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Nocatee Real Estate

From Timicuan Indian meaning “peaceful river”, Nocatee (pronounced “knock-a-tee”) is an incredibly sought after coastal community with a blend of various neighborhoods. Known for being consistently one of top selling planned communities in the United States (Ranked #12 in 2021 according to RCLCO), and the #1 place to call home on the First Coast, Nocatee has become popular due to it’s variety of real estate options, amenities, parks, recreation, events, shopping and the mix of fine dining / restaurant options. Newsweek has named Nocatee the “Best Place to Live” in Florida citing it as a “coastal community at the doorstep of golf courses and beaches!” This colorful map gives you a nice lay of the land in Nocatee.

Nocatee Community and Culture

Nocatee, located in the Ponte Vedra, FL (zip code: 32081) area, is just a few minute drive to the white sandy beaches of Ponte Vedra Beach. Proximity to beach is a top seller for the Nocatee buyer along with easy commute to the resorts of Ponte Vedra Beach, downtown Jacksonville, nearby golf courses, the airport and St. Augustine. What people love about Nocatee is the range in price points and the variety of builders available. You can find a well-appointed home for sale in Nocatee that fits your lifestyle at a price that fits your budget. The developers of Nocatee have done an incredible job in selling the lifestyle of trails and pools, and the area is well thought out. The best place to go to find out about Nocatee is the Nocatee website that features up to date information on new neighborhood releases as well as an impressive blog filled with valuable information. Residents of Nocatee have the added advantage of golf cart paths. A large number of residents zip around on their golf carts to the shops, restaurants and even school drop off/pick up.

Buyers and residents we have talked to love the Nocatee lifestyle pointing to the friendliness of neighbors, the Nocatee water park, the Farmer’s Market, and great schools. There is a jam-packed event calendar that seriously has something for everyone. Food Truck Fridays are a blast, and there are some regular concerts. Plus there is a club for just about everyone. They’ve done a great job of creating opportunities to make newcomers feel welcome. The Nocatee Town Center continues to attract new businesses including Flagler Health, The Link, Amazing Explorer’s Academy, Greenwise and Fit20. Coming in 2022, residents can expect Catullo’s Italian Restaurant, Titan Up Fitness, Anejo Mexican Restaurant, Premier Martial Arts and Safari Ltd.


Splash Water Park – In 2020, Nocatee was nominated Jacksonville’s “Best Place to Live In” and “Best Place for Kids to Have Fun” and that surely comes as no surprise. With the neary 5 acre, award winning Nocatee Splash Water Park, that award was a tough one for other area communities to take home a win. Splash Water Park boasts the Rip Tide Slide Tower known for being the tallest water slide tower in Northeast Florida. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s a 377 foot long zipline as well and the fun doesn’t stop there. Kids can also splash in the interactive playground, lazy river and water obstacle course. What’s not to love? In 2021, Splash Water Park received the addition of an “adult enclave” specifically for residents over 21. This welcomed addition includes direct bar and concession access and separate restrooms. The addition of the enclave gives adults the opportunity to find a quite area, enjoy a good book and chat with friends. Other features at Splash Water Park include poolside cabana with summer kitchen perfect for small parties / gatherings, The Sundeck offering full menu food and snacks and Splash Cove water area for the smaller kids.

Spray Water Park – The newest addition to the water park fascination in Nocatee is Spray Water Park located between the Community Park and Swim Club on Crosswater Parkway. Spray Water Park features a 17,000+ square foot main pool which is almost twice the size of the Splash Park’s Lagoon Pool, over 70 water features and a family pool called Serenity Bay. Slide enthusiasts will marvel at the two action slides; a dueling head first mat slide for racing excitement with a 360 degree loop and a two person tube slide. Nocatee’s littlest swimmers can splash around in Scuttle Cove or play in the tunnels of Paradise Park playground. There’s certainly something for everyone at Spray Water Park available to residents and their accompanied guests.

Parks – There’s no shortage of parks in Nocatee’s first class amenity neighborhood. Whatever it is you’re looking for, Nocatee is sure to have it. From sports and soccer fields, playgrounds, greenspaces, pools and dog parks, Nocatee features treasure troves for outdoor fun spaces.

