What’s not to love about Neptune Beach? Neptune Beach is truly a small, coastal community perfectly positioned between Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach. One of the biggest draws to this beach town is the laid-back beach atmosphere perfect for residents of all ages to enjoy anything and everything beach related. Neptune Beach hotspots includes the two oceanfront hotels, One Ocean Resort and Spa and Seahorse Oceanfront Inn. Neptune Beach also has some of the most incredible dining options you will find at the beach including Sliders Oyster Bar, Lemon Bar, Hawkers, Doro and North Beach Fish Camp. There’s definitely something for everyone’s taste buds in the Beaches Town Center in Neptune Beach.
Neptune Beach also comes with a lot of history. Orginally part of Jacksonville Beach, the name “Neptune Beach” was given by Dan G. Wheeler, homeowner and resident of land where what is now One Ocean Resort and Spa is located. Following the changes in city lines years later, One Ocean Resort became part of what is now Atlantic Beach. In 1931, Neptune Beach seceded from the Jacksonville Beach municipality to become it’s own beach town that we know and love today! Back then, the population of Neptune Beach hovered at about 1,300 people. Today, Neptune Beach is home to over 7,200 residents.
Let’s go back 44 years to 1978, with a population of between 4,500 and 5,000 residents in Neptune Beach, when a newly constructed home at 806 Valley Forge Road East became the resting place for a lovely family of five. This 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom concrete block and stucco home was specially designed by the family’s father with the desire to include lots of family space with a formal living room, plus family room and office/study. Curb appeal for this .37 acre lot was also top of mind in the home design with an amazing, large front and rear fenced yard space perfect for the kids to enjoy the outdoors. Exterior finishing touches included a side entry two car garage with extended driveway pad to the back yard perfect for added basketball half-court, play space, boat parking or RV parking. In chatting with the owner we learned so much history about the planning of this home and the family that brought it all to life. From the fun times in the yard, the talks around the dining table, the funny story behind the bathroom wallpaper and even the sentimental walks to the beach.
Today this Spanish style home offers a fabulous personalization opportunity where the new owner would have the good fortune of watching their personal vision come to life with their transformation. You can keep the floor plan as layed out while making upgrades to the appliances, cabinetry and maybe new flooring in some rooms. If your interest is in more of an open floorplan, bring your general contractor out to incorporate their vision and potential of opening it up and bringing it more up-to-date. Choice is completely yours!
Another fantastic perk of this home is proximity to the beach and local parks. The beach is a quick 5-10 minute bike ride from this home! Jarboe Park, located on Forest Avenue, is just two blocks away. This newly renovated park includes tennis courts, pickleball courts, volleyball courts, basketball court, pavilions and kids play area. For the fitness enthusiast there is also a running/walking path with exercise obstacles along the route.
Now it’s time for new residents to begin their journey in this larger than life home! If you or someone you know is interested in more information on real estate in Neptune Beach or taking a tour of this home, call Gwinn Volen at 904-314-5188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Jenn Heller is the Operations Manager for The Volen Group, Keller Williams Luxury International, with over 18 years experience in Real Estate. She is a Jacksonville resident via Long Island, NY since 1991, a crafter, chalk painter and an avid fitness enthusiast.