As anyone who has experience purchasing a home already knows, there are countless factors you need to consider before making a final decision on where to buy. With the home itself, you’ll want to weigh things like the number of bedrooms and bathrooms a property includes, what kind of bonus space is there for an at-home office or hobby, and does it have adequate garage space and extra storage.
On top of that, characteristics relating to a home’s location are also a big deal to home buyers, especially when it comes to an area’s crime rate, proximity to local schools, and even your daily commute. And if quick access to downtown is truly a top priority in your search, here’s a closer look at just some of Jacksonville’s top neighborhoods with an easy commute.
Springfield Historic District
The Historic Springfield District tops our list thanks to an ultra convenient location just north of Downtown Jacksonville. Main Street is Springfield’s primary thoroughfare and runs directly down the center of the neighborhood, so you’ll never be too far from being able to jump on this 4-lane stretch of highway to head directly into Jacksonville’s city center. Additionally, Springfield also has some of Jacksonville’s coolest historic homes, so it’s a location you’ll want to check out if you’re a sucker for older houses with plenty of charm and character.
Loaded with restaurants, parks, and cafes, San Marco is easily one of Jacksonville’s most desirable neighborhoods. The small but scenic Riverfront Park is a great place to enjoy Jacksonville’s waterfront and nearby Hendricks Avenue is bustling with shops, restaurants, and other community amenities. And as for a commute to downtown, I-95 acts as San Marco’s eastern boundary, which means you’ll be able to shoot to and from downtown in under 10 minutes most days.
If you’re looking for larger historic homes, a riverfront location, and also relatively easy access to Downtown Jacksonville, Riverside is the neighborhood for you. Often clumped together with nearby Avondale, this part of Jacksonville is also loaded with cultural attractions, history, character, and anything else you’d want in a quintessential place to call home. There’s also no shortage of trendy eateries and gastropubs in Riverside/Avondale, making it the perfect landing spot for home buyers who enjoy a being in more of a lively setting.
Situated right on the other side of Highway 17 from Riverside/Avondale is Murray Hill, another convenient place to call home in Jacksonville. Both Highway 17 and I-10 border the Murray Hill neighborhood, providing a near straight shot into downtown from just about any point in the neighborhood. And with Murray Hill also being a bit more affordable than some of the other trendier neighborhoods mentioned above, we think it’s a real value for prospective buyers working with a tighter budget.
Wedged between South Riverside and St. Nicholas is the Spring Park community, an affordable neighborhood that has 3 major highways running through it in Highway 1, Highway 90, and I-95, which all lead directly into Downtown Jacksonville. Spring Park Elementary School is also located in this part of town, and whether you’re looking for a condo, townhouse, or quaint single-family dwelling, you’ll find plenty of great options at reasonable price points in Spring Park, which is why it makes our list.
The sprawling Arlington neighborhood in Jacksonville has a distinct suburban vibe thanks to its numerous malls and shopping complexes with big-box supercenters and family restaurants. It’s also where you’ll find the Tree Hill Nature Center, which for our money is actually one of Jacksonville’s true hidden gems. And of course with the Arlington Expressway bordering the neighborhood’s southern end, a typical commute into downtown should only be around 12 to 15 minutes, depending of course on where you’re at specifically in the community.Posted by Brad Officer on