“Sandy and I grew tired of the traffic, development activity and weather of south Florida four years ago and began to look for a more tranquil life style. We looked as far north as Tennessee and the Carolinas and finally found The Riverwalk at Fanning Springs. To us The Riverwalk represents an oasis of calm and beauty in a part of Florida that has escaped the un-principled expansion of commercial enterprise. We have constructed and now live in a home that meets our need for spiritual tranquility and an active life style amongst the beauty of an oak hammock. We have met new friends and have unstructured social engagement.
We are impressed with the Padot’s commitment to develop a small community on what was a family farm while preserving the natural beauty that represents this part of Florida. Trees are cut down only as absolutely necessary, and the infrastructure has been built around and through natural areas. As on ongoing commitment to natural preservation, David has deeded a portion of the natural wooded areas to the Suwannee River Management Association. This means these areas will always be preserved in their natural state.
Both Sandy and I retired from an oil company, Sandy was involved in administration and I was engaged in engineering and facilities operation. For ten years we were actively committed to a boating lifestyle and did extensive cruising in a blue water sailboat. Then we slowed down a bit and took up motor coach traveling. We still travel by motor home and at The Riverwalk are involved in landscaping and motorcycle riding. As an experienced motorcycle rider I have been very pleased with the well maintained roads in this part of Florida. We enjoy rides to the local springs and as far north as the panhandle.
We both exercise regularly at the clubhouse facilities. One of our simple pleasures is to have coffee on our front porch after our exercise, and enjoy the view from our new home. Often we see deer, lots of squirrels, wild turkey and other critters. I can’t recall an area with more birds, large and small. We even observed a young bald eagle in our back yard.
An engineer is involved with the physical world and normally unswayed by the spiritual. It was a surprise to me to find a spiritual component to my life when I experience The Riverwalk each day.
Come and enjoy what we have found at The Riverwalk of Fanning Springs.”
Jack and Sandy Thompson
“We spent our career years in Laurel, Maryland, mid-way between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. In retirement we wanted CLEAN AIR and a SMALL TOWN ATMOSPHERE. We lived nine years in Cedar Key, Florida, forty miles south of Fanning Springs, before discovering The Riverwalk while bicycling along the Nature Coast Trail, part of the Florida Greenways System. Favorably impressed with The Riverwalk community, we bought a lot in The Preserve (section) near to the Nature Coast Trail gate. We commenced building a Wilcox (floor plan) home while renting a house in The Riverwalk’s Greenways section, immediately after selling our home in Cedar Key.
We have both CLEAN AIR and a SMALL TOWN ATMOSPHERE through living in The Riverwalk. Ruth and I both are active and the Nature Coast Trail is key to our exercise routines. Ruth walks the trail with our dog, Gracie, and I bicycle the trail daily. Going north, the trail crosses the Suwannee River in two miles, over a beautiful converted railroad bridge and accesses many rural, low traffic, flat roads in Gilchrist and Dixie counties that are great for bicycling. The total length of the Nature Coast Trail is 31.7 miles. The Riverwalk’s immediate trail access is one of its outstanding features. Also, the Clubhouse at The Riverwalk has a well-equipped fitness studio that we use regularly.
From The Riverwalk, it is 10 miles or less to the communities of Chiefland and Trenton for local shopping and services. For a wider choice of shopping and services, it is 35 miles straight east via Florida Highway 26 to the center of Gainesville, home of the University of Florida. A small city, Gainesville is a regional medical center and has a regional airport. The Alachua County Library System is the largest library system in north central Florida and issues library cards to Gilchrist County residents at no charge.
The community of The Riverwalk provides for comfortable and active living in a beautiful natural environment that is safe, friendly and peaceful.”
Jeffrey Skubi and Ruth Hernandez
Jeffrey Skubi – Retired (Career: Wine Sales, Management and Marketing) Ruth Hernandez – Retired (Career: Human Resources, The University of Florida and Maryland Public Schools)
“We searched for seven years to find “just the right place” to live. We were searching for a secluded, peaceful location near a major university yet also within driving distance to other major cities. We had lived in overdeveloped gated communities and neighborhoods before and desired an escape from corporate developments.
The day we drove along the gently curved ribbon of asphalt approaching the gates of The Riverwalk, we knew we had discovered something special. Our immediate reaction was of relief at the impression of serene natural surroundings.
Upon meeting Davey Padot, and later his family, their insurmountable pride in the development was evident. Their love of the land and desire to preserve much of the natural forestation was obvious. The true attractor for us was their loyalty to family and genuine interest in people they came in contact with. This is not a corporate development. We are not numbers here. This is a beautiful, serene, well-planned community nestled into the natural environment where neighbors know one another and gather often to celebrate one another!
We continue to remind ourselves how fortunate we are to have found The Riverwalk. We are comforted by our home, our neighbors and by the environment here. We truly are home.”
Michael and Michelle McNerney
“Oak Trees and cardinals and white picket fences.
Green lawns and tin roofs and tennis court benches;
Woodpeckers, Hummingbirds, Blue Jay and Wren,
Butterflies, gophers and deer now and then;
Magnolia and Dogwood, Crepe Myrtle and roses
Azaleas and Sweet gum and green garden hoses;
Shaded front porches with sofas and swings
A snapshot of Riverwalk, Fanning Springs.
This beautiful, gated community is surrounded by horse farms, cattle ranches, bike trails, pristine springs and the Suwannee River. Only forty minutes from Gainesville, the location affords residents access to excellent health care, shopping, cultural events, the University of Florida and Gator athletics.
Davey Padot and his extended family live in Riverwalk. Their presence positively impacts the sense of community among the residents. Great amenities, beautiful environment and friendly neighbors make Riverwalk a wonderful place to live!”
Bob and Nancy Durham
“My wife and I would like to thank Mr. Rodney Wade for the wonderful job of building our house. He is extremely detail oriented and saw that every aspect of our home was constructed to the highest standards. He is a pleasure to work with and very attentive to customer satisfaction. Mr. Wade went out of his way to create our home to a level beyond our expectations. We can wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Wade and his company, Wade Custom Homes, to anyone wanting a beautiful, well constructed home by an honest and caring professional. Our entire building process was a pleasure and was made so by our association with Mr. Wade. We feel we were blessed to have had him as our builder.”
Judy and John Droughton
“Our Experience with Wade Custom Homes is how custom home building should be. Every step of the way we were informed and, if we desired, involved. Mr. Wade’s patience and eagerness to please made the project speed along and gave us the exact end product we wanted! We’ve recommended Wade Custom Homes to everyone, and will continue to do so. If you want a contractor that will EXCEED your expectations, Wade Custom Homes is your answer.”