Riverside and Avondale

Friendly, Hip Neighborhood that Values Local Connections

Welcome to Riverside and Avondale

Named one of the top 10 neighborhoods in the nation by the American Planning Association, the Riverside and Avondale communities offer residents an upbeat and historical setting to live and play. Although it’s one of the most densely populated areas in town, the close quarters encourage a tight-knit business community that has recently welcomed dozens of new restaurants, shops, salons and bars.

Located just to the west of downtown, it’s a perfect area for commuters, but few ever really want to leave. The two communities boast several entertainment districts within walking/biking distance, including the popular Five Points district, the King Street district, brewery district, shops on Stockton Street, and the historic Shoppes at Avondale.

Most of the locals who now call the area home say they originally fell in love with the architecture found there. After the Great Fire of 1901 destroyed much of downtown Jacksonville, craftsmen flooded into the city to help rebuild and the neighborhood offered a chance for up-and-coming architects to show off their take on the latest home trends. The Riverside and Avondale areas have been recognized for having some of the most diverse styles in the entire nation, including Bungalow, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne/Victorian, Tudor and Georgian.

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THE LIFESTYLE

Locals focus on community-driven activities, a know-your-neighbor mindset and supporting a trove of local businesses.

THE MARKET

Average. Preservation is big here, with many of the homes first built in the early 1900s now being restored to their former glory.

PERFECT IF...

You're looking for a one-of-a-kind home with historical character and a tight-knit surrounding community

Not so much if...

You want new construction or more of a suburban atmosphere.

Locals Love

The Five Points and King Street areas continue to grow as new restaurants and bars move in, keep an eye out for even more in the coming months.

HOW TO GET THERE

EAST-TO-WEST BOUNDARIES

The St. Johns River/I-95 interchange to Roosevelt Boulevard

NORTH-TO-SOUTH BOUNDARIES

Interstate-10 to the St. Johns River

COMMUTE TIMES

  • Downtown Jax 6 mins
  • Jacksonville Beach 28 mins
  • St. Johns Town Center 15 mins
  • I-95 5 mins

ON THE STREET

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MARKET SNAPSHOT

Spring 2015

$224,300

Median Sales Price

104

Average Days On the Market Until Sale

91%

Percent of Original List Price Received

263

Inventory of Homes for Sale

53

Closed Sales

5.7%

Percent of Properties Sold Over List Price

ALL STATS COURTESY THE NORTHEAST FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS

EXPLORE LIKE A LOCAL

EAT at

BISCOTTIS

Located in the heart of the Shoppes of Avondale, this quaint eatery bounced back from a recent fire thanks to its loyal following of customers pining for its flatbreads, goat cheese salads and pressed sandwiches. Don’t fill up too much on the entrees; you’ll want to check out the restaurant’s dessert case before you leave thanks to their to-die-for selection of cakes, pies and other treats such as the croissant bread pudding with vanilla ice cream that have made them famous locally.

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BLACKSHEEP

Trendy newcomer Blacksheep has quickly captured the attention of the Five Points area thanks to its Southern-inspired yet upscale menu and rooftop bar offering sweeping views of the St. Johns River and surrounding neighborhoods. From fresh red snapper to duck bahn mi there’s something for every taste. Local tip: stop by on Sunday for the Chicken Dinner spread for two and make it a date night.

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BOLD BEAN COFFEE ROASTERS

Coffee addicts rejoice; Bold Bean offers in-house roasted coffee and freshly made pastries and breads perfect for a quick snack or fuel for your next meeting. Located right off Stockton Street, it’s a central meetup spot for locals who know that Bold Bean’s coffee speaks for itself. Besides staples like the spicy chocolate latte and the honey latte, the coffee shop also serves slow drip coffee, french press and even craft brews since they stay open late.

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BREW FIVE POINTS

With open hours that run from 7:30 a.m. to midnight, this 5 Points spot transitions from a coffee shop in the morning to a bar at night, serving up all sorts of brews from fresh coffee to craft beers to craft soda. Thick slices of toast from nearby Community Loaves are topped with unexpected additions like kimchi jam, arugula and goat cheese for an “artisan” experience with your favorite breakfast staple. It’s a nice spot to get some work done, meet with friends or stop in to catch some live music.

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SUN-RAY CINEMA

A true local gem, this independent cinema offers new releases, cult classics, fresh pizzas and a full menu, local beer, wine and a popcorn bar with toppings – all for reasonable prices. From a pizza-off in celebration of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie to a “Gorge of the Rings” event featuring eight courses of food while watching the full Lord of the Rings trilogy, Sun-Ray likes to cater to movie-lovers and the community.

Recent renovations have added a second screen to the venue, so keep a lookout for even more special events in the coming months. Local tip: They show any Jaguar away games for free, so it’s almost like an indoor tailgate experience.

SHOP at

SHOPPES OF AVONDALE

The Shoppes of Avondale offers fun boutiques that range from specialty toy stores to shops offering gourmet health foods.

Riverside and Avondale are located in the Duval County School District.

Students are zoned for:

Fishweir, Central Riverside, West Riverside or Upson Elementary School

Lakeshore Middle School

Lee High School

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Riverside Avondale Preservation

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