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Featured Employee: Meet Kristy!

Categories: Providence News | Posted: January 15, 2019

When you’re looking for the right home buying team, you need people who aren’t only great at what they do, but also love what they do. At Providence Homes, our team loves nothing more than helping homeowners like you find and settle into your dream home in beautiful Jacksonville, Florida. This week, we’re excited to introduce you to our wonderful Warranty Supervisor, Kristy Bell!

A hard worker and dedicated team member, there is so much to love about Kristy — but it’s her passion for life and ability to inspire others that have made such a positive impact on both our team and our homeowners. Having worked in everything from sales to local politics by the time she was 40, the opportunity to work for Providence Homes came at the perfect moment.

“I happened upon the most rewarding career of my life. I didn’t realize that you could find your calling at such an age!” Kristy says. “I was given a chance to work for Providence and it was the best thing I have ever done.” Excited to come to work every day, Kristy believes that our team is so much more than just a company… She thinks of Providence Homes as a family that supports each other both professionally and personally.

Best of all, Kristy truly loves what she does, especially getting to meet new people daily and interact with homeowners and their families (and pets too!) Her favorite part is seeing how homeowners have come to turn their house a home. “I love to teach my homeowners how to maintain their beautiful new home so it stays that way for years to come!”Kristy Bell Featured Employee

Outside of the office, Kristy is just as vibrant and fun as when you’re working with her. A few of her hobbies include spending her weekends fishing with her family and friends, visiting the beach, and doing anything outdoors. She says that she doesn’t have a bucket list because she wants to live each day to the fullest with no regrets. This positivity, which shines through in every part of her work, is one of the many reasons why your home building journey will be as remarkable and memorable as can be.

Last but not least, Kristy attributes much of her happiness and success to her husband, Jon, her two sons, Justin and Johnny, her granddaughter, Avery, and her “bonus child,” Austen. “Family is everything to me,” Kristy says. “I am so blessed!”
As hard-working and attentive as she is kind, we’re so proud to have Kristy on the Providence Homes team. Thank you for all that you do, Kristy! We’re so lucky to have you by our side. For more information on our homes in Jacksonville, please visit our website or give us a call at 904-447-0724. Kristy can’t wait to meet you!

Featured Employee: Meet Tralena!

Categories: Providence News | Posted: December 20, 2018

At Providence Homes, our fun and friendly team wants nothing more than to make your days extraordinary. Finally, it’s your time to sit back, relax, and enjoy every moment of the life that you choose, and we couldn’t be more excited to accompany you on this journey!

This week, we’re happy to introduce an employee who brings positivity to our office and homeowners day in and day out. Tralena Taratus, our wonderful Permitting and Construction Administrator, is one of the reasons why your homebuilding process will be easy and enjoyable from start to finish.

Having worked for an architectural firm and in several construction positions for over 20 years, Tralena decided to try her hand at roles in other industries. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for a certain job ad to draw her back into the homebuilding world… and we’re thankful every day that she saw it!

Tralena is now coming up on her 3-year anniversary with Providence Homes, and it’s safe to say that she makes a significant impact on everyone she comes across. Whether she’s inspiring fellow employees to overcome a challenge, or sending positive light to homeowners, Tralena is the kind of person you want to surround yourself with. Here, she loves that she continues to learn new tasks that push her to be the best at what she does — “Providence Homes is a great company to work for and a great group of people to work with!”

Without question, her favorite part about her role is interacting and communicating with others (which is no surprise because she’s such a pleasure to talk to!) Tralena has the opportunity to not only work with everyone in the company on some level, but also with our developers, sub-contractors, and building staff. This means that she knows the Providence Homes family inside out, and understands what’s at its heart.

There’s never a dull moment in her job, and she looks forward to coming to work each morning. In fact, she’s hesitant to use the word “job” at all because what she does feels so natural and rewarding to her. When an employee genuinely loves what they do, that love shows up in every part of their work, and this couldn’t ring more true for Tralena.

