Spotlight on Palatka

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Open Spaces International BK3279535

Bridge over the river St JohnA four-lane highway over the Hawthorne trail tightens into winding country roads, picturesque with views of small lakes and ponds, cozy country cottages and the expanses of wildflowers, tall timberlines dominating the landscape. And somewhere, we swing into Putnam County...home of the Azalea festival, and home to some spectacular landscape.

 

The azaleas bloom, every year, in rioting color, all over the ravine trails at the Ravine Gardens State Park. On one hike during the spring season, I counted 19 varieties...but I am no botanist. Just a faithful photographer, and somewhere, an ecologist and a nature lover.

Azaleas

Palatka, and her twin-city over the bridge, East Palatka, is beautiful, and home to some spectacular real estate.

The river St John is big and beautiful, and its tumultous waves and depths reminds of the Ganges, back in India. The sun sets or rises over its wide expanse, depending on which bank you are on.

Water's edge on the St John

In my understanding, great cities and settlements have always grown around rivers. It is but human nature to congregate near rivers, since time immemorial.

Yet the towns suffer. A drive around town revealed very few eateries which are not local grease-spoons. I was told restaurants open, but cannot remain open long enough to sustain being in business. And I have heard of at least a couple of other businesses that were forced to close its doors.

My puzzlement is about why this amazing town has not grown. You know what? I think it will. I think the new growth that has come to Florida, especially north Florida, will discover the beauty of Palatka one of these days. And property values on this bit of heaven will appreciate, big time.

I think, like much of north Florida, Palatka is the brink of something beautiful. It only makes sense. This is home to some spectacular opportunties. Orchards, mini-wineries and farms populate this place, yet it is not the wine-lovers' Mecca as it should be. But I have faith...someday soon, it will be. I only hope growth comes with responsibility, with a mind towards sustainability.

Ravine trails

 

Comments (14)

Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

That is a very beautiful looking place for sure Trisha. I do not know my flowers apart very well, but I'm sure my wife would be loving it.

Jul 27, 2015 07:28 AM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

Welcome to ActiveRain, I'ts great to have you aboard.  I hope to read more of your posts in the futrure.  Keep up the good work!

Jul 27, 2015 07:29 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Welcome to ActiveRain, love the last picutre, hiking in a green forest is one of my favorite things to do on my day off. Have a great & successful week!

Jul 27, 2015 10:53 AM
Michele Milic
Realty ONE Group ~ 702.419.5359 - Las Vegas, NV

Trisha, this is great report on Palatka and great first post. Awesome pictures from the area.

Welcome to Active Rain.

Jul 27, 2015 11:41 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 I thought this was in HI. Thanks for posting these photos. Beautiful

Sam Shueh

Jul 27, 2015 12:15 PM
Trisha Roy
Open Spaces International - Gainesville, FL
Full-service real estate brokerage.

Thank you everyone for you kind words. I am an avid hiker and photographer.

Sam and Stefan...you should visit north Florida. We have some pretty trails here.

Jul 27, 2015 01:10 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Trisha, your words paint a pretty picture!

Welcome to Active Rain, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help you!

Jul 27, 2015 04:35 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Trisha Roy nice localism post.... some of the least developed areas are often the most beautiful.... left untouched...

Jul 27, 2015 07:10 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

and welcome to ActiveRain.... you'll enjoy your time working on this platform.... a great place to learn, share, market and network....blog away....

Jul 27, 2015 07:11 PM
Trisha Roy
Open Spaces International - Gainesville, FL
Full-service real estate brokerage.

Some thoughts:

Gainesville, which is an hour from Palatka has homes that are becoming increasing cramped in lot size. Palatka residents suffer from lack of infrasructure, good schools, restaurants, healthcare. Local hotels run down to being almost seedy, even though there is plenty of potential to grow without losing the feel of the place.

I think there is room for sustainable growth in these places in north Florida. Planning and sustainability go a long way towards preserving the natural resources and properties of a region.

Thank you all for reading my post. A writer's reward is in her words being read. I live and work in all of north Florida.

 

Jul 27, 2015 09:17 PM
Olympus Executive Realty Inc.
Olympus Executive Realty INC. - Orlando, FL
Home Of The Top Producers

Welcome to AR, Congrats on your first blog, look forward to all your future blog post. Its a great place to share your Real Estate thoughts and experiences. 

Jul 29, 2015 07:54 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Trisha - It looks like Palatka is a beautiful place and well worthy of a spotlight.

Jul 29, 2015 04:24 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Trisha - Congratulations on your first post here in the Rain, and welcome to the community.

Jul 29, 2015 04:24 PM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Please know that the ambassadors, those with the orange badges, are here to help if you have questions.

Jul 29, 2015 04:25 PM