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Rue McClanahan and Vilano Beach

What do Rue McClanahan and Vilano Beach Have in Common?

Rue McClanahan was a fabulous actress who will be missed. Her best-known role was as Blanche Devereaux in The Golden Girls.

Reading all the wonderful things about Ms. McClanahan I couldn't help but notice many of them missed one fact. Rue McClanahan starred in a TV show that was filmed right here in Vilano Beach in 1999. My husband and I watched a nighttime scene with Rue McClanahan and co-star Gregory Harrison filmed on Vilano Road and enjoyed seeing the intricacies of on location filming. Locals will remember the tall boom that illuminated the set in 1999.Vilano Beach Motel

The Vilano Beach Motel was the location of WB Network's Safe Harbor. All of the 13 episodes for this one-hour series were filmed at The Vilano Beach Motel over an eight-month period. The set will forever be entrenched in our minds, as 1999 is the year The Vilano Beach Motel became known as Magic Beach when the producers erected the Magic Beach sign that remains to this day. We now all call the motel The Magic Beach and enjoy the jumping rabbits on the neon sign.

Magic Beach Sign

I was the listing agent that sold the Magic Beach in 2005. I took the aerials in this blog at that time. It was foreclosed earlier this year and is being purchased from the bank by the owners of OceanView Lodge (the former Ocean Blue II), a nearby Vilano Beach motel.

We had monthly full moon parties by the pool. Hopefully, we start those parties again with the new owners. The neighbors all came out and brought a covered dish and we would have local musicians perform.



Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

Awards: REALTOR of the Year, Businesswoman of the Year, SPIRIT Award Passion, Five-Star Best in Client Satisfaction-7 Years Winner

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Comment balloon 3 commentsBarbara Jenness • June 04 2010 01:42PM


I will miss Rue McClanahan - what a great actress! You are lucky to be living in a place most of us only see on The Golden Girls.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Chartwell Kansas City Realty) about 9 years ago

What delightful information Barbabra

Posted by Monica Nunchuck, St. Augustine Buyer's Agent (Florida Homes Realty & Mtg) about 9 years ago

Maria-Vilano Beach is a wonderful place, even if Golden Girls wasn't filmed here. Find old episodes of Safe Harbor to see what an interesting place this is.

Monica- we'll get you to move here yet! Thanks for your comment and for your recent showings in the area. We are planning sunset celebrations here soon.

Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) about 9 years ago