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5 Hot Happy Hour Spots for Jacksonville Residents

Foodies rejoice! Most people love to eat, but for some, it’s an experience unlike any other. Foodies often seek out their favorite cuisine, trying new locations or enjoying fusions of their favorite meals. Lucky for them, the food scene has grown over the last several years in cities across the country, Jacksonville included.
Whether you’re looking for great priced appetizers, a specialty cocktail or a nice craft beer on your way home from work, you’re sure to find places to celebrate your culinary tastes in Jacksonville, not far from your new home at Sarah’s Landing. Here are some of the hottest happy hour spots you can add to your list to try out.
The Volstead is located in Jacksonville’s downtown area, and is a popular prohibition era style speakeasy. Get a cocktail, relax with friends and enjoy the jazz club vibe. They have drink specials on happy hour, so be sure to stop in for a unique post-work drink experience.
Element Bistro in downtown features locally sourced produce, craft cocktails and an array of healthy, handmade small plates and entrees. Happy hour specials include $5 cocktails to accompany your after-work snack or dinner.
For those craving a margarita after leaving the office, there are several options but Burrito Gallery has some popular house margaritas to go with chips and salsa, burritos, tacos and more. Enjoy the patio and street side vibe with friends or coworkers.
Change pace from street side at Burrito Gallery to rooftop views with Black Sheep Restaurant. Modern cuisine from the American south is created from locally sourced ingredients, and the rooftop lounge is a great place to grab an evening drink.
Engine 15 Brewing Company has 50 types of craft beer on tap. Head over to Jacksonville Beach for an evening of sampling craft beer flights, like blondes, IPAs and saisons. After trying this one, be sure to check out the other breweries on the Jax Trail Ale.
While these aren’t the only five happy hour spots, they are some of the popular ones to try new things, have new experiences and enjoy time away from the office with coworkers. Give them a try on your way home from work sometime, and check out some of the other great restaurants, bars and lounges Jacksonville has to offer.
Live at Sarah’s Landing
Are you looking for a new home in Jacksonville? Sarah’s Landing is located in the westside of Jacksonville with easy access from Interstate 10 and 295. Enjoy a nearby park for tennis, baseball, trails and playscapes for the whole family’s enjoyment. The experienced agents at the Edge Group at Keller Williams is here to help you find the perfect fit for your new home in our neighborhood. Contact us today to learn how to get started with our simple home buying process.
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Activities for Family Fun in Jacksonville

As you contemplate big life changes, like moving or buying a house, you consider the impact on the entire family. When you have children, a lot changes – and looking at houses may take a different approach with little ones than if your kids are grown or not yet born. When you seek a new home, you want to be sure there are good schools and plenty of activities for your kids to do in the area. If you’re looking at Cedar Bay homes or other areas in Jacksonville, here are several activities and places you can plan some fun family days.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens: The zoo has 2,000 animals and the gardens feature more than 1,000 types of plants, so everyone can learn about plants and animals from around the world. Take a ride on the zoo’s train, ride the carousel and feed the giraffes at Giraffe Lookout.
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park: The oceanfront park has miles of hiking trails, over a mile of beach, a splash park for kids and a lake for family kayaking or fishing. You can even camp if your family wants a night or two away from everyday life.
Museum of Science & History: Everyone can have fun and learn something new at the museum in downtown. With the area’s only planetarium, learn about space and the stars. Learn about the human body or visit the lagoon area to see a giant snapping turtle. With hands-on learning opportunities, your kids will be excited to soak up the new knowledge.
Adventure Landing: This adventure park is at Jacksonville Beach and has enough activities you can spend an entire day here. Go karts, mini golf, laser tag and an arcade make for fun for the entire family, and when the weather is warm, be sure to check out the Shipwreck Island waterpark where everyone can enjoy time on the lazy river and waterslides.
Jacksonville Beach: Even with so many great attractions, you don’t have to spend money to have fun. Jacksonville Beach allows your family to build sand castles, splash around in the water and enjoy lazy afternoons sprawled out, enjoying each other’s company in the sunshine.
Cedar Bay by Breeze Homes
In the northside area of Jacksonville, Cedar Bay is a growing neighborhood within easy driving distance to the beaches and downtown. Each home is designer improved and has an easy buying process, so you and your family can get started on the next chapter of your lives as homeowners. Contact our experienced, friendly agents to learn how you can get started with the home buying process.
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Top 5 Jacksonville Beaches to Spend the Afternoon

