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Written by John Hillman

On July 13, 2018

Overview

 

Crane Island is a luxury 113-home master planned community coming soon to Florida’s Amelia Island, a part of the Sea Islands Chain of barrier islands on the Atlantic Coast. With over 3,500 feet of Intracoastal Waterway frontage and over 4,000 feet abutting salt marshes, the 185-acre site is the last parcel of waterfront land on Amelia Island. The sustainable community will preserve approximately 100 acres, including the majority of the mature maritime forest – a unique feature that creates seasonality within the coastal environment. Upon completion, Crane Island will more than double the home sites available on the Intracoastal Waterway.

 

With the first phase opening in Spring 2019, Crane Island will emerge as a connected island hamlet that celebrates the site’s history and natural surroundings, complete with a bird sanctuary, community park, gardens, walking and biking paths, day dock and beach access. At Crane Island, every home will offer a beautiful gift to the street with approximately 25 percent of space dedicated to the porch experience. Custom homes Price range from $850,000 to $4,000,000.

 

Design

 

A variety of design teams, including Tim Brown Architecture TS Adamas Studios, a firm known for its modern farmhouses, and Historical Concepts, the same team behind Palmetto Bluff, have formed a world class Architectural Guild to design a vernacular unique to Crane Island.

 

The architecture will take its cues from the canopy of Spanish moss and sea of palm fronds, and embody a low country, coastal luxe aesthetic. Four architectural styles will gently guide the custom home designs.

 

Each home will maximize exposure to the island and feature a stunning front porch, a signature experience for the community. Crane Island will be a low impact development, incorporating innovative water and energy conservation techniques such as bioswales to minimize its footprint on the environment. The four homebuilders are Pickett Construction, the custom home division of Dream Finders Homes, Riverside Homes and Cam Bradford Homes.

Phone 904-432-8390

 

Vision

 

The vision for Crane Island was born from two longtime friends and business executives, Saad Wallan and Jack Healan Jr. It’s the first new development in the area offering deep water access to the Intracoastal Waterway in 15 years. Both Wallan and Healan are committed to honoring and protecting the island’s storied past and natural environment, and building a timeless, connected community where life begins and ends on the front porch.

 

Wallan, an international businessman, brings experience from his tenure in the automotive, aviation and real estate industries. Healan, former President of the Amelia Island Company, is highly regarded for his 30-plus years of involvement in the development of Amelia Island Plantation, Marsh Lakes and Brady Point Preserve. In 2012, they formed a partnership to pursue real estate opportunities. Recognizing Crane Island as Amelia Island’s final waterfront property, the partners purchased it in 2014. The community is slated for completion in 2024.

 

Lifestyle  

 

Life at Crane Island will revolve around Alice Park, a centrally located grand lawn named after the island’s last inhabitant, Sarah Alice Broadbent. The park will span the width of the island, from 100 feet on marsh to 800 linear feet on direct Intracoastal Waterway. It will provide incredible “through” views across the entire island. The park will play host to community events and spontaneous social gatherings, serving as the heart of the destination.

 

The amenity for Crane Island embodies the great traditions of community gathering houses is called “The River House”. The River House will anchor Alice Park on the South End, and will feature, an elevated pool overlooking the Intracoastal, a state-of-the-art fitness center, bocce courts and day dock with kayak and paddle board storage. The River House will also serve as the trailhead for an 8-foot-wide path for bikers, pedestrians and golf carts that provides a direct connection to the beach. In addition, Crane Island will offer residents access to community docks – an environmentally responsible alternative to a marina.

 

Outside the gated community, Crane Island residents will enjoy the City of Fernandina National Historic District, which spans 50 blocks of specialty shops, boutiques, historic sites and restaurants. Residents will also have access to two nearby marinas, as well as the opportunity to join the prestigious Amelia Island Club, which features two golf courses, 23 clay tennis courts, two fitness facilities and a luxury beach club with dining, pool and beachside services.

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