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Ortega

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!


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

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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

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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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One of a Kind Mediterranean Riverfront Estate Home Becomes Available

3644 Richmond Street, Historic Avondale, Jacksonville, FL

3644 Richmond Street, Historic Avondale, Jacksonville, FL

Formal Living Room with Custom Cypress Ceilings - A Very Special Detail

Formal Living Room with Custom Cypress Ceilings - A Very Special Detail

Riverfront Swimming Pool with a Downtown Skyline View

Riverfront Swimming Pool with a Downtown Skyline View

It’s rare when you find both a piece of history and a totally turn key renovated home. 3644 Richmond Street in Historic Avondale offers just that. Start with an estate sized lot with over 150 feet of riverfront, add a totally renovated 1926 Marsh and Saxelbye home with shimmering riverfront pool and separate guest house, and you’ve got a one of a kind property located within minutes of downtown Jacksonville.

Purchased in the summer of 2009, the owners lived in the house for a year to get a feel for what they wanted to do. Then, they moved out and a total renovation began. C.F. Knight, Inc. a custom home builder and remodeler was chosen for the job and the work took nearly a year to complete. The property was renovated from stem to stern and included a new redesigned custom kitchen, all new windows, all new baths, new dock, boat house, boat lift and more! Take a peek at the video for 3644 Richmond Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205 and enjoy!

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1926 Marsh and Saxelbye Home Sells in Historic Avondale

1849 Challen Avenue, Historic Avondale, 32205

1849 Challen Avenue, Historic Avondale, 32205

Barrel Vaulted Ceiling in the Living Room of 1849 Challen Avenue, Historic Avondale

Barrel Vaulted Ceiling in the Living Room of 1849 Challen Avenue, Historic Avondale

Our stunning listing at 1849 Challen Avenue recently closed for $875,000 or nearly 95% of the asking price. It is one of only six $800K+ non-riverfront homes that have sold in all of Avondale, Ortega and Riverside so far in 2013.

Situated only two houses away from the St. John’s river in historic Avondale, this house was loaded with charm and had many special features including barrel tile roof, pecky cypress ceiling on the large covered front porch, barrel vaulted ceiling in the living room, tall ceilings both downstairs and upstairs, separate/private guest bedroom with private bath, office, two powder baths, large fenced backyard, nicely updated kitchen and more!

The house sold quickly – it went under contract in just over 30 days on the market. There were multiple buyers interested in this home so if you’ve been thinking of selling, now is a great time!

Enjoy the pictures of this beautiful house and call us if you’re thinking of selling!

Large Covered Porch with Pecky Cypress Ceilings

Large Covered Porch with Pecky Cypress Ceilings

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Stunning Skyline View from this Gorgeous Riverfront Home!

If it’s not great enough to just live on the River in Jacksonville, FL, how about living on the River with a stunning downtown skyline view? 4155 Venetia Blvd. has beautiful downtown skyline views by day but the nighttime views of the skyline are simply spectacular! Just reduced to $1,350,000 it’s one of the best Riverfront buys on the market today — get in before it’s gone!

Shimmering Riverfront Pool for 4155 Venetia Blvd. in Ortega

Shimmering Riverfront Pool for 4155 Venetia Blvd. in Ortega

Incredible View of the Florida Yacht Club and Downtown Skyline View

Incredible View of the Florida Yacht Club and Downtown Skyline View


Timuquana Country Club - One of the Best Golf Courses in Florida!

Timuquana Country Club - One of the Best Golf Courses in Florida!

  • Located in One of Jacksonville’s best neighborhoods – Ortega
  • Newer Construction – Built in 1995
  • Twelve Foot Ceilings
  • Views of the St. John’s River from nearly every room
  • Deep Covered Porch for Year Round Outdoor Entertainment
  • Shimmering Riverfront Swimming Pool
  • Pella Windows
  • Kitchen Open to the Family Room
  • Library with Fireplace
  • Luxury Master Suite with His and Hers Walk In Closets
  • Luxury Master Bath with Jacuzzi Tub, Large Walk-in Shower and Double Vanities
  • Separate Guest Bedroom Area with Private Bath
  • Storage Galore
  • Walking Distance to Timuquana Country Club

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Get IMMEDIATE answers to YOUR real estate questions in Jacksonville, FL

Have a burning real estate question that you want answered NOW? Ask Allison!

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The newly redesigned website for the Powell Steilberg team (the #1 selling team at Prudential Network Realty) has an ASK ALLISON button that will send a text message to Allison Steilberg for an immediate response! You might have a general question like “how’s the market doing” or a very specific question like “what’s my home worth”? ASK ALLISON – a local expert in Jacksonville, FL.

Check out the list of nearly 100 homes that the Team has sold under the About Us Tab on the Website!

EXPERIENCE MATTERS – Hire an Expert in the Local Area if You’re Considering Selling Your Home in Jacksonville.

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Recipe for Success in Selling Your Home

The Powell Steilberg team specializes in the Avondale, Ortega and Riverside neighborhoods of Jacksonville, FL. The two most important ingredients in the recipe for success in selling your home are correct price and professional photography.

We’ve sold over 100 homes in the area and have been inside many of the others so we’re uniquely qualified to give you an accurate opinion of value. We know right away how your home compares to the active competition and those recently sold.

After determining value, we hire a professional photographer to capture the essence of the home. The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words cannot be more true and it’s also true that no amount of marketing will sell an overpriced home.

Don’t risk having buyers reject your home online before even walking through the door – hire an expert who knows the market AND how to market your home!

Enjoy a few of our favorite pictures here or go to our newly redesigned website AllAboutAvondale.com and have a look!

River Room Overlooking the St. John's River

3915 Ortega Blvd. - River Room Overlooking the St. John's River

1859 Challen Avenue - A Mediterranean Classic in Avondale

1859 Challen Avenue - A Mediterranean Classic in Avondale

1853 Edgewood Avenue South - Georgian Classic in Historic Avondale

1853 Edgewood Avenue South - Georgian Classic in Historic Avondale

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Allison Steilberg & Caroline Powell

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