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Top 5 Ways to Make Your Patio the Centerpiece of Your Home

You don't need acres and acres of land to create a blissful oasis in which to enjoy outdoor meals and drinks, relaxing evenings watching the sunset and entertaining friends and family on warm summer nights. Whether your personal decorating tastes are country, classic, modern, boho chic or something in between, adding a few decorative touches to your patio can help to make it the focal point and chief gathering space of your home.

Even if you already know what you like and have specific ideas for decorations, lighting and patio furniture, creating a mood board is a great way to get organized and bring your ideas together around a cohesive theme. With its year round warm temperatures, St. Augustine is the perfect place for patio living and entertaining!

1. Make a Statement with Plants

An outdoor patio garden with your favorite seasonal plants and flowers does double duty when it comes to decorating. Start with the actual plants and flowers, and then add decorative planters and vases to give the space an additional pop of color or texture.

2. Set the Mood with Lighting

Whether you prefer fairy lights, ambient candles or faux tiki torch lamps, lighting is an important element of any space, even outdoors.

3. Rug it Out

Nothing brings a space together quite like a good area rug. If your tastes range on the minimalist side, a rug is the perfect accent piece to create a sense of coziness and add a little more depth to your space, without going overboard on the rest of the decorations.

4. Pillows Talk

A great patio space is one that is comfortable and inviting, whether you're just enjoying a pre-dinner glass of wine or hosting a book club. Decorative pillows are the perfect way to infuse some style and personality while bringing a little bit of the indoors outside.

5. Dedicated Tableware

Maybe you were out shopping and couldn't help but notice a set of dishes or wine glasses that didn't necessarily match your kitchen or dining room decor, but you just couldn't take your eyes (or mind) off of them all the same! They might be right at home in your patio space! Keeping a special set of glasses and dishes just for dining and entertaining on your patio can make the experience feel more like a special occasion, whether on a Tuesday evening or a Saturday afternoon.

Contact us for more information on luxury condominium living at La Fontana at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL.

Keep Cool This Summer & Explore St. Augustine

Summer is here and it’s a great time to get out and explore what makes St. Augustine such an interesting place to live. Here are two locations that show off the eclectic history of St. Augustine and can help you beat the summer heat!

St. Augustine Distillery

Come take a tour of St. Augustine’s first legal distillery since Prohibition and sample some of their award-winning whiskey, rum, gin and vodka. The Distillery offers free tours and tastings and their guided tour offers a unique window into the history of Old Florida and how the art of distilling spirits has changed.

St. Augustine Distillery creates award-winning whiskey, rum, gin, and vodka, and offers free tours and tastings. The unique tour includes artifacts that reveal the fascinating history of Old Florida and the many ways in which the art of distilling spirits has changed -- and not changed -- over the years. 

Learn more at http://staugustinedistillery.com/

112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, 32084

The Lightner Museum

The Lightner Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, which was built in 1888. Specializing in pieces from The Gilded Age, the Museum’s eclectic collection ranges from a mummy, shrunken heads to Tiffany glass, fine art paintings, furniture, and sculpture.

Upcoming exhibits include:

  • Summer Mixology Series: There will be three mixology events held on June 21, July 27 and August 31 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the Historic Pool area. Each event will feature a different Manifest Distilling liquor, as well as unique crafted cocktails that will evoke the opulence of Gilded Era and encourage guests to entertain in style in their own homes! Learn more: http://lightnermuseum.org/summer-mixology/
  • Dressing Downton, Changing Fashion for Changing Times™ is an exhibit with 36 costumes from the hit television show Downton Abbey. Running from October 4, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Learn more at http://lightnermuseum.org/ 

75 King Street, St. Augustine, 32084

Shining A Light on History

La Fontana is an ideal home base for people who are looking for a luxury, low-maintenance condominium community. While La Fontana features outstanding comforts and amenities, a major part of its appeal lies in its location in the midst of historic landmarks, beaches, nature preserves and much more.

