Queens Harbour is an established, high-end gated community bordered by water on three sides – by Greenfield Creek, the St. Johns River and the IntraCoastal Waterway. A 1,400 acre community, of which 200 acres have been set aside as preserve, Queens Harbour is the only gated community in North Florida where you can not only park your boat in your backyard – a dock of freshwater that connects directly, via secure, guarded lock, to the Intracoastal. With a championship golf course, fitness center, junior Olympic swimming pool, lots of social clubs and fine dining in clubhouse, Queens Harbour was developed to maximize the best of Jacksonville – water, sports and simple easy living. Plus the location is a convenient 15 minutes to downtown and even less time to the beaches. Parking, once you get there? That’s a whole other sport!
Queens Harbour began on paper in 1989, with homes going under construction in 1992. The developer’s intent was to offer “unparalleled luxury with natural beauty”. The build out was slow and deliberate. It took over 4 years to get the waterscape just right, from the requisite permits to the completed man-made lagoons, dug out of the Greenfield peninsula, in the midst of the Intracoastal’s Western marshes. The developer was Fred Bullard, a Jacksonville native, though his company is based in Clearwater, FL. (He is remembered as the owner of the old Jacksonville Bulls pro football team.)
Each of the 1,000 homes in this community were custom built. Owners could use any builder they wanted, though plans had to meet strict architectural guidelines. To this day the architectural guidelines are rigorously enforced by an architectural review board. You will see a variety of low county, Mediterranean and Old World styles, with brick, stone and stucco facades. Jacksonville luxury real estate builders like Bryan Lendry and Arthur Rutenburg maintained model homes in the beginning; other builders kept an inventory of spec homes. Along the way, a variety of builders have contributed to curated, classic look overall.
The Yacht Club, Marina and Lock
[Photo] Queen’s Harbour’s unique water access is thanks to the professional Lock System – conceived as a mini-Panama Canal – manned by professional harbourmaster, David Cawton, who has been with the property since the beginning in 1991. The deep freshwater basin is kept secure with a 24/7 patrols who walk the finger docks at regular intervals. The Marina has 60 slips with fixed concrete docks to accommodate boats from 20 – 100′. Both 30 and 50 amp power is available too, with cost based on usage. The harbor is kept non-tidal with the average water level around 8′. Boats here do not require winter storage.
Jacksonville professional golfer, Mark McCumber, designed the 18 hold course, that has tidal views, charming wooden bridges and stunning oak trees, enlivening a gently challenging landscape. PGA qualification rounds have been played here, as has the Mercedes Collegiate. Pros, hobbyists and hackers can tune up their game on a full driving range and a chip and put practice green. The semi-private club offers ladders, ladies golf on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with copious socials and championships.
Social & The Country Club
The Queens Harbor Yacht and Country Club has a low country-style clubhouse with portico and sweeping verandas. Dining options include the Harbour View Dining Room, The King’s Tavern and The Queen’s Parlor and Compass Board Room. Residents can also host larger family gatherings up to 180 for a seated event, and 500 for an indoor/outdoor reception. While the venue can be booked by outside entities, preference is given to members. Of the many social clubs available the most active include:-
- Yacht Club
- Golf Club
- Newcomers Club
- Bridge Club
- Jaguars Club
- Wine Club, and the
- Garden Club – who are responsible for the Pumpkin People at the front gates during Halloween season, the Christmas Decor and many other projects, tours, talks and activities.
The club is part of Club Corporation of America, which means that for your annual membership to Queens Harbour you now have reciprocity with 200 clubs, resorts and spas across the globe. Residents can become full members or just a social member.
With families of all sizes and interests, the Queens Harbor Yacht and Country Club offer an annual Summer Camp, Sailing Clinics, Tennis and Golf Clinics, plus swimming lessons –
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Lot sizes are available though few and far between. They range in price from $350,000 – $4 million and above. It is thanks to the amenities and the strong sense of community that the homes in Queens Harbour have held their value. While the rest of Jacksonville’s cost per square foot runs around $175, Queens Harbour continues to sell at $100 – 275 sq. ft. The community is now resident owned and run, with the help of a professional association management firm. There is no longer a CCD fee and HOA fees are kept low compared to other communities of this ilk and standard.
The community was planned with grand oak trees and attractive landscaped sections that have matured and look as they have always been there. Buyers in Queen’s Harbour have included football players, business owners, doctors and attorneys. Since the beginning it has been a blend of young professionals, families and retirees, with owners upsizing and downsizing so as to stay within the community.
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The community is so well organized it even has a Queens Harbour Hurricane Preparedness Plan – https://www.qhycc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/QH-QH-Hurricane-Prepareness-Plan-1-6.12.18.pdf