Aerial View The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach - An Elegant Florida Neighborhood

Hidden behind the secure gates of The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach is a neighborhood that embodies what many people who are seeking a luxury real estate environment in Florida are looking for. Sweeping spanish moss sways from the live oak trees that grace the winding streets. Quaint lamp posts, pristine gardens and manicured landscapes weave in and out of the signature Arnold Palmer Golf course. The landscape is further complemented by the various lakes and lagoons for relaxing views. Wild birds are unlimited with egrets, herons, spoonbills, osprey, and eagles all entertaining the homeowners outside of their lanai.  People are seen out walking, riding bikes, in their golf carts obviously enjoying their neigbhorhood and its natural beauty. The homes are all custom designed with wonderful curb appeal. 

Here is what a few residents say about living in The Plantation. The Grigorians moved into their home (shown below) in 2010.

The Grigorian Home in The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach

 "The Plantation is a fun, friendly and relaxing community, surrounded by serene and luxury homes. There are amenities that abound with energizing programs at your fingertips." - Peggy Grigorian

Another happy resident in The Plantation provided me this testimonial.  "I have been a resident of The Plantation at Ponte Vedra since April, 2001.  Their slogan of “Living Here Is Living Happier”, although simple, captures the joy of living in this special community. Their amenity package runs the gamut from their Arnold Palmer/Ed Seay championship golf course, recently remodeled golf pro shop and magnificent club house overlooking the lake, to their 7-court tennis club, and to their recently remodeled Beach Club with olympic pool and 600 feet of ocean frontage.  As a former member of the Board of Directors, I can tell you first-hand that you will not find a better financially managed club nor a more desirable place to live in all of Northeast Florida!"  - Scott Williams

When I last visited The Plantation Beach House, there sat Jack in a lounge chair by the pool. He was facing the ocean quietly reading his Wall Street Journal.  I couldn't resist asking him what was "best" about living in The Plantation. Jack said "It's all mine, this is my place, and I own it".  Can you picture him sitting in the chair with the umbrella closest to the beach entrance?



 

"The Plantation is a total of 650 acres with 133 acres of golf course, 4 acres of oceanfront and 13 acres to be developed.There are a maximum of 579 parcels. Currently, 521 homes are occupied. The remaining are member owned lots, preferred builder or successor developer lots or lots to be developed. Low maintenance Garden Homes (lawn & shrub care is included) or Estate Homes ranging in various square footage and floor plans are available. . The community’s appearance is exceptional. It is neatly manicured with pristine lakes. The homes have tile roofs and cars are parked in garages overnight. There are no mail boxes and no garbage cans (trash service is door to door)".... per the 2014 Realtor Guide and Handbook to The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach

The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach is indeed a very unique community. So, what does it cost to live there? Home prices range from $350,000 to $2,500,000.  Homeownership requires an investment of $40,000 at the time of purchase for equity in all of the club facilities. When selling, $20,000 is returned to the seller within 15 days of receipt of closing documents.  A new buyer pays an additional $50 processing fee and the first month homeowner association dues are prorated. Those monthly dues are currently set at $1,010 for non-Garden homes.  A Garden homeowner pays an additional $225/month for yard/lawn maintenance for a total of $1,235 per month.  The Plantation is the only membership in Ponte Vedra Beach that is both all inclusive – offering beach, tennis, fitness and golf and fine dining and is exclusive to members only. Guests are allowed with members and there are golf cart fees but no greens fees or gratuities. Some owners choose to have their own golf carts.   There is an annual trail fee for $1,350 plus tax to use a private EZ-GO or Club Car cart on the golf course.  For the avid golfer this community is a dream come true.

As of this date there are 24 homes for sale. The most expensive price tag for a luxury resale home is currently listed at $1,899,000 with over 5700 square feet of living space.  If you are planning to build, there are 7 single family lots for sale priced from $139,000 to $379,000 on the Multiple List System.   Additionally, the developer has a special lot purchase program worth exploring.

Northeast Florida, and Ponte Vedra Beach specifically, is experiencing an inventory shortage. There is anticipation that inventory will improve by Spring 2014. New construction homes by Arthur Rutenberg Homes, House and Home, Inc., Dennis Homes, and CBV Homes will add to the inventory in The Plantation.  The good news is you may still choose a vacant lot with a preserve view or a golf course view, and choose your own builder for your custom Plantation home.  

Last year in 2013,  a total of 49 homes were sold and the highest sales price was $1,950,000 and 11,992 square feet. This compares to a slightly lower number in 2012 with 45 homes sold and the highest sale closed at $1,600,000.

The Plantation at Ponte Vedra Beach provides great value for an active family Florida lifestyle. Please contact me for your personal tour when you are planning to purchase or build a custom luxury home in Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Kathleen Floryan, Broker Associate, Ponte Vedra Club Realty, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082