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If you’re interested in townhome living at Wildlight, we have one word for you: hurry. Because Dostie Homes is down to their final five floorplans. Located near our village center, these townhomes are the perfect blend of craftsmanship and convenience (not to mention space and style and flexibility and indoor/outdoor living). We’re talking covered lanais, private owners’ suites, upstairs lofts and more. And we can spend all day writing about the five remaining floorplans (see below), but a picture is worth a thousand words. A virtual tour? Well that’s worth even more. 

About the Floorplans 

TYBEE

You know that whole notion of “form and function”? The Tybee covers off on both. Design details like smooth walls, custom wood window sills and more add style and elevated detail. And features like a second-floor laundry room add functionality (say hello to not dragging laundry baskets up and down stairs). You could say less work is sort of a thing here, because you won’t have to do any home maintenance, either. In all your newfound downtime (!), enjoy the breathing room that the open floor plan provides. Or breathe in the fresh air on the covered lanai — breeze, courtesy of a thoughtfully added ceiling fan. (We suggest bringing a good book out with you.) 

DORCHESTER

Looking for space? The Dorchester has you covered. With lots of living space — including a Great Room with airy vaulted ceiling, a perfectly sized kitchen island, an outdoor lanai and more. And much-welcome personal space, like a recharge-inducing main-floor owners’ suite (complete with a huge walk-in closet that could very well be a room of its own). Upstairs, two other bedrooms provide private getaways for the other members of your household, and a flex room means you can have that movie room/game room/workout room/office you’ve always wanted. (Lucky you!)

PIEDMONT

Walk into the Piedmont and you’re walking into the heart of the home: the Great Room and kitchen. Make a quick stop by to grab a snack or glass of sweet tea before you head down the hallway to the lanai. Or if you’d rather unwind elsewhere, consider the owners’ suite, which might be more accurately called a retreat.  It’s tucked away in its very own corner at the back of the home, right next to the door to the lanai, for some well-deserved peace and quiet, and no shortage of sunlight. Bonus: even the stairs are at the front of the house. (In other words, no foot traffic to disturb you). 

THE CHARLESTON

One of the biggest choices you’ll have to make when you live in the Charleston? Where to eat breakfast. Around the spacious island? In the eat-in kitchen? Or out on the covered lanai? (Our suggestion: take your coffee outside, then come in for the rest.) Of course, the rest of the day will have you appreciating the rest of the livable space in this two-story home. Like the welcoming owners’ suite that’s all about main-floor ease and comfort — and maybe a little peace and quiet while the kids do their homework/watch TV/play video games in the loft upstairs. 

THE BERKLEY

It’s quite a perk when part of your living space is outdoors. And the covered lanai in the Berkley provides just that. A place to enjoy the Florida weather, while staying comfortably out of the sun. Of course, once you do decide to head indoors, the Great Room will welcome you with open arms (or should we say open space)? With an airy living area-meets dining area-meets kitchen helps the whole family stay connected, even if they’re technically not in the ‘same room.’ Of course, should you want a little space to yourself, the main-floor flex room can be used as an office or craft room. Enjoy.   

Being residents here, we know about all the things that make living in our little part of the country so great. But for those of you who may be considering a move from New Jersey, Georgia, New York or anywhere else in the U.S., you may want to know about the benefits of being a “Northeast Floridian.”

There’s always great weather (and a beach where you can enjoy it). 
Sunny days and mild winters are the norm here. And there’s no better place to soak in the rays than one of the myriad beaches that dot our shoreline. From calm and quiet, to social and surf-worthy, there are a variety of spots (and beach towns) to enjoy the sun and sand. 

Our county keeps growing — and so do the job opportunities.

As more people come to our county, so do more businesses and jobs. In the past two years, nearly every industry has seen the employment rate rise — and particularly in medical careers at facilities like UF Health (which has a location right at Wildlight!). In fact, the unemployment rate is about 2% lower than the national average. 

Statewide tax breaks can put a little cash back in your pocket. 

Our governor just signed a bill that provides tax breaks on items that include diapers and children’s clothes, gas, EnergyStar appliances and more. Some are “tax holidays” and some are longer-lasting—like the fact that since 1924, Florida hasn’t had a state income tax. 

