Real Estate Careers at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

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

Rafael Arias

Prior to beginning his career in real estate, Rafael Arias was a Relationship Manager at the JP Morgan Chase. He worked in mortgage modification and underwriting. Mario’s knowledge and experience will transition very well into his real estate career. Rafael is a US Army veteran having served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia Herzegovina. We are pleased to welcome Rafael Arias to the team at our Fleming Island office.

Gerard Lozano

Gerard Lozano has three years of real estate experience. During that time, Gerard had the opportunity of working with one of the company’s top producers. As a Realtor, Gerard enjoys meeting new people and the connections that you make. He is native to Jacksonville and appreciates all of the activities the city has to offer. Please join us in welcoming Gerard Lozano to the team at our Fleming Island office.

Chris Courtney

Prior to real estate, Chris Courtney was an Analytical Chemist for Vistakon-Johnson & Johnson. His analytical skills will be a plus for his customers. As a Realtor, Chris looks forward to connecting and creating lasting relationships. He enjoys the Florida lifestyle and spending time in the water as a scuba instructor and cave diver. We are happy to welcome Chris Courtney to the team at our Fleming Island office.

Sherry Webb

Sherry Webb loves seeing the look on her customer’s face as they receive the keys to their dream home. She has lived in Jacksonville for 21 years and loves being close to family. Her family and being a grandma is most important to her. Sherry is also an accredited real estate stager and designer who loves to offer tips and advice. We are very excited to welcome Sherry to the team at our Atlantic Beach office.

Renee Christina Lewis

Renee Christina Lewis worked in sales and marketing throughout Florida for Collagen MD. She has four children and learned through raising them that life is a balancing act that requires organization and endless energy. We see a successful future in real estate for Renee who is also certified in interior decorating. Please join us in welcoming Renee Christina Lewis to the team at our Avondale/Ortega office.

Camilo Ramirez

We are happy to welcome Camilo Ramirez to the team at our San Marco/San Jose office. Prior to real estate Camilo worked in Latin American Institutional Sales for Deutsche Bank. Real estate will complement his expertise in capital markets and investment banking. Born and raised in Colombia, Camilo enjoys the beach, soccer long distance running and is bilingual.

Latif Muhaimeen

Latif Muhaimeen has been helping clients and customers achieve their home buying and selling goals for over fourteen years. Originally from Michigan, Latif ranked in the top 1% of Realtors nationwide. He has earned outstanding honors every year and has sold over $200 million in real estate. Please join us in welcoming Latif to the team at our Ponte Vedra office.

Peggy Gravitz

Prior to real estate, Peggy Gravitz was a Senior Systems Analyst for Aegis Technologies Group Inc. She was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida and is very knowledgeable of the area. She looks forward to the opportunity to help people and develop her skills as a real estate professional. We are very excited to welcome Peggy Gravitz to the team at our St. Augustine 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 Christy.Budnick@FloridaNetworkRealty.com

About Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty

Since 1988, Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer has led a team of more than 300 real estate professionals in eight branch offices in the buying and selling of residential property throughout Northeast Florida.  The company also operates a corporate REO and relocation division, a builder sales and marketing division, a title company, a referral company, property management and is in mortgage partnership with EverBank. During the past decade, the company has sold more than 31,000 homes valued at more than $8.5 billion.

For more information about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, please visit www.BHHSFloridaNetworkRealty.com or call (904) 296-6400.

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Innovative Green Design Coming to Beacon Riverside, A Luxury Condominium High-Rise Near Downtown

A new era of contemporary condominium living on the St. Johns River is coming to historic Riverside. Beacon Riverside, a luxury waterfront condominium high-rise, will be one of Jacksonville’s most distinguished addresses, offering a new benchmark in stylish and sophisticated riverfront living that has been designed with a conscience.

“Green design has gained momentum as a construction standard that can help conserve the earth’s resources while reducing energy use requirements,” said Bryan Weber, Principal, Multifamily of Hallmark Partners, the developer of Beacon Riverside. “At Hallmark Partners, we focus on creating a better living environment in each of our developments that is designed to offer many advantages to the world around us. At Beacon Riverside, our residents and prospects clearly appreciate this feature.”

