Living the Good Life in Northeast Florida

Golf Course Communities Offer Homebuyers Many Benefits

 This weekend, all eyes locally and around the world are on Ponte Vedra Beach to witness golf’s greatest compete at THE PLAYERS Championship.

Northeast Florida is a haven for golf enthusiasts and known for its legendary links. The area’s golf course communities are top destinations for homebuyers, offering a relaxing atmosphere to those who are seeking beautiful views and club amenities.

“With events like THE PLAYERS and more than 70 private and public courses in the area, many golf aficionados come to Northeast Florida to enjoy a dream vacation in our golf paradise,” said Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Everyone who vacations here falls in love with the lifestyle and many return to purchase a dream or second home. Our city offers a wide array of golf club communities from coastal to riverfront and everything in-between. With proximity to award-winning schools and area beaches, our communities offer a wonderful setting to raise a family or own a vacation home.”

Golf course community living is great for those seeking a tranquil setting and a relaxed way of life. Residents enjoy easy access to the sport anytime of the day and often make many new friends because their neighbors also enjoy the game. Golf course communities often feature a wonderful array of amenities, including pro shops, driving ranges and access to lessons. Everyone in the family will enjoy the community’s other amenities such as a clubhouse, restaurants, pools, tennis and more. Homebuyers will find a wide range of home designs and styles to choose from in Northeast Florida.

“Golf club communities are top destinations for homebuyers even if they don’t play the sport,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Founder, President and CEO Linda Sherrer. “Golf course communities are designed for everyone who wants a peaceful, green environment and a feeling of being on vacation all of the time.”

If you would like to get into the swing of golf course community living, let the professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty help you find your dream home. Founded in 1988, the company has a team of more than 380 real estate professionals in nine offices throughout Northeast Florida including full service branch offices in Ponte Vedra Beach and Atlantic Beach. The company is home to the area’s most successful real estate agents who work hard to deliver an exceptional client experience and the most positive real estate results.

For more information, connect with the best at


 109 Plantation Circle, Ponte Vedra Beach, 32082

109 Plantation Circle

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Welcome home to the Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach, and your new address at 109 Plantation Circle. Soaring ceilings in the grand entry way flow into a very open floor plan with beautiful lake views everywhere you look! Retreat to the master bedroom with its very own fireplace and a large sitting area. Accomplish great things from your home office with a built-in desk, cabinets and numerous elegant features. There is abundant storage throughout the house and in the garage. Additionally, there are electric storm shutters and a whole house generator. Visiting is the only way to appreciate this home’s beauty and comfort. Priced at $766,000. Contact Realtor Carolyn McLean at (904) 610-9939.


1697 Atlantic Beach Drive, Atlantic Beach, 32233

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Introducing DreamFinders Homes Custom Home Division in Atlantic Beach Country Club. Just a few blocks to the beach, this perfect coastal-style beach house features cedar shingles and stucco exterior with expansive eastern exposure for enjoying coffee at sunrise, and views of the 9th tee and water to golf with the coveted views of the Clubhouse. The home’s lifestyle design features include a summer kitchen, natural gas, 7′ & 8′ solid core doors, a 2.5-car garage with a paver driveway, two Isokern fireplaces, wood floors in main living areas, built-in closets, Thermador Professional appliance package, tankless Rinnai water heater, and pre-wiring for home theater, audio and security. The home is under construction with completion expected in July 2017. Priced at $1,325,000. ABCC Home Owners Social Family Membership is included with purchase (Fitness, Swimming and Dining.) Contact Realtor Lee Elmore at (904) 699-4503.

