The towns of Fruit Cove and Switzerland located in Northwest St. Johns County are areas of growth in Northeast Florida. These towns are thriving while maintaining rural environments that are cherished by many long time residents and are an attraction for people new to the area.
Lush, mature trees, easy and fast access to Jacksonville and St. Augustine and proximity to the ocean and the river as well as the many and varied historical landmarks located nearby are just a few of the characteristics that contribute to the extraordinary quality of life enjoyed by residents of Northwest St. Johns County.
Debbie Shagnea, Watson Realty's No. 1 agent for 2007 and a consistent top producer, said Fruit Cove recently was rated one of the top 50 places to live in Florida based on quality of life and convenient location.
In the heart of this beautiful region near the southern section of the William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway, a unique, upscale estate neighborhood is under construction. The neighborhood is Villa Sovana and it is unlike other developments in the area.
Villa Sovana is not a typical St. Johns County subdivision," Shagnea said. "It is a small neighborhood nestled under century-old oak trees with an impressive gated entry, 12 wooded estate home sites and old world Mediterranean charm."
The home builder, First Coast Custom Homes, is one of North Florida's newest premier home builders with project locations throughout the area.
Matthew Birdwell, president of First Coast Custom Homes, is an exceptional person who offers clients only the highest quality homes and beautiful choices of materials and finishes in addition to outstanding service," Shagnea said. "In Villa Sovana, Birdwell is offering home buyers a chance to build dream homes."
The community adheres to strict architectural guidelines: homes that are a minimum of 3,000 square feet with Mediterranean-style architecture, brick paver driveways and concrete tile roofs are neighborhood requirements. Homes also feature three-car garages, full stucco exteriors, lavish quality and close attention to details.
First Coast Custom Homes currently is building a beautiful home in the neighborhood that will showcase the quality and style available to future Villa Sovana residents," Shagnea said.
The home is just beyond the drywall stage and when complete, it will feature a 3,700-square- foot, two-story floorplan with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and top-of-the-line finishes including mahogany double doors at the entrance and textured interior walls in the common areas to achieve the Mediterranean feel."
This home comes complete with granite counters throughout the home, stone travertine flooring on the ground level, beamed ceilings, custom details and custom cabinetry and moldings. It includes low voltage, structured wiring for entertainment systems, upgraded lighting and plumbing fixtures with spa features in the master bathroom, a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a full gas package.
In addition to all of these outstanding features, the home has a radius staircase with oak treads, stone risers and a wrought iron railing leading to the second floor balcony and bonus room. A second master suite on the first floor with a private entrance and an outdoor summer kitchen add to the appeal of the home.
The custom outdoor summer kitchen by Innovative Outdoor Concepts is a great place to entertain and take advantage of the natural beauty of the area," Shagnea said. "This home has everything buyers expect in this price range and more.
All of this luxury and prime location lists for $799,900. Of course, First Coast Custom Homes offers other home plans. Buyers may choose the home design that best fits their needs to build on one of the lots in this glorious neighborhood, or the builder will help home buyers custom design their own magnificent residences."
The 12 available home sites range from $179,500 to $249,500 with home prices starting in the $600,000s. Home designs, elevation drawings and builder information are accessible online at www.first coastcustomhomes.com.
At Villa Sovana, home owners will experience the best that St. Johns county has to offer.
There are a variety of entertainment, cultural and recreational options, top-rated schools, convenient location and easy commutes all in a dynamic and diverse area, brimming with history and offering the peace and quiet of small-town life combined with the convenience of a nearby metropolitan area.
Villa Sovana offers old world charm and new world vision in one convenient, gorgeous location," Shagnea said.