Home Is Where The Health Is
For many of us, the Great American Dream is Homeownership. Having been a realtor in the Jacksonville area for over 15 years and having sold hundreds of homes, I can truly say that we have such an amazing and diverse landscape of neighborhoods. From the Historical neighborhoods, Golf Course Communities, Yacht Club Communities, Planned Unit Developments to miles of beach neighborhoods, someone calls one of these neighborhoods home. For many of my customers, home is more than just a place to park your car, eat your meals, sleep and cut the grass. It is a place to live and allow you to maintain your healthy lifestyle.
Today I am introducing a wonderful couple I sold a home to in Vilano Beach, Brian and Danielle Fedor. I can remember the first meeting I had with the Fedors to find the right house for them. The topic of the conversation was of course a home with an open floorplan, nice appliances and location, location, location. That location was vital to their active lifestyle of being close to their Crossfit Box (Crossfit Ponte Vedra) which I was also a member of. It was also important to be very close to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean for their Stand Up Paddle Board Training. Brian and Danielle both race SUP’s competitively.
I found the perfect home in beautiful Vilano Beach, a quaint little beach town just south of Ponte Vedra Beach and north of St. Augustine Beach. Most people know Vilano as the beach town they drive through to get to St. Augustine. Vilano is also the great stretch of road that you see many cyclists riding and training on. Guana State park sits just to the north boasting miles of running and mountain biking trails as well as kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding areas.
The house sits across the street from the ocean and just about a half a mile walk to the end of the street which has a boat club and launch ramp for the Intracoastal Waterway. The beach break in front of their house has a perfect sandbar and is an amazing surf break! (shhhh don’t tell the locals!)
One of the Fedor’s workouts on the SUP’s is a paddle of several miles where they strap on the Camelback Backpacks for hydration and depending on the current and tide, will paddle south starting on the ocean to Vilano inlet and then enter the Intracoastal Waterway and paddle back north to the end of their street. Danielle speaks of how the views are absolutely spectacular and you really do not realize how hard of a workout you really just had until you stop.
Finding restaurants with healthy options was also on their priority list. Vilano has several popular restaurants such as Cap’s (where the castle is), Aunt Kates, The Reef and an Italian Restaurant called 180 Vilano. Vilano has also recently started a water taxi service from the pier that takes people to downtown St. Augustine. The Fedor’s love this as parking can sometimes be a problem and they can also walk to the pier from their home and take the taxi over. Perfect for the evening when you are planning on having a few adult beverages.
Some fantastic eateries with organic foods and local veggies that they frequent are Casa Maya, Catch 27, The Floridian, Collage and for the sweet tooth “The Hippo” which serves gourmet popsicles.
The Fedor’s house is very easy to spot as it is the pink house just off of A1A. Brian wanted to repaint it a manly color, however, Danielle wanted to keep the same color for the beach feel and the ease of guests being able to find the house. One thing I know about real estate is that if momma isn’t happy, then nobody is happy! Danielle of course won the battle but Sherwin Williams allowed Brian to proudly name the color of the house Fish Taco. Sorry Brian, it is still pink to me.
Next time you are in Vilano try one of these establishments and enjoy one of Jacksonville’s surrounding areas hidden treasures.
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