Saint Augustine, FL Real Estate News

By Clair Funk, Clair Funk Broker Associate
(St. Augustine Realty)
When selling or buying real estate in St Augustine Fl we must disclose all material facts that we now about a home; but does that include that the house is haunted?  I read an article recently where a Pennsylvania couple actually advertised that their home was for sale and that it was “slightly haunted”. Oddly enough, that same day I read a second article about a SW Florida couple also advertising a haunted house for sale.  Umm,  not sure if that will prove a worthwhile strategy or not, but it did cause me to think about selling and buying real estate in St Augustine Fl – specifically in the historic downtown area. St Augustine was founded in September 1565 and is still thriving today.  St Augustine is said to not only be the oldest but also the most haunted city in America.    Think ab...
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By Stefanie Bernstein
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
When searching for your dream home, look no further than homes for sale in St. Augustine. According to CNN, St. Augustine has been named one of the Top 10 Places to Retire. St. Augustine is the only city on the list for the entire state of Florida.  St. Augustine is a charming city that holds countless attractions. These attractions range from fabulous weather, beautiful white sand beaches to world-class golf. Buying one the beautiful homes for sale in St. Augustine is your ticket to living a beautiful life.    Why purchase one of the many homes for sale in St. Augustine? One of the main reasons, it’s not a hassle to live here. When searching for homes for sale in St. Augustine, you can choose to live by the beach, marsh or historical downtown. Regardless of where you chose to live, you...
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By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage)
Landon Homes, a local North East Florida Builder, is pleased to announce they are now building The Cottages at Hidden Lakes. Landon Homes is introducing new models in the remaining 10 Hidden Lakes home-sites.  Designed in a timeless Old Florida style these homes utilize today’s modern open floor plans.  The Sebastian and the Matanzas, both energy efficient single story homes, feature three bedrooms, two baths with garage entries at the rear of the home accessed via a private alley. Floor plan sizes range from 1,710 square feet for the San Sebastian and 1982 square feet for the Matanzas.  To give the neighborhood a unique look each plan offers four stylish exteriors. Prices start in the upper at $100’s.         The Hidden Lakes home qualities include Gourmet Island kitchens, Elegant Delu...
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By Clair Funk, Clair Funk Broker Associate
(St. Augustine Realty)
I just saw a bold prediction for the coming year that read “Homeownership rates will fall to their lowest point in nearly two decades”.  What would cause this to happen?  Could it be the rise of interest rates?  Will this affect real estate in St Augustine Fl?As of December 31, 2013, the 30-year fixed rate was 4.55 and the 15-year fixed rate was 3.62; up from 4.27 and 3.37 respectfully on October 23, 2013.  So yes, there is a rise occurring, but we have to remember that we have been at discounted rates for a very long time and if our economy is truly improving then the rise of interest rates is a natural progression of events.  This should be looked at as a good thing and not discourage buyers from buying and sellers from selling.  Our economy needs to become stronger and higher interes...
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By Christina Welch, St Johns County Real Estate
(Keller Williams Atlantic Partners)
Cascades Home for Sale   Cascades is located in World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida.  Cascades is a community for active 55+ adults.  The community has many amenities for all walks of life.  First and foremost, there is a Lifestyle Activities Director to manage the social life of the community.  There are two pools within the community, one outside and a heated indoor pool, tennis court with 3 lighted Har-Tu courts, and 2 lighted Har-Tu bocce courts.  For the health and fitness conscious the community offers a state-of-the-art exercise facility with machines, free weight room, aerobics room, and men's and women's spa/locker rooms.  The community also has a 22,000 square foot Grand Clubhouse.  The Clubhouse has a computer center, card room, poker room, billiards and darts room, ...
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By Stefanie Bernstein
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
The information provided here is furnished by Stefanie Bernstein, Broker Associate of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services of St. Augustine, Florida. Stefanie has been assisting home owners and buyers with homes for sale in St. Augustine for over a decade. If you have any questions about the Nation’s oldest city or specifically real estate, Contact Stefanie Bernstein today.   The Nation’s Oldest City St. Augustine is the Nation’s oldest city and has received many accolades recently, including Top 10 Places to Live, Top 10 Places to Retire and Top 10 Places to View Holiday Lighting. Tourists ascend upon St. Augustine every day and fall in love with what residents have already discovered; St. Augustine is Paradise on Earth! Enjoy wandering the winding streets of the Historic District and dini...
