Young Professionals Find Home of their Dreams at The John Gorrie a Condominium

When they began looking for a new home, Sean and Alexis Warrington knew what they wanted. After relocating to Jacksonville from Orlando two years ago, the young professionals desired a unique home in a historic neighborhood near the urban core that offered convenience as well as open spaces and interesting architectural features.

The Warringtons turned to the Internet to aid the search for their new home, where they found what they wanted and more at The John Gorrie a condominium.

“We were so excited to find The John Gorrie,” Sean Warrington said. “It’s such a cool idea, turning an 85-year-old school into a condominium.”

The Warringtons visited the community and liked what they saw, but they had just started the search for their new home and they wanted to see everything else that was available in the neighborhood. After looking at other properties, they came back to The John Gorrie, where they purchased a two-bedroom residence.

“We’re Riverside people,” Sean Warrington said. “We love the ‘live, work, play’ concept that we have at The John Gorrie.”

The Warringtons moved into their new home at The John Gorrie last November. Overlooking the beautiful trees along College Street, the 12-foot ceilings and expansive windows invite natural light into their home. The couple’s interior design reflects an urban chic style and includes modern furnishings and unique lighting.

Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, owners of The John Gorrie a condominium, completed an extensive renovation and restoration to transform the historic landmark school into luxury residences.

“In adapting the school into a condominium, Mrs. Weaver did a wonderful job creating great spaces that allow owners to take each residence to the final destination and make it their own,” Warrington said. “It has given us the opportunity to get creative and add our own unique flavor to our home.”

It was also important to find a suitable home for their pets – Webster, a terrier mix and Charlie, a Chinese Crested Powderpuff. The Warringtons enjoy walking the dogs in the neighborhood and are looking forward to The John Gorrie Dog Park opening later this year.

The young professionals are minutes from their offices and only 20 minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport. The John Gorrie is located across the street from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters and is within walking distance of restaurants and entertainment in Riverside and Five Points.

“The location of The John Gorrie is fantastic,” Warrington said. “It’s a great community with lots of nice people and a very friendly atmosphere.”

For more information about how you can be part of The John Gorrie community, call (904) 383-3688 or visit

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Keeps Growing. Welcome New REALTORS®!

The Biggest Name in Real Estate Keeps Growing.

BHHSFNR New Agents FB Post

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has a very selective approach to hiring new agents, each going through an intensive interview process. Each new hire has to meet a certain criteria. “We want our agents to be successful – we spend a lot of time and money to train our new hires and we want them to succeed, “ states Christy Budnick, executive vice president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, in a recent article in the Jacksonville Business Journal.


We are pleased to announce the following individuals who have recently joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty team.


After much traveling, Liane Stark found her home in St. Augustine, Florida. Liane joins the St. Augustine office with hopes of helping others find their perfect home in St. Augustine also. Liane has over 20 years of sales experience and the dedication and professionalism to get the job done.


Fred Barker is a Certified Distressed Property Expert who has been in the real estate industry for 25 years. Fred joins the Mandarin office in hopes of helping people find their dream home.


Dana Davis has a passion for helping others reach their goals of homeownership and real estate investment. She brings her reputation for professionalism to the Avondale/Ortega office where her niche is educating customers on the real estate transaction process so that they can make informed decisions about their futures.


Marilyn Kloehn recently retired from the Telecommunications industry with experience as a seller’s agent and extensive experience as a buyer’s agent specifically in first-time home buying and relocation. Marilyn joins the Fleming Island office bringing with her, her enjoyment of the area.


A degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, naturally progressed into a passion for real estate. Lisa Duffy’s love and obsession of homes gives her the ability to help buyers and sellers see the potential in a property where a few minor modifications could make it into their dream home. Lisa is happy to be back in Florida where she joins the Fleming Island office.


Zach Fraser was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida making it a perfect fit to join the St. Augustine office. Zach feels that his exposure to many of St. Augustine’s diverse neighborhoods enables him to enhance not only the buyers’ real estate experience, but also their daily lives.


Two things Toby Ownby enjoys most about living in Northeast Florida are the weather and beach. Toby is excited to meet new people and help them navigate through the always changing market as a REALTOR® for the Fleming Island office.