Beacon Riverside rendering, day

Beacon Riverside, a 15-story luxury condominium tower with 45 stylish residences overlooking the St. Johns River, will offer breathtaking views in every direction. The condominium’s sustainable and distinctive design is planned with quality features to stand the test of time. Residences will be enriched by incomparable upscale amenities and energy-saving and green design features including dual panel low E thermal windows, natural gas outlets, numerous energy-efficient, state-of-the-art appliances including luxury gourmet kitchen appliances and TOTO plumbing products.

All bathrooms at Beacon Riverside will be designed with TOTO plumbing fixtures with polished nickel faucets and trim. TOTO is the world’s largest manufacturer of bathroom fixtures and fittings. The global brand is manufactured in America and well known as the world standard for bathroom excellence.

Beacon Riverside Green Design

The company designs beauty into its high-efficiency faucets, toilets and showers along with superior performance. Committed to environmental sustainability, its high-efficiency products reduce water usage beyond today’s compliance standards. TOTO’s high-efficiency faucets, toilets and showers can save 20 percent to more than 60 percent on water usage bills, making it possible to use less water and save money without compromising performance. TOTO is the only plumbing manufacturer to receive the EPA’s Water Efficiency Leader Award.

A high-quality bathroom with TOTO products is an everyday luxury that people value and appreciate, according to Tim Deck and Stanley Kantor, owners of First Coast Supply, North Florida’s only full service source for appliances, kitchen and bath cabinetry, custom granite and quartz countertops and TOTO plumbing products and fixtures.

Beacon Riverside Green Design Bathroom

The Connelly Dual-Flush High-Efficiency Toilet, the Silas Widespread High-Efficiency Faucet and Transitional Collection Series A High-Efficiency Showerhead are three of the TOTO products planned for the Beacon Riverside. Toilets are the biggest source of water use in the home, representing almost a third of a household’s total indoor water consumption.

The Connelly Dual-Flush High-Efficiency Toilet delivers reliable, eco-friendly performance and reliability. TOTO’s high-efficiency products meet the EPA’s WaterSense standards for water efficiency. The TOTO Connelly Dual-Flush High-Efficiency Toilet (1.28 GPF for the full flush and 0.9 GPF for the light) saves approximately 35 percent more water per flush than a standard 1.6 GPF toilet, without sacrificing performance. The Silas Widespread High-Efficiency Faucet and Transitional Collection Series A High-Efficiency Showerhead also offer stylish, high performance and significant water savings.

“Beacon Riverside is designed to be the area’s premier condominium tower and unlike anything that has been built in Jacksonville,” Weber added. “TOTO is the perfect match for the Beacon, offering sustainable elegance, saving resources, without sacrificing quality and performance which is an important element of our design.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is the exclusive sales agent for Beacon Riverside. For more information, contact Director of Sales Nicole Dana at (904) 696-9200 or visit her at the Beacon Sales Gallery at 806 Riverside Ave., directly across from the Cummer Museum, or visit www.beaconriverside.com.

 

About Beacon Riverside

 

Beacon Riverside is an exclusive, 15-story, 45-residence riverfront condominium tower being developed in Jacksonville, Fla.’s vibrant Riverside area by HP 500, LLC, an affiliate of Hallmark Partners Inc. It represents Hallmark’s next contribution toward fulfilling its vision for Jacksonville as a great American city. When complete, it is planned to be the first new high-rise condominium tower to be completed in Northeast Florida in nearly a decade.

Beacon Riverside is located along the scenic St. Johns River near Downtown, less than a mile from Hallmark’s 220 Riverside urban apartment complex and destination retail space and Unity Plaza, a public/private partnership creating a central park, amphitheater and public green.

Beacon Riverside will feature luxurious residences starting in the upper $700,000s with high-end amenities, such as spacious floor plans, a riverfront owners’ club room and fitness center, and full-time concierge and property management personnel that offer a highly-serviced lifestyle for a new generation.

