Jacksonville, Florida is a huge city of 800,000 that lies at the northeastern tip of the state right on the Georgia Border. The city is a mix of Southern and Spanish Colonial neighborhoods. Historic San Marco is the main gay area in this city, but because the city is so big there are pockets of gay communities that tend to be quite small and almost like “pop-ups” in nature. That is why it is best to consult with a Jacksonville gay realtor who knows the area well before you start looking for a property to buy.
San Marco is an older and sophisticated area of the city that is located on the south bank of the St. Johns River. It is very close to downtown. Most of the neighborhoods upscale businesses are located at the corner of San Marco and Atlantic boulevards. The area used to be called South Jacksonville. It is the site of the old plantations that gave away to residential developments in the 1920s. For that reason much of the architecture has a bit of an Art Deco flair. In some areas of San Marco the huge plantation mansions still stand. Many have been turned into apartments or vacation and retirement homes for elderly wealthy residents.
There are several older gay bars and restaurants in San Marco including Bistro Aix (a French restaurant), Club Jacksonville (a bathouse) and A.J’s Bar and Grill. Elsewhere in the city is Bo’s Coral Reef Bar at Jacksonville Beach, Chew Restaurant in downtown Jacksonville and InCahoots gay club downtown.
Just east of San Marco is another developing gay-friendly area called St. Nicholas. It is also the site of former plantation mansions and tends to house older wealthier Jacksonville citizens.
Homes in the San Marco area of Jacksonville have a median price of $191,500 for the period of April 13 to June 13, 2013. The median sales price for a home has decreased 29.3% for a home here since the same period of time last year. The average price per square foot for a home is $101 and the average listing price for a home for sale in this gay-positive area was $1,408,932 for the week ending July 24, 2013.
Many residents opt to live in the group of small towns and communities of the greater Jacksonville area that line the beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. These include cute, affordable towns such as Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach.
The wealthiest people in Jacksonville tend to live in the areas known as Old Ortega and Ortega Forest. Many of the homes in this area are part of the National Registry of Historic Districts. The places here are large Southern –style mansions and turn-of-the-century homes an are considered to be some of the most beautiful and luxurious places opt live in Florida.
Jacksonville has a few gay-owned businesses including age friendly dog training company called Bark Busters, Holbrook Law and insurance agent Edie Williams. For more information about Jacksonville in general go to the city’s website at www.visitjacksonville.com.