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Carlyle at Bartram Park in Jacksonville Offers Welcome Respite for Non-Smokers

By Mary Lou Jay (first appeared in Multifamily Florida’s Summer 2016 issue)

Thursday night dinners are never a problem for residents of Carlyle at Bartram Park in Jacksonville. Instead of cooking, they can enjoy selections from the food trucks that visit the apartment community each week. It’s just one of the many special services that Carlyle at Bartram Park provides to make life comfortable and convenient for its residents. 

Located in the fast-growing southern side of Jacksonville, Carlyle at Bartram Park has 336 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The gated apartment community, built in 2009, is part of the 3,928-acre Bartram Park mixed-use, planned development. JMG Realty Inc. purchased Carlyle at Bartram Park in November 2011.
 
Carlyle has been a nonsmoking community since its opening and has earned a Gold Level Smoke-Free Certification from FAA. All residents, guests, and staff members are prohibited from smoking anywhere in the community; that includes the apartment units, all other indoor areas, and all outdoor spaces including green space and parking lots.
 
“Everyone signs a nonsmoking addendum when they move in that states each resident understands they cannot smoke on the property. 
...We have everything in writing so there is no question that they were told about our policy.”
 
“We have made a commitment to being 100 percent smoke-free,” said Dawn Wolter, regional manager for JMG Realty. “Traci Pearce, the community manager, and all the team members make sure that they enforce that policy.” Residents who try to sneak a smoke on their balconies, in stairwells, or in parking lots receive warnings. If they persist in the behavior, the apartment management will terminate their lease.
 
“Everyone signs a nonsmoking addendum when they move in that states each resident understands they cannot smoke on the property,” said Pearce. “We have everything in writing so there is no question that they were told about our policy.” 
The apartment is one of two dozen smoke- free communities in the state. The staff promotes this amenity in advertising materials and on the apartment community’s web- site. “Many people will actually move here because we are nonsmoking,” Pearce said.
 
Cultivating a Sense of Community

Carlyle at Bartram Park offers two one- bedroom, one-bathroom floor plans ranging from 780 to 885 square feet. There are two floor plans for the two-bedroom units as well; they run from 1,059 to 1,159 square feet. The three-bedroom apartment home offers 1,372 square feet of space. 
Luxury features in every unit include nine-foot ceilings, 42-inch soaking tubs, and chef-inspired kitchens with extra-large (six-foot-by-eight-foot) islands. Some of the homes have screened patios or balconies with ceiling fans, and many have a separate laundry room. Residents can also rent separate garages and storage areas.
 
The beautiful grounds include a half- mile walking trail around the community’s lake and fountain. The resort-style swimming pool is open year-round, and residents can often be found relaxing on the pool deck—even in December and January. A deluxe gas grill, a covered outdoor conversation area with fireplace, and picnic tables add to residents’ outside enjoyment.
 
The community’s clubhouse includes a club-size fitness facility with cardio theater and aerobics room, a fireplace, cyber café, built-in gourmet coffee bar, and media wall. This is an energy-efficient building that earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. This certification recognizes that the building was designed in an environmentally responsible way and that it uses resources efficiently. Although the apartments themselves are not LEED certified, they do include some energy- and water-saving features such as low-flow toilets and shower heads. 
While people looking for apartment homes may come to the apartment community because of its amenities, they stay because of the outstanding service provided by the staff.
 
“As a regional manager, I get to hear the positives and the negatives about various apartment communities, and what I hear from the residents at Carlyle at Bartram Park is that the service is just impeccable,” said Wolter. “Putting aside the pool, the fountains, and all of the other amenities, it comes down to residents truly feeling like they are at a world-class resort with world-class service. Traci and her team provide that.”
 
“We love the community, we are proud of the community, and we genuinely care about finding someone an apartment home and having them stay with us for as long as they can,” added Pearce. The staff encourages the sense of community through events such as the weekly food truck visits and monthly get-togethers that range from movie nights by the pool to start-of-the-school-year events where the kids receive backpacks and pizza. For holiday parties, the staff supplies turkey, ham, and all of the fixings for the more than 100 residents who attend.
 
Residents also enjoy the convenience of living at Carlyle at Bartram Park. It is close to I-95, I-295, and A1A and to major employers in the area like Baptist South Hospital and the many businesses at Flagler Center. Beach lovers will also find Carlyle at Bartram Park a convenient place to call home. “We are 15 to 20 minutes from Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville Beach, and we’re close to St. Augustine as well,” said Pearce. 

For more information on Carlyle at Batram Park, please visit http://www.carlyleatbartrampark.com/.