BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES ALEXIS KING

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Alexis King to the Metropolitan office with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

Alexis joins the San Marco office with a strong background in social media and marketing. Alexis has run a successful side business as a Social Media Manager, and marketing expert for several businesses. In addition to this, Alexis has worked for the past two years within the child welfare system to reunify children with their families and has also worked to prepare them for adoption when reunification was not possible.

When asked why she joined Florida Network Realty as a Realtor, Alexis states, “As a Realtor, I love working with my clients to find new ways to market their properties – each house is a new challenge! When I was looking for a brokerage, Florida Network Realty’s dedication to cutting-edge marketing drew me to the company, and the support, continuing education, and personal assistance is what ‘sealed the deal.’”

“I’m excited to welcome Alexis to the San Marco office. From your first meeting to the final closing, Alexis provides best-in-class service to her clients. With her strong background in marketing, she has the experience you can count on, and the passion to make things happen even with the most challenging of circumstances,” shares Josh Cohen, Broker/Manager of the Metropolitan office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

For more information, Alexis can be reached by phone at 904.576.3797 or at Alexis.King@FloridaNetworkRealty.com, her business pages can be found through @ListingWithLexi, and website: ListingWithLexi.com. The Metropolitan offices in Avondale and San Marco are located at 3627 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205 and 1983 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES BRITTANY BERRY

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Brittany Berry to the Metropolitan office with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

A Jacksonville native, Brittany comes to Florida Network Realty with several years of property management experience. Previously working as the Administrator for a Community Association Manager, Brittany has a strong background in working with Homeowners Associations, and residential and business condominiums.

When asked why she became a Realtor, Brittany states, “I wanted to make a change in my career and move from property management into property sales. I love the beauty and history of all the homes in Northeast Florida, and I knew becoming a Realtor would be a natural next step for me. I joined Florida Network Realty because I felt that their high standards fit well with the direction I want my career to go!”

Brittany enjoys taking advantage of the endless outdoor adventures that Jacksonville has to offer – fishing, kayaking, boating and going to the beach. Brittany also coached fastpitch softball for seven years in the private school system in Jacksonville, loves sports in general, and supporting the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I’m pleased to welcome Brittany to the San Marco office of Florida Network Realty. Her experience and expertise in property management, as well as communications skills, will be a great asset as she takes the next step in her real estate career,” shares Josh Cohen, Broker/Manager of the Metropolitan office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty with locations in Avondale and San Marco.

For more information, Brittany can be reached by phone at 904.866.5199 or at Brittany.Berry@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: BBerry.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Metropolitan offices in Avondale and San Marco are located at 3627 St. Johns Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205 and 1983 San Marco Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32207.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES SCOTT NORBERG

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Scott Norberg to the St. Augustine office with locations in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village.

“I’m very excited to welcome Scott to the Murabella office of Florida Network Realty. Previously working for a local brokerage, Scott’s strong background in buyer-side sales are sure to help elevate his career as a Realtor with us,” shares Ann King, Broker/Manager of the St. Augustine and Murabella at World Golf Village offices, “Scott is also a Veteran of the 82nd Airborne Paratrooper Division of the U.S. Army, and with such a large military presence in Jacksonville, Scott’s ability to understand the unique wants and needs that military families have is essential, and his ability to work within their – sometimes tight – timelines will allow his clients to find the house they can call home.”

For more information, Scott can be reached by phone at 904.392.7713 or at Scott.Norberg@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: Scott-Norberg.com. The St. Augustine offices in St. Augustine Beach and Murabella at World Golf Village are located at 112 Sea Grove Main Street, Suite 210, St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080 and 196 Capulet Drive, Suite 3, St. Augustine, FL 32092.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES ANNE OCHSNER

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Anne Ochsner to the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

With several years of experience as a Realtor working with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties in Connecticut, Anne is excited and ready to make her mark on the fast-paced real estate market of Northeast Florida. Anne has a strong background in residential sales and purchases and has a dedication to her client’s needs that is evident as soon as you meet her.

When asked what she loves most about being a Realtor, Anne states, “I love assisting buyers realize their dreams of home ownership and helping educate sellers on the process of real estate marketing and sales in order to achieve the best outcomes!”

Anne is an avid reader; enjoys helping others and engaging with the community through volunteering. She credits her family as her support system and treasures spending time with them.

“Please join me in welcoming Anne to Florida Network Realty! I am excited to bring her on as an agent to the Fleming Island Office, and I know she’ll be a great addition to our team,” shares Linda Benson, Broker/Manager of the Fleming Island/Orange Park office.

