8 Holiday Activities To Do Around Jacksonville

If you’re looking to get in the spirit this holiday season, there are many things to see and do in the city that will leave you feeling jolly just in time for Christmas and Hanukkah. Celebrate the most magical time of the year and check out these 8 holiday activities to do in and around Jacksonville, Florida.

8. ReinBEER Run

December 17th, 2016

The third annual Tapestry Park ReinBEER Run is a 5k run where participants all get medals and beers, no matter how they did. For the younger crowd, there is a Gelato Gallop, where participants will receive gelato at the end of the race. Everyone can enjoy live music, prizes, surprises, and an ugly Christmas Sweater after the race.

7. Enchanted Christmas Village

November 25th – December 31st, 2016


The Enchanted Christmas Village brings families together by bringing your Christmas memories to life. Featuring food and drinks, carolers, cookie decorating, ornament making, ice sculptures, rides, pictures with Santa, and over one million Christmas lights. It’s a magical event that you won’t want to miss out on.

 

6. JJC Annual Hanukkah Dinner

December 9th, 2016

This year’s annual Hanukkah dinner put on by the Jacksonville Jewish Center will feature brisket sliders, veggie sliders for the vegetarians, latkes with all the fixings, desserts and drinks. The fun starts at 6:30PM. Tickets are $12 per adult, $8 per child, children three and under are free.

 

5. Gingerbread House Extravaganza

November 30th – December 23rd, 2016

This is the 14th year that The Jacksonville Historical Society puts on their annual Gingerbread House Extravaganza. These beautiful, ornate, and large-scale gingerbread houses are built by chefs, bakers, architects, engineers, culinary school students, families, and anyone else that thinks their gingerbread making skills should be displayed to the public.

 

4. Hannukkah Story Time and Book Fair in Jacksonville

December 28th, 2016

Join the Michele Block Gan Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten at 5:30PM for a lighting of the Menorah and a reading of the popular children’s book, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. There will be songs and playtime for the children, along with a book fair to benefit the school.

3. 62nd Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade

December 3rd, 2016

Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit more than a holiday parade. Celebrate the holiday season with floats, festive decorations and lots of fun during the 62nd Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade, beginning at 9:00AM until 10:30AM. It’s one of the biggest parades in all of North Florida.

2. Vodka and Latkes Event

December 24th, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Jacksonville is putting on a Vodka and Latkes event on Christmas Eve. The event will be co-hosted by T3 & So-Shul Network groups. It will begin at 7:00PM until 9:00PM. Support the Jewish community by drinking good drinks and eating great food.

1. Jekyll Island Skating Village

November 19th – January 8th, 2016

Head on out to Jekyll Island for some oceanfront ice skating fun. The Jekyll Island Skating Village runs from November to January, boasting an outdoor synthetic rink, now larger than ever. You can rent skates on site, enjoy the concession stands, and take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.  

 

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This is a Great Time to Sell Your Home!

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Offers Expert Advice

Considering putting your home on the market, there is good news. Now is a great time to sell! See below for the top reasons to sell your home during the holidays and tips that lead to a faster sale!

Inventory is low and prices continue to rise. Homebuyer activity is up. Limited inventory is energizing a sellers’ market, according to University of Central Florida economist Sean Snaith. “The fundamental underpinnings of the housing market in Florida continue to improve,” Snaith wrote in the Florida & Metro Forecast, 2016-2019, citing strong job growth and increasing population trends in Florida.

“It’s true that many buyers plan to purchase during the spring and summer, but it doesn’t mean that buyers disappear before Thanksgiving and Christmas,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty Broker/Executive Vice President Christy Budnick. “Home sales remain steady during the holiday season and our expert team is experienced at helping sellers connect with holiday buyers.”

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Explore homes for the holidays in Northeast Florida from charming neighborhoods in San Marco to quaint Atlantic Beach. The annual Night of Lights in St. Augustine are sure to add some extra holiday cheer to homes for sale in St. Augustine.

Whether you are buying or selling, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty can help you take advantage of the best opportunities in the market. We have the area’s most knowledgeable, experienced and successful agents and the resources to assist their clients in every aspect of the transaction. Connect with us today at www.FloridaNetworkRealty.com.

Reasons to Sell During the Holidays

 


6 Great Places To Watch The Jaguars

Wondering where to go to catch your favorite team play tonight? If you don’t want to spend another game night on your couch, these sports bars in Jacksonville offer big televisions, good food, and a fun atmosphere. Here are six great places to watch the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Florida.

6. Boiling Crawfish

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Not only does the Boiling Crawfish have the best crawfish in Jacksonville, it’s also one of the best places to watch the Jaguars play. Satisfy your seafood cravings when cheering on your home team. Other menu items include oysters and blue crab.

