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A lot of things come to mind when you hear the word “forever”. It’s exciting to imagine what life has in store for you over the next 25- 30 years. One thing is certain, you are going to spend a great deal of your life here with your family, and the place you choose to call “home” should have all the features you want. As you grow through the years, your home should have the ability to grow with you. From babies, to teenagers, through college years and into empty nest stages, your home will be central to many of life’s joys and moments together. So what features are most important when considering a “forever home”? Let us help you put things into perspective.

LOVING YOUR LOCATION

One of the most important factors that comes to play when finding a “forever home” is an ideal location. This choice is critical to the needs and wants of everyone in your household, both now and in the future. As home prices within city limits continue to rise, and the ability to work remotely has become increasingly possible, many people are deciding to relocate to the surrounding suburbs of major cities. The appeal of more space for your money, while still being in close proximity to popular dining spots and area attractions, is greatly influencing homebuyers’ criteria as they begin their “forever home” search. The desire to reconnect with nature is also a huge draw. Communities that promote active outdoor lifestyles are becoming increasingly popular, as are homes with lots of natural light sources, fresh air and outdoor spaces to enjoy and entertain in. Zoning plays a major part in the “forever home” search too. Families with school age children want access to quality education at all levels of learning.

Recently, Florida has made the news as hundreds of people each day are moving from northern states, causing home sales to more than double across the Sunshine State. Nassau County’s own master-planned community, Tributary, is quickly becoming one of the state’s most sought out addresses. Located just north of Jacksonville and only 2 exits from the international airport, Tributary residents will find the freedom to enjoy a healthy, outdoorsy lifestyle while being in close proximity to the thriving Jacksonville region. It truly is a one-of-a-kind location surrounded by nature, close to A-rated schools, historic downtowns, shopping and incredible beaches.
If a move to Florida is in your sights, this is definitely a place you want to check out.

HOME DESIGN WITH YOU IN MIND

Another major factor of your “forever home” search is its design and functionality. Is there enough square footage to accommodate your current life and future plans? Will you need room to grow or flexible living areas and multi-purpose spaces? The way you plan to use your space over the years should be considered. New construction homes are highly desired by first time home buyers and actually within reach. Open floorplans with modern and energy efficient features that are customizable to each buyers’ unique tastes are attainable in new communities popping up in the less pricey suburbs of cities. Another feature important to buyers is outdoor space. Backyards for children to run and play, for pets to frolic or space for hobbies like gardening are features of your home that add value and promote well-being.

BEST NEW HOME VALUES

Lastly, your “forever home” must be within your budget. The current state of the housing market definitely has its opportunities right now. Historically low interest rates are opening the doors of homeownership to many who may have previously been priced out of the market. Other factors like Florida’s below average cost of living and absence of state income tax are both huge draws for people thinking of relocating to the southeast. The option to affordably build your dream home within a new community is also now a reality.

Ultimately, your “forever home” should have everything you want and more. A great location, a functional floorplan and design with your personal touches, and an affordable price tag. If you are currently residing in or considering a move to sunny North Florida, Nassau County is a growing area that’s worth a look. GreenPointe Developers have unveiled Tributary, an exciting master-planned community located just two miles west of I-95 off of SR200/A1A.

Tributary’s renowned amenities will serve as the social centerpiece of the community. The Lookout Amenity Center will include a sparkling, lagoon-style pool, Adventure Zone tot-lot, paw-some dog park, state-of-the-art fitness studio and an array of sports courts. Pocket parks and trails that directly connect to neighboring Four Creeks State Forest as well as a kayak launch are all being designed to encourage outdoor fun and bring family and friends together to create memories right in your own backyard.

Interested buyers can view over 30 unique home designs, learn more about the community, and contact the sales team by visiting TributaryLiving.com. Prepare to Blow Your river Lovin’ Mind at Tributary and discover all the desirable features that make a move to North Florida a no brainer!

North Florida is full of amazing natural wonders and fun attractions. Including beautiful beaches, state-protected wildlife areas and historic landmarks, North Florida has a bit of everything to offer for the outdoor adventurer. Check out the 6 natural wonders you’ll have to add to your list next time you visit the Sunshine State.

1. Amelia Island

Located on the coastline in northeast Florida, Amelia Island is a destination that is easy to reach but hard to forget. This beloved, timeless island continuously entertains visitors and residents with its beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, pristine nature, historic district, enthusiastic festivals and one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experience. Being the only place in the USA that has been under the rule of eight different flags: French, British, Patriots, Green Cross, Mexican Revolutionary, Confederacy and USA, Amelia Island is a magnificent address with unique cultural influences.

2. Four Creeks State Forest

This 13,147-acre protected area located just west of the new community Tributary serves a wide range of natural features and recreation activities. Four Creeks State Forest is one of few state-protected wildlife sanctuaries where untouched wild animals such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gopher tortoise and numerous songbirds reside. Visitors and future residents neighboring the lush protected park will enjoy various recreational activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling and horse riding.

3. The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary

Serving Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, and Baker counties, The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is a top destination for many national and international visitors. This non-profit organization provides a safe, loving, forever home for endangered big cats such as tigers, lions and pumas while educating the public about the dangers they are facing in the wild and in captivity.

4. Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Jacksonville Zoo and Garden is the only walking safari in Northeast Florida where visitors can experience a true adventure while discovering the planet’s wildlife through interactive and educational activities. It’s not just a regular zoo. Jacksonville Zoo and Garden is one of few zoos in the United States that’s equipped with an animal wellness team and conservation efforts with a program that donates a portion of every ticket to regional and global conservation programs. This destination has a wide range of species to visit with more than 2,000 rare animals and 1,000 exotic plants.

5. Riverside Arts Market

Produced by Riverside Avondale Preservation, Riverside Arts Market takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine attracting 4,000+ visitors every Saturday. This family-friendly market features everything from a variety of small business including farmers, artists, and bakers to hours of live music. Each Saturday is different than the last. Pick up the freshest local harvests and try different craft beers from around Florida!

6. Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

Here, cultural and natural resources have shared a history of over 6,000 years. The Timucuan Preserve contains the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Kindsley Plantation is for you to dive into a fascinating history of freedom and enslavement. Explore the 600-acres of natural treasure of hardwood forest, wetlands, and scrub vegetation. The boat ramp and trails of Cedar Point are available for those looking to get even closer to the marvelous nature of The Preserve. There’s no better place to spend a day filled with exciting adventures and explorations.

For those looking to be in the center of these natural wonders and Explore More, you’re going to want to mark your calendar for this summer. New homes in the master-planned community, Tributary, are set to be unveiled to the public. Situated in one of the greatest locations putting residents in the center of all the amazing nature and attractions. This new Northeast Florida community will deliver unmatched value in a beautiful, natural sanctuary.
It’s a model lifestyle for tomorrow, waiting to be discovered today. The perfect place to call home. Within the 1,550-acre master-planned community, residents will enjoy the resort-style pool, fitness center and activities at the fun-filled Amenity Center. New modern-rustic homes will be offered from the $200s, interested homebuyers can join the VIP list at tributaryliving.com to ensure they are first to learn of any updates.