Ponte Vedra

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Ponte Vedra, Florida is a great place to live!

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Ponte Vedra is a prominent resort town on the northeast Atlantic coast of Florida. It is located eighteen miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville and 26 miles north of the historic St. Augustine, it is part of the Jacksonville Beaches area. It also lies in the third-wealthiest county of Florida, St. Johns, obtaining an estimated median family income of $116,399 per year.

With history in both our country’s founding and the sport of golf, Ponte Vedra has maintained quite a name for itself. Ponce de Leon acclaimed the vicinity between here and St. Augustine as “La Florida” for Spain on April 3, 1513 and planted their flag. Ponte Vedra was little more than an untouched wilderness until about 1912, when minerals were discovered. This transformed the site into a frontier mining town, which was called “Mineral City.” The minerals of titanium, zircon and rutile were recovered from beach sands by a private commercial firm called National Lead Company. The titanium (ilmenite) extraction was very significant, during World War I because it was component of poison gas, becoming a strategic mineral in our country’s warfare. The demands diminished after the war and the National Lead Company changed its focus to building a resort community.

The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club opened in 1928, where this stylish, oceanfront property became a playground for the elite. Sprawling over 300 acres, The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra was added about 60 years later, expanding its elegant accommodations. These Mediterranean-styled facilities are an area landmark and still holds its rare AAA Five Diamond Property distinction today.

In 1972, ground had broke for the 1,100-acre prestigious Sawgrass Country Club development, ironically, the Professional Golf Association (PGA) was looking for a permanent home for the Tournament Players Championship (TPC). The PGA’s commissioner was offered such an enticing deal, $1.00 for the 400-acre tract of land, it soon became TPC’s home, TPC at Sawgrass. The Players Championship, an annual PGA golf tournament, is hosted here every May, including the top 50 players in the world rankings. It often has been viewed as the unofficial “fifth major,” due to its prestige and its host course. Along with the PGA Tour, the ATP Tour also plays out of this premier location, history is both made and celebrated here!

From the serene, 73,000 protected acres of coastal dunes, tidal lagoons and forest at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve to the modern performing arts facility, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, there is plenty to keep you entertained. At the Reserve, you can kayak, hike or fish along the saltwater marsh and mangrove tidal wetlands, with an opportunity to witness an abundance of wildlife. And then when the tide is low, comb the area for some beautiful seashells and sharks teeth. There are plenty of cultural and social gatherings, you’ll find hosted the by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division, concerts, festivals and plays in combination of Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.

Within this very influential area of North Florida, Ponte Vedra boasts one of the best school districts in Florida. The residents are served by the St. Johns County Public School district, a Grade “A” District, for ten consecutive years. The students from 9th – 12th grade attend either Allen D. Nease High School, a member of the International Baccalaureate program, or Ponte Vedra High School, specializes in the areas of Biotechnology and International Business & Marketing. Alice B. Landrum Middle School serves those in 6th – 8th grade, while the Ponte Vedra Palm Valley-Rawlings Elementary School serves the children in K – 5th grades, as well as Ocean Palms Elementary School. Offering other options for students of Ponte Vedra, is the Palmer Catholic Academy, K – 8th, a faith enriched, preparatory school, and the Bolles School, a collegiate preparatory school, Pre K – 5th, with a middle and high school in nearby Jacksonville.

Ponte Vedra Beach now has an approximate population of 37,924 and a median age of 44 years old. It was ranked 50th on the list of 100 finalists for CNN and Money Magazine’s 2005 List of the “Best Places to Live”, providing residents with a community of luxury of natural coastal beauty, with world class golf, award-winning schools, elegant shopping and fine dining.

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