5. Taps Bar & Grill

Sometimes all you want to eat when you watch football is chicken wings. Taps Bar & Grill has got you covered. Traditional or boneless with sauces like Garlic Parmesan, Sweet Thai Chili, Extreme Honey BBQ, Teriyaki, and Spicy Cajun.

 

4. Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery

No ideas for Wednesday lunch? Just wing it. Literally.

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With twenty-two beers on tap and sixteen games playing on TV, Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery is one of the greatest places in the city to catch the Jaguars. There’s always an event going on at this fun hotspot.

3. Miller’s Ale House

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Miller’s Ale House has four different locations across Jacksonville; Southside, Regency, Mandarin, and Hodges. You can catch a game at any of the restaurants, all four have an eclectic and extensive beer menu and a food menu to match.

 

2. Kickbacks Gastropub

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Never mind having one of the biggest and best beer selections in Jacksonville, Kickbacks Gastropub has one of the biggest and best beer selections in the world. The walls showcase many different beer bottles, and they also feature televisions so that you can watch the game.

 

1. Jaxon Social


Jaxon Social has been voted the Best Kept Secret Restaurant in Jacksonville. They craft their own liquors by infusing them in-house with fresh seasonal ingredients. Their dishes are sourced locally and hand-made from scratch. And the Jaguars will always be playing on the TVs when there’s a game.  

 


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES MICHELE SEGARS

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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (10/19/16)Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Michele Segars to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

Michele Segars has spent over twenty years in the Luxury market. Michele began in New York as a certified gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, and from there became the Senior Merchandiser at Mayor’s Jewelers in Coral Gables, managing $50 million of fine jewelry inventory. Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices FNR, she worked for a luxury property management company in Ponte Vedra Beach as the lead Sales & Leasing Agent. Working extensively with the PGA Tour, she coordinated seasonal and long term leasing housing for the players, their families, and international officials from the Golf profession.

Michele has decided to apply her extensive knowledge of appraising fine jewelry in the luxury market and turn her talents to assisting clients invest and realize profitability from their prospective investments. The love of real estate is in her blood, her family was involved in commercial and residential real estate, from a young age Michele had always been exposed to the industry. Meeting and assisting people to realizing their goals in home buying or selling is what Michele loves about being a Realtor, and she is eager to take her background and apply it to use to making the real estate process an enjoyable and rewarding process for her clients.

While not working, Michele enjoys practicing Dressage, a sport that she’s performed in since childhood – a lifelong Equestrian. Also a vigorous health enthusiast, Michele also practices Pilates. Throughout all of her experiences in the Luxury market, Michele has also been able to travel the world, broadening her horizons and knowledge.

“We are excited to have Michele join the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office. With such an extensive background in various facets of the Luxury market, we know she will shine here,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Michele can be reached by phone at 904.910.6355 or at Michele.Segars@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: MSegars.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082. 


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES MICHAEL NELSON

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Atlantic Beach, FL (10/21/16)Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Michael Nelson to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

                “Michael has decided to join our team of Realtors after wetting his feet in the Northeast Florida realty market. His background in technology, finance and investments are sure to make his client’s real estate experiences as positive and stress-free as possible,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Michael can be reached by phone at 904.710.6358 or at Michael.Nelson@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: MNelson.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES GINGER PUGH

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Atlantic Beach, FL (10/21/16)Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Ginger Pugh to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

 “We are so excited to have Ginger join our family at the Beaches Office. Ginger is fulfilling her lifetime dream of working in residential real estate and we are sure she will go far,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Ginger Pugh can be reached by phone at 904.236.7149 or at Ginger.Pugh@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: GingerPugh.com. The Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office is located at 375-1 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES JAYNE SILVEN

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Jacksonville, FL (10/24/16)Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Jayne Silven to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Mandarin/St. Johns office.

Jayne Silven has been a successful Realtor and Property Manager since 2005. Prior to that, she was a marketing executive with a large life insurance company, traveling extensively throughout the U.S. to provide consultative services for her clients.

Supported by a strong network of professionals in all aspects of the real estate industry, she maintains the highest standards of customer service and goes above and beyond for both buyers and sellers. Expertly guiding each client through the often complex real estate market, Jayne helps each client to achieve their own goals of acquiring the perfect home or selling their existing home.

Jayne has been named “Five Star Best in Customer Service,” for continuous years. This award is based on an independent survey of her clients and only Realtors in the top 7% of Realtors of Jacksonville are included. Jayne has also received many other awards, and she is a certified relocation specialist and certified lead network specialist.