For more information, Anne can be reached by phone at 904.505.5560 or at Anne.Ochsner@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: AOchsner.FloridaNetworkRealty.com. The Fleming Island/Orange Park office is located at 3535 Highway 17, Suite 10, Fleming Island, FL 32003.


BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FLORIDA NETWORK REALTY WELCOMES KATY GUZMAN-CRUZ

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Katy Guzman-Cruz to the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

Katy joins Florida Network Realty as an experienced agent, with over twelve years of working as a Realtor in Nicaragua, and has also lived in Northeast Florida for over a decade. Katy has a strong background in new development and lot sales, and she is eager to expand her reach to the residential real estate market of Northeast Florida.

When asked why she enjoys being a Realtor, Katy states, “I love the whole real estate experience! Being a part of someone’s home ownership journey and seeing the looks of satisfaction and happiness on the faces of new homeowners at the end of their transaction is what drives me as a Realtor.”

Katy has been married for thirteen years and is the mother to two sweet girls. She is also bilingual – fluent in Spanish and English – and loves to travel and meet new people in her spare time. Katy comes from a large family and being able to get together with everyone is her favorite time.

“Please join me in welcoming Katy Guzman-Cruz to the Beaches Office. I have great expectations for Katy. Her drive and commitment to excellence are right in line with the service we provide our clients at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty,” shares Don Cline, Assistant General Manager and Broker/Manager of the Beaches/Intracoastal West and Southside office.

For more information, Katy can be reached by phone at 904.414.0816 or at Katy.Guzman@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: KGuzman-Cruz.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 DERREK KAIER

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Derrek Kaier to the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

Derrek Kaier joins Florida Network Realty with strong business-sense and sales experience as a business owner, having owned two companies – one a non-profit and the other a franchise. Derrek is also a wartime Veteran of the United States Air Force and has a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace, a Minor in Comp. Info. Systems, and an Associates Communications from Metro State and the Community College of the Air Force.

With Derrek’s background in sales, marketing, communications, and leadership, he knows his transition from business owner to Realtor will be not only smooth but successful. When asked why he joined Florida Network Realty, Derrek states, “In both my civilian and military careers, I always strive to have provided the best possible service and that is something I carry into my career as a Realtor. When looking for a real estate company to work with, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty stood out – they do things the right way, and truly care about their agents and each and every transaction.”

When not working, Derrek enjoys spending time with his family, two four-year-old twins and a fifteen-year-old, playing sports, and generally being outdoors – taking advantage of the sunshine and natural beauty of Northeast Florida. Derrek also enjoys volunteering and giving back to his community.

“We are excited to have Derrek join our family. His background in marketing and excellent client service is completely aligned with our company culture, and I’m sure he will succeed here at Florida Network Realty,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Derrek can be reached by phone at 904.829.4599 or at Derrek.Kaier@FloridaNetworkRealty.com and website: DKaier.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 LEAH PROVENSON

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty is pleased to welcome Leah Provenson to the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

Leah joins Florida Network Realty with over twelve years of experience working as a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties and more recently with The Norton Agency in Gainesville, Georgia. As a Realtor, Leah has expertise in working with residential sales especially around the Lake Lanier area of Georgia; and she also has experience working with commercial and lots/land real estate as well. Leah attributes her success as a Realtor to her outgoing personality, dedication to working with her clients, and natural skill as a negotiator.

A Florida native, Leah is originally from Melbourne, FL and she’s excited to be back living on Florida’s First Coast with her family. Leah is married and has three beautiful children, Nyle (16), Anthony (12), and Madison (6). She has become an avid runner later in life and has entered many races – including three ½ marathons.

“From your very first meeting to the final closing, Leah provides best-in-class service to her clients. She has the experience you can count on and the passion to make things happen even with the most challenging circumstances. I am excited to have Leah join the Florida Network Realty team,” shares Kevin Waugaman, Broker/Manager of the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office.

For more information, Leah can be reached by phone at 404.310.7144 or at Leah@LeahProvenson.com and website: LeahProvenson.com. The Ponte Vedra/Nocatee office is located at 333 Village Main Street, Suite 670, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082.


8 Restaurants To Check Out In Jacksonville If You Haven’t Yet

Foodies, start your engines.

As Jacksonville expands and develops, so does the city’s restaurant scene, along with our palettes. Some spots are serving up cuisines you can try for the first time, while others are putting a contemporary twist on your favorites dishes. If you’re wondering where to go for dinner tonight, look no further than this list of eight new restaurants to check out in Jacksonville, Florida.  

