Here in Jacksonville there are two types of people: Townies, and Beachsters. What separates the two is "The Ditch" between us, more commonly known as the Intracoastal Waterway.
I love Jacksonville's beach, and spent far too many hours of my young life coated in oil, catching rays, and, yes, sipping on wine coolers. (Anyone remember Bartles and James?) Still, I always gravitated back to the tall, broad Oak trees of the area west of the ditch, to Murray Hill, Avondale,and Riverside where "God Bless her heart" is deftly deployed as both a blessing and a curse.
It's different over there.
For the home buyer looking for the charm of a historic community, with the convenience of the nearby urban core, the Westside offers some of Jacksonville's most beautiful neighborhoods. These are communities that still welcome newcomers at their door with a basket of baked goods, where there is a barbershop on the corner of St Johns and Talbot and, Saturday mornings, one can drive past and see the gathering of men getting a fresh and early start on the day. It reminds me of my childhood and the barbershop next door. There's a great diner, The Fox Restaurant, which has been serving the Avondale community for decades. Between Riverside, Avondale, and Ortega, it's a flurry of activity each weekend morning, with folks riding and walking the tree-lined streets, greeting neighbors along the way.
In Murray Hill, change is underway! The bar and restaurant scene has spread from fun and funky Five Points, down to Post and King, and has now taken root at Post and Edgewood Blvd yet, long before the recent rediscovery of Murray Hill, locals, generations of them, lined up 20-deep to enjoy The Dreamette's heavenly frozen treats. Meander a couple of blocks and you'll find Moon River, and some of the best pizza you've ever eaten (pro tip: try a slice of THE Pizza).
Five Points, long the center for "edge" in Jacksonville, has seen a variety of restaurants and shops open this past decade. Still, none says "Five Points" more than Edge City where, since 1976, folks have shopped for cool, one-of-a-kind clothes, accessories, and knick-knacks.
Over in Ortega one will find the most stunning view of the downtown Jacksonville skyline. The Ortega bridge, and the lovely little park beside it, have long drawn folks, young and old, to hold hands while gazing across the river at a panoramic view of our beautiful city.
I love Jacksonville and the kaleidoscope of change taking place here. No matter the growth, somehow, we've managed to hold on to the very best of what makes Jacksonville Jacksonville. Whether you're searching for a duplex, a bungalow, a high-rise condo with a view of the city, or a riverfront estate, the Westside offers this, and more, all within walking distance of shopping, dining, pubs, and parks.
If you're in the market to buy or sell a home, I'd appreciate the opportunity to work with you. If you just want to know a great restaurant or shop to take in some leisurely weekend, I can help you with that too. Give me a call. I'd love to tell you more about my hometown.
As a Realtor in Jacksonville Eric Dreibelbis with Keller Williams Realty Jacksonville Beach serves ALL communities as a Listing Agent and a Buyers Agent. I am a Nocatee certified agent and work New construction as well. Proudly selling homes in Jacksonville, St Johns, Ponte Vedra, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Nocatee, Mandarin, Southside, Julington Creek. We also work with Investors looking to "Flip" or build "Rental" portfolio. Eric Dreibelbis with Keller Williams Realty Jacksonville specializes in finding the perfect home for buyers and helping sellers have a smooth, worry free experience selling their house. We are top producing Realtors in the Top 1% of the MLS in Home Sales yearly.