St. Augustine’s regional history, local geography and diverse culture define, and importantly characterize – our place. Contextually, our place is far different than any other. Recognizing our context is the first step to preserving our unique attributes. We don’t need to be like everywhere else. As we grow our communities, we need to fuse the new with the old while insuring quality and originality.
History reigns over our region. St. Augustine is America’s original city. Some historians claim the actual First Thanksgiving was celebrated in the stronghold on September 8, 1565, over 450 years ago and at least 56 years before the Pilgrims in Massachusetts. A visit to the Old Town can inspire inquisitiveness. Return trips illuminate the stories of early occupation. Familiarity induces multiple explorations and discoveries and an appreciation of the city’s proximity and accessibility. Our authentic sense-of-place is evocative of the history and heritage of St. Augustine as America’s initial melting pot.

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If you believe in the importance of eating healthy while supporting your local farmers, and you want to experience a little local southern fare with a St. Augustine flair, you definitely have to try The Floridian restaurant located in the Spanish Quarter of downtown St. Augustine.  Even Chef Emeril Lagasse will highly recommend you do so, as The Floridian was featured in an episode of the Cooking Channel’s Emeril’s Florida, which featured Farm-to-Table venues.
Owners Jeff and Chef Genie McNally opened The Floridian in 2010 showcasing a great deal of respect for St. Augustine’s history and culture.  Their passion for food is evident when you peruse their menu, which provides a various array of options from seafood, steak, chicken, right down to vegetarian or gluten-free.  The not-your-ordinary appetizer options of Fried Green Tomatoes, Pickled Pepper Shrimps or Biscuits and Belly (to name just a few) are a great way to start your mouth to watering for the main entrée.  If you have a hard time picking just one appetizer, wait until you get to the main course!  The Cajuns might be known for their jambalayas and crawfish pies, but the Minorcans of St. Augustine are known for their pilaus and cornbread, which The Floridian proudly showcases in its “Shrimp and Sausage Pilau” entrée.  It would be remiss to not include that the cornbread with this entrée is drizzled with hot honey.

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It is hard to believe that there was a time that the World Golf Village consisted of only a sales trailer, guard shack and burgeoning infrastructure, but Davidson Realty’s employee Judy Hagen-Kashou remembers that time well.
Judy and her late husband, George Kashou, moved to the World Golf Village in August of 1998 from Chicago, but they had been coming to St. Augustine long before that as Judy had family in the area and they had been reading all of the press releases on what was to come and were excited about the project.  In effect, they watched the World Golf Village grow and they decided that they wanted to be a part of it.  With this decision made, their Panitz home was the third home constructed in Turnberry in the Neighborhoods of World Golf Village.

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The World Golf Hall of Fame celebrates the history, heritage and traditions of golf. The World Golf Village (WGV) community-at-large celebrates its ever-evolving special place through continued good-growth in a Live Oak punctuated landscape that is well on its way to making its own history and establishing its own legacy.
The original neighborhoods of Turnberry, Royal Pines, St. Andrews, The Legends, Meadows and Heritage Landing are all complete – with over 2,200 homes. The King and Bear neighborhoods are 92% occupied, with 892 of their 968 homes complete. The first WGV age-restricted neighborhood is thoroughly-well established with 450 single-family homes in The Cascades.
Recently, there has been a resurgence of home-building that is filling out and completing many of the associated WGV neighborhoods. Greenside at WGV is rapidly building 36 single family homes overlooking the Slammer & Squire #6 fairway. Legacy Trail is also nearing completion with 30 exclusive single family homes – most overlooking the #16 & #17 fairways of the Slammer & Squire.
 
 
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Davidson agent Mirtha Barzaga hosted a Thanksgiving donation drive in Heritage Landing on Saturday, November 11, to benefit the Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County. Donors brought hundreds of bags of food, supplies and toys for families in need.

 

Barzaga was joined by several volunteers including students from Nease High School’s Junior ROTC and Coaltion volunteer Sergio Quintanal (pictured).

 

“My sincere thanks to everyone who came out and showed their generosity,” said Barzaga, a top performing Davidson Realtor. “Since Hurricane Irma, the Coalition has experienced an increased need for everything a family needs, so every little bit helps.”

 

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Thirty five years ago, in Lake Jackson, Texas, a cute little red-capped beaver signaled the opening of a convenience store by Arch “Beaver” Aplin III and Don Wasek. Their humble enterprise has morphed into a Texas chain of 32 impressive, if not gargantuan, retail stores – featuring fuel, coffee, beverages, beef jerky, snacks, car washes, prepared foods and specialty gifts along with the “best restrooms” in America. Their #1 best-selling item is their proprietary caramel and butter-glazed corn puffs known as “Beaver Nuggets”. Beef jerky products are often a close second (Texas, remember).
Today, Buc-ee’s is breaking out of Texas for the first time and has its sights set on the I-95 Exit #323 at the International Golf Parkway entrance to the greater World Golf Village communities.

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Halloween is a FUN night for families and friends and with a little planning, St. Augustine offers PLENTY of super spookilicious options for everyone’s style. The following is a list of community events and local attractions as well as specific neighborhoods that are especially welcoming to your little witches and warlocks.

St. Augustine Alligator Farm
October 27-29 5:30-7:00pm
999 Anastasia Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies at IMAX
October 28 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
October 29 @ 12:00
World Golf Hall of Fame IMAX Theater, 1 World Golf Place
St. Augustine, FL 32092

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Davidson Cares, the corporate giving program of Davidson Realty, donated $35,000 to local charity St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) on Thursday, October 19th at the 2nd Annual Shooting for SAYS event! A big thank you to our amazing community for coming together for such a worthy cause.

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Clear your calendars for Thursday, October 19th from 6 – 9 pm! You don’t want to miss the 9th Annual Bratini Charity Event featuring music, food, martinis and fun! Men will be modeling decorated bras and you will have the chance to bid on them! This creative annual event raises money to help cancer patients in St. Johns County. Proceeds benefit StAR Council (St. Augustine Regional Council), ARTBREAKERS, and Pink Heals St. Johns County Chapter.

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Who’s ready for rifles, a raffle and a silent auction all for a really great cause? Davidson Cares’ 2nd Annual Shooting for SAYS charity shoot happens on Thursday, October 19th at Jacksonville Clay Target Sports. Not only does 100% of proceeds from the shoot go to the boys at St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS), but now proceeds made on the Cooler & Cocktail Raffle go to St. Johns Housing Partnership for their efforts in aiding with Hurricane Irma recovery. SAYS provides a therapeutic home for boys ages 6-18 that have suffered from severe physical/sexual abuse and neglect.

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