Reasons Why You Should Have An Atlantic Beach Real Estate

 By: Anna Fischer
Atlantic Beach is a city located in Duval County, Florida. It has 12 parks within its city limits, one of which is the Jordan Park and Community Center. The park covers 1.5 acres of land and contains a children's playground, basketball court and a picnic area. The community center is 2,000 square feet and is available for rent. Guests of the city are welcomed at all events held at Jordan Park, and so are future Atlantic Beach real estate owners.

Atlantic Beach is the northernmost of Jacksonville's three beach communities; the other two are Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach. In 1899, railroad tycoon Henry Flagler purchased the local railroad and extended it north to the seaport village of Mayport, at the mouth of the St. Johns River. Atlantic Beach was established as a depot and given its straightforward name for its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

People passing through were impressed by the coastline's natural beauty, and before long, prestigious northern families, including the Vanderbilts, were heading south to Atlantic Beach to soak up the Florida sun and fresh ocean breezes. Heading north along residential Ocean Boulevard, it's easy to see why people are continually drawn to this place. Bikers and lollygagging couples far outnumber cars on the narrow roads overhung by live oaks and lined with houses with mellow monikers like "Idyll Hour" and "Sandstill."

Most streets end in a discreet public beach approach that passes between stately homes. On the boardwalks leading to the beach, surfers gather to scope the waves and neighbors chit chat. Shells decorating mailboxes and surfboards as lawn art add to the eclectic appeal of what is undeniably a well-to-do neighborhood.

One of the ambiances you'll love is at Beach Avenue. If you're ever in Atlantic Beach, you must drive it, starting right in town, from the resort One Ocean, heading north on Beach Avenue and go all the way to 20th Street, where it ends. It's two miles long. It wends its way about, and you'll be treated to an eclectic view of homes of various price points; some still in their original humble beginnings and others, obvious tear-downs replaced by Majestic Mansions. Either way, it's total immersion in Atlantic Beach oceanfront living.

Beach Avenue is a unique and prominent street, where the oceanfront homes are situated in Atlantic Beach. This house is on the opposite side of the ocean. It's almost like a promenade, Beach Avenue, with cars moving only one way, and lots of bikers, skaters, joggers, trikes, baby strollers, power walkers, dog walkers - you name it - ambling up and down this street.

This Avenue has the most interesting houses lining both sides of the street. Many of the oceanfront homes are set away from the street; their garages with carriage houses at street's edge and often used as rentals. Anyway, it's a really interesting street and very unique. It's fun to travel it (slowly; it's the ONLY way to go) to gaze at what people are building, renovating, or selling here.
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