Beloved for offering easy and endless access to waterways like the Tolomato River, the Matanzas River, and the Atlantic Ocean, St. Augustine is nothing short of paradise for those who enjoy outdoor activities and water sports. People flock to St. Augustine from all over the country the seemingly endless stretches of white sandy beaches, access to excellent golf courses, and rich history, not to mention the city’s robust dining scene and art and cultural attractions. St. Augustine also happens to be perfectly suited to those who enjoy spending their days kayaking, as the city is home to a number of kayak-friendly neighborhoods that have private residents-only kayak launches.
Featuring coastal inspired architecture, Beacon Lake is a residential lakefront community situated deep within a 358-acre nature preserve. The neighborhood’s crown jewel is a 43-acre lake that is the ideal setting for kayaking and canoeing and also provides the perfect backdrop for beach volleyball. Residents can enjoy additional community amenities that include a junior olympic pool, fitness center, tennis courts, pickleball courts, firepit, card room, and a lakeside park. The residences at Beacon lake feature between three and five bedrooms and vary between 1,600 square feet and just over 3,300 square feet. Home prices at Beacon Lake start in the high $400s and extend up into the $1M.
TrailMark is a peaceful, master-planned community designed with recreational opportunities in mind. The neighborhood is home to miles upon miles of biking and walking trails, but the main attraction is its winding waterway that features a private kayak launch. Residents can take their kayak out on the water and explore Six Mile Creek or go on an excursion along the St. Johns River. The community also features a wide assortment of additional amenities that include a community pool, clubhouse, splash area, fitness center, patio, ball fields, and a lakeside camp house. Homes within the TrailMark community are available in over 30 floor plans and range in size between 1,800 square feet and 4,200 square feet. Residences are priced between the mid $400s and mid $900s.
Situated along the Tolomato River in Northern St. Johns County, Istoria is an idyllic community that was created with the intention of preserving and protecting the surrounding wetlands and natural vegetation. Istoria residents can enjoy quaint tree-lined streets with wide sidewalks, making it a perfect place for long walks or playing outside with children. Residents of the neighborhood can take advantage of private access to the riverfront with a gated kayak launch area and dock. Istoria’s prime location also makes it easy for residents to enjoy all of St. Augustine’s dining, shopping nightlife, and entertainment. Homes within the Istoria neighborhood feature between three and five bedrooms and are priced between the high $600s and the mid $800s.
Tennis Village at The Ponce
Home to nearly 100 condominium units, Tennis Village at The Ponce is a waterfront complex located just beside St. Augustine’s historic downtown district. All units feature one bedroom and are available in both one and two-story layouts, varying in size between 525 square feet and 725 square feet. Residents can spend their days enjoying the warm Florida sun at the community pool, but the neighborhood’s most popular attraction is the kayak launch, giving you immediate and easy access to the river. Condo prices at Tennis Village at The Ponce span the $100s depending on the size of the unit.
Spanning 314 acres, Markland is a master-planned community made up of 355 single-family homes that feature both traditional design and stunning gardens. Markland offers residents a robust assortment of amenities that include a fitness center, lakeside fire pit, community pool with poolside cabanas, tennis courts, playground, and private dog park with dog wash station. One of the most noteworthy neighborhood features is the kayak launch and boat dock, which was built to allow those who love water-sports to safely get out into the lake. Because of its prime location, St. Augustine’s gorgeous beaches are only a short drive away, as is the city’s bustling dining scene. Home prices at Markland start in the mid $500s, but extend into the mid $700s.Posted by Brad Officer on