There’s always something to do. 

Head into Jacksonville for a day at a state preserve, a night at the symphony or a Jaguars game at TIAA Bank Field. Or head to beachy Amelia Island or Saint Augustine for a quintessential Florida feel. 

Of course, Wildlight is a pretty big deal, too. 

We’re a true town in nature, with ways to stay healthy and happy, right in our community. Miles of trails. Creative parks. A UF Health and YMCA right in our neighborhood. And a true village center with everything from daycare and a dentist, to sushi, tacos, ice cream shops and more. (Bonus: if you work at one of the above-mentioned places, your commute couldn’t be much shorter.) 

The kids here go to top-notch schools (including our own Wildlight Elementary) in the highly rated Nassau County School District. Front porches tend to turn into spots for spontaneous happy hours. And community events mean there’s plenty of fun for our residents to take part in. And that’s just IN Wildlight. We’re ideally situated smack dab between Amelia Island and Jacksonville, which means beachside lounging and culture experiencing are an equal distance away, too. 

The best part? We’re only getting started. 

So, have you called the movers yet? We’ll be waiting for you! 

In the interest of efficiency, we’ll let you know you can skip this entire article if you simply go tour the nine new model homes that Del Webb recently unveiled in Wildlight. We’ll do our best to briefly describe the homes and the whole wonderful place that Del Webb is creating here in Wildlight. But as always, the real thing is so much better than words.

Ok, now that we’ve gotten the disclaimer out of the way, let’s dive in.

When it comes to creating beautiful homes designed to make life easy and comfortable, nobody has more experience than Del Webb. And in Wildlight, Del Webb is offering four home collections, which include 16 of Del Webb’s most popular floor plans. From the surprisingly attainable Villa Series, with prices starting in the $300s, all the way up to the open, flowing spaces and elegant finishes of the Estates Series, priced from the $500s. Altogether, the homes offer anywhere from 1,343 square feet and two bedrooms to more than 3,300 square feet and five bedrooms. 

The primary takeaway here is that with this kind of variety, you’re sure to find a home plan that fits your life plan.

Here’s something else to know about these homes, something that’s pretty special. In Wildlight, Del Webb is offering a lowcountry-inspired architectural style that’s available nowhere else. With raised front porches and other charming details, this exclusive style honors the Florida lowcountry spirit that is at the heart of Wildlight. After all, this is a place where you can get out on a trail and explore parks and wetlands and Florida lowcountry nature in all its unfiltered glory. 

But suppose you’re looking for fun that’s a little closer to home. Del Webb has you luxuriously covered. Construction has already begun on what will be a 16,000-square-foot resort-style clubhouse amenity. Think onsite bar and grill. Pickleball and tennis courts. An event lawn and community event room. A huge menu of interesting classes: yoga, cooking, wine-tasting and so forth. Oh, and a swimming pool that feels like your own private neighborhood lagoon. All planned to open in 2023.

So now that you’ve read a little about the new homes and soon-to-be amenities of Del Webb Wildlight, ready for a tour? Feel free to drop by any day of the week from 9:30am to 5:30pm except for Wednesdays and Sundays, which are open noon to 5:30pm. 

Then again, if you just can’t wait to explore the homes, click directly over to the new Wildlight.com.

T-Mobile and Hana Sushi Recently Opened to Expand the Offerings at Wildlight Village Center

WILDLIGHT, Fla. – July 27, 2022– Two tenants recently opened their doors in Skinner Bros. Realty’s multi-tenant retail complex at Wildlight. T-Mobile and Hana Sushi join a cohesive mix of hospitality and lifestyle services within Wildlight’s village center.

T-Mobile’s new store is part of the company’s efforts to expand its retail footprint in growing towns and communities across the country. The Wildlight location gives area customers the convenience of visiting their local T-Mobile store and choosing the service plans, smartphones, tablets, and accessories that best meet their wireless needs. Store hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Exterior of T-Mobile store in Wildlight.

In addition, Hana Sushi, founded locally in Fernandina Beach, has opened their second location in Wildlight. The family-owned restaurant offers everything from fresh sushi, soup, salads and noodles to a traditional Asian kitchen menu, and is known for their modern interpretation of classic dishes and insistence on using only the highest quality fresh ingredients. Restaurant hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday from 12 noon to 8:30 p.m.