As you plan your afternoons or weekends, hitting the beach may be on your list of leisure activities for yourself, your group of friends or your family. But living in Florida, and particularly in Jacksonville, you have so many options for where to spend your time! What are the best beaches, when there are so many choices to consider? Here are five of the top Jacksonville beaches for your next out of town visitor or just an afternoon of free time.
American Beach: As part of the state’s Black Heritage Trail, the beach is quiet and removed from the hustle and bustle of Amelia Island. Escape the tourist crowd and enjoy fishing, swimming and surfing, or just lay on the beach and build sandcastles as a family.
Atlantic Beach: Relaxing beaches popular with locals and tourists alike, beach goers can surf, cycle or enjoy parks and golf courses. There is also interesting history, as its believed to be the first year-round Native American settlement in North America.
Fernandina Beach: As the northernmost beach, Fernandina is on Amelia Island near Jacksonville. It’s a great place for shopping, seafood, arts and crafts, as well as live music and playgrounds, providing fun for the whole family.
Jacksonville Beach: This beach has a lot of facilities and activities to offer beach goers. With a fishing pier, golf course, and great waves, there are so many ways to keep active at Jacksonville Beach. Enjoy the sunshine with all the amenities you could want nearby.
Neptune Beach: Situated between Jacksonville and Atlantic beaches, the small community of Neptune Beach gives you space to unplug and relax. With incredible sunsets and sunrises and a laid-back atmosphere, you can just lay on the beach or enjoy boutique shops and delicious food.
Live at Townsend Village by Breeze Homes
If you want to live in a great location near the water, the designer-approved homes in the Northside area are near schools, Jacksonville University, Tree Hill Nature Center and more. Townsend Village gives homeowners an easy home buying experience, giving you a less stressful option when searching for your next Jacksonville house.
Friendly, experienced agents will walk you through the entire process and help you understand where you are in the home purchase experience. Get in touch today to learn how you can be a proud new owner of a Townsend Village home.
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7 of the Most Beautiful Golf Courses in Jacksonville

Florida is often known for its sunny afternoons and beautiful beaches, but it can also be a great vacation spot or home to avid golfers and outdoor enthusiasts. In fact, Jacksonville has more than 20 golf courses! Hit a round then check out the Jax Ale Trail for a post-course drink. With so much to do and see, you won’t get bored at the same course day after day. Here are some of the most beautiful courses in the Jacksonville area.
Ocean Links Golf Course
This course is known for its five oceanfront holes, 10 holes with lagoons or wetlands and six miles of natural sand dunes. It’s located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island.
Players Stadium Course
This course features the most photographed hole in the world, with the island green on the 17th hole. At the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, golf surrounded by lagoons and trees.
Ocean Course
With the first island green and 101 sand bunkers, this course features beautiful views and challenging shots. Visit the course at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Lagoon Course
Like the Ocean Course, this course is at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, but it features lagoons and lakes at 11 holes, with pine and palm trees linking the course.
Oceanfront Links Course
A challenging course with water on 12 holes and three holes along the Atlantic, you may be able to spot whales, dolphins, eagles and other wild animals at this course at Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast.
Queen’s Harbour
With 1,000 acres of tidal marshlands and oak trees, bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and overlooking a freshwater marina, this course offers plenty to see at Queen’s Harbour Yacht & Country Club in Jacksonville.
Live at Sarah’s Landing
Are you looking for a new home in Jacksonville, where you can be near work, school and golf courses?
Sarah’s Landing is located in the westside of Jacksonville with easy access from Interstate 10 and 295. Enjoy a nearby park for tennis, baseball, trails and playscapes for the whole family’s enjoyment.
The experienced agents at the Edge Group at Keller Williams is here to help you find the perfect fit for your new designer approved home in our neighborhood. Contact us today to learn how to get started with our simple home buying process.
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Free Fun in the Jacksonville Area

