Vivir en Jacksonville, FloridaDerek Duncan
Northeast Florida, called the “First Coast” since it was where early Europeans exploring the state first landed, is a spectacularly diverse region. Stretching the Atlantic sands from the Georgia border to south of St. Augustine, the area boasts over 50 miles of beachfront and nearly an equal expanse of Intracoastal Waterway. The enormous St. Johns River—up to three miles across in places—flows north through downtown Jacksonville, Florida’s most populous and geographically sizable city. Rather than wall-to-wall development, large pockets of woods, wetlands and open marshes delineate the area’s towns and neighborhoods.
Jacksonville and unique historic destinations like St. Augustine offer residents all the advantages of major city living—arts, fine dining, museums, professional sports—but because of the vast amount of in-between space there’s room to stretch out, and to step out into nature to hunt, hike or boat. The cultural temperature is also cooler, more Deep South than South Florida.
Jacksonville real estate possesses an impressive variety of premier properties, much of it located on the various waterfronts. The San Marco and Ortega neighborhoods are full of mature addresses with direct access to the St. Johns River. The coastal towns of Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach feature stunning oceanfront homes and condominiums. Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island cater to upscale resort and island living, and the gated communities around Ponte Vedra offer a more private lifestyle and spectacular golf, including the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
It’s a unique lifestyle because properties and developments aren’t designed as much as they are natural outgrowths of the surrounding environment.