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HGTV Announces the 2013 Smart Home Location

For home and garden enthusiasts – it’s the equivalent to winning the Gold Medal!   HGTV has cast the spotlight and accolades on a local development right here on the First Coast – Paradise Key South Beach in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

After traveling the country in search of the latest and greatest in smart home qualities, efficiencies and environmentally friendly practices, HGTV has chosen Paradise Key as the site for the first HGTV SMART HOME.  “The exposure and attention this project will bring to Paradise Key and the Jacksonville Beach area will be very significant and exciting.  We are honored and look forward to the project ahead,” said Lon Walton, developer of Paradise Key South Beach.

Paradise Key is a pedestrian and bicycle friendly neighborhood with footpaths and wooden walking bridges. The distinctive beach community is surrounded by natural vegetation of live oaks, pines and palmettos. The architecture is a coastal vernacular with gracious front porches, a mix of clapboard, shingles and stucco exteriors, metal roofs, and white picket fences that enliven the enchanting designs. Traditional styles and indigenous building techniques have influenced Paradise Key.

“The architectural design of the HGTV SMART HOME is a true throw back to the traditional “Old Florida” style homes originally built at Jacksonville’s beaches. We’ve added some modern elements, making the home unique in style and function,” said Glenn Layton, Glenn Layton Homes – the selected builder for the HGTV SMART HOME.

HGTV house planner, Jack Thomasson will be visiting Paradise Key throughout the one-year project and will document the building process, interior decorating, and highlighting SMART HOME functions provided in the house.  Additionally, HGTV’s sister channel DIY Network will capture the construction process in a televised special, “Behind the Build: HGTV Smart Home 2013,” to air early next year.  HGTV will produce a separate HGTV Smart Home 2013 television special.  In July of 2013, the keys to the HGTV SMART HOME 2013 SM will be presented to the winner of the HGTV Smart Home 2013 Giveaway, making a dream come true for a lucky HGTV viewer.

With today’s announcement on HGTV and, we invite the Jacksonville media to tour Paradise Key, meet the developer, architect and builder.

Discover Paradise Key South Beach, an enchanting coastal neighborhood with 62 homesites in desirable South Jacksonville Beach.  Paradise Key South Beach offers distinctive coastal architecture in an extraordinary location – just a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean with convenient access to major highways, shopping, dining and recreation.  Paradise Key South Beach is pedestrian and bicycle friendly with footpaths and wooden walking bridges throughout the community.  Paradise Key South Beach, smart living along the coast!  Visit us on-line at or view us on our Facebook page at

Evening of Art and Architecture

30A Style knows no geographical boundaries. Paradise Key South Beach hosted an “Evening of Art and Architecture” featuring the work of artist Jim Draper and 30A Style. Here’s an article from the Florida Times Union >>

Realty-Builder Article on Lon Walton

Lon Walton’s career has brought him full circle and has taken him back to his roots in real estate.

Walton, whose name should be familiar to all local builders, is the managing director for South Beach Land Trust, which recently acquired Paradise Key South Beach development at the southern end of Jacksonville Beach.  Walton’s father, Bill Walton Jr., was a builder/developer whose career spanned more than 50 years in Northeast Florida, including being president of the Northeast Florida Builders Association in 1962… Read the Realty Builder Article >>

Ground Breaking for New Residents

Ground Breaking for our newest residents!
(From Left: Site Agent Barbara Goodrich, Glenn Layton of Glenn Layton Homes, owners Pat & Jayne McElhaney, Lon Walton, John Harris of Glenn Layton Homes, and Accent of Florida Realtor Ansley Ward)

The Towers at Night

The 3rd floor Ocean View Towers set Paradise Key South Beach apart from most of the communities at the beach. While spectacular during the day, they really light up at night!

PKSB Realtor Luncheon

What a pleasure it was to hold a Realtor Open House for the Keller-Williams Jacksonville Beach office today!

PKSB Named One of the First Water Star Communities

Paradise Key is committed to being an environmentally-responsible neighborhood. Our homes are built using water-wise and energy-efficient techniques and materials. In addition, landscaping restrictions designate the use of indigenous plants requiring minimal maintenance. Paradise Key was recently named one of the first Florida Water Star Communities as designated by the St. Johns River Water Management District.

Coastal Living: Holiday Style

Not even starfish and fresh-cut evergreens can detract from the beauty of the front porch architectural details.

This. Is. Paradise.

Driving through at Sunset and was blown away by the blazing sunset in Paradise Key South Beach. As a bonus, the newly added 3rd PKSB tower peeks through the pines slightly to the west.

Island House Private Residence Coming Soon!

We couldn’t be more thrilled for Glenn Layton Homes to be adding this fabulous plan to the quickly-maturing PKSB streetscape. Look for this next private residence to get underway in the next few months!