Are you trying to save money for a big vacation, a new car or just to have a rainy day fund? Don’t worry! Living on a budget so you can save some extra funds doesn’t mean you need to do away with your social life and fun activities. There are plenty of fun, free activities in Jacksonville that you can head out the door and explore.
Riverside Arts Market: As Florida’s largest, weekly free arts festival, this market happens every Saturday from March to December with local vendors, fresh produce, live entertainment and more for you and you friends or family to wander around every week.
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens: Check out one of the most visited museums in the Southeast for Free Tuesdays, every Tuesday evening, or on the first Saturday of the month.
Jacksonville Jazz Festival: Jazz musicians from all over the country converge on Jacksonville for Memorial Day weekend for a free jazz fest with several stages of music.
Museum of Science & History: Learn from their core exhibits and special traveling displays. While there is an admission fee most days, there are the occasional special events where free admission happens, so be sure to check their site and social media for free days.
Kingsley Plantation: Part of the National Park Service, the plantation offers visitors a chance to view a plantation house and learn about all aspects of life in eighteenth and nineteenth century Florida by touring 20 slave cabins, the plantation’s gardens and the house itself.
Beaches Museum & History Center: This free museum allows visitors to learn about the railway system, music, the boardwalk and how Hurricane Dora impacted the area.
Outdoor Recreation: If you enjoy sports like basketball or soccer, running and hiking along trails or biking beneath tree canopies, parks throughout the region and trails around the area can provide hours of free, fun entertainment.
Jacksonville Farmer’s Market: Wander around the oldest farmers market in Florida, where you can get your weekly produce if you want – or just spend some time outside with your loved ones.
Townsend Village by Breeze Homes
The designer-approved homes in the Northside area are near schools, Jacksonville University, Tree Hill Nature Center and more. Townsend Village gives homeowners an easy home buying experience, giving you a less stressful option when searching for your next Jacksonville house. Friendly, experienced agents will walk you through the entire process and help you understand where you are in the home purchase experience. Get in touch today to learn how you can be a proud new owner of a Townsend Village home.
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Top Parks Near River Hollow

Parks have long become a part of many people’s lives, giving everyone an opportunity to spend time outdoors and get some much-needed exercise. Because of how ingrained in our culture parks are, there are many parks in every city to explore and enjoy. If you are looking for a new place to call home with plenty of outdoor space to run and play – for you, your dogs, your kids, or the whole family – there are many great parks in the Northside area, where River Hollow is located.
Oceanway Park: For numerous activities including soccer, tennis, basketball and swimming, Oceanway Park has just about everything you need. A place for kids and families, everyone can find an outdoor (or even indoor!) recreation activity they enjoy. Have a family picnic or just enjoy the outdoors.
Sheffield Regional Park: This park features small ponds for fishing, trails for walks and runs, sports fields for a pick-up game, and even a skateboard park. It gives everyone a chance for a good workout and to get some energy out in a large open space not far from home.
Memorial Park: Founded in memory of Floridians who lost their lives in World War I, this park is located along the St. Johns River, offering views as visitors walk along the paths of the 6-acre park. People are often found fishing or doing yoga through the park.
Lonnie C. Miller Park: This park is over 100 acres, which offers everyone in your family the chance to participate in their favorite activities. With a playground for the kids, you can have a family picnic with the grills and picnic tables, or take a stroll along the paths.
Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens: Woodland trails, a two acre lake, and sloping hills give you and your guests a chance to explore the more than 100 plants that are labeled along the way. Three miles of trails allow you to learn and enjoy the views, while taking in some fresh air. It’s free admission most days, with donations requested to cover operation costs.
River Hollow by Breeze Homes
As you search for the next place to call your home, visit River Hollow to see how this community can be the right fit for you. Near Broward River in the Northside area, River Hollow is near the beaches and downtown, with easy access to Jacksonville University and River City Marketplace. The buying process is simple for these designer-approved homes. Get started today by talking to a friendly, experienced agent who can walk you through the entire home buying process.
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Summer is a Great Time for an Art Walk

