Riverside was the second neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL
This is the page to discuss this Historical Neighborhood, which is also a part of the Riverside Avondale historic district, and because the local Multiple Listing Service sees the neighborhood as its own area, and reports numbers of sales and listings separately, we will too split out the area on this page. Riverside does have some very historical attributes regarding the character and structures in Jacksonville, FL.
Most homes in the neighborhood were built just after the great fire of 1901. People living downtown had decided that they did not want to repeat the fire scenario and moved further away from Springfield and toward “Riverside”. Riverside Avenue starts at the foot of the Acosta bridge and runs along the river through Riverside and into Avondale, where it dead-ends into Boone Park South.
Interesting facts regarding Riverside
Some interesting facts about the neighborhood include the fact that the names of the streets, Post, College and some others around them were renamed for the men who worked on the Jacksonville Jetties. Men such as Major General Quincy Adams Gilmore, (Adams and Gilmore streets) and Captain William T. Rossell (Rosselle street). Many of the houses in and around Riverside were constructed as single family residences, and used to house many men who worked in various industries located in downtown Jacksonville.
However, as WWII approached, many of these men left and went to fight in the war, leaving behind widows who needed income, and many of the single family residences became duplexes or triplexes or more, to help with the demands of running a household. Many boarding houses were also created. Many of these types of homes still exist and many are located throughout the historic neighborhoods of Riverside, Avondale and Springfield.
You cannot tear down a house in this neighborhood without a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) that deems the house condemned. This has to go through the City’s Historic Preservation. Any changes made to the outside of house, that can be seen at the street level, require a COA. This is one of the reasons the homes in this area maintain their value. Many love living in homes that have only seen upgrades in power, plumbing and other niceties over time.
Although there is controversy as to how the neighborhood is bounded, I will say that it runs from Forrest Street (North Riverside) to McDuff Avenue, to the water to around to I-95 and up to Forest Street to the west. I include North Riverside because many still call it that, but most just use the boundary of I-10 south to the river, McDuff Avenue to the west and I-95 to the east.
Some landmarks inside of this great community include, Willowbranch Park, Willowbranch Library, West Riverside Elementary School, the former John Gorrie Junior High School (now condos), the Park and King restaurant district, many fine churches including Riverside Baptist Church, St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and Riverside Presbyterian Church. The area of Five Points as designated by the fact that Park, Margaret and Lomax all intersect at this location. Five points, with the Sunray Movie Theatre, a local Publix and countless dining and entertainment locations is busy.
A great video about some of these and other places to visit in the neighborhood.
A new video from Discover Jacksonville about Riverside
Prices & Options of Riverside:
$100,000 - $200,000
$200,000 - $300,000
$300,000 - $400,000
$400,000 - $500,000
$500,001 and up
2 Bedroom Homes
3 Bedroom Homes
4 Bedroom Homes
5 Bedroom Homes
Historic Homes with A Fireplace