Mediterranean Masterpiece for Sale

4 bedrooms | 4.5 bathrooms | 5,100 SqFt
Appx. Lot Dimensions 180 x 131 x 185 x 150


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Mediterranean masterpiece situated on a large double lot in the gated golfing community of Marsh Creek. Renovated from top to bottom, this home offers 5100 sqft 4 bd/4.5 ba plus an executive office. Custom mahogany and leaded glass entry door. Upon entering you are greeted by the spacious foyer with marble floors and grand staircase with impressive 20’ ceilings. The home offers mahogany hardwood flooring, all new Pella doors and windows with exquisite finishes and custom lighting throughout. The formal living room boasts custom mahogany cabinetry and a large seating area with a floor to ceiling stone fireplace. Spacious custom chefs’ kitchen with gorgeous glazed cabinetry along the walls and maple cabinets on the island.

For more information contact Jenny Burnett.
Jenny Can be reached at 904-501-2019 or at and website

10 Things You Must Know About Dating Someone From Jacksonville

If you’re lucky enough to be dating someone from Jacksonville, you’re in for a good time. They are some of the most fun-loving people in the country, and they’ll make sure every day spent with them is filled with excitement. They’ll make you a healthy and happier person, just by being around their infectious personalities. Here are ten things you must know about dating someone from Jacksonville.

10. Work Hard

People from Jacksonville are always having fun, but they know when it’s time to buckle down and get to work. They’re very hard-working individuals who take their jobs seriously when it’s necessary. Your significant other is passionate, driven, and great at their job, which is extremely attractive.

9. Play Hard

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They may be hard-working people, but they know how to let loose. You’ll find yourself being invited to many parties and social outings with your partner, and even on nights where you want to stay home with Netflix, you’ll be dragged out of the house by your social butterfly of a partner.

8. Dates at the Microbrewery



Once you start dating someone from Jacksonville, you’ll start spending more and more time at Jacksonville’s popular microbreweries. Why? Because they’re everyone from Jax’s favorite hangout spot. And before you know it you’ll probably even start making your own brews.

7. Beach Bodies

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There’s no denying your better half looks good in a bathing suit. And you’ll definitely be spending a lot of time at the beach if you’re dating someone from Jacksonville. They grew up on those beaches, so they know how to rock a swimsuit. Lucky you.

6. Workout Buddies

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There’s a reason they have those great beach bodies! You’ll start hitting the gym more often thanks to your significant other’s healthy habits. Even if you’re not a fan of working out, you’ll enjoy watching your partner sweat, and exercising will quickly become a bigger part of your daily routine.  

5. Family is Important

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Dating someone from Jacksonville means you’re dating their whole family. That’s just the way it is, everyone knows everyone’s business. But you don’t mind because their family is probably awesome. They are from Jacksonville, after all.

4. Loyalty

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If you’re significant other calls Jax home, then you know they’re as loyal as can be. Just look at their pride and passion for the Jaguars. If they’re as big of a fan of you as they are of their football team, you’ve got nothing to worry about.

3. Water Related Activities

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Your partner grew up near the water, so of course, they’re comfortable with any and every water related activity. Get ready for a lot of time spent swimming, boating, kayaking, and whatever else they’re into. It’s what you sign up for when you date someone born in Florida.

2. Southern Food

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Your belly will thank you for dating someone from Jacksonville because they know how to cook up some good Southern food. They know their way around a kitchen and you’ll be more than impressed. You’ll also never be able to eat fried chicken made by anyone else, it just won’t be as good because it won’t be made with love.

1. Chilling Out

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If there’s one thing that people from Jacksonville excel at, it’s knowing how to slow down and chill out. Your significant other will be easy-going 99% of the time, which will help you relax when you need it the most. They’ll teach you how to stop and smell the roses, and you’ll be a better person because of it.

10 Places To Get Great Tacos In Jacksonville

10 Places To Get Great Tacos In Jacksonville

The Mexican food in Jacksonville is so good, we need to taco ‘bout it. When Tuesday rolls around and you need to get your taco fix, there are numerous options to choose from. It can get a little overwhelming so we narrowed it down to a handful of awesome spots that will not disappoint. Here are ten places to get great tacos in Jacksonville, Florida.

