Jacksonville Real Estate

About Jacksonville

jacksonville skylineJacksonville is situated along northeast Florida’s coast and the St. Johns River. As the largest city in area in the continental United States, the “First Coast” is known for its diverse areas, outdoor attractions, mild climate, and business friendly environment. It is centrally located about 25 miles south of the Georgia line and 340 miles north of Miami, making its proximity to major cities close for easy travelling. Jacksonville’s navigable river also makes it one of the largest commercial ports in Florida. Jacksonville is the hottest city people are moving to in 2017. According to Trulia, Jacksonville has of the healthiest markets for employment opportunities in the state. Combined with its high affordability and more inbound home searches than outbound home searches, Jacksonville a premiere destination.

History

Jacksonville’s earliest settlements date back to 2500 BC. The Timucua, the largest indigenous group of Native American people in North Central Florida, were the first to occupy the area. In 1564, the French established the colony of Fort Caroline at the mouth of the St. Johns River, becoming one of the earliest European settlements in the continental United States. Shortly after, Fort Caroline was taken by Spain to help solidify their presence in St. Augustine. In 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain, Jacksonville was born. Jacksonville is named after the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson.

Military

javksonville navy shipJacksonville is home to multiple military facilities, and with Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay nearby, it is the third largest military presence in the country. Naval Air Station Jacksonville, is a multi-mission base hosting more than 100 tenant commands. One of the more interesting aspects of the base is the number of changes it has undergone through the years. During World War II, NAS Jax was commissioned before it was even completed. It was quickly developed into what amounts to a small town now, containing schools, a hospital, restaurants, churches, boat ramps, as well as gyms and a golf course. Naval Station Mayport is home to a busy seaport as well as an air facility. It’s operational composition is unique, with a busy harbor capable of accommodating 34 ships and an 8,000-foot runway capable of handling most any aircraft in the Department of Defense inventory. Naval Station Mayport is also home to the Navy’s 4th Fleet. Jacksonville is a transient city that accommodates all military persons.

Medical Care

jacksonville medical careJacksonville is also home to over 15 reputable hospitals, two of which hold the #1 and #4 spots in U.S. News and World Report‘s best-hospital rankings in Florida. Mayo Clinic Jacksonville is a 249-bed general medical and surgical facility with 12,355 admissions in the most recent year reported. UF Health at Jacksonville is an academic health center with a passion to explore, discover and innovate. It currently has more than 550 active studies and protocols being conducted by University of Florida faculty in Jacksonville. Their clinical trials and research studies allow for advances in medicine, new treatment identification, and safe and effective care for patients. Whether you are an experienced doctor, training in the medical professional, or potential patient, Jacksonville caters to the entire medical spectrum.

A Growing City

downtown jacksonvilleWith a growing population, strong economy, diverse cultural and recreational opportunities and abundant natural resources, Jacksonville continues to distinguish itself as one of the nation’s most dynamic and progressive cities. One of Jacksonville’s many natural assets is its urban park systems. With over 80,000 acres, including 10 state and national parks, its preserved lands, marshes, and woods reveal Jacksonville’s quality of life. Beautiful beaches and waterways are a delight for kayaking, surfing, and boating enthusiasts. Swimming and surfing are popular at nearby barrier island beaches such as Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach.

Golf Lover's Paradise

jacksonville golf coursesJacksonville boasts championship golf courses including Ponte Vedra Beach’s Tournament Player Club at Sawgrass, headquarters of the PGA Tour and annual host of The Players Championship. The TPC Sawgrass is one of the most recognizable and difficult courses in the world. Jacksonville also boasts a sports and entertainment complex downtown and a myriad of special events that this sports-loving city hosts each year. Home to the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, the city welcomed its first Super Bowl in 2005. The Jaguars play Downtown at the Sports Complex, as does the city’s minor league teams including: 4-time ABA National Champions the Jacksonville Giants (basketball),the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (baseball), the Jacksonville IceMen (hockey), and the Jacksonville Sharks (arena football).

A Thriving Business Center

jacksonville new developmentWith over 850,000 residents in its limits, Jacksonville is a rapidly growing metropolitan city. As a regional business center, it is home to many corporate expansions and relocations. These businesses include: CSX Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, FIS, Landstar System, Ameris Bancorp, Atlantic Coast Financial, Black Knight Financial Services, EverBank, Rayonier Advanced Materials, Regency Centers, Stein Mart, Web.com, Fanatics, Gate Petroleum, Haskell Company, Venus, Interline Brands, Sally Corporation, and Southeastern Grocers. The city is a leading distribution center, with a transportation network embracing port and air cargo facilities as well as rail and trucking routes.

Retail

retail in jacksonvilleJacksonville is increasing its reputation as a retail destination. The St. Johns Town Center is an upscale outdoor mecca that features 150 fashion retailers some of which include Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom, and Apple. The Town Center also satiates diverse palates with numerous local and national restaurants. If the Town Center doesn’t satisfy your fashionista and foodie desires, Jacksonville is also home to The Avenues and the River City Marketplace. If you’re looking for a bargain, just 30 minutes away from Jacksonville’s center, the St. Augustine Premium Outlets boasts big names such as Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Kate Spade New York at reasonable prices.

