Avondale/Riverside/Ortega FL Waterfront Homes
Riverside enjoys the historic architecture and waterfront views of Avondale, but with a more urban flavor. The site of Jacksonville’s bohemian mecca, Five Points, Riverside has a distinctive “artsy” feel. Five Points features art galleries, coffee houses and unique shops which cater to a young, hip crowd. For the more conservative, Jacksonville’s premier art museum, The Cummer Gallery of Art, is located in Riverside, with its beautiful sculpture garden overlooking the St. Johns River.
While the atmosphere of Riverside may be young, the homes generally predate World War II. The neighborhood is home to many historically significant homes bearing the signatures of important architects. Mediterranean Revival, Colonial Revival and Prairie Style architecture are all well represented on Riverside’s friendly neighborhood streets. While many of the homes are grand and elegant, there are also many charming bungalows that offer the allure and craftsmanship of the era at a more modest price.
Historic Ortega lies on the St Johns River just south of the historic Riverside area. Ortega is bordered by the St. Johns River on the West, the Cedar River on the South, and the Ortega river on the East, practically making it an “inland island.” Ortega is home to hundreds of mid-size to large, turn-of-the-century homes and Southern Style mansions. Many of these antebellum homes are situated directly on the river, and the nature of the “island” allows ease of access to the waterways for all residents.
Along with Avondale and Riverside, Ortega is home to some of the wealthiest of Jacksonville families. It is marked by a distinctly traditional Southern culture complete with one of the South’s most exclusive debutante coiteries. The island is almost exclusively residential, the only exception being a small square in the section known as “Old Ortega” on the northern end where a small collection of restaurants, boutiques, and a pharmacy are found. The area is also home to the historic and exclusive Florida Yacht Club and Timuquana Country Club. Ortega, with its giant oaks, antebellum waterfront mansions, and series of parks is widely considered one of the most beautiful residential areas of Northeast Florida.
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