Irish for a Day in the Old City

If you will be in St. Augustine for St. Patrick’s Day, you have a great opportunity for some good food and fun. I wanted to see where someone who wants to be Irish for a day would go – and Trip Advisor gave me the Top 5 Irish Restaurants (Pubs, right?) in St. Augustine.

What is great is that anywhere you are in St. Johns County, you won’t be too far from an Irish Pub and some great food!
Meehan’s Irish Pub, Barley Republic Public House and Ann O’Malley’s Deli & Pub are all located within and around the historic downtown area. You can get great views of the Bayfront from Meehan’s along with your food. Ann O’Malley’s is on the north side of downtown, so close to the parking garage, if that makes it easier for you to get there. Barley Republic is on Spanish Street and always puts up a tent with great music, food and drinks!

If you don’t want to venture downtown, you are not out of luck! For those on or near Anastasia Island, O’Loughlin Pub is located at 6975 A1A South just south of the intersection of A1A and SR 206. Of course, you can pop in to the party at the World Famous Oasis as well, since they always put up a tent, even if they are not technically an Irish Pub!

North of town isn’t left out either, since you have Donovan’s Irish Pub located at 7440 US Highway 1 North, right by Palencia!
So, you can go out and be Irish for the day and get some great food, great drinks – and great friendships with those enjoying right beside you!


Time to Spring Forward

It is that time of year again — Daylight Savings Time officially begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12th!  I don’t plan on staying up for it — I’ll just wake up for it in the morning.  It will provide us with a little bit more light at the end of the day to, well, enjoy our day!  What can you do with the extra light at the end of the day?  Take a walk, run or bike ride?  Enjoy the beach for a little longer?  Stroll around downtown? Work in your garden?  Make an appointment to see that home you have been wanting to see? Or, make an appointment to have your favorite realtor over to list your home for sale? Great ideas!! Me? It will be easier to get in a walk with the dog!  How about you?


Great Island Neighborhood – Gorgeous Lake View!

If you are looking for a great neighborhood on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, you need to consider Ocean Palms. This gated community consists of single family homes of block construction on over 40 acres of conservation area. Some of the homes are patio homes  – meaning  the neighborhood association takes care of the lawn care on your behalf. The list of great amenities include a community pool, playground and river park with views of the intracoastal waterway.

If you are looking for a great home within Ocean Palms, look no further than the gorgeous lake views of 320 San Nicolas Way. A nice flowing floorplan with lake views from almost every room and a three car garage! Yes, a 3 car garage on the island – rare indeed!

To view homes for sale in Ocean Palms contact Karen below:


Why I Do What I Do

I had a tremendous experience in December that really helped me realize why I do what I do – that is, why I am a Realtor.  I helped my daughter and her boyfriend purchase their first home.  There were a few ups and downs during the search, like the time we pulled up to a home to view and there were shingles all over the ground!  Yikes!  And there were a few things that had to get cleared for the lender, like them thinking my credit card was a second credit card of my daughter’s.  We made it through and sat at the closing table at 5:30 PM on a Wednesday (with a great and accommodating attorney, I might add), so that she and her boyfriend could become the owners of their first home.  Since then there has been painting, new appliances, painting, new flooring, painting, new garage door opener – oh, and did I mention painting?

They are happy to be in a place they can call their own and in a property where they can build equity rather than paying rent.  More importantly, they are in a home where they can make memories and build a life.  That is why I do what I do – to help people achieve their dreams and goals, whatever those may be.  Yes, I also do it because my husband suggested it all those years ago, but I do it because I like to help.  I like being a help to those that want to buy a new home or second home/condo for new memories with the people important to them, or help those selling their home where they have made lots of memories to move on to the next stage of their lives.  I like helping by explaining the process, by showing properties, by showing people around this great area, by helping people determine their options, by just being there to help.

If you would like Karen to help you realize your goal of selling or owning a home or condo, please use the contact form below.


Open House in Ocean Palms

Saturday, February 25 | 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

For details see: 320 San Nicolas Way | St Augustine, FL 32080

  • Covered lanai with views of the lake and nature preserve
  • Living areas and master bedroom showcase the beautiful views with large sliding doors and windows
  • Light and bright concrete block home
  • Tiled living areas, updated stainless appliances, and updated systems.
  • Three car garage (hard to find on the island)
  • Great island location in Ocean Palms
  • Close to the beach
  • No storm damage to the homes in this neighborhood

Learn more about the community of Ocean Palms


Open House in Marsh Creek

Saturday, February 25th | 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

 For details: 238 Marshside Drive | St Augustine, FL 32080

  • Gorgeous water to golf views from the screened lanai, or in the family room, kitchen and master bedroom.
  • Move-in ready Marsh Creek home.
  • Unique floor plan highlights the views.
  • Formal and casual living spaces.
  • Spacious and upgraded kitchen overlooks the family room and breakfast area. Great for entertaining!
  • Roof, A/C, and more in newer condition for peace of mind.
  • Paver drive and beautifully landscaped.