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Wildlight’s newest neighborhood, Hawthorn Park, doesn’t have a pond. It has three. But that’s not the only nature you’ll find here. This enclave by Pulte Homes backs to a preserve and has trail connections right outside your front door. And if you want to stroll to sushi or the hair salon, or bike to a craft beer at Mocama, you can do just that, because those trails will lead you to the Village Center

Want to experience even more of the great outdoors? Whistling Duck Pond will be opening nearby soon (hint: start looking for a kayak or canoe). And Four O’clock Park, Coin Toss Park and Waterbug Park offer even more ways to spend your days — from sports courts and an event lawn to bocce ball and a playful pool. Even the furry family members of the four-legged kind have their own opportunity to expend some energy, at their very own off-leash area. If you’re thinking that sounds like a pretty perfect place to live, well, you’re absolutely right. 

New homes … and a new kind of home

Hawthorn Park has two kinds of single-family homes by Pulte Homes. New-to-Wildight bungalows, with front porches and alley-load garages (many with homesites facing the pond). And the Village Homes, with thoughtful features like family-friendly gathering spaces and oversized kitchens. Whatever stage in life you’re at, or whichever floorplan you prefer, you’ll find the home that suits you best in this exciting new neighborhood.  

Ready to find your new home at Hawthorn Park? Prices start in the $300s.

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March 9th was a big day. As in big fun. A big run. And a big donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County. 

Let’s start at … well, the starting line. Where over 923 runners participated in our second annual Run Wild 5K, new 10K and Family Fun Run. The course took place on the trailways and through the neighborhoods of Wildlight, where mile paces were met and personal records were set. And spectators had a great time lining the streets and cheering on friends, family — and complete strangers, too. 

Across the finish line (where runners 21+ were greeted by a finisher beer from Mocama Beer Company), there was a lot more fun waiting. Like food trucks with crepes and refreshing Italian ice. A local vendor marketplace. A kids’ zone with rock wall, face painting, balloon animals and more. Massages for the runners. And live music by The Band Be Easy for a little post-run dancing. 

A big shout-out to everyone who participated — and helped Wildlight raise $3,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nassau County. The volunteers who made everything run (pun intended) seamlessly. And our top men’s and women’s finishers: Eden Kendall (24:24) and Cayden Driggers (19:29) in the 5K and Marin Bograd (45:00) and Zach Wrobel (40:43) in the 10K. (Check out the full list of participants and finish times here.) 

We’ve included some of our favorite pics from the day. But if you want to see more (or see what you missed), you can find more photos here and a video here

After two years of successful races, we’d say we’re sufficiently warmed up for another Run Wild next year. Stay tuned!  

Collage of Run Wild 2024 images

The benefits of living in Nassau County

Living in Nassau County has countless benefits. And call us biased, but Wildlight is one of them. Beyond the variety of homes to fit every kind of family, we’re also proud to have a top-rated school right in the community. Read on to see why our part of Northeast Florida just might be the right move for you. 

A lower cost of living

When you look at the price of a home in Nassau County vs. neighboring St. Johns County, the numbers are a welcome change. According to The Jacksonville Business Journal, the median price in Nassau County is $458K compared to St. Johns’ $510K. Meaning you can either get the same size home for less money—or get more bang for your buck. And because much of the land here is still being developed, your options for variety when searching for a new home are greater, too. (You can start your home search at Wildlight right here.)

Beaches, jobs and a small-town feel

Nassau County has been gaining popularity because it puts you close to beaches. Close to employment centers. Near the airport and activity of Jacksonville. But with a noticeably less crowded feel than some of the surrounding areas. In fact, at the end of 2023, the population of Nassau County was 102,000—about a third of St. Johns’ 327,000 residents. In other words, a little breathing room.  

A great education at Wildlight

Students who live in our community get to learn in one of the best school districts in the state. The Nassau County School District is ranked #2 out of 67, thanks to high graduation rates, impressive test scores and consistent “A” ratings. Combine that with a low 16:1 average student-teacher ratio, a diverse variety of sports and extracurriculars, academically rigorous courses and a focus on incorporating the latest technology in classrooms, and you can see why kids here are set up to succeed. And if you have a child in elementary school, you’ll be happy to know that U.S. News & World Report just ranked our very own Wildlight Elementary 4th out of all the public elementary schools in Northeast Florida. Which means your kids can not only learn at one of the best schools in the area … they can walk there, too. 

Interested in living in Northeast Florida? Find your new home at Wildlight from the $500s.  Find your home.

Under beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures on Feb. 1, more than 50 people joined Pattillo Industrial Real Estate and the Nassau County Economic Development Board for the official announcement of the opening the Wildlight Commerce Park located at Wildworks Avenue and SR 200.

Read the full article on News-Leader here.

The next 30 years of development in Wildlight were recommended for approval by the Nassau County Planning and Zoning (P&Z) board.

Read the full article on News-Leader here.