Hines, the international real estate firm, announced the talented team of premier home builders assembled for Hines’ new signature development, Markland, located on International Golf Parkway just east of I-95. Joining the Markland team are: Arthur Rutenberg Homes, The Cottage Home Company, Dream Finders Homes, Drees Homes, Providence Homes, and Riverside Homes.
One of the driving factors behind Hines’ selections is the builders’ ability to deliver exemplary customer service and product quality. Five of the six builders are locally owned and managed, while the one national builder, Drees Homes, has been rated as one of the Most Trusted Builders in America for the past three years by Lifestory Research. “As the community’s developer, our goal is to differentiate Markland from other new home communities on the quality of Markland’s architectural and landscape designs, and, as importantly, on the quality of the customer’s experience. We are excited to introduce this team of builders who are committed to this goal and have demonstrated the willingness and the capability to deliver the highest levels of customer service,” noted Hines Managing Director, Walter O’Shea.
Several architectural themes will be thoughtfully mixed throughout the community which will provide homebuyers with a diverse, yet complementary, offering of homes. The builders will initially offer homes from the low $300,000’s to over $600,000 on spacious lots that are oversized when compared to the market norm. Model homes are expected to start later this summer and be completed in late 2015 and early 2016.
In the interim, more information can be obtained by visiting and registering at the community website, www.markland.com, or calling (904) 513- 5740. Markland will provide residents with resort-quality amenities including a zeroentry pool framed by cabanas and lounge areas, a fitness center and yoga studio, a gathering and entertainment room, tennis courts, an innovative children’s playground, and an interconnected network of parks and walkways.
Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world. Visit www.hines.com for more information.
According to the Nature Conservancy, 82% of U.S. parents feel that time spent in nature is very important to their child’s development.
Enter, Shearwater. Set on 1,520 acres with more than 600 of those acres being preserved natural habitat along County Road 210 next to Timberlin Creek Elementary, Shearwater will provide 12 miles of nature trails, recreation paths, and bikeways. A kayak launch provides direct access to Trout Creek, which connects to the St. Johns River, an oasis of wildlife and tranquility that offers a plethora of activities including fishing, birdwatching, etc.
“Shearwater is a rare community crafted for outdoor enthusiasts, active families, and lovers of scenic beauty. We are proud to work with our homebuilder partners to bring it to life,” said Andrew Smith, Regional Development Manager for Freehold Communities.
“Shearwater’s lush, preserved landscape provides timeless character and blends seamlessly with the community’s amenities and homes, which offer the latest in livability, activity, and indoor/outdoor lifestyle.”
The 1,500+ acre community is planned for more than 2,000 homes, 400,000 square feet of commercial retail, a K-8 school, and 600 acres of open space. Shearwater will offer a launch area on Trout River for kayaks and canoes as well as a collection of parks, fields, and trails that wind through acres of preserved natural habitat. The epicenter of Shearwater will be a multidimensional clubhouse, the Kayak Club, offering a variety of gathering spaces and event venues hosting an eclectic calendar of events year-round. The heart of the community will also include a Fitness Lodge, resort-style lap and swimming pool, water tower, “Lazy River”, playground areas, sports fields, and four illuminated tennis courts. A variety of design styles, floorplans, and bed/bath options following a naturally elegant theme will attract a diverse array of homeowners. David Weekley Homes, Lennar, and MasterCraft Builder Group will be the early builders in Shearwater.
“St. Johns County is a beautiful place to live, work, learn and play. Shearwater will offer luxurious amenities with direct access to all that nature offers,” said Suzanne Maddalon, Vice President of Marketing for Freehold Communities. “Shearwater is a festive sanctuary with a resort-like ambiance and a central location that provides easy access to a number of outdoor recreational activities in the northeast FL region.”
St. Johns County is known for award-winning schools and high quality of life as it is one of the most desirable, family-oriented locations in Florida. Be among the first to learn about Shearwater! By becoming a Shearwater Founding Member, you can receive updates on the community and exclusive event invitations.
Learn more and register today at www.ShearwaterLiving.com.
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