Jacksonville and Northeast Florida are a wonderful place to work, live, and play. The area’s geographic location makes it great for business, lovely for living, and perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. With its distinct neighborhoods and varied landscape, Jacksonville truly offers something for everyone.
Fifteen Fortune 500 companies have offices in Jacksonville, and three are headquartered here. Jacksonville’s deep water port, railroad infrastructure, and proximity to major highways make it an ideal logistical location. Adding to its attractive business climate, Jacksonville is a great place to raise a family. It is home to four of Florida’s Top 20 Public High Schools according to the US News and World Report. Northeast Florida offers a wide variety of public, private and charter education options. Five area colleges offer everything from trade certifications to PhDs.
Northeast Florida residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out. Numerous high-end farm to table and gourmet restaurants attract discerning patrons. Several area chefs have built loyal fan bases. Unique, locally-owned restaurants abound, providing a variety of cuisines and scenes from casual family dining to hip late night bites.
While St. Augustine is America’s oldest city, Jacksonville is much younger. Nearly completely wiped out in a 1901 fire, Jacksonville made a quick recovery and developed some distinctive neighborhoods that still thrive today. Riverside and Avondale are adjacent residential neighborhoods developed largely in the first three decades of the 20th Century. Since the 1980s, both neighborhoods have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The unique character of the area is best expressed in its variety of architectural styles. Riverside is home to the largest concentration of Prairie-style homes outside of the Midwest. Other styles found in both neighborhoods include Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, Spanish and Mediterranean Revival, Tudor, and Colonial. Highly walkable under a luxurious canopy of live oak, magnolia, and crepe myrtle trees, Riverside and Avondale are home to some of Jacksonville’s most highly-acclaimed restaurants and boutique shops.
Northeast Florida is proud of its varied and vibrant arts community. Galleries thrive here, offering everything from the most avant-garde contemporary to classically traditional works. The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Riverside boasts a permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art spanning more than 4,000 years of history. The Museum of Contemporary Art overlooks historic Hemming Plaza downtown. It has acquired nearly 1,000 pieces for its permanent collection and focuses primarily on works produced from the 1960s to today. A working artists’ co-op studio and gallery, CORK, is located in the burgeoning King Street district in historic Riverside and is a wonderful way to get up close to rising artists and their craft.
The average selling price for a single family home in Northeast Florida is a little over $230,000 in the first half of 2016. The area has seen gains in home prices over the last two years, and the rental market is thriving. Over the past 20 years, Northeast Florida’s beaches have exploded in popularity. The average selling price for a home east of the Intracoastal Waterway in Duval County is close to $425,000 in the first half of 2016. In Ponte Vedra Beach and the Nocatee area, located in St. Johns County, the average selling price for a single family is nearly $515,000.
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