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St. Johns County

St. Johns County

28.37 mile southeast of JAX

Southeast of Duval County, St. Johns is a smaller, less populated county with just over 264,500 residents.  St. Johns consists of more water and less land than Duval as there are 221 square miles of gorgeous Florida water to enjoy and 601 square miles of land.  St. Johns has become a rather popular place to live and has increased considerably since 2000.  In fact, the local school system has grown rapidly in order to accommodate such growth.


  • Population: 244,506.
  • 48.64% of residents are male.
  • 51.36% of residents are female.
  • Median Age: 41.
  • 24.39% of residents have never married.
  • 56.75% of residents are married.
  • 1.08% of residents are legally separated.
  • 6.18% of residents are widowed.
  • 11.61% of residents are divorced.
  • Total households: 88,763.
  • 86.47% of employed residents are white collar & 13.53% are blue collar.
  • 12.1% or residents are self-employed.
  • Average household income: $104,725.20.
  • Median household income: $75,368.00.

The Beaches

St. Johns County

St. Johns County is home to six of the best beaches in Florida:

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Ponte Vedra Beach is known for its elegant resorts and challenging golf courses. This amazing beach also features a life-size statue of Ponce De Leon.

  • Located in northeastern St. Johns County.
  • Lies between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.
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Vilano Beach is a charming, more tucked away little beach town full of shopping, dining and beach cottage rentals.  It is extremely popular with the surf and kite boarder crowd due to the coquina sands. 

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Anastasia State Park/Beach features quartz sand and is one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida and its northern three miles are for beach walkers only.  Evidence of civilization is well hidden beyond its dunes. 

St. Augustine, founded on September 8, 1565, is the oldest continuously occupied European established settlement in the U.S.  Comprising old-world cobblestone streets, some of the best beaches in the country and rich in history, St. Augustine is also the oldest masonry fort in the nation.  This storybook seaside city is located on the western shore of Mantanzas Bay, Castillo de San Marcos, otherwise referred to by the locals as “The Fort”.  St. Augustine is home to Treasure Street, the narrowest street in the country at only seven feet in width.

Rich in both American and French history, St. Augustine is a hotspot for tourism and serves as an impressive backdrop for one of the world’s most amazing displays of approximately two million twinkling holiday lights in its historic district. 

St. Augustine, noted for being one of the most haunted cities in America, has been called “home” by Ray Charles, Zora Neale Hurston and Stetson Kennedy. 

St. Augustine boasts many well-to-do older neighborhoods with excellent dining establishments with a taste of beach life nearby. The city continues to experience growth at an impressively steady pace.


  • 10.7 square miles – 8.4 square miles are land & 2.4 square miles are water.
  • Population: just over 15,000 – 44.26% male and 55.74% female.
  • Growing at a rate of 1.67% annually with a population increase of 16.16% since 2010.
  • Median age: 45.
  • 43.74% of residents have never married.
  • 34.6% of residents are married.
  • 0.39% of residents are legally separated.
  • 7.63% of residents are widowed.
  • 14.02% of residents are divorced.
  • 87.69% of employed residents are white collar.
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  • 12.31% of employed residents are blue collar.
  • 15.71% of residents are self-employed.
  • Households: 5,852.
  • Average household income: $78,120.00
  • Median household income: $54,468.00.

St. Augustine Beach is located on Anastasia Island and affords visitors the ideal beach vacation featuring tropical seaside restaurants, sunny places to stay, an impressive fishing pier, a beachfront park and many additional perks.  St. Augustine Beach has a laid-back vibe. In addition, residents enjoy scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway as well as the St. Augustine Amphitheater which hosts concerts and events year-round. 

St. Augustine, Florida At The Castillo De San Marcos National Monument.

Butler Beach features private homes and condos, yet it offers multiple public accesses. Its surrounding park houses an incredible dune ecosystem which offers protection for some local endangered species. 

Crescent Beach features a natural crescent moon shaped shoreline and miles of white sand. This is one of the most scenic and “unspoiled” beaches and attracts eco-tourism and beachcombers.

St. Johns County:


Hastings is just 18 miles southwest of St. Augustine and is home to many St. Augustine, Jacksonville and Palatka work commuters. This charming  town was once spotlighted on television in “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” in 2009. The show’s staff joined forces with Northeast Florida Builders Association, demolishing a 1930’s dilapidated structure, replacing it with a larger two-story home in just seven days. 

