For all its oddities, Florida is still one of the more popular states in the country thanks to its warm climate, sandy beaches, and seemingly infinite things to do. With more and more people flocking to the Sunshine State, we thought it was a great time to shine a spotlight on some of the state's growing communities. Check out these Florida neighborhoods on the rise.
Beachwalk is a new community in the St. Johns area of Jacksonville, and it's swiftly gaining popularity for its resort-style amenities and atmosphere. Exclusive perks for residents include members-only restaurants, watersports on the man-made Crystal Lagoon at the heart of the community, and access to a 24-hour fitness center. A variety of floorplans populate the six neighborhoods within Beachwalk, offering numerous opportunities to find your dream home in a community that feels more like being on vacation than being home.
Young families have recently begun moving into the Hidden Hills Country Club neighborhood, and it's no secret why. The homes here are lovely and come in a variety of floorplans and styles, ensuring each one is unique. Beyond the homes themselves, great amenities like a community pool and tennis courts, as well as the active HOA always seeking to add value to the area make Hidden Hills Country Club a desirable neighborhood.
Horizon West is a newer master-planned community in the greater Orlando area that has seen impressive growth in recent years thanks in large part to its ideal location. The neighborhood sits just north of Disney World and just off State Road 429, making it easy to get to Windermere, ChampionsGate, Winter Garden, and more. The surrounding area also features just about everything you could need, including shopping centers, grocery stores, a movie theater, and so much more. For all these reasons and more, Horizon West was considered one of the fastest growing master-planned communities in the nation in 2017.
The relaxed coastal lifestyle many think of when they imagine living in Florida can be found in The Hammock, a collection of communities along a scenic stretch of beachfront highway. Old Florida home styles combine with resort-level amenities, an abundance of great golf courses, and miles of picturesque beaches to create a neighborhood that continues to grow.
Flagler Beach isn't a single neighborhood, but rather its own city located about halfway between St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. Before you cry foul, however, consider that this quaint surf town has experienced consistent growth over the last several years. New residents continue to discover Flagler Beach's small-town charm, rich history, local shops and restaurants, and amazing surfing and fishing opportunities.
Grand Oaks is one of the newest communities featured in this blog (homes first became available for move-in last December!), but don't let its youth fool you; the neighborhood is one of Gainesville's most exciting growing areas. Upon completion, Grand Oaks will feature more than 300 single-family homes in a variety of styles and floorplans. Commercial development will continue around the community, ensuring residents have easy access to any number of amenities and needs. Speaking of easy access, Grand Oaks residents can make it to Oak Hall School, the University of Florida, multiple shopping centers, and two different hospitals all in under 15 minutes.
The charming coastal community of St. Marys, Georgia offers a rich combination of culture, heritage, and adventure to any resident lucky to call it home. Southern comforts abound in the affectionately labeled Gateway to Cumberland Island; natural attractions like Crooked River State Park or the McIntosh Tabby Sugar Works Ruins rub elbows with historic downtown's waterfront shops and fresh-caught seafood dinners. St. Marys may not come up in conversation as frequently as its bigger siblings to the north (Atlanta) and south (Jacksonville, Orlando), but the city has been slowly growing over the years. As new residents continue flocking here, we decided to highlight some of the most popular neighborhoods in St. Marys, GA.
Cumberland Harbour earns its name. It's surrounded by water on three sides – the St. Marys River, the North River, and the Intracoastal Waterway – making this idyllic waterfront community feel much like a large harbor. Residents live in traditional and coastal signature homes in Cumberland Harbour, with empty home lots on marshfront vistas offer opportunities to build a custom home. There's no denying the beauty of Cumberland Harbour; even HGTV focused on one of the area's ornate coastal homes for a segment of its 2004 show Dream Home.
Though St. Marys exudes southern charm through and through, its no stranger to luxury. See Osprey Cove's collection of luxury homes in a resort setting. Golf, gardening, bike riding, and boating are just a few of the ways residents of Osprey Cove pass their time. Speaking of golf, Osprey Cove's 18-hole course is nationally ranked. Golfers, keep your eyes on this one!
If you're looking for the classic, quiet suburban life, you'll find it in Winding River. This master-planned community has all the staples of traditional living: peaceful tree-lined streets, active community events and clubhouse, and the warm kindness of your neighbors. But the serenity of Winding River doesn't come at the cost of complete isolation – you'll only be 30 minutes from Jacksonville, Florida and Brunswick, Georgia.
Laurel Island Plantation might technically be a part of Kingsland, Georgia, but it's only a short 10 miles away from St. Marys. The essence of small-town living thrives here. You'll find it in the collection of single-family homes situated on lakefront and golf course lots. You'll find it in abundance at the Shoppes at Laurel Island Plantation and its charming local businesses. And you'll find it in the peaceful quiet of the natural scenery that surrounds you at every step.