ELM planning and architecture firm celebrates Shearwater Construction Progress

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Local Jacksonville planning and design firm ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller is celebrating the completion of model homes and the opening of the new Shearwater master-planned residential community on County Road 210 in St. Johns County this weekend.

Located in an ecologically-sensitive setting alongside the headwaters of Trout Creek, the 1,500-acre Shearwater community has been planned and designed by ELM to integrate more than 600 acres of preserved native landscape and to create an interconnected network of trails and open spaces that create unique interactions between people and nature. The planners, architects and landscape architects at ELM have helped to shape this environmentally-conscious design from its initial site planning phase through design, construction documents, and construction.

Click to explore an aerial tour of the Shearwater entry feature, courtesy of Freehold Communities.

Click to explore an aerial tour of the Shearwater entry feature, courtesy of Freehold Communities.

With a beautifully natural existing site, ELM designed Shearwater for a multigenerational population including active families. Shearwater embraces the qualities of ecological preservation and human activity – together. The heart of Shearwater is the Kayak Club, comprised of a robust aquatic amenity including a resort-style pool, lap pool, slide tower and lazy river. A fitness lodge, playground areas, sports fields and four lighted Har-Tru tennis courts have been designed to support a variety of activities for all residents of any age, emphasizing health, wellness, and social engagement.

“Shearwater has been carefully designed to fit sensitively into the native landscape, with parks, open spaces and 13 miles of trails that link residential neighborhoods together, and to engage with the property’s most impressive natural features. We’re excited to see how this community’s unique design will support an intentional culture of health and wellness that allows its residents to thrive within this beautiful natural context,” said ELM partner Steve Lovett.

A creekside pavilion will be constructed in phase one, creating an immersive natural experience and an opportunity to engage with Trout Creek. A kayak and canoe launch will be constructed in phase two, allowing people to launch and paddle several miles along the entire length of Trout Creek to the St. Johns River through some of the region’s most remarkable wild landscapes.

Shearwater is hosting a grand opening this Saturday, January 30th to introduce the public to this distinctive new community and to invite potential residents to explore the model homes offered by several different homebuilders.

Shearwater is located at 206 Shearwater Parkway, St. Augustine, FL 32092. RSVP for the event at www.shearwaterliving.com.

About ELM:

ELM | Ervin Lovett Miller was formed 15 years ago to offer superior design services integrating planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, creating exceptional projects of enduring value.

Distinguished by the flexibility of a boutique firm with intense partner-level leadership and a diverse, talented team, ELM listens to its clients; understands their goals; and fosters an innovative, collaborative culture designed to exceed client expectations.

ELM’s experience and expertise have contributed to many successful, noteworthy national and international projects for a diverse array of clients including: urban planning and mixed-use developments; residential planned communities; hotels and resorts; golf and club amenities; commercial and multi-family; health care and assisted living; zoo master planning and habitat design; tribal master planning; parks, recreational, and open space; and specialized office and retail developments.

ELM’s commitment to design, sustainability, and a multidisciplinary approach enables the firm to offer greater creativity; optimize all aspects of each project; and unlock the greatest possible value for clients and their projects.

About Freehold Communities:

Freehold Communities, headquartered in Boston, Mass., is currently developing approximately 10,000 residential lots in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida. Freehold creates Vital Communities™ that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. As it evaluates opportunities, the company focuses on the right planning, the right properties, and the right partners. Beginning with comprehensive research to gain insight into the unique needs, trends and preferences in the local market, Freehold carefully considers each property to determine how to best maintain its beauty and character to create a Vital Community™, and partners with quality, creative builders who share Freehold’s philosophy of offering niche solutions and unique, timeless designs.