Only Crickets and Croaking Frogs...

Managing Real Estate Broker with Regal | Christie's International Real Estate BK659279 

Riverfront Home on St Johns River Sold by Joyce Marsh Realtor        




No tourist attractions, Concrete, or Chain Restaurants...

Only Crickets and Croaking Frogs...Great Fishing...Boating...Relaxation






The Joyce Marsh Homes Team is proud to announce that we Just Sold

this Incredible Laid Back Florida Waterfront Home on the banks of Historic St Johns River

at 1932 Alice Drive, Astor Florida


If you are like the slow pace and laid back area of Florida, crickets and croaking frogs you will love this area in Astor Florida situated directly on the St. Johns River.  This is not the part of Florida filled with tourists, concrete and area attractions.  This is like old Florida. laid back, relaxed and quiet.  Nobody moves too fast around these parts... 

Riverfront Home For Sale 1932 Alice Drive Astor FL


This area of Volusia County, Florida is picturesque, with an abundance of wildlife, freshwater fishing, and crystal springs in the surrounding areas. Unspoiled and naturally beautiful.  The osprey is Astor's mascot bird and you can see them flying overhead anytime.  


Astor FL and much of the land along the St. Johns River was inhabited by Timucua natives prior to settlement by Europeans.  

In 1874 William Blackhouse Astor, Jr. from New York City's wealthy Astor family purchased over 12,000 acres of land, and established a town he called Manhattan.  Settlers arrived by steamboat to the town Astor had built that now included a church, schoolhouse, botanical garden, and cemetery.  Astor then built a hotel, saw mill, and eventually a railroad.  John Jacob Astor IV inherited his father William's estate and continued to promote the town.  Unfortunately John Jacob Astor IV died on the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, and the estate then passed to his son Vincent.  William Vincent Astor was not interested in his grandfather's Florida enterprise and so their interests were then sold. The decline in Steamboat travel further led to the severe decline of the St. Johns.  As of the 2000 census, there were 1,487 people, 641 households, and 444 families residing there.  (Wikipedia source)

The area surrounding Astor, FL is unique.  Ocala National Forest is located to the North.  Florida Black Bear Scenic Area is nearby in the Ocala National Forest and Preservation lands. There are no franchise restaurants or fast food in this area.  The St. Johns River runs 310 miles and is Florida's longest river and one of only three that flows from south to north. You can fish in the pristine freshwater of St. Johns River and Lake George for largemouth bass, stripe bass, shell crackers and catfish.

Silver Glen Springs is a spring that maintains a year round water temperature of 72 degrees.  Designated as a critical habitat for the manatee, the spring serves as a major manatee refuge.  

Silver Glen Springs - Florida Real Estate - Joyce Marsh Homes



Lake George is a shallow lake on the St. Johns River.  Lake George is the 2nd largest lake in Florida.  The lake is host to a variety of wildlife ranging from migratory water birds, alligators, to a number of marine animals including Blue Crab, Atlantic stingray, mullet, striped bass and other fish species.



This is the "slow life".  The pace here is leisurely.  Boating, Fishing, Canoeing, Paddleboarding, or just enjoyment of life on the river.  There are many tributaries on the St. Johns River, where you will experience exotic wildlife including turtles, manatee, bald eagles, alligator, ospreys, white tailed deer, gray fox, gopher, and over 200 species of birds.  Shady live oaks, magnolias, pine and palmetto trees are abundant throughout.  Watch the incredible sunsets on the St. Johns River.

If you are interested in purchasing a home in Astor, FL,  this property at 1932 Alice Drive was attractively priced at only $429,000 for a beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bath direct riverfront home with your own private Dock and Remote Control 5000LB Lift.  The Entire backyard is a beautiful brick paver patio which is perfect for BBQ's, Outdoor Dining, Firepit or just relaxing and watching the activity on the river.  The floor plan on this direct riverfront home is open & spacious, and light and airy with St. John River views from almost every angle.  A 2 -car garage, and extra storage shed are on the property.  This home has a deep lot measuring 75x267'.  

If you are looking for chain restaurants and an active night life, this is not for you. Crickets and croaking frogs might be the most entertainment you will find here at night.

Astor Florida is located on SR 40 between Ocala and Ormond Beach in the Ocala National Forest. Located approximately 43 minutes (31.4) miles from Ormond Beach FL on the east coast of Florida.

When you do want shopping, entertainment and chain restaurants, Ormond Beach FL is only about a 43 minute drive on the East Coast of Florida.  In Ormond Beach you will enjoy the beach, abundance of fine restaurants, museums, golf, parks, and great shopping. 

In nearby Daytona Beach, the Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR Events are held throughout the year.  Daytona Beach International Airport is also located in Daytona Beach. 

River House on St. Johns River Astor Fl



Wikipedia, Astor, Florida

USDA Forest Service, Astor Florida - Ocala National Forest

Astor Bridge Marina


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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Joyce, the history that you shared in this post is extremely interesting! Congrats on the sale of the Astor, Florida home and thanks for the intriguing history lesson!

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Joyce Marsh
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Thank you very much Pat.  This part of Florida has a very interesting history and I enjoyed writing the blog and especially enjoyed selling the property.  

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