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4 Fun Florida Day Trips with the Kids

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

May 24, 2017 4:27:39 PM

Some 75 million people visit Florida each year, drawn by its beautiful weather, spectacular beaches and world-famous theme parks and attractions. But the Sunshine State is just as popular with Florida residents, and now that summer vacation is here, local families can take advantage of Florida’s attractions without spending a fortune on airplane tickets and hotel stays.

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Topics: Family Fun, Jacksonville, Things to Do around Nocatee, Nocatee Perks, Florida, Staycations, Growing Families, Empty Nesters, Established Families

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

7 Date Ideas for Getting More TLC From Your MPC (Master-Planned Community)

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Feb 11, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Master-planned communities (MPCs) are making it easier than ever for couples and spouses to enjoy some quality time right at home. 

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Topics: Resident Events, Nocatee Adults, Ponte Vedra, Things to Do around Nocatee, Couples Night Out, Benefits of a Master Planned Community, Growing Families, Empty Nesters, Retirees, New Home Search, Established Families

Get Involved: 5 Tips for Connecting in Your Community

Posted by Donna Lundgren - Nocatee Welcome Center Manager

Jan 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A new year is the time to not only think about your goals and plans for the next 12 months, but also how you can help change the lives of those in your community.


A study by the Corporation for National and Community Service concluded:

  • Those who volunteer experience greater health benefits than those who receive support from the volunteers

  • Volunteering fosters positive relationships and reduces stress

  • States where residents volunteer more often are likely to have lower mortality rates and less incidence of heart disease.

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Topics: Things to Do around Nocatee, Growing Families, Volunteer Opportunities, K9s for Warriors at Nocatee, Empty Nesters, Retirees, New Year's Resolutions

7 Tips for Starting a Business in 2016

Posted by Nocatee Community

Jan 12, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A New Year is a great time to think about starting a new business, especially since the tax cycle starts over in January (unless you designate your company’s fiscal year otherwise). Here’s why:

  • The cost of entry is relatively low for many businesses - aside from any formal education or certification required for your business, all you really need is a website, tax ID and phone to get up and running 

  • There are tax benefits to going out on your own - when you own your own business, you can write off a laundry list of expenses the average employee cannot, including travel, home office, Internet and other costs, depending on your industry

  • Technology makes it easier than ever - from obtaining funding through Kickstarter to accepting credit card payments on your cell phone and marketing on social media, running and promoting a business has never been more convenient 

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Topics: Jacksonville, Growing Families, Empty Nesters, Business News, Job Creation, Single Professionals, New Year's Resolutions, Small Business-friendly Cities

5 Tips for Reducing Living Expenses in 2016

Posted by Nocatee Community

Jan 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Whether you’re an empty nester, single professional or anywhere in between, reining in your spending is a smart and attainable goal for 2016. Of course changing spending habits will require a certain level of discipline and planning.

For starters, you should spend a month or two tracking where your money actually goes versus where you think it does. It’s recommended that no more than 28 percent of your gross monthly income go to housing and housing costs, no more than 15 percent to debt repayment, and no more than 5 percent to entertainment expenses. Once you know where your financial pitfalls are, it will be easier to cut out lattes or lavish nights out as necessary.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Empty Nesters, Affordable Homes, New Home Search, Single Professionals, New Year's Resolutions

The Must-have Tech Tools for Your Big Move & Beyond

Posted by Nocatee Community

Oct 22, 2015 5:19:00 PM

Moving to a new home is exciting, but can be overwhelming when it comes to navigating the real estate market for a new neighborhood, planning your transition and getting all the details right for the big move. Moving to a new home is an exciting process. However, navigating the real estate market, planning your transition and getting all details right, can feel overwhelming. Luckily, there’s an app (or several) for the big move.


Here are some tools for adding more tech and less stress at every stage of the process — from home buying to unpacking your final boxes:

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Topics: Smart Home Technology, First-time Home Buyers, Empty Nesters, Home-buying Tips, New Home Search, Moving Tips, Home Loan

A to B, Gas Free: 5 Benefits of Low-Speed Electric Vehicles

Posted by Nocatee Community

Sep 30, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Residential areas are catching up on what golf clubs figured out long ago: low-speed electric vehicles (EVs) are handy off the course, too. With a variety of EVs on the market ranging from simple golf carts to decked out EVs, homeowners are finding them useful for local errands, yard maintenance and recreation. In addition, neighborhoods and many master-planned communities (MPCs) are accommodating—and even encouraging—their residents to adopt a more eco-friendly way of getting from A to B.

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Topics: Nocatee Town Center, Nocatee Nature, Nocatee Greenway Trails, Benefits of a Master Planned Community, Growing Families, Empty Nesters, Eco-friendly, Electric Vehicle Paths

St. Augustine Turns 450: Your Guide to the Festivities

Posted by Nocatee Community

Aug 17, 2015 1:50:00 PM

It’s not every year that the oldest city in the nation celebrates such a huge milestone—a birthday that’s so epic it’s been 450 years in the making.

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Topics: Nocatee Adults, Things to Do around Nocatee, St. Augustine, Outdoor Music, Location, Nocatee History, Growing Families, Dining at Nocatee, Empty Nesters, Established Families, Reasons to Move South, Festivals

5 Family-Friendly Camping Spots Near the First Coast

Posted by Nocatee Community

Jul 30, 2015 4:31:00 PM

There’s only a month or so left of summer (from a school perspective). And what better way to make some lasting childhood memories for your kids than a family camping trip?

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Topics: Nocatee Nature, Family Fun, Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Kids Activities, Growing Families, Empty Nesters, Water Recreation, Weekend Retreats, Camping, Outdoor Recreation, Things to Do/See Summer 2016