A case in point: If visiting historical lighthouses is on your must-do list, you’re in for a treat! From your beautiful La Fontana condominium community, you’re within range of historic lighthouses that have helped guide navigators for more than a century. Florida has 29 such landmarks, some still active, along its 1,800-mile coastline.

Four lighthouses, some still operational, are nearby:

St. Augustine - The St. Augustine lighthouse is a dramatic sight with its spiral black and white stripes and red lantern. Built in 1871, it is still in operation and has undergone restoration as recently as 2000. You can climb the lighthouse tower as well as visit its museum, playground and gift shop. http://www.staugustinelighthouse.com/

Mayport  - Less than an hour’s drive north of La Fontana, you will find the Mayport Lighthouse in Atlantic Beach, near Jacksonville. This unusually shaped lighthouse is located on the grounds of the Mayport Naval Station. Still an active lighthouse, it is operated by the U.S. Navy. When you visit, you can view the tower and check out the keeper’s dwelling, but climbing the tower is off limits.

St. Johns River – While in Mayport and on the grounds of the Mayport Naval Station, you’re sure to spot the St. Johns River lighthouse. Its red conical tower is made of brick with a distinctive white lantern. The lighthouse is no longer operational. It dates from 1858 but was deactivated in 1929.

Amelia Island - If you’re looking for a wonderful day trip, a visit to Amelia Island is a good choice. While there, you can visit the grounds of Amelia’s lighthouse where it rises in all its 64-foot glory out of its surrounding tree-filled landscape. Take time to explore the grounds and enjoy the shade. The lighthouse tower itself is operational but not open to visitors. And be sure to visit nearby Main Beach Park, with its sand dunes,  boardwalk and public sports and recreation facilities.

No matter what your interests, living at La Fontana means you’re in a great location to explore and enjoy the many attractions Northeast Florida offers!

It's Spring Break at La Fontana!

It’s Spring Break at La Fontana! If you're from out of town, stop by for a tour and show us your out-of-state drivers license and receive a Slammer & Squire Clubhouse lunch voucher on us now through May 31!  

Visit our sales office at 90 Champions Way in St. Augustine to tour our luxury condominium homes located on the 8th hole and fairway of the legendary Slammer & Squire golf course at World Golf Village!  

Open Wednesday - Sunday, 12pm - 5pm.

Monday - Tuesday by appointment.  

Call us at 904-250-1506 to schedule a tour.

Considering a Reverse Mortgage? What You Need to Know!

The government-insured reverse mortgage is a lending program first introduced in 1961. Regulated and insured by the FHA (Federal Housing Administration), a reverse mortgage is a type of loan for homeowners age 62 and older. 

A reverse mortgage allows homeowners to obtain income or a line of credit based on their existing equity in their home. The original intent of this type of mortgage, also known as a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), was to provide a means for seniors to age in their homes using the equity they’ve built up over the years.

Requirements to Obtain a Reverse Mortgage

Reverse mortgages require that the borrowers live on the property as their primary residence, whether it be a single-family dwelling, a condominium, or a manufactured home.

Various rules apply to the property and the borrowers. Among them are the following:

  • The property must undergo an appraisal to set the value of the loan.
  • Borrowers must demonstrate through their financial documents that they are able to keep up with payments for homeowners’ insurance, property taxes, and basic home maintenance, as well as other debts they may have acquired.
  • Borrowers must attend a counseling session with an FHA-approved counselor to ensure they understand whether taking out a reverse mortgage is the best financial move for them.

What the Reverse Mortgage Can Do

In the first year of the loan, borrowers may use up to 60% of the loan to pay off a current mortgage on the home plus 10% (whichever is higher). In year two, they may access the remaining amount.

The loan is repaid upon sale of the home. If there is not enough from the sale of the home to repay the loan, FHA insurance covers the rest.

A non-borrowing surviving spouse may continue to live in the home after the death of the borrower.

For More Information

There’s much more to learn about reverse mortgages before you decide on this alternative for your future. If you’d like a more in-depth explanation, call Sales Associate Larson Miniard at 904-460-2938 or email larson@lafontanafl.com.