 

  1. El Jefe

When it comes to Tex-Mex, El Jefe has it figured out. Their flautas are rolled crispy tacos with creamy avocado salsa verde, sour cream, queso fresco, and lettuce. The mole grilled cheese is made with a house mole sauce. And the tortilla sundae is a cinnamon sugar tortilla bowl filled with ice cream and cinnamon chili hot fudge.

 

  1. Arepa Please

At Arepa Please, you’ll find contemporary cuisine that brings together North and South American flavors. The menu features sandwiches, salads, subs, wraps, and, of course, arepas. They also do breakfast, including burritos and omelets, and incredible meals from the grill, like gyro platters and cheeseburgers.

 

  1. Southern Grounds

Southern Grounds offers chef curated coffee, wine, and food, that is changing the restaurant game in Jacksonville. They’ve got you covered whether you’re craving a baked good, on the hunt for a good breakfast, searching for charcuterie and cheese, or in need of a salad plate, sandwich, or wrap.  

 

  1. Yafa Grill

The family-owned and operated Yafa Grill is serving up Middle Eastern food using authentic and fresh ingredients. Their dinner menu is comprised of lamb chops, falafels, grilled fish, chicken and beef shawarma and kebabs, rice, hummus, garlic potatoes, and salad. Not to mention their homemade tahini sauce, it’s delicious.

 

  1. DOMU

DOMU is Japanese slang for “a dream come true”, which is the perfect description for their food. The brunch and dinner menus boast numerous types of ramen, along with delicious plates, rice bowls, new Asian buns, sweets, and drinks. The popular “Tokyo” ramen is made with a fried chicken thigh, seared garlic chives, and infused duck fat.   

 

  1. Cantina Louie

Try some authentic Mexican street food and specialty cocktails at hotspot Cantina Louie. Their weekly specials include fresh fruit mojitos on Monday, tacos on Tuesday, and tamales on Sunday. Their “Grave Digger Nachos” are made with chorizo, carnitas, chicken, jalapenos, lettuce, sour cream, queso, and fresh lime pico de gallo.

 

  1. Aroi Thai

Aroi Thai is continuing the tradition of utilizing the same original ingredients and authentic recipes from Thailand at their Riverside location at Five Points. From poke bowls to soups, street specialties to salads, it’s a great place for both lunch and dinner. Don’t miss out on the sweet sticky rice available in many of the restaurant’s desserts.  

 

  1. Bonchon

You need to try the Korean fried chicken at Bonchon. You can order wings, drums, strips, or a combo of them all with garlic or spicy sauce, or even half and half. Their starters include potstickers and a salmon avocado ball, they have salads and soups, and their main dishes feature the likes of bibimbap, bulgogi, and pork buns.


What Florida City Should You Move To After College?

So you’ve finished up your academic career and you’ve decided to settle down in the sunshine state. No wonder, considering all the benefits of living in Florida. There is no state income tax, housing costs are lower than many other parts of the country, the access to world class beaches, residents receive discounts to acclaimed local attractions, and the weather is warm all year round.

 

It’s a great place to call home, but now you have to decide where exactly you should put down roots. Here’s a helpful guide if you’re wondering what Florida city you should move to after college.

 

Miami

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Yes, the large metropolitan area of Miami has its touristy and nightlife aspects, but it’s also filled with culture, entertainment, and employment opportunities. The estimated median house value in the area is about $277,700, with a median gross rent of $1,063. If you’re looking for a good balance between work and play, Miami is the right fit for you.

 

Jacksonville

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The picturesque city of Jacksonville not only has beaches and great weather, it boasts a low average monthly rent of $980. Home prices are equally as affordable, the median value of a home is about $157,800. It’s a smooth transition from school life to the college-town charm this laid-back city is proud of. It is also the most populated city in the state, meaning it’s easy to meet new people. There are many suburbs in Jacksonville that young professionals love and the job market is booming. Many big name companies are expanding operations within the city, including Amazon and Wayfair.

 

Fort Lauderdale

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More and more growing families and young professionals are moving to Fort Lauderdale due to the family-oriented nature of the place and because the job market in the area is thriving. Houses are priced at around $325,000, and the median gross rent is $1,213. If you’re into boating, you can choose to live on the water in one of the many waterways.

 

Orlando

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Located in Central Florida, the city of Orlando has a median home value of $244,600, with monthly rent prices usually coming in at $1,114. It’s a touristy destination, but if you’re a fan of the local attractions you’ll be happy to know that residents receive discounted tickets. And it’s location within the state means you can see a lot of Florida without having to travel too far.

 

Tallahassee

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Tallahassee offers residents a college-town feel, with lots of nightlife and football, it’s more lively than the beach towns found around Florida. The city’s downtown area is rapidly growing and evolving into a hip place for recent graduates to call home. House prices are on average about $196,700, and rent is around $959 per month.