For more information, contact Director of Sales Nicole Dana at (904) 696-9200 or visit her at the Beacon Sales Gallery at 806 Riverside Ave., directly across from the Cummer Museum, or visit www.beaconriverside.com.

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Real Estate Careers at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty

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

With over 17 years experience, Julio Cesar Mendez is an accomplished architect who has made a name for himself in both Venezuela and the United States. His expertise in residential design will be advantageous for customers. As a Realtor, he wants customers to realize their dream living style and help them to obtain it. We are very excited to welcome Julio Cesar Mendez to the team at our San Marco/San Jose office.

Julio Cesar Mendez

Mario Worthy is energetic and enthusiastic about real estate. He has wonderful communication skills and is eager to begin his career in helping buyers buy and sellers sell. Mario sees the opportunity in real estate to take control of his success. We are happy to have Mario Worthy on the team at our Mandarin office.

Mario Worthy

With over 12 years of experience in mortgage banking at Washington Mutual, Nathaniel Evans is familiar with closings and loan originations providing an advantage to his customers. He looks forward to making homeownership dreams come true. Nathaniel also served in the US Air Force and sang for President Ford many years ago. We are very excited to welcome Nathaniel Evans to the team at our Avondale/Ortega office.

Nathaniel Evans

After retiring from the military, Jorge Nunez decided to get involved with what his wife was doing, real estate. With eight years of real estate experience and being bilingual in Spanish, German and some Italian, Jorge is well equipped with the tools to help customers achieve their real estate dreams. He says he loves real estate because it’s not boring. We are excited to welcome Jorge Nunez to the team at our Fleming Island office.

Jorge Nunez

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 Christy.Budnick@BerkshireHathawayHSFNR.com

 

About Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty

Since 1988, Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer has led a team of more than 300 real estate professionals in eight branch offices in the buying and selling of residential property throughout Northeast Florida.  The company also operates a corporate REO and relocation division, a builder sales and marketing division, a title company, a referral company and is in mortgage partnership with EverBank. During the past decade, the company has sold more than 31,000 homes valued at more than $8.5 billion.

 

For more information about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, please visit www.BerkshireHathawayhsfnr.com or call (904) 296-6400.

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Berkshire Hathaway Collects Record Number of Backpacks and School Supplies for Children

The real estate professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty collected a record 571 backpacks filled with school supplies for children in Northeast Florida during its 15th Annual Backpack Challenge.

backpack challenge donations

The backpacks and school supplies collected by the Northeast Florida real estate firm during the campaign were donated to students via Community Connections of Jacksonville, Operation New Hope, The Bridge of Northeast Florida, Inc., R.B. Hunt Elementary School, Hartley Elementary School, St. Augustine High School, Bryan Jennings Elementary School and Orange Park High School.

Operation New Hope

“Every child deserves to begin the school year with a new backpack and the supplies needed for school,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “A new backpack filled with school supplies is a wonderful gift providing the tools every student needs to begin a successful school year.”

The Bridge of Northeast Florida

During the campaign, backpacks and school supplies were collected at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty offices throughout Northeast Florida. The backpacks were purchased for students in kindergarten through grade 12 and filled with school supplies such as paper, pencils, pens, highlighters, erasers and spiral notebooks.

Donated Backpacks

“For many children, having a new backpack and school supplies gives them a sense of pride and boosts their confidence and self-esteem,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate. “We truly appreciate the support and donations we received from our team and the community during the Backpack Challenge. Our team members have the biggest hearts.”

15th Annual Backpack Challenge

About Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty
Since 1988, Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer has led a team of more than 300 real estate professionals in eight branch offices in the buying and selling of residential property throughout Northeast Florida.  The company also operates a corporate REO and relocation division, a builder sales and marketing division, a title company, a referral company and is in mortgage partnership with EverBank. During the past decade, the company has sold more than 31,000 homes valued at more than $8.5 billion.

For more information about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty please visit www.BerkshireHathawayHSFNR.com or call (904) 296-6400.