Most importantly, Tralena lives and breathes the value of family. She’s married to her best friend, has raised six amazing children, and is now blessed with five awesome grandchildren. Together, they love to be outside and hang out by the pool, and when the weather’s just right, Tralena and her husband go camping, hunting, and fishing. One day, she hopes to have a large piece of land to share with her family — “each with their own space, but close enough that we can depend on each other in a moment’s notice.”

All of us at Providence Homes want to thank Tralena for the positivity and joy she brings to our office and our homeowners every day! We can’t wait for you to see how much fun she is to work with. For more information on our homes and communities, please visit our website, or give us a call at 904-447-0724.

Grand Opening at Oxford Estates

Categories: Neighborhood News | Posted: December 3, 2018

In scenic Oxford Estates, the home of your dreams is waiting for you! Providence Homes is now selling our spectacular, award-winning Pinnacle Collection, priced between $400-$700k. When you live in one of these contemporary, comfortable, and energy-efficient homes in St. Johns County, you understand the meaning of there’s no place like home.

With no CDD fees, Oxford Estates is a beautiful gated community where you and your family can spend your days in the amenity center, lounging by the pristine pool, and soaking up the sun on a scenic walking trail. Conveniently nestled near Jacksonville and St. Augustine, and filled with the peace and privacy you love, living here is all about comfort, luxury, and enjoying simple pleasures.

Enhance your life in a home that reflects your style and values! You have the option to choose from 10 stunning floor plans, each one expertly designed with modern, innovative features including 10’ ceilings, a kitchen island with granite countertop, a ceramic tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, a walk-in pantry, a luxurious garden tub, and so much more.Oxford Estates Home

Not to mention, every one of our homes are 100% ENERGY STAR® certified, which means that the absolute best technology (including an advanced conditioned attic system) provides an exceptional energy performance. For the 4th year in a row, we’re proud to have earned the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy!

Best of all, we’re now offering an incredible SALES SPECTACULAR. For a limited time only, Providence Homes will contribute up to $20,000 towards closing costs, prepaids, and/or options with the use of preferred lender ($5,000 must to be applied towards closing costs on all sales, including cash purchases).

Please contact Melissa Matthews, Providence Realty LLC, for more details or to schedule an appointment: 904-447-0724 or salesinfo@providencehomesinc.com.
Perfect for families of all sizes, this bright and vibrant community is as comforting as the Florida sun. We can’t wait for you to see how sweet life is in Oxford Estates! For more information, please visit our website, or give us a call at 904-447-0724. We look forward to working with you!

The Fanning – Quick Move-In Home at Trailmark

Categories: Quick Move-In Homes | Posted: November 26, 2018

Energy Efficiency never looked so good! The award winning Fanning Quick Move-In Home is a spacious 2,346 Sq. Ft. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified home featuring Dining Room, Family Room, Loft, Covered Patio and 2-Car Garage. Appointments include ceramic tile flooring in the Foyer, Family Room, Kitchen/Cafe, Laundry Room and all bathrooms, Quartz Kitchen Countertops w/ Island, Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances, Bay window at Café, Ceramic Tile Backsplash and more.

Providence Homes is Jacksonville’s leader in the design and construction of energy efficient homes. We have earned four (4) consecutive ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Awards by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy – more than all of the other area builders combined. All of our homes 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified and built with a new innovative conditioned attic system using spray foam insulation. You may not find a more energy-efficient home in the area!

Ask about our SALES SPECTACULAR! For a limited time Providence Homes will contribute up to 3% towards closing costs and pre-paids and or options with the use of preferred lender (a minimum of $5,000 must to be applied towards closing costs on all sales, including cash purchases). Contact Melissa Matthews, Providence Realty LLC for more details or to schedule an appointment at 904-447-0724 or salesinfo@providencehomesinc.com

Employee Spotlight: Meet Don Hamilton!