10. Olio

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The fish tacos at Olio are famous for a reason. They’re made with blackened tilapia, mandarin salsa, shredded cabbage, and cilantro-lime cream on soft flour tortillas. You’ll have weekly cravings for these bad boys, trust us.  

9. Lola’s Burrito & Burger Joint


Sometimes all you want for brunch is to get your taco on. Lola’s Burrito & Burger Joint can help you with just that, their breakfast taco plate consists of three tacos with scrambled eggs and a Latin cheese blend with applewood smoked bacon.

8. Mr. Taco

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It doesn’t get much more authentic than Mr. Taco. You can choose between chorizo, smoked chicken, veggie, fish, shrimp, and bean, among others. Be sure to get an aqua fresca with your order. Is your mouth watering yet?

7. Jimmy Hula’s

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The selection at Jimmy Hula’s is incomparable. They have a taco for every taste bud. The ‘Wipeout’ is made with steak, shrimp, fries, jack cheese, avocado, and baja sauce. The ‘Tree Hugger’, on the other hand, boasts mushrooms, zucchini, onion, black beans, cotija, and crema.

6. Corner Taco

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Corner Taco pride themselves on their “semi-swanky street food”. Their tacos are definitely on another level, think dijon buttermilk fried chicken, and local tempeh with sweet chili and lemon. Don’t miss out on their house made sriracha or their cheap craft beers.

5. Burrito Gallery


The tacos, along with the prices, at Burrito Gallery will have you coming back to this hip place again and again. With options like Cajun mahi, curry chicken, teriyaki tofu, grilled veggies, or carnitas, you really can’t go wrong.

4. Pepe’s Hacienda

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Pepe’s Hacienda does traditional and fresh Mexican the right way. Their entire menu is noteworthy and delicious, but their tacos stand out against the rest. You can choose from flour or corn taco shells, and the options for yummy fillings are seemingly endless.

3. Mossfire Grill

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Mossfire Grill blends together new American and southwest cuisine like it’s nobody’s business, serving up killer tacos for lunch and dinner. Their ‘Ranch Burger Taco’ features ranch seasoned ground beef served in a crunchy blue corn tortilla. The ‘Pacific Rim Tuna Taco’ is made with togarashi seared yellowfin tuna.  

2. Hightide Burrito Co.


Hightide Burrito Co. is a traditional Mexican joint that puts a tasty twist on their eclectic menu items. Their street tacos are made with hand-pressed corn tortillas. And their beloved breakfast tacos boast Mexican chorizo.

    1. Tijuana Flats

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With several locations across Jacksonville, Tijuana Flats is a fan favorite and a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Their moniker alone is reason enough to dine here; “We don’t serve you garbage and we never treat you like trash”. But if that’s not enough to convince you, their tacos are seriously amazing.


John Brocato

Atlantic Beach, FL (04/06/17) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome John Brocato to the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

                John, a founding member of Delmarva Wings, Inc., has many years of experience in developing and managing retail/restaurant/entertainment properties and is currently affiliated with Hooters of America, LLC(HOA). Associated with the Hooters franchise system since its early inception, John worked on leasing arrangements between HOA and the former Rouse Company projects in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Colorado, and Maryland. These early real estate transactions in prominent tourist destinations were a catalyst for HOA expansion to over 420 locations in 44 states and 26 countries.

                Recently, John completed the mandated Real Estate Sales Associate Licensing Course and received his Sales Associate in Real Estate license. When asked why he joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, John states, “I enjoy being an independent contractor – it allows me to set my own goals to achieve – and I am happy to align myself with the success of a quality brand. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is that brokerage, a quality brand with a history of high success and opportunity behind it.”

                John was also a founding member of Caribbee Associates, LLC, a Florida-based company that owned and operated the Neptune Beach location of Caribbee Key. During this time, John’s family grew to include a son and a daughter. For many years John’s children attended the DePaul School of Northeast Florida, and John became a member of their Board of Directors. He continues serving in that capacity today.

