San Marco, San Jose , Mandarin Homes for Sale

Heading south from the heart of our city of many bridges, along the east bank of the St Johns are several lovely and sought after residential communities

San Marco is the first stop as you cross the river from downtown Jacksonville.  The San Marco square is Mediterranean Revival style, where several different main roads to downtown converge among shops and restaurants in a quaint village atmosphere.

The surrounding residential areas range from mansions from the 1920’s (including the Swisher Estate of cigar fame), to cottage style brick bungalows all under magnificent oaks and abundant azalea bushes… If you love history, antiques and romantic memories, you will love San Marco.

San Jose began as a planned unit development in 1925 and the northern Tower of the development entrance still stands on San Jose Blvd.  The community’s centerpieces were the San Jose Hotel which is now the world renowned “Bolles School”, San Jose Country Club (still operating) , a yacht club and 30 beautiful Mediterranean homes before the community went bust in 1927.  Many of those fabulous homes still dot the San Jose neighborhoods which have grown up around them.  Tree lined streets, winding and shaded, have become wonderful neighborhoods with easy access to down town or the historic San Marco.  Many streets lead from San Jose Blvd (also known as State Rd 13) and end at our glorious river.  Lined with stately, mostly traditional homes, it is easy to see why these are much loved homes.

The price ranges are from modest to “rich and famous”, with lots of activities, clubs, schools – private and public…a lovely neighborhood to call home.

Mandarin is a community located at the southernmost point of Jacksonville and Duval County.  It meanders along the St. Johns River’s east bank and is recognized for his century old oaks covered in Spanish Moss.  It was named for the much loved oranges which were grown there as a small and sleepy shipping village visited by steamships traveling the river.  In 1864 the Union steamship, The Maple Leaf, hit a Confederate mine and sank just off what is known as “Mandarin Point”.

Harriet Beecher Stowe,  famous author, loved Mandarin and called it a “tropical paradise”.  A famous author, and artist, legend stories say that she loved her new surroundings so much, she would meet the steamships and for 75. She would meet the visitors and show them her much loved surroundings.  She said her northeast Florida home had a “general happy-go-luckiness” in a tropical “winter-summer” land.  Her novels drew the rich and fashionable tourists to visit her.

In 1968, Jacksonville incorporated most of Duval County and formed a consolidated municipal unit.  As part of this process Mandarin became just a community within the city of Jacksonville.

The century old oaks and mature landscape, quaint roads winding around the huge tree trunks, offer an intimate town and country feel – from cottages to magnificent riverfront estates.