Southside Neighborhood

5 06 2005

The great thing about the Southside is that it’s much more than just a neighborhood. Maybe a better term for it would be a location. However, do not be fooled about this location. There is plenty of activity and diversity lining the streets of the Southside in Jacksonville.

Actually, the Southside has a number of neighborhoods within it ranging from north of Butler Boulevard, south of Atlantic Boulevard, east of University Boulevard and west of St. Johns Bluff Road. Lying within the borders of the area are a number of restaurants, residential areas, golf courses, schools and everything else to keep one busy. The prime location of this area allows easy access to most of Jacksonville’s attractions, and is only a short drive from Interstate 95, which leads downtown or to St. Augustine. Also, the easy access to the St. Johns River provides plenty of good fishing and water activity for those who love the outdoors.

The people of Southside represent all ages. Young adults, age 25 to 34, account for 27 percent of the population, while people age 65 and older account for 20 percent. One of the main attractions for young people to the Southside is the University of North Florida and Florida Community College of Jacksonville South Campus. UNF, one of Florida’s most rapidly growing public universities, enrolled almost 14,000 students in 2003 and FCCJ has nearly 24,000 students in its four-campus system.

The Southside also has a vast amount of retailers. Just within the Southside area there are two malls — The Avenues and Regency Square — as well as a vast amount of strip malls and restaurants in between. Basically, if someone needs something they can find it on the Southside.

Homes in the Southside start at $70,000 and reach more than $1 million. And, if a home is out of the question, the area offers an abundance of reasonably priced townhomes, condominiums and apartment complex choices. Within the many neighborhoods are several public and private elementary, middle and high schools.

Southside offers the best of Jacksonville through easy access to all major locations and boasts great neighborhoods, shopping centers, restaurants and schools. Southside is a great neighborhood for all.


Southside

Average home price: $131,054
No. of households: 12,981
2003 Population: 31,422
2008 projected population: 32,711
Percent change: 3.9%
Household disposable income: $37,370

Source: Average home value based on Scarborough self-evaluation. All other data from Demographics USA.

Duval County Fire Department:
Phone: (904) 630-0529
Fire Station 1: 9200 Hogan Road
Fire Station 2: 8275 Western Way

Jacksonville Sheriffs Office:
Phone: (904) 630-0500
Nearest substation: 7100 Powers Ave. (904) 828-5463

Schools:
Duval County Board of Education, (904) 390-2000
Elementary: Chets Creek, Twin Lakes Academy, Windy Hill, Southside Estates, Kernan Trail
Middle: Twin Lakes Academy, Kernan, Southside
High: Sandalwood

Housing Information:

Southside offers condominiums, apartments and houses. Homes in the Southside area range from $70,000 to $1 million.

Source: The Times-Union


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