The community west of Regency Square Mall has played an important role in Jacksonville´s housing. Home construction started after the civil war, then between 1950 and 1970 Arlington became the fastest growing area in Duval due to the opening of the Matthews Bridge in 1953.One of Jacksonville´s Traditional communities with established neighborhoods. Situated near the St. Johns River this area offers Jacksonville University and the Regency Square Mall. East Arlington, which is known as Fort Caroline, is a family favorite offering hiking, exploring, kayaking and fishing. With close proximity to the Mayport Naval Base, this area offers a convenient commute. Arlington is home to Ft Caroline, a replica of the fort built in 1546 by Jean Ribault and the French Huguenots. In the museum you will find French and Italian artifacts from the area.
Atlantic Beach? is a closed-end community stretching about 25 blocks from north to south. A quaint area with eateries and boutiques as well as community activities including the annual Dancin´ in the Streets Festival, a Christmas festival and parent and children campouts in the city park several times a year.
Neptune Beach? is the smallest and youngest of the beach neighborhoods but goes to great lengths to keep that suburban feel. Improvements have been made including new landscaping and brick streets. Hot spots have popped up but it does not sacrifice the casual, residential feel that has defined them.
Jacksonville Beach? enjoys a very laid-back lifestyle. Most residents enjoy the close proximity to the beach. This is evident on weekends when you see people enjoying bicycling along the ocean, surfboarding or simple soaking up the sun. Jax beach is also known for several popular watering holes including Freebird Café and Lynch´s Irish Pub.
All three beach area offer ocean front communities and easy access to the beaches. There are plenty of parks, shopping and restaurants in all the beaches areas.
One of the most centrally located areas of Jacksonville, Southside is conveniently situated near great shopping, wonderful neighborhoods with easy access to most major roadways. It´s full of office parks and medical facilities as well as apartment communities, single-family neighborhoods and several condominium communities. Shopping includes the newly developed St. Johns Towncenter and the Avenues Mall. There is also excellent access to major interstates such as 9A, 295, and I95.
This area offers numerous condominium communities making it a popular area for first time home buyers as well as empty-nesters. Landscaped with a mix of mature trees it´s easy to feel like you are among nature. Located just south of Southside it also offers easy access to roadways and is minutes away from great shopping and restaurants.
This area features many single-family communities as well as condominiums and yacht clubs and is a big hit with boaters because of easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway and St. Johns River. It also offers a little more affordable living than the beaches, and only a 5-10 minute drive to the beach!
Full of majestic oaks and waterfront homes Mandarin is one of the more heavily populated areas in Jacksonville. Mandarin offers the most waterfront property of any other areas in town. With its suburban family-focused lifestyle Mandarin offers many neighborhood parks, as well as great community neighborhoods, several marinas, and a large variety of shopping facilities and restaurants.
Bordered on the north by Nassau County and on the south by the St. Johns River Northside is one of Jacksonville´s largest areas. Homes, condominiums, town homes and mixed-use communities are being developed at a fast rate to help accommodate this growing community. This area is near the Jacksonville Airport, the Talbot Recreational Islands and the Jacksonville Zoo. Most of the area´s new construction is underway in this area.
This area is home to Oakleaf Plantation, one of Jacksonville´s newest mega communities. Oakleaf, which is a traditional-neighborhood community, has plans to offer schools, a shopping mall, library, water park, athletic fields, and a semi-private golf course. Oakleaf will encompass Duval County as well as Clay County. The nearby Cecil Commerce Center has brought new industry to the area, which in turn provides employment along with the Cecil Community Center and state-of-the art Jacksonville Equestrian Center.
St. Johns County:
One of the fastest growing counties in Florida, St. Johns County offers diverse communities as well as history.
In the Northwest there is Fruit Cove offering Julington Creek Plantation, one of the counties largest growing communities.
Southwest offers Hastings, known for its potato farmland, Hastings is a slow growing community, which offers small town closeness.
To the Northeast lays Ponte Vedra Beach, home to some of the most prestige communities in St. Johns including Sawgrass, Palm Valley and Marsh Landing. Although synonymous with luxury, Ponte Vedra does have affordable housing away from the ocean. And is one of St. Johns county most coveted areas when it comes to oceanfront living.
St. Augustine, which is located in Southeast St. Johns County, is considered the oldest continuously settled city in the nation. Founded in 1565 St. Augustine offers historic and tourist attractions yet still has that small-town charm.
Centrally located in St. Johns County is to the west the World Golf Village home of the Slammer and Squire, and King and the Bear golf courses as well as homes in every price range. Also home to the World Golf Hall of Fame and IMAX Theater. Located to the central east in St. Johns County is Palencia a 1450 acre golf course community in a natural environment. Situated between US1 and the Intracoastal waterway, Palencia offers a full spectrum of home styles, with acres and acres of parks.
Many new communities are in the pipeline which will soon be changing the demographics of St Johns County. Nocatee is currently underway off 210 east and will bring an enormous change to St Johns County and the Southern border of Duval County. Nocatee will offer thousands of residences and include interior amenities as well as schools, office parks, shopping, restaurants, and nature preserves.
West of Nocatee will be Twin Creeks, the community is scheduled to begin late 2006.
RiverTown, a river front community will offer approximately 3500-4000 residences and will be located on both sides of State Road 13 in the Switzerland/Orangedale area of NW St Johns County.
SilverLeaf Plantation will consist of three neighborhoods, retail shops, office complexes, athletic fields and recreational areas and will be located between CR 210 and International Golf Parkway with CR 16A to the West and I-95 to the east. Ground breaking is scheduled for late 2006/early 2007.
With an expanding housing market Clay County communities range from dense suburban to rural. Orange Park is considered to be one of the most densely populated cities in Clay County and offers family-oriented neighborhoods, lots of businesses and The Orange Park Mall. Fleming Island is one of Clay County’s fastest growing areas. With the opening of several nationally known businesses, a new library and amenities such as water parks, soccer fields, swimming pools and golf courses this all leads to Fleming Islands appeal. This area is also home to Oakleaf Plantation, one of Jacksonville & Orange Park´s newest mega communities. Oakleaf, a master planned neighborhood community, has plans to offer schools, a shopping mall, library, water park, athletic fields, and a semi-private golf course. Oakleaf will encompass Duval County as well as Clay County. To the south of Clay County lays Green Cove Springs, a growing community that still offers that rural charm.
Welcome to Nocatee – Nocatee will offer a variety of neighborhood villages and home types to choose from. Including a variety of sizes and styles single-family homes, luxury estate homes, condominiums and town homes.
Coastal Oaks at Nocatee - Coming Soon to St. Johns County, Florida is Coastal Oaks at Nocatee – a luxurious new community by Toll Brothers, the Nation’s Leading Builder of Luxury Homes! Imagine a place where lush landscaping and sparkling lakes create an idyllic setting, just minutes from the endless activities of Florida’s First Coast. This is Coastal Oaks at Nocatee-where luxury meets convenience, and where neighbors become lifelong friends.
Riverwood at Del Webb – Del Webb is poised to serve active adults with its newest addition – Riverwood by Del Webb at Nocatee. This “resort, ocean get-away you can call home” will be Jacksonville´s second active adult community.