I recently overheard someone refer to Ortega (in Jacksonville, FL) as a little like Mayberry RFD. What they meant was that the neighborhood of Ortega is like a small town where everyone knows each other and neighbors  look out the window to keep a watchful eye for what your kids are up to. Little children have lemonade stands and bake sales where people actually stop and buy some! There’s also a  little village with an old time pharmacy that has a lunch counter and the pharmacy will even deliver your prescriptions. There’s also a great new restaurant called Simply Sara’s where you can dine in or order food to take home so you don’t have to cook! The menu changes daily and it always features delicious home cooked meals and mouth watering desserts.

st marks day schoolFrom many parts of the neighborhood, the kids ride their bikes to school (St. Mark’s st mark's churchEpiscopal Day School) and some walk to church (also St. Marks) on Sundays when it’s not too hot. Ortega has everything you might want in an old fashioned neighborhood. Large yards, nice people, kids riding their bikes and local parks where you can throw in a fishing pole.

Ortega represents some old fashioned values. In a world of Smartphones, Texting, Tweeting, FedEx and things that go fast, Ortega harkens back to a slower and more friendly pace. Neighbors come by to share the bounty of their fruit trees (oranges, lemons and even a few grapefruits) and bake casseroles for their friends who are sick or have experienced a loss.

The houses in Ortega range from multi-million waterfront homes to two story brick colonial homes in Ortega Terrace to little wood frame cottages along McGirts Blvd. There’s something for everyone here so jump on your bike and have a look. Click Here to see a list of ALL homes for sale in Ortega!

Due to the recent price declines in the real estate market and historically LOW interest rates, there has NEVER been a better time to buy riverfront front real estate and some of the prime opportunities are in Ortega.

I hope you’ll join me in Ortega — it’s a great place to live!



Estate Living on the St. Johns River in Ortega

4115 Ortega Blvd. Amazing Riverfront Estate

4115 Ortega Blvd. Amazing Riverfront Estate

4115 Ortega Blvd Hi-Res Allison Picks-22

Covered Riverfront Terrace

I’ve just listed an amazing luxury Riverfront Estate in one of the most prestigious residential districts in Jacksonville, FL – Ortega. This Mediterranean home was meticulously designed and created for the homeowners with an open concept which allows for easy every day living and also incredible entertaining options.

The epitome of elegance, yet inviting and warm, every detail of this home was thoughtfully planned from the tree lined entrance to the pair of palm trees on the back lawn framing the view of the St. Johns River. If you’re seeking the best of the best, please click here to see the full listing for this property or call me for a private tour!

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JUST LISTED! Fantastic Renovation of a Historic Home in Old Ortega

2 Grand Ave2917 Grand Ave Twilight MLS-3 2917 Grand Ave Interior MLS-11

Come see this masterful renovation of a historic home in the popular neighborhood of Old Ortega! A dream team of local area experts worked magic on this home and created a seamless addition and expert renovations. If there ever was a turn key home, this is it! Not only do you have a gourmet kitchen with the best of everything and a master suite that’s reminiscent of a five star hotel with a breakfast area, fireplace, TV and coffee bar, you’ve got professional landscaping, a whole house generator and phenomenal curb appeal. Minutes from downtown Jacksonville and Timuquana Country Club, you’ll want to be sure you don’t miss this very special house. To see all the pictures and full details of this special home at 2917 Grand Avenue, please click here!

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Great New Listing in Historic Avondale – 3712 Hedrick Street

3712 Hedrick Street, Jacksonville, FL -- POOL!

3712 Hedrick Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

3712 Hedrick Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

We just listed a wonderful pool home at 3712 Hedrick Street in the Historic neighborhood of Avondale in Jacksonville, FL. Avondale is a hidden gem of the city with moss draped oaks and historic homes that dot the streets and it’s only minutes to downtown Jacksonville. This charming brick home has loads of curb appeal, tall ceilings and lots of windows that bring in soothing natural light. Gleaming hardwood floors, wood burning fireplace and open floorplan are other great features of this home.

This home is extra desirable because it’s within walking distance to the shoppes of Avondale where you can find great spots to eat like The Brick and a local favorite spot for breakfast, The Fox. There are also great shopping opportunities like J. Ashley clothing boutique and The Green Alligator Toy Store.

Call me today at 904-252-5181 for a showing of this great home! To see the full listing details and lots more pictures, click here!

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New Listing in Heart of Ortega Hits the Market!

4903 Robert D. Gordon Road, New Listing

4903 Robert D. Gordon Road, New Listing

I’ve found in my business that people aren’t interested in fixer uppers. They want turn key, move-in ready homes that they can simply enjoy from the first day. 4903 Robert D. Gordon Road in the Ortega neighborhood of Jacksonville fits that bill perfectly! Completely renovated, this home has four bedrooms, 3 full baths, gleaming hardwood floors, fantastic curb appeal, a beautifully bricked circular drive and a three car garage with a full guest house above. The kitchen overlooks the large fenced in backyard, there’s a large laundry room, the kitchen is beautifully renovated and there’s a wonderful deck for entertaining made out of maintenance free trex decking. What a great opportunity – Call me for an appointment at 904-252-5181!

