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