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Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Donna is the Nocatee Welcome Center Manager.

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Nocatee Builders Showcased in NEFBA Parade of Homes 2017

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Apr 25, 2017 10:45:13 AM

The Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) Parade of Homes 2017 features model homes in 75 different neighborhoods across the First Coast. Since Spring 1954, NEFBA’s Parade of Homes has showcased the best in new construction design, including various entries from Nocatee’s nationally-recognized builders.

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Topics: Nocatee Builders, Model Homes, Nocatee Realtors, NEFBA, eBook, National Association of Home Builders, New Home Search, Parade of Homes

Get Into the Holiday Spirit in St. Augustine

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Nov 22, 2016 10:42:42 AM

Ranked one of the “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” by Coastal Living, St. Augustine always has plenty for locals and visitors to explore. It’s no surprise that the weeks leading up to the holidays are jam-packed with festive fun.

Here are a few activities that deserve a spot on Floridians’ calendars:

Nights of Lights - named one of “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic, St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights begins Saturday, November 19, and runs through January 31, 2017 . The lights can be enjoyed on foot, trolley, train, horse-drawn carriage, or even aboard a boat. This is one attraction you don’t want to miss.

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Topics: Family Fun, Jacksonville, Shopping, Things to Do around Nocatee, St. Augustine, Holidays at Nocatee, Growing Families, Established Families

First Coast Good Eats for Non-Holiday Feasts

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Nov 3, 2016 5:30:00 PM

Nocatee residents don't have to wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas to get that post-feast nap we all know and love. Restaurants in Florida’s First Coast area are abundant and delicious, providing lots of options for a night out with your other half or the whole family.

And with Jacksonville being ranked as the second-best city in the nation for new small businesses in 2015, innovative chefs and restaurant owners have chosen the First Coast area as their home.

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Topics: Ponte Vedra, Shopping, Restaurants, St. Augustine, Holidays at Nocatee, Dining at Nocatee, Relocation

4 Ways Halloween at MPCs is Perfect for Boys and Ghouls

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Oct 25, 2016 2:32:00 PM

If there’s one holiday that master-planned communities (MPCs) do better than others, it’s Halloween. As a small community of its own, an MPC is the prime setup for filling up trick-or-treat bags and enjoying festivities with neighbors. 

Here are 4 major ways MPCs do Halloween in style:


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Topics: Resident Events, Nocatee Adults, Family Fun, Holidays at Nocatee, Nocatee Greenway Trails, Nocatee Perks, Nocatee Halloween Party, Growing Families, Sense of Community, Established Families, Electric Vehicle Paths

How Historic St. Augustine Does Halloween

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Oct 20, 2016 3:45:19 PM

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, St. Augustine has a long and rich history of celebrating the paranormal year-round. As the oldest city in the country, it’s seen more than a fair share of violent battles throughout it’s rich history, which only adds to the excitement when it comes to spirits running amuck.

Here are a few fun ways to celebrate Halloween 2016, ranging from spooktacular to kid-friendly:

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Topics: Family Fun, Shopping, Things to Do around Nocatee, St. Augustine, Holidays at Nocatee, Location, Growing Families

Ultimate Guide to Northeast Florida Luxury Neighborhoods Now Available

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Sep 30, 2016 2:23:31 PM

Luxury homes can be found all around the First Coast. From the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean and the banks of the St. Johns River to area's only a short distance from the water, there's something for just about every high-end home-buyer. The vibrant master-planned Nocatee community is home to five distinct neighborhoods with estate-style and custom home offerings. 

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Topics: Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns County, eBook, Growing Families, Luxury Home Buyers, New Home Search, Custom Home-Builders

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Membership Offer for Nocatee Residents

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Sep 22, 2016 10:46:22 AM

With over 2,000 animals and 1,000 species of plants, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is your community’s best resource for education, conservation and of course, entertainment. Consistently named one of the top attractions in Jacksonville and winner of multiple TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a can’t-miss location for visitors and residents alike.

New Nocatee residents can enjoy an exclusive discount offer on memberships to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

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Topics: Nocatee Families, Family Fun, Jacksonville, Resident Benefits, Nocatee Perks, Discounted Membership Opportunities

4 Reasons to Live Close to the Water

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Sep 16, 2016 9:53:17 AM

Living close to the water is a luxury enjoyed by many on the First Coast. In fact, Nocatee residents are just moments away from the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterways. Whether it’s the view, scenery or lifestyle, there are a variety of reasons homebuyers decide to live close to the water. 

Here are four reasons Nocatee residents love their First Coast location:

1. It’s Scenic

Who wouldn’t want their own piece of paradise right in their backyard? Not to mention the sunsets and sunrises glistening across the water’s reflection. Colorful birds, fish and plants all thrive near the water. There is nothing more breathtaking than a scenic view full of refreshing breezes and thriving flora and fauna. 

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Topics: Nocatee Amenities, Intracoastal Waterway Kayak Launch, Benefits of a Master Planned Community, Water Recreation, Outdoor Recreation

Benefits of New Homes with Natural Surroundings

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Aug 25, 2016 4:30:00 PM

One glance at Pinterest or any home magazine and you’ll see that the obsession with the nature isn’t going anywhere, even in home decor. From end tables made of stumps to beams made of trees, the trend of bringing the outside in is more popular than ever. That’s because countless studies have shown that nature has numerous benefits for the mind and body.

If you’re considering a new home, you may want to think about the features being offered outside as well as in. Some communities incorporate nature through an extensive trail system and other outdoor amenities. Contact with nature has been reported to have psychological benefits, including reduced stress, enhanced focus and productivity, mental restoration, improvement of ADHD and increased longevity. There really is no replacement for Mother Nature.

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Topics: Nocatee Nature, The PARC Group, Nocatee Preserve, Benefits of a Master Planned Community, Growing Families, Twenty Mile at Nocatee, Empty Nesters, Home-buying Tips, Real Estate Trends, New Home Search, Established Families

Alhambra Theatre & Dining- Exclusive Offer for Nocatee Residents

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Aug 18, 2016 8:50:46 AM

Alhambra Theatre & Dining is the place to experience authentic live theatre on the First Coast.

Alhambra is the winner of four straight Best of Jacksonville Awards and has twice been named one of Bold City's Best. The Alhambra is fast becoming a culinary destination as well. Alhambra's Executive Chef, DeJuan Roy, delights guests by creating a brand new dinner and dessert menu for each show. Chef DeJuan Roy comes straight from highly-acclaimed 95 Cordova and was the winner of Food Network's recent Guy Fierri's Grocery Games Father's Day episode. Chef DeJuan's hand-crafted dishes are served by an incredible staff of servers. Alhambra's full bar and a unique wine list rounds out an enjoyable dining experience. 

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Topics: Family Fun, Jacksonville, Things to Do around Nocatee, Nocatee Perks, Live-Entertainment, Alhambra Dinner Theatre