If you are looking for something to do to fill your summer evenings and weekends, Jacksonville is the place to be! With activities, beaches, museums, music festivals and more, there is always something going on so you won’t get bored. ven longtime residents can find something new and exciting to do.
Art walks are another great opportunity for you to get involved in your local community. Enjoy local food and art, sometimes right down the street from your home! Bring friends and family, the kids or out of town guests along with you as you explore all the rich art and culture Jacksonville has to offer.
Jacksonville Downtown Art Walk: On the first Wednesday of each month, 15 blocks turn into a display of artists, street performers and live music. You can also see the 40 galleries, museums, venues, bars and other businesses along the way. It’s a free event, so take advantage of all the city has to offer.
Jacksonville Beach Art Walk: The next week, you can head over to Jacksonville Beach for an art walk held on the evening of the second Tuesday of each month. Live music, restaurant specials and artists line First Street for a few hours to showcase all they have to offer.
North Beaches Art Walk: Then, on the third Thursday, head over to North Beaches for 55 artists, as well as shopping and dining establishments along the Beaches Town Center. That’s three weeks in a row so far for your art walk needs!
Riverside Arts Market: Not as into heading out on weeknights? That’s okay! The Riverside Arts Market is each Saturday from 10 until 3 at the Northbank Riverwalk, with more than 100 artists showcasing Jacksonville’s unique culture and creativity. You can also hit the farmers market for some local produce or bread to take home with you!
River Hollow by Breeze Homes
As you search for the next place to call your home, visit River Hollow to see how this community can be the right fit for you. Near Broward River in the Northside area, River Hollow is near the beaches and downtown, with easy access to Jacksonville University and River City Marketplace. The buying process is simple for these designer-approved homes. Get started today by talking to a friendly, experienced agent who can walk you through the entire home buying process.
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Jacksonville Coffee Shops to Visit for International Coffee Day

Each September, coffee lovers celebrate International Coffee Day. This year, the day falls on September 29, and is a day where events are held, coffee shops may have promotions and the coffee industry shares their message with the world. Jacksonville is known for many things: outdoor or water recreation at the beaches and rivers, craft beer along the Jax Ale Trail and of course, being named for General Andrew Jackson who was the first military governor of Florida. But did you know that Jacksonville also has many great coffee shops where you can participate in International Coffee Day? Here are a few of Jacksonville residents’ favorite spots:
Bold Bean Coffee: With a few locations in Jacksonville, this local shop features coffee from countries around the world, as well as some treats to enjoy with your drink.
Vagabond Coffee Co: With two Jacksonville locations, this shop welcomes people to come together as a community and enjoy a cup of coffee and the local culture.
Chamblin’s Uptown: A bookstore/coffee shop combination, offers new and used books to peruse and purchase while you sip your coffee.
Ellianos Coffee Company: Throughout the southeastern U.S., Ellianos features a variety of coffees, teas, smoothies and more that are unique to their shop.
Urban Grind Coffee Company: Featuring both indoor and outdoor seating, Urban Grind is a place many like to catch up with friends and family.
Sippers Coffeehouse: Grab a meal or just the cup of coffee at this family run coffee shop, and take a seat or grab it on the go with their drive-through.
So take a walk through your neighborhood and find a coffee shop to enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage, snap a photo and share it to social media to let everyone know how you love coffee on this international day of celebration.
Find Your New Home at Townsend Village by Breeze Homes
These designer-approved homes in the Northside area are near schools, Jacksonville University, Tree Hill Nature Center and more. With so many places nearby to eat and drink, a nice running path might be a nice balance to your new neighborhood.
Townsend Village gives homeowners an easy home buying experience, for a less stressful option when searching for your next Jacksonville house. Friendly, experienced agents will walk you through the entire process and help you understand where you are in the home purchase experience. Get in touch today to learn how you can be a proud new owner of a Townsend Village home.
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Watersports to Try in Jacksonville’s 1,000 Miles of Water

If you have been wanting to get into watersports, Jacksonville is a great place to do it. 22 miles of beaches. 40 miles of the Intracoastal Waterway. 50 public boat launches. 50 miles of the St. Johns River. There are more than 1,100 miles of water for you to test out. From freshwater to saltwater and a mix of both, the natural water in this area offers plenty of space for you to enjoy. Here are popular watersports you can try in the Jacksonville area.