Christina Samuelsen chose Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty due to the prestigious reputation, office environment, training and non-competing broker. She feels her previous position in property management has given her the skill to have patience and the gift of listening closely to peoples needs. Christina has an extreme passion for home décor and interior design, which all play an important role in her real estate career as she joins the Atlantic Beach office.


Paula Fallon joins the St. Augustine office after ten years as an owner/manager of 2 commercial properties and a resort complex. As a new resident to Florida, she enjoys the friendly people and beautiful weather.


Tina Temple eagerly entered into the field of Real Estate. Tina is passionate about the opportunity to help consumers with their needs when buying and selling. Tina joins the Ponte Vedra office where she believes one can capture the goal of success in any given business by combining networking, interpersonal skills and innate abilities to succeed.


Prior to joining the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Atlantic Beach office, Dirk Harrison was the owner of Tamdir Group, Inc. His experience as a general contractor and knowledge of the construction industry provides him with an advantage for any buyer or seller.


Wesley Mock was born and raised in Northeast Florida. Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, Wesley was an outside sales representative for Lansing Building Products. As a new REALTOR®, he joins the Atlantic Beach office in hopes of simplifying the process of buying and selling real estate.


As a new agent, Jennifer Fields looks forward to helping people find a house they can make their home. Jennifer joins the Fleming Island office bringing her excitement and focus to beginning a new career in real estate.


Prior to joining the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Atlantic Beach office, Benjamin Lewis was the owner of Atlantic Beach Surf and Sport. He joins the Atlantic Beach office in hopes of helping others realize their dream of living by the beach.


Joanna Mills is a born networker who wants to be a part of making dreams come true. She joins the Atlantic Beach office where she states, “I have only ever worked with the best and I have never met a stranger.”


John Paulding is a resolute, honest and trustworthy Realtor® with twenty-five years of selling experience – he joins our St. Augustine office.


Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, Lisa Casagrande was a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. Eager begin a career in real estate, Lisa joins the San Marco office.


Lee O’Quinn joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with an extensive background in finance and mortgage. Lee worked closely with the buyer refinancing/new mortgage and RE Services department at VyStar. Lee joins the Avondale/Ortega office offering his experience in finance and mortgage, giving him an advantage working with buyers and sellers.


Keaton Phillips earned a degree in Finance from the University of North Florida providing an advantage for his buyers and sellers. As a new REALTOR®, Keaton joins the Ponte Vedra office where he enjoys the opportunity to meet and serve new people everyday.


Gretl De La Varre sees her role not only as an educated, effective Realtor®, but as an advisor and consultant in marketing, and working through the intricacies of buying and selling houses in any market. Gretl was born and educated in Vienna, Austria, has worked as a translator and owned a fashion boutique in New York. Gretl also has 30+ years of real estate experience and is excited to join the St. Augustine office.


Gloria Roldan loves that Northeast Florida is a family oriented area. She has raised two children who are now grown. She is taking this opportunity at the Mandarin office where her free time is now focused on helping people make their homeownership dreams come true.


Pam Powers believes that being a REALTOR® is the best job in the world! Pam enjoys knowing that she will meet and speak with new people each day and that everyday in this business is a new experience. With 12 years of experience, Pam joins the Fleming Island office.


Since Karen Aibel can remember, she loved looking at houses and always tagged along to open houses with her mother, a 35+ year active real estate broker. So, it was no surprise when Karen chose to enter the real estate business in Jacksonville, Florida. Karen joins the Beaches office, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of real estate.


Theresa Gonzalez honorably served in the United States Navy as a Yeoman and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii & California. She knows that your real estate purchase is the most important, and the largest purchase you will be making. Theresa joins the Ponte Vedra office where she enjoys building relationships and helping you find your dream home.


As a former owner of a Merle Norman franchise in Colorado, Sheila Schulze grew her experience in sales, marketing and accounting. As a new REALTOR®, she is excited to join the Avondale/Ortega office where she hopes to help people reach their goals.


Prior to joining the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, Donna Matthews spent over ten years in the medical field, ten years in interior design and was a retail business owner. She joins the St. Augustine office in hopes of others seeing the charm that St. Augustine has to offer.