In the late 19th century, Henry Morrison Flagler erected hotels in St. Augustine and needed a local source of food for tourists.  He convinced Thomas Horace Hastings, his cousin, to get into the farming industry, resulting in the development of the community of Hastings in 1890. Known as the “Potato Capital of Florida”, Hastings boasts 21,000 acres of potato farms, however the community also farms ornamental horticulture, eggplant, onions and cabbage.

By 1910, Hastings was booming and the Florida East Coast Railway was known to stop there in order for travelers to visit the general stores, bakery, drug stores, butcher, ice plant, cold storage, the bank, a hotel, three doctors and a dentist. Two companies existed at the time, manufacturing grist mill ground grain and barrels. Local water and sewer utilities along with telegraph and telephone service were also a draw for tourism.

In 1924, Hasting High School was built in order to educate the children of farmers. Currently, the Hastings Branch of the St. Johns County Public Library resides in the building. Hastings was dissolved on November 7, 2017 and St. Johns County took control of the community on March 1, 2018.


  • 1.66 square miles – all land.
  • Population: 1,464 – 58.33% male and 41.67% female.
  • Median age: 40.
  • Households: 492.
  • 53.08% of residents have never married.
  • 19.98% of residents are married.
  • 0.95% of residents are legally separated.
  • 8.77% of residents are widowed.
  • 18.17% of residents are divorced.
  • 54.53% of employed residents are white collar.
  • 45.47% of employed residents are blue collar.
  • 5.72% of residents are self-employed.
  • Average household income: $43,560.00.
  • Median household income: $35,139.00
  • 274 residents live below poverty level.
  • 985 residents live above poverty level.
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Julington Creek, located in northwestern St. Johns County, houses 1,200+ acres of nature preserves.

  • Multiple residential options including townhomes, single-family homes, condos, and luxury estates.
  • Home to the 18-hole Julington Creek Golf Club which winds around neighborhoods amidst wooded areas.
  • Abundant recreation amenities.
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Located south of Mandarin and east of the St. Johns River, these country communities afford residents a scenic, pastoral setting:


Fruit Cove:

  • Population: 31,314.
  • Median age: 41.
  • 17.9 square miles, 0.06% of which is water.
  • Home to the Marywood Retreat Center for the Diocese of St. Augustine.
  • Median household income: $107,557.
  • 81.6% of residents are white, non-Hispanic.
  • 6.36% of residents are Hispanic.
  • 4.35% of residents are black or African American.

The Neighborhoods of World Golf Village, conveniently located between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, afford residents custom estates, townhomes, and condos via multiple neighborhoods. Neighborhoods are private and boast a resort-style of living. 44% of the community has been left untouched so as not to disturb wildlife and environmental preserves.  Nature is what gives The Neighborhoods of World Golf Village a unique living experience for residents.

The World Golf Village includes:


  • Population: 18,327 – 49.7% male and 50.3% female.
  • Median age: 37.
  • Households: 6,038.
  • 18.88% of residents have never married.
  • 63.18% of residents are married.
  • 1.61% of residents are legally separated.
  • 4.95% of residents are widowed.
  • 13.03% of residents are divorced.
  • 88.17% of employed residents are white collar & 11.83% are blue.
  • 9.02% are self-employed.
  • Average household income: $105,792.00.
  • Median household income: $91,875.00.
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Aerial View Of St Augustine Skyline And Bridge, Florida

Ponte Vedra, synonymous with golf, is located in St. Johns County just 18 miles southeast of Downtown and 26 miles north of St. Augustine. Known for its prestigious resorts such as Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, Marriott at Sawgrass and the Lodge and Club, Ponte Vedra attracts wealthy, golfing tourists known to frequent the PGA Tour and the Players Championship. Many notable people have called Ponte Vedra “home” at one time or another: Kim Alexis, Jason Altmire, Tony Boselli, Mark Bruneel, Ron DeSantis, Ron Duguay, Bob & David Duval, Alicia Fox, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Fred Rogers, Vijay Singh, Phil Soderberg, Tim Tebow, Bill Terry and countless pro athletes to name a few.


  • East of the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • South of the Duval County line.
  • North of Vilano Beach.
  • Ponte Vedra includes: Ponte Vedra Beach, South Ponte Vedra Beach, Sawgrass and Palm Valley.


  • Median household income: $102,918.
  • Median age: 49.
  • Highly influential area for North Florida.
  • Best school districts.
  • Population: 27,750.
  • Median annual family income: $116,399.
  • Unemployment: 3.8%.
  • Job growth: 5.27%.

