Gain quick access to shopping, riverfront outdoor activities, and many historical sites by choosing a Southside home. Residents can also still have quick access to the heart of Jacksonville via bus or car since this area is directly south of Downtown across the St. Johns River. Many businesses and amenities have come to this area recently, making one of the most up and coming parts of Jacksonville. St. Johns Town Center has been an integral part of Southside. This facility spans 1.1 million square feet and offers retail, hotel, dining, and residential options all in an open air environment. Spend time with friends or family shopping at such retailers as Dillard’s, PetSmart, Target, Ross, J. Crew and a large list of other stores. When the need to eat hits, stop into such restaurants as Cantina Loredo, Chicken Salad Chick, Ted’s Montana Grill, Mitchell’s Fish Market, or The Cheesecake Factory. Nearby is the Cinemark Tinseltown and XD to catch a movie and a bit south is the Avenues Mall.
Enjoy the fresh air, Florida sunshine, and great weather by spending time on the water. There is much to do just a short drive from any Southside real estate. Get to Jacksonville’s beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the. St. Johns River in minutes. In addition to spending time on the water fishing, swimming, relaxing in sun, or getting out on the boat, there are many parks in Southside to explore. Check out Cuba Hunter Park, Fletcher Morgan Park, Drew Park, Lovelace Park, and many others with trails, playgrounds, and great green spaces.
Explore many smaller neighborhoods within Southside to find the perfect fit. The Mandarin neighborhood is just south of San Marco and has been described as a “tropical paradise” by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Check out this area to find huge oak trees draped in Spanish moss and some of the most beautiful views of the St. John River in all of Jacksonville. This neighborhood got its name because of the riverport for shipping oranges and other citrus fruit north. Today, there are lovely residential areas, plenty of shopping, and the Mandarin Museum and Walter Jones Historical Park. This is a great place to come learn more about the history of South Jacksonville. Spend the day exploring the 10-acre riverfront site that includes a citrus grove, place to picnic, and an 1876 farm complex.
There are a variety of price points available for a Southside home. Obviously the closer you get to the water, the more expensive things get. In general, this area is very affordable. The Duval County Public School System takes good care of the children living in Jacksonville, including those in Southside. The district offers charters schools, magnet programs, and a caring staff to ensure students can find success.