Word on the Street

Jacksonville is a city on the rise.

Possibly best known for the world’s largest outdoor cocktail party (the annual University of Florida vs University of Georgia game), its beaches, the Jaguars and its historic neighborhoods, the city is now making a name for itself on a national stage thanks to a burgeoning tech industry, innovative culinary destinations and public and private partnerships that promise to add even more character to the Bold City.

If you’re considering relocating to Jacksonville, here are five things you should know about your future home.

New to Jax and wondering where to spend New Years' Eve? Ring in 2014 with one of the area's music performances, dance parties, fine dining destinations or fireworks celebrations.

New Year's Eve Celebration Downtown

For the biggest celebration in town, head down to the Jacksonville Landing for live music, food vendors and a midnight fireworks show. Entrance is free.

Jacksonville Scene's New Year's Eve Celebration

Join one of Jacksonville's favorite intramural and meet-up organizers at River City Brewing Company for a night of booze, food and fireworks. Ring in the new year with light food and appetizers, an open bar, champagne toasts, music spun by a local DJ and a prime view of the fireworks on the St. Johns River. Tickets are $65. Find out more on Jacksonville Scene's Facebook page.

Notice something new? The landscape is changing around Jacksonville as developers start and complete some of their biggest projects in years. Here are four I think you should have your eye on in the coming year.

5 Thousand Town at the St. Johns Town Center

A new apartment community located between Seasons 52 and Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails in the town center, 5 Thousand Town held its grand opening in November 2013 and is currently at around 50 percent occupancy. It features 130 apartments with a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units ranging from $1,385 for a one-bedroom spot up to $2,320 for a three-bedroom option. The upscale development includes a rooftop lounge, a rooftop terrace with fire pits, a dog park, a fitness center, an on-site carwash and a coffee bar. Renters also have quick access to Butler Boulevard and more than 130 nearby entertainment venues.