 

St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg is just south of Clearwater. It’s here where you’ll find a median house value of $187,600 and average monthly rental rates of $991. If you’re someone who likes to keep busy, you’ve come to the right place, as there is always some sort of festival or event happening in the city. You’re located in the Tampa Bay area while also avoiding the hustle and bustle.

 

Tampa

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The estimated home value in Tampa is $216,100, with monthly rent coming in at about $1,067. Located on the west coast near the Gulf of Mexico, the city of Tampa and the neighborhoods within it have a market that is growing at a rapid rate. When it comes to the area’s economy, the major players include tourism, professional sports, national defense, shipping, insurance, healthcare, retail, and finance.


10 New Restaurants To Check Out In Ponte Vedra

The seaside community of Ponte Vedra Beach in Northeast Florida is a dream place to live. You’re close enough to the city and to the beach, which means you have the best of both worlds only a short drive or walk away. The weather is beautiful, the attractions are endless, and the food is incredible. With so many new restaurants opening up every year, there’s always something innovative to try. These are ten new restaurants to check out in Ponte Vedra.

1. Nona Blue Modern Tavern


Nona Blue Modern Tavern has the cozy and casual atmosphere of a tavern with the quality food of a high-end restaurant. It appeals to all tastes. The American cuisine made in their wood-fire grill includes an award-winning burger, North Atlantic Salmon with a chilled quinoa salad, Pacific tuna with a citrus soy sauce, Polynesian ribeye, and blue cheese kettle chips.

2. Pusser’s Bar and Grille


Tropical Caribbean hotspot Pusser’s Bar and Grille boasts a unique and affordable menu. Dishes include a jerk chicken and pineapple quesadilla, coconut rum shrimp, half-pound sirloin burgers, seafood pasta tossed in a basil and white wine sauce, fried green tomatoes, cilantro and key lime chicken breast, and fish tacos.

3. Table 1


The menu at Table 1 is mouth-watering, with offerings like strip steak with truffle fries, mustard-glazed Atlantic salmon, an artichoke and goat cheese salad, a turkey, pear, and brie flatbread, and a warm bread butting with Nutella, banana, and a caramel drizzle. Be sure not to miss out on the live music that goes down Wednesday through Saturday.

4. Trasca & Co Eatery


Locally owned Trasca & Co Eatery is proud of their neighborhood, and their handcrafted food. Their specialty paninos, made with a secret family dough recipe, comes with your choice of filling. From hot honey BBQ chicken to guacamole, black beans, and roasted corn – there’s a panino for everyone. They also do pizzas, hand-tossed salads, and a famous mud pie made with a homemade Oreo cookie crust.

5. Lulu’s Waterfront Grille


Looking for dinner and a view? Look no further than Lulu’s Waterfront Grille. The locally-owned establishment has some of the highest-quality seafood in the area. Their shrimp scampi is made with a lemon-garlic white wine butter sauce, the linguine features Cedar Key clams and sweet Florida con, and the daily fresh catch can be grilled, blackened, or fried.

6. Caffe Andiamo

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Popular Italian joint Caffe Andiamo is a modern place is serving up traditional eats that will quickly become your go-to craving food, and that will have you coming back again and again. The menu features a drool-worthy baked lasagna, fish sautéed in a champagne cream sauce, thick and juicy veal chops, and a wild mushroom risotto.

7. 3 Palms Grille


Located on the golf course, the 3 Palms Grille has brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and live music. There’s also weekly specials and bar bites. Their delicious menu features the likes of diver scallops, Southern fried chicken, a summer vegetable succotash, ahi tuna, and a watermelon salad with fresh mozzarella.

8. Barbara Jean’s Restaurant and Bar

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Barbara Jean’s is a family run restaurant boasting made-from-scratch meals. Dishes include crab cakes, pot roast, a chicken salad with pineapple and pecans, coconut shrimp, hand battered and deep fried catfish, pork chops, and key lime tarts that are individually made by hand.

9. Aqua Grill

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Aqua Grill is the perfect place for a special occasion or if you’re just in the mood for an elegant dinner in a casual atmosphere. The cuisine is award wining and contemporary, with dishes from all over the world, including eggplant parmesan, shrimp scampi, slow braised boneless beef short ribs, and wasabi pea crusted Hawaiian tuna.

10. Restaurant Medure

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The modern cuisine at Restaurant Medure is all made using local produce, and the pasta is made in-house. The menu features kale gnocchi with pickled duck confit, a roasted beet salad with a preserved lemon vinaigrette, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables, beef carpaccio with a honey Dijon aioli, and grilled octopus with stone fruit.