Communities

Jacksonville has a wide variety of homes and neighborhoods that suit nearly every taste and budget. Whether you're looking for a home on the river, a condominium at the beach, an apartment, or a townhouse in a quiet neighborhood, you're sure to find what you're looking for in Jacksonville.

Take a look at a brief description of all of Jacksonville's neighborhoods and communities.

Arlington

Arlington

This community has abundant waterfront property, surrounded by the St. Johns on the west and north and the Intracoastal Waterway on the east.

Fort Caroline National Park overlooks the site of a former colony of French Huguenots. Jacksonville University, Jones College and a small, municipal airfield are located in Arlington - along with Regency Mall and a wide range of retail establishments.

Homes in the Arlington area come in all styles and price ranges, and it offers easy access to schools, churches and the downtown area.

The Beaches - Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville

Beaches

Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches are bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic and Neptune beaches are mainly residential areas with single-family homes and public beach access. Look for entertainment, shopping and dining along Atlantic Boulevard and A1A.

Jacksonville Beach is further south and offers a mix of residential, commercial, retail and light industrial sites. Activities include festivals, fairs, volleyball tournaments, offshore boat races, and pier fishing.

Clay County / Orange Park

Orange Park

Located south of the city on the west side of the St. Johns River, Orange Park's rural pastoral qualities and proximity to Jacksonville make it a popular residential area. Orange Park is home to St. Johns River Community College, one of the region's major shopping malls, the Orange Park Kennel Club, country clubs, golf courses and medical facilities.

Waterways are plentiful and easily accessible for boating, fishing, kayaking or jet skiing. Clay County has three other incorporated municipalities: Green Cove Springs, Keystone Heights and Penney Farms. Middleburg offers rural areas for hunting and bird watching.

Mandarin

Primarily rural until the end of the 1960s when developers discovered this area, Mandarin has grown steadily since.

The Mandarin Community Club works diligently to maintain the community's architectural integrity. Mandarin is rich in history, and for years different preservation groups have sought to maintain that history either in family holdings, trunks, church and school archives or through Mandarin Community Club involvement. Mandarin homes range from estates on the St. Johns River to small country homes with stables.

Nassau County / Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island

Just north of Jacksonville on I-95 is Nassau County, where Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are located. This area is known around the globe as a resort destination with exclusive oceanfront properties and Intracoastal waterfront property. Year-round residents have a variety of single family homes, apartments and condominiums to choose from at varying prices.

Downtown Fernandina is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for late Victorian architecture preservation. The area features bed and breakfast inns, restaurants and recreational activities, historic Centre Street and Fort Clinch State Park. Fernandina is the home of the annual Shrimp Festival. Visit the world famous Ritz-Carlton Resort or take a day cruise from downtown Fernandina.

North Jacksonville

North Jacksonville runs roughly from 20th Street north to the county border and from Interstate 295 on the west almost to the Atlantic Ocean. This is a vast area with waterways, new housing developments, and attractions, including the Anheuser Busch Brewery, the expanding Jacksonville Zoological Gardens, Huguenot Memorial Park and Little Talbot Island Park. Growth is due in part to the opening of the Dames Point Bridge in 1989, the expansion of the airport, and business activity in Imeson Industrial Park and the International Tradeport.

North Jacksonville has convenient shopping, restaurants, medical facilities, schools, churches, and residential communities, and is only minutes from Downtown.

Ortega

Ortega

Bordered on the east by the St. Johns River, to the north and west by the Ortega River and south of Riverside, this community is a peninsula on the river. Convenient private schools, area churches, and small parks along the river contribute to Ortega's charm. The Florida Yacht Club and Timuquana Country Club offer private social and recreational opportunities.

Worth Magazine ranked Ortega 46th among the nation's top 50 wealthiest neighborhoods. The area offers just about any style of architecture and homes range in size from average sites to stately, sprawling estates.