Jack McCarthy, along with his wife, Margarita McCarthy and son, Matt McCarthy, join the Ponte Vedra office where they work together on every transaction to ensure the best results for their clients. Jack and Matt are a pair with strengths in the sales and marketing side of real estate.  Margarita serves as the detail person and problem solver— she feels that it is her job to get the transaction closed. With a team of Realtors working on their behalf, each of their customers receives excellent care and constant communication—leading to positive and successful transactions.


Claire Franson has joined the Avondale office and has already began training.  She experienced selling her own home through a realtor during the down turn in the market so she is empathetic to the sellers.  Claire is well connected in the Avondale/Ortega market.


Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Gina Coy loves the diversity of the area from the beaches to urban and rural areas. Helping people into a home that meets their needs and fulfills their dreams is something that she enjoys most about being a Realtor®. Gina joins the Avondale/Ortega office.


Missy Boyle’s background is n the medical management field, but she was inspired and encouraged to begin a new career as Realtor®. Missy is excited to join her neighbor at the Atlantic Beach office.


To learn more about a career in real estate, contact Christy Budnick, executive vice president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty at 904-672-4377 or

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New brand brings excitement, opportunity

What is the Power of a Brand? The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices leadership team and its elite team of Realtors and associates can tell you first hand! With a 25 year history as Prudential Network Realty, their team wondered if the … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

The House that Linda Built: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow


By: Janet Westling, REALTOR®

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 9.13.20 AM

What started out in 1977 as a typical residential real estate transaction in Hawaii for a young navy wife and her husband set in motion a career in real estate that has spanned over three decades, employs 300 agents and has sold over seven billion dollars in sales. Welcome to the house that Linda built!


Linda Sherrer became President and CEO of Prudential Network Realty in 1988 with the purchase of Prudential’s Northeast Florida regional franchise. She went on to build a firm that grew, prospered and raised the bar on selling residential real estate in Northeast Florida.

Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 9.13.49 AM  Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 9.13.35 AM

Yesterday, at EverBank Field, a new house of real estate was launched by Linda Sherrer and her daughter Christy Budnick. In an impressive roll out in front of her entire team, Prudential Network Realty, “who owned a piece of the rock,” became Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, “who owns a piece of the world.” Berkshire Hathaway is a name and brand that is recognized throughout the world and is known for its trust, integrity, stability and longevity.

“Berkshire Hathaway,” according to Barron’s Financial is “the world’s most respected brand, ahead of powerhouses like Disney and Apple.” This is the first time Berkshire Hathaway has lent its name to a brand. Warren Buffet has repeatedly confirmed his support of real estate as one of the driving forces in our economy. With over 54 companies under his umbrella, Berkshire Hathaway’s global reach is impressive.

Today, as the cabernet and white signs appear throughout Northeast Florida, a new era begins. This full service residential brokerage firm includes a robust real estate technology platform that integrates all aspects of the real estate transaction into a seamless experience. With the housing comeback and dwindling inventory, the results have been prices that continue to rise and increase in new construction.

“I am thrilled with the launch of our new brand, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty,” said Linda Sherrer, President and CEO. “We are proud to partner with the world’s most respected brand, a brand whose values, integrity and business intelligence are synonymous with the qualities that set our dynamic sales team apart.”

“Tomorrow,” said Sherrer, “as always, we will remain locally owned and operated and will continue to provide the same quality real estate sales, title, relocation and mortgage services the community has counted on for the past 25 years.”

Berkshire Hathaway’s commitment to the real estate marketplace sends a signal that confidence is back – a sign we’ve all been looking for.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Farewell Selva Marina Country Club, Hello Atlantic Beach Country Club!

Atlantic Beach Partners, LLC closed on Selva Marina Country Club marking the end of one era and the beginning of Atlantic Beach Country Club!

Prudential Network Realty (soon to be Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty) is proud to represent the custom home sites coupled with two Preferred Builders: Riverside Homes, a custom homebuilder and Toll Brothers, a national builder.


Demolition has begun and the new clubhouse, golf course, tennis courts, pool and other amenities will be completed by the end of 2014. The dream of a new club for members and homeowners to enjoy becomes reality!

For more information, please contact Lee Elmore, REALTOR® at 904-699-4503 or


Farewell Selva Marina Country Club! From Left to Right: Mike Carlin, ABCC Board President and Pete Rodrigues, President RPC General Contractors Inc.