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Begin your Real Estate Career with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

We are pleased to announce the following individuals who have recently joined the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty team. We count on this being the best time to begin a new career and the perfect time to advance your career.

Real Estate Career

Prior to becoming a Realtor, Robert Gus Palm was a Facility Technician at AT&T. Gus looks forward to the excitement of talking to new people and helping them with their real estate needs. We are very excited to welcome Robert Gus Palm to the team at our St. Augustine office.

Real Estate Career

Heather Buckman was the Vice President of Marketing and Publishing at Software Quality Engineering. Her expertise in technology, marketing and sales will make for an easy transition and successful career in real estate. She looks forward to helping customers meet their goals, sharing knowledge and making the process simple and painless. Please join us in welcoming Heather Buckman to the team at our Avondale office.

Alex Shekhtman

Alex Shekhtman has a deep understanding and practical knowledge of building and remodeling homes. He plans to work with real estate investors who will benefit from his experience in remodeling. Alex looks forward to helping people find a home that suits their needs, as his did in his remodeling career. We are happy to welcome Alex Alex Shekhtman to the team at our Ponte Vedra office.

Kelley Cressman

Prior to beginning a career in real estate, Kelley Cressman was a special needs teacher for eight years. Her experience as a teacher will transition well into a successful real estate career. What she loves most about the area is the beach. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching her kids play sports. Please join us in welcoming Kelley Cressman to the team at our Ponte Vedra office.

Yvon Halle

Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Netowrk Realty, Yvon was Vice President of Halle & Perez-Andreu Inc., which owned and operated retail venues, a wholesale distribution center and e-commerce in St. Augustine, Florida. Embarking on a new career, Yvon is excited to help others with their real estate needs. We are very excited to welcome Yvon Halle to the team at our St. Augustine 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 Christy.Budnick@BerkshireHathawayHSFNR.com

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What is Bullying and How Can I Prevent It?

Kids fighting

Statistics on Bullying

Do you know what is considered bullying?  Every adult plays an important role in addressing bullying and making schools a safe, caring, respectful place for children of all age groups.

The US Department of Health and Human Services defines bullying as an aggressive behavior that is intended to cause harm or distress, occurs repeatedly over time and involves an imbalance of power or strength.

 Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting or punching (physical bullying); teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying); intimidation using gestures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying); unwanted sexual contact (sexual bullying); and sending insulting messages by e-mail, text or social media sites (cyber-bullying).

Warning signs of bullying are:

  • Child dislikes or has lost interest in school work
  • Has few, if any, friends
  • Appears sad, anxious or moody when talking about school
  • Complains of headaches, stomach aches
  • Has unexplained cuts, bruises and/or scratches
  • Appears afraid of going back to school
  • Returns from school with torn, damaged, or missing articles of clothing, books or belongings
  • Has trouble sleeping and/or has frequent nightmares

77% of kids in school are bullied, 14% are severe with an increase between children age 12-17.  More than 85% of bullying cases there is no intervention.

The Dangers of bullying:

Bullying among children has been happening for hundreds of years, but only recently has it been brought to the forefront of our society’s consciousness. Tragedies in schools across the country have led to increased public awareness and scientific research into the psychological damage caused by bullying.

Bully victimization has been found to be related to lower self-esteem, higher rates of depression, loneliness and anxiety.  Victims have higher school absenteeism rates, report experiencing poorer general health and are more likely to have suicidal thoughts than their non-bullied peers.

Specifically, those who reported being bullied at least once a week were twice as likely as their peers to “wish they were dead” or admit to having a recurring idea of taking their own life.

Bullying also can have long-term psychological effects, as a study of males in their 20’s found that those who had been bullied in school were more depressed and had lower self-esteem than their non-bullied peers.