“John is a great addition to our team of professionals. His experience in all levels of real estate, along with his tenacity and desire for high achievement will serve his clients well. He’s a star in the making. John will now be able to leverage our global powerhouse brand to add more value to the local and personal service he provides. The best of both worlds for his clients,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, John can be reached by phone at 904.874.5869 or at and website: The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.


Bernadette Barrera

Jacksonville, FL (04/05/17) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Bernadette Barrera to the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

Prior to becoming a Realtor, Bernadette was the volunteer coordinator for the United Services Organization (USO) in Dubai, as well as a travel consultant for the US Military with Carlson Wagonlit Sato Travel. When asked about these experiences, Bernadette states, “As a travel consultant for our military, for over seventeen years, I worked directly with service men and women booking their official travel. I was their trusted advisor the ensure they received their travel entitlements and that their trip went smoothly. Working for the USO was gratifying and rewarding for me. I worked with a wonderful group of volunteers who were proud of our military, and proud that we can help them connect with family and friends back home.”

Bernadette has called northeast and central Florida her home for the last fifteen years – her parents retired here in 2002 and Bernadette and her family established their permanent address here while her husband was in the military. Having moved six times with her soldier has given Bernadette a personal understanding of what other military families go through, and she is eager to continue helping them as a Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty.

Although new to real estate as a Realtor, Bernadette is intimately familiar with buying and selling homes as a client. Her husband and she have purchased and sold four homes while in the military. Bernadette states, “I enjoy doing the research and learning about the different neighborhoods in our area. When we moved, we always looked for the best schools for our children, and this is the knowledge that I am excited to share with my clients as their Realtor.”

“Having Bernadette join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is very exciting! Her background not only as a military spouse but also working with military personnel and families professionally will benefit her clients. We can’t wait to see how high her star will rise,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Bernadette can be reached by phone at 912.271.1415 or at and website: The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


Catherine Cedeno

Fleming Island, FL (04/05/17) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Catherine Cedeno to the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

Catherine was raised in the former Canal Zone (US Territory) and is a fifth generation “Zonie” to live, work and raise a family in the Panama Canal area. While living there, Catherine had a rewarding career with the Panama Canal Commission – providing expertise to senior management in matters pertaining to Labor and Employee Relations Management and Human Resources Management. After retiring in 1999, she traveled to Spain with her husband for his employment at US Naval Air Station, Rota. While in Europe, they were able to travel extensively, and in 2006 they returned to the United States and settled in Jacksonville.

Joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty as a Realtor, Catherine is eager to help her clients buy or sell their dream homes. Though new to real estate, Catherine believes that this will be an exhilarating and rewarding second career, and she is looking forward to serving her Northeast Florida community in all their real estate needs. Catherine states, “I joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty because after speaking with Linda Benson, the Fleming Island Office Broker, I felt that their mission, goals, and values are a good fit for me as I embark on this new chapter. I am particularly impressed with their comprehensive training program and commitment to their new agent’s success.”

Catherine is a member of the Panama Canal Society, Panama Canal Museum, and a Roosevelt Medal Descendant. She attended the University of Maryland University Europe and is an alumna of Phi Theta Kappa. Catherine enjoys playing guitar and cello, and was the Leader for Music Ministry at St. Mary’s Church in Balboa, Rep. of Panama, and co-lead for music liturgy at Naval Air Station, Rota, Spain. When not working, Catherine enjoys being together with her family – her husband and she take every opportunity to celebrate with their three children and granddaughter.

“I am so pleased to have Catherine join our Fleming Island office. With her unique background – both being raised in the former Canal Zone, and as part of a military family – she will be able to empathize with her clients, many who will be military families themselves. I am excited to see her succeed,” shares Linda Benson, Broker/Manager of the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

For more information, Catherine can be reached by phone at 904.930.1542 or at and website: The Fleming Island/Orange Park office is located at 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island, FL 32003.