See Atlantic Beach Country Club in the news:


Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Official Photo Contest Rules Prudential Network Realty #SpotTheSignFNR

Photo Contest Rules
January 8, 2014
Important: Please read these rules before entering this contest (the “Contest”).
By participating in this Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all of the eligibility requirements below.
1. Eligibility. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE ODDS OF WINNING. SPOT THE SIGN PHOTO CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE AT LEAST AGE 18 (OR THE AGE OF MAJORITY UNDER APPLICABLE LAW). IF YOU DO NOT MEET ANY OF THESE REQUIREMENTS, OR ANY OTHER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS IN THESE OFFICIAL RULES, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO WIN A PRIZE, PRUDENTIAL NETWORK REALTY RESERVES THE RIGHT NOT TO AWARD PRIZES TO YOU. If you have an APO or FPO mailing address, you must identify your state of permanent residence. To be eligible to win a prize, entries must be completed and received by Prudential Network Realty in the manner and format designated below. Directors, officers and department heads of Prudential Network Realty and directors, offices, department heads of their respective affiliate companies, subsidiaries, professional advisors, advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible to win any prizes. All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Offer void where prohibited by law.
2. Disclaimer. Prudential Network Realty, Facebook, Inc., or any other social media sites, any participating sponsors, and any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, professional advisors, employees and agencies (collectively, the “Released Parties”) will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, misrouted, garbled or distorted or damaged transmissions or entries; (b) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet, or other computer- or communications-related malfunctions or failures; (c) any Contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Prudential Network Realty or by non-authorized human intervention; or (d) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.
3. Contest Period. The Contest starts on January 11, 2014 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time (“EST”) and ends on February 15, 2014 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time (“EST”) (the “Contest Period”). All entries must be received during the Contest Period to be eligible to win a prize. Prudential Network Realty’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Contest.
4. How to Enter. During the Contest Period (1) visit the Prudential Network Realty’s Blog at or Facebook page at; and (2) follow the instructions on how to submit your entry (the “Submission”). Prudential Network Realty may display all Submissions on the Prudential Network Realty Facebook page or other social media sites. By uploading your Submission, you agree that your Submission conforms to the Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions listed below (collectively, the “Guidelines and Restrictions”) and that Prudential Network Realty, in its sole discretion, may remove your Submission and disqualify you from the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion, that your Submission fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions. By uploading your Submission, in addition to rights granted below, you: (a) grant to Prudential Network Realty all rights necessary to display your Submission on Prudential Network Realty’s Web site and Prudential Network Realty’s Facebook page and other social media sites; (b) hereby waive any so-called moral (e.g., creative rights) in your Submission; (c) represent and warrant that you have the right to grant the rights granted in these Official Rules; and (d) represent and warrant that your Submission and its use as contemplated in these Official Rules does not and will not violate, misappropriate, or infringe upon any law or regulation or the rights of any third party, including any copyright, trademark, or any rights of publicity or privacy, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights.

Submission Guidelines:
• The Submission must be a digital photo uploaded to Prudential Network Realty’s Facebook page or other social media sites using the “hashtag” #SpotTheSignFNR;
• The Submission must be entrant’s original creation and owned one hundred percent (100%) by the entrant;
• The Submission cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind or exhibited or displayed publicly through any means; and
• The Submission must demonstrate the following contest themes (“Contest Themes”):
1) You personally photographed a photo of the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty (Start Looking for the Signs) Sign or;
2) You personally photographed a photo of the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Sign at a home listed for sale.

