City of Jacksonville government, have teamed up to fund a new pier expanding into the Atlantic Ocean.  At 1,300 feet in length and 16 feet wide, this is a choice spot for taking in great views of the sand and surf or casting a line and trying your hand at landing a big fish.

The upgraded SeaWalk Pavilion offers a spectacular oceanfront venue for festivals, concerts and outdoor movies. The area around the Pavilion has been upgraded and improved tremendously offering shops, restaurants, as well as charming office space and city offices. The beaches communities offer a large number of festivals during the summer months beginning with the Annual Opening of the Beaches. Other festivals include Fiesta Playera, a celebration of latino culture filled with great food and soulful music, and the popular Springing the Blues festival. This area was once considered a sleepy fishing village,  but now can claim it gave birth to the world class Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

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Ponte Vedra Beach

Traveling south on A1A into St. Johns County, you will enter the upscale community of Ponte Vedra Beach. Once part of a pristine wilderness ,Ponte Vedra Beach is a thriving seaside community especially known for its world renowned golf courses. But don’t let the ocean breezes or pristine greens fool you.  It has been voted as one of the best places to live in Florida by both CNN and Money Magazine.  In Ponte Vedra Beach are the marshes and streams of the state-protected, sensitive Guana River State Park, a popular preserve offering many relaxing water activities. Ponte Vedra is proud claim it is the headquarters of two world-class sporting organizations, the PGA Tour, which hosts the Players Championship and the Association of Tennis Professionals.  Ponte Vedra Beach offers a balance of residential choices.  Select from a range of condominiums, diverse-style homes or custom waterfront properties. There are homes ranging from the starter variety up to 12,000-square-foot oceanfront palaces with wrought-iron gates surrounded by sand dunes, majestic oaks and other native vegetation.

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Northern St. Johns County

Northern St. Johns County is probably the fastest-growing area on the First Coast. It offers outstanding award winning schools and spectacular communities as Julington Creek Plantation and World Golf Village as well as County Road 210. Like many other First Coast communities, golf plays an integral role in this region. Choose from courses designed by Jacksonville native Mark McCumber to golf legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The vast amount of development on St. Johns County Road 210, offers the peacefulness of country charm that’s within a shot of the city hustle-bustle. And, further south of County Road 210 is the prestigious World Golf Village, which is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame, shops, restaurants and an IMAX theater.

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Nocatee 

Located in northern St. Johns County, between St. Augustine and downtown Jacksonville, this development of regional impact (or DRI) is the equivalent of an entirely new city from concept to fruition. Estimated to take 20 years to complete, and is one of the fastest growing communities in St. Johns County.  Nocatee features a number of housing choices including an 'active adult', condominium, and single family homes as well as retail shopping, parks, office space, houses of worship and schools. Recreational amenities include a state of the art water park, with it’s own lazy river, miles and miles of biking and walking trails and coming soon, it’s very own zip line!

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