The construction of the new school located inside the community and zoned exclusively for residents of Durbin Crossing has been the motivating factor behind a rush of homeowners buying and building in Durbin Crossing. More than 300 families per year have been buying homes in Durbin Crossing, making it one of the fastest selling communities in North Florida.
“A new K-8 school located right inside the community is an exceptional feature and adds to the already impressive amenities offered in Durbin Crossing,” said Jason Sessions of Sessions Development.
The location is extremely desirable to young families largely because of the number of A-rated schools in the immediate area. The Florida Department of Education ranks St. Johns County schools at the top of the state’s 67 counties.
“We are really excited about the new school opening in our neighborhood,” said resident Jenny Mahne. “Durbin Crossing already provided a wonderful sense of community, and with the addition of the new school we become a truly walkable community. It’s an ideal living situation.”
The new K-8 school sits on a 25-acre site on Long Leaf Pine Parkway adjacent to the county sports park and directly across from 206 single-family lots under construction. Construction on the school is underway and the school will be finished in time for the 2014-15 school year. The new school will be a two-story, 150,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. It will be built using a house concept that, featuring movable walls, allows two classes to partner for joint learning experiences. Each house has a common area for extended learning opportunities and to encourage hands-on learning. A full kitchen, arts and computer areas, and the option of grouping classes, give teachers expanded opportunities to inspire creativity and learning.
Each classroom offers hi-tech abilities such as Tech Document Cameras, which provide laptop-to-screen visuals and audio enhancements, to allow children to hear equally throughout the classroom. The school will have a gym, a cafetorium for dining and multi-purpose uses, outdoor play courts, and multi-purpose fields. The school will also feature an Enhanced Hurricane Protection Area, which can be used as a shelter for the community. The new school is located adjacent to the 25-acre community park complete with lighted ball fields, sports courts and soccer fields.
“There is an incredible benefit for children to be able to live, play and learn together inside of their own community,” said Susan Wood of Wood Development. “We are sincerely grateful to the St. Johns School Board for keeping the children of Durbin Crossing together.”
Parents took an active role in helping the district make this important decision. They showed up in large numbers and communicated their concerns and desires to the board. The efforts paid off when it was announced that the new school would be zoned exclusively for Durbin Crossing residents.
Location and schools continue to be the highest determining factors in the search for a home. These factors certainly help to explain the dramatic success of Durbin Crossing, a five-year-old master-planned community that has broken records in Florida for sales.
Residents will eagerly tell you they chose Durbin Crossing over competing communities because it feels alive with lifestyle activities, yet the neighborhoods are intimate and close. Neighbors know neighbors, kids play together and families can walk or bike to the amenity centers or the new school.
Rapid sales have helped to nearly complete the two new pods that include new home sites from 53 to 83 feet. There are now 1,000 families living in Durbin Crossing with another 1,000 home sites available. Realtors have paid particular attention to Durbin Crossing because, in addition to the schools, location and amenities which meet the needs of the majority of their clients, they see active construction in the neighborhood. According to most Realtors, homes under construction are a sign of a healthy neighborhood and one of the things they look for when recommending a community. They also like the fact that they can present eight excellent homebuilders to their clients and tour their model homes, all within minutes of each other.
Durbin Crossing offers two beautiful amenity centers and a variety of multi-purpose fields and community parks that showcase area sports teams and encourage residents to enjoy the outdoors. Wide sidewalks and roadways tie the entire community together and make parks, schools and ball fields easily accessible.
Home sites back up to pristine wooded areas, natural preserves or have lake views offering privacy and picturesque panoramas. Durbin Crossing’s natural setting gives the feeling of getting away from it all. The developers, Sessions Development and Wood Development, made a priority to preserve the pristine natural beauty of the community. More than half of the 2,000 acres that comprise Durbin Crossing have been left undisturbed.
Within walking distance of each home, residents are able to experience the convenience and luxury of two master-planned amenity centers. The South Amenity Center, with a 5,000-square-foot grand clubhouse with party room, full catering kitchen and community boardroom, has a massive pool with junior Olympic length, waterslide feature and a separate children’s pool. To keep residents fit, the state-of-the-art fitness center at the South Amenity Center rivals any professional gym with cardio equipment featuring personal flat-screen televisions.
Residents also enjoy outdoor recreational areas, including a multi-purpose field with four lighted tennis courts, basketball court, volleyball court and children’s play area. The North Amenity Center boasts a gorgeous clubhouse with party kitchen and club room, an oversized family fun pool with a splash park, a children’s play area, two lighted tennis courts, basketball court and a perfectly manicured multi-purpose play field. Both amenity centers are professionally staffed and offer daily activities, events and private parties. The entire family can engage in a variety of activities, including aerobics classes, holiday cookouts, craft-making, tennis clinics and swim lessons, bunko tournaments and community meet-and-greets. Residents have also created the Durbin Kids Care Club to teach their children the value of community projects and compassion.
“With 1,000 families now calling Durbin Crossing home, our vision for this community has become reality,” said Susan Wood of Wood Development. “Driving through Durbin Crossing you see active and happy families, homes and a new school under construction, parks that are full of activity, and a beautiful, natural setting that families can escape to and enjoy life.”
In addition to the new school will be The Village Center, a mixed-use parcel with single-family homes and a shopping and dining area for retail shops, restaurants and service-oriented businesses.
D.S. Ware Homes, is proud to be a homebuilder in Durbin Crossing.
Article originally published on Jacksonville.com.