If one of Jacksonville's fastest-growing addresses in recent years is the Southside, then the Tinseltown area is the fastest growing area within Southside, an expansive community encompassing miles and miles of trendy new development ranging from condominiums to apartments to townhomes to gated communities and subdivisions.
Univerity of North FloridaSouthside is where you'll find the University of North Florida and the South Campus of Florida Community College at Jacksonville. It's also the location of the First Coast Technology Park and the Avenues Mall, the only two-story mall on the First Coast. Shoppers come from a seven county area in Florida and Georgia to shop at The Avenues, and such stores as Belk and Dillards, as well as eat at such fine restaurants as Buca di Beppo.
St. Johns Town CenterSt. Johns Town Center is a new addition to Southside. This upscale mall resembling an old fashioned small city downtown features big box retailers such as Dick's Sporting Goods and the upscale restaurant P.F. Chang's China Bistro, as well as smaller retailers such as Apple Computer. Stroll down the town center main street and grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks or and ice cream cone at Kilwin's. Adjacent to St. Johns Town Center are many new apartment and condo developments.
Southside is also home to some of Jacksonville's largest employers including BlueCross & Blue Shield of Florida and Merrill Lynch (Bank of America Financial Services).
The recently extended 9A corridor now links into Interstates 95 and 295 therefore shortening the drive to almost anywhere from the Southside.
Deerwood Country ClubSouthside is also the location of one of the first gated golf communities in Jacksonville, Deerwood Country Club, which includes a 285 acre wildlife and wetlands preserve.
History and modern tradition come together to make the Arlington area one of Jacksonville’s truly unique communities. Arlington is east of Downtown across the St. Johns River.
Arlington’s roots go back to 1562 when French explorer Jean Ribault landed his boat there and blazed a path for what would later become La Caroline, a French outpost. Years later, the outpost was captured and destroyed by the Spanish under the leadership of Pedro Menendez de Aviles. La Caroline’s remains are known today as the 680-acre Fort Caroline National Monument.
In the Roaring 20s, the Arlington area was home to the Norman Film Studios where producer Richard Norman made silent films starring emerging African-American actors. Old Arlington Inc., an historic preservation group, hopes to memorialize and preserve that piece of unique Jacksonville history.
Arlington is home to Jacksonville University, Tree Hill Nature Center and Craig Airfield, a municipal airport plus plenty of shopping and eateries.