Beachwalk open houses put new community on display


The Beachwalk community in St. Johns offered prospective homeowners an opportunity to tour some of its newest houses on Sunday, June 14, even as work progresses on County Road 210.

Completion of that artery – expected in July – will facilitate the creation of a full-service commercial district convenient to Beachwalk residents.

“It’s an exciting time,” said David Eisner, sales manager for Americrest Luxury Homes, developer for Beachwalk’s Atlantica Isles neighborhood.

Six homes ranging in size from 2,561 to 3,073 square feet and priced between $758,260 and $1,041325 were featured during the event.

“What I think sets Atlantica Isles off is we’re the only community in Beachwalk that’s 100% maintenance-free,” Eisner said.

The homeowners’ association handles all the yardwork, maintains irrigation, performs roof repairs and paints the homes every fifth year. For residents who spend part of the year at secondary homes elsewhere, it’s a convenient feature.

For that reason, the developers expected Atlantica Isles to mostly attract buyers who were at least 55 years old. But Eisner said some families with children are also moving in.

Another feature attracting homeowners is the neighborhood’s proximity to the 14-acre, 37-million-gallon Crystal Lagoon — the largest swimming facility in the United States. Its warm waters are a natural turquoise color, and the lagoon is framed by a sandy beach.

Things are developing in other Beachwalk areas, too. Five new model homes priced in the 300s will soon open, as well as several single-family homes in the Seaside Estates neighborhood.

Recently, Beachwalk began to offer a limited number of clubhouse membership passes to guests outside the community.

The passes would grant access to the fitness center, tennis courts, putting green, dog splash park, lagoon, water slides, a swim-up bar, walking trails, paddle boarding and kayaking.

Beachwalk, developed by Americrest, Lennar and Vintage Estate Homes, has 961 family units, a million square feet of retail commercial space and 700,000 square feet of office space.

By autumn 2021, a host of commercial enterprises are expected to populate the C.R. 210 corridor, among them restaurants, a gas station, a pharmacy, coffee shops, day care services, day spas and a supermarket. An 83,000-square-foot Baptist Healthplace health and wellness center is slated to open soon in nearby Nocatee.

To keep residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the community has taken a number of steps. The lagoon closes for an hour each afternoon so that chairs, kayaks and water slides can be sanitized. The fitness center is open, though access is limited and managed by sign-up.

Eisner said he is “cautiously optimistic” that the restaurant and swim-up bar will re-open next weekend. Seating at the restaurant will be limited to 25% inside and 50% outside.


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