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Discover Jacksonville 2017


COMMUNITIES While you might be able to find a house in the nearby area for less, most are in the multi-hundred-thousands. On the river, of course, prices can reach $1 millionplus. The average home price in the area is $215,000. Wesconnett Call it eclectic Wesconnett, more than a century old, has grown and evolved along with Jacksonville. Today, this neighborhood offers a variety of residential areas, goods and services. Hundreds of businesses — from car dealerships to mom-and-pop stores — line Blanding Boulevard, Timuquana Road and 103rd Street, creating several shopping districts. Residents like the area because it is quaint and quiet, yet it is only a 10- to 20-minute drive to downtown. The area has many established older neighborhoods with nice block or brick homes that are moderately priced and conveniently located. There is a wide range of home prices available as well. NASSAU COUNTY Amelia Island The fairest of the isles Amelia Island, the southernmost of the “Golden Isles” chain of barrier islands, claims title to the fairest of the isles — and its 13 miles of unsullied beaches and 40-foot dunes, lush golf courses and captivating old Victorian homes support the claim. As the only territory in the U.S. under the dominion of eight different flags during the past five centuries, it absorbed much from each culture to become the multi-faceted region it is today. It was not until the early part of the 20th century that Amelia Island, because of its natural deep-water harbor, gave birth to the modern shrimping industry that is still thriving today. A community of beachfront homes, luxurious condominiums and myriad golf courses, Amelia Island also boasts a 50-block section of tree-shaded streets lined with authentic and original Victorian homes. Their architectural styles range from the Florida Vernacular and Mississippi Steamboat to Queen Anne, Italianate and Chinese Chippendale. Many of these gracious homes have become plush inns and bedand-breakfast destinations. The island is a national resort destination. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, operates an AAA-rated, fivediamond resort and restaurant, and has a golf course on the property. Amelia Island Plantation offers both resort and residential communities carefully developed for a complementary relationship with native wildlife, secluded beaches, maritime forest and tidal marshes. Amelia Island is also home to the Concours d'Elegance, a renowned automotive charitable event held each March, featuring significant cars, drivers and concepts. Amelia Island is about 15 minutes west of I-95 and about 30 minutes away from Jacksonville International Airport. Amelia Island has a median home price of $306,600; however properties can go into the millions. 48 | 2017 DISCOVER JACKSONVILLE FSCJ Nassau Center Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport Nassau County Neighborhoods Baptist Medical Center Nassau Fernandina Beach Old-town, relaxed charm Bordered by parks, buffered by natural wetlands, pristine rivers and alluring beaches, Fernandina Beach sits on the northern end of Amelia Island. As the second oldest city in the state of Florida, it is rich with history. Once a bustling Victorian seaport, picturesque downtown Fernandina Beach harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, fashions and restaurants. Buildings dating from 1873 to 1900, gas lantern replicas, wrought-iron benches and cobblestone walks lead to the marina filled with shrimp boats. The 12-mile-long and 2.5-mile-wide island is surrounded by the Amelia River, the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Marys River and Nassau Sound. Nearly 10 percent of the land is dedicated to parks, and miles of beaches (with public access and walkovers) are available, as well as several golf courses. Fort Clinch State Park, at the north end of the island, preserves 1,121 acres of beaches, dunes, nature trails, salt marshes and ponds. The Spanish influence is seen in its plaza and city plan. Florida’s oldest

Amelia Island is known for its annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, which is held the first weekend in May each year. It attracts locals and visitors from all over Northeast Florida and South Georgia. (Bruce Lipsky/Florida Times-Union)