The Fun Doesn’t End at La Fontana! Try These Six Great Day Trips

If you’re contemplating a move to the fabulous condo community at La Fontana in Florida, you have a world of adventures ahead of you! Not only will you be in a celebrated golfing community adjacent to famous courses and the World Golf Village, but you’re within an hour or two of major day-trip options. Do you prefer contemplative gardens, historic sites, state parks, water sports or a frenzied motor speedway?  Whatever your preferences, you won’t be at a loss for activities year ‘round.

Kanopaha Botanical Gardens. These spectacular gardens in Gainesville, Fla., feature the state’s largest public display of bamboos and the largest herb garden in the Southeast, along with a pool of lily pads, each the size of a city fountain. A paved walkway leads visitors throughout the gardens and to the frequent garden events like the Spring Garden Festival and the Moonlight Walk with music and 1,500 luminaries.

New Smyrna Beach. Quaint shops and cafes, a thriving arts community and a small-town feel distinguish this cozy beach community. Its own Apollo Beach is a segment of the Canaveral National Seashore. For those with surfing in their blood, bring your board. New Smyrna Beach is on National Geographic’s list of the world’s 20 best surf towns.

Blue Springs State Park. One of Florida’s 1,000 natural springs, you’ll find a wealth of things to do at Blue Springs on a hot Florida day. There’s swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, tubing, kayaking/canoeing, a boat tour, fishing, and camping. From October through March, enjoy a stroll along the raised boardwalk and watch the hundreds of manatees that shelter there during the cooler months.

Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach. This historic location was the summer place to be seen in the Victorian Age. Today, the island with the town of Fernandina Beach at its heart still retains that vintage charm while featuring both upscale and casual restaurants and resort destinations alongside docks and a pristine beach. As an extra bonus, join the popular Kayak Amelia members for a guided kayak or Segway tour.

Cumberland Island. Just north of the Florida/Georgia line is the town of St. Marys, Georgia, where you board the scenic ferry ride for Cumberland Island. Once there, you’ll stroll the shady dirt roads of the island past remnants of Carnegie family mansions. The island is popular as home to more than 100 wild horses who thrive as contentedly today as they did in the 16th century. It is also the secret location where John Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette married in 1996.

Daytona Speedway. If you are a NASCAR fan, or even if you’re not, you’ll enjoy Daytona’s Speedway Tour. From the Tour Tram, you’ll feel the excitement of traversing the 31-degree high banks of the track. Later, you’ll climb to the top of the podium in Gatorade Victory Lane and visit the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. There, you’ll see the many displays honoring all motorsports favorites like stock cars, sports cars, drag racers, powerboats and aviation.

These are just a few of the fun day-trip destinations near La Fontana. To plan a tour of La Fontana and learn more about the secure, low-maintenance living offered there, contact Sales Associate Larson Miniard at (904) 460-2938 or email larson@lafontanafl.com for more information. 

La Fontana Recently Spotlighted by The Jacksonville Business Journal

The new construction at La Fontana at World Golf Village was recently featured in the Jacksonville Business Journal. Click here to read the full story and view the slideshow of our beatiful, new model.

La Fontana Opens Much-Anticipated Designer Model, Homes Nearing Completion

La Fontana, in The Neighborhoods of World Golf Village, is celebrating the grand opening of its designer model in its first of four planned buildings. Building one is nearing completion and move-in ready homes will be available soon. La Fontana is the final phase of The Residences and its beautiful buildings boast the only views of the 8th hole of the legendary Slammer & Squire golf course, the only collaboration between gold champions Jack Nicklaus and the late Arnold Palmer. The community is one of the only condominium homes available now in World Golf Village and in western St. Johns County.

Private tours of the newly-opened model and move-in ready homes are available now and La Fontana will hold a special event on Saturday, November 12. Visit www.Facebook.com/LaFontana for the latest announcements, events and incentives. Buyers are currently eligible for up to $3,500 in closing costs for their new homes.

La Fontana is being developed by WGV Residential Ventures I, LLC, and partner Gantt Builders, LLC, with a combined 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, development, renovation and construction.

