If you drive on State Road 207 between St. Augustine and Palatka, you could miss Flagler Estates. It is off the beaten path and no markers designate its existence on the main thoroughfare. But it is there, a 10,000-acre subdivision just southeast of Hastings, and is home to more than 1,400 families. The area originally known as Gopher Ridge and later The Six-T Ranch Corp., was purchased in 1969 by World Wide Development Company of Florida and cleared with the intention of farming. The farming thing didn’t really work out and World Wide sold out to Florida General Equities and Flagler Estates was born.
Deep Creek, a solid stretch of water, used mainly for fishing, runs through the area and flows into the St. Johns River. Most of the property is in St. Johns County but nearly 2,000 lots are in Flagler County. You can get to Flagler Estates via the main entrance off State Road 13 or west from Yelvington, north from J. Flake or west and north from Cracker Swamp.
Acre plus lots, open rural zoning and buy, build or bring your own home have made the subdivision desirable to those looking to capture some old Florida charm by way of country living.