Kayaking:

Rent a kayak and take it out on your own, or join a guided tour, where you can learn about the area or get a good workout in. You can kayak on the ocean, to see dolphins or turtles, or head inland and enjoy the rivers or marshes for a different experience.

Paddleboarding:

Stand up paddleboarding has grown in popularity and it’s a great way to get a good workout with a great view. Enjoy paddleboarding on the lakes, rivers or ocean.

Boating and sailing:

With so much shoreline, it’s no surprise that boating and sailing are popular pastimes. Rent a boat, or bring your own, and spend a day on the water.

Diving:

A great way to see the wildlife, you can go diving or snorkeling along the coast to see what’s living under the surface of the water around one of the 30 reefs in the area.

Surfing:

If you’ve never surfed before, you can take a lesson or rent a board from one of the local shops. If you’re an old pro, then grab your board and head out to one of the beaches!

Fishing:

This activity can be done from the water on a kayak or boat, or from the shoreline. Don’t forget the fishing license you’ll need from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, for both saltwater and freshwater fishing.

Cedar Bay by Breeze Homes

There’s so much to do on Jacksonville’s waters that you may want to live close to take full advantage. In the northside area of Jacksonville, Cedar Bay is a growing neighborhood within easy driving distance to the beaches and downtown.

Each home is designer improved and has an easy buying process, so you and your family can get started on the next chapter of your lives as homeowners. Contact our experienced, friendly agents to learn how you can get started with the home buying process.

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Best Running Paths in Jacksonville

Are you a running, or an aspiring runner? You may be searching for a new home with a place nearby for you to enjoy your hobby or train for that next marathon. No matter if you’re running one mile or 20 on the weekends, a running path is a necessity for any runner. Jacksonville, Fla., is a great city for runners, because there are beaches and rivers to run along, as well as sidewalks, trails and parks. No matter where you run, there is sure to be a view and a breeze.

Downtown Riverwalk:

Along the St. Johns River is a path that is probably the most popular running path in the city. You can cross over pedestrian bridges and run all or part of the five-mile out-and-back route.

Beach Avenue:

If you want views of the ocean, shade and a breeze, this path is just over a 5K distance and is known for amazing sunrises. Head out early and enjoy the view, or take an afternoon jog with the shade from the homes lining the roads.

Hanna State Park:

If you plan to jump in the ocean after your run, this oceanfront state park is a great place to run.

Jacksonville Baldwin Trail:

With nearly 15 miles of trails, this converted railroad track offers cool, tree-covered paths for runners on a longer run. It’s a smooth trail, too, so no worries about tripping and falling as you go.

Guana River State Park:

Stay cool and enjoy the outdoors on your run. With nine miles of trails, this park offers marsh and waterway views through a maritime forest.

Timucuan Preserve:

If you’re looking for a trail run rather than a street run, head out to one of the toughest routes in the area. At the Theodore Roosevelt Area at the preserve, you’ll find elevations, rough terrain and a wooded six mile route.

Townsend Village by Breeze Homes

These designer-approved homes in the Northside area are near schools, Jacksonville University, Tree Hill Nature Center and more. With so many places nearby to eat and drink, a nice running path might be a nice balance to your new neighborhood.

Townsend Village gives homeowners an easy home buying experience, for a less stressful option when searching for your next Jacksonville house. Friendly, experienced agents will walk you through the entire process and help you understand where you are in the home purchase experience. Get in touch today to learn how you can be a proud new owner of a Townsend Village home.