There are many Jacksonville Neighborhoods which I tend to focus on with regard to my customers. You can see this in my Downtown, Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill, Springfield, San Marco, and Arlington pages. In addition I do sell to Investors and have a special page with Jacksonville Investor Specials. I too am a real estate investor. I do sell all over the city, its just that I have found that in order to be the best Realtor in real estate, often you need to specialize in a few areas and then let fellow friends, family and clients spread the word about you and your services.
Historic Sites within Jacksonville Neighborhoods
Jacksonville has such a rich history which dates back to 1513 when explorer Ponce de Leon explored the St. Johns River for the Spanish, but settled a bit further south in St. Augustine. It was not until 1562 that Captain Jean Ribault led his French Huguenots into and down the river to stake a claim of the area for France, that Jacksonville’s rich history began. During the next couple hundred years the French and the Spanish would spar over Florida and during the revolutionary war the entire state was still in Spanish hands.
While under Spanish control, the area developed little towns and outposts in the area, but nothing resembling a city. That all changed in 1822 when Jacksonville was founded near the “Cow Ford”. An marker stands at the foot of an old bay tree next to the St. Johns River. From Market Street, the city expanded. The streets for the town were named by property owners, Isaiah Hart and John Brady and Hart gets the credit as the town’s founder as it was his idea.
Civil War limited in Jacksonville
The area saw limited Civil war action. The city was occupied by Union forces for most of the war. The closest real action took place west of Jacksonville near Lake City in the battle of Olustee. After the war, the city continued to grow and expand. On May 3, 1901, the largest fire in our nation’s history took place in Jacksonville with 148 blocks destroyed, yet only 7 people lost their lives. Moss from a factory was the likely culprit. From this point on, the Jacksonville Neighborhoods seemed to take off as people wanted to get out of downtown and no repeat a similar occurrence. Once Henry Flagler built the first bridge across the St. Johns river, nothing could stop the city.
Every year the Jacksonville area is treated to the Blue Angels air show, during the Sea and Sky Spectacular event. This will alternate between the beaches and Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NASJAX), located in the Ortega Community. So when you are at the beach, you can hang out and walk along the beach and watch. When the event is at NASJAX you will see hundreds of boats and people crowding the banks of the St. Johns River. Every fall brings us the Jacksonville Fair and for 10 Fall days you can explore all the funnel cakes and old-time rides you can handle.
The Agricultural fair is located at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds. There are many races throughout the year sponsored by 1st Place Sports. The largest is the 15,000 meter Gate River Run the first weekend in March. Fall also sees football with the Florida vs Georgia game, Taxslayer Bowl and the Jacksonville Jaguars games. Soccer is also a busy fall sport with the new Jacksonville Armada who play many games in the Baseball Grounds.