It’s one of the most unique achievements in the blending of natural and man-made navigation systems in the world, and it facilitates commercial and public travel up and down the east coast of the U.S. The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) runs for 3,000 miles north and south just inland from the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a prime location for waterfront living in Jacksonville, where fishing and boating are simply a way of life for those lucky residents. This area west of the intracoastal, all the way to Southside Boulevard some 10 miles inland, is remembered as dense pine forest, dominated by the lumber and dairy industries. It was seen by some as ill-suited for Jacksonville
residents to build homes, given it’s far flung location. Not anymore. On the east bank of the ICW, there’s Marsh Landing, an elegant community with its own private golf course, and $1 million residences enjoying lush marshland and golf course views. Move inland, over to the west side of the ICW, and you’ll see communities that have sprouted up among the pines, now easily accessible via J. Turner Butler Boulevard, which runs for some 20 miles from Philips Highway/US1 on the Southside
, all the way to the beach. Neighborhoods have seen tremendous growth off the main thoroughfares of San Pablo Road, Kernan Boulevard and Hodges Boulevard that connect JTB to Atlantic Boulevard that runs parallel from the Southside to the ocean. Many of these neighborhoods are golfing communities, like the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club
, Glen Kernan
, Windsor Parke
and Queen's Harbour. There’s also newer, upscale communities such as Vizcaya
with homes in the mid 300’s and up. Older communities include Sandalwood (home of Sandalwood High School), Holiday Harbor, Southside Estates, and many others. There is also a fine choice of condo living in this area, with flats and townhomes in communities like Grand Preserve
and the Reserve at Wynnfield Lakes.