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Lifestyle Properties

Lifestyle Properties is a family business, and every decision leading to its formation was rooted in the importance of family. When deciding what profession in which to launch his second career, Craig decided on real estate. The flexible schedule meant he never missed a sporting event for either of his children, Cody and Megan. From the beginning, real estate has been a business that revolved around family, and Craig operates this business with the belief that customers are just extended family that deserve to be represented by a consultant rather than a salesman.

Once Craig and Mary’s children were off to college, Mary began helping Craig full-time, and together they grew the business to new heights. Mary’s licensing in 2010 was the real start of Lifestyle Properties, even though the name would not come about for a few more years. After college, Cody returned home and joined the family business. Mary is still very much involved in the business though she is rarely in the office these days. Craig spent a great deal of time teaching Cody the ins and outs of real estate and they have joined several different coaching and marketing firms to stay on the cutting edge of real estate marketing. They have sifted through all of this information and distilled what they believe to be the most effective combination of marketing tools both in print and online to provide the greatest exposure possible for the people they represent.

Their slogan, Make Amelia Home, came about during the analysis of the different marketing strategies they would employ and combining that with their favorite part of the business. For Craig and Cody real estate is about more than making a living, its about maximizing life. Real estate affords them the freedom to spend time with family and friends creating wonderful memories. Many former customers are good friends, and the Bennett’s continue to make lasting memories through the business. It also gives them the opportunity to introduce people to the bright and vibrant place which they call home. But how do you boil this down into a few words? Ultimately we decided on “Make Amelia Home” because once you visit the island it will seduce you into staying. The sound of the ocean, gentle breezes, friendly, smiling faces and slower pace of life will help you relax more completely than you knew was possible. People start out vacationing here, but after a while, they decide to make this their permanent home. That's what happened with our family and it is what has happened with many of our customers. Ultimately the lifestyle we love only exists on Amelia and once you experience it, you will want to “Make Amelia Home” too.

Featured Agents

Cody Bennett

Broker Associate

904-432-3343
904-556-1001
License Number: BK3325910
cody@ameliaproperties.com

Cody grew up on Amelia Island hearing the siren call of the ocean throughout his youth. After high school he went on to college at Auburn University, but always felt something was missing. Don’t get me wrong he loved Auburn and thoroughly enjoyed his time there, pursuing an Aerospace Engineering degree. Auburn, known as “The Loveliest Village on the Plains,” and the Tigers who roam there, are another of his passions. Ultimately, the siren call of the ocean was too strong and he returned home to the smell of the salt air and the warmth of the Florida sun. Not surprisingly, his favorite hobby is scuba diving and he holds the Dive Control Specialist certification from SSI. Cody is also an avid outdoorsman and when not exploring the ocean’s depths, he can be found on a gun range training, or in the woods hunting. So how does one go from engineering, diving, and hunting to real estate? Introducing people to wonders of Amelia Island and helping position them to fall in love with the ocean as Cody has, is the family business. He followed his parents into real estate, and brought with him his fierce tenacity for all he pursues. His knowledge of the island, ability to listen to people, and drive for excellence make him a natural at finding the perfect home, or get away for those with whom he conducts business. You can rest assured that he will take the time to get to know you, find out what you want and need in a home and then help you go get it. The real estate market is ever changing just like the ocean’s depths, and chasing down his clients dream homes holds the thrill of the hunt for Cody. Real estate is not only the family business, but also a natural fit from someone with his unique passions and experiences.

Craig Bennett

Broker / Owner

904-432-3343
904-556-1122
License Number: BK661383
craig@ameliaproperties.com

Craig Bennett, Top Producing Agent on Amelia Island For local businessman Craig Bennett, Amelia Island is a place where memories are made. A native of South Georgia, Craig has been a regular visitor to the Island since he was a teenager. The draw of the ocean breezes, abundant wildlife, sandy beaches and friendly neighbors enticed Mr. Bennett enough to permanently call Amelia Island home. After fifteen successful years as an IBM client executive, Craig decided to make a career change in 1998. He took this opportunity to utilize his client relationship skills gained at IBM and apply them to the real estate industry. By 2004, he reached the Re/Max Platinum club level which put him in the top 3% of all real estate agents nationwide. For all the amenities and recreational activities available on the Island, what Craig enjoys the most is spending quality time with his wife, Mary and catching up with their two adult children, Cody and Megan. The Bennett's involvement in their church enables them to fulfill a passion to help others. Craig has also been active in the local Coast Guard Auxiliary where he reached the rank of Vice Flotilla Commander. Craig helped establish the Sotheby's International Realty branch office in Amelia Island as the Broker of record for its first three years of operation before moving on. The move provided the opportunity to grow a team of like-minded professionals and for him to bring his vision of unmatched customer service to more people. To this end, he and his son Cody, opened Lifestyle Properties. The flexibility of an independent brokerage allows for a more dynamic and streamlined process as well as removing obstacles inherent in the old “Big Brand” model of real estate sales. Their combined knowledge of the local market along with the tools and systems put into place work together to provide the most effective marketing possible. Real Estate Professional in Amelia Island, FL Since beginning his real estate career, Craig has been active in the local Real Estate Board and MLS and has held a myriad of positions including: Grievance committee chair, Professional Standards chair, AINCAR Director, MLS Board member, MLS President, Political Outreach
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