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Westside FL Real Estate

"The Westside is the best side," proud residents claim. And they have a lot to be proud of. Friendly family-oriented neighborhoods, affordable housing and a convenient location are just a few of the benefits of this Jacksonville community.

The Westside epitomizes Jacksonville -  It''s an area that, in some ways, is the most Jacksonville part of Jacksonville. ''That is the character of what Jacksonville was, throughout most of the 20th century'' said University of North Florida historian James Crooks. ''The Westside, I would say, would be the truer Jacksonville. It reflects the working class, faith based community that Jacksonville has been through most of its history . . . the Westside is the remnant of the old Jacksonville.''

A long time resident puts it this way, " I wouldn't want to live anywhere but the Westside. For me, it means big lots, inexpensive property, a small-town atmosphere. I see all the trees out here, people with all these big yards.  It''s a hidden treasure, and people are going to find it". Mike Hogan is a former Jacksonville city councilman whose family goes back several generations on the Westside. ''I think west Jacksonville is more the old true South,'' he said. To him, that means lots of churches, extended families and a slower-paced life.

It is easy to see why the residents of the Westside love their community, whether you want a quaint historic home, a modern condominium, or a home with acres to roam, the Westside has what you are looking for. All this is available with nearby shopping, Jacksonville''s landmark restaurants, and great educational opportunites, like Paxon School for Advances Studies and FCCJ Kent Campus. Come see why they call it the best side of Jacksonville!