Located in an ecologically sensitive setting alongside the headwaters of Trout Creek, the 1,500-acre Shearwater community has been planned to integrate more than 600 acres of rich native landscape and an extensive network of trails and open spaces that link communities with the property’s most impressive natural features.

ELM designed Shearwater for an active, multigenerational population in a way that integrates the qualities of ecological preservation and human activity.

The heart of Shearwater is the Kayak Club, which includes a resort-style pool, lap pool, slide tower and lazy river. A fitness lodge, playground areas, sports fields and tennis courts have been designed to support a variety of activities for all residents of all ages, emphasizing health, wellness, and social engagement.

Phase II includes construction of a Kayak and Canoe Launch, allowing access along the entire length of Trout Creek to the St Johns River through some of the region’s most remarkable wild landscapes.


2018 Grand Aurora Award
Southeast Building Conference (SEBC)
Best Recreational Facility or Amenity

2018 Award of Merit
Pacific Coast Building Conference (PCBC) Gold Nugget Awards
Best Community Land Plan; Best Indoor/Outdoor Lifestyle for a Community

2017 Aurora Award
Southeast Building Conference (SEBC)
Residential Housing Community of the Year — Masterplan; Best Recreational Facility; Best Community Site Plan; Best Interior Merchandising — Community Amenity or Clubhouse

2017 Excellence in Construction Eagle Award
Florida First Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
Commercial Construction – $5-$10 million Category


Freehold Communities


Community Master Planning

Community Amenity Design


Community Landscape Architecture

Trail Planning & Design

Entry Design

Signage Design