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Great Condo in Historic Avondale!

Beau Rivage Condo

Beau Rivage Condo

The Powell Steilberg Team has just listed a great riverfront condo in the heart of Historic Avondale. Full amenity building with riverfront pool, full time concierge & security. Ground floor unit has lots of windows and natural light, wood floors, large rooms and more! Walk right outside and enjoy the wonderful amenties of this popular building in Jacksonville, FL.

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On the St. John’s River for Under $900K? Yes!


On the St. John's River for Under $900K? YES!

If you’ve been dreaming of owning a home on the River in Jacksonville, FL but thought it wasn’t possible, think again! With over 3,000 SF of living space, this gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home sits on tranquil and protected Pirates Cove and is 2 minutes from the St. John’s River! Totally updated with a shimmering riverfront pool, dock with boat lift, water views from nearly every room and more, this is a great opportunity! This home is in the exclusive neighborhood of Ortega and is minutes from The Florida Yacht Club. Take a look — click on MLS # 710549 to see lots of pictures this beautiful home!

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Darling Bungalow in Historic Avondale Hits the Market


Who knew that you could get a taste of Hollywood right here in Jacksonville, FL? Well, a different kind of Hollywood. A perfectly darling bungalow on Hollywood Avenue just hit the market yesterday!

Starting with a vaulted ceiling front porch with a porch swing, the home is welcoming from the moment you come up to the front door. Stepping inside, you’ve got gleaming hardwood floors, a fireplace and loads of natural light. A full living room, separate dining room, three graciously sized bedrooms AND a very rare find in Avondale, a large 2 1/2 car garage!

The house has many “systems” upgrades including new roof, new air conditioner, new appliances in the kitchen and more — this is a real gem. Priced at only $185,000 – it’s sure to go quickly! Call today to come see this one before it’s gone. 904-252-5181

With over 100 sales in the area, the Powell Steilberg Team offers you a wealth of experience giving you the peace of mind you need! Check out our newly revised website www.AllAboutAvondale.com and search for homes!

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Listed and SOLD in Only 6 Days in Historic Avondale! The Importance of Proper Pricing!

1775 Glendale Street - Beautiful Swimming Pool

1775 Glendale Street - Beautiful Swimming Pool

1775 Glendale Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

1775 Glendale Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205

Our listing at 1775 Glendale Street was listed and SOLD after only 6 days on the market. Why did it sell so fast?

Two reasons: 1) The buyers had been looking and looking and looking and when they finally saw something they liked, they jumped on it! 2) Our sellers listened to our pricing analysis and agreed to list at our recommended listing price.

We often have sellers tell us what they need to “net” from the sale when trying to determine the asking price. We do our best to explain that a property is worth based on recent sales in the immediate area, not what you need to get for it.

If we reluctantly agree to go with a higher number, homes generally languish on the market through successive price reductions, the property becomes stale and the house ends up either not selling at all or selling for a number below what we suggested to begin with.

Correct pricing is CRITICAL to a successful selling experience — as our sellers on Glendale Street in Historic Avondale will tell you.

Having sold over 100 homes in the area gives us the knowledge that many other realtors don’t have — and it will help your house sell!

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New Listing In Ortega Farms!

5355 Shorecrest Blvd. in Ortega Farms

5355 Shorecrest Blvd. in Ortega Farms

Impeccably maintained 1978 cedar siding home located just a few houses from the St. John’s River! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in the Ortega Farms area is also just minutes from the Wayne B. Stevens public boat ramp. The boat ramp is located on Fishing Creek and is a two minute boat ride to the Ortega River which feeds into the St. John’s River. The facility has restrooms, park benches, grills and everything needed to enjoy a day outside on the River.

Other features include an eat in kitchen, volume ceilings, brick wood burning fireplace, loft/office area, attached two car garage, large laundry room, extra large screened porch which would be perfect for outdoor relaxing or dining and large circular driveway. Priced at only $175,000 this house offers a real value.

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You’ve Got Something I want!

1303 Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205

3BR/2BA Bungalows in Historic Avondale are in HIGH demand!

I’ve got a buyer looking for a 3 bedroom / 2 bath bungalow in the Avondale neighborhood of Jacksonville, FL priced under $275,000. In case you didn’t know, this is a HOT price point in the market right now and the inventory of homes like this is in VERY short supply. There are only 12 currently listed and many of those are in poor repair or not in a great location.

The second bathroom and/or the third bedroom is what makes the difference. There are plenty three bedroom, 1 bathroom bungalows on the market and a few 2BR/2BA homes but a 3BR/2BA home is highly sought after home right now and, particularly if it’s in good shape, you can command top dollar.

Please call if you’re interested in selling – I can deliver a pre-qualified buyer right to your front door!

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Allison Steilberg & Caroline Powell

Prudential Network Realty 3627 St. Johns Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32205 904-252-5181 (Allison) 904-463-1898 (Caroline)