Jeff Bowman

Jeff Bowman
Amelia Island Office
3321 S Fletcher Ave.
Fernandina Beach FL 32034
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Office Phone : (904) 432-0331
Mobile Phone : (904) 831-6058



Fernandina Beach resident since 2008, along with a lovely wife and very spoiled dog.

Cleveland, OH area transplant via Maryland/D.C., Georgia and New Jersey.

Former real estate investor – purchased, restored, upgraded, and sold properties in Gwinnett County, GA.

Prior to tenure as Vice President, Administrative Operations and Facilities at a digital payment authentication start-up; focus was project management in the pharmacy transaction processing and healthcare information systems industries.

Road to Fernandina Beach

While living in North Wildwood, NJ and contemplating a post-corporate existence, there was a sudden need to help the in-laws downsize.  In preparing their home for marketing and after achieving a record-setting sales price for the 55 and over community, the real estate investment bug bit.  Something to pursue once back in Atlanta while trying to fulfill a desire for coastal living.

The travel plan for returning to Atlanta would be via the Coastal Highway; from Cape May to Virginia Beach, the Outer Banks, Wilmington, Myrtle Beach and many stops in between. 

The journey hadn’t unveiled any future residence choices, but the desire to find a year-round coastal area with a main street ambiance remained.  In the meantime, an endeavor into flipping houses began.

Trips to Charleston and Hilton Head Island filled gaps between project houses.  A future place of residency had yet to be revealed.  On a trip to St. Marys and St. Simons Island a young waiter suggested a visit to Fernandina Beach.  The remainder of that trip was spent exploring Amelia Island to the clear conclusion: “We’ve found our new home”.

The journey’s end – a new beginning

Fernandina Beach was never a destination on the radar as a place to reside after leaving the corporate world, but the time spent here has brought back a familiar sense of community, friendliness and small town feel that was experienced while growing-up in Hudson, OH. 

The city of Fernandina Beach sits on Amelia Island, the one inhabited island in Nassau County. This island has had the flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, the Patriots of the Amelia Islands, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederacy and the United States all flying over its land at one point in its history, giving it the nickname of the Isle of 8 Flags. This rich history appeals to the nearly 12,000 people who call the community home. Those who purchase a home for sale in this thriving community will find pristine beaches, historic buildings and a welcoming, diverse community to enjoy.

Fernandina Beach, FL Real Estate Information

The Amelia Island area appeals to buyers shopping for vacation rental properties. Whether a buyer is choosing to relocate to the area or simply wanting a vacation home to serve as an investment and a getaway, the bungalows, condos and town homes here offer the ultimate in beachfront real estate. Homes that sleep six or more people are common, as they help accommodate the needs of vacationers.

For those relocating to the area more permanently, master-planned communities, such as Amelia Concourse and Jasmine Place, are appealing. Old Town offers historic properties as well.
Fernandina Beach Schools and Education

The community has four public schools, the Southside Elementary School for the early grades, Emma Love Hardee Elementary School for upper elementary grades, Fernandina Beach Middle School and Fernandina Beach High School. All of the area's schools receive an A rating from the state, showing that the community values the education it provides to area students.

Business and Economy

The tree farming industry has the biggest economic pull in Nassau County, and the island itself is home to one of the major pulp mills owned by Rayonier. Real estate, medical care and legal services are also big economic factors on the island. The Amelia Island Plantation and Ritz-Carlton Hotel also employ many island residents. Telecommuting is also quite common here, and the area has one of the highest rates of work-at-home residents in the country.

Fernandina Beach Attractions

As an island, this community has beaches that draw residents, yet it is the area's history that is its primary attraction. Visitors often enjoy spending the night in Posada San Carlos, a bed and breakfast that once served as Villa Villekulla in the movie The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. Fort Clinch, a historic fort from the 19th century that had a major role to play in the Civil War, also attracts visitors each year. The historic Nassau County Courthouse is another historically significant building, and the annual Shrimp Festival unites area residents with regular visitors over a love for seafood.

Dining on the island is a multicultural experience. Choose Brazilian fare at La Mancha or Spanish cuisine at Espana Restaurant. David's Restaurant and Lounge serves up traditional seafood and steak. When residents are ready to shop, they head to Sadler Road, where big-name retailers have shops or the boutiques at The Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Watson Realty Corp for Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island Homes and Real Estate

 For the experience of a local real estate agent as you search for a Fernandina Beach home, trust the team at Watson Realty Corp.  Watson Realty Corp is a locally owned company with over 40 years experience selling homes in the area. Contact Watson Realty Corp.

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