The real estate market has presented an incredible opportunity for Florida vacation home buyers.   Values have dropped off their highs in 2005 and many sellers are now very willing to start negotiations at much lower prices.  This has prompted many vacation home buyers to get back in the market.

What's most important for Florida vacation home buyers? If you were to ask 10 prospective buyers the same question, you would get several common answers:

  • Proximity to the beach or ON the beach
  • Golfing in the community or very close by
  • Waterfront home or boating access
  • Close to the airport for easy access
  • High Quality medical facilities nearby

TOP 2 Misconceptions of Florida Vacation home buyers:

  1. Condos Only: Some vacation home buyers require condos only, however many don't want the condo or townhome feel.  They want a home where they can bring their children and grand children.  A vacation home to build memories of catching crab in the marsh, fishing in all the waterways, and spending fun family time at the beach.
  2. Peace and quiet - in the middle of nowhere: A vacation home is just that, a vacation.  It should provide fun and relaxation from the day to day grind.  However, I've always found that vacation home buyers coming from their busy lives in most places north of Florida, get bored with "middle of nowhere".  After a few days of relaxation by the beach and pool, most people need to get out and do something.  Fine dining, shopping, and local events are always high on the list.  None of which are easily found far off the beaten path.

Vacation Homes in Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Florida

Northeast Florida provides an incredible opportunity for vacation home buyers - especially when interested in waterfront.  The Jacksonville area is unique in that it hasn't had the same demand for vacation homes as South Florida which in turn has kept the homes very affordable.

Key factors for considering the Jacksonville FL area for a vacation home:

  • Pricing:  Highly affordable when compared to South Florida.
  • Temperate Climate:  The summer is hot just like you want in a Florida location and late fall through spring is incredible.
  • Waterfront availability:  Miles of coastline and even more riverfront and intracoastal land and homes.
  • Hurricane factor:  Limited exposure considering other Florida locations.
  • The city:  Dining, shopping, culture, and sports are all available
  • Medical:  MAYO Clinic - need I go any further
  • Residents vs Vacationers:  Odd to include this one, but it is a key factor.  This area of Florida is not a "seasonal area".  If you get here in May - everyone is still here!

Considering a visit to the First Coast to search out your perfect spot of vacation heaven?  Contact us ahead of time and I can help you narrow down a few key areas.  

Several Waterfront homes to check out:

Search Waterfront Homes For Sale Jacksonville, FL

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1849 Seminole Road, Jacksonville

$3,500,000

1849 Seminole Road, Jacksonville

4 Beds 6 Baths 5,331 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2021729
New
3212 Lake Shore Boulevard, Jacksonville

$995,000

3212 Lake Shore Boulevard, Jacksonville

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,195 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2018760
New
Hillwood Road, Jacksonville

$789,184

↑ $20,000

Hillwood Road, Jacksonville

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,495 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2021107
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13979 Shipwreck Circle N, Jacksonville

$1,799,000

13979 Shipwreck Circle N, Jacksonville

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,660 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2019007
New
3355 Silver Palm Drive, Jacksonville

$1,350,000

3355 Silver Palm Drive, Jacksonville

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,552 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2020634
New
3918 Alhambra Drive W, Jacksonville

$4,950,000

3918 Alhambra Drive W, Jacksonville

5 Beds 6 Baths 6,382 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2020595
New
13827 Tortuga Point Drive, Jacksonville

$1,995,000

13827 Tortuga Point Drive, Jacksonville

4 Beds 6 Baths 4,882 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2018343
New Under Contract
5842 S Thurgood Circle, Jacksonville

$330,000

5842 S Thurgood Circle, Jacksonville

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,636 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2020514
New
1061 Cedar Bay Road, Jacksonville

$870,000

1061 Cedar Bay Road, Jacksonville

9 Beds 5 Baths 5,242 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2019086
1277 Beach Avenue, Atlantic Beach

$6,750,000

1277 Beach Avenue, Atlantic Beach

4 Beds 3 Baths 5,100 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2020297
Pending
14073 Pine Island Drive, Jacksonville

$1,095,000

14073 Pine Island Drive, Jacksonville

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,356 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2020015
Under Contract
1852 Nightfall Drive, Neptune Beach

$1,850,000

1852 Nightfall Drive, Neptune Beach

5 Beds 5 Baths 5,037 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2019915
2257 Saye Drive E, Jacksonville

$939,000

2257 Saye Drive E, Jacksonville

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,592 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2019588
Under Contract
3743 Coastal View Drive, Jacksonville

$1,100,000

3743 Coastal View Drive, Jacksonville

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,052 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2018429
1205 Eagle Bend Court, Jacksonville

$569,000

1205 Eagle Bend Court, Jacksonville

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,900 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2019467
16045 Shellcracker Road, Jacksonville

$1,150,000

16045 Shellcracker Road, Jacksonville

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,134 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2019300
4402 Tradewinds Drive, Jacksonville

$1,200,000

4402 Tradewinds Drive, Jacksonville

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,273 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2019205
Under Contract
2816 Lake Shore Boulevard, Jacksonville

$340,000

↓ $85,000

2816 Lake Shore Boulevard, Jacksonville

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,566 SqFt Residential MLS® # 1216758
7800 Laura Street N, Jacksonville

$425,000

↑ $25,001

7800 Laura Street N, Jacksonville

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,412 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2018844
810 Ocean Front, Neptune Beach

$3,500,000

810 Ocean Front, Neptune Beach

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,313 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2018661
870 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach

$1,200,000

870 Seminole Road, Atlantic Beach

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,900 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2018925
Under Contract
697 Beach Avenue, Atlantic Beach

$3,990,000

697 Beach Avenue, Atlantic Beach

6 Beds 4 Baths 3,643 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2016076
1900 Lake Shore Boulevard, Jacksonville

$699,900

1900 Lake Shore Boulevard, Jacksonville

4 Beds 4 Baths 2,850 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2018572
4416 Royal Tern Court, Jacksonville Beach

$2,495,000

↑ $4,950

4416 Royal Tern Court, Jacksonville Beach

6 Beds 4 Baths 4,669 SqFt Residential MLS® # 2018556

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