Riverside and Avondale

Riverside

This community is bordered to the west by Highway 17 and the river to the east, between Interstate 10 to the north and the Ortega River to the south. These are well-established, historic neighborhoods on the west bank of the St. Johns River.

Riverside has become an attractive spot for young professionals who want a short commute to work. Homes include modest duplexes to elegantly restored historic residences and waterfront estates.

Avondale is a traditional neighborhood with small boutique-type shopping, quaint streets and small-town charm. There are over a dozen parks with tennis courts, softball fields, and paths for jogging, walking or biking. Its close proximity to downtown makes it a great location for short commutes.

St. Johns County / Fruit Cove & Switzerland

Fruit Cove

South of Duval County, Switzerland and Fruit Cove are nestled along the east bank of the St. Johns River in St. Johns County.

This area is a bedroom community for Jacksonville and St. Augustine. It is a prime location for single-family residences in a variety of subdivisions.

The lack of commercial development and the preservation of the scenic Bartram Trail (Highway 13) are appealing to many residents.

St. Johns County / Ponte Vedra Beach and Sawgrass

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach and Sawgrass are located in the northeast corner of St. Johns County, south of Jacksonville Beach along A1A.

The community stretches along five miles of the Atlantic Ocean, aside carefully preserved wetlands. Many new apartment communities have been built in this area in the last few years.

St. Johns County is the home of PGA TOUR and the ATP Association of Tennis Professionals headquarters. Annual tournaments attract people from around the world.

There are more than 150 holes of golf and 60 tennis courts. Public beach access is limited.

St. Johns County / St. Augustine

St. Augustine

The nation's oldest city, St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish in 1565, some 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown. Rich with history, the city has more than 50 attractions, including the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the Spanish Quarter, the Fountain of Youth and Flagler College, and cobblestone streets.

Single-family homes, condominiums and apartments are available. Features include fine dining, cafe-style eating, shopping and touring. On the outskirts of town are shopping malls and retail centers.

San Jose and San Marco

San Jose and San Marco are bordered to the west by the St. Johns River and by U.S. 1 to the east. A popular area for young professionals, San Jose and San Marco are close to the river and downtown. The area features boutique shopping and entertainment in San Marco Square, and private country clubs and private schools along San Jose Boulevard. Spanish architecture is most common in this area. A number of public schools are within these neighborhoods, enabling students to walk to school.

Southside

Centrally located, the Southside is bordered by Arlington to the north and east, St. Johns County to the south and San Marco and I-95 to the west. This is literally the southernmost area of urban Jacksonville and is in the middle of all other Jacksonville communities. Southside has the area's largest grouping of apartment communities. Many new developments are less than a year old. Commuting, shopping and recreation are convenient. Housing includes single-family homes, condominiums and apartment complexes. Residents enjoy local golf courses, abundant dining and entertainment, and easy access to the beaches via J. Turner Butler Boulevard.

Westside

The Westside is a large community starting just north of I-10 to Clay County, bordered on the east by I-295 and stretching west to Baker County and east to Riverside. Four small incorporated towns make up the Westside: Baldwin, Marietta, Maxville and Whitehouse. Other neighborhoods on this side of Jacksonville are Ortega Forest, Ortega Hills, Argyle, Lakeshore, Venetia, Cedar Hills, Hyde Grove, Murray Hill and Normandy. Much of the area is wooded, offering hunting and outdoor activities. Both NAS Jacksonville and NAS Cecil Field are located here, as well as Herlong Airport, a small, general aviation fixed base operation. Homes and apartments are available in all sizes and price ranges.

Springfield

Historic Springfield and Downtown are defined by I-295 to the west, the Trout River to the north and the St. Johns River to the south and east. Downtown and Springfield offer opportunities for entertainment and the convenience of living near Jacksonville's business district. Preservation has been a catalyst in the revitalization of Springfield, located just north of the Downtown business district. Springfield is the largest residential historic district in Florida with wide streets and blocks of architecturally distinguished houses.