WaterWalk opens LIVE | STAY property in Jacksonville

WaterWalk has opened its first property in Florida and its newest property under the brand’s Gen 2.0 LIVE |STAY model, WaterWalk Jacksonville, located in the Deerwood neighborhood, southeast of downtown Jacksonville.

“Jacksonville is a hub for travel, business, education and everywhere in between,” said Mimi Oliver, CEO, WaterWalk. “Whether providing flexible accommodations for University of North Florida visitors, military families of the nearby Jacksonville Naval Air Station, traveling nurses and more, WaterWalk Jacksonville will bring the comforts of home regardless of the reason for lodging. We’ve already seen strong demand for this property—with more 60% of the LIVE units presold before opening day, and we’re eager to begin providing the Jacksonville community with unsurpassed flexibility and upscale design in extended-stay.”

The property has 126 rooms—76 fully furnished STAY units and 50 ready-to-furnish LIVE units that range in size from studios to two-bedroom spaces both with and without balconies.

“WaterWalk is laser-focused on continuing to provide guests with unsurpassed flexibility that is designed to adapt for ever-changing consumer trends,” said Stephen Armstrong, SVP, WaterWalk. “Our properties offer the convenience of a short-term stay that goes above traditional accommodations with upscale design and thoughtful shared amenities while simultaneously offering the unmatched flexibility of an unfurnished hotel room that can be customized for longer-term stays that don’t skimp on full-size, in-unit features.”

Each accommodation style features a fully equipped kitchen with full-size appliances including a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and range, along with a pantry and kitchen island. Additionally, each unit features a full-size washer and dryer, as well as a bathroom that includes a vanity and a walk-in shower.

The common areas of the property include The Living Room in the lobby, featuring a bean-to-cup espresso station, a lending library with books for guests to borrow and return, workstations with a printer, seating areas, oversized wall-mounted board games and a TV. The property also offers a fitness center; an outdoor pool; a back patio with lounging furniture, firepits, lawn games and a grilling area; 24/7 concierge service; complimentary WiFi and all-inclusive utilities.

WaterWalk’s pipeline consists of numerous Gen 2.0 properties under development, which will result in a portfolio that doubles in size by the end of 2024. WaterWalk Jacksonville marks the brand’s fifth opening this year and will be followed by another opening in Huntsville, AL, this winter.