ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The Nocatee neighborhood was recently named the sixth-fastest selling planned development in the nation, up from number 10 a year ago. The area is booming, as people are moving there from all over the world.
Nocatee covers 13,000 acres in northern St. Johns County and southeastern Duval County, with 85 percent of the neighborhood in St. Johns County.
Everywhere you look in Nocatee there is new construction. The numbers are amazing. Only 168 homes were sold in Nocatee in 2010, but in the first six months of this year, more than 460 homes were sold, a 72 percent hike over the same time last year.
When you listen to residents like Lauren Klose, it is easy to understand.
"I don't think there is anything not to like about Nocatee," said Klose, who moved there in April. "We love the pools, we love the trails, we live less than a quarter mile from a dog park and a playground. We love the convenience of everything. "
"The amenities are amazing," said Hana Hunter, who has lived in Nocatee for three years. "There are a lot of families, a lot of kids, and we also enjoy going to the beach just five miles away."
The new water park is a big attraction. There are 484 palm trees in the water park alone, and it includes a giant water slide.
Local realtor Priscilla Johnson said she has clients that have moved here from Europe and South America.
"It has all the right components to draw people from all over the world. Not only do we have people moving here from our community and neighboring states, but also internationally."
Brian Garrett owns a sod company and it's great for business.
"For us it is wonderful. We work everyday and we are very thankful. "
There is a small town center developing with a grocery store and a few businesses, with plenty of room for more once more people move in, and resident Hana Hunter likes that.
"I am very excited that is it growing so rapidly. We are getting new schools out here. I think it brings a lot of opportunity for new businesses."
Nocatee is expected to announce more amenities next week for the neighborhood, a neighborhood that has enough room to build homes for another fifteen years.