Content Restrictions:
• The Submission must not contain material that violates, misappropriates, or infringes upon any law or regulation or the rights of any third party, including any copyright, trademark, or any rights of publicity or privacy, or any other intellectual property or proprietary rights;
• The Submission must not disparage any person or entity;
• The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene hateful, tortious, and/or defamatory;
• The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
• The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.
For All Submissions: You may submit no more than a total of five Submissions during the Contest Period. Submissions received from any person or email address in excess of the stated limit, whether through multiple or different Facebook accounts or other applicable accounts or means, will be void. Entrant must have signed permission from all individuals (parents/legal guardian of children, if featured and if not your own) that appear in the Submission to use their name and image in the Submission and to grant the rights set forth herein. If requested by Prudential Network Realty, entrant must be able to provide such permissions in a form acceptable to Prudential Network Realty. By uploading a Submission, entrant grants to Prudential Network Realty (and Prudential Network Realty’s licensees and assigns) a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such Submissions in whole or in part, and otherwise exploit the Submission in all media now known or hereafter devised, throughout the universe, in any way Prudential Network Realty sees fit including, but not limited to, entertainment, instruction/education, promotional, advertising and/or marketing purposes. In connection with all rights granted herein, Prudential Network Realty (and Prudential Network Realty’s licensees and assigns) shall also have the irrevocable right to incorporate Submissions, in whole or in part, into other works, in any form, media or technology now known or hereafter developed. If necessary, entrant will sign any necessary documentation that may be required for Prudential Network Realty or its designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the Submission. Proof of submission will not be deemed proof of receipt by Prudential Network Realty.
1. Selection and Notification of Winner. A panel of judges, determined by Prudential Network Realty in its sole discretion, (the “Judging Panel”) will select two (2) Submission as the prize winner. Selection of the winning Submission by Prudential Network Realty will be based on the following criteria (“Judging Criteria”): (a) how creative it is; (b) the extent to which it is original; (c) how well it fits the Contest Themes; and (d) the quality of the Submission. The winner will be notified on or about February 17, 2014 by social media and email. To claim the prize, the winner(s) should follow the instructions contained in his or her notification.
2. Identity of Entrant. If a dispute arises about the identity of the entrant, entries made online will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry. An authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. The potential winner may be required to provide Prudential Network Realty with proof that the potential winner is the authorized account holder of the social media site and email address associated with the winning entry.
3. Prize. The Prize is a Apple iPad Mini (WiFi/Cellular 16GB w/ Retina Screen Display. (the “Prize”). Two (2) Prize winners will be selected. The total approximate retail value of the Prize is $529. INCLUDING ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT. The Prize will be awarded. If the Prize is returned as undeliverable or otherwise not claimed within ten (10) days after delivery of notification, the Prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner selected by the Judging Panel from all of the remaining eligible entries that meet the Judging Criteria. The Prize is not transferable, is not eligible for the Prudential Network Realty refund, and may not be used with any other promotional discount. No substitutions or exchanges (including for cash) of the Prize will be permitted. The Prize is awarded “AS IS” and ONLY WITH THE MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY.
4. Selection of Prize. Actual model, color, accessories, and features of the Prize shall be selected by Prudential Network Realty, in its sole discretion, and may vary from photos used in print, Prudential Network Realty in-store advertising, and in electronic and web banner advertising including the Prudential Network Realty web site.
5. No Apple Facebook or Social Media’s Endorsement (Released Parties). This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Inc or any other social media site. Any information you provide in connection with the Contest is to Prudential Network Realty and/or its sponsors/administrators and not to Facebook or other social media sites. You understand that by using and interacting with and other social media sites you are subject to the terms, conditions, and policies that govern the use and other social media sites. You should therefore review the applicable terms and policies for or whichever social media site you are using including privacy and data gathering practices, before using or interacting with Facebook/social media. Apple is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion.
6. General Release. By entering the Contest, you release Prudential Network Realty and all Released Parties from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or delivery, mis-delivery, acceptance, possession, or use of or inability to use any Prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.
7. Use of Winner’s Name, Likeness, etc. Except where prohibited by law, entry into the Contest constitutes permission to use winner’s name, Facebook name, other social media sites, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information in all media now known or later devised throughout the universe in perpetuity for all purposes Prudential Network Realty deems appropriate – including, without limitation, for promotional and publicity purposes – without further permission or compensation. As a condition of being awarded any Prize, except where prohibited by law, winner may (in Prudential Network Realty’s sole discretion) be required to execute a written consent, confirming Prudential Network Realty’s right to use such winner’s name, Facebook name, other social media sites, likeness, persona, hometown, and/or Prize information without further permission or compensation.
8. Affidavit and Release. As a condition of being awarded any Prize, winner may (in Prudential Network Realty’s sole discretion) be required to execute and deliver to Prudential Network Realty a signed affidavit of eligibility, acceptance of these Official Rules, release of liability, and any other legal, regulatory, or tax-related documents required by Prudential Network Realty in its sole discretion.
9. Winner List; Rules Request. For the Winner List, send an email with subject line: “Spot The Sign Photo Contest Winner List Request” to after February 15, 2014 but before August 15, 2014. To obtain a copy of these Official Rules, send an email with subject line: “Spot The Sign Photo Official Rules Request” to
10. Intellectual Property Notice. The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright 2014 by Prudential Network Realty. All rights are reserved.
11. Entrant’s Personal Information: Information collected from entrant is subject to Prudential Network Realty’s Privacy Policy.
12. Miscellaneous. The Contest and these Official Rules will be governed, construed, and interpreted under the laws of the state of Florida, U.S.A. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of Prudential Network Realty, which are final and binding in all respects. Prudential Network Realty reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, in its sole discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Contest or any entrant’s participation in the Contest should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention, or other causes beyond Prudential Network Realty’s control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Contest, or Prudential Network Realty otherwise becomes (as determined in its sole discretion) incapable of running the Contest as planned, in which event all Prizes will be awarded via the judging process outlined in these Official Rules, from among all eligible entries received prior to cancellation. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Prudential Network Realty reserves the right to amend, modify, or cancel the Contest at any time without notice. Entrants who violate these Official Rules; violate any law, rule, or regulation in connection with participation in the Contest; tamper with the operation of the Contest or engage in any conduct that is detrimental or unfair to Prudential Network Realty, the Contest, or any other entrant (in each case as determined in Prudential Network Realty’s sole discretion) are subject to disqualification from entry into the Contest. Prudential Network Realty reserves the right to lock out persons whose eligibility is in question or who have been disqualified or are otherwise ineligible to enter the Contest. Any provision of these Official Rules deemed unenforceable will be enforced to the extent permissible, and the remainder of these Official Rules will remain in effect. If you have any questions about these Official Rules or the Contest, please email them to or send written questions to Prudential Network Realty Marketing Department Photo Contest, 4190 Belfort Road, Suite 475, Jacksonville, FL 32216.
13. Contest Sponsor: Prudential Network Realty, 4190 Belfort Road, Suite 475, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


