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.