Whether you are a parent, an educator, or a concerned friend of the family, there are ten steps you can take to stop and prevent bullying:

  1. Pay attention. There are many warning signs that may point to a bullying problem, such as unexplained injuries, lost or destroyed personal items, changes in eating habits, and avoidance of school or other social situations. However, every student may not exhibit warning signs, or may go to great lengths to hide it. This is where paying attention is most valuable. Engage students on a daily basis and ask open-ended questions that encourage conversation.
  2. Don’t ignore it. Never assume that a situation is harmless teasing. Different students have different levels of coping; what may be considered teasing to one may be humiliating and devastating to another. Whenever a student feels threatened in any way, take it seriously, and assure the student that you are there for them and will help.
  3. When you see something — do something. Intervene as soon as you even think there may be a problem between students. Don’t brush it off as “kids are just being kids. They’ll get over it.” Some never do, and it affects them for a lifetime. All questionable behavior should be addressed immediately to keep a situation from escalating. Summon other adults if you deem the situation may get out of hand. Be sure to always refer to your school’s anti-bullying policy.
  4. Remain calm. When you intervene, refuse to argue with either student. Model the respectful behavior you expect from the students. First make sure everyone is safe and that no one needs immediate medical attention. Reassure the students involved, as well as the bystanders. Explain to them what needs to happen next — bystanders go on to their expected destination while the students involved should be taken separately to a safe place.
  5. Deal with students individually. Don’t attempt to sort out the facts while everyone is present, don’t allow the students involved to talk with one another, and don’t ask bystanders to tell what they saw in front of others. Instead, talk with the individuals involved — including bystanders — on a one-on-one basis. This way, everyone will be able to tell their side of the story without worrying about what others may think or say.
  6. Don’t make the students involved apologize and/or shake hands on the spot. Label the behavior as bullying. Explain that you take this type of behavior very seriously and that you plan to get to the bottom of it before you determine what should be done next and any resulting consequences based on your school’s anti-bullying policy. This empowers the bullied child — and the bystanders — to feel that someone will finally listen to their concerns and be fair about outcomes.
  7. Hold bystanders accountable. Bystanders provide bullies an audience, and often actually encourage bullying. Explain that this type of behavior is wrong, will not be tolerated, and that they also have a right and a responsibility to stop bullying. Identify yourself as a caring adult that they can always approach if they are being bullied and/or see or suspect bullying.
  8. Listen and don’t pre-judge. It is very possible that the person you suspect to be the bully may actually be a bullied student retaliating or a “bully’s” cry for help. It may also be the result of an undiagnosed medical, emotional or psychological issue. Rather than make any assumptions, listen to each child with an open mind.
  9. Get appropriate professional help. Be careful not to give any advice beyond your level of expertise. Rather than make any assumptions, if you deem there are any underlying and/or unsolved issues, refer the student to a nurse, counselor, school psychologist, social worker, or other appropriate professional.
  10. Become trained to handle bullying situations. If you work with students in any capacity, it is important to learn the proper ways to address bullying. Visit www.nea.org/bullyfree for information and resources. You can also take the pledge to stop bullying, as well as learn how to create a Bully Free program in your school and/or community.

An additional, yet very important step, is to take at least one child to see the Bully movie, and then use it as an opportunity to begin an on-going conversation about bullying. Requests for additional screenings can be made at www.thebullyproject.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Joins Hallmark Partners to Sell Beacon Riverside

Two area real estate heavyweights are combining their expertise and skill to bring to fruition Northeast Florida’s first high-rise condominium tower set to begin construction in nearly a decade.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty has teamed with HP 500, LLC, an affiliate of Hallmark Partners, as the exclusive sales agent forBeacon Riverside, a 15-story luxury residential tower on the St. Johns River in historic Riverside. The high-rise is being built near the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and adjacent to downtown, where Hallmark is also developing the 220 Riverside apartment/retail project and partnering on the Unity Plaza public park area.

“The Beacon Riverside will be the area’s preeminent address for homeowners who want to enjoy the beauty of the St. Johns River in an urban setting that is close to the city’s central business district as well as within walking distance to numerous shopping, dining and entertainment options,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda H. Sherrer. “We are delighted to be affiliated with this exceptional property.”