“We are proud we can now show our buyers exact models and they can tour all our floorplan choices,” said Troy C. White of WGV Residential Ventures. “The exterior views and the well-planned interiors can now be enjoyed in our first completed building.

Priced from $296,000, La Fontana offers three distinctive three- and four-bedroom floorplans from 1,915 to 2,682 square feet.

La Fontana offers the perfect combination of luxurious style and a convenient Florida location. Residences are located in the heart of a 2,700-acre nature preserve. With beautiful golf and nature views from every angle these homes feature high ceilings and wide-open living spaces. New homes include contemporary touches completing the low-maintenance lifestyle.

La Fontana features gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, spacious master baths with granite, detached private garages, screen lanais and a pristine location just minutes from Jacksonville. Buyers can select wood, tile or travertine and all community services are included with its low monthly fee, including water, sewer, trash service, cable TV and gas. First class amenities include an Olympic-sized pool, Jacuzzi, fitness center, private clubhouse, nature trails and tennis courts.

“This is a unique environment and homeowners are thrilled with all World Golf Village has to offer,” said Mike Bugg, Principal, The Condo Group, the exclusive representative of La Fontana. “La Fontana also gives buyers the opportunity to “rightsize” – enjoy the space they need while still maintaining the desired lifestyle and amenities."

World Golf Village includes the World Golf Hall of Fame, PGA Tour Golf Academy and IMAX 3D Experience Theater. The community is minutes from St. Augustine with its cultural and historic sites, shops, restaurants, outlet malls and scenic beaches. Jacksonville is a short drive via I-95, and world class medical facilities in the region include Flagler Hospital, Baptist South and Mayo Clinic.

Visit www.LaFontanaFL.com or call (904) 460-2938. La Fontana is located at 90 Champions Way, St. Augustine, Fla., and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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La Fontana features spacious living areas, decorator features like hand-scraped wood floors and large kitchens with granite counters and bar tops. These last remaining homes in The Residences offer a maintenance-free Florida lifestyle.

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La Fontana’s homes are the only condos located on the legendary Slammer & Squire golf course at World Golf Village. All the homes offer views of the 8th hole of this beautiful course – golfers and nature lovers alike will enjoy this tranquil setting.

LA FONTANA AT WORLD GOLF VILLAGE RESIDENTS ENJOY GOLFING HISTORY AND LIFESTYLE

When developers came up with the idea for a community designed around the international game of golf, they decided to use the collaboration and design skills of four golfing greats and World Golf Hall of Fame members – Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen. The result has been a pair of award-winning golf courses that anchor a vibrant, active community and some of the area’s most desirable and peaceful neighborhoods. This setting provides an ideal place for residents to work, play and live, while also being a place where visitors enjoy all the exciting aspects of a game that delights both participants and spectators.

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    La Fontana at World Golf Village is one of the newest offerings in the Neighborhoods of World Golf Village. Consisting of gorgeous three- and four-bedroom condominium homes, La Fontana offers scenic frontage along the 8th hole of the Bobby Weed-designed Slammer & Squire Golf Course. When designing the Slammer & Squire, Weed collaborated with Snead and Serazen to develop a course that showcases the landscape’s natural and abundant beauty. In addition to the stunning course that is literally in their backyard, residents of La Fontana can also take advantage of the links on the nearby King & Bear Golf Course – the only collaboration in the world co-designed by Palmer and Nicklaus. This course gives a nod to the nearby historic city of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S., and also incorporates traditional Florida landscapes, with loblolly pines, oaks and indigenous coquina rock features. La Fontana residents have access to club amenities of the King & Bear, which includes pools and lighted tennis courts.

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“This is a unique environment in which to live, and buyers who are drawn to La Fontana are thrilled with all World Golf Village has to offer -- one of the favorites being access to these amazing golf courses,” said Michael Bugg, Principal, The Condo Group. “This community attracts residents who appreciate the international flavor of World Golf Village but who also want to pursue their interests and activities in a peaceful residential setting.” "La Fontana, said Bugg, is an ideal opportunity for buyers who wish to “rightsize", to re-think the space they need, and still maintain their desired lifestyle and amenities."

