The Elegant Mediterranean Style in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

When looking at the multiple styles of luxury homes in the Ponte Vedra Beach area, one of the most attractive communities with a significant concentration of the luxury Mediterranean style is found in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach. When looking for a custom builder of this design Marcus Allen Homes, Inc., an Arthur Rutenberg Homes franchise builder, is definitely top of mind. 

Most Mediterranean style houses borrow characteristics from Spain, France, Italy, or Greek architectural  influences.  Adam Merrill, Building Company President, Arthur Rutenberg Homes said in a recent interview with me:

 “The Mediterranean style has elements that are flexible and allow for customization in the elevations adding to the attractiveness or curb appeal of the house.  We have been featuring a more modern presentation today than what was built in 2004-2005.  At that time, you would see some very traditional detailing including extensive ornamentation, exposed cedar wood soffits and ornate corbels, barrel style wrought iron balconies and extensive iron work both inside and out   While some classic Mediterranean characteristics remain including a barrel tile hip roof, rotunda entryway, rounded arches, columns, courtyards, patios, or decks, the house has to be marketable for today’s discriminating buyer and have lasting value.”

One of the “Signature Features” of the Arthur Rutenberg home designs is the use of the 90 degree sliding glass door from a common room to a lanai, porch or courtyard. Spontaneously, you have an open airy feeling of merging your outdoors into your indoors. It is a fabulous experience when the sliding glass doors open expanding the usable space. It is as if you instantly gained more square footage and its magical.   Other characteristics of an Arthur Rutenberg Home include extensive use of glass in other rooms adding to the natural light and brightness of the house.  The designer kitchen in the center of the house is my favorite highlight of a Rutenberg design. The location of the kitchen adds so much to the “live-ability” of the house as it is the most used space of any room in the house.  Wider hallways and doors, and a split floor plan with the owner’s suite as its own retreat are also trademarks.

Arthur Rutenberg Homes has, as most builders do, a written transferable warranty. In addition, they espouse an “unwritten warranty”. That unwritten warranty assures each customer that “if you find any defect in the original workmanship in the first ten years we will make it right” said Merrill.

Mr. Merrill further explained “with each home we build we have learned more from our customers and indeed have changed some of our methodology in building based on our customers’ experience. We incorporate those innovations and improvements throughout all future new home construction. While we have the design and floor plans as a guide for the customers, we never build the same house twice. The process of building a luxury home is better for our clients because they may tour one of our luxury model homes, choose their interior finishes at an exclusive design studio and enjoy access to highly qualified on- staff interior designers for personal consultation.”


With over 150 homes to their credit in the Ponte Vedra Beach real estate market area, you will find Arthur Rutenberg Homes have built many residential houses in other fine homes communities. In St Johns County, in addition to The Plantation at Ponte Vedra and Old Ponte Vedra Beach, they are building in Palencia and World Golf Village.   You may also find them building in Duval County in the prestigious Jacksonville gated neighborhoods of Glen KernanPablo Creek Preserve, and Queens Harbour

While Arthur Rutenberg Homes offers a wide selection of designs from 1700 square feet to 7,000 square feet, the final product is unique and customized to the new owner’s specifications. Arthur Rutenberg, who has been producing custom homes since 1953, is recognized throughout Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee for exceptional quality and excellence in craftsmanship.  Known for the strength of their brand name in consistently constructing luxury, elegant homes, and their commitment to “Design, Craftsmanship, Service and Responsibility”, you would be wise to seek out this builder when purchasing a resale or new Mediterranean style house in Ponte Vedra Beach. 

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