Nocatee Demographics

The growth of Nocatee is no suprise. It was and still is expected to be one of the most sought after communities in the United States. The below information gathered from the US Census Bureau Report shows Nocatee at a 226% growth rate from census year 2010 to 2018.

2021 Stats:

– Population: 14,747 (2021)
– Average home value: $615,000 (86% own)
– Average rent: $3,135 (14% rent)
– Average household income: $133,778

Nocatee Schools

It’s not just the fascination of amazing amenities and water parks that brings folks to Nocatee, it’s also the school district. The vast majority of Nocatee is zoned for the St. Johns County School District – the #1 School District in the State of Florida – making it a highly sought after community for families. While a few communities within Nocatee, however, lie in Duval County. Students residing in those communities will attend schools within the Duval County School District.

St. Johns County Schools

Duval County Schools

* For students residing in Brookwood, Cypress Trails, The Palms, The Villas, Timberland Ridge

Nocatee Real Estate

You’ll find everything from 55-plus neighborhoods like Del Webb and Artisan Lakes to cottage homes in Twenty Mile Village and Coastal Oaks. There are numerous midpoint ranges, and custom builders now building luxury homes in Twenty Mile’s The Hammock and The Vista. Whatever you are looking for there’s no doubt you will find it in Nocatee with it’s varying price points to suit your budget AND your style. The lovely thing about Nocatee is that every neighborhood has it’s own special style. With a number of builders available there is also a splended variety of floorplans. Big or small … Nocatee has it all! If you are specifically interested in a gated community, you will certainly want to consider Coastal Oaks. Homes in this exclusive area tend to be more “upscale” and the guard gated entry offers an abundance of privacy to its residents.

There’s a lot of new construction on-going throughout Nocatee as well. If you are looking to build the home of your dreams, there are several communities underway and upcoming that may bring a sparkle to your eye. Interested in new construction? Consider these neighborhoods coming Spring 2022.

What Residents are Saying About Nocatee

With a population of over 14,000 residents, we thought we would ask a few residents of Nocatee what it’s really like there to help potential home buyers get a feel from insider residents. Here’s what they had to say.

Q: What do you LOVE about Nocatee?

“I love how many outdoor activities (fields, parks, spray and splash water parks, kayaking and courts of all kinds) are available within minutes of our home.” – Erika Squatrito

“I love all the different looks of the neighborhoods and the how convenient shopping and food are located to you. – Stephanie Harte

“There is a real sense of community here in Nocatee.  Everyone is so friendly and enjoys living here. – Kristin Bone

Q:  What is your FAVORITE thing about Nocatee?

“My favorite thing about Nocatee is not having to leave the “bubble”! Taking the golf cart to the grocery store is definitely a bonus!” – Erika Squatrito

Being less than 15 minutes from beach.” – Stephanie Harte

“There is not one thing – Location, access to great schools, and the beauty of the community.” – Kristin Bone

Q:  What do people get wrong about Nocatee?

“I haven’t heard anything negative about Nocatee. Maybe that we are growing too quickly, but they definitely add wonderful things to Nocatee as it grows.” – Erika Squatrito

“It’s not a communities of “yuppies” like people say. There is a nice mix of people from everywhere around the world not just USA. – Stephanie Harte

“Nocatee is not as isolated as people may think.” – Kristen Bone 

Q:  What DON’T people know about Nocatee?

“We are one big family… if there is a Nocatee resident in trouble or need of help, the whole community pitches in. I love how big hearted our residents are.” – Erika Squatrito

“Probably that you do not even know some of the neighborhoods exist because they are well hidden by trees or nature.” – Stephanie Harte

“There is an entrepreneurial spirit that I haven’t seen anywhere and it is exciting to witness.” – Kristin Bone

Q:  What, if anything, would you improve about Nocatee?

“I would improve the golf cart, biker and walker sidewalks and lights. I feel as though we can make it safer for everyone if we just widen it.” – Erika Squatrito

“Less chain restaurants, more locally owned restaurants and businesses.” – Stephanie Harte

“Nocatee is great for young kids but not really anything to engage teenagers.” – Kristin Bone


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