Jacksonville Gated Communities With Best Amenities

Jacksonville is a desirable Florida city that isn’t short on equally desirable gated communities and neighborhoods. With a population north of 900,000 residents, the Jacksonville area is defined by 22 miles of pristine Florida beaches, an expansive urban park system, and some of the best golfing you’ll find anywhere in the country. And in terms of housing, there’s nothing quite like the privacy and security of a gated community, especially one that has an amazing collection of amenities, like the ones featured below. 


Tamaya is one of Jacksonville’s largest and most prominent gated communities, featuring a whopping 2,400 homes, all built by ICI Builders. Situated roughly 12 miles east of Downtown Jacksonville, Tamaya homes for sale include between three and six bedrooms and anywhere from 1,800 to 4,500 square feet of total living area. Many prospective buyers love Tamaya homes for their distinct architectural styles, which range from Tuscan and Spanish to classic Mediterranean-style residences.

Along with a close proximity to downtown, Tamaya also provides home owners with easy access to Jacksonville schools, outdoor parks, nearby shopping, and even the nearby oceanfront via a straight shot down Beach Boulevard. As for lifestyle amenities at Tamaya, the lovely 10,000 square foot amenity center near one of the main gates houses a state-of-the-art fitness center, two separate swimming pools, tennis courts, a wide open event lawn, cabanas, and an indoor event space for meetings, parties, casual gatherings, and other activities. Tamaya’s grand gated entrance also features a two-story gatehouse, which is fully staffed with security personnel. 

✓ State-of-the-art fitness center

✓ 2 swimming pools

✓ Tennis courts

✓ Indoor event space

✓ Event lawn

Sweetwater by Del Webb

Despite being an active adult community, Sweetwater by Del Webb has to be mentioned on any legitimate list of Jacksonville gated communities with amazing amenities. Having originally opened back in January of 2005, Sweetwater by Del Web encompasses 315 pristinely landscaped acres while offering the perfect blend of condos, carriage homes, and full-size single-family homes with nearly 2,400 square feet of living space. One thing you’re sure to love about Sweetwater by Del Webb is that nearly every residence in the entire community features views of nature preserves or community lakes, providing a serene living experience that’s hard to capture in any ordinary gated community. 

Sweetwater’s location in Jacksonville’s popular Southside area is just minutes from top shopping malls, premier healthcare facilities, plenty of great restaurants, and even nearby resort destinations like Amelia Island and historic St. Augustine. Lifestyle amenities at Sweetwater by Del Webb are also noteworthy and headlined by a magnificent 20,000 square foot amenity center dubbed “Summerland Hall.” Inside, you’ll find a top-of-the-line fitness facility with locker rooms, indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools, and a number of multi-purpose, yoga/pilates, billiards, and arts and crafts rooms. Outside Summerland Hall is a larger multi-purpose lawn, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, volleyball courts, and a beautiful outdoor pavilion that is perfect for all your for parties, picnics, and large-scale social gatherings.  

✓ Fitness facility

✓ Indoor/outdoor heated pools

✓ Yoga/pilates room

✓ Billiards room

✓ Multi-purpose entertaining space

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Seven Pines Island 

When talking about gated communities in Florida with desirable lifestyle amenities, you can’t exactly devise a list without one that includes direct access to the water—and that’s exactly what you get at the private, residential community of Seven Pines Island. Built on land with a very rich history, Seven Pines Island is one of Jacksonville’s smaller, more intimate gated communities, totaling just 50 single-family residences. As the name suggests, Seven Pines Island is surrounded by water on nearly every side, allowing for many homes to feature private docks, ideal for fisherman, water sports enthusiasts, or anyone who loves to get out on the water and enjoy a little fun-in-the-sun. 

Thanks to a waterfront setting, you can also be sure that the majority of homes in Seven Pines Island include wonderful views of the surrounding tropical landscape, and its distinct “hideaway” feel also provides a greater sense of privacy and security—something homeowners here truly love most. If a home you see for sale in Seven Pines Island doesn’t already have a private dock, there’s also a number of community boat slips available and other lifestyle amenities in the community include a clubhouse, tennis courts, and seemingly endless nature trails and walkways that are great for an early morning or evening walk.  

✓ Walking trails

✓ Community boat slips

✓ Tennis courts

✓ Waterfront

✓ Community clubhouse


Palermo is a Jacksonville gated community that simply has it all. Built and developed by ICI Homes, the Palermo community features a luxurious, European village-type setting with large homes and a premier collection of upscale lifestyle amenities. Included is a community swimming pool, exercise facilities with men’s and women’s restroom facilities, two multi-purpose entertaining rooms, and a storage area with a community pavilion and two separate summer kitchens. Additionally, Palermo home owners also have a unique opportunity to become social members at the Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club, providing access to other elegant amenities, as well as a Robert C. Walker-designed championship golf course. 

Look for homes at Palermo to include anywhere from 2,000 and 4,585 square feet of living space and expansive 2.5 to 3-car garages. Located off Hodges Boulevard, Palermo also provides a close proximity to nearby beaches, shopping, dining, top local schools, and a number of Jacksonville hospitals and business parks. 

✓ Community swimming pool

✓ State-of-the-art exercise facilities

✓ 2 common summer kitchens

✓ Glen Kernan Golf and Country Club membership opportunity 

✓ Top-of-the-line exercise facilities 

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