A glimpse at the urban communities in Jacksonville
Jacksonville is home to many different neighborhoods, each with their own charm and personality. We have highlighted some of those areas below that offer beautiful urban and walkable environments.
Nestled along the west bank of the St. Johns River is a neighborhood rich in tradition. Tree-lined streets wind leisurely throughout the majestic community of Avondale giving way to a wide range of architecture. From quaint bungalows to stately mansions, Avondale brings together a true southern identity and the walkability and amenities of a modern, urban neighborhood. Residents enjoy evening walks from their homes up to The Shops of Avondale for shopping, dining and socializing and weekends on the river exploring the beautiful natural settings that are so abundant in Jacksonville.
As the streets meander north they connect Avondale with its sister neighborhood, Riverside. Similar to Avondale, Riverside has a wide variety of historic homes and beautiful tree lined streets. Riverside is known for its landmark, Memorial Park set right on the St. Johns River. Riverside has three community districts that give the neighborhood an artsy and eclectic vibe. The Park & King district is known for its craft cocktail and food scene and 5 Points is a hot spot for antique stores, restaurants, bars and other unique small businesses. Finally, the Brooklyn district is a modern multi-family residential area located along Riverside Avenue just before crossing into Downtown.
This picturesque neighborhood filled with homes of an era gone by ranging from Colonial Revival and Victorian to Bungalow and Mediterranean styles was the first neighborhood established outside of Downtown Jacksonville in 1869. It is located just to the North of Downtown and the Urban Core. Springfield is an extremely diverse neighborhood, rich in culture and community. It’s a place where everyone knows everybody and neighbors look out for each other. They share community dinners on a regular basis and have interest groups for people from all walks of life. Separated East and West by Main Street, Springfield is home to restaurants, coffee shops and small businesses with many more establishing roots there every month.
The upscale neighborhood of San Marco lies along the east side of the St. Johns River across from Riverside and Avondale. Centered by San Marco Square, a beautiful shopping, dining and park district, the neighborhood sprawls over several miles featuring mansions lining the river and a mix of stunning custom ranch, mediterranean, colonial and bungalow style homes. San Marco is a very active neighborhood. At any given moment you will see people out for an afternoon run, neighbors visiting in the front yard and kids riding bicycles. Take a stroll along the riverfront and you will enjoy spectacular sunsets.
Just a 20 minute drive from Downtown Jacksonville are Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville, Neptune and Atlantic Beaches. Stretching over 22 miles, the beaches in the Jacksonville area are home to a variety of outdoor activities, nightlife, shopping and dining. As you cross the Intracoastal Waterway and enter Jacksonville, Neptune and Atlantic Beaches you will see less cars and more bicycles as the primary mode of transportation. Life is relaxed and welcoming at the beach. From beachside seafood joints to upscale five star restaurants and bars, the nightlife scene is a highpoint for the area. Farther south in Ponte Vedra Beach, things are a bit more quiet and residential. Here the multi-million dollar mansions line the beach and beautiful gated-communities tucked away between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll find some beachfront upscale restaurants as well as a few lowcountry seafood houses on the shores on the Waterway.