 

 Residences in La Fontana offer the feel of a stand-alone home with a low-maintenance lifestyle. Homes feature gourmet kitchens, attractive master suites, private detached garages and spacious screened lanais with beautiful nature and golf course views. Sophisticated finishes and high-tech conveniences abound. La Fontana homes are priced starting at $280,000 and range from 1,915 square feet to 2,400 square feet. Among the many signature finishes, residences have impressive entrance foyers, gorgeous wood floors, open and flexible living and dining areas, and a private patio or deck.

 

La Fontana is being developed by WGV Residential Ventures I, LLC, and long-time builder partner Gantt Builders, LLC, who together have more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, development, renovation and construction. The team has constructed masterfully designed spaces that are full of luxurious and high-end appointments.

 

The Condo Group is managing sales and marketing activities for La Fontana at World Golf Village. For more information about La Fontana at World Golf Village, visit LaFontanaFL.com or call (904) 460-2938. La Fontana is located at 90 Champions Way, St. Augustine, Fla., and its Sales Center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

La Fontana at World Golf Village Attracting Buyers to Vibrant Community

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La Fontana at World Golf Village

Situated in the heart of World Golf Village and surrounded by 2,700 acres of nature preserve, La Fontana at World Golf Village is one of the only new condominium communities being built in this choice area. La Fontana has been receiving increased attention from buyers, and Phase 1 is nearly 50 percent sold.

La Fontana offers gorgeous three- and four-bedroom condominium homes, located in the Residences neighborhood, with scenic frontage along the 8thhole of the Bobby Weed-designed Slammer & Squire Golf Course. Purchasing a home in La Fontana is an ideal opportunity for buyers who wish to “rightsize.” Rightsizing is ideal for homeowners who want to re-think the space they need, but still maintain the lifestyle and amenities they want.

Residences in La Fontana offer the feel of a stand-alone home with a low-maintenance lifestyle. Homes feature gourmet kitchens, attractive master suites, private detached garages and spacious screened lanais with beautiful nature and golf course views. Sophisticated finishes and high-tech conveniences abound.

“Truly, the residents of La Fontana have it all, and homeowners in World Golf Village love living in this vibrant area,” said Michael Bugg, Principal, The Condo Group LLC. The Condo Group is managing sales and marketing activities for La Fontana at World Golf Village. “We have been pleased with the sales in Phase 1 and anticipate that these residences will not be available for long. I would encourage buyers to act now and visit our model home to experience this community for themselves.”

 

La Fontana residences are priced starting at $280,000 and range from 2,125 square feet to 2,682 square feet. Grand entrance foyers, gorgeous wood floors, open and flexible living and dining areas, and a private patio or deck attached to the master suite – these are just a few of the beautiful features that residents can enjoy. For a limited time, buyers are able to customize their home during construction, including select changes and upgrades to the floorplan.

Community amenities in La Fontana include an Olympic-size swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a clubhouse and state-of-the-art workout facility. Residents also have access to facilities at the nearby King & Bear community, which includes pools and lighted tennis courts, 2,700 acres of nature trails and two of the area’s finest championship golf courses.

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Serene Nature Views

In addition to having the nearby attractions of World Golf Village, which include the World Golf Hall of Fame, PGA Tour Golf Academy and IMAX 3D Experience Theater, La Fontana is located approximately 20 minutes from St. Augustine, its cultural attractions, shops, restaurants, outlet malls and scenic beaches. The city of Jacksonville is a short drive away on I-95, and there are also a number of world class medical facilities in the region, including Flagler Hospital, Baptist South Hospital and Mayo Clinic.

La Fontana is being developed by WGV Residential Ventures I, LLC, and long-time builder partner Gantt Builders, LLC, who together have more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, development, renovation and construction. The team has constructed masterfully designed spaces that are full of luxurious and high-end appointments.

For more information about La Fontana at World Golf Village, visitLaFontanaFL.com or call (904) 460-2938. La Fontana is located at 90 Champions Way, St. Augustine, Fla., and its Sales Center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.