Category Archives: In and About Jacksonville

The Worst Street Names in Jacksonville

Street sign in Lake MandarinHave you ever wondered how some streets got their names?

As Realtors, we are very aware of street names, since we have to be able to find all these places in order to show homes.  Many streets have lovely names (Flora Park); some are named after famous people (Adams St, Jefferson St).  Many neighborhoods have street names based on the name of their subdivision. For example,  Shetland Pony is in Saddle Ridge; Turkey Trot is in Foxwood Trails.

A few street names make you ask “What were they thinking?”    Here are my nominations for two of the worst street names in the Jacksonville area:

#2 – Fat Man Lane  –  Nassau County claims this location.

#1 – Hard Times Lane –  Oh, my – how do you sell a house on this street?  It is located  off  Manning Cemetery Road.

For the worst multiple street names in a planned community, I would have to nominate a neighborhood affectionately called “Cinderellaville“.  Choose from: Cinderella Lane, Mother Goose Drive, Tinkerbell Road, Peter Pan Place, Flopsy Lane, Mopsy Lane, London Bridge Lane, Bo Peep, Bambi, Boy Blue and more!

Another Jacksonville community has biblical names; Cain Lane is located next to Abel Lane.  Seth Drive, however,  is about 20 miles away in Clay county.

Naming a street can be much like naming a child.  That name will be attached to the houses on it for many years.  Is there an unusual street name  where you live?  Would the name of a street influence your decision in purchasing a home?

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Marker at Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park off Hecksher Drive

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A fountain graces this private residence in historic San Marco, Jacksonville, Florida.

Dog Haiku

Do you ever wonder what your pet is thinking?  Here is a sign posted on a tree in Jacksonville’s Dogwood Park:

Dog Haiku

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Flamingos at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens

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Spring is here, and this little guy (caterpillar on leaf to right) will soon be a Monarch butterfly in my garden.  You can see the leaves he has already eaten!

Public Transportation, Part 5 – the Bus

Ride what? Yes, today’s blog is about the bus.  When was the last time you rode a bus?  Have you ever ridden a bus in Jacksonville? (Shuttles to the Jaguar’s games don’t count).

For me, the answer to this last question was “no”, and perhaps this is why I waited so long to complete the Public Transportation series.  But faced with a 6-hour wait in Baymeadows while my car was being detailed,  I decided to catch a bus headed to town.

A couple things I learned on this adventure:

  • Fares are $1.50, and exact change is required
  • A bus can get you just about anywhere in Jacksonville
  • The trip was comfortable and convenient

So, next time you’re thinking about driving the car, consider checking out the bus options.  Information is available at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority website.  More about my visit to town in a future article.


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A T-Rex named Sue

Photo taken at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) in Jacksonville, Florida

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Bronze runners at sunset along the North Bank Riverwalk.  These life-size statues are part of Jacksonville’s Art in Public Places project.

Happy, Happy 2013


We are 9 days into the New Year, and there is already much to be excited about!

Real estate is hopping!  Throughout the year, market statistics have improved across the board in every category.  Lender mediated transactions (short sales) are declining, while the prices of those homes have risen  New inventory, days on market, and months supply have all seen decreases.  Pending sales, average price, and properties sold have all seen positive gains.  Some homes are even receiving multiple offers and selling over list price!

As we begin a new year, I look forward to sharing more Things to Do and, as always, welcome your comments or suggestions.  Have a blessed New Year!