“We are excited to continue the momentum at Wildlight by welcoming two new established names in the retail and restaurant industries to this growing community’s village center,” said Chet Skinner, vice president,  Skinner Bros. Realty. “The goal of our commercial projects has always been to strengthen Wildlight’s appeal by providing a place for residents and the greater community members to gather.”

Skinner Bros. Realty began construction on the commercial complex, located at 40 Homegrown Way, in early 2020. The mixed-use building is an extension of Wildlight’s first multi-tenant complex, adding 11,670 square feet of retail and restaurant space. These two new establishments join a variety of others including Firehouse Subs, Anejo Cocina, Cold Stone Creamery, Tasty’s Fresh Burgers and Fries, The Decantery Fine Wines and Spirits, and Royal Amelia Dance.

“We value our continued relationship with Skinner Bros. Realty on the expansion of Wildlight village center,” said Wes Hinton, vice president, Wildlight.  “Skinner Bros. Realty’s vast knowledge and success in attracting quality restaurants and services of this kind have helped shape the Wildlight experience for our residents and the community at large. We look froward to our extended collaboration as we grow.”

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About Skinner Bros. Realty

Skinner Bros. Realty Company, established in January 1999, is a developer, investor, owner and manager of retail, office and mixed-use properties. The firm specializes in acquisition, planning, permitting, development and marketing of real estate as well as the representation of individual and corporate clients in the search for premier business locations. For more information please visit skinnerrealty.com 

About Wildlight

Wildlight is a master-planned community inspired by a character, culture and way of living called “Florida Lowcountry”. Approximately half of this 2,900-acre community is devoted to green space, including parks and nature trails. The other half features a mix of unique homes, townhomes and rental properties, as well as businesses, shops and restaurants connected by trails and walkable pathways. It is located 20 minutes from Downtown Jacksonville and Amelia Island, just east of I-95 on A1A with easy access to Jacksonville International Airport. Wildlight is being developed by Raydient Places + Properties, a taxable subsidiary of Rayonier Inc., a real estate investment trust.. For more information please visit Wildlight.com 

Third Northeast home donated by PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® Program

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 16, 2022) –U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Matthew Perry, a Purple Heart recipient, has received the life-changing news that PulteGroup is building him a new mortgage-free home through PulteGroup’s Built to Honor Program. Sgt. Perry and his family will break ground on their future home at Forest Park at Wildlight later this summer.

“We are honored to build this home for Sgt. Perry and his family in appreciation of his bravery and service to our country,” said Tony Nason, Division President of PulteGroup’s Northeast Florida Division. “We are thrilled to build a home for Matt and his family that is fully accessible and that will vastly improve his quality of life.”

Being built specifically for the Perry family, the home is designed to meet all of Sgt. Perry’s needs. The Forest Park at Wildlight location offers easy access to parks, nature trails and is within walking distance of UF Health Wildlight.

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program and welcome the Perry family into the Wildlight community,” said Wes Hinton, vice president, Wildlight. “It truly is our honor to be a small part of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for their country.”

This is the third home dedicated in Northeast Florida through PulteGroup’s Built to Honor program and is in partnership with Building Homes for Heroes®, a national non-profit organization strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving our country’s armed forces, with the support of Wildlight.

For more information about PulteGroup’s Built to Honor® program, visit builttohonor.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Let’s get real here. We certainly understand why South Carolina would want to lay exclusive claim to the lowcountry. After all, it’s one of the most naturally beautiful, culturally rich regions in all of North America. But sorry, Charleston, you’re not the only place that has sea islands, long beaches and an inland geography characterized by lush forests and wetlands brimming over with wildlife. 

The geographical fact is, the lowcountry extends from the Santee River north of Charleston down past Savannah, Georgia, all the way to the St. Johns River that runs through Jacksonville. In fact, all you have to do is hop on Google maps and look at that stretch of the Atlantic coastline, and you’ll say to yourself, “Yep, that all looks pretty much the same.” 

