Avondale/Riverside is one of the most beautiful designated historic districts in the Jacksonville, Florida area and runs along the St. Johns River just minutes from downtown. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and the American Planning Association named the area one of the year’s 10 great neighborhoods.
Never a dull moment as your wind through the tree lined streets observing the menagerie of classic 1920’s architecture. From bungalows to Mediterranean Revival to Craftsmen and Art Deco. No wonder it was voted as one of the best neighborhoods to retire in by Money magazine. By providing the advantages of big city life, while maintaining the peace and tranquility that one desires in a quaint neighborhood.
Riverside-Avondale has a mix of 16 parks dating back to the 1920’s. While much of the neighborhood is wealthy, middle-income households can surely find something affordable. There is a variety of living styles including rental units, bungalows, Tudor houses and majestic historical homes along the river. Each one is built separately and not one is the same as the other; however, the common thread that runs through the streets is the community itself. Riverside/Avondale offers an abundance of parks, art galleries, boutique shopping and lots of dining. The streets are lined with hundred-year-old oak trees, blooming crate myrtles, dog walkers and families with children. Avondale’s sophisticated charm and oak-lined avenues cater to the upscale shopper with a covey of specialty boutiques, fine galleries and gourmet eateries.
13 Gypsies http://www.13gypsies.com
Bread and Board: https://www.thebreadandboard.com
Taquiera Cinco: http://taqueria5points.com
Things to Do
Riverside Arts Market: https://riversideavondale.org/ram-home/
Cummer Art Museum: https://www.cummermuseum.org
But don’t forget to get outside! Since Riverside/Avondale is along the St. Johns River, there are plenty of opportunities to hit the water. Every day you are bound to see many sailboats and kayaks, just beckoning you to join them. Every Saturday from March through December artists, craft vendors, local farmers, performers and musicians gather under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge in the Riverside District for an unforgettable day, The Riverside Arts Market. Admission is free but the good times are priceless!