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Jacksonville, Florida


jacksonville florida real estate   Jacksonville, at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Interstate 95, presents a gateway to Florida for many. With Amelia Island to the north and historic St. Augustine to the south, the city of Jacksonville is, in the words of Judie Berger, a long-time resident of Florida and currently a Sarasota real estate agent, "Where Florida Begins."

  Jacksonville's spacious city layout nicely complements its coastal setting. Jacksonville is the largest city in the United States in terms of land area, the 13th most populous city in the United States, and is the 40th largest city in the world in terms of area.  The city was named for Andrew Jackson.  Jackson may have been the 11th President of the United States, but his political beginnings were as the military governor of the Florida territory.

  The county seat of Duval County, with which the city government consolidated in 1968, Jacksonville is located in on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles south of the Georgia border and about 340 miles north of Miami.

  Jacksonville has a humid subtropical climate with mild weather during the winter months and hotter weather during summers.  High temperatures average 64 to 91 degrees throughout the year.  Thunderstorms are not unusual during the warmest summer months.  During winter, there can be hard freezes during the night but such low temperatures seldom last long.  The city averages only 10 to 15 nights below freezing per year.  The coldest temperature recorded 7 degrees in January, 1985, a day that still holds the record cold for many locations in the eastern half of the US.  Snow rarely falls and has never accumulated more than just a dusting of grassy areas.

  Harbor improvements in the late 19th century made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port facilitating two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport.  Other local attributes of the local economy include banking, insurance, and health care while tourism is also important to the area, particularly tourism related to golf. With over 1,220 holes of golf, Jacksonville and its beach communities constitute an ideal spot for a golf vacation or, for those who wish to play golf year-round, a great place to find the home of one's dreams.

    Jacksonville International Airport supports travel to and from Northeast Florida with non-stop flights to over 30 cities.

    Notable neighborhoods in Jacksonville include Downtown itself, LaVilla, San Marco, Mandarin, and Arlington. The neighborhoods of Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, and Riverside have been identified as U.S. historic districts are are included in the National Register of Historic Places. Some Jacksonville neighborhoods were originally towns or communities prior to annexation by the city. Additionally, Baldwin, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach retain their own municipal governments although they are represented in the Jacksonville City Council. Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach are collectively known as the Jacksonville Beaches.

  For more specific information you may want to visit the Visit Jacksonville website.

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