A Great Place to Call Home

jacksonville beachProof of Jacksonville’s development, growth, and attractiveness are exemplified in the city’s upcoming business additions and shopping and entertainment centers. Ikea and Amazon have recently solidified their presence and are expected to open for business towards the end of 2017. Redevelopment of Jacksonville’s shipyards are currently under negotiations. Jacksonville’s latest tourism data confirms the city is becoming a popular destination by outperforming the growth of every other Florida city and setting new records for the local tourism industry.

From its low tax burden to high quality of life, Jacksonville soars above other cities in side-by-side comparisons. Jacksonville has been highly ranked by numerous independent organizations and publications.

Here is just a sample of Jacksonville’s many rankings and accolades:

  • No. 1 “10 Hottest Real Estate Markets To Watch In 2017” (Trulia – 2016)
  • No. 36 in the top 200 best places for business and careers by Forbes (2016)
  • Selected as a top U.S. logistics hub by Global Trade magazine (2016)
  • No. 2 best city for tech (outside CA and NY) (Datafox – 2016)
  • “5 Surprising Foodie Cities to Visit Right Now” (Forbes Travel Guide – 2016)
  • No. 16  “24 Best Places to Live in the South…” (Business Insider – 2016)
  • No. 34 “The 50 best places to live in America” (Business Insider – 2016)
  • No. 2 “Best Airport by Region: North America Category” (Airport Council International – 2016)
  • Among the top cities and regions in the world for fostering successful startup businesses (USC – Marshall School of Business – 2016)
  • No. 2 city with the most vibrant employment scene by Forbes (2015)
  • Laura Street – “One of America’s Five Great Streets” (American Planning Association – 2015)
  • “Top Secretly Cool City Where You Can Still Get in on the Ground Floor” (Huffington Post – 2015)
  • Jacksonville ranks fifth best city to find work in the U.S. (Forbes – 2015)
  • Jacksonville ranks among top 15 North American ports based on port infrastructure capabilities and strength of industrial real estate market (CBRE Group, Inc.’s “North America Ports Logistics Annual Report” – 2015)
  • Jacksonville ranks No. 1 on list of “U.S. Cities Where Hispanics Are Doing The Best Economically” (Forbes – 2015)
  • Jacksonville was named the “Best U.S. City to Start a Business.” (Wallethub.com, 2014)
  • Jacksonville was ranked the second-best city to save money. (GoBankingRates.com, 2014)
  • Jacksonville was No. 1 on the “Most Improved Markets” list from September 2012 to September 2013 and No. 16 on the “Top U.S. Economies” list.  (On Numbers Economic Index, 2013)
  • Forbes ranked Jacksonville No. 3 on its list of top 10 cities to find a job. (2013)
  • Jacksonville was ranked the most small business friendly city in Florida. (Kauffman Foundation – 2013)
  • Forbes ranked Jacksonville No. 2 in the nation for technology services jobs growth. (2013)
  • Jacksonville was named one of the top ten “Best Big Cities for Homeownership.” (NerdWallet –2013)
$7,750,000
8 Beds 9 Baths 1193509 MLS
Incredible doesn't begin to describe this gorgeous 3 story all brick riverfront estate home. Current owners custom built in 2003. Designed by well known Architect Richard Skinner. Gorgeous live oaks and lush landscape drape the more than 3 acres situated on a high bluff lot spanning 190' of St Johns River frontage. Rare to find a home of this caliber along the riverfront for sale. The interior finishes are extraordinary in every room. As you tour the photos you will be in awe of room sizes and layout. The kitchen is every chef and caterers dream with walk in pantry, top of the line appliances, floor to ceiling cabinets & storage, oversized island & organized spaces.6 garage bays for car enthusiasts. Paved path to dock w/multiple lifts, pool & spa, greenhouse(EXCLUSIONS) see MORE In addition to the main home is an adorable 3 bedroom guest cottage. It has been preciously updated and ready for immediate move in. Perfect for extended stay guest, in-laws or caretakers. (SEE EXCLUSIONS LIST) This 3 acre estate is one of the most beautiful homes and properties I have had the pleasure of representing. The quality and extraordinary finishes found throughout entire home and property are unlike any home you will find currently on market. It would be very hard to replicate for the asking price.... The location is central to all areas of Jacksonville. Top rated schools, shopping and private clubs within walking distance.

