Green Cove Springs
Green Cove Springs was a booming town on a bend of the
As an expanding railroad system carried tourists south, Green Cove Springs saw its first decline. Grand hotels, most made of wood, were left to disrepair or burned down. The city experienced renewed development in the 1940s with the war-time construction of Benjamin Lee Field, a 1,500-acre air auxiliary complex, by the
But Green Cove (many residents shorten the name) may be on the brink of another period of growth. Its population is 5,300, according to the 2000 Census, up from 4,700 in 1990.
There are many older homes in Green Cove, but in and around town a lot of new homes continue to be built. The average home price is $158,521. Magnolia Point, a golf and country club off of U.S. Highway 17, is home to 740 residences and is zoned for about 975.
Charles E. Bennett Elementary and Green Cove Springs Junior High are within the city limits, and
Keystone was settled by Pennsylvanians drawn to these numerous lakes in the early 1920s. The town's name was derived from
There are numerous recreational opportunities, including a beach with bathhouses and shaded picnic tables, public boat ramps, lighted tennis courts, nature trails and the Keystone Golf and Country Club.
A simpler way of life
Twenty-five years ago, dirt roads were common, you rarely saw a street sign and most residents came to Middleburg, southwest of
Middleburg covers a large area in
Spurred by new water and septic lines coming into the community, a great deal of commercial building has occurred, including new fast-food restaurants and retail outlets. This has led to increased property values and has made Middleburg more appealing to commuters.
The Ravines development east of Middleburg, for example, offers new homes from the $155,000s, in a country club setting.
Potential buyers have numerous choices... everything from manufactured housing to million-dollar properties. The average home price throughout Middleburg is $140,514. The community is still "a little bit country offering a laid-back lifestyle, larger home lots and a chance to commune with nature.
The town of
Orange groves, available commodity planted by developers from
Another big draw to
OakLeaf is really a giant subdivision, but it is somewhat unique in that it includes parts of Clay and Duval counties.
Most of the 64,000-acre property is in Clay, however, southwest of
Several areas offer single-family homes and condominiums prices from the $150,000s to more than $500,000. Amenities (some already built or under construction) include two village retail centers, a 30-acre athletic center with a clubhouse and waterpark, five new school sites, a public library and 2.5 million square feet of commercial space.
A haven for retirees
The town's name is, indeed, from department store icon J.C. Penney, who, in 1923, founded an experimental farming community where destitute farmers could live and work until they rebuilt their lives.
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