– Jim D. Zeller –

Team Lead, The Luxury Leaders Team

Watson Realty Corp
The Luxury Leaders Team
615 Highway A1A, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082


Tel: 904-473-1168
Fax: 904-285-5330
Cell: 904-772-5592

Markets Served: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida;Nocatee, Florida;Jacksonville, Florida;Jacksonville Beach, Florida;Atlantic Beach, Florida;

Specialties: 1031 Exchanges; Architecturally Significant; Athletes/Celebrities; Country Club Properties; Custom Construction; Executive Relocation; Gated Communities; Golf; International Buyers; Island Properties; Listing Specialist; Marina/Boating; New Homes; Residential Investments; Residential Lots; Resort/Vacation; Senior; Townhomes/Condos; Waterfront/Waterview;

What do Clients Say?

Once more, thank you for helping us find our Florida home. You are so kind and generous, all while being so professional. We are very grateful.

Robert and Rebecca Larys (Buyer)

I have worked with Jim on multiple occasions and he is the best of the best! His knowledge and professionalism are first-rate, and I had a great buyer in a little over a week. Thank you Jim!

Kate Richardson (Buyer)

It was such a pleasure working with Jim. He helped me out when I was in a time of need otherwise I could have been living in a cardboard box under JTB. He also found my financial guy Roger Wagoner who got me financed in 10 days. What a combination they were. I would never have gotten the home that I’m in now without Jim Zeller. God Bless him.

Maurice Cassotta Jr. (Buyer)

Jim Zeller is hands down the best! I will be honest and say that he's the only realtor we've worked with directly but can't imagine there are many better in the industry. He helped us get into our first home and did what they could to assist us in attempting a short sale for a condo that we were under water on. Seven years later we didn't think twice about going right to Jim when we started planning to move our family to our new home. We pushed the sale of our home down to the wire because we didn't want to move twice or carry 2 mortgages (we were building a new home) and although we were freaking out, Jim always reassured us that even though there were no guarantees; we were going to sell our home. In the end our buyers closed on their house on Wednesday, we closed on our existing home with the buyers on Thursday and then our new home on Friday. We all worked our tails off, but in the end still feel it would not have happened without Jim. Jim has been a great friend and Realtor to us, and we highly recommend him to anyone who inquires about our experience.

Scott and Heather Wagner (Seller and Buyer)

What can I say about Jim Zeller; he is patient, kind, knowledgeable, a genuine and wonderful man. He took time day in and day out to help me and my family find our dream home. We were also moving from another state and needless to say that was a challenge with house shopping. Jim made the time and was honest in regards to the home and the area, which gave me peace of mind that I was choosing the right one. When I did come to visit, I was prepared to view btwn 8-10 homes that day all of which he worked with me to narrow down so my trip was productive and worthwhile. It surely was and I, as well as my family, are so grateful.

James and Julie Drake (Buyer)

About Jim

I am originally from Canton, Ohio and grew up in a community called Lake Cable. My family was in the hardware/fireplace/furniture business for over 43 years. My dad founded the company originally called "Home Supply Company" in 1949. As the company grew, the name was changed to "Zellers, New Dimensions in Living" and included locations in Akron, Ohio as well. I attended Jackson High School in Massillon, and graduated from Bowling Green State University. I had a double major and earned a Bachelor of Science in Regional Geography and Speech and Drama. I also attended the University of Southern California working toward a MFA in Tech Theater. I had the opportunity to work for the 1970 "comeback" for Perry Como at the International Hotel in Las Vegas as the Assistant Lighting Director. I met my beautiful wife, Suzanne, while at Bowling Green. We sold our family business and I joined Burdines Department Stores in Sarasota, Florida as a Sales Associate in the furniture department and was with the company for 21 years. I retired in 2003 as V.P. General Manager of the Burdines in Altamonte Springs (Now Macy's). During my career at Burdines, I was promoted and relocated to 7 different locations. I ran/worked in stores in Sarasota, Melbourne (twice), Fort Meyers, Gainesville, Boca Raton, and Altamonte Springs. After I retired, I was invited to join Saks, Inc. and moved to Spartanburg, SC. After only 20 months with Saks, my division (Proffitts & McRaes) was sold to Belk. Shortly after, I was promoted and moved to Biloxi, MS where I held the position of V.P. Regional Store Manager. In Biloxi, I had the responsibility for all stores located in the Gulf Coast Region in Mississippi and Louisiana. My move to Biloxi took place 3 weeks before Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. For the next 14+ months, we repaired and rebuilt all the Belk stores in the region. In fact, the Biloxi store, which was completely destroyed during the hurricane, was open and doing business on cement floors in 74 days. After 5+ years with Belk, I retired for the second time and moved to the Ponte Vedra area. I have 2 outstanding children: Philip Janson Zeller, National Sales Manager for Prine Systems in Jacksonville; and Kimberly Marie Chandler, a Registered Dietician in private practice also in Jacksonville. Kim is married to Jeff Chandler, former University of Florida Football Star and NFL Kicker for the San Francisco 49ers. They have two amazing children, Chloe Marie and Carson Jeffrey. Our newest grandchild, Simone Elizabeth, was born this Spring to Philip and wife Caitlin. Community involvement is very important to me. I have served as Retail Chairman for the University Way Campaign in Orlando, Appropriations Committee Member for United Way of Spartanburg, SC. I was also very active in the Chamber of Commerce in Orlando, Melbourne, Boca Raton, Spartanburg, Altamonte Springs, and Biloxi. My hobbies include kickboxing, sailing, football (my father was a founding board member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame), offshore fishing, and tennis. Watson Realty Corp. is a "First Class Company!" The Company is still being run by Mr. Watson. We focus on high principles concerning our customers and customer service and have all the latest tools at our fingertips to bring sellers and buyers together.