St. Augustine, FL (11/21/13) – Prudential Network Realty is pleased to welcome Kelly Smith to the Prudential Network Realty St. Augustine Beach office.

Kelly has a passion for charity and has previously worked for a non-denominational Christian outreach that reaches out to teens and middle school youth.  Kelly has also supported the American Heart Association and in 2010 was the local spokesperson. Kelly had previously worked with a local real estate company for two years prior to joining the team at Prudential Network Realty.

Kelly graduated North Carolina State University with a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife.  Kelly has been married for 10 years to Tim, a soldier for the Army National Guard and they have two children Maddy, 8 and Anna 3.  They enjoy being outdoors; the beach and Kelly recently started stand up paddle boarding and loves it. St. Augustine has Kelly’s favorite climate and she loves the rich history the city holds.

            Kelly decided to join the local St. Augustine Beach Prudential Network Realty office because of the atmosphere and the support she receives from her broker/manager Ann King.  “We are so pleased to have Kelly on our team, she is a great addition to our culture”, stated Ann King.

For more information, Kelly Smith can be reached by phone at 904-687-3790 or at The St. Augustine office is located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach 32080

Kelly Smith, REALTOR St. Augustine Beach

Kelly Smith, REALTOR St. Augustine Beach

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Prudential Network Realty is pleased to welcome Lauren Bonar to the Prudential Network Realty St. Augustine Beach office.

Bonar has visited the St. Augustine area since she was a child vacationing and spending the summers here with family.  Her love for the historic city, rich with architecture and history influenced her decision to move here full-time.  Lauren enjoys the beautiful weather and taking her two dogs Loco (Doberman) and Kya (Pug) to the beach that they love so much.

Bonar, a woman entrepreneur owns and operates her own business Brightside Window Cleaning locally and in Deep Creek Lake Maryland.  She feels her experience in property maintenance and being an honest understanding business owner is her biggest strength.  Lauren chose to work for Prudential Network Realty because she felt that she would receive the most support and education from the broker, Ann King who utilizes weekly coaching techniques to assist agents.  Lauren also likes the ease of tools and online focus that Prudential Network Realty offers.   “We are extremely excited to have Lauren as a new addition to our PNR family and feel confident she will be invaluable to our team”, stated Ann King, Managing Broker St. Augustine Beach.

