Bungalow style houses have a rich history and are still a very popular choice among today’s home buyers, especially as home prices continue to increase at a record pace. Most bungalows have distinctly charming characteristics, and their smaller layouts typically translate to affordability as well.
So whether you’re a first-time buyer, looking to downsize, or just happen to love bungalow style homes unconditionally, here’s where you’ll have the most luck finding your dream bungalow in Jacksonville.
Neatly positioned between the Riverside and Westside communities on Jacksonville’s west side is the thriving neighborhood of Murray Hill. Once a low-key, working-class community known for its modest homes and sleepy vibe, Murray Hill is now considered one of the city’s trendiest neighborhoods, especially among the younger generation. Full of restaurants, bars, breweries, and a wave of new businesses, there’s no shortage of things to do in Murray Hill, which to many home buyers is its biggest selling point.
Edgewood Avenue is the neighborhood’s main drag, which is where you’ll find the bulk of the area’s hot spots, including a pretty hearty mix of various ethnic restaurants and cafes. But take a turn down any of the neighborhood’s seemingly countless side streets and you’ll generally find a quiet residential setting that is loaded with charming bungalows and cottage-style houses that make for a truly wonderful place to call home. And despite the neighborhood’s growing popularity, Murray Hill bungalows can still be had for a reasonable price, at least for now.
Although Riverside and Avondale are technically two separate neighborhoods, locals consider this highly desirable part of Jacksonville as one continuous community. Much of Riverside Avondale is residential but it also includes a number of lively commercial districts, including Five Points, the King Street District, and the Shoppes of Avondale, helping make it one of the more convenient places to call home in town as well. Additionally, every Saturday in the neighborhood is the Riverside Arts Market, which is essentially a farmers market, art fair, and live concert all rolled into one awesome way to spend a morning or afternoon.
The Riverside portion of Riverside Avondale is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and did we mention it’s also been voted as one of the country’s Top 10 Great Neighborhoods? Not surprisingly, housing throughout Riverside Avondale can get a little pricey. But scattered among all the million dollar waterfront estates and upscale apartment buildings are some of Jacksonville’s coolest and most authentic bungalow-style homes, which you’re sure to love if you appreciate the charm and character of classic Florida bungalows.
Miramar is a lovely residential neighborhood located just south of Downtown Jacksonville and right alongside the St. Johns River. Easy access to Phillips Highway and Interstate 95 make Miramar a commuter’s dream location, and it also happens to be where Hendricks Avenue Elementary School is located, one of Jacksonville’s highest-rated elementary schools. But aside from an easy commute and a great school district, we love Miramar for its numerous public parks and green spaces, which include Colonial Manor Lake Park, Granada Park, Inward Park, and River Oaks Park. Whether it’s an occasional picnic, a place to take the kids to play, or just somewhere to take a walk or jog, Miramar's parks certainly help make it one of the best neighborhoods to call home for anyone who loves to get outside and stay active.
As for homes for sale in Miramar, prospective buyers will typically find quite the variety of options. Thanks to its riverfront location, large waterfront homes with private docks tend to stand out most. But all throughout the neighborhood’s interior are stately historic homes, long ’70s era ranch-style homes, and a plentiful mix of smaller brick and craftsman-style bungalows that won’t break the bank.
Bounded by Highway 90 and Highway 228 to the east and west, and the St. Johns River and Little Pottsburg Creek to the north and south, Jacksonville’s St. Nicholas neighborhood, in many ways, feels tucked away from the city’s hustle-and-bustle despite being just a few short minutes from downtown. Above all, however, St. Nicholas is perhaps most known for its rich history, scenic waterfront, and easy access to shopping, dining, and any number of cultural attractions, which all combine to help make the neighborhood one of Jacksonville's most sought-after places to call home.
This city's lively Southbank district also lies right next door to St. Nicholas, which of course is where you’ll find the Jacksonville Riverwalk, the Friendship Fountain, and the world-famous Treaty Oak—an octopus-like Southern live oak tree that is estimated to be over 250 years old. With St. Nicholas being a bit more limited in terms of overall housing, though, don’t expect to find a lot of available inventory here, especially during a down market. But if you’re looking for a reasonably priced Jacksonville bungalow in a top-notch location, St. Nicholas is always a neighborhood worth checking out.Posted by Brad Officer on