Categories: Community Involvement | Posted: November 13, 2018

At Providence Homes, our team is inspired by our pledge to make a difference. Every day, we work hard to provide our customers not only with beautiful, affordable homes, but with the kind of service that we would want for ourselves. Each one of our team members is a valuable part of what makes us different!

This week, we want to introduce you to Don Hamilton, a man who has a wealth of experience in many different fields, and has brought it all with him to Providence Homes! As a Supervisor, Don’s role is to oversee the building of each home. “I think the most exciting thing about being a part of Providence Homes is also the most challenging. When it comes down to it, my job is to delight each buyer throughout the process, to make sure that they are pleased with their decision to select Providence Homes to build their home.”Don Hamilton Featured Employee

Since graduating from college, Don has worked in a variety of fields, including as a teacher and coach in the public school system. “I have worked in the construction industry for the last eighteen years in various positions, including as a residential contractor.

“One of the things I love most about my job is the actual process of building a house. But, it can also be daunting because there are so many moving parts. I love a challenge!”

Don’s competitive streak probably explains his love of sports! “I have always enjoyed participating and watching sports. Now I play a lot of tennis… mostly mixed doubles with my wife.” In fact, attending a tennis grand slam event at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open is on Don’s bucket list. As is visiting Scotland. (Don, see if you can track down Andy Murray for a match when you’re in Scotland!)

What’s Don’t greatest personal achievement? “I have been married to my wonderful wife, Judy, for 41 years. We have four children, three of them married, and we have six grandchildren. God has blessed me beyond measure with the people in my life!”


We’re so proud to have Don on the team! His experience and positive attitude help to make us a stronger family every day.  For more information on finding your new home – and having the opportunity to meet Don – call our Online Sales Counselor, Melissa Matthews, Providence Realty, LLC at 904-447-0724. We can’t wait to help you find your new dream home!

Providence Homes Employee Spotlight: Meet William

Categories: Providence News | Posted: October 23, 2018

At Providence Homes, our team is inspired by our pledge to make a difference. Every day, we work hard to provide our customers not only with beautiful, affordable homes, but with the kind of service that we would want for ourselves. Each one of our team members is a valuable part of what makes us different!

This week, we’re excited to introduce William Kelly, an employee who wears a variety of hats – and is indispensable! As our Sales and Marketing Coordinator, William is everywhere – from the main office to our model homes. He’s also our de facto in-house tech guy. When our systems and devices are acting up, William’s the one we call! “I like that I get to do so many different things within the company,” he says. “I’m always doing something interesting!”

When it comes to being part of the Providence team, William couldn’t be happier. “It makes me excited that we build a good-quality product. I like how all of the small – and not so small – improvements we make to standard homes combine into something that I can be proud of.”

William came to Providence Homes straight from the University of Florida. “I traveled a bit after college. But seeing all 50 states is on my bucket list. I have quite a few checked off already, but it would be fun to see them all.” In addition to traveling, he also enjoys watching movies. “I have a large collection.”Providence Homes William Employee

Family is important to William. In fact, his greatest personal achievement is adopting his daughter, formerly his stepdaughter. “I grew up on 23 acres, and my parents had a huge assortment of animals, including birds, horses, sheep and a cow. My dad is a veterinarian, so most of them were rescues.”


We’re so proud to have William on the team! His work ethic and values help to make us a stronger family every day.  For more information on finding your new home – and having the opportunity to meet William – call our Online Sales Counselor, Melissa Matthews, Providence Realty, LLC at 904-447-0724. We can’t wait to help you find your new dream home!

The Apopka – Quick Move-In Home at Liberty Cove in Nocatee

Categories: Quick Move-In Homes | Posted: October 15, 2018

The Apopka in Liberty Cove at Crosswater in Nocatee – 396 Vista Lake Circle Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 features 1,627 Sq Ft. of living space with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, Kitchen/Cafe, Family Room, Covered Patio on conservation homesite and 2-Car Garage.

