Jacksonville is one of the largest cities in the United States in land mass, and within its borders lie riverfront landscapes featuring lush oak forests, Atlantic coastal areas and historic districts.
Jacksonville has a vast selection of communities and neighborhoods to suit every taste and budget. For that reason you can find a place to live in Jacksonville that feels like home no matter what you choose: a home on the river, a golf course community, a condominium at the beach, a home in a small subdivision, or a townhouse in a quiet neighborhood.
Whether it is the vast St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway or the Atlantic Ocean, many of Jacksonville's neighborhoods are defined by water.
Low cost of living
Great year-round climate
Youth & family organizations
Abundant recreational activities
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.
San Jose - 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.
Beginning close to downtown with I-95 as its western boundary, extending to the east as far as St. Johns Bluff Road; extending from Atlantic Boulevard in the north, to the St. Johns County line in the south, Southside is such a large area and is composed of so many neighborhoods, retail areas and office parks, it defies description as its own residential entity.
Housing ranges from single family homes to apartment communities and condominiums in new and old developments offering something for everyone. Residents enjoy local golf courses, abundant restaurants and entertainment spots, and there is easy access to any part of town or the beaches via the many major routes including Beach Boulevard and J. Turner Butler, major east-west corridors, and the north-south corridor of Southside Boulevard, which continues northward into Arlington to the Dames Point Bridge. Churches representing many denominations call Southside home.
Beginning in the north at the mouth of the St. Johns River, you'll find Mayport, once a bustling fishing village now home to over 14,000 military personnel and civilians who work at the Mayport Naval Base. Mayport still has the charm of an old fishing village and features a number of fresh seafood restaurants and a commercial fishing district where shrimp boats can be seen daily heading out to or returning from sea. The only ferryboat operating in Florida makes numerous runs carrying cars and passangers from Mayport across the river to Heckscher Drive. If it's gambling you like, a cruise ship featuring dining and a number of Casino games departs from Mayport daily. Deep-sea charter boats are available for deep-sea fishing.
St. Johns County - Ponte Vedra Beach - Sawgrass
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.