Shearwater Hosts More Than 1,000 Homebuyers During Grand Opening Celebration

February 4th, 2016

Shearwater, the new master-planned residential community on County Road 210, welcomed more than 1,000 homebuyers to the community’s Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, Jan. 30th. Future residents toured brand-new model homes from each of the four home builders, explored Shearwater’s extensive nature trails, and visualized the future of the community’s multifaceted amenity center as it continues to take shape.

“It’s exciting to see the huge interest in Shearwater. The attendance at the Grand Opening events alone has been incredible, and surpassed our expectations,” said Amber Williams, Marketing Manager at Lennar. “Everyone we talk to loves the Kayak Club, the nature trails, and the fact that Shearwater is focusing on a healthy lifestyle for its residents. Our Lennar team is really proud to be a part of this community.”

During the Grand Opening Celebration, future residents used a special “Shearwater Passport” to guide them through the unique characteristics that will make Shearwater such a desirable place to live. Visitors explored six different model homes and the wide variety of floor plans, architectural details, and home features offered by each builder: David Weekley Homes, Lennar, Richmond American Homes and MasterCraft Builder Group.

Prospective homeowners seemed to like what they saw. Katya Schwallie, Jacksonville Division President of Richmond American Homes. “If the feedback we received from prospective buyers is any indication, I am confident that these homes will sell quickly.”

Outdoor enthusiasts were delighted by North Trout Creek Trail and the picnic area next to a scenic overlook on Trout Creek, which offered a taste of Shearwater’s magnificent natural landscape and immersive, active lifestyle.

The impressive amenity center was met with similar approval. When it opens later this year, Shearwater’s amenity center will include a spacious Fitness Lodge, four Har-Tru clay tennis courts, resort-style lagoon pool and multi-lane lap pools, a three-story water slide tower called ‘The Perch’, Lazy Bird River, and a variety of playfields. The Kayak Club will form the centerpiece of the amenities, providing an expansive recreation space with gathering areas and event venues for residents to enjoy community activities.

The overwhelming enthusiasm about Shearwater was evident throughout the day, from both industry experts and future homeowners. “What a wonderful day at the Shearwater Grand Opening. It has all the amenities of a master-planned community, yet it’s small enough to get to know all of your neighbors,” said Jackie Werner of The Betros Team, “There is no better place in St. Johns County to raise your children than Shearwater.”

The 1,500-acre community at Shearwater features over 600 acres of preserved natural habitat punctuated by a collection of parks, ponds, playgrounds and lakes designed for outdoor enthusiasts. Future phases will include a kayak and canoe launch with direct access to Trout Creek and the beautiful St. Johns River. Shearwater is situated within the highly-rated St. Johns County School District, directly adjacent to Timberlin Creek Elementary School, and within a few miles of Switzerland Point Middle School and Bartram Trail High School.

Shearwater is located at 206 Shearwater Parkway, St. Augustine, FL 32092. To learn more about the community, visit

About Freehold Communities
Freehold Communities, headquartered in Boston, MA, is currently developing approximately 10,000 residential lots in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida. Freehold creates Vital Communities™ that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. As it evaluates opportunities, the company focuses on the right planning, the right properties, and the right partners. Beginning with comprehensive research to gain insight into the unique needs, trends and preferences in the local market, Freehold carefully considers each property to determine how to best maintain its beauty and character to create a Vital Community, and partners with quality, creative builders who share Freehold’s philosophy of offering niche solutions and unique, timeless designs.