This 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified home is designed and built with a new innovative conditioned attic. By applying foam insulation under the roof deck and making the attic part of the conditioned space, many of the undesirable conditions found in a traditional unconditioned attic are eliminated. The end result is greater energy efficiency, lower energy bills, increased moisture control and potentially a much healthier living environment.

Interior & Exterior appointments include:

  • Wood Flooring at Foyer, Kitchen, Cafe and Family Room
  • Ceramic Tile Flooring at Laundry and all Bathrooms
  • Quartz Kitchen Countertops
  • Soft Close Cabinets Drawers in Kitchen
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Ceramic Tile Kitchen Backsplash
  • Bay Window at Owner’s Suite
  • Tray Ceiling with Decorative Crown at Family Room
  • 8’ Interior Doors throughout
  • Water Softener Loop & Drain
  • Brick Paver Driveway and Walkway
  • Gutters at Front and Rear
  • And more!

Energy-Efficient Features:

  • Conditioned attic system w/ spray foam insulation for superior energy savings
  • Engineered HVAC System
  • 16 SEER Trane Variable Speed Air Handler
  • High Performance Vinyl windows w/ Low-E Glass
  • Programmable Thermostat
  • 2×6 exterior walls w/ R-21 Insulation
  • DuPont Tyvek Housewrap
  • Natural Gas Tankless Hot Water Heater
  • CFL Lighting and Fixtures
  • And more!

ENERGY STAR® Inspections & Certifications:

  • “As Built” HERS Score by Certified ENERGY STAR® Rater
  • On-site visual Thermal Enclosure System Inspection
  • Grade 1 Level Insulation Installation
  • HVAC System Quality Installation
  • Blower Door Test
  • Duct Blaster Test
  • Air Flow Test
  • Refrigerant Test
  • Water Management System
  • 100% ENERGY STAR® Certification 

Seller will contribute up to $15,000 towards closing costs, pre-paids and or options with the use of preferred lender. $5,000 must to be applied towards closing costs. 

Employee Spotlight Providence Homes: Meet Kelly

Categories: Providence News | Posted: October 9, 2018

At Providence Homes, our team is inspired by our pledge to make a difference. Every day, we work hard to provide our customers not only with beautiful, affordable homes, but with the kind of service that we would want for ourselves. Each one of our team members is a valuable part of what makes us different!

This week, we’re excited to introduce an employee who brings sunshine to our office (and our customers) day in and day out. Kelly Hicks, our Pre-Construction Coordinator, is one of the nicest and most trustworthy partners you’ll work with on your homebuilding journey.Kelly Hicks Providence Homes

Kelly has worked in the real estate and mortgage business in one form or another for 38 years. (Yes, that’s almost 4 decades!) With extensive experience under her belt, Kelly guarantees top-notch service to everyone she works with, as well as a genuine friendship along the way.

When it comes to her role at Providence Homes, Kelly absolutely loves the customization component —

“I find it exhilarating helping our buyers personalize their new homes!” Kelly also feels best when homeowners let her know that her help was valuable.

Outside of the office, Kelly enjoys the great outdoors, and you can usually find her hiking, kayaking, or playing with her dog, Beau. Of course, the top of her bucket list is to travel, travel, travel. But her greatest accomplishment so far has been being a mother to her grown sons (and becoming a grandmother to her first grandchild, Ronin.)

Kelly says, “Providence Homes is a family that I’m proud to be a part of.” We’re so proud to have her, too! Her family values shine through in her work, and help to make us a stronger family every day. All of us can’t wait for you to experience how incredible it is to work with Kelly!

For more information on finding your new home and having the opportunity to work with Kelly, please call our Online Sales Counselor, Melissa Matthews, Providence Realty, LLC at 904-447-0724. We can’t wait to help you find your new dream home! We can’t wait to help you find your new dream home!

