The World Golf Village has residents of all sorts, each with their own special view of the community. We recently caught up with Ernie B. Davidson, a resident with a unique perspective on life here and a great personality to boot. Here’s a look at 3-year-old Ernie and his life in World Golf Village.
First of all, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat. How long have you lived here in World Golf Village? “I was born and raised here. I live in GroveWood in the King & Bear with my mom, an uncle, and a cat-brother Hubert. They are very good servants except for Hubert, who is decidedly unaccommodating. Mom keeps saying I have a new brother or sister coming soon, but I don’t know how to feel about that.”
John Unkefer, President of Legacy Builders of North Florida, established his company in 1997 and has over 28 years of construction experience, specializing in crafting custom homes. Davidson Realty President Sherry Davidson and I sat down with John to learn more about Legacy Builders and their custom building process.
This month, we’re back with Doug Griesemer, President of Advantage Home Builders, to learn what sets their company apart from their national competition. Doug took us to visit some of their homes under construction in Las Calinas to show how every Advantage Home Builders’ home is unique and built specifically to the homeowner’s wants and needs. And, not only are their homes customized, Advantage Home Builders is also at the forefront of energy efficiency technology!
GroveWood has a sense of arrival that feels like a warm hug for residents of this King & Bear community in World Golf Village. Traveling the serene four miles from the King & Bear entrance to the “Welcome to GroveWood” sign is the perfect way to relax after a long day at work. As a GroveWood resident myself, I know first hand that as you take in the community’s natural beauty, you find yourself unwinding and feeling calm and centered. Come along with me and Davidson Realty’s new construction expert, Jennifer Todd, as we explore the family-friendly streets and the buzz of new home construction in GroveWood.
We recently stopped by Advantage Home Builders’ exquisite new model in Las Calinas to hear about their flourishing business and what sets them apart from their competition. After meeting President of Advantage Home Builders, Doug Griesemer, it was obvious why they have been so successful in Northeast Florida. They stay true to their core values and believe it is the reason for their rapid success. From one community and 20 homes closed in their first year of business, to an expansion to 11 communities, 106 homes closed and seven furnished models in 2012, they are growing and prospering!
When my husband and I were house hunting for a home in Jacksonville some years back, we started to notice a trend. The cleanest houses always made it to the top of our list! Shortly after when we decided to rent out our home in Louisiana and become landlords for the first time, the tenant we chose won us over when she proudly announced, “I’m a clean freak!”. We knew that she would help protect the value of our biggest investment – our home. Recently when I asked several Davidson Realty Agents, each and every one of them confirmed what I suspected all along: Clean homes show better, sell faster and command higher prices.
The singer/songwriter, Joe South, famously recorded the song, Walk a Mile in My Shoes. The commonly used refrain about “walking a mile in my shoes” refers to being non-judgmental of others. Humorously, it is often extended to “before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes – then when you do criticize that person, you’ll be a mile away and have his shoes”. Some say that research shows the sentiment is rooted in old, Cherokee Indian, native-American wisdom. It remains wonderful advice – “don’t judge a person until you have walked a mile in their shoes”.
Since our last visit to Mile Marker Brewery, the brew masters have added some great new unique beers on tap, entertainment, and BBQ for everyone to enjoy. As one of the fastest growing breweries in America’s oldest city, Mile Marker truly has exceeded all expectations in craft brewing and excellent service.
Let’s begin with the most important thing about Mile Marker…the beer! Since our last video, the brew masters have been working extremely hard to create one-of-a-kind beers that are like none other out there. The one I was most excited about was the double brewed IPA, known as the 215 Imperial IPA. If you are an IPA person like yours truly, you will enjoy this. The 215 is in reference to the Kennedy Space Center’s exit and the rebel spacecraft on the tap is there because they used both Millennium and Falconer Flight Hops. Another stand out was the Ginger Ale. A very smooth beer with hints of ginger amongst it, this is a great dinner beer, especially if you have a nice sushi roll to go along with it. The other two that are new since our last video are the Pecan Brown Ale and the Coconut Porter. Both are very flavorful, smooth and if you like a darker beer they are right up your alley.
Our final video in the three-step process of building your dream home with Arthur Rutenberg Homes showcases the construction process with builder Mark Refosco. Fortunately, we were able to visit two very special homes currently under construction in World Golf Village’s King & Bear neighborhood, so you can see the high quality and attention-to-detail Rutenberg delivers.
Mark explains, “You dream, we build” and that’s exactly what they do! One family from northern Pennsylvania chose sunny Northeast Florida for relocation to escape the cold. As you can see in our video, the weather in February was pretty perfect! The Pennsylvania family took the Mediterranean style plan from the model home we saw on our first video and customized the plan choosing a French Country elevation. They customized the kitchen layout and the owner is working with her cabinet specialist from up north to make her dream kitchen come to life!
Last month, we shared the first step of building a custom home with Arthur Rutenberg Homes. We took you on a tour of Arthur Rutenberg’s incredible model in Ponte Vedra, FL where we picked our floor plan and explored the model home to better understand the high level of finishes and options that come with a new home by Arthur Rutenberg. Now it’s time for the next step in building your Arthur Rutenberg home, visiting the inspiring design center, where you pick all your options for your new home!
In the design center, you begin by selecting materials for the exterior of our home to get the exact look you want. The savvy Arthur Rutenberg designers work with you to choose everything for your exterior space like material for your roof: maybe Mediterranean-style tile? Then there’s the choice of stucco finishes, veneers, stone and other exterior options, and don’t forget about pavers for the driveway and maybe for the patio too.