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Jacksonvile's Historic Neighborhoods
Anyone who has visited Jacksonville, Florida knows that it is huge city; it is ranked as one of the largest in land area in the nation. Unfortunately, much of Jacksonville is covered with urban sprawl. The majority of its neigborhoods are newer or consist of rather modest concrete block or shingle homes. If you look close to downtown Jacksonville though, you can find two historic gems - the Riverside Avondale and San Marco neighborhoods.These neighborhoods are brimming with unique character and charm. Winding streets stretch out under huge oak trees dripping with Spanish moss
Riverside Avondale is a national historic district and is a textbook of Florida’s architecture from the 1890s to the early 1930s. No other neighborhood in the state has such a diverse and extensive collection of architectural styles, ranging from Mediterranean and Georgian Revival, to Tudor, Shingle, and Prairie Styles, as well as variants of the homey bungalow. Visitors enjoy strolling through the beautiful riverfront Memorial Park, and seeing the latest exhibition at the nationally renowned Cummer Museum. The funky Riverside shopping district known as Five Points has some of Jacksonville's most unique stores, as well as numerous popular restaurants and cafes. The upscale Avondale shopping area is notable for its terrific women's shoes and clothing stores, home and garden boutiques, and art galleries. Perennially popular and locally owned restaurants offer outdoor seating and a great scene. On Saturdays from April to December, residents flock to the new Riverside Arts Market for arts, crafts, a farmer's market, fresh breads, delicious food and free live music; it's a great introduction to the area's vibrant community spirit.
San Marco features a square dominated by the beautiful "Three Lions" statue that is modeled after a famous fountain in Italy. . There are numerous clothing stores, a great stationary shop, and several eateries. Matthew's Restaurant, at the top of the square, offers one of Jacksonville's most impressive dining experiences. A stoll behind the square will take you to some of Jacksonville's most elegant addresses.