Living in Florida

Cool Ways to Get on the Water in St. Augustine

Unless you’re allergic to water — is there such a thing? — one reason you may be planning a move to Florida is so you can dwell near an ocean.

Or, a cool, calming river, lake or creek within view of your backyard. And there are few places to better enjoy Florida’s watery riches than the metro Jacksonville area, where the St. Johns River flows through its downtown, and the Atlantic Ocean is only a few miles east.

But you don’t have to live in Jacksonville proper to find the water. Nocatee, the master-planned community south of “JAX” that’s one of […]

Cool Facts About ‘JAX’

It’s gee-whiz time!

Especially if you’re moving to Jacksonville, Florida, or researching a move here. Allow us at ICI Homes to wow you with some facts and figures about your new, or soon-to-be, new city.

Jacksonville has history, amazing natural resources, a booming economy, established arts and cultural communities, and a great location as Florida’s northeast gateway. It’s bisected by the St. Johns River, one of Florida’s biggest waterways, thus its “River City” moniker (you’ll that one a lot). The other nickname you’ll hear is “JAX.”

But no matter what you call it, Jacksonville is remarkable for some significant and some not-so-significant […]

Four Unique Recreational Activities in ‘JAX’

Are you a new Jacksonville resident? Maybe a wannabe? Either way, it’s a great place to live and play, and we hope you’ve chosen — or will — one of the Jacksonville-area communities where we at ICI Homes build.

For now, we’d like to offer four slightly different ways to enjoy Jacksonville’s vast and bountiful natural resources. The city’s 840 square miles makes it the largest by land mass in the United States. It also boasts the nation’s largest urban park system, at 85,000 acres.

All that natural goodness, along with the St. John’s River, which flows through downtown Jacksonville, and […]

How to Enjoy St. Augustine’s Beaches

St. Augustine is one of the United States’ most historic cities — the nation’s oldest, in fact — and offers enough historical sites, tourist attractions, unique adventures and experiences to keep you coming back for more.

But those aren’t the only reasons folks come to St. Augustine. The beaching is spectacular too, with municipal beaches, an immense state park and a nature preserve among the biggest options.

Read on to discover how to enjoy St. Augustine’s beaches.
Anastasia State Park
It’s one of Florida’s most popular state parks and a favorite among locals and day-trippers who live inland.

The barrier island across Matanzas Bay […]

Three Tampa Attractions That Deliver Year-Round Fun

You’re targeting the Tampa Bay area for your new custom Florida home, and you’d like to get to know the area a bit better.

You may know two major interstates intersect it, and that splendid beaches lie just to its west. You also might know that local professional, collegiate and amateur sports teams are yours for adopting.

But, let’s get to the nitty-gritty. Where will you take those friends and family members destined to camp out in your new guest room? Perhaps the pool you’re planning or envisioning isn’t enticing enough.

You could drive an hour northeast to Orlando, the attractions capital […]

Don’t Miss These Three Iconic Jacksonville Parks

Looking to move to a metropolitan area with plenty of green space?

You won’t do better than Jacksonville, Florida, which is the largest city by area in the contiguous United States — more than 840 square miles. Jacksonville also boasts the nation’s largest urban park system.

That’s a lot of room to roam, and we at ICI Homes are proud to contribute our master-planned communities to the Jacksonville area, and to serve as a selected builder in other communities.

Whatever your impetus for moving here, take advantage of this energetic port city and its gifts from Mother Nature. You’ll find miles of […]

Three Out-of-the-Box Tampa Bay Attractions

Like most metropolitan areas in Florida, Tampa Bay boasts no shortage of A-list tourist attractions. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, north of downtown, is one of the state’s largest and best known. A quick online search will yield a long roster of others, headlined by the nationally ranked Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park.

But, those jewels are hardly the only attraction fun to be had here. Experiences of all sizes, shapes and themes are either right under your nose in metro Tampa, or within an hour’s drive of your new ICI Homes neighborhood.

So gear up and go explore these […]

Our Guide to Jacksonville’s Beaches

If you’re buying a new ICI Homes custom home in greater Jacksonville, one of the perks is that you’re less than a hour from splendid Atlantic Coast beaches.

If you’re considering buying a home in “JAX” but haven’t made your final decision, the proximity to those beaches could be the clincher!

For most new Jacksonville residents, being close to several beaches is a big plus. There are few better places to catch an early-morning sunrise, and the recreational and relaxation options are nearly endless.

So, let’s assume living near beaches is a good thing for your household. What’s the best way to enjoy […]

Our Quick Guide for Exploring Ybor City

Tampa wouldn’t be Tampa without Ybor City. The Latin neighborhood that helped shape Tampa as much as any other area influence, remains a flavorful, integral part of Tampa life today.

From food and music, to architecture and industry, Ybor City has contributed heavily to Tampa traditions. If you’re new to the area, or considering a move here, a visit to Ybor City should be on your to-do list. Odds are you’ll return frequently!

Here’s our quick guide for exploring Ybor City.
A little history
Ybor City is located just north of downtown Tampa. A Spanish entrepreneur named Vicente Martinez-Ybor founded the city in […]

Our Primer on ‘Getting Lost’ in Jacksonville

Want to get lost in Jacksonville? We mean that positively! “JAX” is the United States’ largest city by area, with more than 840 square miles. It also contains the country’s largest urban park system.

That’s lots of room to escape traffic, work headaches, or maybe just the daily grind. Those 10,000 acres of urban parks include 10 combined state and national parks, a national preserve and many city parks, recreational facilities and gardens.

If you’re a new or wannabe Jacksonville resident, getting lost here may be as easy as strolling down to your new or imagined neighborhood park. A long run […]