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COMMUNITIES Frank Sinatra’s "Strangers in the Night," among other hits. The average home price in the area is $49,610. Five Points Eclectic and vibrant Five Points — named for where Park, Margaret and Lomax streets come together from five directions — is a distinct area of the Riverside neighborhood. It stands on its own because of its unusual nature. Colorful storefronts, restaurants and funky specialty shops, some with a lot of attitude, make up the retail part of this area. Within eyesight and walking distance are schools, churches, parks and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens. The area is known for its diversity, young people with generational preferences in clothing, hair color and styles and more conservatively attired people of all ages mingle easily at the area’s restaurants, the neighborhood Publix and Starbucks. The average home price is $417,700. With numerous rental offerings, the average monthly rent is $1,277. Fort Caroline/East Arlington Still a popular settlement Fort Caroline is an area less than 15 square miles east of downtown Jacksonville on the southern shore with breathtaking views of rolling terrain and stately oaks. In their leisure time, families in Fort Caroline take advantage of their natural surroundings by hiking, exploring, kayaking and fishing. They don’t have to go far: a protected nature preserve is practically in their backyard. Fort Caroline National Memorial, a part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, pays tribute to early French settlement efforts with a replica fort exhibit and visitor’s education center. Just next door is St. Johns Bluff at Ribault Monument, a memorial to Jean Ribault, one of the area’s first explorers. The view from the bluff offers a bird’s-eye vista of the St. Johns River, once known as the River of May. Adding to a buyer’s choices are homes in the $200,000-to-high-$300,000 range in housing developments such 38 | 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE as Waterleaf, The Preserves at St. Johns Landing, Kernan Forest and Summerbrook. Captiva Condominiums in Arlington offer one-, two- and threebedroom condominiums beginning in the $60,000s. The average home price for the area is $150,200. For home buyers in search of country club living, one of the area’s more established private clubs is Hidden Hills Country Club, founded in 1965. Although new homes are going up quickly, hundreds of acres in Fort Caroline will remain untouched because of their historic standing. Garden City and Dinsmore Quiet lifestyle on city outskirts The communities of Dinsmore and Garden City retain the rural small-town appeal they have held for decades. Residents who move here tend to stay, and many have neighbors they have known for years. With the exception of Dunn Avenue and I-295, most of the area comprising Dinsmore and Garden City has been spared heavy traffic and urban encroachment. These two areas have communities sprinkled amid acres of forested, undeveloped land. Residents enjoy a friendly, rural lifestyle in quiet neighborhoods filled with large private properties. The area has single-family home developments, including Waterbrook Falls, with homes from the high $100,000s to the $300,000s, and White Oak Trail, with homes in the $200,000s. The average home price is $172,500. Gateway and Talleyrand Full spectrum of real estate It’s a part of Jacksonville that often gets overlooked, but Gateway and Talleyrand are redeveloping themselves. Historically, the Gateway and Talleyrand areas, on the outskirts of Springfield and downtown, were some of the earliest settled neighborhoods in Jacksonville. Examples of early 1900s architecture still exist. Buyers are purchasing these older homes and restoring them to their original glory. Parts of Talleyrand are highly industrial, but the landscape is rapidly changing. The opportunity to own riverfront housing downtown in former industrial areas has become a reality. The Plaza Condominium at Berkman Plaza and Marina is a luxury riverfront complex. Located along the St. Johns River on 400 E. Bay Street, the 22-story, 208-unit high-rise tower, has many amenities, including a swimming pool, a private parking garage with rooftop tennis courts, a sun deck and gardens. The building features Mediterranean architecture and lush landscaping. Recent for-sale-by-owner one- and twobedroom condo homes begin at $169,000, townhomes about $400,000. Subleases are available from $1,350 to $2,000. The Shipyards, an ill-fated riverfront development on a 40-acre plot of cityowned land, has been mired in lawsuits, bankruptcy, grand jury investigations and broken contracts. It is currently the subject of proposals that would add office, retail, residential and medical facilities. Intracoastal and Intracoastal West A place like no other When you stop in one of the neighborhoods along the Intracoastal Waterway, taking in its vibrant ecosystem, you will see why so many residents have selected the area to call their home. It is, for all practical purposes, the city's eastern frontier — not quite the Beaches, not quite Jacksonville. It is a unique community, a place like no other in Northeast Florida. The Intracoastal West real estate market is almost entirely made up of single-family homes. The typical home ranges in size from 1,000 to 5,000 square feet, with home prices ranging from around $125,000 to more than $3 million for estate properties and waterfront homes with magnificent views. Waterfront homes start at $400,000. Land is also available for custom homes. Development didn’t stop with single-family homes. Spots along the Intracoastal were tapped for condos, such as Marina San Pablo off Butler Boulevard, the first tower of which was completed in late 2006 and immediately sold out. Bove LLC and Remi Properties announced the launch of the Aphora Coach Homes at Marina San Pablo, an $11 million development in 2016.

COMMUNITIES Rides, arts and crafts, and food were on hand during the 26th annual George’s Music Springing the Blues Festival at the SeaWalk Pavillion in Jacksonville Beach. (Will Dickey/Florida Times-Union) Construction for first phase of the upscale townhomes began in May. West of what residents call “The Big Ditch” was once tree farms and cow pastures along Butler Boulevard, then a two-lane road leading to the beach. Begun simply as an access road to the University of North Florida, it is now six lanes for most of its length. Homes in the region between Butler Boulevard along Hodges and Kernan roads to Atlantic Boulevard appeal to home buyers in every income level. The average home value is $250,000, but there are newer upscale neighborhoods with homes going for more than $1 million. Gated golf communities, such as Jacksonville Golf and Country Club and Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club, are housing choices. Also in the area are the University of North Florida campus and the St. Johns Town Center, an upscale super-regional open-air mall with a variety of shops and restaurants. Residences range from moderate homes starting at $175,000 to gated country club communities with homes up to $2 million and more. The average home price is $286,700. Jacksonville Beach By the beautiful sea Formerly known as the beach commercial center, Jacksonville Beach was full of businesses and residential rental property. It was a nice place to visit or shop. But as demand for homes at the Beaches continues to skyrocket, more people have found Jacksonville Beach’s mix of everything from $1 million-plus oceanfront homes to the area’s most affordable housing quite appealing. The average home price is $309,000. Of course, the resort and laid-back lifestyle is Jacksonville Beach’s biggest perk. The area is a community of the young and active. Head out on the weekends and you'll see young people everywhere — playing on school grounds, bicycling along the ocean, or riding the waves on surfboards. Cultural, music and entertainment events are often on stage in Jacksonville Beach. The SeaWalk Pavilion is the focal point of beach festivals, which bring everything from blues legends to Latin bands to the stage. There’s a vibrant arts community throughout Jacksonville Beach — by day or night. You can hear classical music performed at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church throughout the fall as part of the Beaches Fine Arts Series and see a production Players by the Sea, one of the Beaches’ two community theater groups. All this activity, combined with some vigorous efforts by the city of Jacksonville Beach to beautify the area, adds to the demand for Jacksonville Beach property. Lake Shore Water, water everywhere A neighborhood reaching back from the shores of the Ortega, Cedar and St. Johns rivers, Lake Shore is a family community that consists of both modest residences and waterfront homes. Lake Shore real estate is primarily made up of medium-sized (three or four bedrooms) 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE | 39