If you are considering living in the neighborhood of Mandarin Jacksonville FL or close to it, you will find this historic area is convenient to downtown while providing the beauty of nature and the scenic St. Johns River nearby. Marinas, old oak trees that drip with Spanish moss and water views make living here desirable. A short drive will take you to downtown Jacksonville as well as Jacksonville Beach. Mandarin has an interesting history and was the residence of the writer, Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote about the area. Residents of Mandarin Jacksonville FL can learn more about its history and enjoy a park at The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society; it features a restored homestead and is the site of events.
With a range of prices, apartments in Mandarin Jacksonville FL start at $499 for a studio and $630 for a one bedroom; two bedrooms can be found at $600 to $800 and higher. Lakefront properties as well as loft style residences can be found in Mandarin Jacksonville. The average rent for a three bedroom in Mandarin is higher than in Jacksonville or Duval County, whereas a two bedroom has similar rental prices to Jacksonville and Duval County.
San Jose Boulevard is the place to go for an array of eateries that include Mexican and Chinese cuisine. The Mandarin House is located on Orange Picker Road in the heart of the neighborhood. Nearby, a homey atmosphere can be found at the Metro Diner, and seafood lovers will enjoy the Blue Crab Crabhouse near Julington Creek Road. Zaxby's is another favorite, and Monday is Kidz Night.
You'll find a variety of shopping right in Mandarin Jacksonville FL, with a Publix and Bealls Department Store. Across the bridge to the south, the Shops of Bartram Walk and Julington Village provide more shopping. If you are a bookworm, there is a Barnes & Noble nearby as well as a Peterbrooke Chocolatier for those delicious snacks. Many other shopping choices can be found on San Jose Boulevard and are close to apartments in Mandarin.
There are a number of pet friendly properties in Mandarin; some may not have weight restrictions for dogs. In general, it will depend on the property as to any restrictions on breeds or weight. Your pets will be happy living close to the Petco on San Jose Boulevard, and Rover can have a place to vacation, as well as be cared for during the day, at DogTown USA nearby on San Jose Boulevard; he can also be pampered with their full range of services.
Driving into downtown is facilitated with I-295 traversing northern Mandarin; it leads to I-95 which goes right into Jacksonville. A 30 minute drive from Mandarin will take you into downtown via I-95.
Your children might attend one of the well-rated private schools that are located in Mandarin. These include Center Academy-Jacksonville, Clarke Jacksonville Auditory, Little Star Center, Inc and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. Loretto Elementary School, a very highly rated school, and Mandarin High School are part of the Jacksonville School District 117 and are close to the Mandarin neighborhood. For higher education, the University of North Florida is located right in Jacksonville.