It's been almost 20 years since East West Partners' land purchase on sleepy Fleming Island in the Clay County area of Jacksonville, Florida. Their arrival would forever raise the bar for every community to follow in the entire Jacksonville area and most certainly Clay, St. Johns, Duval counties and Fleming Island as well. Within four years, Eagle Harbor won the coveted Florida Association of Realtors ENVY Award for its environmental efforts and also the "Best Planned Community in North Florida" by the Northeast Florida Planning and Zoning Council. THE MOTTO OF THE DEVELOPERS.....
"You can live in a resort everyday."
They built the $2.6 million Superpool first, giving Clay County residents a glimpse of what was to come. The 185,000 gallon pool features a 110 foot water slide and is a free form wonder to this day. The pool is 10,000 sq. ft. with one and three-meter diving boards, competition swimming lanes, and a wading pool. There is a playground and a beach with volleyball.
The first homes rolled out the early 90s and the golf course soon followed. The second water park - the Waterfront Park on Doctor's Lake came with a dock beside it, complete with two pontoon boats available for rent to residents. The Waterfront Park has an adults-only heated pool, beach entry pool and separate kiddy pool area.
Playgrounds are scattered throughout Eagle Harbor, and an 8 foot sidewalk runs down Eagle Harbor Parkway affording roller bladers, bikers, and walker/joggers ample room to exercise. Miles of sidewalks run through the neighborhoods giving shortcuts for friends, kids biking to school, and walkers who just want a different route today.
There are 2300+ homes and Eagle Harbor has enlarged its borders to include locations south of 220 and west of 17 and 220. I once joked that East West would buy up all the land on Fleming Island if they could!
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Not content to build a community with superior facilities, including the 12 Har-Tru tennis courts which boast arguably one of the best tennis programs in the Jacksonville area, East West staffed Eagle Harbor so that the many activities one would expect in a resort were actually available. A Full Time Activities Director and a staff that balloons to 285 in the summer months suport their motto.
The Black Creek neighborhood south of 220 was introduced in 2004 and the third water park - Creekside Park - built. There are 5 Day Docks for resident use, and dry storage for boats and RVs near the Drs. Lake boat ramp.
The homes range from townhouses from the $150,000s, single family homes from the low $200,000s to million dollar homes in estate neighborhoods and also on navigable water. Production builders and custom builders - there is something for everyone here. Details about homes will be in another blog.
A-rated Fleming Island Elementary School is in the middle of Eagle Harbor. Clay County Soccer Fields adjoin the school.
We can drive golf carts everywhere in Eagle Harbor (just not into the commercial areas)! Our 18-hole championship golf course is staffed by PGA Professionals. Our Club features a fully stocked Pro Shop and dining facilities.
Eagle Harbor is a real neighborhood. The residents are very active and friendly. Roger Arrowsmith is a wonderful man and developer who set the tone for this fabulous place to live on Fleming Island in the Clay County area of greater Jacksonville.
Our shopping includes Wal-Mart, Target, Publix, Winn-Dixie, SteinMart, Michaels, Kirkman's, and Kohls, just to name a few. We have great restaurants. The movie theater is under construction and when we get a bookstore, hmmm, we may never have to leave :)
It's a small thing but indicative of the attention to detail of Eagle Harbor - I never get tired of driving the road through the community. It winds in such a fun way even in my SUV it's great. See for yourself.
Now every first class new community in Jacksonville, Duval, Clay, and St. Johns Counties has a waterslide - de rigeur. Eagle Harbor won so many awards for its planning and development that eventually they stopped entering just so other communities could win.
When you come here, you will see for yourself that every single community built after Eagle Harbor has copy-catted and some have tried to outdo the original.
But we think you will find the availability of navigable water, amenities and location of this wonderful place we call home to be something really special.
Communities like Eagle Harbor on Fleming Island don't come along every day.
Check us out, you'll like what you see.