As the most widely planted wine producing nation – almost three million acres planted! – Spain has earned a much deserved reputation for its exceptional vino. And now, the aromas and tastes of Spain have come to the Oldest City with the 3rd Annual St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival, a five-day celebration featuring more than 125 wines, delicious fare and plenty of entertainment – all benefiting local causes that need community support.

The festival’s events are steeped in St. Augustine’s rich Spanish culture as well as the fun and whimsy for which our city is known. Here is a summary of the events:

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This month, Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson and I are excited to explore World Golf Village’s new premier condominium units with La Fontana at the Residences Developer Troy White. As you can see in the video, Troy could not be more passionate or excited about his new project in sunny St. Augustine. Join us to learn more about the 52 upscale condominium units offered in the heart of World Golf Village!

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Davidson Realty is thrilled to announce its upcoming title sponsorship of the 19th Annual St. Augustine Youth Services Charity Invitational Golf Classic on Monday, September 22, at Marsh Creek Country Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m., tee-off is at 9 a.m. and an awards luncheon sponsored by the St. Augustine Lions Club will follow the event.

Davidson joins fellow title sponsor Ocean Grove RV Super Center to support the non-profit St. Augustine Youth Services (SAYS) in its tireless efforts to provide a safe, stable home for young victims of abuse and severe neglect. The caring professionals of SAYS are specially trained to deal with problems unique to children from abusive homes, and its Hutson Family Campus opened in April 2013 to provide a safe, homelike environment for the children to heal, learn and grow both physically and emotionally, and go on to lead positive, healthy lives. All proceeds from the tournament will go to SAYS.

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We are back again with Lennar Homes exploring their Genesis Bonus Model in Palencia, or as Lennar refers to it, their Next Generation Home. Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson and I got a personal tour of the “home within a home” from Tim Shillings, Lennar Homes’ New Home Consultant. Tim explains all about their distinctive product in the video above!

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Davidson Cares, the corporate giving program of Davidson Realty, Inc., is thrilled to welcome its newest Title Sponsors for the 2014-2015 school year! This year’s title sponsors include MOJO Old City BBQ, Bank of England, Heekin Law and the Jacksonville branch of Charles Schwab. Title sponsors are those at the $2,000 giving level and are featured prominently in Davidson Cares’ marketing and advertising collateral and media outreach.

Says Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson, “We would like to thank each of our sponsors for supporting our mission to provide grants that help local schools get what they need for their classrooms. We are all excited to have another great year for Davidson Cares.”

The non-profit organization is entering its third year offering support to local schools in the World Golf Village area, including Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School. During the 2013-2014 school year Davidson Cares raised more than $20,000 for schools to help purchase books and updated technology as well as fund important programs.

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As you have probably noticed, there is a lot of residential and commercial construction going on in World Golf Village and the surrounding areas. In the second quarter 2014 Metro Study report, World Golf Village was ranked in the top ten communities for annual construction starts with 86 homes under construction. Two of World Golf Village’s premier communities, The Cascades and Heritage Landing, are building out their remaining few homesites and The Residences’ new condominium phase, La Fontana at the Residences, will begin construction of a new building of 13 condominium homes in September. There are 23 homes currently under construction in the King & Bear from Laterra Links’ luxury coach homes to magnificent custom homes. As you can see, there is a lot going on!

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For Sande Gillard, owner of Wine Down on Market Street, the road to business ownership was like no other road she had been down. After years of professional experience in real estate and bartending, Sande embarked on a new adventure that helped her move past tragedy and utilize perhaps her best attribute: an upbeat, magnetic customer service style that draws people in and makes them feel at home.

Today, Sande has harnessed her experiences and talents and paired them with her passion for wine to create Wine Down on Market Street, a boutique wine shop that opened in Palencia on May 1.

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Amazon.com has just launched AmazonSmile, a program formed to donate a percentage of any purchase you make on Amazon to your favorite charity at no cost to you! Davidson Realty’s non-profit organization, Davidson Cares, supports our local World Golf Village-based schools, like Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School, and is now registered with AmazonSmile as a charitable foundation you can donate to while doing your every day shopping online!

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Farm to Family is a non-profit mobile farmer’s market in the business of doing good! Their mobile market is stocked with the freshest local produce straight from local family farms to neighborhoods throughout St. Johns County each week. Davidson Realty is proud to be one of the many locations supporting local farmers. Come by and grab delicious fruits and vegetables every Tuesday at Davidson Realty’s parking lot located at 100 East Town Place, St. Augustine, 32092 between 5:30 and 6:30 pm!

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If you would like the benefits of a vacation without all the stress and costly travel, you may want to opt for a “staycation”! Popularity of the staycation – a leisurely vacation spent close to or at home – has increased since the economic recession and folks are now realizing they can have just as much fun and relax more than they tend to do on an expensive, long distance jaunt.

Luckily, we live in a city that is a popular destination for tourists and offers an abundant array of options for vacationers. No matter your vacationing style – rugged and outdoorsy all way to tranquil and relaxing – planning a staycation in St. Augustine is incredibly easy! Here are some staycation ideas for all.

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