Many homeowners are taking advantage of the historically low-interest rates banks to offer and the equity they built up in their homes to go out and buy a new property. Some people downsize. Some upsize. Others simply desire to stop renting and start owning. Thousands of people choose to relocate to Northeast Florida. While beach cities like Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach provide a wonderful oceanside living, many people choose to relocate to Jacksonville. With more than 500 neighborhoods to choose from inside Jacksonville city limits, it might help you to narrow down your search if you knew a little something about the community first. Let’s talk about the Northside.
Northside Jacksonville, FL
Where is the Northside?
While Northside “boundaries” vary in definition, it usually refers to the area north of St. Johns River, the Westside at 20th St., and the urban core. It includes much of the City’s transportation hubs, such as the Jacksonville International Airport, JAXPORT cruise terminal, Blount Island and Dames Point Marine Terminals, and Jacksonville Station. Residential communities like Panama Park and Tallulah-North Shore date back to the turn of the century. The scenic Trout River makes up Tallulah-North Shore’s northern border.
Northside Jacksonville inhabits the 32218 zip code of Jacksonville, FL. Their population skews lower than other parts of the city. The median age of a Northside resident is 35, with the majority of residents in either their late 20’s or early 40’s. According to Zip Data Maps, as of the last census (2010), the median household income was $48,526. Most of those employed on the Northside work in the management, computers, healthcare, and architectural industries.
According to Zillow, the median home value in the Northside Jacksonville area is $194,432, a 4.2% increase from the previous year. They consider this a “warm” market, tipping slightly in the seller’s favor. Currently, they forecast another 4% or more increase in home values over the next 12 months.
Things to Do
It’s not all transportation hubs and businesses in the Northside community. Located on the north side of St. Johns River, River City Marketplace is the largest outdoor shopping mall on the Northside. For nature-lovers, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens showcase exhibit that both educate and entertain its guests. Their Manatee Rescue and Rehab program treats and cares for these amazing creatures that live right in our own backyard. Guests have the opportunity to feed the giraffes, lorikeets, and stingrays. Or brush a sweet little pygmy goat. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the zoo takes care of all of its animal residents.