Southside Jacksonville is an area bordered to the north by the urban center of Jacksonville on the south side of the Saint Johns River. Geographically the largest city in the United States, Jacksonville stretches from the Atlantic Ocean west to rural, equestrian and timberland areas. The Saint Johns River bisects the city and contributes to the diversity of Southside's neighborhoods with a distinctive personality in one magnanimous city.
Scenic waterways, an abundance of water frontage and spectacular water and marshland views stimulate a pulse resonant with nature. Century-old oak trees line the streets along the river, and eclectic architectural styles weave a desirable fabric in the Jacksonville area. Delightful neighborhoods like San Marco and San Jose boast trendy eating establishments and terrific shopping. A strong economy, no state income tax, mild climate and an abundance of recreational opportunities continue to draw attention to Southside Jacksonville throughout the country.
Never a dull moment, Southside has a wide range of nightlife options, including clubs, sports bars, pubs, coffeehouses, eclectic wine bars and taverns, outdoor cafes, river cruises, spirited festivals, plus indoor and outdoor concert events. Sunny days allow residents to golf, play tennis and swim nearly year-round at Jacksonville Beaches. Country club enthusiasts feel quite at home in Queen's Harbour Golf and Yacht Club, Jacksonville Golf and Country Club, Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club and the San Jose Country Club.
Jacksonville's waterways are a major attraction and play a large role in the city economy. Along with the navigable Intracoastal Waterway, the Saint Johns River continues for 310 miles before it connects with the Atlantic Ocean near Mayport Naval Station. The Annual Mug Race is the longest river sailboat race in the world and runs 42 miles from Palatka to Jacksonville along the Saint Johns River. The Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament is the largest kingfish tournament in the country and held each year in July at Sisters Creek Park on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.
Southside Jacksonville residents have a myriad of places to peruse for cultural interests with Florida East Coast Railroad Park, Whatley Park, Davin Park, Landon Park and River Oaks Park in the mix. Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Old Florida Museum and Jacksonville Zoological Gardens offer Southside locals many things to see and do for leisure and educational initiatives. Classical and chamber music, theatre and ballet performances, private art galleries and more abound. Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Times-Union Performing Arts Center and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Chorale promote an increasingly recognized artistic presence in Jacksonville's Southside area.
Southside public school students enjoy the campuses of Hogan-Spring Glen Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, Southside Middle, Landon Middle and Englewood High in addition to prestigious Northeast Florida's high schools such as Stanton College Preparatory School and Paxon School/Advance Studies, which ranked second and third in the nation respectively by a Newsweek Magazine study. Music education is integral in this First Coast community, and for artistically inclined youth, Jacksonville is also home to prestigious LaVilla School of the Arts. LASOTA, Duval County's only magnet middle school for the arts, enjoys four-star parent ratings in overall quality, principal leadership, teacher quality, extracurricular activities, parent involvement, safety and discipline. The Jacksonville Public Library connects education resources with Southside students and enriches adult education through online library databases and news feeds, Pablo Creek Regional Library classes and the local San Marco Branch.
Referred to as Florida's First Coast, the hub of Northeast Florida and the River City, the climate in Jacksonville is moderate with miles of uncrowded beaches, waterways and recreational choices to enjoy year round. As Jacksonville blossoms into a major-league city, timing has never been better for homeownership in Jacksonville Southside.
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