Sawgrass is home to the tournament which offers the highest prize fund of all golf tournaments: The Players Championship. Sawgrass covers a total area of 3.2 square miles of which 3.1 are land and 0.1 is water.

Sawgrass Players Club is an upscale community on 1,200 acres resting between the Atlantic and the Inter-coastal Waterway. This community, comprising 16 neighborhoods, is a gated community and houses Vicar’s Landing Retirement Community, The Yards Golf & Country Club and the TPC Sawgrass golf course. Current population: 1,564.

Green Manicured Grass Of Golf Course Fairway Grass And Rough With Water And Palm Trees
Green Manicured Grass Of Golf Course Fairway Grass And Rough With Water And Palm Trees

Sawgrass Country Club is located to the east of A1A. This area contains 38 neighborhoods within a large, gated community. Sawgrass Country Club houses a private golf course and a membership based beach club with impressive amenities.


  • Population: 4,841.
  • 2,286 households.
  • Median age: 53.
  • 2,316 residents are married.
  • 2,075 residents are single.
  • 94.59% of employed residents are white collar.
  • 5.41% of employed residents are blue collar.
  • Average household income: $166,860.
  • Median household income: $89,700.00.
  • Residents below poverty level: 193.
  • Residents above poverty level: 4,548.

Master Planned Communities/Developments:

Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, St. Johns County

One of the more prominent master-planned communities in Ponte Vedra, located east of I-95 halfway between St. Augustine and Jacksonville. Nocatee features an impressive Town Center which houses a major supermarket, retail shopping and other services. Home prices range broadly in order to accommodate all budgets and include single-family housing, custom estates and attached homes. Nocatee is one of the best-selling areas in the U.S.

  • Blends commercial/retail property with village-style neighborhoods, schools and 5,000+ acres of nature preserves and parks.
  • Accommodates first-time buyers to retirees with something for everyone of all ages in between, catering to various lifestyles.
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  • 75-acre community park.
  • 2 large swimming pools/family-orientated aquatics center.
  • Two resort-style water parks.
  • Sports/fitness facilities.
  • Tennis/pickleball courts.
  • 330-foot zip line.


  • Population: 14,747.
  • Total number of households: 4,913.
  • Median age: 40.
  • 8,264 married residents.
  • 3,135 single residents.
  • 90.49% of employed residents are white collar.
  • 9.51% of employed residents are blue collar.
  • Average household income: $133,776.00.
  • Median household income: $119,276.00.
  • Residents below poverty: 198.
  • Residents above poverty: 14,381.

Master Planned Communities/Developments:

Within Nocatee

Twenty Mile Village was designed around Twenty Mile Park. This historic community consists of nature trails, a pool and Waggin’ Tails Dog Park as well as multiple impressive amenities. This gorgeous village boasts mature oak trees, old-Florida rustic charm and split-rail fencing.

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  • The Outlook at Twenty Mile contains homes on large lots with preserve and waterfront views.
  • The Ranch at Twenty Mile contains homes designed by David Weekley and Dostie Homes, starting in the high $500K’s.
  • The Vista at Twenty Mile is a gated community featuring 44 Spanish/mission-style homes constructed by The Pineapple Corporation.
  • The Hammock at Twenty Mile features nine private custom homes, locally built by Glenn Layton Homes of the HGTV Smart Home.
  • The Junction at Twenty Mile is one of the newest local neighborhoods and also features homes built by David Weekley and Dostie Homes. Ranging from 2,450-3,500 square feet, homes start in the high $400K’s. All homes are west of the Intracoastal Waterway in St. Johns County.
  • The Colony at Twelve Mile, also a newer community, affords residents large lots with views of the water and preserves. One and two-story homes from 2,450-3,800 square feet, constructed by David Weekley Homes, Providence Homes and ICI HOmes start in the high $300K’s.
  • The Settlement at Twenty Mile features large lots with water and preserve views with one and two-story homes ranging in square footage from 2,100-2,900.  These homes were built by ICI HOmes and Toll Brothers and start in the mid $300K’s.

Starling at Nocatee, across from Splash Water Park, conveniently located near the Town Center and generous in outstanding amenities, this community boasts resort-style services amidst peaceful, picturesque landscaping and offers Memory Care, Assisted Living and Concierge Living. All services are tailored to match the needs of each individual resident.

Daniel Park at Town Center by ICI Homes features Siena at Town Center and this Mediterranean-style community boasts homes with Tuscan flair and range in size from 1,474-3,082 square feet. Just a short walk from Town Center and shops,

Daniel Park is full of recreational opportunities with homes starting in the mid $200K’s.

