History of St. Augustine Shores


In the late 1960’s, early 1970’s, Frank and Robert Mackle planned a community to be called The St. Augustine Shores.  The Mackle brothers formed the Deltona Corporation to develop and manage the community located 4.5 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida, the “oldest permanent settlement in North America.”

The Deltona Corporation started clearing 2020 acres of land for development, leaving many beautiful native Florida trees to add character to the community. As part of the community’s plan, several parcels of land were dedicated for recreation, education, and worship facilities.  The Shores has 58 acres set aside for the development of parks and 45 acres designated for recreational sites on the Intracoastal Waterway.  A 12,000 sq ft recreation building is located on the waterway. Click here for map.

The Riverview has a 180,000-gallon pool, adjoining a kiddie park, picnic area, horseshoe pits, volleyball, and sports field.  The Riverview Facility houses a 5,500 square foot ballroom, two multi-purpose rooms, a conference room, and kitchen facilities available for rental.  This waterfront property boasts a 500 foot pier with gazebo, that extends into the Intercoastal Waterway and provides an exceptional opportunity for anglers, wildlife observers, and sunrise/sunset seekers who reside in the St. Augustine Shores.  For golfers, there is the St. Augustine Shores Golf Club, a private 18 hole, par 70 course for the veteran and novice golfer.
Residents enjoy walking, biking, or jogging along the more than 150 miles of bike paths, sidewalks, and 14 lakes/ponds.  There is a middle school and a high school near the community with W. Douglas Hartley Elementary, an award winning school in St. Johns County,  located within the Shores.  

Currently the St. Augustine Shores is a community of more than 3,500 housing units, with more than 9,000 residents. Home prices vary depending on the location and phase that the home was built in. The early phase homes start around $250k and the newer luxury homes start around $500k. 

The Shores is a community for homeowners seeking their first home, looking to scale-down, or the buyer hunting for a premier neighborhood featuring a luxury homebuilder.  The newest development in the Shores is KB Homes- Sabal Estates and is developing quality single-family homes with oversized lots.
The St. Augustine Shores is governed by the St. Augustine Shores Service Corporation.  Each owner upon purchase of their home becomes an automatic member of the corporation (otherwise known as the HOA) and elects a seven member board of directors to manage and develop policy for the Service Corp.  The board hires a Licensed Community Association Manager to deal with the day-to-day operations of the Association and provide organizational leadership for the Association.

Mission Statement

The mission of the St. Augustine Shores Service Corporation is to provide a framework through which property values and architectural aesthetics are maintained and appropriately enhanced by:

  • Control of architectural standards

  • Maintainance of the recreational facilities and supported activities

  • Support of state-mandated environmental standards

  • Ground maintenance and beautification programs

  • Deed restriction enforcement program