            Lauren enjoys riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle, sport clay shooting and supporting charities for breast cancer and the human society.

For more information, Lauren Bonar can be reached by phone at 904-501-1220 or at  The St. Augustine office is located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach 32080Bonar

Posted on by Michelle Claudio | Leave a comment


By Janet Westling, REALTOR® at Prudential Network Realty Ponte Vedra

Dr.  Harold Baumgarten – Jacksonville Beach, Florida – D- Day Survivor

Sixty nine years ago, on June 6, 1944, Harold Baumgarten, a 19 year old army private from the Bronx landed on a Normandy beach in France. The much awaited invasion began at dawn on a cold stormy morning with high seas, turbulent waters and 15 foot waves.

The landing did not go as planned. Under heavy German fire from bunkers on the top of the cliffs Baumgarten and one other soldier from his landing crew of 30 made it to shore.

He sustained 5 wounds in 32 hours, 3 were life threatening   He was one of the lucky ones. Over 10,000 allies were injured or killed that day 2,499 Americans died. This D Day survivor lived to tell his story.


For 44 years Hal Baumgarten never spoke about D Day. He returned from the war, continued his education, married his wife Rita, raised 3 children, endured 24 corrective surgeries and became a physican healing others.

But in 1988, on his first trip back to Normandy that changed. Looking out on the beach, he could see his buddies who died. “On a visit to the American Cemetery in section D was the grave of my Lieutenant and all my guys who landed with me recalls Baumgarten .I looked up at Rita as I knelt over the graves with tears in my eyes and said that I now know one of the reasons God saved me, he wants me to be the spokesman for these people. They can’t speak anymore; no one will ever know their names or who they were. So I started speaking “.



D- Day Remembered –Soldiers Not Forgotten

From the French to the British ,CNN , the History Channel, Tom Brokaw ,Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and World War 11 museum Harold  Baumgarten  has spoken to, and been interviewed by them all and more. He has shared not only the horrors of war with great detail but vividly recalls the  names of his buddies who died on an Atlantic beach in Normandy, France across the ocean where he lives today.

Hal Baumgarten and his wife Rita live in a beautiful condo overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. They have lived here for over 22 years. Dr. Baumgarten   practiced medicine in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida for over 30  years, He spent the last 6 years before his retirement as a physician with the Veterans Administration Clinic.

Baumgarten has written two books with the prodding of his friend, the author and historian Steven Ambrose whom he met in Louisiana, at The University of New Orleans”. You can’t just speak about it, said Ambrose, ‘you have to write about it”

In 1994, Eyewitness on Omaha Beach was published. The revised edition was published in 1999. His second book D-Day Survivor was published in 2006. Today, his books are used in the History department at West Point and VMI.

On June 6, 2000, Baumgarten was the Veteran speaker at the opening of the World War 11 Museum, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The actor Tom hanks, who played Captain Miller   in Steven Spielberg’s, “Saving Private Ryan” followed Baumgarten on stage.” He is the real thing; I am just an actor, said Hanks. His story is amazing”

After the speech, director, Spielberg approached Baumgarten to tell him that the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan was inspired by Baumgartens oral history of events. Today they are friends and Baumgarten  was a surprise guest on stage at the Kennedy Center honoring Spielberg.

Last August, I sat down with Dr. Harold  Baumgarten  for over four hours in his home. It was a beautiful summer day, the sky was clear and the ocean seas were calm. I listened as Baumgarten  shared his recollections of D-Day. He started from the beginning with his induction in the military and assignment to the 116th Infantry of the 29th division.   .



The Strong, the Brave, the Best- Our Greatest Generation

Assigned to the Stonewall Brigade, located in the crown heights of Plymouth, England, Baumgarten of company A /116th Infantry began to train for the “First Wave” on D-Day. “We didn’t know it at the time, recalls Baumgarten.”  General Charles Gerhardt of the 29th was the former quarterback of the West Point football team. (In 1916, Gerhardt was the quarterback for West Point ,in the 30-10 upset win over Notre Dame, their only loss that year. The Fighting Irish, were led by famed Freshman George Gipp.)