6222 &6232 San Jose W Blvd, Jacksonville

$6,950,000
5 Beds 9 Baths 1149414 MLS
A BOATER'S PARADISE! This property offers the best market value in waterfront living. An exquisite estate sitting on 4.5 acres, offering countless opportunities, including developing a multi-generational compound! It has breathtaking views with a natural beauty and sits high and dry at an elevation of 14ft. Custom-built with privacy, serenity, security and sustainability in mind, this home is truly a work of art. With almost 11,000sqft and built with ICF construction for security and energy efficiency, the home also offers meticulously crafted architectural and interior design elements- from the custom-made solid Mahogany interior doors and onyx and stainless steel front door to the custom Macassar Ebony cabinets in the Owner's bathroom. The spacious entry with soaring 2-story ceilings in the formal area makefor an elegant setting for entertaining. Carry the party outside for stunning and expansive eastern views of the Intracoastal Waterway with 160 feet of water frontage. Fully equipped for year- round outdoor living with a 25,000-gallon salt chlorinated pool and hot tub and dock and boat lift so you can travel with ease to St. Augustine or make your way north to the Atlantic Ocean...the choice is yours. Additional interior features include His and Her offices, home gym off the suite, owner's suite, a media/theatre room, elevator access to both floors, a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, a sunken wet bar in formal living room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the pool and intracoastal, just to name a few. Home fully automated with Crestron Home System providing customizable security, audio/visual, and climate controls with remote monitoring and control from smartphone. So many options, you may choose to live, work and entertain without ever leaving again. Come enjoy unrivaled privacy just minutes away from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, the beaches and the Pablo Creek Golf Course.

5147 Dixie Landing Dr, Jacksonville

$4,850,000
4 Beds 8 Baths 1190670 MLS
Luxury living in Pablo Creek Reserve! This stunning, Mediterranean-style estate home offers four ensuite bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and over 9,000 square feet of living area! Built to the highest standard with impeccable amenities and meticulous architectural design by Kevin Gray, this home seamlessly integrates an old-world feel with all the modern features today's luxury homebuyers have come to expect. The driveway to the home is the first of many wonders, paved with a red and lime sandstone and leading to an oasis of palms. You will immediately notice the soaring windows and stately entry staircase leading to massive glass and scrollwork double doors. The vast, Spanish-style roof is supported by multiple monolithic pillars, two of which frame the first of two major entryways to the house. Enter through the massive foyer that extends to the back of the house and gives a glimpse of the pool and lake view within the back screened patio to find an elegant seating area featuring a gorgeous chandelier and the first of four wood-burning fireplaces found throughout the house. Located on the west wing of the home, the massive chef's kitchen features exquisite custom cabinetry, a double oven with gas range, an integrated paneled refrigerator, and a gorgeous center island with a sink. Adjacent to the kitchen, you will find a bar and wine cellars that can store over 250 bottles, a fully furnished laundry room, a garage, and a butler's pantry. The first-floor master bedroom is a seven-piece ensuite with a standing tub and shower, two closets, a seating area, and two more walk-in closets. Ascend the winding staircase contained within the family room and the second floor's features immediately become evident. The remaining three ensuite bedrooms are located here, each with a private walk-in closet. Connecting the bathrooms and bedrooms is a recreation room with a pool table and a functioning bar. Follow the massive hallway on the west side of the home featuring arched windows showcasing the view of all surrounding flora and fauna to find the entry to your personal theatre! At roughly 770 square feet and furnished with plush leather recliners offering stadium seating for unimpeded views and maximum comfort, this theatre room also offers a bar and adjacent bathroom, a private entryway and a balcony, making this the perfect space for entertaining! From the main drive, the second entrance to the home can be found through an immense stone archway framed by four more expansive pillars that truly capture the classical feel of the home's design. Following the continued paver driveway and passing through a breezeway, five garage door bays lead to the oversized four-car garage with additional space for golf carts. The outdoor space is unparalleled, situated on 1.57 acres and featuring a massive, screened lanai, a saltwater pool, Gazebo, and a summer kitchen. This is truly luxury Florida living at its finest! Schedule your private showing today!

5381 Hala Ct, Jacksonville

$2,999,999
4 Beds 3 Baths 1196136 MLS
Boaters Paradise New Construction in Palm Island a private 17 homes gated neighborhood. Finished in February with all possible high end updates.Master bedroom on 1st floor. 13,000 covered boat lift with lights and speakers,large floating dock,kayak rack, Master swim spa,foam sealed bulkhead, Kitchen with Thermador smart WIFI appliances, 5 burner gas stove, convention oven, warming drawer,hidden ladder for access to upper cabinets,walk in pantry with electrical outlets,large farm sink,quartz counters & much more, Full house gas generator, 12 foot tall 2 car garage fits 2 car lifts,shark coating floor,versa lift for access to attic,Outdoor summer kitchen with DCS stainless steel doors,grill with rotisserie,sink w/granite top,large laundry room w/ top end washer & dryer,bench seat & built in Laundry sink. Beautiful Lanai with summer kitchen w/rotisserie, sink with granite counter top.Ceiling fans,speakers in ceiling,ethernet & cable wired TV, Roku.Upstairs you have 3 bedrooms w/walk-in closets one being used as an Office with balcony, loft space with built in LED built in crown molding, surround sound speakers. Walk in foam insulated attic, 2 balconies one in the front and a large one across the back overlooking the canal.Still under builders warranty,no expense spared in this modern Mediterranean home. Double French doors will be installed prior to closing in Dining room wall going into Bonus room with plumbing for multiple uses, mother in law, pool room, man cave,stereo speakers in ceiling. Car lifts do not convey & are not attached to floor. 1 may be For Sale. Please documents for House Features which are many.

4162 Tortola Ct, Jacksonville

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