Interest in the community has been strong since HP 500 LLC announced plans to build the 45 upscale riverfront residences of Beacon Riverside, which will be located between Lomax Street and Bishopgate Lane in the historic Riverside area directly on the St. Johns River. The partnership with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has enhanced interest in the community and resulted in immediate sales success. The community is well on its way to achieving its goal to begin construction before the end of this year.

“The best way to sell a remarkable property is with the assistance of the dynamic sales team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Bryan Weber, Principal, Multifamily of Hallmark Partners. “We selected Berkshire Hathaway because of its expertise in luxury and waterfront properties. The company is known for its strength, stability, quality and innovation in the Northeast Florida real estate market and we are already seeing tremendous results from their efforts.”

Nicole Dana

Beacon Riverside recently announced the appointment of Nicole Dana as Director of Sales for the 15-story tower in conjunction with its newly formed partnership with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. Dana has specialized in the on-site sales of luxury waterfront condominiums since 2001. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has achieved excellent results selling properties of this type and is the real estate leader of luxury properties in Northeast Florida.

Beacon Riverside will be one of Jacksonville’s most distinguished addresses, offering a new benchmark in elegant and sophisticated riverfront living. The 15-story luxury condominium tower with 45 stylish residences overlooking the St. Johns River will offer breathtaking views in every direction.

The condominiums on the first 11 floors will range in size from 2,400 square feet, with two bedrooms, three bathrooms and a den, to 4,300 square feet, with three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and a den. Penthouse residences on the top three floors will grow to more than 5,000 square feet of indoor living space. The building is designed to include luxurious condominium residences with a minimum of 10-foot ceiling heights, expansive window walls, upgraded owner design selections and private residential corridors. Beacon Riverside’s exclusive residences start in the upper $700,000s with an average price of more than $1 million.

Residents will enjoy high-end amenities at Beacon Riverside including a large riverfront fitness center, a 1,600-square-foot owners’ clubroom with lounge and a full catering kitchen, and an efficiency guest suite for private overnight visitor stays. A riverfront pool and clubroom patio and terrace take full advantage of the riverfront location. Each condominium home enjoys expansive views of the St. Johns River, the downtown Jacksonville skyline and views of the tree-lined streets of Riverside from their front-to-back floor plans. Privacy gates, and enclosed, under-building garage parking add to the intimacy of the tower. Outside, a pool, owners’ pavilion and river dock provide riverfront enjoyment for owners and their guests. Owners will enjoy the benefits of dedicated on-site concierge, property management and maintenance personnel to add to the carefree lifestyle of the community that has proved popular with early buyers.

Located between The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and Memorial Park not far from downtown, Beacon Riverside will offer residents an eclectic, walkable neighborhood living experience that is unparalleled in Northeast Florida. Residents of Beacon Riverside will be able to enjoy cultural offerings at the museum or nearby symphony; dine in the area’s historic Five Points, Avondale and Riverside neighborhoods; and stroll through many nearby parks or the Riverside Arts Market. Popular grocery stores and retail shops add to the neighborhood’s charm and convenience.

“It is an honor to be asked to represent an incredible property such as the Beacon Riverside,” said Christy Budnick, executive vice president of residential real estate. “Our sales team is experienced in selling luxury homes and is intimately familiar with the market. We encourage interested buyers to visit the Beacon Riverside Sales Gallery and learn more about its exclusive riverfront lifestyle and offerings.”

For more information, contact Director of Sales Nicole Dana at (904) 696-9200 or visit the Beacon Sales Gallery at 806 Riverside Ave., directly across from the Cummer Museum. Also visit www.beaconriverside.com.

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Surgical Resident Finds Perfect Home at The John Gorrie a Condominium

David Michel and his sister, Sarah Michel

One of Jacksonville’s newest doctors has found his dream home in a community named in honor of a celebrated physician.

David Michel recently graduated from Texas A&M University College of Medicine and relocated from Texas to Northeast Florida to begin an orthopedic surgery residency at UF Health Jacksonville. Initially, Michel wasn’t sure if he was going to rent or buy a home in Jacksonville, but he knew he wanted to live near the hospital.

Before his residency began, Michel made a quick house-hunting trip to the area. While he looked at several homes, he found what he wanted and more atThe John Gorrie a condominium.

“My Realtor (Allison Steilberg of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty) showed me around, gave me the history and got me hooked on the building,” Michel said. “Also, the thought of living in a building whose namesake was a famous physician and inventor is pretty cool, too.”

Designed by distinguished Jacksonville architects Benjamin and Greeley, The John Gorrie a condominium is named for a physician who is considered the father of air conditioning and refrigeration for inventing the ice-making machine in the mid-1800s.

Every condominium in The John Gorrie is unique, and residents enjoy the story behind each home, which reflects its use during the buildings’ tenure as John Gorrie Junior High School. The school, which sat vacant for many years, was purchased in 2009 by J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver and transformed into 68 historic residences with contemporary amenities.

Michel was drawn to The John Gorrie for many reasons including the exposed brick wall, expansive windows providing abundant natural light, proximity to his workplace and that the residence was move-in ready with no additional work needed.

“I was really hooked by my residence – it was the first one I saw in the building and I subconsciously used it as a measuring stick for all of the properties I viewed for two days after seeing it,” Michel said. “The 12-foot ceilings, the beautifully finished kitchen, the 8-foot windows spanning the whole unit – what’s not to love?”

The vibrancy of the Riverside area and the community’s proximity to work, downtown, parks, shops and restaurants also offered great appeal.

“I like the community’s proximity to everything,” Michel said. “I’m close to Avondale, downtown, Five Points, and everything in Riverside is basically within walking distance.”

Michel also enjoys the community and his neighbors at The John Gorrie.

“My neighbors have been great – always willing to lend a hand…or a drill,” he said. “And, I’m still meaning to get over to the gym!”

The John Gorrie offers studios, one- and two-bedroom residences and two-story townhomes priced from the low $100,000s. For more information about how you can be part of The John Gorrie community, call (904) 383-3688 or visit www.TheJohnGorrie.com.

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Back To School Transportation and School Safety Tips

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The first day of school is just around the corner. Nearly 25,000 children sustain injuries as a result of school zone accidents. Kids are not as well versed in safety rules as we would like. Keep them informed by clicking on the links below:

Transportation and school safety tips.

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Tax Free Weekend and Downtown Night Trolley

back-to-school

Take advantage of the tax-free weekend beginning today, August 1st thru August 3rd.  This is a great time to save money and buy school clothing, computers and school supplies.  Stay tuned over the next few weeks for additional back to school ideas and shopping tips.

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While you are out over the weekend try out the Downtown Night Trolley.  Downtown is conducting a special trial weekend beginning August 1st and August 2nd connecting the popular Riverside/Avondale night trolley with a special downtown loop!  The downtown trolley will operate from 6pm to 2am, from ferry passengers to Riverside Five Points to stops all throughout downtown.

You will need a Star card to ride and they can be purchased for $4.00 at the following Riverside/Avondale merchants. Let Them Eat Cake, Open Road Bicycles, Mellow Mushroom Avondale, European Street Café`, The Silver Cow, Intuition Ale Works, Bold City Brewery and Grass Roots Natural Market.

Access the handy trolley map on our smart phone by visiting: visitingtrolley.jaxmob.com

There is plenty to keep you entertained and busy at the Jacksonville Landing.  The Jacksonville Landing will have fireworks that start at 9:45pm on Saturday, August 2nd and then you can stick around to listen to a live music band “Something Distant.”  The Landing Courtyard has ice cream for the kids and margaritas for the adults.

If you wanna dance?  Voodoo Lounge and Mavericks offer patrons riverfront dance clubs.

Are you hungry?  Fionn MacCools, Chicago Pizza, American Grille, Koja Sushi, Hooters and Cinco DeMayo offer patrons a riverfront dining experience.

Enjoy your weekend at the #JaxLanding, make it your stop for the Downtown Trolley Night.

 

 

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