He knew Eisenhower and Bradley because they were athletes at the Point”.  Baumgartens outfit included players from the championship baseball team, championship football team and championship boxing team of the European Theater of Operation.  . Part of their training, were 20 mile marches across England setting records. “So our General said to Eisenhower, we are the best here, so you have to let us be the first to land on D Day. So they put us under the command of the First Infantry.”

For three months along the coast of England and Wales, they climbed cliffs, conducted practice landings, and made preparations for the largest amphibious invasion in world history.  They were told to burn their original gear and given new gear.  It was then they knew they were going to be the first to land. Their first wave gear included morphine, bandages, a gas mask, seasick pills, and a combat jacket with grenades.



The Calm before the Storm – A Parade and Prayers

In April 1944 a parade took place at their camp in Blandford, England. The first battalion of the 116th Infantry 29th Division marched in the parade while the 29th division band played. General Eisenhower was in attendance. Two thirds of the men who marched that day never returned home.

A few days before deployment, Baumgarten and a few other Jewish soldiers were told they could attend Jewish services and Sabbath dinner before they shipped out.

The services were held in the small English village of Dorchester in their local Baptist church. The villagers placed the Jewish Star, over the Cross and for a short time the church became their synagogue. The church members donated their food rations to provide a Sabbath dinner to the young Jewish men who were preparing to ship out. Baumgarten attended the service and prayed. On D- Day he wore a jacket that bore the Star of David and the words “From the Bronx.”  He wanted to let that Germans know who they were fighting.

The First Wave also known today as the suicide wave was the first to land on June 6, 1944.  They went to shore at the Western part of Omaha beach, at Dog Green sector which was the most heavily defended. Their mission explained Baumgarten was to take the beach, capture the towns of Isigny-sur-Mer, St. Lo, Pont du Hoc, and eventually Germany.


The War Room

Inside Baumgartens home is a room he calls the “War Room.” The walls are lined with photos that have a special place in his heart. They include, among many, the photo of French President Jacque Chirac who awarded the French Legion of Honor to Baumgarten in 2005 to Tom Brokaw who interviewed Baumgarten on the NBC Nightly News and Bob Dole at his 80th birthday celebration and opening of the Bob Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kansas. Prominently displayed is the print of his outfit the Stonewall Jackson Brigade. In 2007, he received a proclamation from the Florida Senate. After, he spoke at Florida State University, where Tom Brokaw set up an endowment in his name in their War Museum for $400,000

Today, Baumgarten, age 88, conducts interviews for print and television journalist, and gives speeches at Colleges, libraries, and museums. .When speaking, he refers to himself as a survivor with a mission, to make sure these men are never forgotten.  He recently was interviewed for Vanity Fair TV and the History Channel for 2014. Dr. Baumgarten and his family plan to attend the 70th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 2014, in Normandy, France.

Over 16 million men and women wore our uniform in World War II. This is the story of one but all were and will forever remain heroes.





Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Welcome to the Team, David Gonsalves!

Prudential Network Realty is pleased to welcome David Gonsalves to the Prudential Network Realty Avondale office.

David Gonsalves

Gonsalves has visited the Northeast Florida area over the last forty years and prior to here, he lived in the Fort Lauderdale area. David counts raising his two now adult children as one of his greatest accomplishments. His son is a fighter pilot for the US Armed Forces and his daughter is a tiger keeper, having worked for both Disney and Magic Kingdom. David enjoys his time with his wife of 38 years, Jane. David is an avid scuba diver, golfer and outdoorsman.

Prior to working with Prudential Network Realty, Gonsalves worked for Japan Airlines as an International Marketer and feels his previous marketing expertise will only enhance his abilities in real estate. David felt that choosing Prudential Network Realty was a good decision because of their single agency representation. David stated, “I chose working with Sheron Wilson, managing broker of the Avondale/San Marco office because of Sheron’s honesty and knowledge in the business. “We are extremely excited to have David as a new addition to our PNR family and feel confident he will be invaluable to our team,” stated Sheron Wilson.

For more information, David Gonsalves can be reached by phone at 954.579.1511 or at The Avondale office is located at 3627 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205.

Posted in Prudential Network News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment