Jacksonville Waterfront Homes

Jacksonville FL Waterfront Home Real Estate

Jacksonville was founded in 1791 as Cowford because of its location on a narrow section of the St. Johns River where cattle once crossed. In 1822 it was renamed in honor of President Andrew Jackson. Jacksonville became the largest city in the continental United States in 1968 after the boundaries of the city where expanded to include almost the whole of Duval County and the city and county governments were consolidated.  With such a large land area, Jacksonville has an area to almost any lifestyle.

Arlington is surrounded by water, with the St. Johns River curving around it on the west and north, and the Intracoastal Waterway bordering the area to the east. The community enjoys easy access to downtown, the beaches, and now, points north, with the completion of the Dames Point Bridge, one of the city’s most beautiful landmarks. Much of Arlington was developed in the 1950s and 60s, as families looked for new suburban communities with easy access to the city. As Jacksonville grew, so did Arlington, until the region became one of the most popular suburbs. Today, new construction is available along with resales of those older homes, in a wide range of prices and styles. And with water on so many sides, it’s not surprising that Arlington has quite a bit of waterfront property as well.

Beauclerc, San Jose & San Marco are older, established communities that run along San Jose Boulevard, parallel to the St. Johns River. South of Downtown, on the Southbank of the river, San Marco was founded in the 1920s and was named after San Marco square in Venice.   South of San Marco and north of Sunbeam Road are Beauclerc (pronounced Bo-claire )  and San Jose. The drive through these neighborhoods is one of the city’s most scenic, with large mature trees and some of Jacksonville’s most notable landmarks along the way.

Intracoastal West is a relatively new area of Jacksonville that extends east from the Southside to the Intracoastal Waterway. The construction of J. Turner Butler Boulevard, which extends from Phillips Highway to the beaches, opened up construction in this area, and it hasn’t slowed since. Some used to refer to the area as East Arlington, but today residents prefer to call their community Intracoastal West, reflecting the area’s proximity to the water and the beaches.

Mandarin is, for many families, the place to be in Jacksonville. A convenient location, quality housing selection and strong community spirit typify this Duval County community. Mandarin is located at the southern end of the county, bordered by water on its southern and western sides (Julington Creek and the St. Johns River), with Phillips Highway to the east and Sunbeam Road to the north. San Jose Boulevard is its major thoroughfare, featuring a wide variety of restaurants and retail centers.

North Jacksonville is considered by many to be Jacksonville’s new frontier, and it’s not hard to see why. With many other areas of town reaching their development peaks, North Jacksonville is poised for takeoff. Easy access to other parts of the city and points north, waterfront views and plenty of undeveloped land are just a few of the reasons that developers and home buyers are beginning to take note of North Jacksonville.

Southside is used to describe a huge, widespread area, stretching from Mandarin on the west and Arlington to the north, down to the Duval County line. It’s also something of a misnomer, since it really isn’t the south side of anything. Nonetheless, Southside is well established as one of Jacksonville’s most popular areas.

“The Westside is the best side,” proud residents claim. And they have a lot to be proud of. Friendly family-oriented neighborhoods, affordable housing, and a convenient location are just a few of the benefits of this Jacksonville community.

There are many wonderful homes in this area, let Keith Kennedy a local market expert help you.