Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots landscape

I went into the Wayback Machine and found some photos and memorabilia from when Blue Cross and Blue Shield held their Toys for Tots Variety Show. Starting in 1974, they would put on a variety show featuring amateur entertainers, musicians, magicians, comedians, dancers and more. I know they continued through their 20th year, but I don’t know when they no longer produced the show.

Profile Vol_ 40 Issue 1 January_February 1991 pg 16

The ticket price was one new, unwrapped toy.

My sister, Cindy, and I performed in the show a couple of years. These photos are from 1991.

toys for tots portrait

Toys for Tots has been part of our lives since we were children and the Marines that guarded the United State Embassies would collect toys for the local children stuck in the hospital through the Christmas holidays. While they would distribute the presents, we’d visit with the children and play and sing Christmas Carols with them. 

There is still time to donate to #ToysforTots. This year you can drop your donation off at our office, EXIT 1 Stop Realty, 8785 Perimeter Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216, by December 15th. If you can’t get there, please consider dropping your new, unwrapped toys off at the nearest Toys for Tots donation location. Thank you!! #EXIT1StopGivesBack

Featured Listing

3925 Highgate Ct., Jacksonville, FL 32216

Located just 6 minutes from Tinseltown Cinema and all the restaurants nearby, and less than 15 minutes to the St. John’s Town Center with its world-class shopping and dining options, convenience is just one of the draws of this home. Ironwood is a gated subdivision just off Gate Parkway that features executive-style homes in an elegant setting. Ironwood has a community pool, clubhouse, exercise center and more.

The home is spacious, on a pond-front lot with wrought-iron style fencing. If you would like to know more about this home or schedule a private tour, let me know!




Highlighted Listing

Our office has listed a home that has so much going for it that I am surprised it’s still on the market.

3705 Bess Rd

It’s full of updates, adorable and has a huge yard with lots of space to park your favorite toys. It’s near parks, a boat ramp, restaurants, and shopping. And it’s an easy commute to pretty much anywhere. Go east and you are soon on I-295, or keep going and you’re in Mayport, go south and you are on the Arlington Expressway and headed downtown.

Check it out, and if you’d like an appointment to see it in person, let me know!

Another Adventure

Recently I got to spend some time at one of my favorite places. When the Sawgrass Golf Courses first opened, my father worked there as a starter. He loved meeting his favorite pros and sports personalities. I think he loved watching the progress of the up-and-coming professional golfers even more. Whenever I would go out to the courses, he would take me to the practice areas to watch the golfers. He knew everybody and would point out the people that he thought would be famous one day.

He was right in a lot of cases.

He worked at the Stadium Course, the one that is famous for #ThePlayers Championship, but he and my mother preferred playing the Valley Course most days. The photo above is of the Valley Course from the backyard of one of the many beautiful homes of TPC Sawgrass.

There is a healthy variety of homes styles to choose from, with water views, preserve lots or golf course views. Some, like this home enjoys both water and golf course view. I know of another home, built originally by the De Beers family of diamond fame on a preserve lot with views of the Stadium course. Home sizes range from smaller, attached patio homes in neighborhoods like Turtleback Crossing to the elegant, spacious homes of Sawgrass Island.

Would you like to live here? I would be happy to help you explore options.

Thursday Adventures

Being a full-time Realtor® means working untraditional hours. Most of my customers are available to meet with me on evenings and weekends. During the day I work on marketing or photos or reports, or meet with vendors, inspectors, folks like that. Also, there are continuing education classes to take, office meetings, closings. My days and weeks are never the same.
Still, in order to assure that I have some downtime, I try to reserve Thursdays for adventures.
Last week I drove down to the Tanger Outlet Mall in Daytona. It’s about an hour and fifteen minutes from Jacksonville’s Southside, down I-95. It’s not the closest Outlet Mall from Jacksonville. You’ll go past the St. Augustine Outlet Malls.  But, I was looking to go somewhere different, and I had a whole tank of gas in the car which makes me feel like I can go anywhere.
The mall is fairly new, with lots of parking and lots of comfy seating for your companions when you are taking too long in a shop. It is an open-air mall, and this was such a lovely day that window shopping was especially pleasurable. One of my favorite stops is the Vera Bradley store. For the past several years this has been my go-to brand for bags, wallets, and presents. The mall has so many great shopping choices, you’ll find something that you’re particularly interested in, too.
I walked through the whole place, checking out new shops and enjoying the beautiful day with a clear blue sky and fresh breezes.
Then it was lunchtime. There are several options at the mall, but adventure was once more calling, so I clicked on my Yelp app and found a tempting option.
Caribbean Jack’s is a marina and a restaurant. The menu is interesting, with lots of good lunch choices. Seafood is prominent, as are burgers.  Their event calendar is full, with live music almost every day or evening.
The bright atmosphere, good food, and entertainment weren’t the primary draws for me. The views were amazing!
If you would like to live with views like this every day, I have great news for you. Just up the road from Caribbean Jack’s are lovely homes with river views like this. The homes are on the west side of the road. On the east side of the road are their corresponding docks.
If you don’t want to live as far south as Daytona, Jacksonville has similar offerings along the St. John’s River.
Would you like to know more? Give me a call!


I just sold this pool home in Cape Coral in the northern end of Jacksonville, FL. Convenient to parks, the International Airport, River City Marketplace and about 30 minutes south of Fernandina Beach, it is a popular area for people who want to be able to enjoy keeping a boat, or RV, with easy access to the natural amenities of our area. 

The sellers got a full-priced offer, and I could have sold it twice more, if I had the listings. This is true for most neighborhoods in Northeast Florida. For each listing in good condition priced at market value, there are multiple buyers and this imbalance is likely to grow as the year progresses. In short, it is an ongoing seller’s market.

Have you been thinking about selling your current home? Perhaps you’re looking at one of the newer communities in Nassau or St. Johns county, or looking to downsize. This is the perfect time to talk to me about the market value of your home and my marketing plan. Go ahead and reach out to me. I would be happy to counsel you about your next steps in your real estate investment.