Jacksonville Homes guide

Communities

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With the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan area spanning both sides of the St. Johns River, taking in Duval County and picking up St. Augustine and its neighbors, the communities within its bounds are truly distinct. Jacksonville area neighborhoods range from newly built communities of single-family homes and historic districts with stately, restored homes to estates along the St. Johns.

Here is a sampling of some of the different communities within Jacksonville’s metro area:

Arlington

Waterfront property is the norm here with this neighborhood bounded by the St. Johns on the north and west and the Intracoastal Waterway on the east. Historically, this area was home to a French Huguenot colony and is now the home of Fort Caroline National Park. Jones College and Jacksonville University are located here along with homes and apartments to suit almost every financial bracket from upscale to affordable.

Atlantic

A beach community on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, this community offers many single-family homes and also has public beach access. The A1A strip and Atlantic Boulevard, which runs through this area provides lots of dining, shopping and entertainment options.

Neptune

On the Atlantic and Intracoastal Waterway, Neptune has public beach access and is mainly a single-family home community. Shopping, entertainment and dining are found along the A1A strip.

Jacksonville Beach

This community on the Atlantic and Intracoastal is home to residential, commercial and light industrial areas and is also the home to a ton of outdoor activities including festivals, volleyball tournaments and more.

Orange Park

A small town in a big area, Orange Park is primarily a residential neighborhood. It is known for its shopping mall, the Orange Park Kennel Club, golf courses and more. It’s located on the St. Johns River’s west side.

Mandarin

A small community loaded with history, Mandarin is overseen by a community club that works hard to preserve the community’s ties to its past. This community boasts large estates on the St. Johns with a mix of country homes and single-family dwellings.

Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach

Found north of Jacksonville proper, these two communities are major resort destinations with upscale oceanfront homes along the Intracoastal. Fernandina has its downtown on the National Register of Historic Places and is known for its restaurants, bed and breakfasts and Fort Clinch State Park. Both communities offer a mix of residential homes.

North Jacksonville

This area is known for its waterways, housing developments and its attractions. Home to the Jacksonville Zoo, Huguenot Memorial Park and other points of interest, it is also a neighborhood for living. Complete with shopping, restaurants, schools, churches and more, its location makes it convenient to downtown.

Ortega

This neighborhood is a peninsula with the Ortega River running on its north and west sides and St. Johns on the east. It’s home to a mix of residential communities and also boasts historic sites and one of the country’s oldest drawbridges that’s still in working order.

Riverside

Known for its population of young professionals, Riverside is a medical community centered around the St. Vincent’s Medical Complex. It has a mix of historic neighborhoods and new communities.

Avondale

Loaded with shopping, historic streets and more than a dozen parks, walking paths and more, Avondale is a favorite place for those who work in downtown Jacksonville to live.

San Marco

This community is close to downtown and the St. Johns. Its Spanish architecture makes it stand out as does San Marco Square, famous for its boutiques and fine dining.

St. Augustine

Considered America’s oldest city, this community was founded by the Spanish in 1565. Although outside Duval County, it is considered part of the metro area. It’s noted for its historic sites, Flagler College, the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument and more. Those living here find a bevy of single-family homes, condos and apartments to choose from.

Southside

Located at the southern tip of Jacksonville’s metro area, this community is home to many new developments. It offers golfing, dining, entertainment and fast access to the beaches.

Westside

This area of Duval County has homes that range from modest to upscale. It’s located near the U.S. Naval bases and Orange Park, plus it has some riverfront housing.

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