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Old Ponte Vedra Beach- Charming Desirable Upscale

The charm of Old Ponte Vedra Beach comes from the winding roads weaving in and around the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club Golf Course and the unique custom homes where every house is different from the one next door. What I love about it is the friendly neighbors who are out walking dogs, riding their bikes, running or walking along the roads, the beautiful gardens, groomed lawns and landscaping, all within walking distance to the beach. Many families have raised generations in the same homes and some homes have seen better days. The history of the area includes beach mining activity for Rutile, Titanium and other minerals dating back to 1914 when the name was Mineral City. The name was changed to Ponte Vedra Beach when developers created a destination resort - The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. The oldest remaining houses in “Old Ponte Vedra” were built in 1930. By 1935, oceanfront property had prices ranging from $4,750 - $7,500 for lots and $5,100 to $7,300 for a completed home. Compare that to the $3 Million plus price tag for the dirt on the ocean side of Ponte Vedra Boulevard today. Oceanfront homes have an odd number address and homes on the west side of the boulevard have an even number. The streets typically included as part of Old Ponte Vedra are along Ponte Vedra Boulevard from the 500 block north of Corona Road to the St. Johns County line, including the homes surrounding the waterfront lagoons of Ibis Cove and Lake Vedra and weaving through the Ocean Golf Course of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. The Old Ponte Vedra streets extend westward from the boulevard to include the western border of San Juan Drive, winding around through San Juan Circle, San Diego Road, Pablo Drive, Pablo Road, Pablo Terrace, and the northern border of Ponte Vedra Circle (c.1940’s, 50’s. 60’s) back eastward to Ponte Vedra Boulevard and south again to Solana Road. Areas south of Solana Road between Solana and Corona Road are considered part of the “Old Ponte Vedra” area. Many of these home sites enjoy the beauty of the lake size lagoons from their back yards. These homes predominately date from late 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Other popular street names are Granada Terrace, Poinciana, Maria Place, Lake, Rutile, and LeMaster. Today you will see continued growth and replacement of older homes just like other areas of the country. Old Ponte Vedra is highly desirable, and sought out non-gated, upmarket that is family centered, with low traffic making it a very safe community.

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

A grand hotel with a storied pedigree, the AAA Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club brings to mind images of quiet opulence — of grace, stateliness and history. Located on a sprawling, 300-acre beachfront site in northeast Florida, the historic Inn offers a world of upscale accommodation paired with fine service and a wide array of leisure pursuits.
At this year-round sporting paradise, active travelers can choose from seaside golf, tennis, fitness, fishing, sailing, swimming and cycling, while a luxurious spa, picturesque beaches and delightful dining options lure those in search of relaxation and indulgence. Engaging children’s activities, programs and services make the Inn an exceptional destination for family vacations.

The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

The region's largest spa with 30,000 square feet, this state-of-the-art facility has been meticulously designed to blend opulence and grandeur with the latest in technologies and therapies. An elegant lobby, soaring ceilings, beautiful décor, signature waterfalls and water sculptures, relaxing treatment suites and custom artwork provide an atmosphere that appeals to men and women of all ages. The Ponte Vedra Spa's extensive menu of over 100 beauty and pampering services represents a blissful mix of the familiar and the exotic, including therapeutic massage, rejuvenating facials, invigorating scrubs, purifying wraps, hot paraffin manicures, pedicures, hair styling and much more.

The Lodge & Club Ponte Vedra

“Preferred Membership Initiation Fee pricing for the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and The LodgeLocated midway between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, The Lodge & Club is situated in the lovely seaside setting of Ponte Vedra Beach. Framed by graceful palms and rolling dunes, the intimate AAA Four-Diamond boutique hotel has charmed guests with world-class amenities and gracious service since its debut in 1989.
Panoramic vistas of the Atlantic provide an awe-inspiring setting for The Lodge’s 66 luxurious rooms and suites. Indulgent days are spent enjoying the Atlantic surf, shelling along the beach, swimming, cycling, sampling The Lodge’s inventive cuisine and enjoying high tea, the highlight of each afternoon. Nearby, guests have access privileges to oceanfront golf, world-class tennis, a relaxing spa and sea fishing. & Club is available exclusively to Ponte Vedra Club Realty customers and clients. Call me at 904-687-5146 to see how to qualify.” The Lodge provides wonderful dining inside, pool side and oceanside, fitness, two swimming pools, and beautiful beach access.