“I am thrilled to have Jayne join our team. She brings eleven years of experience to our office. Jayne’s patience and calm attitude sets the tone for her clients and the transactions she is a part of. Her expertise is not only with buyers but also sellers. She runs a full service Real Estate business,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Jayne can be reached by phone at 904.571.8683 or at Jayne.Silven@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: JSilven.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES LINDA OHLRICH

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Jacksonville, FL (10/24/16)Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Linda B. Ohlrich to the Metropolitan office of BHHS with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

Linda Ohlrich has lived and worked in Jacksonville for over fifty years, giving her a unique view and knowledge of the neighborhoods and communities around Northeast Florida that few others can match. Director of the Learning Resource Department at the Diocese of St. Augustine, Bishop Kenny High School, Linda is now applying her insider’s knowledge of Northeast Florida and her “people first” personality to being a Realtor that truly takes care of her client’s needs.

            Becoming a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices FNR was an easy step for Linda to take, as she has always worked closely with the people in her community. An Alumna of the University of Florida, Linda was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and graduated with a Bachelor of Education. Linda is a member and volunteer to many philanthropies and societies around Jacksonville, continuing her passion to help others.

            She is a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, serving as the Editor of the Florida Newsletter. Linda also is a member and volunteer of both the Jacksonville Historical Society and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. When not working Linda plays tennis at The Florida Yacht Club.

“Linda’s ties to her community are a true asset as a Realtor. Her insider knowledge will allow her clients to find a neighborhood and a home where they can truly put down roots and shine,” shares Sheron Willson, Broker/Manager of the Metropolitan office of BHHS with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

For more information, Linda can be reached by phone at 904.449.9257 or at Linda.Ohlrich@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: LOhlrich.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Metropolitan office of BHHS with locations in Avondale and San Marco is at 3627 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES BRIAN THURSTON

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Jacksonville, FL (10/24/16)Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network  Realty is pleased to welcome Brian Thurston to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Mandarin/St. Johns office.

Previously a Regional Executive Chef, and the President of Abington Field Services LLC, Brian’s background in the mortgage field and the fast paced world of restaurants will serve him well as his new endeavor of being a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices FNR. The challenge of making a deal work for everyone, helping people realize their dreams, and learning from fellow real estate professionals in the community are what he loves most about being a Realtor.

As the President of Abington Field Services LLC, Brian performed all mortgage field service operations for clients. As an Executive chef in fine dining, he won numerous awards including “Chef of the Year” in 2008 amongst 50+ national candidates. He enjoyed many experiences including the development and training of more restaurant professionals than he can remember and opened several new restaurants for his company.

Now a Realtor, Brian still enjoys cooking, but now cooks for his family and friends, whom he is able to see much more often since deciding to leave the hectic hospitality industry. His favorite accomplishment, though, is raising his three awesome children with his loving wife and spending their free time enjoying all that Northeast Florida has to offer.

“I am very excited to have Brian join our office family. His kindness and drive to do what is right for the client are pillars in his business. Brian will add extreme professionalism to everything he is involved in. He is determined but caring, and willing to listen. I look forward to helping him grow his Real Estate Business,” shares Christine Scalf, Broker/Manager of the Mandarin/St. Johns office.

For more information, Brian can be reached by phone at 904.910.8217 or at Brian.Thurston@SaintJohnsFamilyHomes.com and website: SaintJohnsFamilyHomes.com. The Mandarin/St. Johns office is located at 11576 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32223.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES CARMEN ALSONSO

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Ponte Vedra, FL (10/25/16)Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Carmen Alonso to the BHHS Florida Network Realty Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

                Originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, Carmen moved to Miami, Florida in 1980 and was a Miami resident for over three decades. Moving to Jacksonville for work-related reasons, Carmen loves living in Northeast Florida, stating, “I love Jacksonville, it’s special that we can experience the four seasons without the snow!”

                Carmen has been in the real estate field for the last fifteen years as a buyer first, then as a seller and now as a real estate agent. Living here so long, Carmen knows the city well, especially Southside, the Beaches, Mandarin and St. Johns County.

                Reliable, responsible, confident, honest and detail oriented, Carmen takes pride in going the extra mile for anyone that needs her help. For all her customers, Carmen takes the time to ask questions and truly listen to find what their wants and needs are, which helps to find her clients their perfect home.

                Carmen has been involved in international volunteer work assisting children with HIV in Africa and with native Indians in the Amazon, Brazil. Also a fluent Spanish speaker, Carmen dice, “Me encanta ayudar a mi comunidad hispana obtener sus sueños de comprar casa por primera vez o’ darles un consejo completamente gratis. Si necesita

vender o comprar su casa, también referir me sus amigos puede comunicarse a mi celular  904.508.3521.”

“We are very excited to have Carmen join the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office. With her background in real estate, insider’s knowledge of the area, and passion for helping others, she is sure to shine here,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Carmen can be reached by phone at 904.508.3521 or at Carmen.Alonso@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: CarmenVAlonso.com. The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082.