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Old 12-26-2008, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Pompano Beach, Florida
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Default What are the rich places in Jacksonville/Duval?

Are there any luxurious, wealthy places in Jacksonville or Duval County? My cousins from Atlantic Beach say that there is a lot more wealth in northeast Florida than people in South Florida think and that there are many wealthy areas that are desriable.
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Old 12-26-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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Well, yes. There are plenty of wealthy neighborhoods.

St Johns county (just south of Jax) is one of the wealthier counties in the entire country! Of course, this is average wealth, not total weath. So the area ranks so highly because it contains many of Jacksonville's wealthiest suburbs, and not much else.

Also, most of the wealth is concentrated around the water. So the riverfront and beachfront homes are full of super-wealthy people, regardless of whether the neighborhood around them is rich or not.

Generally, Ponte Vedra is by far the richest, followed by other riverfront and beachfront homes, followed by "old money" in San Marco or Riverside/Avondale, followed by various gated-communities in the Southside. But remember, Jax's average income is much lower than South Florida's, so we don't have as many areas that are as posh as South Florida's super-wealthy enclaves.
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Old 12-26-2008, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Historic Springfield
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Springfield has some very upscale places
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Old 12-26-2008, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Are there any luxurious, wealthy places in Jacksonville or Duval County? My cousins from Atlantic Beach say that there is a lot more wealth in northeast Florida than people in South Florida think and that there are many wealthy areas that are desriable.
I would agree with your cousin's statement, there is a lot more wealth in NEFL than outsiders realize.

There's plenty of old money families still clustered around the river in Avondale, Ortega, San Marco and San Jose. There are an amazing number of gorgeous riverfront mansions on both sides of the river.

Then there's Ponte Vedra which was primarily new money, often from the Northeast, though now even that new money is getting "older" .

North Florida has never been flashy, and a lot of newcomers don't even know these gorgeous areas are hidden just behind some major roads, like San Jose Blvd.
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Old 12-27-2008, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville
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I've always remembered this quote ever since I first came across it several months ago cause it was just so surprising to me: "Worth Magazine ranked Ortega 46th among the nation's top 50 wealthiest neighborhoods."

I don't know exactly what that means, but it comes from the website to a new development in the area. Ortega Landing - Condominiums and Marina Slips in Jacksonville Florida (http://www.ortegalanding.com/location.htm - broken link)
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:19 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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I can tell you I am laughing at some of the "wealth" in Palm Beach now that has disappeared with Madoff. Did some of them really even have it before? And to think now people are using the whole Madoff scheme as status symbol is laughable. "Oh, we aren't going to be down there as much this year, you know, with the whole Madoff thing." I can say one thing, most of the people in Ortega, and i'm sure most in PV too still have their money. Old money is old money because the people know how to keep it. And one thing is for sure, much of the old money that used to be in S FL has moved out. NE FL attracts a different kind of wealthy person than S FL, the kind that does not like to attract as much attention.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Metropolis, USA
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Are there any luxurious, wealthy places in Jacksonville or Duval County? My cousins from Atlantic Beach say that there is a lot more wealth in northeast Florida than people in South Florida think and that there are many wealthy areas that are desriable.
Coming from a former cabbie

Ortega, Mandarin, Ponte V. The group of islands that connect Hecksher Drive. Lots of money in those areas.
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Old 12-30-2008, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Metropolis, USA
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North Florida has never been flashy, and a lot of newcomers don't even know these gorgeous areas are hidden just behind some major roads, like San Jose Blvd.
Very TRUE!!! They are hidden by Trees, but you can see many of their backyard docks from the Buckmen Bridge. I saw this one house in Ortega looked a friggin castle. And if you are ever in these neighborhoods you cant see the homes from the street. You have a long winding drive way that leads to the actually house about 100 to 200 feet from the street. Its like they are hiding from the regular people.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:32 PM
 
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planning a heist?
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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Another good way to see all the mansions is by boat. It's amazing how big some of these houses are. You would never guess by just driving down San Jose Blvd or Roosevelt Ave.

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And if you are ever in these neighborhoods you cant see the homes from the street. You have a long winding drive way that leads to the actually house about 100 to 200 feet from the street. Its like they are hiding from the regular people.
That's probably the sign of a very old property. Back when all this land was rural, it was common for extremely large lots to run from the river to the nearest county road. So you might have a 5 acre property that's only one lot wide but several lots deep.

Usually, these big lots were eventually subdivided by developers. But many still remain.
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