Of course we also understand that the lowcountry is more than a certain kind of geography. It’s a unique intersection of cultures and cuisines. And we happily acknowledge that as you travel from South Carolina to northeastern Florida, the cultural tone changes. It’s still lowcountry, but it gets more relaxed. More beachy. Instead of the quaint formality of Charleston and Savannah, you find the laid-back vibe of Amelia Island. You could say that in Florida, the lowcountry trades in its bow tie and seersucker for board shorts and a pair of flip-flops.

Then there are the homes. As with other places around the globe, classic lowcountry homes are a direct response to local weather. A raised first floor was a defense against high water. Tall ceilings helped to keep the indoors cooler. And a big front porch provided a shady place for everyone to come together and enjoy a cold drink and some neighborly conversation. In Wildlight, we’ve created a fresh interpretation of lowcountry style. Here you’ll find plenty of porches and high ceilings. But the forms are simpler, more streamlined. With a contemporary flair that just feels … right.

Fortunately, what doesn’t change with Florida’s version of lowcountry is the yumminess of the food. The shrimp are just as fresh, the grits are just as creamy and the lowcountry boil is just as delicious and messy as anywhere else along this magnificent stretch of coastline. Maybe even a bit tastier. And around here, you can follow it up with a slice of made-from-scratch key lime pie.

Wilmington, NC – ideal-LIVING magazine is pleased to announce the Best Places to Live issue that features the Top 100 Planned Communities. The honorees are also revealed on www.ideal-LIVING.com/bestplaces. 

Ideal-LIVING researched communities from our readers’ most-desired areas based on survey results. Each year we survey our readers to determine the most popular destinations and amenities. The destinations featured in this special issue are representative of those desires.

Most of our readers are looking to escape high taxes and find a better climate and quality of life. Whether you would like to move to the mountains or the coast or even internationally, the communities in this issue should help give you ideas of where you might like to live.For more than 25 years, ideal-LIVING magazine has been a leading national publication  for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses. From its headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina, each edition of the quarterly publication is curre

ntly delivered to more than 80,000 homes. The magazine’s parent company, RPI Media, also distributes other publications like the comprehensive ideal-LIVING Relocation Guide and sponsors the company’s signature ideal-LIVING Real Estate Shows each year. For more information, go to the website at www.ideal-LIVING.com.     

CONTACT: 

Kelly Godbey

KellyG@ideal-LIVING.com

Publix at The Crossings at Wildlight opens in Yulee

The grocery store anchors a shopping center developed by Sleiman Enterprises.

by: Monty Zickuhr Managing Editor

Link to article in Jacksonville Daily Record: https://www.jaxdailyrecord.com/photo-gallery/publix-at-the-crossings-at-wildlight-opens-in-yulee

Publix at The Crossings at Wildlight shopping center opened June 2 in Nassau County.

Sleiman Enterprises and Raydient Places + Properties announced the opening in a news release.

The Crossings at Wildlight is at 76010 William Burgess Blvd. in Yulee, east of Interstate 95 off of Florida 200.

Store hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The pharmacy is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Sleiman Enterprises developed the more than 80,000-square-foot shopping center. Raydient Places + Properties, a subsidiary of Rayonier Inc., is the developer of the Wildlight master-planned community.

“Publix is set to be the foundation for this shopping center creating a vibrant center which will include both needed goods and services for the area along with dining and lifestyle opportunities this community desires,” Sleiman Enterprises Chief Operating Officer Michael McNaughton said in the release.

He said the company soon will announce additional tenants.

“We enjoyed working with Publix, Raydient Places + Properties, and the Wildlight team.” Sleiman Enterprises President Toney Sleiman said in the release.

“We look forward to developing more properties together in the future.”

The Crossings at Wildlight sits on just under 17 acres. The site includes three multitenant retail buildings, two single- or multitenant buildings and up to three outparcels. Construction began in July 2021.

Grumpy’s Restaurant says on its website it will open there in mid-2022.

Sleiman said more than 10,000 residential units are planned within 3 miles of the shopping center.

It is the second Publix in Yulee. The chain has a store about 6 miles west in the Villages of Amelia shopping center.

The company says it operates 1,297 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

“The much-anticipated opening of this exceptional store with quality products and legendary customer service is an amazing addition to Wildlight’s overall commercial offerings,” said Wes Hinton, vice president of Wildlight, in the release.