What makes it unique
Riverside Avondale offers a mix of art and culture options, including the Cummer Museum, public green spaces, and shopping and dining districts.
For starters, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Northeast Florida’s largest art museum, has more than 5,000 works of art. The gardens, laid out by Michigan wood barons in the early 1900s, are filled with rare horticultural specimens and mature live oaks, as well as sculptures, fountains, and reflective pools.
There are also Memorial and Riverside parks in the area, as well as the 5-point neighborhood with local restaurants, breweries and shops and the Riverside Arts Market. Every Saturday, artisans and farmers sell their wares at the Riverside Arts Market under the Fuller Warren Bridge.
Riverside Avondale also offers “walkability and drivability for people who want this outdoor lifestyle,” said Ms. Chllders.
In fact, Jacksonville has more than 80,000 acres of designated public green space, the largest urban park system in the country. This includes the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, a coastal wetland.
The Jacksonville Jaguars provide residents with a professional soccer team to follow, and there is also the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, a minor league baseball team. The city has an international airport and is only a few hours’ drive from holiday destinations such as Orlando and its amusement parks or the mountains of Georgia.
Boaters love Jacksonville because there is so much water starting with the St. Johns River.
“We have a very deep river for boating,” explained Ms. Coffey. “You can basically have a 70-, 80-foot boat in your back yard.”
The river connects the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway, both of which are a short boat ride away.
Residents can find white-sand beaches and oceanfront luxury resorts in Neptune Beach, but Riverside Avondale has “some of the better restaurants in town,” according to Ms. Childers.
Local favorites are the Italian La Cena Ristorante, “a truly hidden gem with no sign”; the rooftop bar and restaurant at the Black Sheep; Blue Fish Restaurant & Oyster Bar; Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House and River & Post, which serves modern American cuisine with an emphasis on steak and seafood.
The city has a local symphony and also attracts A-list bands and Broadway tours, the agent added.