100% ENERGY STAR® Certified Home Builder!

Categories: Energy Star | Posted: September 21, 2018

Providence Homes is proud to announce that we have been 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified Home Builder since 2010! 

The 100% ENERGY STAR® Certified designation is important because it lets consumers know which homebuilders have made a commitment to building 100% of their homes to meet the stringent Energy Star guidelines. In recognition of our ongoing commitment, Providence Homes has received the 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award honoring our efforts to lead the industry in energy savings and building healthy high performance homes. We are also the recipient of the Energy Star Market Leader Award for an unprecedented nine years in a row – 2010-2018. That’s more than any other Jacksonville home builder…ever!

We understand that home ownership comes with lots of questions and wondering if your home will perform as designed shouldn’t be one of them. With the ENERGY STAR label, our homeowners can relax knowing their new Providence Home has undergone more inspections and testing than comparable code built homes to ensure it will deliver better performanEnergy Star Partnerce and is built to higher standards. We have built more than 1,300 ENERGY STAR® certified homes for families’ right here in the Jacksonville area. Not that we’re counting…

For over 25 years Providence Homes has been recognized locally and nationally for our award-winning and innovative designs. We think it’s great to have our work recognized and take great pride in building homes than can keep up with the energetic families that live inside them while offering a cleaner, healthier environment for all.

For more information on our homes and communities, please call our Online Sales Counselor, Melissa Matthews, Providence Realty, LLC at 904-447-0724. We can’t wait to help you find your new dream home!

Employee Spotlight: Meet Melissa

Categories: Providence News | Posted: September 20, 2018

At Providence Homes, nothing makes our team happier than guiding homeowners through a rewarding, stress-free, and fun process. As your partner on this incredible journey, the joy you feel when you first open your front door is felt by us, too. 

This week, we want you to meet one of the people team members that makes building a home with Providence such an awesome experience. As bright as the Florida sun, Melissa Meide Matthews, our wonderful Internet Sales Advisor, brings joy to whoever she comes across!

A former local realtor With over 15 years of new construction experience in the Jacksonville area, Melissa is comfortable meeting the needs of REALTORS® and using her knowledge of the area to her adProvidence Homes Employeevantage. When it comes to working at Providence Homes, she loves being a part of an innovative local builder that has been in business for almost 30 years, and has the expertise to “make it through the tough ups and downs in the building business that is committed to making a difference.”

Melissa also values work that respects the environment, and takes pride in our mission to lead the industry in environmental protection by building Energy Star Certified homes. Having team members who embody our ideals, both in and out of the office, makes the work that we do that much more special.

As our Internet Sales Advisor, Melissa enjoys the benefits of a flexible, multi-faceted role that always presents something exciting. She particularly loves attending fun industry events and is actively involved with Northeast Florida Builders Association Sales & Marketing Council and Women’s Council of REALTORS®. Melissa is a past President for the Women’s Council of REALTORS® Jacksonville Chapter where she represents Providence Homes and Providence Realty (and of course, we love having her represent us, too!)

Outside of the office, Melissa is just as dynamic and fun as she is when you’re working with her. A few of her favorite hobbies include going to the beach, getting pampered, vacationing with family, exercising with Jax Stroller Strength, going to church, and bargain shopping. With her adventurous spirit and love of leisure, it’s no surprise that staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora is at the top of her bucket list. 

Most importantly, becoming a mom to 3 beautiful children while having a successful career all at the same time has been her greatest personal achievement. A 3rd generation Jacksonville native with a degree in Early Childhood Education, Melissa never ceases to amaze us with her vibrant personality, wide range of interests, and dedication to doing what she loves.

Working with you is such a pleasure, Melissa! All of us at Providence Realty & Providence Homes know that you’ll absolutely love working with her, too. For more information on our homes and communities, you can contact Melissa at 904-447-0724. Melissa can’t wait to help you find your dream home!

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