Get to know…Southside

Generally anything east of the St. Johns River and south of Beach Boulevard, the Southside is arguably the largest ‘section' of Jacksonville. In recent years, the Southside has seen an incredible influx in new homes, apartment complexes, businesses and office parks.


Because of its size, the Southside is attractive to those moving in to Jacksonville and the apartment scene, and those living in Jacksonville looking for a new neighborhood. Thanks to developments like Tapestry Park and the St. Johns Town Center, which offer on-site apartments, the Southside has become a shopping mecca for northeast Florida and southeast Georgia.

Gated communities, with apartment homes and condos, have developed much of the area, offering small, one-bedroom condos and expansive townhomes, ideal for any renter. High-end properties and apartment communities are catering to every need of single young professionals and those looking to start families.

The Southside is fed by a number of major highways, connecting your apartment to every area of Jacksonville. Southside Boulevard connects the Southside to Arlington and Downtown on the North and Mandarin and Ponte Vedra on the South. A jaunt on J. Turner Butler Boulevard can get you to the Beaches in less than 10 minutes and to Interstate 95 in less than five. 9A/Interstate 295 wraps around the Jacksonville area, cutting through the Southside, making Jacksonville International Airport and NAS JAX a quick commute.

The Southside is home to Jacksonville's newest high school, Atlantic Coast High School, the first to be built in 20 years. The high-tech, state-of-the-art school has done a lot to take the strain off nearby high schools dealing with overcrowding.

Heads Up

Butler and Southside boulevards are two of the most heavily traveled thoroughfares in the area and are often congested during the morning, noon and evening rush hours. The Southside is an extremely broad section of town, with several smaller communities with their own identities and pride. Homes range from 1950s ranch style to expansive mansions. 

Area Attractions

No matter where you turn, there is a place for everyone to spend time. There are two major movie theaters in the Southside. In Tinseltown, you'll find the Southside Ale House, home to beers on tap, flat screens and fish tacos. Looking for something a little more upscale, but close to your apartment? Drive around the corner to 7 Bridges Grill and Brewery for award winning, freshly brewed lagers. To mix steak and style, you can't miss III Forks in Tapestry Park. The St. Johns Town Center, Jacksonville's largest open-air mall, comes complete with the token Barnes and Noble and Louis Vuitton. Take your new book and bag to the patio at Cantina Loredo for guacamole and mojitos that keep flowing.

Further south, the upscale Avenues Mall is just around the corner from your apartment. Perfect for a rainy day, you'll find all the traditional ‘mall' stores at the Avenues.

If a day on the links is your thing, hit 18 holes at the Deerwood Country Club. For lovers of the water, leave your apartment for the afternoon and take your boat (or a friend's) out on the scenic Intracoastal Waterway, lined with beautiful homes and even more beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

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