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By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage)
One remaining home is the signal a successful closeout of Landon Homes new homes in Kings Trace in the Moultrie area.  Landon Homes at Kings Trace offers the perfect mix of intimate, small-town friendliness, coupled with superb location, and modern sophisticated designs.   The single family homes at Kings Trace were carefully designed and solidly built with the finest materials and outstanding craftsmanship.  Landon Homes New Home Sale Consultant Marjorie Taylor stated “Open floor plans are extremely important to many buyers who are looking at homes in St. Augustine. I attribute Landon Homes quality construction, outstanding value coupled with the unique neighborhood location to the successful developer close-out.” With over 1,500 square feet of living area, the beautiful three-bedroom ...
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By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
If you live in our area, you have probably been to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm at least once. I remember going BEFORE Maximo was there, and it was fun then. Gomek was there ginormous alligator then, just for the record. It's not a big mud pit with a bunch of alligators laying around, it's a full blown ecological park with so much more than alligators.  They have recently added zip lining, and this is just a wonderful day trip to St. Augustine! If you can, head down there Saturday! You can read the rest of the (short) article here:  Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/breaking-news/2013-11-06/story/maximo-celebrates-10-years-st-augustine-alligator-farm-saturday#ixzz2jsOKYpvN
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By Stefanie Bernstein
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
Buyers continue to seek homes for sale in St. Augustine. As inventory continues to shrink, pricing your home accurately will play a major role in how quickly your home will sell. Having multiple offers is no longer an exception to the rule, but a common occurance these days. Accurately priced homes for sale in St. Augustine don't stay on the market for long. In fact, the average days on market for the month of September was 145 days. So, what does that mean for home owners who have homes for sale in St. Augustine? It means that homes for sale in St. Augustine are some of the most sought after properties in the country. Take in to consideration some fo the recent accolades that the Nation's oldest city has received; Top 10 Places To Live - U.S. News & World Report started with a database...
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By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage)
 28 New Estate Homes in Moses Creek Estates The Countdown to the start of sales is ON Landon Homes Now offering a rare opportunity in Moses Creek Estates  You'll love the NEW homes by Landon Homes with their soaring ceilings, open floor plans side entry garages.  Landon is now building on the expansive estate sized home sites in the attractive countryside escape of Moses Creek Estates.   Moses Creek Estates, a lovely neighborhood of established homes with large sites that offer plenty of room for your pool, plus privacy and “breathing room” between each residence.  This beautiful community is situated among mature scenic trees with a community park and neighborhood lakes just minutes to shopping and the beach.    Marjorie Taylor, AgentRepresenting Landon Homes New Homes in St. Augustine...
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By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage)
Landon Homes poised to build in Moses Creek Estates  You'll love the new homes by Landon Homes with their open floor plans and side entry garages each with expansive home sites at the attractive countryside escape, Moses Creek.  The community is situated among mature scenic trees with a community park and neighborhood lakes. Moses Creek, a beautiful neighborhood of established homes with large sites that offer plenty of room for your pool, plus privacy and “breathing room” between each residence.         Strategically located in one of the most dynamic growing areas of St. Augustine, Moses Creek home owners enjoy spacious 1/3 acre home sites, winding roads, lakes and conservation areas.    Just minutes to the beach, shopping and Downtown St. Augustine.         Here are some photos of ho...
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By Pam Graham, Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties
(All Real Estate Options)
Photo of the week September 27 2013 Someone kind of forgot last week's photo of the week. Not gonna mention their name tho. :) This week's photo of the week is of the St Johns River at the Shands Pier, right of of SR 13 in St Johns County. Not a bad picture considering I took it with my IPhone. You would be surprised, that just to the left of the pier (this was to the right), it was dark and cloudy looking. Originally Posted at: Northeast Florida Life
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By Mike Linkenauger, Short Sale Specialist Network
Informative New Website for Villages of Valencia Community The desirable Villages of Valencia community in St. Augustine Florida, has an informative new website available for current and future residents. Single family homes and townhomes fashion the community of Villages of Valencia to give homebuyers a variety of options. The website, VillagesofValencia.com, provides everything one would want to know about the community all in one spot. Information includes a community profile, real estate listings, floor plans, amenities, and more. The community profile on VillagesofValencia.com provides information on the community’s builders, location and surroundings, entertainment options, and covenants and restrictions. Here current and future residents can get a feel for the neighborhood and le...