Liberty Cove at Crosswater by David Weekley Homes, ICI Homes & Providence Homes

  • Tree-lined streets with quaint, white fences and large front porches.
  • Americana-style community with 138 homes ranging from 1,300-2,300 square feet. 
  • Starting in the high $200K’s.
  • Located south of Nocatee Splash Waterpark and Nocatee Spray Park in St. Johns County.

Del Webb Ponte Vedra is a  55 (and over) community located near the ocean in Ponte Vedra between Jacksonville and St. Augustine, close to dining, shopping & recreation. This gated community boasts an award-winning Nocatee master plan with 1,988 homes situated in the Nocatee Preserve on 2,400 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway. Del Webb encompasses 1,014+ Florida coastal acres and homes range from 1,289-3,697 square feet.

The Reserve at Nocatee features 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments with luxury amenities. Kitchens feature granite counters, stainless steel appliances, 42” cabinets and kitchen islands containing USB ports. The Reserve is fully equipped with a clubhouse and gym, beach entry pool with a summer kitchen and a dog park with a dog wash as well as a bike care facility.

Tidewater at Nocatee offers 3-story condos with 2-car garages and a private amenity center with access to Nocatee Community Park. Close to Nocatee Town Center, condos started selling at the end of 2017 from the low $300K’s.

Coastal Oaks by Toll Brothers features sweeping oak trees amidst peaceful nature preserves and boasts luxurious single-family estate homes, neo-traditional homes and estate homes.

  • 6,500 Clubhouse with catering kitchen and gym.
  • Rec Complex with resort-style pools.
  • Family neighborhood with 880-foot boardwalk winding through a wooded ecosystem.

Heritage Trace at Crosswater by CalAtlantic, David Weekley, Providence, Riverside & ICI Homes:

  • Centered in the heart of Nocatee, 188 homes are surrounded by preservation and lake views.
  • Nostalgic American “Old Town” theme with homes ranging from 1,900-3,200+ square feet starting in the low $300K’s.

Timberland Ridge at Nocatee by David Weekely, ICI & Providence Homes:

  • Suburban neighborhood surrounded by water and preservation.
  • Single-family one and two-story homes starting in the low $300K’s ranging in square footage from 1,800-3,200.
  • Located in Duval County within biking distance from Cypress Park and Twenty Mile Park.

Freedom Landing at Crosswater by CalAtlantic, David Weekley, Providence, Riverside & ICI Homes:

  • 106 homes, most of which backup to a preserve or lake.
  • Nostalgic Americana theme.
  • 1,900-3,200+ square-foot homes starting in the low $300K’s.

Artisan Lakes is 55 (and over) gated, low-maintenance community featuring private amenities such as a clubhouse, gym, demonstration kitchen, zero entry pool with infinity edge, two bocce ball courts, two pickleball courts, swing arbor, putting green, event lawn and pocket parks.

  • 10 single-story floor plans from which to choose.
  • Homes are equipped with oversize 2-car garages.
  • 2 to 5-bedroom homes ranging in square footage from 1,755-2,839.
  • Optional second floor can be added to any design for additional 1,246 square feet of space, totaling up to 4,085 square feet.
  • Pricing from high $200K’s.
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SilverLeaf is a master planned community located in northern St. Johns County between County Road 210 and State Road 16 at St. Johns Parkway and west I-95. The large community is scheduled to begin Phase-3 construction in 2023, erecting a bridge crossing the St. Johns River and connecting to I-95 in St. Johns County. This amazing development features multiple parks and amenities, no CDD (Community Development District) fees and boasts 8,500 acres complete with seven miles of roadway for St. Johns Parkway. The community consists of several neighborhoods, zoned for 10,700 dwelling units, ranging in size, price and style for families and single living. SilverLeaf also consists of 2,650,000 square feet commercial/mixed use space and 3,500 acres of amazing conservation land. Pioneered by the Hutson Companies, developers expect to spend over $100 million on parks, schools, roads and additional amenities, all of which is scheduled for completion prior to occupancy of the development’s first home.

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Phil Aitken, Owner/Broker
Phil Aitken is the Owner/Broker with Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty - Phil Aitken Home Team and has over 13 years of Real Estate experience. Phil’s faith and desire for his family’s continued security fuel his business growth and leadership. The Phil Aitken Home Team continues to profoundly impact the people of Jacksonville via supporting several faith-based organizations. Phil gives back a portion of every real estate transaction to The Tim Tebow Foundation and Rethreaded. Find Phil's full story here.