Talbots

In the Shoppes of Ponte Vedra you will find Talbots. I love their sales. The classic look and timelessness of Talbots clothing speaks for itself. Whether you need a sporty outfit or something more dressy, the sales folk will assist you in finding just the right combination. Love how the store is color coordinated.

Underwood Jewelers

Underwoods is the place you want to go for gifts and jewelry, watches and repair work. They are the BEST. Often I pick up a closing gift from the shop. Look for their monthly special with their jewelry you can find some fantastic deals.

PVPV / Rawlings Elementary School

St Johns County is known for TOP A Rated Schools and Ponte Vedra Beach Schools are tops in the state. PVPV Rawlings Elementary is located right on A1A opposite the corner of A1A and Corona Rd. See more about Ponte Vedra Schools on the St. Johns County School District site at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us
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Beach Diner

My favorite for breakfast any time although you have to get there early on Sunday's. Be patient, it's worth the brief wait. They know how to treat you well and are very efficient without making you feel rushed. Eat outside on the patio on nice days.

Ponte Vedra Beach

Public Beach access in Ponte Vedra Beach is limited to Micklers Landing for parking as no parking is allowed on Ponte Vedra Boulevard. Although the boulevard does have public beach access every 300 or so feet along the street, you need to ride your bike, walk, or be a member of one of the beach clubs to park. There are three other public beach parking areas south of Mickler's Landing controlled by the County along South Ponte Vedra Blvd. This is what keeps Ponte Vedra Beach pristine and highly sought after for both real estate and recreation/vacation.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

You'll love stopping in to Ruth's Chris steak house at happy hour, one of the best around town, always well attended and fun to meet people after a hard day's night! But stay and have one of their fabulous steak dinners cooked to your perfection, enjoy their fine wines, and great service. Just there last night and had fantastic servers and attention.

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Looking for a place to stay while you are planning your move here or just on a house hunting tour, pamper yourself and your family while attending a business meeting, or after heading out to the TPC Sawgrass for your golf lessons. The in house restaurants and spa services are delightful.
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TPC Sawgrass

The Player's Tournament excitement in MAY of each year is what brings the whole greater Jacksonville Community together for one full week of golf, networking, fun, foodies, entertainment, and star gazing. It's also the site of the best value in social club membership around. For $500/year ($300 applied to food and beverage) you get to hang around the most beautiful clubhouse the PGA has and enjoy happy hour, breakfast, lunch, or dinner looking out at the 18th green. Fantastic value and a great place to just come and tour for free of Golf history. Don't miss it and join if you become a local.
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Palm Valley Fish Camp

One of my favorite restaurants with a relaxing atmosphere on the waterfront of the intra-coastal waterway you have to go at least once. Because you will go again often. The fish is fantastic and the service outstanding. I sent friends there last week and they wouldn't stop raving about it and how they cleaned their plates!
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St Johns County Public Library - Ponte Vedra Beach Branch

Books and meeting rooms, plus the Bird Park, and quiet outside areas, great for kids and adults too. The Ponte Vedra MSD meeets here too and its a voting location. You will find the library on its own road Library Road just before Solana in front of the Wynn Dixie Shopping plaza.
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Hilton Garden Inn Jacksonville/Ponte Vedra

Looking for a service oriented, community trusted hotel to stay in with reasonable rates and good location right next to the gate for TPC Sawgrass... then this is the place I recommend. They have won numerous awards both in the Hilton family of hotels and in the community for their community service and generosity. They also host The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset on Tuesday nights 6-7:30 pm

Kathleen Floryan

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Old Ponte Vedra Beach- Charming Desirable Upscale