Palencia is a 1400 acre planned community designed and developed by Hines Corporation. They have won several awards for the community design. It was built on the idea of a work/live/play community for the residents. A St Johns County elementary school is located directly in Palencia. There are 300 acres of conservation to preserve the environment and nature for years to come. There are eight miles of multi-use paths that include raised boardwalks, connected all the neighborhoods in Palencia all the way to the river.
The Palencia Club has a golf shop, several restaurant areas and is located near the 72 Par 18 hold Championship Arthur Hills Golf Course. Golf memberships are available. In addition to golf, there are 10 lighted hydro-grid clay tennis courts with professional tennis instruction. A state of the art fitness facility equipped with cardio and strength training equipment and a spa are located here.
The community also has four swimming pools, including one with a water tower and two story slide. Another pool has eight lanes for swimming and there is a swim team in the community. In addition there are three baseball diamonds, soccer field, basketball, children’s “pirate” playground and a family picnic pavilion.
At the entrance to Palencia there is a commercial area where several different businesses are located convenient for all the residents. In addition, there is a town center where you can purchase a combination residential condo upstairs with commercial space downstairs for your business.
For people seeking this lifestyle, there are homes and condo units from $250,000 up to $3,000,000. Some of the neighborhoods are gated and some are not. There were, and still are several builders who offer new construction. Residents have access to all the amenities and golf memberships are available. These condos are 2 or 3 bedrooms and are elegantly appointed. Each unit offers large rooms, impact resistant windows, a gourmet kitchen, a screened porch and a carport. There are several floor plans in the Avilas: La Terraza:
• Ponce de Leon – 3 bedroom/2 bathrooms – 2123 square feet
• Cortes – 3 bedroom/2 bathrooms – 2043 square feet
• Pizzarro – 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms – 1752 square feet
• Coronado – 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms – 1575 square feet
• Balboa – 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms – 1407 square feet
• DeSoto – 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms – 1278 square feet
• Cordoba – 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms – 1383 square feet
Amenities in the Avila condominiums include a hot tub, swimming pool, and sidewalks to the Village Center. Additionally, residents of Avila have access to all of the wonderful amenities in Palencia such as the resort-style fitness center, swimming pools, tennis facilities, nature boardwalk, playgrounds, and sports fields. The Palencia Golf & Country Club is located in the center of the community and golf memberships are available.