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By Mike Linkenauger, Short Sale Specialist Network
Sebastian Cove in St. Augustine Fl: New Informative Website There is an all-new website out for residents and potential home buyers in the community of Sebastian Cove in St. Johns County. The highly sought after community of Sebastian Cove in beautiful St. Augustine Florida features both single family homes and condominiums. The website, SebastianCove.com, is full of valuable information such as community information, real estate listings, amenities, and floor plans. Information about the community of Sebastian Cove on the website Sebastiancove.com includes material on builders for Sebastian cove, community location and surroundings, local attractions and entertainment, and more. Also provided are the community’s covenants and restrictions. These important documents provide homeowners a...
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By Mike Linkenauger, Short Sale Specialist Network
Las Calinas Community in St. Augustine FloridaGets new Informative Website The prestigious community of Las Calinas in St. Augustine Florida consists of beautiful single family homes set amongst lakes and nature preserves. A new extremely informative website is available for current and future home owners in Las Calinas, LasCalinas.com. The website provides information on the community of Las Calinas, real estate listings, and community amenities. Community information for Las Calinas on LasCalinas.com includes community profile, builder information, location and surrounding details, also entertainment, shopping, and dining options.  Las Calinas offers a huge variety of floor plans from a multitude of builders to give the community a unique and diverse feel. Located in desirable St. Aug...
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By Mike Linkenauger, Short Sale Specialist Network
New Website For The Glen St. Johns Community There is an awesome new website out for the Glen St. Johns Community located in St. Augustin Florida, just south of Jacksonville, Fl. The easy to navigate website, GlenStJohns.com, has community information, real estate information, amenities, and floor plans all available for current and potential residents. Community information includes a profile for Glen St. Johns, information on the community’s location and surroundings, and school zoning information. Another great resource on GlenStJohns.com is the community covenants and restrictions available for print and download. This is invaluable information for residents needing to learn about the community rules and regulations. GlenStJohns.com also provides current real estate information for ...
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By Mike Linkenauger, Short Sale Specialist Network
Samara Lakes Community in St. Augustine has New Informative Website Samara Lakes in St. Augustine Florida is a beautiful community composed of three separate neighborhoods, River Birch, Oak Ridge, and Briar Woods. An abundance of information concerning the community of Samara Lakes in the World Golf Village area can be found at SamaraLakes.com. This informative website contains community information, real estate listings, and details on amenities for the community. Community information for Samara Lakes contained on SamaraLakes.com includes facts about each neighborhood, information on the community’s location and surroundings, and covenants and restrictions. The website conveys entertainment, shopping, and dining destinations as well. Covenants and restrictions for the community of Sam...
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By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage)
Oakbrook 1/2 acre homesites in Gated Community New Homes in Oakbrook by Landon Homes Whether you are a first time home buyer, or you need more rooms for a growing family, we have a home for sale that is right for you.  At Landon Homes we specialize in new communities and affordable quality homes with features you will really love.     We put a lot of effort into planning homes for today’s families that have more flexible space, efficient options, and beautiful details. Whatever your needs or budget, we have a home that is perfect for you. Oakbrook is a premier gated community featuring large ½ acre wooded sites giving residents a feeling of elegance and spaciousness.   Located in St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in the US, Oakbrook is just ten minutes away from St. Augustine’s be...
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By Carey Frankel, Carey Frankel, ABR, SFR, CDPE, GRI
(Phyllis Frankel Realty Group | Ponte Vedra Real Estate)
Often times, our outdoor spaces are just as important as our indoor spaces when it comes to selling our homes. Because of this, we must give our outside spaces – in particular, our backyard decks – plenty of TLC when we sell our St. Augustine homes http://www.frankelrealtygroup.com. With that said, here are the top three ways to spruce up your Saint Augustine Florida real estate backyard deck: Clean it – The first step when sprucing up your backyard deck is to clean it. And to do this, you need a good pressure washer and some deck cleaner. If you don’t have a pressure washer, rent one; they are usually very reasonable. When pressure washing, make sure to keep the pressure washer at least three feet from the wood to be cleaned and keep it moving; otherwise the pressure of the water can d...
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By Marjorie Taylor, New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
(Florida Homes Realty and Mortgage)
St. Augustine, FL —Landon Homes will celebrate its model home grand opening in Old Sebastian Point August 24th and 25th. Guests of the Old Sebastian Point Grand Opening event can enjoy refreshments while touring the new model home which is Landon Homes beautiful new Vilano. This one-story home has three bedrooms, 2 baths, a study/living room, gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar, and a large family room which opens to the back covered patio.  Your family and guests will enjoy a private retreat between the guest bedrooms.  The master suite includes a deluxe master bath with dual vanities, garden tub with tile surround, separate shower, and two oversized walk-in closets.   Old Sebastian Point is ideally located in St. Augustine, named one of the nation’s 100 best places to retire and voted ...
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