If you’re considering buying or building a home in Ponte Vedra Beach, you’re not alone! Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this idyllic enclave is not only known for its stunning beaches but also for its exclusive lifestyle, renowned golf courses, and excellent schools. As your trusted Ponte Vedra Beach property expert, I want to share some invaluable insights that will make your home-buying journey smoother.
Here are 8 things your realtor wants you to know about buying a home in Ponte Vedra Beach:
1. Limited inventory, high demand
The beauty of Ponte Vedra Beach comes at a premium, but many residents find the investment well worth the quality of life. While shopping and dining costs may align with neighboring areas, be prepared to invest more in your home to secure a spot in this exclusive area.
At the time of writing, there are 66 single-family and seven multi-family active listings on the market—talk about limited inventory! Single-family listings range from $469,000 to just under $12 million, and multi-family listings range from $239,000 to $2.65 million. These stats have been typical of the area for quite some time, and we don’t expect it to change any time soon.
Undeveloped lots for sale are also at a premium in Ponte Vedra Beach. Many buyers are finding they prefer to purchase an existing home and renovate it to suit their needs and tastes.
2. Factor in impact fees
When considering modifications to your new home, keep in mind that St. Johns County has substantial impact fees that you’ll need to take into account as part of your budgeting process. Consulting with a local design-build company familiar with the area can be immensely helpful in planning any renovations or expansions.
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3. It’s a golfer’s paradise
Ponte Vedra Beach boasts premier golf courses, including the renowned Sawgrass, home of the PGA’s The Players Championship. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or just starting to swing a club, the golfing culture here is a vibrant part of the community. Imagine having world-class courses right at your doorstep!
4. Your choice of top-tier education
Families are drawn to Ponte Vedra Beach not only for its natural beauty but also for the exceptional educational opportunities available. The school district here ranks among the best in the state, complemented by outstanding private school options.
5. Ranked #2 of America’s most envied lifestyles
The exclusivity of Ponte Vedra Beach is a magnet for discerning buyers looking to relocate. It recently ranked as the second-most coveted suburban lifestyle in the U.S. The sense of community, the pristine surroundings, and the world-class amenities create a truly enviable lifestyle. In addition, its proximity to Jacksonville and St. Augustine provides access to cultural events, fine dining, and other amenities.
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6. Home of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, an AAA Five-Diamond oceanfront resort, is a cherished establishment that has been a cornerstone of the community for generations. Located on a stretch of pristine beach, it’s Florida’s most exclusive, amenity-rich country club and a premier year-round destination for weddings, as well as social and corporate events. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club membership opens doors to a world of reciprocal privileges at clubs worldwide.
- Full-service luxury spa
- 36 incredible holes of golf
- 15 Har-Tru clay tennis courts
- Ten dining establishments
- State-of-the-art oceanfront fitness center
- Four heated swimming pools
- Children’s playground and nursery
- Miles of beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches to explore
- Beach rentals with kayaks, paddle-boards, beach bicycle cruisers and more
- An array of boutiques and shops
- Valet parking
- Complimentary Wi-Fi resort-wide
7. Beach bliss awaits
With its blend of luxury and natural beauty, it’s little surprise that CNN recognizes Ponte Vedra Beach as one of the top 22 must-visit U.S. beaches. Whether you’re a sunseeker, a surfer, or someone who simply enjoys the calming sound of waves, living near this stretch of coastline is a daily invitation to paradise. Dogs on leashes are allowed on the beach. You’ll also find picnic tables and grills at the South Ponte Vedra Beach recreation area.
8. Fun facts about Ponte Vedra Beach
- Ponte Vedra Beach is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, easily connecting Jacksonville Beach and St Augustine with a beautiful drive between the two coasts.
- The 15-foot statue of Ponce de Leon at the North Beach Access parking lot at Guana Tolomato is a reminder of the explorer’s historic landing in Florida over 500 years ago.
- The words Ponte Vedra may derive from Latin or Galic for “old bridge”.
For more detailed information about Ponte Vedra Beach and its real estate offerings, feel free to reach out to me, Dana Merrill, your dedicated local realtor with The Envision Group and Marketing and Sales Director of John Merrill Homes. Let’s find or build your dream home in this exceptional community!